Palm Beach County Health & Wellness Counseling

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The Diet Deception...
Nourish: verb. 1) To provide with food and other substances necessary for growth, life. 2) To foster the development of; promote. 3) To keep alive, maintain.
Most of us have spent years battling the dreaded scale... Whether you’re looking to lose 10 pounds or 50 pounds, it’s incredibly important to remember that temporarily changing your diet won’t solve anything unless you permanently change your attitude toward eating. Diet-wise, what is right for one person may not be right for the next. There is no “one diet fits all”. We can hear you groaning from here….sorry, but it’s the truth. With the bevy of fad diets out there, which we will be covering in the next few weeks, the important rule to understand is that it’s about portion control and Bio-individuality. Bio-individuality means that each person is different biologically, therefore each person has different dietary needs. SMARTER SUCCESS! The brilliance of the human body is that if you listen to it, it will tell you exactly what you need. If you’re a vegetarian and your craving a cheeseburger, odds are you NEED that meat. Your body is speaking to you. Maybe you’re a card-carrying-carnivore who feels sluggish and is leaning towards salads these days. That’s your body telling you to eat some veggies and lay off the meat for a bit!
**Now this doesn’t mean that if you’re craving cookies that your body needs cookies! Sugar cravings are not the same as whole food cravings. Sugar cravings manifest from an unhealthy imbalance in the body. Grab a banana instead. We swear it works!!** Just like everyone is unique, so are our dietary needs. You just have to figure out what works for YOU. Some people will lose weight as a vegetarian – others will gain weight. Same goes for those other diets. The question is, what do you feel your best eating (energy, weight, etc), and stick to that. Your correct diet will have you feeling good and at a proper weight naturally.
That said, you also need to MOVE that body of yours. Exercise is crucial for weight loss and good health. Moving your body a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week will do the trick. Without exercise, you won’t burn the extra calories and build lean muscle to keep your metabolism going. Walking, yoga, running, strength training, pilates, Zuma – whatever gets you up and going! Still wondering what to eat?? Here’s a good start: - Lots of fresh fruits and veg – no limits there. - Protein that is the size and thickness of your palm (not the whole hand!), beef kept to once or twice a week. - 1/4 cup serving of whole grain carbs, once a day. - Cook in olive oil or unrefined coconut oil, use olive oil and balsamic vinegar as a dressing. 1 pat of butter when necessary. - Dairy as yogurt (plain and add fruits and agave to sweeten) is a great protein packed breakfast or snack, cheese occasionally. - A good food-based multi-vitamin, and Omega 3 fish oil (5000 mg daily for weight loss) as supplements. - Treat yourself once a week to whatever is your favorite indulgence. Keep the portion SMALL. This will keep your cravings at bay and your face out of the ice cream trough. - You don’t have to eat all of those foods at every meal, those are just guidelines for nutrition and portion control. Eat what makes your body feel good and energetic! Listen to your body, ignore the unhealthy urges, move more and you’ll be hugging the scale in no time!

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