After two years of writing I had put on an astronomical amount of weight. I am happy to say that I have lost it all plus a few more. No, it wasn't easy. Yes, I did give up chocolate, danishes, chips, alcohol, and my beloved sweets.
HOWEVER, adopting a new healthy outlook on eating right and exercising is not as bad as you think it is. We ALL get into ruts. It's natural, but the summer is a great time to shake things up. Give some time to yourself, You give to to your families, your job, your spouses, your kids, your friends, and, of course, your writing. What about you?
When was the last time you did something for yourself? If you can't remember then it's time. Diet and exercise are not enough. Your mental health is an important part of your physical health. Too much pressure and the stress raises. WE all cope, but what is it doing to us internally? Find time to relax. Take that much needed walk and look around you. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, children are playing in the park, a cute little squirrel is nibbling on a nut. Don't miss out.
Even now the image of two young girls pedaling away on one of those four-person people-movers brings a smile to my face. They were toddling along the lakefront with such excitement on their faces that I want to break out my colored pencils and immortalize them on paper.
I took that moment of time for me. My power-walks open my eyes to many things I wouldn't have experienced otherwise. You'd be amazed how much you think about as you're exercising. I thought about several approaches to tweaking my WIP'S. The never-ending edits are still waiting to be done and they will be with a fresher head and leaner body.
Well, I just might have convinced you. Great. Now onto the food. I have some wonderful suggestions for you munchfests.... Here's one. Almonds. These crunchy sweet little morsels are FANTASTIC. Not only are they super healthy, they are delicious too. When you feel the need for something crunchy, DON'T think chips or pretzels grab the almonds. AND not the honey-roasted, overly salty kind. Natural raw or roasted almonds. Try to keep the sodium down. It's not good for you and it's addictive.
Another great snack I discovered are THINK THIN protein bars. They are AWESOME, and for all you chocoholics, Fudge brownie crunch is to DIE FOR! These yummy bars have 20 grams of protein and NO SUGAR. The white chocolate is another of my favorites. It tastes like a tootsie role covered in white chocolate. Yes, these are super healthy. But don't eat ten. One per day is sufficient. Also for you coffee lovers the Espresso chocolate is another great choice.
You can find them on line or at Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
Another DELICIOUS item to get is ALMOND BUTTER... SOOOO much better than peanut butter. Cut any kind of apple into pieces and spread on the Almond butter. It is wonderful and really healthy. BTW it's fantastic on celery too. Again you can find it at Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Surf the net for other stores if you don't have these in your area.
So now you know what to do. Make a big cool pitcher of iced tea, lemonade, or iced coffee. (NO SUGAR!) and gather up these fine munchies for your next munchfest. Your will feel so much better on not at the guild of over doing it.
As a final tip for today, remember to eat light, stop when you're full, and be creative with salads. It's amazing how delicious they can be by adding, almonds, plums, nectarines, blueberries, strawberries, black and red raspberries .... Add a piece of grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, or even a burger if you so desire. Leaving out the bread and condiments cuts out hundreds of unnecessary calories. Try it for just two weeks, you will be amazed how much you won't miss the sugars and breads.
Tell me what like to eat during the summer months. How do you keep healthy? I'd really like to know.