We’re all familiar with that common movie scene depicting a character in crisis, having experienced a breakup, embarrassing moment or career setback, wearing sweatpants, watching a movie and soothing their sorrows with a bowl of ice cream. While not always the case, the idea is that ice cream (or whatever your snack of choice) will provide comfort and pleasure in a time of need. The cliché is correct in recognizing the link between our emotions and the food we choose to eat. But as with most clichés, the relationship might be a little more complicated than that.
There is plenty of evidence that shows long-term, poor eating habits can lead to obesity and sometimes even depression. But what about those short-term fixes and cravings? Can your mood and overall happiness affect your daily food choices? Or do your daily food choices affect your mood? The short answer is “yes.”
In the short term, there is such thing as mood-boosting foods, meaning our ice cream cliché is technically accurate. Ice cream contains sugar, which may momentarily give you an energy boost and raise levels of the pleasing neurotransmitter, dopamine. But relying on foods like ice cream or high-fat, high-sugar choices to achieve short-term sources of pleasure can cause further cravings and create a pattern of overeating down the road.
The good news is there are many foods that offer the mood-boosting benefits of sweet treats without the chemical rollercoaster ride that can produce long-term bad habits. Start with unrefined starches and good sources of protein including shellfish, eggs, oats or sweet potatoes. Each contains tryptophan, another feel-good neurotransmitter that is capable of making a direct connection with your brain. Add some fruits and vegetables, and your brain will be operating at full capacity.
Here are some of our favorite healthy mood-boosting foods:
Diet Center’s Herbal II Formula is designed to help relieve stress and help you detoxify while feeling great. See your Diet Center Counselor for more information.
The guiding principle in creating and sustaining happiness through your choices in food is balance. Eating meals full of fiber, protein and healthy fats will prevent chemical crashes and promote a lifestyle of consistency and confidence. While sweets and unhealthy carbs can momentarily cure your emotional ills, the physical toll they take on your body can soon influence your psychological well-being.
It’s a classic “chicken or the egg” question and a relationship dependent on several factors. Each person has a different experience based on family history and the unique circumstances in which they live, so it’s important to assess your relationship with food and understand your motivations and habits. Once you’ve identified those habits, you can adjust and start eating foods that truly make you—and your body—happy.
Did you know that fiber fights fat? Daily meal plans high in fiber not only help you lose weight faster, but have an array of health benefits. Dietary fiber is different from other food components such as fats, proteins, and carbs that your body breaks down and absorbs. This is because the human body can’t digest fiber; instead, it passes fairly intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon and then out of your body.
Why is fiber important? It flushes toxins from the body and provides numerous other health benefits as well:
The average American consumes a mere 5 to 10 grams of fiber per day, while the American Dietetic Association recommends between 25 and 35 grams. On the Diet Center program, we ensure that clients are consuming a minimum of 25 grams per day. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meal replacement products and fun-flavored fiber drinks all contribute to your daily fiber intake, while on the program.
Eating a diet rich in fiber helps keep your digestive system healthy and can lower your risk for numerous diseases, while at the same time helping you lose weight! Fiber fights fat!
We are ringing in 2018 with results. You’ve planned to look and feel your best, and now it’s time to get started. The first step of your weight-loss journey is to determine your goals. Setting smart, specific goals for yourself will motivate you to reach them. Before you begin, write down your goals so that you can reference them frequently throughout your program phases to track your progress.
Your goals will change as you begin to lose weight so it is important to always be challenging yourself with new goals weekly and monthly. Your Diet Center Counselor is here to support you during your entire journey and help you achieve your goals. Take advantage of their advice and support.
SMART Goal Strategy
A helpful tool for setting goals is to use the SMART goal strategy. This strategy will set you up to successful accomplish your goals, both large and small. Each of your goals should meet the following criteria:
Specific: Each goal should be specific. For example, losing weight is not specific, however, losing 35 pounds in 15 weeks is specific.
Measurable: If you can measure a goal you are better equipped to determine whether or not you have achieved it. You can also set milestones with measurable goals.
Attainable: An attainable goal is one that you have enough time and resources to achieve.
Realistic: All goals should be realistic. Setting unrealistic goals may result in disappointment or cause you to give up.
Timely: Goals must have starting points, ending points and fixed durations. Studies have shown keeping track of your progress will help you evaluate and stay motivated.
Set One Specific Goal
“Vague goals produce vague results.” There is no place in your life for vague goals. Your subconscious mind will fulfill whatever it focuses on and if your goals are ambiguous or incomplete, then you will achieve results that are also ambiguous or incomplete. You want to make your goal as detailed as possible in order to achieve the specific results that you desire. A specific goal is one that is clearly defined in such a way that anyone could come by and understand what you intend to accomplish. Your goal should contain a detailed description of what you want to accomplish, when you want to accomplish it by, and the action(s) you will take to accomplish it.
To set a specific goal, you must answer the six “W”questions:
» Who: Who is involved?
» What: What do I want to accomplish?
» Where: Identify a location.
» When: Establish a timeframe.
» Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
» Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
EXAMPLE: A general goal would be: “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say: “Join a health club and workout 3 days per week.”
Set Long and Short-Term Goals
Creating both long and short-term goals allows you to prepare for a change, rather than a quick-fix solution to your overweight condition. Short-term goals will help you evaluate and celebrate your results along the way, while long-term goals will establish solutions to help you change behaviors and lead a healthy life.
Now that you have established your goals, it’s time to plan. Create a timeline of your journey and keep that in a place where you will see it every day. Track your progress weekly using a notebook and record your food, water, nutritional supplement and activity on your Journal daily.
Staying motivated 100 percent isn’t always easy. Enlist the support and assistance of friends, family and your Diet Center Counselor. This is your journey and it’s important that you create a positive support system to achieve your goals. Your Advisor is there to help motivate you to achieve your goals, offer solutions and keep you accountable during challenging situations.
Reward yourself for each milestone you reach. Also remember to pat yourself on the back for small victories as well; declining dessert or getting 20 minutes of exercise in 3 times a week. Taking time to celebrate your success with non-food-related rewards is your building block for long-term success.
Review After Every Victory
The moment you achieve a goal is a triumphant feeling! Celebrate and assess your past goals and, from there, create new goals following the SMART method. If your goal was to lose 50 pounds by a certain date and you achieved that, celebrate the win and set a new goal. Your new goals could be anything from trying a new sport for 30 minutes a day to joining a gym for a month to merely working to maintaining your new goal weight in the future.
It’s a new year, a new you and we look forward to celebrating winning results with you!
When people say the word “detox,” they often think master cleanse, juice diet or some form of fasting. What you may not know is that there are 5 foods to detox your body in the New Year—no fasting required!
Every day we eliminate or neutralize toxins through our colon, liver, lungs, skin and kidneys. However, with the volume of toxins we are exposed to through pollution, animal products and processed foods, our organs are working overtime and can’t always do the job 100%.
What you should do is incorporate foods that have detoxifying properties to speed the natural detox process along! Here are 5 foods to detox your body that are easy to incorporate into your Diet Center plan that support your body’s natural cleansing system. Don’t feel like you have to eat all of them at once—even just incorporating one of these 5 foods to detox your body adds real benefits you can see.
Full of antioxidants, this cruciferous vegetable aids your body’s natural detoxification system and reduces inflammation. Roast with a little olive oil and garlic for a tasty treat! There are many other Diet Center recipes that incorporate this powerful vegetable as well, including Cauliflower Soup and Cauliflower “Smashed” Potatoes.
This vitamin-packed green machine helps neutralize and eliminate toxins. A perfect addition to your favorite Gold Protein Chicken Soup! Check out the recipe for Fat Burning Spicy Broccoli and Chicken Chowder.
3. Herbal II Formula
Our Herbal II nutraceutical detox supplement helps to: break through stubborn plateaus, improve metabolic rate, balance stress to energize and enhance weight loss! The perfect companion to your healthy new you, Herbal II is a health powerhouse! Ask your Diet Center Counselor for details.
A good source of fiber, grapefruit helps lower cholesterol and aids digestion. If it’s too sour try a sprinkle of stevia on half a grapefruit for a sweet and tangy snack.
When you need to flush out toxins, reach for a cucumber! Ninety-five percent water and packed with nutrients, cucumbers sliced with Morton Lite Salt is a detox delight.
Your challenge next week is to try to add just one of these into your meals. Come back and tell us what you ate and how it made you feel!
Here’s to a healthy and happy 2018!
Your Diet Center Team
Some people like to use holiday parties as a good excuse to be lenient with their weight loss plan, but between “friends-giving” and the countless holiday parties, those off-plan days can really start to add up! When you’re faced with a beautiful spread of holiday treats, ask yourself if that food item will help you achieve your long term health goals, or if it will only satisfy you in the moment.
Before heading out to your holiday festivities this year, make a promise to yourself that you WILL stick to your meal plan and you WON’T let the next few hours keep you from achieving your goals!
Healthy Holiday Tips
The holiday season presents a host of challenges to those who are trying to stick to a healthy eating plan. It can feel like food and drinks are at every turn, and it may be tough to say “no” again and again.
Plus, the added stress that seem to coincide with the holidays can make stress eating much more tempting, and cravings much more difficult to overcome.
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