This post gives you a week’s worth of life-changing tools to help you boost your diet. Try them if they attract you in some way. If something feels good to you, then it probably is good for you.
The timing has to be right. Maybe you’ve tried one or two (or even all) of them in the past and they didn’t seem to work for you. That was then and this is now. Don’t go for them unless they attract you for some reason.
These tools will boost your energy, calm your mind, and help prevent or minimize some health problems.
Go for homeostasis! This means reiki or reflexology.
Include one or both of these modalities in your schedule this week…and every week. I suggest distance reiki. Self-reflexology is a good option.
Hand reflexology is easy to use. Does the thought of hand reflexology seem challenging to you? Your library should have hand reflexology books on its shelves.
To simplify your hand reflexology journey, I’ll send you a hand chart and detailed instructions for reflexing your own hands.
Just send me your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll return them to you. There is no charge or obligation for this chart and instruction list.
Eat whole, fresh, locally-grown food.
Whatever diet plan you’ve chosen, this is a good tip for you and your diet. When you say “Yes!” to fresh foods, you minimize processed, packaged, shipped products.
When you eat fresh, your food will taste better. Your calories will not be so empty. Your food will be authentic.
You’ll find authentic food on the outer perimeter of your local food store or at a nearby farmers market.
Don’t skip your breakfast.
This meal can be anything from a serving of yogurt to a platter of eggs, bacon, and a hearty whole grain bagel.
Whatever you choose for your breakfast, include powerful berries. Their antioxidents can’t be overemphasized. Let a banana give you the potassium you need.
Skip the sugar. This doesn’t have to be a shock to your system. Begin sugar avoidance by skipping it one day a week. On this day, instead of sugar, include a sugar substitute on any food or in any beverage you would ordinarily use sugar.
There are many brands available. Try several until you find one you like.
If you feel weird without sugar, snack on some chocolate.
Water! Water! Water!
I know. My message is stuck when it comes to water. But, I mean it. Water gives you energy, moves toxins out, and makes your skin look younger. It also has 0 calories.
What more can we ask for?
If you’re not accustomed to water, I suggest this:
When you feel tired, drink a glass of water. No, don’t drink a glass of water. Instead, chug it right down. Now, wait a few minutes to see if you feel better.
When your lips feel dry, drink a glass of water.
What about your urine? What color is it? Concentrated urine has a murky color you don’t need. Drinking more water will get rid of the murky color.
Daytime snacks are an essential taste treat between meals. They boost your energy midmorning and midafternoon. They are a welcome break from the day’s activities.
One snack which is good for your diet boost is nuts.
Walnuts, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and are high in anti-inflammatory fatty acids.
They do lots of other things too. Each nut is different and unique. Take a moment to read about all the wonderful things they do .
Instead of reaching for a sugary food, go for the nuts.
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Your body continually changes throughout your daily activities. Sleeping, dancing, or taking out the trash, your body tries to maintain a healthy balance – homeostasis.
When you visit a reflexologist, other bodyworker, or healthcare professional, you may be trying to address one or more ongoing, persistent, health problems in addition to your diet. You seek solutions while saying to yourself “I may have to learn to live with fatigue ( insomnia, constipation, headaches)”. A reflexology session does much for you.
Sleep comes easier as patterns change.
More regular bowel movements emerge.
Your body begins a mild detox.
Your tensions relax.
Your overactive or underactive glands and organs begin to normalize.
Your nerve and blood supply improve.
You begin to feel refreshed, relaxed, and energetic.
Pain and discomfort disappear.
The truth is, we don’t know how a person’s body will respond to or react to a particular reflexology session. Whatever the reaction, it is a sign that the therapy is working.
Things happen after a reflexology session because they need to happen – whether it’s sleep, relaxation, tension reduction, or pain loss.
These reactions and responses are important when you diet because of changes brought about by your weight loss as you change the foods you eat and you move more.
These reactions are also important because they tell you that you are self-healing.
One thing people don’t really mention is that both reflexology and your diet encourages you to tune in to your own feelings and your body to see what feels best for you.
This is a major change. I hope this sensitivity will stay with you long after the diet and extra pounds have moved on.
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Beginning with the next post, I will be blogging about self-care during a diet. I feel that a diet is the ultimate self-care experience. It is your opportunity to care for yourself spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
Go for it!
DO NOT FINISH
So, what does that mean?
Finding the best beverages to support your weight loss is crucial. Like everything else you eat or drink or do, there are a few pointers: Water works!
- Stop drinking anything with calories.
2. Get sodas and diet sodas out of your life today!
But, it’s one thing to read Do Not Drink Sodas or Diet Sodas. It’s another thing altogether to replace this habit with something better.
3. Begin by drinking water, infused water, and/or strained, homemade broth.
The truth is that you have more options than you thought. All those different brands of water on the shelf have different flavors. Check them out. Find the one you like best.
Beyond that, stevia drops can enhance your water choices.
Try out decaffeinated herbal tea and broths prepared without MSG.
When I lived in the Washington, D.C., metro area, several friends of mine were patients of a weight-loss physician. He guided them through a successful diet program.
His secret? Drink 50 glasses of water a day, every day. Can’t go his guideline?
4. Drink at least 80 ounces of fluids daily.
So what does that mean? Water works!
It means you carry a water bottle and drink from it all day.
5. Skip beverages during meals because liquids can move your food out of your stomach too fast. When this happens, you have a smaller opportunity to feel full from your meal.
6. Does food make you thirsty? Wait 20-30 minutes after your meal and then enjoy your water to your heart’s content.
TWO WEIGHT LOSS SECRETS:
Begin every meal well-hydrated. You feel less hungry when you are thirsty. Water Works!
Begin each meal with a reiki therapy or reflexology session. It doesn’t have to be an hour long, or even a half hour long. A 10-15 minute session, or even a 5 minutes session can be enough to calm your mealtimeCalm meals encourage a more successful diet.
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When you were a child, did you ever hear “Eat everything on your plate. Hungry children need this food.” ?
I certainly did. It never occurred to me that I was never going to help a hungry child get enough food by eating everything on my plate.
As an adult, I found a better way to help alleviate hunger. I donated food to a food pantry or soup kitchen. (And, that led to a whole new career path!)
Leaving food on my plate has no impact on whether another person a block away or around the world gets enough to eat. Donating food to a food pantry or soup kitchen will help.
Do you see that extra serving of lasagna sitting on a shelf in your refrigerator as something you don’t need? Toss it in the garbage instead of eating it. Better yet, toss it before it even gets to the refrigerator.
It’s better to throw the food away before you feed yourself something you don’t need. Eating too much food is bad for your health and well being.
Instead of eating that extra slice of apple pie, get it out of your life.
There are things you can do to prevent overeating:
Schedule a weekly healing reflexology or Reiki session. You will be calmer. Your life will be less stressful. The homeostasis offered by regular reflexology sessions will help make your diet experience easier.
Learn a new hobby: painting, knitting, boxing, walking, singing. Your choices are endless.
Join a gym. When you work out at the gym, you’ll feel better, meet new friends, and look better too.
Learn some healing skills to use on yourself, friends and family. Both Reiki and Reflexology are fun to learn and use.
Replace your hunger for food with water. Your body may be telling you it’s thirsty – not hungry. The moment you feel hungry or thirsty, drink something.
Water is the most important fuel you can give your body. Drink water at the first sign of fatigue. Why? Your body is about 60% water.
Have a water bottle you like and carry it with you everywhere.
There are several hydration apps to remind you to drink water throughout your day, all day. Add one to your smart phone. One example: Waterlogged.
Don’t like the taste of water? Add lemon, lime, sliced cucumbers, frozen berries to your water.
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A Reiki moment surfaced several years ago when a co-worker embarked on a diet. 100+ pounds overweight, when she told her husband her plans, he didn’t hesitate :
“NO. I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU IF YOU GO ON A DIET. ”
My co-worker was rewriting her destiny and he simply didn’t want to share her experience.
It was time for Reiki.
Diets are all about weight loss and spiritual offloading.
As your diet progresses, you first become more conscious of yourself and others.
Second, you become responsible for your own healing.
Third, you make changes to support your wellbeing.
Many times, when you release your past, you understand how it connects with your present situation.
Do you want to make necessary changes in your life? This moment offers three paths.
First, this moment sometimes stops the diet completely. Second, your weight loss may pause for several days. Or, third, the weight loss continues on.
Whatever happens, this is a good time to add regular Reiki sessions to your schedule.
When it comes to Reiki therapy, most of us never give it a second thought – until we need it.
Why do you need Reiki? What can it do for you? Again, the situation offers three options:
Do you know about Reiki? Have you received Reiki in the past? Do you receive sessions now?
Jump right in! Take a Reiki 1 class. Then a Reiki 2 class.
That’s how I learned Reiki. I knew I needed it but didn’t even really know what it was. I looked around for a teacher and scheduled an introductory (Reiki 1) class from Mary Ruth Van Landingham at Terra Christa in Vienna, Virginia.
For starters, Reiki offered me a spiritual support system when I needed it. Neither religion nor cult, Reiki is a destiny tool giving me much when I was open to its light touch.
Second, I found Reiki when it was time to change my old patterns and declare freedom from some baggage I’d been dragging around for years. I wanted to see beyond a limited reality.
It worked. I saw an expanded one, filled with light.
When I became a Reiki practitioner, I sent the light.
Third, you won’t read much about Reiki in diet books, but it’s there for you. It works well and smooths the transition to your new life when you rewrite your destiny.
What more can you ask for?
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I’ll be offering a series of five hand reflexology classes online beginning January 19th. The classes will be offered on Zoom through the West Hurley Public Library.
You will learn a basic hand reflexology protocol that is both easy to understand and use.
The second class shares a hand workout to use when a person complains of sinus and respiratory issues.
When stressed, many people experience shoulder, joint, and arm discomfort. This third workout stimulates stress release and pain reduction.
When spinal, hip joint, and leg issues surface, this fourth class helps with pain relief.
This final class is a basic reflexology session to be used on children, adults, the elderly.
There is ample time for questions and answers. Students leave each class feeling relaxed, energized, and more positive than when they came in.
The first ten people who sign up for the class will attend all five classes for a total of $10. After that the series will cost $25.
Imagine that! Five classes for only $10. And you’ll get to learn the skills in the comfort and privacy of your own home!
You have another option: You can find a partner an the two of you can learn together. Or, you can work on your own hands.
To sign up, please contact:
West Hurley Public Library
Your handouts will be given to you when you sign up.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
What are the most important meals of your day? Breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
When you eat something every three-to-four hours, you provide energy to your body. You’ll be less likely to overeat.
I begin each day with a 5-ounce serving of nonfat plain yogurt which has about 90 calories. I mix the yogurt with a 1/4 cup serving of Trader Joe’s Muesli which has about 125 calories. This mixture is delicious, nutritious, and a good breakfast because it prevents hunger until noon.
Meals don’t all have to be large. The goal is to give yourself nourishment so you’ll be less likely to overeat.
When you plan your meals so that you schedule something every 4 hours, you can choose what you’ll eat in advance. This scheduling not only prevents overeating, it minimizes your chances of grabbing a candy bar.
For lunch, I may have a nourishing smoothie or 1/2 an avocado, or sliced tomatoes.
When you plan your meals, you’ll also be able to avoid pizza, Chinese food or other fast foods.
Another choice is a meal replacement shake with a protein powder base.
This shake will ideally have 20-30 grams of protein powder and a maximum of 5 grams of carbohydrate. There are several brands and flavors on the market. Try them out until you find one with the flavor and texture you prefer.
Sample both pre-made shakes and the protein powder mix. Use unsweetened almond milk or water to make your own shake.
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