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10 Ways to Have Fun When Eating Right

IMG_3958“I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.”
-Maya Angelou
“I get way too much happiness from good food”. -Elizabeth Olsen

“Learn how to cook- Try new recipes. Learn from your mistakes.  Be fearless.  And, above all, have fun!” -Julia Childs


It’s a common misconception.  When people hear of diet, they think “I am going to be so deprived.” Or, “eating healthy is boring.”  Bet yet, “this is going to suck!”  I have noticed how many people decide not to take action because of their preconceived notions.  They look at a decision or commitment they want to make.  If they even suspect any negative connotation to a decision, they run the opposite way or rationalize why its not worth it.


However, the truth is that there are pros and cons to every decision out there.  For example, unexplainable taste and joy of eating french fries and cheeseburgers is a pro.  But, weight gain, bloating, and drowsiness could be considered cons.


I propose you look at eating right or dieting in a different way.  Focus not on the downside, but on the positives.  You have the power to make nutrition and eating well fun!  Here are some examples:
  1. Experiment with bright colors- orange, red, green, blue, purple, yellow etc.We eat with our eyes and bright colors make people excited!
  2. Switch things up.  For example, switch between, chicken, shrimp, fish, and other lean meats
  3. Mix 2-3 food groups into 1 dish.  Instead of having 3 separate food groups on a plate, mix them up in a salad, pasta dish, soup, or rice bowl for example!
  4. Try different herbs and spices.  Each herb and spice contribute different nutritional benefits.
  5. Mix up your cooking techniques.  Grilling, baking, broiling, barbecuing, and others change the taste and experience of the meal
  6. Change your eating environment.  We tend to get bored by sitting in the same spot-  eat at your table, outside, or at a friend’s house!
  7. Cook with a friend!  Sharing an experience with a loved one will make it more pleasurable.
  8. Try ethnic dishes or flavors you haven’t tried before: sushi, curries, Mediterranean, Asian.
  9. Flavor your water differently. Infuse it with citrus fruits, mint, or even ginger!
  10. Listen to your favorite music!  We tend to be happier and more willing to try something new when we’re jamming to our favorite toons.
Obviously, these are just 10 off the top of my head!  There are plenty of other ways to make eating healthy a fun experience.  Which is your favorite?  Comment below!
As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!
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TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THE GOLF OUTING


Twas the night before the outing, when all through the course, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The golf carts were parked by the clubhouse with care, in hopes that clear weather soon would be there.

The golfers were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of skins and birdies play in their heads.

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long Summer’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen dew Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a mysterious man came near
With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be my golf partner.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!” Now Nike! now, Calloway! now, Taylormade and Ping! On, Titelist! On, Slazenger! on, Cleveland and Maxfli!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.

So up to the fairway- top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of Toys, and My golf partner too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the green. The prancing and pawing of each little swing.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the fairway my partner came with a bound.

He was dressed all in golf attire, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with dirt and soot.

A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.

He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And tees up his drive, then turned with a jerk.

And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the cart path he rose!
He sprang to his cart, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, “Happy outing to all, and to all a good-night!”

 

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Dear Fruit

Dear Fruit,
I want to apologize to you on behalf of countless critics out there.  They have villainized you.  They have hurt your reputation.  Most specifically, they have blamed you for making people gain weight.  In their defense, their logical thinking makes sense.  We know as a fact that calories from sugar make people gain weight.  To their defense, you carry alot of sugar inside you.
But, it’s not your fault.  Their way of thinking is skewed.  They do not understand.  They do not understand that two forms of sugar exist in the world: added and natural.  You contain the latter.  Your sugar comes from the real you, not from a factory.  What people fail to realize that what you lack in ounce you gain in tons.  You provide nutrients, fiber, water, and other heath promoting ingredients.  You bring joy to so many people with your sweetness and refreshing texture.
On behalf of those who do you wrong, I want to apologize to you.  I am saddened to observe how people mistreat you. They place you in a category where you do not belong.  But, it’s not your fault!  I encourage you to never change.  Continue to bring people joy and excitement when they eat you.  People will sort their own beliefs about you soon!
Sincerely, An Apology
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Dear Body

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live”  ~Jim Rohn
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~Buddha
“If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.” ~Thomas Jefferson

Dear Body,
Hello, old friend.  It’s been awhile since I have acknowledged you. Despite having you around all the time, I have been focused on so many distractions and to do’s.  Life got in the way and you have taken the back seat.  I have neglected you more often than not.  It’s not your fault at all.  I just forgot how valuable you are.  It’s about time to say something.

I only have you for one lifetime.  I realize that now.  I haven’t appreciated you enough.  I finally recognize how awesome you are.  You give my life so many possibilities.  Through you, I can see clearly, move independently, speak fluently, breath deeply, and many other things  You work like a machine with so many complex parts.  You are truly amazing.

My actions have hurt you.  I have stuffed myself with tasty food, missed out on exercise, and exposed myself to harmful chemicals.  I didn’t mean to.  I have made rash decisions and forgot who I was affecting.  You don’t deserve that.

I promise, from now on, to treat you well.  I will think of your needs before acting.  I will fuel you with only healthy and natural foods.  I will feed your brain with positive thoughts.  I will move you as much as I can.  I will make you the best you can be!
Sincerely, Me
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I’ll Be Back!

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Hey readers!  Sorry for my prolonged hiatus.  I had started a new job a few months ago.  I needed some extra time to get up to speed and used to working full time again.

I am happy to announce that I am planning on returning to posting again VERY SOON.  You will begin seeing consistent and new posts on my blog in the next few days.  Stay tuned!

In the mean time, I had a new idea for a string of posts.  You may or may not be aware, but we all have attachments to food.  We have feelings, thoughts, and relationships with food.  I had an idea to write “letters” addressed to foods as if they are people.  Would you like to read them?  Comment below!

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K(no)w Pain, K(no)w Gain

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“So, keep working, Keep striving. Never give up. Fall down seven times, get up eight.
Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship, Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. So keep moving, keep growing, keep learning. See you at work.” -Denzel Washington
“Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside. And something else take its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.” ― Eric Thomas
 
“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” -Tony Robbins
Today, pain has a negative connotation to its name. People see pain as something to avoid. May actually make a large effort to never feel pain. They want their life to be painless and low stress. However, most people do not realize that pain is an essential part of life and growth. In fact, most successful people have a history of painful experiences:
-Tony Robbins grew up in poverty
-Eric Thomas found himself homeless at 17
-Michael Jordan got cut from his high school basketball team
-Batman lost his parents as a child
-Spiderman lost his uncle in his arms
-Anne Frank hid in a secret annex from Nazis for two years
People experience pain when they move outside their comfort zones. Your body can detect discomfort. We all experience discomfort and stress in different ways- sweat, headaches, upset stomachs, blushing, rashes, soreness, embarrassment, physical pain all for example. There are two kinds of pain: growing and injury pains. Growing pains consist of challenges, stressors, and failures. Growing pains allow your to improve yourself and your abilities. They stretch you to your limits and allow you to pass them. Any time you feel discomfort it is important to identify how you are improving yourself.
Now, injury pains are quite different. These occur when the body goes far past its physical limits. You know the terminology: broken bones, torn muscles, cuts, bruises, or getting sick. It’s important to differentiate these two kinds of pain. Growing pain is dull and bearable and due to a new experience. Injury pain is sharp and quick. Pay attention to your body and comfort level when you spend your day.
To improve your health, it’s key to put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Going out of your comfort zone will make you even more comfortable in your skin and improve your ability to take on stressors and challenges. When looking to make health changes, Moving past discomfort will improve your body, mind, and mood. So, next time you notice an opportunity that will make you feel discomfort, embrace it! You will be surprised how far you can go. As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve! 

Dear Water

Dear Water,
 
Hey pal!  How are you?  It’s been a long time!  Seems like forever since I drank you.  I used to drink only healthy fluids out of the fridge including milk, some juice, and of course you!  Oh, how I recall taking long gulps of you ice cold.  You were so refreshing and made me feel so great!
But then, something happened.  All of these new options took my attention away from you.  I was pulled by their attractive packaging and awesome claims.  They came in sweet and sour flavors and had sexy names like “blueberry blast” and “rocket fuel”.  How can I resist?  There are some many options out there.  Why choose one, especially if that one is as basic as you?
I regret to say I made a mistake.  These drinks gave me so much joy and energy in the beginning.  But, they eventually took from me too.  They took away my healthy body and sapped my energy.  I grew jittery and high on sugar.  My waistline kept growing and growing without me realizing it!  I now realize that you were there for me all along.  In fact, I realize now I can flavor you with natural juices and in other ways to make you taste better!  I want your cool, refreshing, clean taste and that way you made me feel again.  Will you come back to me?
Sincerely, I want you back

Push Public Pressure

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something different is the greatest accomplishment” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Our Society puts pressure on us to have it all figured out- and that’s unfortunate.  It’s ok to be on a journey and to be figuring it out every day” -Chad Butler (Switchfoot)

“it’s too bad that you judge us by the way we look and not by who we are, just because you want us to be more like them when the truth is we’re not like them, and I am damn proud of that fact! I mean, Harmon College and their – their 100 years of tradition. But tradition of what? Of hazing kids and humiliating anyone who’s a bit different? Of putting so much pressure on kids they turn into these – these stress freaks and caffeine addicts.” -Jusitn Long in Accepted

I see it all the time now.  Society and the media tells us what’s best for us and what we want.  The media, advertisements, celebrities, even systems in mainstream culture tell us how to be and what to do.  Buy this, eat that.  If you don’t have this toy, you will be uncool.  Wear these kinds of clothes.  They are trendy this year.  Look this way and stay skinny.  You shouldn’t love yourself if you are fat.

While I don’t despise mass marketing and consumer messaging, but it has gotten so out of hand all the same.  This digital and consumer generation has created a “get it now” mindset.  People feel pressured to act, behave, or look a certain way to “fit in”.  This even can be found in health and wellness industries.  Exercise and food trends change all the time.  Avid fans latch onto them and get hooked.  companies manufacture a false need to follow the trend or get left behind.

It’s so important to gain perspective on what is happening.  Peer pressure, popular culture, and societal norms are sometimes not the best option for your life journey or situation.  Many of these marketers or celebrities say/ do things just to make money and don’t care if you lose out.  I encourage you to take a step back, relax, and think before you act.  Ask if these messages make sense, are genuine, and really something you want/ need.  When you become more in tune with yourself, you begin to understand your own wants and needs and make better decisions.  I assure that you will progress faster and be happier because of it.  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!