Motivational Letters

18 04, 2019

Long Weekends and Special Events

2019-04-18T07:25:07-04:00April 18th, 2019|Motivational Letters|

You have had a good week and feel totally in control. Now you are facing the long weekend with dread. Holidays, parties, and special occasions can present a challenge as quite often the focus is on food. The trick is to be prepared, avoid the anxiety that sometimes comes along with dieting and celebrate at the same time. The following are a few suggestions to help you have fun and still control your eating. ? Planning ahead is important. Try to anticipate what foods might be available and have a general idea of what you might eat. ? Try to [...]

12 04, 2019

Simplify

2019-04-12T10:05:02-04:00April 12th, 2019|Motivational Letters|

We put many barriers in front of ourselves. This often leads to us being stagnant and not doing what we should be doing to become healthier. Exercise: We need more! The most common excuse is fatigue at the end of the day. At a time when we most need to move to de-stress, we prefer to sit and do nothing. Even going downstairs to the treadmill feels like a chore. Simplify! Do a little bit. If weather permits, just do a 10 minute walk. If you don’t have equipment, do 10 squats and 10 push-ups (off a table if you [...]

5 04, 2019

Go outdoors whenever you can

2019-04-05T08:00:15-04:00April 5th, 2019|Motivational Letters|

With spring (hopefully!) arriving soon, it’s important for all of us to get outdoors. I remember a significant study Dr. S. Panda did, determining the amount of outdoor exposure of people living in San Diego. It amounted to only 1 hour per day; and this is in a warm sunny climate. We don’t go outside enough! We live from car to house, house to gym, house to work, work to house. We lack sun. The benefits of getting sun exposure are immeasurable. We don’t want to burn, just get sunlight. Even on a cloudy day, enough UV rays are getting [...]

29 03, 2019

Ways to control your mental life

2019-03-29T08:29:32-04:00March 29th, 2019|Motivational Letters|

James Allen said: "Dream lofty dreams and as you dream, so shall you become.” When I hear people say: "I've lost focus;” or, "I'm overwhelmed;” or, "I haven't got any more motivation;” or, "There is so much going on in my life, I just can't handle worrying about this program,” I'm left wondering about how I can help the individual regain the enthusiasm, drive, desire and tenacity to get back on track. You see, I say these things to myself also. I think most human beings do. The question is: "Are there methods to turn around self-defeating thoughts?” There are! [...]

22 03, 2019

Can you change one thing this week?

2019-03-22T11:36:42-04:00March 22nd, 2019|Motivational Letters|

Sometimes we get overwhelmed by the lifestyle changes that we are trying to make. We are trying to change our eating habits and exercise routines, our sleep and deal with stress, and we get stuck. We are trying to accomplish so much change, that it becomes overwhelming, and so we do nothing. Every one of us is in this life together. Separate, but in so many ways, together, and we wish for the same things. Happiness, good health, excitement. Often we find it difficult to define and achieve good health as our lives seem to get so busy. We are [...]

15 03, 2019

Would we change our habits if we knew our future?

2019-03-15T12:46:24-04:00March 15th, 2019|Motivational Letters|

Two weekends ago I had to travel a couple of hours to my cottage and back.  These trips are enjoyable, simply because I can choose any podcast to further my knowledge about health.   The podcast I chose to listen to on that day was over two hours long.  It was an interview by Dr. Rhonda Patrick (her web site is www.foundmyfitness.com) talking to Matthew Walker, a sleep neuroscientist.  It was about his discoveries on how our brain works when we sleep and the detrimental effects when we don’t.  His research is powerful, and to me who has poor sleep [...]

8 03, 2019

Getting started all over again

2019-03-08T07:54:15-04:00March 8th, 2019|Motivational Letters|

Getting tarted all over again All it takes is one bad day, or one bad week of eating and we feel like a failure. The internal dialogue becomes negative. 'I've messed up again' or 'This always happens, there is no way I'm going to lose weight'. Most people I see have been on multiple diets throughout their lifetime. I agree, it feels like a lost cause, but it struck me today when a new client said, "I guess I'm going to have to think about food for the rest of my life". This is true. We cannot develop a healthy [...]

1 03, 2019

Change something!

2019-03-01T10:00:54-04:00March 1st, 2019|Motivational Letters|

It feels like a long winter; I am hearing this from just about everyone. The extreme cold, then rain, wind and unpredictable weather has a lot of people off track, and they do not seem to be able to get back on track. As the expression goes, ‘I’m stuck in a rut’. Snacks seem to be more permissible; the idea of going for a walk seems impossible. Once home, getting on a bus or in a car to go to a gym just isn’t in the cards. So we sit, watch TV, read a book and nibble. This isn’t something [...]

22 02, 2019

Is there a finish line?

2019-02-22T08:23:27-04:00February 22nd, 2019|Motivational Letters|

Each week I learn from my patients. All of them, regardless of their unique life situations and perceptions, are resilient, courageous, and relentless in figuring out what works for their health. Two patients come to mind, both of whom have been working patiently and diligently on their weight loss and health goals. Neither one has found it easy. Each of them knew the basics of what might work, but both found they had to modify their paths. They tried many different variations of food, exercise and intermittent fasting in order to keep weight loss occurring. What impressed me was that [...]

8 02, 2019

Time Restricted Eating (Intermittent Fasting)

2019-02-08T08:45:59-04:00February 8th, 2019|Motivational Letters|

To say there is confusion amongst all of us about the various recommendations we hear from ‘experts’ and nutritional guidelines is an understatement! I’m simply going to avoid this topic, except to say, that I rarely see weight or health issues coming from the main meals. It is invariably the snacking during the day or evening that is the problem. Usually these ‘foods’ are highly processed carbohydrates. How can we simplify things? Well, not eating at all is a good first step. It’s cheap, can be done at home, at hotels, on holidays and at airports. All the research pointing [...]

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