Monthly Archives: September 2014
When you cook more meals at home, not only do you tend to eat healthier, but you can also save time, money and calories.
If you cook a meal and make a double or triple batch, you’ll have left overs for lunches or another dinner. By cooking once and eating two or three times, you are being extremely efficient with your time, money and calories.
It’s much easier to eat healthy when you’re the one selecting the ingredients and preparing the meals. I know it takes more time to plan and prepare yourself, but if you are looking to lose or maintain weight, feel better and save money, it’s definitely worth the effort.
On the nights that I know we have other activities going on with the kids, the crockpot is a HUGE help!
What nights can you plan to cook at home this week?
Need dinner ideas? There are so many great websites for recipe ideas including:
- eMeals.com (this is a paid service that sends you 5 recipes each week based on the dietary style you choose)
- My blog has recipes you can try too!
If life is just way too hectic, you can use services like Dream Dinners or Super Suppers where you go to their location and assemble your meals. You bring the assembled meals home and freeze them and use as needed. You’ll spend 30-60 minutes at their studio and can make enough meals for a week or a month AND no clean up. This option is super convenient!
We all want to be healthy and feel more amazing, right? The truth is, it can be confusing to know where to begin. When we feel overwhelmed, it’s easy to give up even before we’ve started.
The top 3 goals I hear most often from my clients are:
having more energy
If you felt better, had more energy and reached your ideal weight, you would probably feel more amazing, right?
Let’s start with our first strategy:
Get enough sleep.
Have you ever considered that the amount of sleep you get can affect your health and your weight?
Let’s face it, when we’re tired we tend to make fewer healthy choices throughout the day and we reach for the quick-fix energy boost we need, often in the form of sugar-filled options and processed snacks. When we’re tired, we also tend to skip the workout we had planned for the day.
For many people, this is an ongoing cycle that’s tough to break.
Adequate sleep sets the stage for everything else.
“When it comes to body weight, it may be that if you snooze, you lose. Lack of sleep seems to be related to an increase in hunger and appetite, and possibly to obesity. According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours.
Recent research has focused on the link between sleep and the peptides that regulate appetite. “Ghrelin stimulates hunger and leptin signals satiety to the brain and suppresses appetite. Shortened sleep time is associated with decreases in leptin and elevations in ghrelin.
Not only does sleep loss appear to stimulate appetite. It also stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods. Ongoing studies are considering whether adequate sleep should be a standard part of weight loss programs” – WebMD
Sleep can also affect your immune function, aging process, memory, learning and metabolism. Yes, adequate sleep is a big deal!
To get more sleep, set a goal of what time you need to be in bed each night to get the 7-9 hours you need. Try it this week and see if you notice a difference, both in how you feel and your appetite.
I’m committing to getting _______ hours of sleep each night this week.
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