Thanksgiving: The Beginning

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Don’t let this one day of drinking and eating fool you. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to start your diet or what I like to call, new lifestyle. Many of you are probably reading this and thinking, “is she crazy?”…but the truth is if you can be successful today then you will be successful any other day.

Although we all like to think Thanksgiving is just one day to indulge, the reality is that Thanksgiving is the kick off to the holiday season. This one day turns into multiple days of holiday parties surrounded by festive drinks and treats through January.

My only advice to you today is, be mindful. Mindful eating has shown to help people lose weight, prevent and better manage chronic diseases (Today’s Dietitian: Mindful Eating) . Many of us may know what to do but are not motivated to do it. Being mindful does not take much: all you need to do is choose the better choice when faced with a healthy vs less healthy decision. For example, today fill your plate with mostly vegetables, eat the white meat of the turkey instead of the dark meat, limit yourself to one plate, drink water, and try having fruit for dessert with maybe just a bite of your favorite pie.

Keep in mind the real meaning behind Thanksgiving: a time to pause and reflect on how much there is to be greatful for. Count your blessing and kick off the holiday season with the right mindset. Enjoy!

Stressed?

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Stress. We all feel it some way or another…if we allow it. Just like any other emotion, stress is a choice. Maureen Killoran once said, “Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens. And RESPONSE is something we can choose.”
You can respond with a negative or a positive. The choice is yours, but in order to break that cycle of feeling bogged down and overwhelmed, you NEED to choose the positive response. Acting with a negative response only contributes to the same behavior and actually worsens the stress load in the long run.

Regardless of your outlet, you need to face the source of the stress head on. Ask yourself, “Do I really want to be dealing with this for the rest of my life?” or “Even though this is temporary, is it truly worth it?”. If the answer is no, then you need to remove the source of the problem.

Here is a list of positive reactions one can take when feeling stressed out:

  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Dance
  • Read a book you enjoy
  • Laugh (I love YouTube videos)
  • Color/paint
  • Cook or bake (try one of my recipes :-P!)
  • Talk it out or write it out (journal)
  • Take 3 deep breaths
  • Write a list to prioritize
  • Remind yourself that you have been in tough situations before and have found your way out

Put Yourself First

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We often make excuses about why we can’t do something instead of making reasons why we should. What is holding you back from living the life you deserve? Whether it be your kids, your spouse, your job, your friends, your significant other, or  your pet, that person (or animal =P) wants you to be happy just as much as you want them to be. If you commit to telling yourself you can rather than you can’t, opportunities will open up to you. Success will come to you. Positivity will come to you. “Don’t let your own worst enemy live between your own two ears.” Make up your mind about what you want out of life and go for it.

Certified Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

In today’s world, diet and exercise are all over social media. Nutrition advice is given in magazines, online, in television, billboards and more. I am happy to say that Americans are becoming more aware of the benefits of eating healthy, but I am not happy with the sources many of this information is coming from. Just because you saw, heard, or read something, does not mean that is true, or fitting for you. When it comes to diet and exercise, retrieve advice from a reliable source! A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential “RD.” The majority of RDs or RDNs work in the treatment and prevention of disease. RDN’s are legally licensed to administer medical nutrition therapy in hospitals, private practice, in the community,public health settings, academia and research. RDN’s will work one-on-one with you to create individualized meal plans catered to reaching your health and wellness goals.

Eatright.org is a great website to access reliable information, visit the website by clicking the link below: 

http://www.eatright.org/

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