If I were to ask a group of women how many times their New Years resolution has been to lose weight, most of them would say “way too many.”
If it's been more than one or two times for you, you are so not alone.
Do you know what the Top 2 New Years Resolutions are?
1. Staying fit and healthy
2. Losing weight
Did you also know that statistics show that 95% of people who diet gain the weight back again? And MOST of those gain back even more weight than they lost?
It’s no wonder the dieting is a billion dollar industry. People pay hundreds and thousands of dollars for quick fixes and temporary solutions involving needles or specialty shakes, counting calories, weighing food or counting points, and most of these can’t be maintained long-term.
The fact is, diets don't work - at least not long-term. They're not sustainable, which makes it almost impossible to maintain any weight loss.
Most people can’t wait to get off their diet because they feel restricted and deprived or it’s just too hard, and they’re craving junk food. As soon as the diet is over, they fall back into familiar patterns and all of the weight creeps back on again.
Each time a person diets they run the risk of damaging their metabolism, making harder and harder to lose weight the next time.
Each time they gain back the weight, the confidence level takes another hit, which makes it even harder to try again. It's really a lose-lose situation.
If this is your experience, the thing is, it's not your fault. You've just never learned how to do it properly. What you need is to learn how to work with your body, and not against it.
There are a few very important pieces to the puzzle that dieting doesn’t include and that is eating in a way that balances hormones and blood sugar and reducing cravings. Without doing that, it will be next to impossible to lose weight and keep it off.
If you’ve dieted in the past, chances are your metabolism is damaged and your hormones and blood sugar are out of whack, and until they’re brought back into balance, trying to lose weight will be a never-ending battle.
If this is a struggle that you’re experiencing, and you keep doing things the same way you’re doing them now, you’re going to be in the exact same position this time next year.
My goal is get people off of diets, and teach them simple and very do-able way of eating that brings their hormones and blood sugar back into balance, allowing them to lose the weight more easily, reducing their cravings, increasing their energy, boosting their mood and reducing inflammation. It truly benefits their overall health.
It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. And it’s one that allows for everyday living because it’s simple and completely do-able and it allows for life’s indulgences, without the guilt or shame. It's a win-win!
So, if you're ready to make 2018 the year that you stop dieting for good and instead, discover the metabolic boosting foods that balance hormones, level blood sugar and help you drop the weight, without having to count calories or spend hours in the gym click on the link below. And please share this with anyone who you feel could use this information.
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I don't want you to miss it.
Until next time,
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For the past 8 days, I've been posting a Daily Tip for a healthy and happy Christmas season over on my Facebook Page (Like & Follow my page so you don't miss out on any of my tips, tricks or recipes!)
In case you missed them, I'm including them below..(plus, you get 4 days of tips early!)
On to the 12 Days Of Christmas Tips:
Day #1 Drink water throughout the day to keep your energy levels up, help you think more clearly, ward off dehydration headaches, ease bloating, detoxify. Carry a water bottle with you to help you remember.
Day #2 Bring a healthy dish to potlucks. This way, you're guaranteed something healthy to eat. You can still have treats and snacks of course, however, they don't have to be your main focus.
Day #3 Bundle up and get some fresh air. I know, outdoor excursions aren't nearly as tempting when it's cold outside. However, fresh air is a great way to clear the lungs and the mind. We spend so much time indoors breathing recirculated air in the winter, and it does the body and the mind good to escape outdoors.
Day #4 Take vitamin D drops throughout the winter. We need vitamin D for many reasons, including for our immune system (to fight off colds and flu's) and for our mood (ie seasonal affective disorder). The thing is, we don't get even close to enough without daily exposure to the sun with our bare skin (no sunscreen). A vitamin D supplement is essential to maintaining good health.
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Day #5 Take a time-out! The to-do list will always be there. It won't ever not be there. In order to keep up with the many demands for our time, and be able to give the world our best, we need to take some time for ourselves.
Add an app like "Calm" to your phone and set a notification for a 10 minute time-out.
Day #6 Carry healthy snacks with you so you're not tempted to grab fast food when you're on the go and starving. Healthy ideas are raw nuts & unsweetened raisins, home made energy bites, fruit, veggie sticks & hummus.
Day #7 Plan your Christmas Day meals ahead of time and buy what you need several days in advance. This reduces the scramble and chaos of last-minute shopping.
Day #8 Eat breakfast! Include a healthy fat and/or protein to keep you fuller, longer, set your metabolism for the day, keep your energy levels up and ward off cravings.
Day #9 Include protein with every meal (vegetarian or animal source). Protein is a thermogenic food and it takes energy to burn, so you burn more calories. It also keeps you fuller, longer and reduces energy crashes.
Day #10 Eat throughout the day. Don't go more than 4 hrs without eating. This keeps your blood sugar balanced, your moods more on an even keel and reduces the urge to crawl under your desk for an afternoon nap!
Day #11 Don't skip your workouts. As I always say, you don't have to go to a gym to get (or stay) in shape. Hiking in the snow is a fantastic workout (just bundle up!), as is toboganning, skating and working out in your basement. Make a commitment to keep your body moving regardless of the weather outside.
Day #12 En-JOY your day with your loved ones. May your heart and mind be filled with all of the JOY possible that this time of year has to offer and your tummy filled with delicious (and healthy of course!) food.
Until Next Time,
May Anne xo
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I want to share with you some simple strategies to enjoy the holidays without gaining weight.
Let’s face it, no one wants to start a new program or a diet during Christmas. It’s not realistic. There are too many get-togethers and too many temptations.
What I want to share with you are tips to help you to get through the holidays and at least not gain weight that you’ll just want to lose again in January.
Let me start by saying that making it through the holidays is not about perfection. It’s about remembering your goals and being prepared.
It is possible to enjoy healthy treats without feeling bad about it, and one of the key ways of doing this is to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. This is so important to avoid overindulging in all the wrong treats… and then feeling bad about it afterwards.
Cravings are a huge effect of a blood-sugar imbalance. Cravings can easily sabotage our health and weight loss goals. Most of us crave sweet or salty carb-rich food when we are feeling stressed or tired.
The following tips I’m going to give you are to keep your blood sugar balanced, so you can keep your energy levels up and reduce the cravings that will have you constantly reaching for all the wrong foods.
Tip #1 Eat at least 3 meals per day, even on the days that you’re going to a party or a potluck. Don’t save up all of your meals for the party because you’re pretty much guaranteeing that you’re going to overindulge. Eat well-balanced meals throughout the day of the party, making sure to include healthy fats and proteins, so you won’t be starving when you get to the party and craving all the wrong foods. Allow yourself one or two treats and then remember your goals and how you want to feel the next day.
Tip #2 Drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you don’t have a water bottle, I highly suggest getting one and take it with you wherever you go. We all need about 8 glasses of water each day and not having enough will cause tiredness and make us think we’re hungry when we’re actually just thirsty.
Tip #3 Eat a form of protein with every meal. Whether it's eggs or meat or a vegetarian source of protein (like quinoa) make protein your first pick when you sit down to eat. This will help keep your blood sugar from crashing and will reduce cravings and because protein is thermogenic, it will help you burn more calories.
Tip#4 Be on the lookout for healthy treats that contain healthy fats, protein and are free from refined sugar and flour. If it’s a potluck you’re going to, be the one to make healthy treats and bring them with you. Trust me, no one will know the difference, except that they’ll feel so much better the next day.
These are just a few of my favourite tips for being able to enjoy the holidays without overindulging and feeling bad about it afterwards.
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Until next time,
I strongly believe that food is where we should get the majority of our nutrients, and eating a variety of foods that are as close to nature as possible is what we should strive for.
Our bodies need certain nutrients to survive, and if we’re not getting them on a regular basis, we start to experience sickness and disease, and at the very least, we don’t look and feel as good as we were meant to.
The problem with getting our nutrients from our diet is that most of us don’t eat a variety of fresh foods that are as close to nature as possible.
Convenience foods are so popular because they provide what almost everyone is looking for, and that’s a quick and easy meal when our lives are SO busy.
I get it, my life is busy too and I know how tempting it is to grab something out of a box and throw it in the oven for dinner.
The thing is, there’s usually more nutrition in the box itself than there is in what’s inside the box, and because these convenient meals are full of chemicals and preservatives and are so highly processed, they’re usually causing more harm than good by not only NOT giving our bodies the nutrients that we need, but they’re adding to the toxic load that’s already in our bodies.
Even those of us that don’t regularly use packaged foods for meals, still aren’t getting the same quality of nutrients from our foods that we would have with those same foods 50 years ago. The soil quality just isn’t the same, and unless you’re eating fresh, organic and local foods all the time, you’re not getting all of nutrients that your body needs.
So, this is where supplements come in. They are meant to ‘supplement’ the nutrients that you’re not getting from your diet.
The problem with the majority of these, is that we’re not absorbing them. A lot of the common supplements are made up of binders and fillers that our bodies can’t process. So now, we’re literally flushing these supplements down the toilet.
Unless you’re investing in a good quality supplement that has been third-party tested, you may as well not waste your money.
I know how frustrating it is to think that you’re doing right by your body by taking supplements only to realize that you’re only absorbing a small portion of what you think you’re getting.
I’m often asked about where to get good quality supplements, so after doing some research myself, I’ve found a company that offers practitioner-grade supplements, and as a practitioner, I’m able to share the link with you and by using my link you can receive 10% off your order.
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Until next time,
May Anne Jordens-LaFlamme is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the owner of "Wellness with May Anne." She is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, so they can live a more fulfilling life - without dieting, deprivation, relying on willpower or cooking separate meals for the family.