Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner. Although this time of year is fun and exciting for a number of reasons, it can also be a time maligned with sickness and injury if you are not careful. Follow these tips and you are sure to have a healthier and more enjoyable holiday season!
“I’m starting a new diet.”
When I hear these these words, I shudder…because diets don’t work. First of all, the term “going on a diet” implies that the change is short term. (A diet is like a train…if you go on you probably plan to get off, right?)
Most diets are designed for people to simply lose weight, not necessarily get healthier. And sometimes it works for people…in the short term. They fit into that dress, look marginally more fit at their reunion, or get their BMI within a certain range to save some money on health insurance. Whatever the motivation, 90 per cent of them gain the weight back, and then some. Why?
Diets aren’t sustainable. It’s just a painful, temporary starvation of the body to promote weight loss, often leaving the dieter miserable and hungry the entire time. The body thinks it is starving so the metabolism slows down which makes your body more likely to turn all available calories to fat while muscle wastes away.
Eventually, the hunger wins (it always does). They start eating like they did before, and they put the weight back on even quicker than the first time around because the metabolism has been slowed to a halt. All they really accomplished was to put a huge stress on the body and mind, ending up worse than where they started. So, since diets don’t work, why put yourself through that?
Instead, find a plan that you can stick to for the rest of your LIFE. Your food shouldn’t make you unhappy or deprived, but quite the opposite. Your food should nourish your body, mind, and soul. You should look forward to meals, not dread them.
How do you accomplish this? Well, that’s the funny thing. Just eat food. Pure and simple.
Stay away from things in boxes or packaging. Avoid foods that are labeled “low fat” because they are usually loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners to make them palatable. Avoid processed grains and refined carbohydrates. Avoid “fake fats” (vegetable oils, shortening, and anything that’s partially dehydrogenated).
Eat meats, eggs, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds (rice and potatoes are okay if your blood sugar is stable). You’ll find that it is much more difficult to overeat on unprocessed food. Have you ever found yourself eating an entire 16 ounce bag of chips? Well, try eating an entire pound of potatoes instead. It is much more difficult, despite the fact that the weight is the same.
It’s not complicated, although that doesnt mean that it’s easy. Processed food products are everywhere. Plus, we are constantly bombarded by advertising that fans the flames of our cravings. Remember what your motivation is: you are aiming to make yourself healthy so you can enjoy your life into your golden years.
You’re going to slip up. You’re going to hit plateaus. That’s okay. Remember, you are not on a short term starvation diet so don’t make silly goals with time limits. Don’t constantly look at the scale. You are changing your lifestyle. It’s a journey, and the longer you have been sick, the longer it will take to get healthy. And let’s face it, if you are overweight, you are sick.
So, if you are considering a lifestyle change, ask yourself three questions:
1. Is this way of eating healthy long term?
2. Will I be happy eating this way?
3. Can I see myself eating ths way for the rest of my life?
If you cannot answer “yes” to these questions, you will fail, despite your good intentions. So forget about whacky cleanses, crash diets, and gimmicks. Eat real, nutritious, healthy food and start a reasonable exercise routine. You will build a healthy lifestyle and a healthier body. You will look better, but most important, you will BE better…inside AND out.
Unless you are living under a rock, you know that the biggest sports event of the year is upon us. It is no secret that the popularity (and profitability) of the National Football League has never been higher. However, there is an issue that is getting talked about more and more in the media, the courtroom, and living rooms all over America: player safety.
Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor – By now, just about everybody has heard about the outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis that was caused by a “bad batch” of steroid injections. These injections are commonly used in patients for the treatment of back pain. This outbreak occurred back in September of 2012 and resulted in more than 400 cases of meningitis nationwide, 32 of which died from the illness. Michigan led the way with more than 230 cases and 10 deaths.
Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor – We all need “energy,” right? Energy is what allows us to be happy, productive, and effective members of society. Nobody wants to be dragging themselves through each day. But who wants to get exercise, eat right, and get more sleep at night? That’s for suckers! There must be a quicker and easier way! Of course there is….energy drinks.
Bad habits are hard to break. However, the long term ramifications of bad habits are often harder to mend. So why not nip it in the bud?
Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor - A 43 year old female came in with severe lower back pain. She had been experiencing “tolerable” back pain for years but it got much more debilitating recently. She was totally unable to work or sleep. The lack of both had her very frustrated, irritated, and depressed. She was flying off the handle at loved ones for no reason at all and had completely lost her ambition for the things she previously held dear. And although her situation got more dire, her medical doctor’s treatment for her dysfunctional back never changed: painkillers and muscle relaxers.After two weeks of misery, she had finally had enough and came into Zehr Chiropractic for treatment. After getting her Atlas and pelvis adjusted over the the past two weeks, she is doing much better. She’s sleeping better, her mood is better, and she is easing herself back into her work activities. This morning she asked me if she could get a copy of her x-rays to show her MD. She said,“I just want to show him the x-rays of my spine and ask him how the pills he kept prescribing me was supposed to fix this!”