Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What's up? and a Food Challenge

How's everybody doing? I want to hear from you! Are you sticking to your New Years resolutions or are little treats and missed workouts sneaking in already? I hope that the Healthy You 2010 Series helped jump start your resolve to live healthier and happier life from here on out. I know I need a reminder every now and again so just writing the series helped me big time. For all those of you who have been sticking to your clean eating lifestyle, how do you do it? Do you have any secrets that would help others stick to the plan? I would LOVE to hear from all of you!!

The road blocks I have been coming across lately is that I'm wanting to eat out of boredom or eat to relax. One of the biggest no-no's for me is eating in front of the TV or the computer. Recently I have taken to eating blueberries while watching my shows or blogging. I know, I know, you're thinking blueberries? What's wrong with that? Well, my brain now triggers a response to my body that if I am sitting down watching TV or typing that I need to be eating something. Now for most of us a bowl of blueberries wouldn't be a problem, but what if you're out of blueberries and your brain tells you, "TV/computer time, it's time to eat"? Guess what, those blueberries may turn into a bowl of ice cream or other bad food choices. Another problem with eating while distracted is that we eat much more. You're brain has a hard time being satiated when it wasn't really involved in the eating process. We need to PAY ATTENTION to our food! It gets so lonely when it's ignored ; ) So, what are we going to do about it?

Here's a challenge for you, I want you to make a concerted effort this week to eat ONLY when you're at the dining table or other area that is designated solely for eating. Let me know if it helps kick those bad food triggers! I'm in it with you because I'm going to try it too. It's going to be tough because I like to multi-task and eat lunch while blogging and checking e-mails. Whatever will I do with my time? Maybe I can workout more : )



scrapwordsmom said...

So far I'm on fire when it comes to reaching my goals!! 2010 is MY year!!:) Nicole, I love coming here for every new post. I always learn something.


Lizzie M. said...

With little kids running around, we set a "no food anywhere but the kitchen" rule in our house. This has actually helped me to be more diligent about eating only in the kitchen and not mindlessly noshing while doing something else :-).

I've made more salads this week since I took care of my produce the day I bought it! Thanks for the tips!!

Coby said...

What a great challenge to not eat in front of the TV! I'll take you up on that!

I've been working out 5-6 days a week, and yesterday worked out twice. Salads every day for lunch, oatmeal or peanut butter toast for breakfast, and dinner is a "freebie" - but we overall we eat healthy, so the freebie is not an issue of "eating whatever I want."

So far I'm down 3 pounds!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Good job Coby! Let me know how it goes : )

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Great post, Nicole!
I think 95% of people that are overweight are there b/c they are eating for reasons OTHER than hunger; emotional issues, boredom, you name it. I think when we turn inward and listen to our body's cues and signals we find better health, for sure :)

I didnt set any goals for 2010. Well, just to be back in SD :) and we're workin on that one. I need coffee and kale chips with you!


TheFitnessFreak said...

Thanks Les, I'm so glad : )

Coffee or tea ; ) and kale chips for sure Averie!

shannonmarie said...

I'm so bad about that, the whole multitasking thing; I usually eat while doing other things. But, sometimes if I don't eat at the same time, I don't get a chance to eat at all.

Road to Recovery said...

what a great idea
That is my problem I eat all the time! Thanks, I will definitely try it.

Jennifer(Savor) said...

Nicole-I wish you were on Tiwtter as I am an editor on bookieboo and would love to intro you to leah and the campaign. Also, have something in mind for us to work on but need you in social media--should write this personally eh? ops


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