Are You Ready to Change Your Lifestyle?
Posted by Caitlin Norton
There are many things you can do to give your body a boost. Diet and exercise are of course key parts of your regimen, but your attitude should take a starring role.
Complacency is the Enemy
Restrictive diets are difficult to maintain and it can be easy to slip back into old habits when we don’t see results right away. Instead, strive to make small changes over time to keep the journey fun and exciting without over burdening your willpower. Making just a few simple changes can dramatically change your lifestyle without sacrificing delectable delights.
The findings of a study by researchers Carmen Keller and Michael Siegrist revealed a person’s personality does determine why and what she eats. They believe that “certain personality rates can be seen as risk factors for an unhealthy lifestyle.”
Give Your Scale to Good Will
Instead of focusing on the changing numbers on a scale, focus on a healthier lifestyle that works for you so you. Set goals like getting a full serving of veggies at each meal or going for walks after dinner every day.
Put a Spin on Traditional Cinnamon Rolls
If you’re like me, you love baked goods but not the calories that come with them. Think about incorporating low- calorie sweeteners into you recipes if you’re looking to lower your overall sugar intake. Each type of sugar substitute is a little different in use, volume, and taste so experiment with them to find the one that you prefer. You can learn more about the different types on the Calorie Control Council’s website and see how to substitute them into your favorite recipe on PastryWiz.com.
Stop Serial Snacking
Brian Wansink PhD., the author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, notes that the “serial snacker” eats out of habit, not hunger. To be a successful snacker make fruit, veggies and whole grains easily accessible by keeping them on display within arm’s reach. Put a bowl of delicious fruit on the counter or kitchen table. Wash and pre-cut veggies so they’re easier to choose. Keep fiber bars and high fiber cereal within reach for a more filling option. And don’t forget to check out our tips for snacking like a nutritionist.
Remember Fiesta Dinnerware?
Its bold colors transformed multiple generations and became a staple of the family lifestyle. According to Color Expert and Chief of Sensational Color Kate Smith, there are external cues that increase or decrease your appetite. Blue for an example is an appetite suppressant. Yellow stimulates your hunger.
This is Not a Diet; This is Your Life
It’s important to make healthy eating a daily habit- not just something you do when you want to lose weight. And never feel like certain foods are off limits. You can indulge in your favorite treats, just keep moderation in mind. As my diet pal Kate Smith noted, “Once I became a healthy, diversified eater who did not deprive myself of sweets and carbs, I felt better in every aspect of my life.”