Let’s find the NewYou (TM). Summer’s coming and Spring’s volatility will give way to mellowness. We want to accomplish lots when our spirit is high and the best-of-the-year is just around the corner. But, these actions should be assumed for their own merit, and not just a fleeting whim.
Sure it will be fun to feel admired, but more importantly, are you feeling GOOD — healthy to your core? Otherwise, no matter how good you may look in a bikini, you’ve lost more than weight.
People just tend to want to “lose the weight” and if done incorrectly, you can lose your health, lean muscle and be burdened by much-easier weight gain later. You don’t want to be a yo-yo dieter!
Now and again over the coming months, we’ll talk about weight-loss, but for now, just start a reasonable walking plan, especially as the days are getting longer now. Getting exercise started first, while the weather is decent, is an unintimidating way to start your NewYou(TM) program.
I certainly will help you and I begin by recommending:
___ the walking videos and tapes of Leslie Sansone
___ doubling your intake of fruits and vegetables, daily, emphasizing the vegetables rather than the fruits
___ using a new fruit or vegetable every week and keeping it in your weekly diet while it is in season
__ understand there is safety in variety — so eat at least 15 – 20 different foods a day
___ use a papaya enzyme capsule in the middle of any larger meal
___ increase your spring water intake gradually and consistently every week until, by 4 – 6 weeks from now, you are using around a quart of water for every 30 pounds of body weight. If you have kidney trouble, then follow your doctor’s instructions instead.
___ keep snacks ready ( a list follows)
___ get active with your kids, outside!
___ ease up, have fun!
======================================================================EM’S SNACKS LIST – MAKE AHEADS FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND YOU
EM’S BLACK-EYED PEAS-PLEASE HUMMUS
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced or use food processor
1/2 C fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/3 C tahini (ground sesame-seed paste)
3T grated Parmesan cheese
1 t curry powder
1/4 t Celtic sea salt
1/16t cayenne pepper
2 (15 oz) cans black-eyed peas, rinsed with spring water, then drained
If using a food processor, then drop garlic through chute with processor on. Process it 3 seconds or until garlic is minced. Add lemon juice and next 7 ingredients (lemon juice through peas). Process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add the last 2 herbs and pulse briefly to chop. Serve with celery sticks.
Yield: 3 1/2 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons dip)
By the way, as you reduce the intake of food OR the types of foods you use, please consider using some of your food budget savings to help others have food to eat. See OxFam below. They are a really dedicated, efficient group.
Best to all — Em
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