I was doing some research the other day and came across this video “Dr. Dean Ornish: The world now eats (and dies) like Americans.”
It is from a good blog site called www.tastythinking.com – “Food for thought and thoughts about food.” They have some interesting things to say and also some astonishing finds – in particular, the video that I mentioned. It is only a few minutes long and I strongly recommend watching it. The obeisity maps in the presentation are what really made me say…”oh my god”.
It is crazy what we have done to ourselves and what we have allowed ourselves to believe. After watching that video and thinking about myself and Rouxbe, I have decided to change a few simple things in my life and I thought I’d share it with all of you in the hope that it might provide some help for you.
Generally I eat well and fairly healthy but not always as good as I should. I also exercise on a fairly regular basis. But for some reason I have been slack in both of these departments lately. I would like to say it is because I am very busy and don’t really have the time, but that is really just an excuse and I’m no longer buying it! Because I know, that no matter how busy I am, I can exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
So this is my plan and has been for the few weeks now. First off, I have committed to exercising every morning. For me it is usually running because it makes me feel like I am getting the most bang for my buck. I am lucky enough to have a treadmill for the time being (thanks to Joe’s sister), so I alternate between outdoor and indoor runs. The reasons I like the outdoor runs are obvious, but the indoor runs are also great. The treadmill is good because I can track very easily what I have run and how many calories I have burned. I also like to play little games with my time and calories. I say to myself, I will run for 35 minutes, then when I get to that and realize that I have burned 347 calories. I then say…. okay I will run until I hit 400 calories (I like round numbers, what can I say). Then once I get to 400 calories, I may be at 43 minutes, so I run til…well you get the picture. It works for me along with the fast paced music that is playing in my iPod. The main thing… get up and move first thing in the morning for at least 30 minutes.
I have also been eating properly. What does properly mean, you ask? Well to me, and I’m certainly no nutritionist, but to me it means eating smaller portions and eating better foods. And most importantly, eating whole foods. And the more local the better. It is not rocket science when it comes to eating well. I use my instinct and what knowledge I have to figure out what is good for me and what I should eat. For example, butter, cheese, cream sauces and milkshakes – bad, like duh! high fat content. Fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, chicken, fish etc – great. I also read labels and don’t believe everything that is on the label. Like when something says fat free, I usually say, “ya right”. Because most fat free food items have sugar which I know gets converted into fat once digested. So look at the ingredients.
Since I started this blog (yes this has been a work in progress), it has been about 3 or 4 weeks and I have to say I feel much better and lighter already. I have lost 6 pounds, just by eating smaller meals about 4 or 5 times a day. I also start everyday with some sort of exercise.
Really it is very simple: take in less calories than you burn! Here is a good site for checking out calories. I don’t actually count calories, I kind of guess-timate. Just think to yourself at the end of each day…. Did I burn more than I took in. If you did… that’s great. You’re in the “positive” as I like to think – meaning that you have positively lost weight. If you eat more than you burn.. then your in the “negative” – which means you better move more the next day or consumer fewer calories. That’s it, no fancy diet planning; just eat smart, eat less, eat more often, and exercise for crying out loud! Move your body. Oh… and eat whole foods that you cook instead of the “heat and serve” variety. Summer is here and the markets are plentiful of fresh fruits and veggies. I waited out in the blazing sun, in line at my local farmer market for 20 minutes just to buy a big bag of fresh tomatoes. It was so worth it, they are gorgeous! They are currently displayed like edible art on my counter top.
This is the perfect time of year to eat fresh and healthy food. So go out, better yet…ride your bike to your local farmers market and get inspired! After all if you can’t inspire yourself how can you inspire others…
Ciao for now dawn