What plant foods are high in protein? How does our body utilize the protein we eat? Will eating more protein help me lose weight? Why do so many food labels boast the protein content? Over the next 5 weeks, I’ll be answering all these questions with a weekly wellness post on protein. Week 1: Plant Protein Sources!
Day 8: Consistency.
If you want to successfully make a lifestyle change, consistency is key. This means not setting limits on when the change is 'done' or 'over,' rather thinking of it as a journey. It may not look the same every day. It may not be perfect. But it's a continual effort that moves forward.
The busiest time of year is probably not the best time to start up a new work out plan, though it may work for some people. I think the most realistic goals to have during this season are ones of maintenance. If you don't have a current routine, try keeping your focus on staying active in daily activities. Take the stairs. Make an extra loop around the grocery store. Shovel the driveway (just don't hurt your back ;)). Take a walk, even if it's in the snow...
Nutrition and exercise are really only a portion of what truly makes up wellness + health. Rest and stress-management are two other vital pieces of the puzzle.
Making time for rest and self-care during the holiday season can seem impossible. But, like most things we've talked about so far, it's all about being intentional.
Why wait until New Year's to start thinking about resolutions? I'm not a big fan of the cliche goals, like "Go to the gym more" or "Eat healthier." Don't set yourself up for failure when it comes to setting goals. Let's talk about some simple steps to consider when you're making a diet and lifestyle change.
The holiday season can be stressful. Full calendars, endless gift buying, family dynamics, travel, and FOOD.
Typical American family holiday traditions revolve heavily around food. These traditional foods are usually different than what we eat on a regular basis -- often higher in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, sodium, and sugar. These foods leave us feeling sluggish, and for many, they leave us feeling guilty.
The first step in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, be it during the holiday season or any time of year, is a healthy relationship with food.
You know it’s bad, but it’s everywhere. How bad could it really be? We associate sweet treats with parties and happy memories, it’s what we crave after a bad day, it’s how we express love to someone, it’s that afternoon pick-me-up. Sound about right?
Kudos to the sugar industry (and advertisers) for imbedding our need for sugar so deeply within our culture, that it’s taken about 70 years for us to wake up.