Wellness Wednesday: Are You Overeating?

Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday to you all. This Wellness Wednesday I would like to talk to you about portion control. I had the pleasure of reading an article on the website www.theguardian.com and they were examining this very epidemic. It seems everywhere you go food is getting bigger and bigger, and the result is that Americans waists are getting wider and wider.  Published this recent May 2017, they (www.theguardian.com) noted that the White House and FDA would be changing food labels to better reflect the influx in portion sizes and to present new serving sizes that reflect how people actually eat.  I have a major problem with this! If we know that our people are overweight, then why would you try to normalize our current portion sizes when we know it can be detrimental to their health?  I am shocked and a bit disgusted.

Although this information is upsetting, there are things in which you can do in your personal and family life that don’t follow the “new rules” being put in place. Here are my tips to keeping your plate under control.

Use the My Plate model – Make half of your plate fruits and veggies, about one quarter grains, and one quarter protein. There are more details that go into this model, but this is the basic. Be a model citizen by making a model plate.

Split your plate – This is especially important when you are going out to eat. Some restaurants are loading you up with more food than ever. When your plate comes, ask for a to go box. Split your meal in half right then and there, and save the rest for later. Now that’s cutting calories!

Never eat until you’re full – Never ever do this one. One way to prevent this is just by eating a little slower. Drink a glass of wster before eating. It will also prevent you from eating too much. Enjoy your food. Engage in conversation around dinner and lunch time. This gives your brain time to catch up with your stomach to determine where you are in regards to becoming full.

Everything in moderation – Have that candy or chocolate. Eat that cake and ice cream, but in moderation. Take special care with these portion sizes because sugar will eventually turn into fat, which will increase your waistline.

High Fiber/Low Sugar, Fat, and Sodium – Choose foods high in fiber and low in sugar, fat, sodium. These are general guidelines for your overall health. Fiber will keep your digestion on track, and the more sugar, fat, and sodium you have, the more you are going to want to eat. It is sad to say, but these are the ingredients that make us want to eat more because they taste good. Be cautious of these at all times.

So there you have it. My tips for not overeating. Stay strong in the fight against portion control. Be well you guys!

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

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80% Nutrition, 20% Exercise

Since the recent passing of the new year the majority of us are “on fire” or motivated to achieve our new year resolutions. The most frequent of new year resolutions has to come from the never ending desire people have to “lose weight”, and by this they think it equals exercising more. Although this is a very important component, you still can’t out exercise your diet. Even if you managed to exercise 7 days a week, you would not get the best results you possibly can unless you begin eating right.

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I have recently been on a smoothie kick in the morning. I mix all my favorite fruits, and veggies in the blender (the ninja blender I initially bought for my husband for Christmas…hehehe…), and it is a sure way to start my day off right (I will be adding a protein mix soon because I am hungry in like 2 hours). I have also been bringing snacks such as nuts, cheese, cranberries to also snack on. When I have lunch I try to keep it light. I don’t want something to drag me down for the rest of the day, and I live by my “don’t overeat rule”. If we are to truly conquer our wellness goals, then it has to start from the inside out.

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Everyday you wake up try to make a conscience decision to live a better life. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect by any means, but I know that I want to take care of myself now and avoid problems later. It is also good to practice “everything in moderation”. Have a slice of cake or a mini snickers (my treat). It usually curves those cravings, and you can move on instead of obsessing over something that you wish you had.

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They key is to stay realistic. Ask yourself, “Where am I now?” and “Where would I like to be in the next year?” Do you want to be stuck making the same new year resolution next year, or is 2017 the time for change? You decision, but know that you are the one who has to deal with the consequences.

Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

 

Wellness Wednesday: National Dessert Day

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Hi everyone, and happy hump day to you all! Every now and then I like to go online to look up the random holidays in every month, and boy are there some wacky ones out there! Well today just happens to be National Dessert Day! Yum! In the world of health and fitness usually the words desserts or sweets is strictly forbidden, but I have just the opposite affection towards it. I like my sweets. My favorite happening to be a Snickers (FYI). After all desserts are on the food pyramid right? Lol! I know, I know, but in all seriousness. I find the worst diets to be the ones that cut our desserts completely. Although yes they are packed with sugars and calories, they are not there to ruin your diet. My favorite rule to tell my clients is, “Everything in moderation”. It is those that deprive themselves of sweets are usually the ones that fail because they end up going on a “sweet binge”. I believe it is all about balance. Balance the sugar, fats, and fried. Make sure you are eating an abundance of fruit, vegetables, nuts, lean meats, etc, but have a cookie once in a while. This is in no way to get confused with special situations. If you have a medical condition limiting you to a required diet, then by no means am I telling you to eat a bunch of unhealthy foods. For those of you though that have tried diet after diet trying to cut out sugars or carbs, just know that more than likely it is not going to give you the lasting results that you want. So on account of National Dessert Day I want you to eat a piece of cake and live a little, and I said a little. Just keep in mind of your ultimate goal. Live a happy healthy life the right way! Happy eatings!!!

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

Picture from today’s workout and breakfast!

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