Easier said than done, right? Yes and no ... start by setting small and realistic goals. Maybe choose a few new recipes that fit into your plan; something like a healthier grain, smaller portion of meat or a new meat. How about adding wild-caught fish to your dinner plans? Shop ahead for meals so you don't hit a roadblock first thing.
Maybe trying to bring your lunch from home if you're working? Leftover are great especially if they are part of your new plan.
Calling a friend to walk with you after work or whenever you can makes it more likely you'll actually walk! Have a dog? Take him along!!! Try for at least once a week ... maybe two?
Remove any temptations from your home! Are chips tormenting you? Give them away or just don't buy anymore. Cookies .. give them away!
Eat more slowly and focus on what you're eating. Taste your food, enjoy it.
Have a cup of herbal tea after a meal to tell your brain ... "Hey, I'm finished eating!"
Hungry mid-afternoon? Have 10 raw whole almonds. Or 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (make your own), or a string cheese! A little goes a long way. Overeating is so easy to do. Stay focused.
I know using a certified herbalist may not be something everyone will try ... it is easy, but not easier than popping a pill. However, is that pill really your best option? The side effects alone cause me to pause. Now don't get me wrong, I'll take medication when warranted, but I'm going to open my own toolbox first.
Using herbal tinctures, herbal teas, and essential oils is a wonderful and safe place to start. Asking yourself some important questions is also necessary.
Some of my favorite products (descriptions taken from The Herbal Toad's website):
Check the next blog post ... Is your home making you sick?
We are all here for a purpose. Maybe you know what that purpose is and maybe you'll discover your purpose later. It will come.
Today, I met a woman who is doing the best she can with the information she has. She touched my heart and we found ourselves chatting about everything. Then, we settled in on the struggles of losing weight, working, raising kids, trying to make ends meet. It's not easy. Then you discover you need medication for high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and do the best you can ... again with the information you have or are given by someone who may not even know how to best help you. It's a vicious circle and it's exhausting.
My struggle is she is being told things that will keep her on medication when if she were able to make some simple and some not-so-simple changes she would likely be able to get off meds. I assured her I was NOT a doctor or even in the medical field. I encouraged her to think about what she wanted and to speak to her physician about it. People often forget doctors work for them! Not the other way around. When your doctor isn't listening, move on.
The bottom line of our conversation became obvious. She is eating way too much processed food tainted with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and many ingredients she couldn't even pronounce. The first step, I told her, is to understand what you are actually eating.
She mentioned she liked salmon. Farm-raised or wild-caught? She didn't know. Is there a difference? Yes. Read about it HERE. (HINT: wild-caught is better, but you already knew that, right?)
Let's talk about margarine vs butter? In my opinion, I prefer real food and margarine has what I can only refer to as ickies ... you know weird oils, stabilizers ... here is the list of ingredients from their website: Ingredients. Vegetable Oil Blend (Soybean Oil, Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil), Water, Salt, Whey (Milk), Distilled Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate and Calcium Disodium EDTA (Used to Protect Quality), Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color).
Want to know what's in my butter? Pasteurized cream and salt. See the difference? Made with milk from grass-fed cows, not treated with rBST or other growth hormones.
So, what you do? Where do you start?
Good question and the answer is easier than you think. Start small ...
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I'm old. I'm experienced. I'm healthy. What else do you need to know?