My Nutrition Mission
The idea for my nutrition mission really began with just my own health and weight loss goals in mind. However, after seeing my progress and what I’ve been been able to accomplish over the the last 18 mos, my friends and family…and even strangers…have been asking me what my secret is. Mostly, they mean my weight loss and some have asked about my youthful skin and over all younger than-my-age appearance. Their words, not mine.
Jokingly, while a friend and I were chatting about her weight loss goals, we came up with the slogan “nutrition mission” and how it should be my motto. After we both laughed about it, we thought, “hey, that’s not a bad idea, really!”
So, with a little nudging from my friend, I started working on this article. It’s nothing special, mostly common sense. But, sometimes it takes hearing about, and seeing what someone else has done in order to get the motivational ball rolling. My hope is that something, even one thing, that I share will resonate and work for you, too! That is my real nutrition mission!
Weight loss can be a struggle for many people; however, during the time (2-5 yrs) before full blown menopause it can seem almost impossible. First, you need to establish some ground rules to follow and live by. It’s time to change your entire lifestyle and the view you have of yourself. Here are some of the ways I altered my lifestyle in order to lose weight and become healthier than I’ve been in years…and, things for you to consider so that you can become your healthiest you, yet!
Here we go…
Lose Your Obsession With The Scale
One of the most important things I am going to stress is that you need to lose your obsession with the scale. Throw it out, if necessary. If you absolutely feel the need to weigh yourself to confirm the loss of a couple pounds, limit it to once a month. Seriously! And, try to weigh yourself on the same day and time each month.
Looking at those numbers can be frustrating if they aren’t inching in the direction you’d like to see. Especially when your clothes are telling you something different. This can really be discouraging, since numbers don’t lie. Well, in this particular instance, there’s nothing further from the truth.
That scale reading is only data, a number. Like all pieces of data, this number may or may not be an accurate reflection of whether or not you are losing fat and making progress. There’s a simple formula that determines your scale weight: True weight + Weight variance = Scale weight.
Your True Weight would be your weight if you lived in a controlled environment where nothing would affect the numbers from day to day. Since none or most of us don’t live in a controlled environment, we’re never seeing our true weight when we step on the scale.
Weight variance is a value that adds or subtracts from your weight. These are things like cyclical bloating, glycogen store and/or carbohydrate depleted, dehydration and sodium depletion. All of these can affect the numbers you see on the scale, in either direction.
Forget About Counting Calories
Again with the number thing! A calorie is actually a unit of energy and the number given is how to we measure the energy. When you hear something contains 100 calories, it’s a way of describing how much energy your body could get from eating or drinking it.
I suggest, instead of counting calories, that you focus on eating nutritionally healthy meals and smaller portions. Just because you’re eating a meal under 200 calories, doesn’t necessarily make it a nutritionally sound meal. If you practice eating smaller portions and healthy…ie: organic as much as possible, low carb, no processed foods & no alcohol for starters…you’ll naturally be controlling your caloric intake in a more healthy and productive way.
Feed Your Soul, Not Your Emotions
Many people tend to binge out on junk food during emotionally stressful times. And, I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been guilty of it, too. But, once I started practicing yoga and meditation, I found that it took that binge craving away.
Not only that, I wasn’t relying on alcohol to calm and relax my mind. Alcohol is probably the worst thing for you when you’re trying to manage your weight…and your emotions. Alcohol is a natural depressant, so, it only makes sense that it will make those emotional burdens seem much worse and more intense than they already are.
Through meditation and yoga, I found that I was feeding what was really needing nourishment, I was feeding my soul. I know, most people wouldn’t connect meditation and yoga with weight control, but it’s about taking care of your entire being. In order to be healthy and more fit physically, you must also exercise and nourish the mind and spirit. And, yoga is definitely not for sissies. It’s an amazing art and way of isolating your focus to individual and specific body regions that increases metabolism, strength and balance.
Understand The Toxins You’ve Been Feeding Your Body
At the simplest level, a toxin is something capable of causing disease or damaging tissue when it enters the body. When it comes to toxic foods that we put into our bodies daily, I’m referring to things like refined carbs (sugar, refined/instant grains like cereals, all kinds of flour, fruit juices, hydrogenated oils, and refined starches), processed food (basically anything that comes in a box) and all fast food…even Taco Bell. (sorry)
By eliminating all of these from your daily diet, you’ll not only start to lose weight, but you’ll be preventing a multitude of diseases that have been connected to these toxic foods. For example, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and cancer have all been associated with one or all of these toxic foods I listed above.
Set Your Intentions To Be Healthy, Not Skinny
When you set your weight loss goal to be skinny, you’ll fail every time. Why? Because you’re not changing your lifestyle at all, you are merely focusing on a superficial goal that will never be consistent. However, when you set your intentions to be the healthiest you’ve ever been, you’ll end up with far better and longer lasting results. Having a healthy mindset will completely restructure those bad habits you developed over the years.
This is another area where meditation can play a huge role in helping you achieve your over all healthy weight loss goals. Through mindful meditation, you’ll learn how to set your intentions toward anything you desire, including having a healthier lifestyle (ie: losing excess weight).
I cannot stress the importance of drinking enough water each day in order to keep your body hydrated! I drink a gallon of filtered water per day. On an external and superficial kind of level, you’ll immediately notice a change in your skin. It will appear radiant, more supple and glowing, giving you a younger looking appearance.
On a more important, internal level, you’ll be providing vital hydration to your cells and organs in order for them to function effectively and efficiently. Virtually every cell in your body needs water in order to survive and thrive. The average adult body is 60% water. The brain is 70% water and the lungs are 90% water. Can you see the importance in maintaining proper hydration?
Water cushions and lubricates joints; nourishes and protects the brain, spinal cord and other tissues; keeps the body’s temperature normal; and helps remove waste through perspiration, bowel movements and urination.
When you’re feeling sluggish, confused, disoriented, irritable, with a headache and/or overly fatigued, chances are you’re dehydrated. These are all just some of the symptoms of dehydration and need immediate attention to prevent more serious and possibly life threatening symptoms.
Words to live by:
“You’ve always had the power, my dear. You’ve had it all along” ~Glinda, the good witch.
Only YOU have the power to change your life…and you’ve had it all along. 🙂
Basically, my nutrition mission is to, not only be my healthiest self, but to help others any way I can to achieve their health and weight loss goals. You really need to alter your lifestyle in order to achieve the weight loss goals you desire. The bonus in doing all this is, you’ll not only lose the extra pounds, but you’ll be a healthier you and will feel better than you have in years. Take a look at my nutrition page for more on healthy weight loss and a nutritional food plan to follow. Remember to take care of ALL of you, including the mind, body and spirit and you’ll see tremendous results.
If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the space provided below. I’m here to help you in any way I can.