Staying focused on your healthy eating plan

MINDFUL EATING

When you think of mindfulness, chances are being in a backyard surrounded by kids and loud music likely doesn’t come to mind.

But just because you can’t eat in a quiet, calm space, doesn’t mean mindful eating has to go out the window.

Instead, focus on eating slowly by putting down your food or fork in between bites, especially when talking while eating as it can be easy to lose track of how much we’re eating when distracted.

Thinking of going back for seconds? Give your stomach time to catch up. If in 20 minutes you still feel hungry, then feel free to grab a little extra from the buffet table.

HAVING A PLAN

Whether it’s your mum’s homemade apple pie or your neighbor’s famous margaritas, decide ahead of time what your indulgence will be for that event.

Drinks and desserts are where calories, and especially sugar, can add up fast. Especially if you have a lot of events coming up, indulging in both at every event can quickly lead to overeating and weight gain. Instead, by picking which you’re looking forward to the most, you can still enjoy the occasion without going too far off track of your health goals

STAYING HYDRATED

One of the most important things you can do for your health this summer is staying hydrated. Besides being good for your skin and helping to cool you down, adequate hydration can greatly affect your energy levels, mood and appetite.

If you find that drinking water gets boring, try making your own infused water with fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs. One of my personal favorite combinations is watermelon and fresh mint.

NEVER SKIP MEALS

Meal skipping when part of a designated eating plan, such as intermittent fasting, may work for some people. However, research has shown that skipping meals without a plan in place can lead to overeating and negative metabolic rate.

Instead of skipping all together, focus on eating lighter meals, high in protein and fiber. This way, you’ll still have a little more wiggle room in terms of calories, while avoiding making yourself so hungry that you feel out of control and overeat at the main event.

SABOTEURS

Almost everyone has that friend or family member that insists on giving you seconds or having you try their homemade dessert.  While you don’t want to be rude, it also isn’t worth getting off track of your health goals for something that you don’t really want to eat.  The key is to practice polite, yet firm ways to say no so that you’re confident in the moment. While each situation is different, a simple, “Thank you it looks delicious, but I’m already so full,” usually does the trick.

This week across all four meetings we lost a massive 239 marbles!!! We welcomed new members, Vicky, diane, Alison, Lisa and Trish.  

AWARDS

  • Janette, Zena and Daniella got their first super seven awards
  • Julie and Rose got their stone certificates
  • Lorraine and Mona got their second stone awards
  • Kirsty got her fab five%
  • Amina got her Fab Five% and her first stone
  • Angela got her 25lb
  • Janette, Zena, Angela, Rose, Jean, Sharon, Kirsty and Mona