Category Archives for "Mindset"

Changing Your Child’s Diet


Many moms want to eat healthy and they want their kids to eat healthy too but how do you get a ten year old to choose healthy eating? How do get them to crave foods that will not harm their bodies? How do you go from Fruit Loops and Pop Tarts to Baby Carrots and Fresh Fruit?

There is hope. In the process of changing children’s diets, you must remember that they are probably not as excited about this new way of eating as you are, yet they do respond much more quickly to diet change than adults. Remember you can’t change anyone overnight. Here are a few points to keep in mind if you don’t want to face a food battle each day.

  1. Set an example, the old motto “ children do as I say” does not work well unless they can also “do as you do”. They are aware even if you think they are not watching.
  2. Sit your child down and explain to them on their level what a good diet and bad diet can do. Let them know about diabetes, how TV commercials seldom advertise healthy foods, and what different types of food do once they are in your body.
  3. Make mealtime a positive time for the family. Let them fix part of the meal, talk about fun activities at the table. This is not the time to go over the note sent home from the teacher. Why not let them choose a meal each week?
  4. Try to make your meals as colorful as possible.
  5. Try one new recipe each week. This will gradually give you a large variety of meals to prepare. This can also add to the fun. Monday night could be designated “Mom’s new meal night”. How about letting each child pick a recipe out to try each week?
  6. Encourage your children to eat salad. You can add many different types of veggies into the salads and offer a wide variety of salad dressings.
  7. Most children love bread. Try to replace most of the bread in your children’s diet.  This might be the one area you tackle before making a main dish that is all-natural and healthy. Instead of serving bread try Cauliflower Rice, quinoa, spaghetti squash, or mashed cauliflower.
  8. Variety is the key to a balanced diet. It is more important to have a variety of foods eaten at one meal than quantity.

Change happens little by little and inch by inch. Changing one or two things in your family’s diet each month will evoke less resistance than emptying out the cupboards of everything familiar and replacing them with foods your kids don’t recognize.

To Your Best Health and Your Family's Health,

Coach Nancy


Ingredient Food Log

The importance of keeping a nutrition log for increasing eating awareness is a well known fact. This can be accomplished by using a fancy app on your phone, a notebook kept on your kitchen counter, snapping a picture of your meals, or using one of Get Fit NH's food log books.

But what about keeping a journal of all the ingredients you eat.



What?

Why?



Let me explain more with an example.

If you eat an apple and natural (unroasted or no-salt added) almonds for a snack, you'd simply write:

 1. Apple
   2. Almonds



Just 2 ingredients

.

On the other hand, if you eat a Krispy Kreme doughnut, you'd write (better make sure your pencil is extra sharp):



1. Enriched white flour contains 

2. bleached white flour

3. Niacin

4. Reduced Iron

5. Thiamine Mononitrate

6. Riboflavin

7. Folic Acid

8. Dextrose

9.Vegetable Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil)

10. Water

11. Sugar

12. Soy

13. Flour

14. Egg Yolks,

15. Vital Wheat Gluten

16. Yeast

17. Nonfat Milk

18. Yeast Nutrients

19. Calcium Sulfate

20. Ammonium Sulfate,

21. Dough Conditioners

22. Calcium Dioxide

23. Monocalcium Phosphate

24. Dicalcium Phosphate

25. Diammonium Phosphate

26. Sodium Stearoyl-2-Lactylate

27. Whey

28. Starch

29. Ascorbic Acid

30. Sodium Bicarbonate

31. Calcium Carbonate

32. Salt

33. Monoglycerides

34. Diglycerides

35. Lecithin

36. Calcium Propionate (Preservative)

37. Cellulose Gum

38. Malted Barley Flour

39. Natural Flavors

40. Artificial Flavors

41. Enzymes

42. Sodium

43. Caseinate

44. Corn Maltodextrin

45. Corn Syrup Solids

46. BHT (to Help Protect Flavor)

 Glaze Contains: 47. Sugar   48. Water   49. Corn Starch   50. Calcium Carbonate   51. Calcium Sulfate 52. Agar   53. Dextrose   54.Locust Bean Gum   55. Disodium Phosphate    56. Sorbitan                       57. Monostearate  58. Mono   59. Diglycerides   60. Artificial Flavor  61. Salt.
   

61. ingredients 

Which do you think is better for you?
 


Makes you think twice about the doughnut, huh?  Of course few people eat JUST a doughnut during the day. You'd have to then add in everything else you eat/drink during that meal too and then the rest of the day. 



Aim to eat foods with 5 or less ingredients.

 While we don't know what most additives do to us in the long run at this time, the less junk we can put in our body, especially of ingredients we can't pronounce, the better. 

What if you went to your doctor for surgery and he said "Well, I really don't know how this will work in the long run, but heck, why not give it a whirl..."

  

We don't really know if this is going to have an effect on your body in the long run... Um, I'd rather play it safe than wait and see to find out.

 So if you are a bit too reliant on packaged and processed food, give it a try. 

Take a look at all you're eating and drinking and write it down daily! If your hand starts to cramp from too much writing by lunchtime, maybe it’s time to switch up your foods!

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Recipe for Change

 You think about food recipes, dinner recipes, smoothie recipes, recipes for lunch or snacks, even dessert recipes. 

But do you ever think about a recipe for change.

Change in you. Is there a "recipe" -- a 'secret sauce' if you will?

Change means something different for everyone. Change can be great and change can be bad.

What I do know is getting what you want -- getting the change you want -- rarely comes from getting your superficial “wants” met. It comes from working towards earning those wants. Working towards what you are wanting to change. Putting in the hard work that creates change. 

The effort to get results, to make meaningful change, is more rewarding then the destination.

FOCUS ON CHANGING.... and when you do this you will find that there is within you a strong desire- The Will- to guide you. When you pay attention, when you can hear it, it knows that what you are striving to change can be done, it will need some effort.

It's why it takes laser focus to ultimately be successful in any aspect of your life.


Here is the true "recipe" for meaningful change.

Get clear

Figure out your "want"  

Work towards it with determination.

Tune-out the noise

Tune out the naysayers

Put your head down

Keep plugging away up the proverbial hill.

Tune-in to your inner world.

Walk boldly & steadily but with baby steps.

Make small but resolute changes.


Simmer. Forever.

Let cool. Enjoy.

Servings Per Recipe: Unlimited happiness and resolution.


To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


Mastering Hunger, Not Allowing It to Master you

Recognizing genuine body hunger and distinguishing it from false hunger (emotional or mental appetite) can be tough. 

  1. Real hunger builds gradually, and may go through an initial phase of coming and going before becoming a steady sensation.

  2. False hunger or a desire to eat may arise suddenly and doesn’t last for more than about 20 to 30 minutes. This is because it is generally triggered by an emotion, time of day, smelling or seeing and appetizing food or viewing an advertisement – not a genuine bodily need.


If you aren’t sure whether you’re feeling genuine body hunger or a false hunger, simply take a 20- to 30-minute wait-and-see period.

  1. Hunger isn't starvation. It may be helpful to remind yourself that hunger is not an emergency. Your body is well equipped to get through long periods of time without food – weeks
  2. Feeling the appropriate amount of hunger for each meal is your assurance that you’re eating just the right amount for fat loss.


Hunger has some different levels. We're looking for that range of hunger where you are not emotionally irritated by the feeling or irrational in your judgement of the amount of food to satisfy your hunger.

Listening to how your body feels while you eat. Understanding the level at which you need to eat in order to remain comfortably full, not overstuffed, and yet ‘feel’ hunger before it is time to eat again sounds easy but is much more difficult to do.

Give yourself a goal this week to feel hunger before you eat. You might do this at every meal but I know when I first worked on this skill. I worked at feeling hunger for 2 meals a day. That took effort. That effort has paid off. 

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

A Message From Cupid

Dear Valentine,

I have a little advice for you this year on Valentines Day. Let me give you a little poke and prodding. You have 1day left to figure a way to express your feelings towards your loved ones. Let me help you get your creative juices flowing. Let me explain a few “do’s and don’ts” to Valentines Day.

Here’s a few ‘deal’ breakers:

  • Chocolates to those who are trying to eat healthy = bad choice. 
  • Gourmet Cookies… did you read the last sentence? Cookies are not healthy! Even with cute little messages.
  • Champagne… slows metabolism, too risky on the effects, not to mention killer headache the next day, again, BAD.
  • Flowers, although beautiful, will wilt and die in a matter of days. Of course some may love flowers (see below).  
  • And a final ‘don’t’…a simple card (see below)… picked up by your secretary on her lunch break…bad bad idea.

Are you feeling lost and forelorn? no worries, I have a few ideas for you, and some you won’t even have to leave your desk to obtain.

A simple card will suffice, but only if personally picked out by YOU. Or how about making a card or write a poem? Flowers, although perfectly acceptable, bump it up. Instead of cut flowers, give a flowering plant/tree that will be enjoyed for years to come. A continual reminder of your love throughout the year.

A gift card for a massage or a manicure/pedicure… a little spa time. Show your significant other they deserve a little pampering.

Do you want your special someone to know they hold the moon and stars? … have a star in the galaxy named after them. Adopt a manatee/eagle/turtle in need of rescuing. Donate to a worthy cause or charity in your loves name.

No money… no worries…Take a stroll, hike, snowshoe, ski, exercise together. Watch a movie together. Quality time! While you are together,  hold hands, steal kisses, whisper sweet nothings. Make every moment special. It doesn’t have to cost a thing.

Put a little thought into your gift this year. It should come from the heart, it’s not about a price tag, some of the greatest gifts cost nothing. There is truth to ‘it’s the thought that counts’.

Valentines Day is a chance to show that special someone how much you love and admire them. Its a day to throw a little romance their way. 

Happy Valentines Day!

Love-

Cupid! 

How to be Successful when Eating Healthy

Habits of Successful People

Successful people notice, learn, and adapt to reach their goals.  A great practice to get into at the end of each week is a strategy called Review and Prepare. 

First REVIEW, look back at your calendar and see how successful you were last week.  

  • Do you see lots of checkmarks or is it lots of circles and question marks?
  • What went right last week?  What went wrong and why?

 

Next, PREPARE for the week ahead. 

  • Based on what went well last week, prepare to do more of that this next week
  • Based on what went wrong and why?  What do you need to do to make sure you can improve this week. 

 

What do you need TO DO TODAY to be successful this week?

  • Plan your meal
  • Prep your food
  • Be Prepared!

 To your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


"The future depends on what you do today." - Gandhi

   

4 Reasons to Prep All Your Meals

4 Reasons Why Meal Prepping Works:

  • It takes the excuse out of eating well.
    • Say goodbye to “I have no time to cook today,” and “There was nothing healthy at home for me to eat.”
  • It gives you more control over what you eat.  
    • More homemade meals means less takeout and meals at restaurants which also means more green stuff in your pockets.  
  • It gets you in the habit of eating portioned meals.
    • For storage, you will pre-portion out your carbs, proteins, and fats for each day.
  • It frees up more time in your schedule
    • What will you do with your extra time??

 

Here are a couple of strategies to help you find the best meal prepping technique for you. 

Cook 1x Per Week 

On Sunday afternoon (or whatever day you have 2-3 hours) put in an epic cooking session.  Bulk cook everything you will need fo assembling meals throughout the week.  Fire up the oven, get all your pans out, plug in the rice cooker, and start filling up crockpots.  This strategy works well for 1-2 person households or VERY busy households that don't have much time in the evening. 

Cook 2x Per Week

This is probably the most common strategy.

On Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evening cook up what you need for the next 3 days.  Make a 3-day meal plan and get to it.  This is a great strategy to save yourself a ton of time in the kitchen.  Spend 1-2 hours prepping, cooking, and cleaning and then don't cook for 3 days. This strategy works well for a larger family that has evening obligations most days of the week.  

Each meal prep day will probably take you about 2 hours of cooking (4 hours per week), but then you are off the hook for days, which ultimately saves you lots of time and hassle.  Put in the work on the front end and save time on the back end.  

The "Dinner is Lunch" Strategy

Some people like to cook and enjoy cooking most days of the week.  For this type of person, try the double portion dinner strategy. 

Each time you make your evening meal, you will make a double portion and save the second portion for lunch the next day.  You get two birds with one stone.  

What do you do to make your food preparations go faster or smoother?

We'd love to hear from you in the comment section below.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy



Dear Me…….

Dear Me, 

Remember that what seems huge or impossible will eventually become a distant memory when it's over and done with. Your opinion and abilities will continue to change over time, and what seems very important now will be replaced by a different priority in the future. Just do the best you can, and take small steps towards better health every day.

Yesterday is gone and today is a new day. A new start. Get back on track and move forward. (I've had to tell myself this once or twice, or 1,000 times.

See, now you feel like crap, shouldn't have eaten that last night huh?

Was it really worth it...?

How many weeks will it take to undo that?

Why did you do that

‪Look at the big picture if it only once no problem, move on. If it is an old habit restarting, refocus and fix it.

‪Start over now... which I did... today.

‪Cut it out idiot. Coach taught you better that that!

Why did you do it? Should have had that glass of water first. Remember it's a mental game. It really wasn't worth it.

This week I am looking forward to increasing my happy healthy life- without food guilt. In fact I wrote myself a note to help me. The constant reminder that consistent action over the long term will far outweigh the small discrepancies. What about you? What are you going to write to you?

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

Give Yourself a Break

 Have you ever found yourself giving others a break for a small mistake or bad choice while condemning yourself for that same action? I do.

Student: "I ate a huge bowl of ice cream yesterday because it was there and it looked great."


Me: "Yes, but look at all the other stuff you did great yesterday. You ate a fantastic breakfast, you are drinking one cup of regular coffee instead of 4 like before, and you avoided the fried foods at lunch."

I end up encouraging them. I've helped them to see the good in their life.

BUT if I do that same thing.

Me : I ate three cookies at lunch actually they were lunch.

Me: I can't believe you ate three cookies. What were you thinking? Well you better not do that ever Ever EVER again. Actually you don't do much right, so never mind. You're hopeless.

(Yes, I do the same thing....give others lots of slack and encouragement while beating myself up...a work in progress for sure.)

You: I ate three cookies at lunch; actually, they WERE lunch.

‪Me: Were they worth it? Are we back on-board with a supper plan? If it's not a lunchtime habit, forget it and move on. In times of stress and rushing from place to place I have survived worst lunches.

Here is a way to move on from it and use it to do better the next time. (Though this is STILL a hard one for me! ) In the long run the 3 cookies won't sink you, unless you let them.

Tell yourself you did a great job at ______________today.

Go ahead a I dare you. What did you do today better than most? 

Here is a list I saw just this morning:

People Motivating others

‪Moms Taking care of their mom.

Running 2 miles and walking 4 more

‪Rocking the chin up bar this morning ..!

Getting myself to 5 am training

‪Training as hard as I could today

‪Planning my supper

Staying calm

When you find yourself discouraged for one action or poor choice. Find other actions or great choices that will spur you onto better action.

To your best health,

Coach Nancy


Hope

"Hope is like the light at the end of a tunnel.

But you have to walk toward the light or it doesn't get brighter and brighter."
- NMC

What are you hoping will happen this year?

What do you hope will be the result at the end of this month?

Where do you hope this week will find you feeling?

How do you hope to experience today?


Don't leave things to chance. Take some actions toward your goal each day. Those little steps you take every day toward your goal will stack up and lead your way. Hope is wonderful because it can move you forward if you let it. 

To your best health,

Coach Nancy