Another week complete, and I’m still on my feet! So many interesting things to talk about this week! For starters working-out has never been more enjoyable! Not only does it make me feel good but having to do cardio for about an hour a day has made me more creative with my workouts! It’s fun, therapeutic, and definitely makes a difference in my over-all mood and health. My new YouAnew meal plan introduced me to even more cool foods I can eat and enjoy; they were easy to make and satisfying to the taste! This week, my session with Dr. Kristen was about reading food labels! I was so very excited to learn about how to read food labels. This session was amazing. Who knew reading food labels could be so interesting?
Archive for July, 2012
I get it. You’re trying to fit it all in. You’ve got family and functions, work and school, love and a load of laundry. It’s more to do than you can really get done, and something’s got to give. So, you grab a pop tart for breakfast, throw an energy bar in your bag for a snack, hit the drive-through for lunch, put the frozen meal into the microwave for dinner, and grab commercially prepared cookies for dessert. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s convenient, but—it’s killing you. Let’s break it down…
Face it, you’ve been duped. High fiber cereal, whole wheat bread, granola bars, yogurt, multigrain whatevers, low fat this and that, salads, frozen diet meals…My list could go on and on. Maybe you know better than to eat the real junk (aka cake, candy and cookies), and you think you are a relatively good eater (especially when you exercise self-control in the face of others who are stuffing their face full of cake, candy and cookies), but you still feel a little fat and fatigued. Here’s the deal; you’ve been sold a bad bill of goods. Let’s just say, you start your day with a big bowl of fiber cereal with soymilk, you grab a sandwich on whole wheat bread and a yogurt for lunch. You’ve got a granola bar and some dried fruit packed as an afternoon snack, dinner is a frozen diet meal and dessert is a low fat “skinny” ice cream and a few organic cookies. It all sounds so healthy, right?!? I say, maybe yes—maybe no. Health foods are not at all created equal. So, while there are a bazillion yogurt, granola and whole grain options out there, only a few really are good for you. There are only a few that aren’t loaded with refined sugar, preservatives, chemicals and other garbage.
Simple, Fresh and Fabulous–Exactly how a white bean dish should be! Colorful vegetables, fresh herbs, extra-virgin olive oil and cannellini beans are a winning combination for flavor and nutrients. Need to whip up a meal? Asked to bring a dish to an upcoming event? You can’t go wrong with this quick and easy recipe.
If it’s important, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. You know I’m right. Your friend invites you to the beach. You love the beach. You want to go to the beach. You cancel all your plans, hop in the car and go to the beach. Now, let’s say your friend invites you to run a 5K for charity. You hate to run. You don’t like the charity. You call to cancel, hop in the car and go to the beach. The beach is important to you. The run is not. You find a way to make the beach trip happen, and you find an excuse not run.
The same is true for adopting a lifestyle of purposeful eating (eating to give your body nutrients and energy). You know it’s the right thing to do, but to make it happen, it has to be important to you. If it’s not important, you will find excuse after excuse. Junk food tastes better. The drive-through is more convenient. You have no family support. You are too busy. Excuses, excuses, excuses…
Here we are again! I’ve completed another amazing week. I am stronger, healthier, and more motivated to keep pushing forward! I’ve now got the YouAnew Foundation firmly beneath my feet, and I am moving on to the Core Program. My coaching session this week gave me insight into the “Core Principles” of why I am striving for this new lifestyle of strength, health, and a new me!
Shish kabobs are a fun and easy meal to prepare and are the perfect party food. Eat clean and add flavor, color and textures to your meal with a variety of fruit, vegetables and lean protein. (I’ve never seen a skewer with chips or candy on it– just sayin’…) Get those skewers ready; it’s time to add a little mouth-watering spark! I’ve included my YouAnew Create-Your-Own Kabob favorites, but feel free to substitute in your must-have meats, fish, fruit and veggies.