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Beginners’ Guide to Healthy Eating

If you are like most people I know, your hectic schedule often means you have no time to the little things, often they get put aside so as to get seemingly the more important things done.   Like this year’s resolution to eat healthy, for example! We miss meals, eat wrong food groups, grab meals on the run,  all for the sake of saving time.  Along with the failure to exercise, many forget the problems this life style can have on our health and wellness.  We get run down, over weight, stressed out and sometimes worse.  These symptoms are a reminder from our body that we need learn better eating habits.
If you’re currently not eating a healthy diet, it can be difficult to get started. However, healthy eating along with some exercise is very important for maintaining a good bodily function and goes a long way towards living a disease-free life. If you struggle with healthy eating, then you know that breaking unhealthy habits can be the most difficult part of the process. Therefore, if you truly want to live the best lifestyle possible, it is important to follow tips in order to start eating a more healthy diet.

A great first step when you want to start eating your way to a healthy life style is to rid your home of all temptations that will distract you from following better eating habits. Ideally, it would be a wise to keep junk foods and beverages out of your house so as not be tempted to snack during the day.  If you’re worried about getting hungry, keep healthy snacks like carrot sticks, yogurt, fresh fruit, or whole-wheat crackers on hand.  If you find that you just cannot bear to toss out the sweets, try keeping something tiny on hand, peppermints or miniature chocolates.  Eating a few, (emphasis on few) of these won’t ruin your diet but also will give you that little sugary fix you rave.  I buy full-sized chocolate bars and break them into pieces which I keep at my office.  Before I leave work I grab a piece to bring home with me for an after dinner snack.

Another great step to healthy eating, when you’re first starting the process, is to take a few moments to learn what foods are the healthiest for you and how they work within the body.  To start eating healthily we must begin by thinking healthily.  Most people understand that fruits, vegetables, and low-fat meats and dairy products are good for you, but few people understand why.  The key is learning about nutrients. When you understand how specific nutrients work and why you need them, it becomes more reasonable for you to make healthier choices for your body. Knowledge really is power!

Preparation is a major key in commencing a new healthy diet.  You must take into consideration your schedule for meals.  If you often eat in a hurry at odd times of day, you’re more inclined to grab a rushed meal which will probably do more harm than good.  So plan ahead!  Instead of grabbing a fast food lunch on the go, take a bagged lunch to work, complete with a healthy wrap and some fresh fruit and vegetables. Remember not to forget your evening meal, a simple plan to have a meal ready before you get home would be perfect, but in our fast paced life style, sometimes this just can’t be done.  One way to solve this problem is to plan out your evening meals for the week, on your days off.  Perhaps just before you do your weekly shopping.  Another warning: when going to the shops, do not venture there hungry because you are more likely to pick processed low nutrient foods. That becomes the first break in your healthy eating.  Also shop the outer edges of the store and stay out of the middle aisles where many of the unhealthy food options live.

Initially you may find it very difficult to make the necessary changes to healthier eating. Along with the difficulty of change, you may not feel well for a short period of time. Usually this is normal as your body is adjusting to your new and improved life style and is cleansing itself from the unhealthy toxins built up from poor eating habits. However if this feeling continues or you are worried a visit to your doctor would be the correct thing to do.

Start with baby steps. Even if you only replace one soda a day with a glass of water, you are really improving your calorie intake. If you eat fast food every day for lunch, try replacing that half of the time with better quality foods. When you start by taking small steps you aren’t cutting out all of the foods you love all at once. By taking your time to learn about your eating habits and slowly replacing them with better meals, by taking the time to learn and understand why you should be doing that and making the necessary changes in an orderly fashion, you will feel much better within yourself physically, mentally and emotionally and well on the road to becoming as healthy as you can be

 


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You Are Who You Are…

The experiences of your life, both good and bad, shape who you are.  To feel anger, sadness, regret, or hatred about those experiences means you must feel some level of those feelings about yourself.

In order to truly love and feel good about yourself, you must acknowledge and accept the negative experience as much as the positive ones.

 You do not need to be thrilled about them and you don’t have to dwell on or repeat them, but you do need to embrace and be grateful for the lessons they taught you, for without them you would not be you!


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I LOVE Money…

For many of us, having more money is one of our goals.  Perhaps we want to earn more money, increase our financial freedom, create a source of passive income, or become a multimillionaire.  But, despite our best efforts we struggle to achieve our dreams of wealth and security.

Why?

As we go through life we develop beliefs and attitudes about money that run counter to our intentions to attract more:

  • Rich people are “bad”.
  • Money isn’t spiritual.
  • Money is the root of all evil.
  • Money changes people.
  • Money doesn’t bring happiness.
  • etc…

We have a love/hate relationship with money.  We love it because it makes us feel happy, helps us care for our families, and pays our bills, but it also brings us stress and feelings of lack, envy, and greed.

However, in order to attract the money we want to improve our lives (and the lives of those around us) we MUST learn to love and respect money.  Take a few moments to consider how much kindness and respect you give your money.  For example:

  1. Do you have money wadded up in the bottom of your purse/briefcase, or is your money neatly sorted in your wallet?
  2. Do you “blame” money for your problems?  “No matter what I do I never have enough money!”
  3. Do you carelessly waste money on things you do not need or do you enjoy saving up for that special item?
  4. Do you have a financial plan or do you stash your money here, there, and everywhere?

For years, I treated my money with total disrespect.  I kept extra cash lying around the house or stashed in a desk drawer, I tossed spare change on the seat of my car, I bought what ever I wanted whenever I wanted it, and I made no attempts to wisely invest a portion of my income.

It wasn’t until I started “taking care” of my money that my finances started to shift.  Now, I keep spare cash locked in a safe, I neatly tuck my spare change into a change pouch, I follow (mostly) a budget, and I set up an auto debit from my checking account to fund my IRA.  I take time each day to show my money love, respect, and gratitude.  It has taken time, patience, and dedication but I am seeing an increase in my finances as well as in opportunities and creative ideas to help me make more.

If reaching your financial goals is a bit of a challenge for you, take some time to consider if you are treating your money the way you want money to treat you.  Ask yourself,

“If I treated my friends/family the way I treat my money, how many fulfilling relationships would I have?”

If the answer is not many, then try this exercise to help you regain a positive, loving relationship with your finances:

Every day for the next month, write down at least 10 reasons you LOVE money.  Consider things like: money makes me happy, money helps me care for my family, money bought me a new car, money supports me in all ways, giving money to help others brings me joy, money is a physical representation of positive energies, etc…

This can be a powerful method to begin to rebuild a strong, healthy relationship with your finances.

Have fun!!!

 

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