Staying On Track with Health-Conscious Goals
Most all of us want to make responsible decisions regarding good health, however, there are times when distractions seem to override our immediate response and we ‘get off track’. It is very important to remember that this is easily corrected and there is no reason to feel discouraged and give up when these times occur. Here are some helpful suggestions to stay on track and get back on track if you find yourself derailed.
Drink water. Water not only suppresses the appetite, but detoxifies at a cellular level. Drink 1-2 quarts per day, especially when on a weight reduction program. When the body is dehydrated, fat is not as easily released from body tissue. We need plenty of water for released fat to be ‘washed’ out of the body. To stay on track, drink water as a substitute for sodas, caffeinated drinks, and fruit juices. All are too high in sugar. You won’t be doing yourself a favor by drinking diet sodas, either. All are loaded with neuro-toxic additives and sugar substitutes that the increase appetite and retain water. Remember that water is the best natural diuretic.
Eat well. Eating well means a high quality (daily) diet of 1-2 servings of lean, unprocessed meat; 5-7 servings of raw or fresh fruits or vegetables; 1-2 servings of fat-free dairy; 1-2 servings of whole grain. To stay on track, cook simple. It is not necessary to complicate meals by over-preparing food. Use pure spices, instead of oils and salt, as they are healing and contribute to a healthy metabolism. Limit use of cooking oil to Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil. Keep food selections natural by avoiding food from a box or package; if it doesn’t grow…don’t eat it.
Snack on fruits and vegetables. Dried fruits are healthier than candy, however often equally as high in calories. Additionally, they often contain neuro-toxic preservatives and additives that can sabotage weight loss. To stay on track, keep a supply of cut and cleaned vegetables in the refrigerator to grab when a snack attack hits. We often go for what is fast and easy, so if these foods are available, it makes it easier to stay loyal to your weight loss program. When going to parties, stay with the fresh stuff!
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol contributes to inflammation and excessive water retention. It also often has as many calories per gram as fat. To stay on track, drink club soda or spring water with a twist of lemon or lime. This is the best alternative at parties and keeps you hydrated for optimum weight loss.
Take a walk. Take a ten-minute walk especially when under immediate stress. Exercise relieves stress by increasing oxygen throughout the circulatory system, thus clearing the mind. Exercise also stabilizes reactive hormone production which reduces the tendency to hold on the fat and water due to the ‘fight or flight’ stress reaction. To keep on track, use this time of activity for recharging. Share this quality-time activity with pets, friends and family.
Take nutritional supplements. Most people of all ages do not get the essential daily vitamins and nutrients from the food they eat. Nutritional supplements come in many forms such as nutritional shakes, energy bars, multi-vitamins, vita-chews, and weight-loss supplements. To stay on track, keep a supply at home and at work to make sure you get a daily intake. Keep in mind that RDA nutritional levels are minimal, not optimal. It is good to select a high potency formula.
Be realistic. Maintaining a food journal may also be helpful. Remember that balance, variety and moderation is essential for healthy spiritual, mental, and physical health. Don’t be too hard on yourself, if you get derailed. Keep your intentions positive, forgive yourself, and get back on track tomorrow.
Heidi is a qualified Nutritional Consultant, Master Herbalist, and Holistic Health Practitioner, presently studying on-line at the Global College of Natural Medicine, a fully accredited college in Santa Cruz, California. She is continuing her studies there, working toward a Ph.D. in Naturopathy. She has a private practice offering a Homeopathic HCG weight loss program, orthomolecular nutrition, Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and energy healing therapies, as she is a Reiki Master, Level III and Reiki teacher. Additionally, Heidi is co-founder and Vice President of Operations of Innovapaedics, Inc., and was recently appointed as Director of Operations for APET SPCA. For more information contact Heidi at 903-569-9913; www.life-balanced.org
Heidi Hoke, NC, MH, HHP is a qualified Nutritional Consultant, Master Herbalist, and Holistic Health Practitioner, presently studying at the Global College of Natural Medicine, an accredited college in Santa Cruz, California. She is continuing her studies there, working toward a Ph.D. in Naturopathy. Services offered include consultation using the her recently offered HCG weight loss/health gain program, orthomolecular nutrition, Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and energy healing therapies, as she is a Reiki Master, Level III and Reiki teacher. Heidi also functions as co-founding member and VP of Operations for Innovapaedics, Inc., an advanced medical devices company.