Let’s face it, engaging in social festivities during the summer (and any season) is a tough time to eat cleanly and make good choices. But with a little forethought, we can set the stage for success. I want to give you the simple steps you need to face temptation and not gain weight.
Some of us do not need a birthday party or holiday to be tempted by food because we work in an office where parties are often thrown, treats are brought in, or there’s even a candy bowl filled and available at all times. I know that's not just my office — right??!
You may be a person who travels or attends lots of functions or cocktail parties for work — and you just cannot figure out how to say no to all the goodies.
I am here to walk you step-by-step through a little something I call “how to make it work in the real world when temptation is everywhere.”
Let me first say this: Life is not about deprivation and constantly saying no to sweet treats. It is about balancing the yes and the no so we stay happy, healthy, feeling good, and free of health issues.
I work with busy people who have forgotten what balance looks like on their plates and in their lives. Below is the exact info I give my clients — I hope it helps you just as much as it has helped them become more aware of their food choices.
WHEN DO YOU GET TEMPTED?
Attending a cocktail party or a wedding
The donuts or the vending machine at the office
When you’re watching TV
Bringing treats to your kid’s school
Preparing food for a party you’re throwing
When you're stressed
HAS THIS HAPPENED?
You swore this year would be different or that you were going to be good tonight, but somehow the food you promised yourself you would not eat entered your body.
I have had those times in my life and trust me I am human, and it still happens. But I finally have a plan, and I am sharing that plan with you today.
Studying nutrition has changed my life. It taught me that the food on my plate was key, but so was how I was nourishing myself in other areas of my life. I began to take care of myself and slow down.
Eating foods that were right for my unique body lessened my food allergies, and I began to lose unwanted toxicity and inflammation.
I realized that the constant itching and welts I randomly got on my face stemmed from an extreme sensitivity to mangos and oranges. When I discovered these things, I began to feel alive and in control of my health. Basically, I felt renewed.
Together, we are going to lie out the perfect plan for you to ditch the bloat, say no to those foods that do not serve your awesome body and stay healthy during the summer season.
SECRET #1: PRE-PLANNING
Make sure you know what you are walking into. If you’re attending a barbecue party, plan to eat beforehand. It is safe to assume most parties offer tons of cheese, bread, and lots of sweets, so it is best to have a good mini meal before you go.
MY FAVORITE MINI MEALS ARE:
- A healthy protein like roasted chickent with avocado
- Greek (if you tolerate it) or non-dairy yogurt with nuts
- A smoothie
- A cup of soup
- A healthy protein bar
- Carrots with hummus
- Any protein and vegetables
Make sure you are satisfied before you head out to the party.
SECRET #2: EAT SIMPLE AND THINK SIMPLE
Keep it simple. Make sure the meals you are eating are easy to digest. Often we are stressed with a full social schedule, and when we eat when stressed, we go into fat storage mode rather than fat burning mode.
Taking deep breaths and being conscious of what you eat is key for your health and happiness, and will leave you better able to say no to the sweet treats.
Try taking a breath in through your nose, holding that breath for 10 seconds, and then releasing. Repeat this deep breathing exercise 5 times, and you will reduce those stressed feelings.
SECRET #3: MY SECRET WEIGHT - LOSS WEAPONS
Two drinks I would not live without during my day are the following:
MY MORNING LEMON ELIXIR
2 cups of room temperature water with the juice from 1⁄2 a lemon.
MY EVENING ALKALIZING CHLOROPHYLL DRINK
12 ounces of water with 1 tablespoon of chlorophyll and the juice of one lemon.
Note: you can buy chlorophyll at any natural food store, Whole Foods, or on Amazon.