Reject The Diet Mentality
Posted by Paige
As you know, I have recently become extremely interested in intuitive eating. Intuitive eating, as defined by Linda Bacon, PhD and author of “Health At Every Size,” is an approach to healthy eating that encourages people to trust their bodies to guide them in making nourishing food choices and attaining or maintaining a natural weight.
It’s not a diet – far from it. As a matter of fact, the first principle of intuitive eating as outlined in the book, “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole, M.S, R.D. and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D. is to Reject The Diet Mentality.
1. Reject the Diet Mentality
Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.
Yes, I agree but ………shall I say it? Easier said than done. According to the authors of “Intuitive Eating,” some of us have been dieting for so long that we consistently harbor a diet mentality even when we aren’t dieting. That is to say that when I look at a piece of chocolate cake, I immediately think to myself, “Oh, I can’t have that. Too much fat and too many calories.” Or when I plan to go out to dinner with friends and want to feel free to indulge myself, I end up starving my body before I go by avoiding breakfast and dinner so that I can save all my calories or points for a fabulous feast. By dinner time, I am so hungry that I almost certainly over-indulge and end up feeling uncomfortable about my food choices rather than enjoying the experience. This, my friends, is a dieter’s mentality and personally, I have had enough.
I am ready to take the plunge. This is my declaration of independence from dieting. I have officially quite weight watching, undieting and fat flushing. From this point forward, I am going to work on transforming my dieter’s mentality to a paradigm focused on healthy living. Are you with me?
Juicing – Where to Begin
Posted by Brett
It’s one thing to be motivated to juice when you see movies like “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” but it’s another to actually juice on a regular basis. Juicing takes planning. That’s why I have become a devoted fan of Joe Cross’s website [www.rebootwithjoe.com]. It’s not only packed with great advice, it features some really good recipes too which helps me plan ahead.
So far, my favorite juice recipes are:
- Joe’s Famous Mean Green Juice
It’s made from some of my favorite vegetables including cucumber, kale and celery. I even add a carrot or two to give a bit more sweetness.
- Australia Gold
I think of this juice as a spicy lemonade. My family took this juice to a picnic concert this last weekend and everyone loved it.
- Bloody Mary
This is my wife’s favorite juice. It’s great for summer because we can pick most of the ingredients right out of our garden like: tomatoes, red bell peppers, zucchini and basil. My wife adds a couple shakes of hot sauce to spice it up.
By far my greatest discovery on the Reboot With Joe website has been his book, “101 Juice Recipes” Like most guys – at least guys I know – I need a recipe in front of me. I can’t just throw things together like my wife does and have them come out edible. I’m just not built that way. This little recipe book has 101 juice recipes broken down by color – yes, color. There are green, yellow, orange, red and purple juice recipes. He also includes a produce juicing guide that explains how to prepare different kinds of vegetables for juicing.
To summarize, my juicing tips for today are:
- Plan Ahead
- Visit Reboot With Joe for answers to juicing questions.
- Pick-up “101 Juice Recipes” for juicing inspiration.
Healthy Skin Care
Posted by Paige
I am sure you’ve heard by now that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in to it. To quote myself from an article I wrote almost ten years ago:
The truth is natural beauty comes from eating healthy organic foods, drinking plenty of water and educating ourselves about the ingredients used in our hair and beauty products.
It’s too bad that I didn’t take my own advice back then. But here I am now rereading this article and finally ready to make some bold changes. Here are three tips to help put you and me on the path to maintaining our natural beauty without harming our health in the process.
- Always Do Your Research – Only the wicked queen in the Snow White fairytale can get away with asking beauty advice from a mirror. What can the rest of us do to find out if our lotions contain formaldehyde or our lipsticks have lead in them? Visit the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics (CSC). CSC is a coalition of environmentalist, public health and consumer-rights groups calling for the elimination of certain chemicals used in cosmetics that are linked to cancer, birth defects and other health issues. CSC is responsible for the creation of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, also known as the Compact for the Global Production of Safer Health and Beauty Products. This pledge acknowledges that all the companies that sign it have replaced the toxic chemicals in their products with safer alternatives. To date, more than 300 cosmetics and body care products companies have promised to replace ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects,
hormone disruption and other negative health effects with safer alternatives.
- Be Sure To Choose Your Products Wisely – Individual beauty products made by the same company can still run the gamut from safe to highly hazardous. This is where Skin Deep comes in. Skin Deep is the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) cosmetic safety database. It claims to pair the ingredients from more than 41,000 products with 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases. Enter the type of item or brand name of the product you are researching in their database and it will give that item a rating on a 0 to 10 scale with 10 being highly hazardous. EWG created this integrated data resource of products, the largest of its kind because the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t require businesses to test their own beauty items for safety.
- Consult With The Professionals – Before you have your hair colored or your nails polished, ask your hair care professionals if the products they are using contain safe and environmentally-friendly ingredients. Currently, the majority of commercial hair dyes used in salons contain toxins including ethanolamine which, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is a substance known to cause cancer in laboratory animals.
Gotta Love The Refashionista
Posted by Paige
I love to upcycle furniture, glass, metal, pianos – you name it. It’s one of my favorite creative outlets. Recently, I was introduced to the world of refashion which is basically upcycling clothes, shoes and accessories.
According to Wikipedia: Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming useless and/or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
As my body begins to change and I find that my big clothes no longer fit, refashioning them into new garments or other useful items appeals to both my frugal and creative sides. I have already created a skirt for my daughter out of one of my old shirts that I no longer wanted as well as throw pillows for my sofa out of an old skirt. I found that once I stopped thinking of my old clothes as garments and started thinking of them as fabric which could be used as the foundation for an entirely new project, the refashion ideas began to flow.
One of the best upcycling or refashion blogs on the internet is Refashionista. This fabulous blog was created by Jillian Owens – a writer, designer, and eco-fashion revolutionary. She wanted to change the way the world thinks about fashion. While digging through the racks at a local thrift store, she realized how easily some of the ugly pieces on the rack could be transformed into something new. Her initial thrift store purchases generally cost her $1.00 or less but what she does with them is priceless – sorry, I just had to use the p-word.
I have been so inspired by her that I actually dug out my sewing machine and serger from the attic, set up a sewing area in our studio and convinced my entire family to participate in some refashion projects.
If you are interested in starting your own refashion projects or just want to visit a really great blog that is well written, funny and full of inspirational creations, check out the Refashionista. You will love it.