what’s on your plate?

Did you know that according to the United  Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, the average American eats 3,770 calories per day?  PER DAY??

So…..what’s on your plate? 

Dr. Gillian Keith has compiled a list of TEN FOODS PEOPLE EAT ON A REGULAR BASIS…(ready?)

  1. Burger meal
  2. Pizza
  3. Spaghetti
  4. Sweet and sour pork with special fried rice (chinese takeout)
  5. Hot breakfast
  6. Steak dinner
  7. Nachos
  8. Ice cream
  9. Chocolate chip cookies
  10. Hot dog meal

These are everyday “dead” foods that we consume as a regular part of our diet!  Eeek!  I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling fatter already!

So let’s change all that and look at some living foods.

Living foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts, exist in a raw or close to raw state.  They have not been bleached, refined, or chemically enhanced or preserved.  They are plucked, harvested, squeezed and might have a little dirt on them.  (don’t worry, it washes off)

All these living foods were created to cause your digestive system, bloodstream and organs to function at optimum capacity!  Wouldn’t you like to not only live longer, but have a better quality of life?  I know I would!  But where do we start?

Let’s start  by looking at our own plate.  If it needs more “living” foods on it, then let’s go to the grocery store (or if there is one available, the farmer’s market!)

First rule is to purchase fruits and vegetables frequently rather than storing large quantities for days and days in the refrigerator.  And mix it up a bit!  Don’t buy the same fruits and veggies each week.  Buy something new and different!  Choose a variety of colors and don’t forget some fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley and basil.

If you are a meat eater, then the best option is to choose organic, free-range meat and poultry.  Ask the butcher to trim off any visible fat,  or at least choose the leanest cuts.  Go for cage-free, organic eggs and whole grain breads.

If you are really serious, then just shop the perimeter of the grocery store, avoiding the middle aisles that are stuffed with pre-packaged foods and processed, man-made food products.  If you do have to venture into the inner aisles (insert scary music here), don’t forget to read your labels so you can make better food choices.

It will take a little effort to eat healthily, but the end result is definitely worth it!  Psalm 139 says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”!  YOU are special and deserve the best!  If you make some positive changes to your diet, it is going to have a real and lasting effect on your health!

the new naughty list….

  Mercy me…..it is quite the problemo finding  healthy food alternatives during the holidays.  I also know that staying on a healthy eating plan requires GREAT WILLPOWER……… but C’MON…,……..it’s pumpkin pie!!!  I love pumpkin pie!  Yeah, and there is a lot of other foods I love during the holidays that like to ‘stay with me’ until spring.  You know, the joy and merriment of a huge beehind?  Not too joyful, I say.

So…what’s a girl to do?  Don’t fret.  I found several ideas that just might help you NOT fall into the holiday food trap.

I found these good tips on www.webmd.com……….

  • Keep up your regular physical activity and make sure to get in a good workout on the day of the party or event. NO excuses!
  • Be super-diligent on non-party days by sticking closely to your eating plan.
  • Eat a small, nutritious snack before leaving for the party. This helps to take the edge off of your appetite and gives you willpower to resist hors d’oeuvres, saving your calories for the meal.
  • Offer to bring a healthy dish, one you know you can enjoy without lots of extra calories.
  • Buy yourself a fabulous holiday outfit that makes you look great and celebrates your recent weight loss. Basic solid colors with clean lines are the most flattering.
  • Ladies, carry a clutch handbag that will keep one hand occupied, reducing the urge to nibble.
  • Ladies and gents, wear a comfortable yet tight outfit that will not allow you to overindulge.
  • Watch your alcohol calories — they add up fast. Alternate alcoholic beverages with non-calorie beverages such as sparkling water.
  • Look over all the food offerings before you decide what you are going to eat. If there are foods that you love but know are decadently rich, just sample a tasting portion.
  • Use a smaller plate (the dessert plate is good). This tip can help you reduce the total amount you eat as long as you don’t go back for seconds.
  • Eat slowly and savor every bite.
  • Don’t linger around the food table! Move to another location that is less tempting.
  • Always sit down while you eat.
  • Portion control and moderation are the keys to success.

This year, start a tradition on the morning of each holiday. Get the whole clan up early for a bike ride or walk in the woods before you sit down to that scrumptious meal and day of football games. And remember, social gatherings during the holidays are a time to embrace and give thanks for our family and friends. Spend less time focused on food and more time enjoying the camaraderie of your loved ones.

And if you decide to totally disregard your eating plan, well, that’s fine for ONE special occasion! Just brush yourself off the next morning and get right back into your exercise and healthy eating routine.

Remember: Holiday time does not need to be synonymous with weight gain. Make this your year not to gain those few extra pounds that you adamantly proclaim to lose on New Year’s Day.