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Halloween Candy or Healthy Lifestyle?

Trick-or-treat!  That’s what children say when they go to the front door on Halloween, right?  What if it had another meaning?

To me, “Trick” relates to anything that is going to trick me into derailing from my plan.  It could be the candy from Halloween, the extra stuffing at Thanksgiving or even the champagne at New Years.  Yes, I will partake in a little of the indulgences, but I don’t allow the treats to completely steer me off my path.

“Treat” to me is the healthy lifestyle I’ve chosen to lead.  I get to treat myself because I’ve changed my lifestyle and I can live a little.  It’s because I live the healthy lifestyle that I can have one or two pieces of Halloween candy.  The real treat, is being healthy and allowing my body to have what it really needs to survive.

Now that Halloween has passed, what is your plan to get back on track?  Are you going to continue to indulge and trick yourself into thinking the path you’re on is ok?  OR…are you going to change up what you’re doing and treat yourself?  Either way, the decision is yours.  If you are thinking of changing it up, there are things you can do!

  1. Start to reduce your “boxed foods” and increase your “clean” ones. – If you read the ingredients on a box, I bet some of the ingredients you either won’t know or can’t pronounce.  Each time you go to the grocery store, stick to the outside aisles more and more.  That’s where the good stuff is!
  2. Add physical activity into your lifestyle. – You can start small too.  Start with 2-3 days a week and over time, increase the number of days.
  3. Eliminate the soda! – By removing soda out of your diet, you will reduce your chances of becoming a diabetic and help you lose weight.  Instead of soda, go with water that’s infused with fruit.  And if you like the bubbly, try a carbonated water.
  4. Find an accountability partner. – This can be anyone!  Someone you work with, one of your family members, someone you know online through social media.  Wherever you find that person, stay in contact so you can start this new lifestyle together and hold each other accountable.
  5. Set goals and stick to them. – By writing out your goals, you are more likely to stick to them.  What I suggest doing is writing out your goals and post them around the house wherever you are likely going to see them…on the bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator, on the back of the front door, etc.  The more place you post them, the more they will remind you that you are doing this for a reason.

I am not a nutritionist and I am not a doctor, but I have learned a lot since I started my own journey.  I can help you find the right program fro you that you can do right in the comfort of your own home and I can help you with the proper nutrition you need to get started.  After reading this, if you are serious about starting your journey and need help getting started, message me.  Finding this healthy lifestyle has really helped me and I cannot wait to pay it forward!

Meatless Mondays

While traveling on a business trip awhile ago, I read an article in Men’s Fitness magazine about something called the Meatless Monday Movement.  It made me start to think…and gave me some very interesting takeaways:

  • It takes 1,846 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef.  It only takes 39 gallons of water to yield the same amount of veggies.
  • Farm-animal waste is funneled into football field size lagoons that release toxic gases such as nitrous oxide and methane.

The first point was shocking and yes, the second one was even more shocking than the first.  I could not believe this when I read the article.  The article even went on to say that if everyone gave up meat and cheese for just one day, once a week for a year, the impact on greenhouse gases would be the equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road.  Yes, I said MILLION!

I want to be up front and say I am not a vegetarian and I am not a vegan because I do like to eat chicken, fish and turkey, mostly.  I am not someone who likes to eat a lot of red meat but will have a burger every now and then.

This article, though.  It really made me think.  What if I started a Meatless Monday in my house?  Would my husband go along with it?  When I read this article, I wasn’t sure.  I thought it was something worth trying, though.  I thought if i could slowly incorporate this idea into my house it wouldn’t be so hard to do.  I would be doing my part for the world and we would be eating clean and healthy.

We tried it and it’s worked.  There are a few meals we have each week now that are meatless and it’s been kind of fun coming up with different meals.  One of my favorites is my Southwestern Tacos.  If you really cannot remove meat from your diet, then my recommendation is to choose antibiotic-free, pasture raised beef and antibiotic-free, free-range chicken that are raised using sustainable farming practices.  You may have to do some research to find farmers in your area but they are out there.

Have you tried Meatless Monday in your house?  Share your favorite recipe below and help those thinking of joining the Movement.

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