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by Pat Barone, CPCC, MCC
“America’s Weight Loss Catalyst”
We’re going to have some fun this month. Here are some food myths it’s time to destroy:
NO!! NO!! NO!!
I went from customer to customer, asking “Do you think sugar is a FOOD? Do you think it’s LOW FAT?” Unless you’re planning on sipping from the bag itself, you’ve got to mix sugar with something to make it edible – and that’s usually white flour and lots of fat. It’s deadly! Especially if it forms the bulk of your diet in the form of muffins, scones, breads, cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, etc. Once and for all, let’s nix the low fat scenario that never worked to take off the pounds (but made a lot of money for food manufacturers).
Here the point of my ranting:
What can you change in your current
eating regimen right now that would
have a positive effect on the amount
of nutrients you get every day?
After all, the more food you eat which doesn’t give you nutrients, the more you’ll stay hungry for more. In fact you’ll stay hungry until your body gets the vitamins and nutrients it needs. That’s your body’s unique genius for survival at work.
Here’s an example of a positive change: Chili’s recently revamped their kids menu so that kids can get a side dish of broccoli or corn instead of fries. All right! Let’s hear a big round of applause for Chili’s. Now, this is a big shift and I realize it may take a while to catch on – in fact, the wait staff isn’t quite accustomed to it yet. My son ordered cheese pizza, broccoli and milk for dinner last week and the server nearly fainted. She was even more amazed when he ate it all! “You actually drank all your milk? WOW!” she said. (He’s 11 and thought she was flirting with him so her response had some positive impact!)
When I look back at my 70-pound weight loss, there were two changes I made that had a huge impact on my success. I gave up french fries and pizza. Just two foods made an enormous difference! But I knew they were problem foods for me because, once I started eating them, I felt a loss of control around them. (If you have a problem giving up a particular food, email me and we’ll set up a coaching session for you – I have great exercises to help you break negative habits!)
So, here’s my challenge: Are you willing to have broccoli and milk with your pizza? Or substitute a salad or vegetable for fries? It’s the small changes that get you started and lead to you even more positive changes down the road.
Be proactive this week. Make some simple changes like adding more veggies, fruit and calcium products or deleting sodas, fries and chips – it’ll make a difference you’ll see and feel!