Healthy Body: Healthy Mind
By: Tammy Rinehart
It’s hard to believe that 2 months of the year are already in the books for 2019. If you’re finally ready to get in shape and take back control of your health, here are some stimulating ideas. I did a search on the internet and found hundreds of articles on health and fitness. I scrolled through several pages and found an audiobook by David Kessler, M.D. called The End of Overeating. The title intrigued me, so I continued to read. Kessler suggests making a list of the foods that are not healthy for you but yet you crave and the situations where you can’t control what food is available for you to eat. His advice? Don’t buy the “bad” foods and try to avoid places that spur overeating. If you can’t avoid places, such as the food court in an airport, have a Plan B devised before arriving at the airport, such as simply keep walking to your flight’s gate, and if you are wearing a fitness tracker, like so many of us do now, watch the steps add up as make your way to the gate and avoid a costly healthy eating pitfall.
For many of us, we’ve got to learn to recognize real hunger. If it’s below the neck in your growling tummy, then its physical hunger. If it’s above the neck, say when you’re watching TV or flipping through a magazine, and you’re yearning for chocolate, it’s emotional hunger. I’ve become more aware of this in my own life and have begun developing techniques to distract me from emotional eating and to take my mind off food such as, chewing a stick of cinnamon gum (FYI, cinnamon is a natural appetite suppressant), texting or calling a friend to get me through the rough patch that has triggered my emotional eating. What’s more, when I reach out to one friend in particular, she doesn’t even know she’s helping me. She frequently quotes the lyrics from the Prince song, “Let’s Go Crazy,” which starts by saying, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”
In my search to find helpful hints for the mind body connection, here are a few of my favorites that I found at OxygenMag.com
Change your route: Find a new grocery store in your area and make sure you don’t pass by the bakery or other trigger spots that caused you to make impulse purchases leading to a pig out in the past. Remember to shop the outside of the grocery store where the “whole” foods are stocked.
Make a shopping list ahead of time and put it into your purse right away and don’t waver from it once you are in the store: shop as though you are wearing blinders that only allow you to see what’s on your list.
Before heading to the store, eat a protein-rich snack or a small bowl of high fiber cereal, it may not be what you want, but you will be full and decrease your risk of impulse crave-driven purchases.
To eat mindfully means designating your table as your eating area by setting it with a placemat, plate and cutlery.
Turn off the TV and focus on the food in front of you and eat slowly.
As you’ve heard before, you really do have to move it to lose it. By that I mean, lose weight or lose the depression. And while you may not be clinically depressed, you can certainly be down in the dumps. Take a couple of laps around the house when you get in for the evening. Take the long route to the cafeteria at work. Get outside and take a walk to your car and back. Small changes can make a big difference over time. If you have a physical impairment, move what you can a few times a day. Gradually build up by adding a little more movement to your daily routine, not only will you look better; you will feel better, too. Our bodies are designed to move. If you need inspiration check out Cathe Friedrich at Cathe.com, Oprah on the new Weight Watchers commercial or Jillian Michaels on QVC.
I found a picture of myself from college in which I was lean and mean. Find a photo of yourself where you like the way you look and you know you were feeling well and put it where you will see it daily. I took a photo of my friend and I and placed it beside the college photo and that has spurred me to clean up my act and become a happier, healthier person for me and me alone, you can’t do it for anyone else and have lasting results. Whatever route you take, do what works and do it consistently. No matter what your scale says, no matter what you look like, you are enough. Food will always be there, make a choice to use it wisely.
Tammy Rinehart is a dear friend of 30+ years. Our history started those many years ago at UTC, and it's no wonder she took it upon herself to help out her friend by penning this week's blog, knowing how busy I was with a family event this past week. Tammy previously worked as a corporate trainer. Currently works as a free-lance editor and is a Premier Jewelry consultant.Visit her @: https://www.premierdesigns.com/tammy/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXJhDltzYVQ Prince - Let's Go Crazy