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…continued

Once I’ve decided what I want (see previous post), I start to think about situations where I’ll have the opportunity to stuff my face:

· Treats at the office
· Xmas parties
· Xmas Dinner
· Office Parties
· Open Houses
· Dinner Parties
· Family gatherings
· Treats around the house
· Gifts that are treats

Then I think about the food that will be available at these events and whether I’ll want to enjoy it.

Stop and consider: Is It Worth It?

I ask myself:

  • Is stuffing my face for the month of December worth the extra pounds at the end?
  • How will I feel January 1st with an extra X pounds on my frame?
  • Was it really that enjoyable?
  • Were those delectable treats delectable at all?
  • At the end of Christmas dinner, how do I want to feel?
  • Do I want to have to undo my button and zipper?
  • Do I want to feel bloated and sick?
  • Do I really need to eat more than one plate full of Xmas dinner?
  • Is it actually more enjoyable when I eat more?

Is It Crap?

  • What are the ingredients in that tasty morsel?
  • Is it actually tasty & delicious or am I eating it out of: boredom? something to do? unconsciousness? feeling uncomfortable at a party? obligation?
  • Is it made with artificial flavour and hydrogenated oil? Or is it real made with natural ingredients?
  • What are natural ingredients? If I can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it means then it’s crap. Pretty simple, huh!?
  • How do I know it’s crap if it’s on a platter and there is no package to read? I look it over, does it look like it’s made from natural ingredients or from a package? If it’s homemade chances, are it’s not crap. If it looks like it’s from a package, chances are it’s crap. The more I check the ingredients, in general, the more I have learned to tell the difference and taste the difference. You will be amazed at the difference once you get into it.
  • I consider how I will feel after I eat it. Crap makes me feel like crap.

Be picky!

Be choosy!

Don’t eat crap!

Trust me it’s not worth it.

Just eat food you love and enjoy.

Attitude:

This is a big one. Once you’ve decided on what you want, embrace it. What you think and say to yourself after that is everything. If you start to lament that you’re on a “diet”, that you can’t eat this or that, that you wish you could but you don’t want to gain weight, then you’re hooped, it’ll be difficult to stick to your plan.

Focus on the positive.

Focus on what you’re having instead of what you’re not having. With the right attitude you won’t miss a thing and enjoy what you have.

to be continued….

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Having a cold sucks!

Here are some strategies that have worked for me to recover quickly:

  1. I drink 2 litres of lukewarm water a day.  It’s a lot of water but I force myself to do it as I find it really speeds up the recovery process.  It feels like it’s flushing out the virus.  Why lukewarm?  This is something my acupuncturist taught me, our inner body is warm so it’s a bit of a shock to the system to receive cold water. Warm water blends right in  and it also helps with digestion.
  2. I double up on vitamin C to boost my immune system.
  3. I listen to my body and give it the rest it needs. If my body is aching for a nap, I take it when possible.
  4. If I’m really stuffed up and/or coughing and it’s preventing me from getting a good sleep I take a decongestant and/or cough suppressant. Getting a good nights sleep in essential for a quick recovery
  5. If I have the energy, I make a big pot of organic vegetable and chicken soup. It’s packed with nutrients and is so comforting. I live on it for a few days. It’s important that the soup have a protein.
  6. With a busy life it’s not always easy, but I try to do less and let myself be taken care of (doesn’t really happen – but I always hope, sometimes you have to ask).
  7. I eat natural sources of vitamin C; my favorites are oranges and kiwis.
  8. As always, don’t skip meals and eat healthy.
  9. I make a strong Chai tea from scratch (will send out recipe soon).

Some natural remedies I like:

For congestion and cough:

I love the Chinese herbal expectorant Nin Jiom, it’s become so popular that it’s now sold at Shopper’s Drug Mart. It really clears the chest.

 

For a sore throat:

I love Echinaforce Throat Spray.  I actually use it year round because my throat can get sore from teaching. The bottle has a long nozzle that can reaches the back of the throat, it’s so soothing.

(warning: tastes horrible)

I also love Ricola throat drops.

 

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