How are you doing with your resolutions? Here are some more things to try for a healthier you:
Stop buying premade junk. That means cake mixes, cookies, canned soups, microwave meals. Make it yourself. Maybe you’ll need to spend time on the weekends preparing for the week. Or getting a pressure cooker to cook quicker or slow cooker to let it cook while you work. This way you know what you are putting in your body.
Eat and shop for local foods. Eat foods when they are in season. Try something new once a week.
Bring your own lunch to work instead of buying out.
Eat meatless meals once or twice a week. Eat more salads.
Make your breakfast ahead of time. Try some overnight oats.
Use Pinterest for recipe ideas.
Mix up your meals. Some people eat the same things day in and day out. Try something new and get out of that humdrum routine.
Keep your pantry stocked with healthy grains, spices, snacks.
So there was a new study done in Australia that concludes that having cheat days can help in weight loss. Now this is not a license to binge or overeat but quite contrary.
What they really are conveying is that it is better to stick to your strict diet for maybe two weeks and then for the next two weeks eat the things you want but keep within the calorie frame for maintaining your weight. For instance, if it’s determined that your maintenance calories are 2,000 per day you can go ahead and sustain that for two weeks and then go back to your 1,200 calorie per day dieting for two weeks.
After a while of dieting your body goes into “starvation” mode (the study called it ER or Energy Restriction) and by doing this, you may trick it into not doing that.
There’s another diet in town. Called Whole30, this diet established by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig, this diet claims to be a short-term nutritional reset. It is designed to end unhealthy cravings and habits, restore metabolism, heal digestive tract, and balance your immune system. This diet suggests you strip sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes from your diet for a full 30 days. This is considered to be a modified paleo diet.
After reading reviews about the diet, we conclude it can be difficult at times to follow. People did say they felt more energy, fell asleep easier, woke up easier. After reintroducing some of the foods after the 30 days, some people didn’t even bother to add some items back because they felt so good. Some even said as they added back cheese, they felt bloated and crampy.
This is intriguing enough that maybe we’ll try it. If we do, we’ll give our first-hand assessment.
Don’t diet. Cornell University did a study of the Mindlessly Slim.
Cornell Food and Brand Lab researchers studied those adults who have successfully maintained a healthy body weight throughout their adult lives by creating a registry where they can sign up and answer questions. They divided the responders into 2 groups: the mindlessly slim who didn’t maintain diets; the other group was those who dieted regularly and thought about food frequently and highly conscious of what they ate.
After comparing responses to the questions they found the mindlessly slim stragies included eating high-quality foods, cook themselves, listen to their bodies’ cues. They didn’t feel as guilty as the other group about overeating. They had a more enjoyment-based approach to food and eating.
Here are some of the responses:
Favorite meat (61%): chicken
7% are vegetarian
33% don’t drink alcohol
35% eat salad at lunch everyday
65% eat vegetables at dinner every day
51% include fruits and vegetables in their breakfast
44% snack on fruit
37% don’t drink soft drinks
48% don’t diet; 74% rarely diet
So the contest is over. The one the Victor crew talked about a few weeks ago called “My Diet is Better Than Yours” finished just last week. The diets that were used were The Wild Diet, The Superfood Swap Diet, The cLean Momma Plan, The Wellness Smackdown, and The No Diet Plan.
The Wild Diet included fat. The trainee Abel James, says you have to eat fat to burn fat. The diet does focus on plant-based foods and omits processed carbohydrates. Pastured meats, butter, cheese and rich chocolate are allowed.
The Superfood Swap Diet (which happened to be the winner) swapped favorite foods for healthier versions of the food. No refined sugars or snacking are allowed but sweets and alcohol were permitted socially.
The cLean Momma Plan included adding exercise into every activity. An extra squat here or step there.
The Wellness Smackdown is a vegan diet.
The No Diet Plan focused more on how you eat. Tricking your brain into eating less and using blue plates or eating with your non-dominant hand.
Here are some free downloads from the winning diet