3 Ways to Avoid Potential Pitfalls!

3 Ways to Avoid Potential Pitfalls!

It’s been 2 months since starting my No Sugar/No Flour and Mostly no Corn Experiment.  It’s getting easier to say no to certain things, and harder to avoid others.

I baked oatmeal raisin cookies for my husband and added coconut, sunflower seeds, craisins and granola.  Everything he likes… they are for him, after-all.   He loved them.  A lot!  And Levi (my grandson) liked them too.  He called them ‘grandpa-bites’.  The cookies have been harder for me to avoid.   I also miss those thin, crispy corn chips.  I haven’t given in to temptation, though!  I feel like I’m doing something so great, so monumental, so life-changing.  Yes, I know others have accomplished things even more exceptional.   But I’m still proud of myself.

So what would be important to write about today?  I’m sitting in Elevate (a coffee shop at Norterra Shopping Plaza) writing this blog as they’re decorating for Christmas.  And we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet, but as the decorator told me, if they don’t do it now before Thanksgiving, it won’t get done before December.  (That would be tragic to wait until December!)

In reality though, it’s not too soon to plan for the approaching ‘Holiday season when it comes to sticking with your lifestyle changes.  My clients and I have started to talk about how to avoid potential pitfalls over the Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season.  Here are some of the things we’ve been talking about:

  1. Focus on 7 – 9 vegetables PER DAY.  Those wouldn’t be vegetables like Winter Squash, Corn, Peas, Potatoes, or even Carrots.  It would be the lower glycemic vegetables like Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Green Beans, Peppers, Cucumbers, Zucchini, etc…  If you actually KEEP TRACK of your vegetables servings per day to make sure you hit your goal of 7 – 9, you won’t be hungry for the other stuff and it will be easier to say ‘no thank-you’ when offered a peppermint brownie or chocolate-dipped pretzels.
  2. Continue drinking your water.  Remember – ½ your body weight in ounces is the guideline.  And if you’re having trouble getting your water in because of other beverages, tell yourself that the ‘other beverages’ are a bonus for when you’ve finished the water. Think of the health advantages of adequate water:  a cleaner liver, hydrated skin, and feeling satisfied!
  3. Each day, remind yourself of why you’ve chosen to make a lifestyle change.  It may be for your health, so you can feel better, or to get your lab values into a normal place to prevent future illness.  Or it may be so you can run around with your kids, your friends, your family, and enjoy the things that your weight isn’t allowing you to enjoy to the fullest.

For me, I chose to do this ‘experiment’ to prove that one doesn’t NEED to have cake on birthdays, bread with meals or sugary desserts in order to be happy.  In light of that, I don’t want to make others feel sad for me because I’m not ‘allowed’ to have something.  I’ve CHOSEN this for the positive benefits.  And I would hate for others to feel guilty for not choosing the same as me.

What I want is for people to be inspired to make their own lifestyle changes.  Each small positive change, maintained over a long period, will cause compounded positive change over time!

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