Set Your Mind The Way You Want To Set Your Body.

Why are you eating? Are you hungry? How about bored, sad, nervous, anxious, stressed, or happy? These are just a few of the reasons you may be reaching for something to eat. But these are all emotions and not actual signs from the body that it needs nourishment.

The Mind Leads the Body

There isn’t anything you can do without thinking it first. So choosing to make healthy decisions isn’t brain surgery….you just have to think it. Sounds pretty easy right? We all know it’s not that simple…..easier said than done. Choosing to eat unhealthy food is a thought you have before you actually do it. Maybe it sounds good or you are short on time and its the easy choice to make. We all have reasons, or should I say excuses, for making those unhealthy decisions. So first things first, changing the way your mind thinks will get you off on the right path. For example if you are tempted by certain foods in your house, get rid of them! When you are stocking up at the grocery store don’t buy those foods that are going to tempt you once you get them home. If you don’t have them, you can’t eat them!

Your Body Feels

Paying attention to your body may seem mindless, but it actually can tell you a lot! After exercising how do you feel? Maybe tired yes, but typically don’t you feel better? So eating right and choosing healthy foods can do the same thing. It’s like taking care of your car. Car washes, oil changes, maintenance…..we want to keep our car running and in tip-top shape right? So why not treat our body that way. Fuel ourselves with good, healthy foods and our body will keep running as we want them to. Eating on the unhealthy side is going to make our bodies tired, no energy, and basically no life. Think of food as fuel for your body, it keeps it running and moving as you want it too. Just like gas to a car. But you aren’t going to put diesel in your car when it needs unleaded. So fuel your body with the right kinds of foods, it’ll work better when you want it to, and for many years to come!

Once you control your mind you can conquer your body! Like I said before first things first, mind then your body.

You are the only one with YOUR mind and the only one that can change the way YOU think. Take the reigns!!!

~ Your Health Dork ~

Back to the Keyboard…

Hello ~

Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, but I’m finally back!! I’m looking for ideas from you on topics you would like to know more about. I’d like to research and write about things that interest you. Please let me know what’s on your mind. Meanwhile I’ll start looking into some hot topics that are swirling around right now.

Hope you all had an amazing holiday season and Happy New Year! Here’s to 2013!!

Have a great weekend!!

~ Your Health Dork ~

Healthy? Take a Second Look.

Looking at labels could not be more important than it is in our world today. Even though a product claims to be “healthy” one way or another, until you read the label you will never know for sure. Maybe they have reduced the fat, but added more sugar. So really a label reading low-fat might be true, but they don’t tell you up front they have added something in its place. Here are 3 examples that might be worth a glance.

Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter

You may think reduced-fat PB is the way to go to, but have you read the label to check out the ingredients? It’s peanut butter and in my opinion it should only be made of peanuts! Artificial sweeteners are added, but that only takes off 0.5 grams of fat and 10 calories….is that really worth it? The unsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds, pb, and olive oil  help protect our heart, lower bad cholesterol, and fight inflammation in our bodies. Choosing your peanut butter can be made easier if you go with organic or natural. The calorie content can be scary with pb, just remember moderation and only allow 1-2Tbsp per serving.

Frozen Yogurt

Since yogurt is being considered a health food then why not treat yourself to a dish of frozen yogurt?! For the most part I’d have to agree, but we have to watch it with portion sizes and topping that are added. There are so many self-serve places around that lets you choose your portions along with loading on all types of delicious toppings! Very quickly you went from a healthy snack to calorie overload and you didn’t even realize it.

Gluten-Free Foods

Celiac Disease is what causes people to have to go gluten-free, it’s not a choice for them. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as rye, wheat, and barely which leads to inflammations in the small intestine and prevents sufferers from absorbing certain nutrients.  It seems that this ‘diet’ has become quite popular lately even though some people who chose to live this way don’t actually have to. Due to the marketing of gluten-free products as health foods we have to watch out because some products actually contain significant amounts of sugar, saturated fat, and preservatives. Don’t fall into this craze if you don’t indeed need to be gluten-free. When it comes down to it you only need to go gluten-free if you have been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.

These are just a few of the things out there that claim to be “healthy”, but might need a second look. Looking at labels might take a little extra time so ultimately it’s up to you if you want to know what you’re putting into your body.

~ Your Health Dork ~