In just a couple of days we get to say goodbye to, what lots of people are calling a challenging and sad year for a variety of reasons. They are ready to turn their backs to 2016 and invite 2017 with open arms and high hopes. New Year's Resolutions are posted to social media platforms by some, while others are adamant about the nonsense of it all. After all, January 1st is just another day.
Over the years, my opinion about New Year's Resolutions has changed. One year I'd make them, another year I thought "to hell with them". This year, I say that many of us love the symbolism of a new beginning, and I like the idea of putting this year behind me consciously and purposefully. Let the past be in the past and walk with confidence into the future.
As far as New Year's Resolutions go, I do believe that making them can be helpful, if it is done the right way. I've written about this a couple of years ago. And I still believe a lot of what I said then.
But this year, I would add that resolutions can go much deeper than the desire to lose weight or sleep better. Why not ditch the resolution to lose weight and turn it into "I want to run a half marathon by June. What do I need to do to get there?" Ideally, you'll take a full body approach. This means, you make the necessary dietary changes (a great way would be to join me for my clean eating challenge starting January 5th on Facebook only) and find a training program that will get you from where you to where you want to be.
If you have been dealing with gut issues (constipation, diarrhea, cramps) or even have a diagnosis, then make your resolution for the following year to dig deeper. What may have caused this issue and what do you need to do to get it under control? Heck, work with a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner! (Yes, that would be me.)
Think of what you miss the most in your life. More time to play with the kids or friends? Exercise? Reading books? Writing short stories? Maybe it's just simply time to look at your schedule and make time for the fun stuff in life. Think you're too busy for that? Think again. Did you know that the average American looks at their phone about 150 times in a day? Assuming that a good portion of that time is spent on checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat and/or e-mails that could wait until later, think of the time you're spending on your device. Maybe your resolution is to turn the phone off when you get home from work. Or maybe you set a time limit. We do it to kids. Maybe it's time we do it to ourselves.
My request for you for the coming year is to make it a more meaningful year for you. What do you want? And what do you have to do to get it? Sit down, create a list, and go for the things you KNOW in your heart you can accomplish, then go for it. Make 2017 an awesome year for yourself.
Happy New Year!
I had an interesting conversation with a friend the other day. I was asked how it was possible to get in all the necessary fiber if wheat and grains aren't great. This particular person wants to cut all grains from her diet.
First, what is fiber anyway?
The word fiber comes from the Latin word "fibra", which simply translates to string or thread. Fiber is also known as roughage, the undigestable part of plant foods. It travels through the digestive tract, absorbs water along the way and helps with ease of passage of food and therefore easier elimination of food.
There is soluble and insoluble fiber and both are present in all plants, though usually not in equal proportions. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and turns into a gelatinous mass, where is insoluble fiber remains intact. Both can be fermented by bacteria in the colon.
Why are we not getting enough fiber?
Look around the grocery store. The middle aisles are packed with packaged and processed foods. I have never seen as many different kinds of cereal as in the United States. I vividly remember the first time I walked down the "cereal aisle" amazed at the variety of "heart healthy" cereal, fortified with fiber for better digestion.
Did I just say enriched? You better believe I did. As our diets have changed over the decades (centuries and millennia), the amount of vegetables and fruit we consume has decreased significantly, while packaged foods have seen a huge increase, hence the sheer size of grocery store middle aisles.
We claim we're too busy to cook. We just don't have the time. Besides, it is so much easier to just pop that pizza in the oven or eat a quick bowl of cereal. Because all of these "foods" aren't naturally high in fiber, we had to start "fortify" them. We still need fiber or we won't poop!
Can I get enough fiber from fruits and vegetables?
Yes, you can!!
I found this handy little description of just one day without grains on the Paleo Leap website!
Sounds delicious, right? And it's nutritious and of course, full of healthy fiber. When your choice is real food, you will naturally consume all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs for a healthy life.
What's cooking with Real Food 4 Me, that is! I realize I have been painfully and awfully quiet lately. Never sent a newsletter, and didn't keep my blog up-to-date. I can explain!
I have been hard at work in the real world, teaching classes, taking some of my own classes, too (how to run a successful business!), and getting ready to jump right back into the nutrition world.
You see, I absolutely love my work. Meeting with people and digging deep into what is holding them back from being their best and healthiest self is a little like searching for hidden treasures. I love that feeling of success when I hit on something that nobody has found before and the look on my clients' faces, when they realize that an issue as been staring them in the eye and they never noticed until just now.
I love to help my clients find their inner strength to improve their own health and wellness. It gives me an unparalleled satisfaction.
Of course this is great, but I want it to be even better. I want to reach more people, and I want to have a bigger impact. And that is why I'm writing a book. I really can't give away too much yet, because it's my baby, and if you've ever had babies (or pets you love, or other humans you had to care for) then you understand that desire to be protective. Plus, there is always a little bit of vulnerability. What if they don't like it? ;)
But the truth is, I have good things to say, I feel passionate about my message, and I know that there will be plenty of people embracing this message as I have and still do.
In the meantime, I have created a bit of a plan of what to do with this blog, what new classes to develop and teach, and I am honored and happy that you are here, reading. Please come back for more, and if you haven't done so yet, I'd love you to follow my newsletter as well.