Friday, November 03, 2006
When you think of healthy food, do you imagine eating boring food that tastes like cardboard? Well, eating healthy doesn't mean giving up your favorite meals. You can easily adapt some of your family's favorite recipes. Keep the taste and tradition; cut the fat, cholesterol, and excess calories- with a few sensational substitutions!
Instead of... Try...
1 Cup cream 1 Cup evaporated milk
Cream to thicken soups Pureed potatoes or vegetables
Oil-based marinades Citrus juice or flavored vinegar
Stick margarine Small amounts of olive oil, canola oil, or broth
2 oz mild cheddar cheese 1 ounce reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
White rice Brown rice, quinoa, whole-wheat couscous
Meat or poultry for stir fry Tofu (extra firm, cubed) or more vegetables
Ground meat Ground breast; finely chopped vegetables with
crumbled tofu, tempeh, or soy crumbles; beans
Sunday, October 29, 2006
WELCOME to sparkpeople.com. Motivation comes from deep within - a total committment to success, to better health, to a better you. Finding this site was a big step in the right direction on your journey to better health. The best advice that I can give you is to:
1. Start with realistic, achieveable objectives
2. Track your exercise, nutrition, sleep and water
3. Start with baby steps - behavior modification takes time, a little at a time.
4. So you think, so your are. You have started on a journey of better health, therefore you are healthier each day that you stay on your journey, better and better then the days before.
5. (The most important point)... Pick yourself up after a fall, take two steps forward for every step back. You will never be a failure if you never, ever give up.
I wish for you much success on your journey to a better you!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.
- Swedish proverb
Taking Responsibility for Your Success
We all need support from other people. Love, encouragement, words of advice and friendship will help you get through the important stages in your life. When people are in your corner, you feel like taking on any challenge. As important as help from others may be, though, it all has to start with you. If you're waiting for someone to solve your problems, or wondering when someone is "going to do something about that", you may be waiting a long time- unless you look to yourself first. Take responsibility for your own situation and think of what concrete steps you'll take today to help it. If you're going to need help, it's only fair that the person with the most at stake (you) is willing to make the most effort. When someone is pulling you out of a hole and has grasped your hand, you still must take the first step to climb out, or you're just going to be hanging there.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
It has been said that when the Buddha comes again, he will arrive not as a person but as a community. We wil lknow that God is here on earth when we can see Him in one another.
Marianne Williamson... from the book, "Everyday Grace"
Sunday, September 24, 2006
...TELL ME SOMETHING. DO YOU GET TIRED OF TRACKING YOUR MEALS? IT'S LIKE YOU'RE CONSTANTLY THINKING OF FOOD ALL DAY THAT'S THE PROBLEM I HAD WITH WEIGHT WATCHERS. IS THERE ANY WAY OF CHAN"GING THAT TYPE OF MINDSET
MY Reply: Well, I guess it depends on what type of person you are. Me, I was/am a food-a-holic. I never thought much about food becasue EVERYTHNING was fair game, EVREYTHNING went into my mouth ....I had more eating disorders then Carters has pills. I never was accountable for my actions. I was unhealthy because, well, that was just the way I was born - an eating machine. It was not me, it was my genes.
Well, a good spark plan will hold YOU accountable for your actions. All spark plans are based upon behavior modification - Baby Steps in the beginning, leading to major life style changes all along one's path to better health. To be accountable, we need to realize that food can be our enemy or our friend. We need to plan, monitor and evaluate our consumption. In the beginning EVERYTING should be tracked. After you develop some decent nutritional habits, then you should not have to track as much, or as often, but you still need to check yourself periodically - like you do to check you weight. ME? I have been tracking my food consumption daily for almost 10 months - I will continue to do so until I have reached my maintenance weight. That is just me. I have trouble with food, so I need to stay on top of it. And yes, I think about food A LOT. But that is the cross I will bear - cause I am a food-a-holic. I can not afford to slip-up and fall back into that deep abyss of unhealthiness. I am happy and proud of my progress over the past 10 months and want to be as healhty as I am capable of being. My health is my number one priority - more important then my family, my job or my friends.... because I can be so much more to my family, my job and my friends being healthy!
The best to you in your journey to better health!
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