Uncle Bud was unable to attend the Coffee Club last week. We are wondering how he found out about the donuts we all enjoyed while he was out. We realized he knew the minute he started sharing his information this A.M.
This is how he starts: “It is so easy to overindulge from time to time no matter how good our intentions are to eat “healthy food”. Just remind yourself not to panic. Yes, you are feeling sluggish today because of you gluttonous actions yesterday. Do not beat yourself up too badly. There are a few simple things you can do to undo the damage and get back on track.”
- Do not put off getting back to your healthy eating schedule.
- Do not tell yourself it is okay to enjoy one more day of overeating.
- Do not give into the temptation of skipping meals. You know that skipping meals only causes your body to burn fewer calories. Steady meals maximize metabolism. Of course, we are talking about healthy foods and healthy portions.
- Do not give in to piling your plate with double portions and saying you only ate one plateful.
It is not necessary to drastically cut your calories. However, you do need to chose non- starchy vegetables. Make them the focus of your meals. You need to eat lean protein and a little bit of “good for you fat”, and small portions of healthy, slow burning starch. At this point he cannot not resist reminding us that donuts do not fit this description. Remember, cutting back on carbs is important but it is also important not to cut them out completely. Our bodies need carbs to level our energy and hunger. We all know if we allow ourselves to get too hungry we are tempted to “pig out” later.
Another important thing to remember is our bodies need potassium. Potassium helps nerves and muscles function properly, helps regulate blood pressure, and acts as a natural diuretic. What can you eat to help ensure you get the potassium you need? Here are a few suggestions: lima beans, spinach, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, salmon and mushrooms. For even more suggestions check with the health care staff at WeightoWellness.
Drinking plenty of water is important for many reasons. Water is sometimes called nature’s appetite suppressant. Almost any diet you look at calls for drinking at least eight glasses of water everyday. Some experts will tell you to make water your only beverage. We have learned that adding fresh lemon juice helps some people drink water without becoming tired of just water. So what are a few things water can help with other than curbing the appetite? Water helps by flushing out excess sodium therefore helping you fight bloating. Water helps your digestive system keep moving and that relieves constipation. Urologist tell us that drinking water and lemon juice seems to help your body fight the forming of kidney stones.
Uncle Bud looks at his watch and tells us he has one more thing to remind us of before we go. He tells us it is helpful to eat slowly and to realize when you are full. If you are “full” do not continue to eat just because everything taste so good. If you are concerned about wasting food, and we should be, resist putting too much food on your plate to start with and don’t forget to exercise., As alway he is right. (But the donuts were so good.)As we leave we are reminded that there is more help for us at WeightoWellness. The staff there are professionals and will help you set your programs to you personal needs.