10 Ways to Revamp YOU in 2010

10 Ways to Revamp YOU in 2010

Happy New Year!

I love a clean slate and that’s what a brand new decade is bringing you. No regrets. No blame. It’s time to erase the past and focus on this being your healthiest decade ever. To that end, I want to share with you 10 ways you can take better care of yourself and your family when it comes to what you eat and drink. Try a few of these tips this week and then incorporate new ones as you embark on your own self improvement project this year.

  • Veg It Up. I want you to think of creative ways to add more veggies to your daily diet. For those who don’t want to look at heap of veggies on a plate then add the extra veggies into salads, soups and wraps. Play a game to see how many you can add to one meal. You can take veggies, cut them up and put them into the crock pot with some chicken broth. Instant veggie soup. Dump more veggies into your eggs. Load up your salads. The more veggies, the healthier you. Turbo load ’em!
  • Don’t Ever Skip Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day and at 1/3 of your daily calories should come from a meal that many pass on. If you don’t like typical breakfast foods (eggs, steel cut oatmeal, etc) then eat lunch for breakfast. Why not make a great turkey wrap or have a bowl of that chicken veggie soup? Realize that you have this option and breakfast will seem more appealing. On the run? Have last night’s leftover protein and veggies.
  • Remember to incorporate good fats into your diet. You can’t live fat free because your body and brain need fat to function correctly. It is all about good fats such as coconut milk or extra virgin olive oil. Swap out any of your old fats for these and enjoy the full feeling from adding a bit of fat back to your diet. You will also love what this fat does for your skin and hair.
  • Ditch those sugary, fruit on the bottom yogurts that seem healthy, but they’re not. There is nothing good about eating high sugar or fructose packed yogurt. Instead replace it with healthier unsweetened Greek style yogurt. By the way, Greek yogurt also makes great dips.
  • Spice it up. Take a journey down your spice aisle and then spend a little time exploring the options. Make sure that you add flavor to all of your meats, soups, salads, etc. Try a few new exotic spices to see if you like them. I also love the idea of growing fresh herbs or purchasing them to add an instant wallop to your foods. By the way, herbs are also healthy and can even help you fight certain diseases.
  • Skip the artificial sweeteners. Your body doesn’t need you to chug diet cola that’s packed with chemicals. In fact, you should avoid any foods that are sweetened with the typical “fake” sugars. I prefer xylitol as the only sweetener and only use a little bit of it when I want to add a bit of sweetness to a dish.
  • Remember to watch your portions. Just because you’re eating healthy now doesn’t mean you can eat and eat and eat. Keep control of your portions and stop eating when you feel full. One great way to allow your stomach to register that you’re full while eating is to slow down the pace of your fork. Enjoy your food. Stop and take a breath and a break. Talk to your dining companions. The slower you eat, the sooner you will feel full.
  • Remember that you don’t need to be on a snack-a-thon. Three solid meals a day will mean that you don’t need to snack. Ditch those 100 calorie snack packs that are mostly sugary treats or covered in fructose. If you snack your body becomes a sugar burning machine. If you eat your three meals and stop then you will burn body fat. Stop eating three hours before you go to bed. You should be completely full and satisfied until the morning. Late night eating also disturbs your sleep.
  • Eat two servings of fruit each day, but no more. I have clients who eat fruit constantly as a way to eat something sweet since they’re not doing cookies and cake anymore and can’t understand why they aren’t dropping the fat. Fruit is great — in moderation, too much turns a good food bad! Try to eat low gylcemic index fruits such as berries, which taste delicious, but don’t have as much sugar in them as other fruits like pineapple or watermelon.
  • Skip the dessert-like coffee drinks. Many of us are addicted to the daily trip to Starbucks where we mentally block the fact that adding chocolate syrup and whipped cream to coffee actually turns it into a sugary dessert. Switch it up for the new year and order a healthy green tea or try a cup of fresh brewed regular coffee and add a splash of Half & Half and some xylitol. It’s a delicious coffee drink. No whip, please!

By  JJ Virgin, PHD, CNS celebrity wellness expert, author, public speaker and media personality. She is internationally recognized as the leader of the Weight Loss Resistance Revolution™ and trains other health care professionals in her program.

In this New Year, whatever you choose to dwell on over the next few days, does not have to be about goals or resolutions or musts or shoulds unless you want it to be. Strict and well-honed plans work for some people, others prefer to go with the flow. I’ve tried both extremes and am still changing my mind about what works best and what leaves me with the greatest sense of satisfaction.
But however you choose to enter 2010, please just be sure to make the most of it in the way(s) that mean something to you, to learn from the good and the bad, to embrace challenges and stay focused through times of struggle, to live in the moment instead of always looking ahead to the next, to stop waiting until it’s the right time to take action on things you’ve always wanted to do, to take a risk now and then and to stop filling your days with stuff you really hate to do and to always remember I am here to help.
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