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Starch-Based Diets May 12, 2015 14:58

Recently I was asked to take a challenge: Try a starch-based diet for two weeks. The premise was I would feel better, lose weight and see improvements in my recently diagnosed high blood pressure. Starch-based diet guru, Dr. Charles McDougall, claims that eating a diet based around out of the ground grown starches such as potatoes, rice, and corn, will help our bodies to heal and to stay healthy and slim.  The idea is that the cultures who are starch-based such as the Asian countries, tend to be slim,  healthy, and live longer. Being a huge meat and cheese lover, I hesitated for about a week before accepting this challenge. My usual day involves eggs for breakfast, turkey and cheese for lunch, protein for an afternoon snack, and huge helping of meat at dinner with a small portion of starch and veggies. I wondered how I would be able to stick to starches only without passing out. I decided to try it for two weeks. I opted for a plant-based protein shake to start my days along with a big bowl of oatmeal with almond milk, walnuts, and cinnamon. Not too shabby - filling, healthy, tastes good.  I made a big pot of lentil soup with veggies to eat for lunch and beans and a corn tostado with tomato for dinner (I did miss the cheese). I found myself full and never running out of ideas for snacks. I didn't miss the meat or eggs until about day 4. Oatmeal again? Hmmmmm.  Eating out has been beans at Taco Bell - not sure that falls under the healthy category. Being a woman on the go, it's definitely a diet that requires cooking and planning.

It's been one week - I've added shrimp to a few meals - not sure Dr. Charles would approve. I have lost 3 lbs and feel rather good! I am pressing forward to finish out the month with this plan. Because I'm actually enjoying looking to healthy foods to satisfy me, at the end of May, I will keep the plan but modify it be adding in fish,seafood, and eggs. Not sure about evil cheese.

The key to life is moderation - Eating healthy 80-90% of the time and some occasional splurges.

Starch-based? Why not - it's not for everyone but don't knock it till you've tried it.

Here's the website for more information:

https://www.drmcdougall.com/


Kickoff your week right May 04, 2015 03:30

Many times we dread Mondays. Often it's because the weekend was a time to relax and let go of some of our many responsibilities and Monday reminds us of the never-ending to-do list. 

There a few reasons we might feel this way ....

1. Unhappy with work

2. The wrong balance between work and personal life 

3. Unprepared for the week to come - procrastination get us 

4. Lack of exercise or activity

Which one can you relate to? Are the person who relates to all?  Let’s focus on some tips to help make Monday better. 

Monday can be the greatest day to your week if you follow these 3 simple steps and take a closer look at how your Monday’s could turn into the BEST Monday’s ever!

 Step 1: Get up Early!

Mark Tobiassen from Action Coach says, ” The average Millionaire wakes up at 6am or earlier everyday.” Make the most out of the time you have been given. It pays off in the long run.

Step 2: Plan your Workout Time for the week the Night Before

Knowing when you will be working out for the week gives you that extra push. Say this in the morning, “OK  body, I know I need to work out at X time today. No Excuses”  You will be shocked when you stop seeing your workout time as optional and start seeing it as mandatory.

Step 3: Plan Healthy Meals for the week

Don't let time sneak up on you and you don't know what to make for dinner. Get a plan and stick to it. 

Remember, Monday’s can be awesome if  YOU make them Awesome!