Wine can be a great addition to your diet. Wine has many positive attributes to it. For some people, it relies them. Red wine has been seen to help protect against cancer. It does contain some vitamins and minerals to promote wellness. However, remember this: wine is still alcohol. Actually, it is high in alcohol- about %12-15! If you chose to enjoy wine, make sure you do responsibly: only 1-2 glasses at a time. In this way, you will reap the benefits while not getting drunk or increasing your waistline. Cheers! As Always, Eat, Move, Improve!
“Core strength is key to everything. it’s not the way I look, but about stabilizing my body so I can perform better on stage” -Paul Stanley
“But if I keep my core and back strong, the scoliosis does not bother me” -Usain Bolt
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.’ -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everyone is different. We have unique nutritional needs and wants. Some people function well on low carb, low fat diets. Others function well on low fiber vegetarian diets. Some people have extreme allergies and need to avoid certain foods altogether. Some people need to lose weight while others need to gain weight. You get the picture.
But, we all want the same thing. We all want that strong and sexy core. We want that “perfect” body with hard muscles and curves. We want those formed, rock hard abdominals and obliques. To get there, each person needs to follow certain “common core” practices to stay healthy, well, and improve their bodies. First, Each and every one of us needs to feed our bodies with certain, necessary nutrients:
-low fat protein for strength and healing
-whole grain carbohydrates for long lasting energy
-fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals
-Dairy for healthy bones
-healthy fats for maintenance
-water or low calorie fluids to stay hydrated
Consider these principles as well when choosing your foods:
-No one food is good or bad. We create our personal beliefs about foods and humanize them from our experiences and thoughts around them.
-Moderation is key. Small & irregular desserts & snacks are OK.
-Choose to eat high quality foods to satisfy hunger and nutritional needs. Do your best to avoid eating out of boredom or emotions.
-High quality foods and calories will almost always create better health than low quality foods and calories.
-Preparing foods at home will be more healthy than eating out most of the time.
-Consistent portion sizes are key. Appropriate portion sizes of foods will help you get to a healthy weight and keep your body working well.
-Exercise will make your body strong and get you to a healthy weight over time.
Of course, this is a short list of core principles toward a balanced, healthy meal plan. Consult a dietitian and personal trainer to find realistic food practices for you. As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!
“Don’t wait until they tell you that you are ready. Get in there. I waited a long time out in the world before I gave myself permission to fail.” -Peter Dinklage
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”― Hugh Laurie
“If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting for the rest of our lives” -Hugh Laurie
Ever say this to yourself, “I’ll do it when I am ready?” You’re not alone. Millions of people say this to themselves each and every day. While waiting to be “ready” is the safe play, it does not bring progress. It keeps us in our comfort zones. When we decide we aren’t “ready”, we do not take action. Nothing changes.
Changing your life is scary. It takes courage. It’s risky and puts you in the spotlight for people to judge. But, the only way to make changes is to ACT. No one is ever ready for big decisions. However, the hard decisions are essential to make a difference in your life. When you begin making a change, you may not be ready. But, you can assess, adapt, and adjust your efforts. Just stay committed to the process. You will notice that you were ready all along. As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!
I hear it all the time now. “I can’t lose weight because of X.” “I can’t reach my goals beacuse of Y”. “Life word be so much better if Z happens”. It’s so easy. Many people do not take responsibility anymore. They blame others or circumstances for their shortcomings. So many people do not shoulder the blame for their situation. They would rather slough it off to someone else to make it easier on themselves.
“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“No blame: the most liberating and empowering day of my life was the day I freed myself from my own self-destructive nonsense” -Steve Maraboli
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” -Walt Disney
I am not sure what your goals are. If you’re reading this, I hope you are making attempts to change your lifestyle and ultimately your health status. If you are looking to lose some weight, this chapter is for you. Also, if you have a few drinks every so often, this chapter is especially for you.
Our society celebrates by drinking excessively OFTEN. There is something going on all the time. The temptation is there to drink to excess constantly. There are so many drinks to choose from: beer, wine, mixed drinks, shots. They will satisfy you no matter your taste in adult beverage choices.
However, drinking adult beverages does NOT help with weight loss. Most drinks are high in carbs or sugar. They are high in calories and not much else. Our bodies absorb and breakdown alcohol first. So, when we eat with alcohol, our bodies do not absorb the vital nutrients our bodies need. Instead, it absorbs the high calories of the drinks!
Do yourself a favor. If you are looking to lose weight, drop the drinks. Choose low calorie alternatives instead:
If you cut out a few drinks a week, you will be astounded of the results you see in a few weeks. As Always, Eat, Move, Improve!