Instead of a Cheat Day…Try This!

Do you have a Cheat Day?   I recently got asked if I have cheat day in regards to the way I eat?  I replied, “Nope!”  I don’t believe in cheat days and here’s why…”   Before I go into my explanation, I want to tell you that I used to have cheat days back in the day, and found it didn’t work for me for a lot of different reasons.   Cheat days easily turn into —> cheat weekends —> which easily turn into cheat weeks —> then into cheat months!  And before you know it, you’ve fallen off the wagon, the wheels have come off the wagon, and the wagon has exploded.   Then you’re scrambling and desperate to pick up the pieces and start your diet over by restricting again to make up for all this binging and fun you’ve been having with food.  And the cycle just keeps […]

5 Tips To Avoid A Thanksgiving Food Coma

The Thanksgiving holiday is here, whether you’re ready or not… Some of you may’ve found yourself dreaming about turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, yams, green bean casserole, dressing/stuffing, cranberries, and pumpkin pie….?  OH MY!  Don’t forget those dinner rolls, too! Time to get out the stretchy pants and proceed to crawl into the fetal position post dinner, turn on TV, and enter food coma for the rest of the day.  HA!  Not so fast.  You have a choice to do something different this year with these 5 tips, and you’ll still enjoy your holiday just as much. 5 Tips To Avoid A Thanksgiving Food Coma Instead of focusing on all the food, focus on all the warm and fuzzy feelings you receive from this holiday!  I’m not talking about the warm and fuzzy feelings you’re getting from your glass of wine or adult beverage of choice, either.  But, the feelings of […]

5 Ways To Consume Less Calories and Stay Lean This Summer

  Summertime is my favorite time of the year, but with it brings a lot of schedule changes, 3 Day Weekends, pool parties, BBQs, camping, vacations, as well as, loads of opportunities to fall off track with exercise and eating healthy.   All too often I find people, saying, “Oh well, I’ll get back on track once the holiday weekend is over, my vacation is over, or when the kids are back in school.”  But I’ve found that to make a healthy lifestyle sustainable, we have to start looking for what we CAN DO to stay on track, even when LIFE comes up, and still have a little FUN in the process!   Now, there is all kinds of healthy food/drink substitutions that you could make at your next party or BBQ, and I’m not going to get into all of that because there is plenty of info on that […]

Are You Addicted to Chocolate &/or Wine? Find Out What It’s Costing You!

  “Every decision you make in life is to either avoid pain or gain pleasure.” –   Sigmund Freud – The Pleasure Principle   It sounds like a bold statement from what some would think of as a Coo-Coo Psychoanalyst.  But, as I got to thinking about it more, it’s pretty darn true!  We are ultimately avoiding pain or gaining pleasure through our daily actions and decisions we make in each moment.   For instance, think about all the pleasure we get from: reading & learning something new to advance your life planning our next travel adventure scrolling through FB for a quick distraction working out & eating healthy going to work volunteering for a worthy cause saving money for the future socializing and hanging with friends and family   On the flip side, look at some of things we do to avoid pain or painful feelings: binge on foods high […]

Manage Stress to Feel Happier & Have More Self-Control

    Would you say that you feel stressed about work projects, money, taking care of your spouse, parents, or kids, all the household chores that have to be done, getting the body you want, & finding the time to do ALL of these things?   Great!  Welcome to the club called HUMAN, and guess what…no one gets out ALIVE or STRESS FREE!  In fact, I have bad news, you won’t ever be able to eliminate stress or completely avoid it.   Last week, I found myself tempted and distracted by every thing imaginable. I was craving chocolate, chips, frozen yogurt, and other fatty,fast foods. Not too mention, I felt tired, exhausted, & unable to think clearly or focus! Just straight up BLAH!   Now, because I have a Fitbit, I can track my average sleep over a week’s time, and what I found was that I had averaged 5.5 […]