Mind Over Matter

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It’s no secret that your attitude is important the success of any pursuit you undertake.

If you start off thinking you’ll fail, that’s probably how it will go down. Heck, why bother?

But if you go into a situation with the firm belief that you will be awesome, you have a better chance of just that: awesomeness.

And it can be just the start of a great little cycle of splendor. The more success you have, the better your attitude. The better your attitude, the more likely you are to succeed.

Unfortunately, a lot of people already feel stuck. It’s hard to get out of a rut, but you have to get the ball rolling.

Surprisingly, it doesn’t take much to start feeling better about yourself. Just a little practice, and practice makes perfect.

And perfect has a tendency to turn into awesome…

Body Language

You can see confidence when it walks through the door. Successful people stand a little differently than those who are down on themselves. Self-esteem just fills a room, almost literally.

Confident people take up more space. They stand tall. They occupy more space than others. They stretch out. You’ve seen them. You know what I’m talking about.

People without confidence tend to shrink. They curl up, slouch, and keep their arms in front of them like shields.

Psychologists Dana Carney, PhD, and Amy Cuddy, PhD, looked into this, and found out that letting your body strike the right pose will trick the brain into being more confident. Taking on a “power pose” for just two minutes will increase an individual’s self-esteem.

So, before you start something, pretend that you’re something great. In a couple minutes, you’ll stop pretending, and start being great.

Language Language

How many negatives do you use in a day? Whether in your speech or your thoughts, that limiting point of view can start to feel like a leash.

Those negatives are probably coming from an adverse place in the mind, and can continue to effect your perspective in a damaging way. But with a little extra thought and effort, they can all be replaced with positives.

For example, if you spend the day thinking “I’m on a diet, so I CAN’T eat brownies,” then the rebellious part of you will pick a fight with your willpower until you have a big chocolate mustache. But if you think “I’m on a diet, so I can eat what’s good for me,” your mind is on a better track for success, accenting the positives about what you’re trying to accomplish.

Get rid of “no” and “not,” and just stretch your vocabulary. You’ll be happier, and maybe just maybe, smarter in the long run.

Fashion Language

They say the clothes make the man, but that’s sexist, and as a feminist I don’t care for that kind of talk.

Clothes make the person, thank you very much.

Seriously, what you wear can change the way you feel. Who hasn’t been invited to a spontaneous event that was fancier than they were ready for?  Everyone else is shiny and sharp, while you are sweat pants or work uniform. And that’s just socially. You can tell who has given up on looking good in their clothes. Not that clothes are everything, but they can indeed build confidence.

Every night, pick out what you’ll wear for the next day. This will give you a chance to test drive an outfit if there are any doubts. Don’t be afraid to put in the extra effort, to look like an alpha dog instead of just part of the pack. You’re playing a mind trick, on yourself and those around you.

And even though this may sound contrary, remember this is all about being yourself: the best version of yourself.

And that’s awesome!

Everybody’s Sick!

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Sniffles, coughs, and aches; oh my!

There are plenty of germs circling around these days, and if you hang around people, there’s a chance you’ll get a bug just by proximity.

Heck, doorknobs can pose a hazard this time of year, and if you start getting a tickle in the back of your throat like you might be coming down with something, there might be a chance that you’re coming down with something.

And trying to diagnose yourself with any of those medical websites can cause disappointment or high paranoia. But you know when you don’t feel well and when you need something to fix that feeling.

Please note that I AM NOT A DOCTOR. The advice I’m about to give isn’t any kind of cure for any disease, so if you have something serious that needs medical attention, go get real medical attention.

That being said, while I’m no doctor, I have a few tips and tricks for you to hopefully help alleviate some of those symptoms. These are some old fashioned home remedies that just might be new to you.

Vinegar

There seems to be no end to the good that vinegar can do, and not just for you salad dressing. Some have found it to be an excellent aid in household cleaning, but it also deserves a spot in your medicine cabinet. After searching for more information on it, you might believe apple cider vinegar to be a wonder elixir.

Add ¼ cup of vinegar to your vaporizer to relieve congestion, letting the fumes open up the airways. Sore muscles can be soothed by a bath of hot water and a couple cups of vinegar.  Add a tablespoon to an 8 ounce glass of water for a gargle when your throat is sore.

Lemon

Oh, the healing power of citrus! Sure, we all know lemons are good for getting rid of scurvy, so good that scurvy is relatively uncommon.  You don’t have to be a pirate to benefit from them. Lemons have plenty of vitamins, like B6, B12, and vitamin C.

When you start to feel that stuffy, achy feeling, try some hot water with the juice of a whole lemon in it.

Water

As always, it’s important to stay hydrated, but it’s especially critical when you’re feeling less than your best. Plenty of liquids will keep everything flowing, and that will help the bad stuff move along.

Water on the outside is also beneficial. Warm to hot showers will improve circulation, loosen up congestion, and temper those achy muscles.

Honey

Did you know that aside from eating, honey can be helpful on the outside too? The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of honey are pretty remarkable. It’s been used to treat cuts and burns.

But what about flu-like symptoms? Honey is known to soothe a sore throat, of course. In fact, here’s a recipe that combines honey, vinegar, and some other stuff to improve your odds against this season’s ailments:
http://nancyvienneau.com/blog/articles/home-remedy/

Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative

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Warning: This is not a pep talk.

It’s going to be a hard slice of reality. Just thought you should know before we got into it, because a vague disclaimer is no one’s friend.

You won’t be good at everything you try.

There. I said it.

I know your parents may have told you that you can be anything you want to be as long as you work your hardest at it and believe.

They lied, but they had the best intentions.

And it’s frustrating.

You want to be in the NBA, but you’re too short to dunk. You want to be an abstract painter, but you’re color blind. You want to be a stand-up comic, but you’re not funny…not on-purpose funny, anyway.

And you end up feeling like a failure. But here’s the secret your parents may not have told you:

Failing is good. Here’s why…

Git While the Gittin’ is Good

We all have interests and hobbies that we like and we’d like to be better at, but what if we just can’t?

What if we can’t be better at the things we want to be better at?

For example, let’s say you love to sing, but you’re tone deaf. Would you rather be encouraged to continue, until you embarrass yourself on The Voice, or stopped way before it got that far, content to sing your songs in the privacy of the shower? How many vocal classes are you willing to take? Do you try to autotune your way around it? Do you try to join a choir?

Do you give up the ghost, or keep trudging through?

Step back and assess the situation. You may love singing, but you don’t have to be a performer. You may love music, but your voice might not be the right instrument.

And you can’t get any better at anything if you don’t accept there’s room for improvement.

Take Off the Blinders

When we really want something, or want to be something, we sometimes lose sight of the reality versus the ideal in our head.

We let emotions get in the way. Or we get our heads stuck in a truth that has long since moved on.

Need an example? Maybe you’ve seen or known an individual who has an antiquated sense of style, but a ferocious ego. Maybe they’re rocking a mullet, per se. And they think they’re all kinds of Patrick Swayze “Roadhouse” cool. That person found they’re “Thing,” and they found it in 1989. They’ve never let it go.

There’s a fear of trying new things, because trying new things means giving up old things. At least, that’s what they think.

There have been so many makeover episodes of Oprah that tell us this is not true.

We are not what we wear. We are not what we do for a living. We are not what we weigh.

So, who are we? That’s a good question.

Variety: The Spice of Life

The accepted clichéd definition of “crazy” is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.

By this standard, I think there are a lot of crazy people out there. Not “Suspense movie” quality crazy; more of a day-to-day crazy.

We get into a routine of sleep, work, eat, sleep, and in the meantime, dream of change while complaining about the lack thereof.

But we never make room for change. We never stop the cycle.

Or if we do, we expect that one new thing to fix all the others, when in reality, that doesn’t always happen, not for everyone.

So, the answer might be in not trying one new thing; try several.

Take a different route to work. Take a class. Heck, teach yourself, just you and a book or a YouTube video.

It may take a while to find your niche. And it may take a few false starts.

We are all works in progress, and we’ll never be done growing.

Nothing’s perfect, and that’s fine. But don’t get hung up on one thing you think you’re supposed to be, while forgetting who you are.

Blending Is The Key

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You know what you need? A good blender.

If you don’t already have one, get one. If you have one that’s been sitting on the shelf, then get it out, dust it off, plug it in, and get ready for some easier, healthier days ahead.

You want something quick before you head out the door in the morning but don’t have a lot of time?

Smoothie.

Are you hungry when you get home but don’t want to get bogged down with the cooking or excess cleaning duties?

Smoothie.

You want to eat better but don’t have time to become a nutrition expert?

Don’t make me say it.

Okay, I’ll say it.

Smoothie.

It’s a good way to feel full and get all the vitamins you need. It’s convenient, quick, and less guilt ridden than a value meal from some drive through window. You don’t need to be a cook to do it, but you can feel like a culinary creative-type, having fun in the kitchen.

Or a mad scientist…

This isn’t going to be about recipes. This is more of a general guide to a new way of thinking about an appliance you probably only used for margaritas.

Start at the End

Before I give you any other instructions, let me tell you how easy a blender is to clean. A friend of mine told me this tip she got from a friend of hers, and it’s so simple it’s genius. Here’s all you do.

Fill your blender halfway with warm water. Add a squirt or two of dishwashing liquid. And blendy blend blend until clean. Then rinse it all out. Boom, done. You’re welcome.

Base

Now, what do you put in a smoothie?

What you need to start with, aside from the blender, is a base, something liquid to mix with the rest of your ingredients to keep everything nice and fluid.  You can use low-fat Greek yogurt, almond milk, fruit juice, good old fashioned water, or even, dare I say, some brewed tea.

Substance

If you’re trying to do a single serving, use the glass that you plan to drink it from as kind of your measuring tool, but still be ready for a little more than that. If everything you’re using fits in your glass, most of them should fit after blending. But things will expand.

Hey, the more the merrier.

So, you can add to your base. What should you add, you ask?

Oh, there’s a world of options out there…

Fruit, vegetables, nuts, spices; just about whatever sounds good.

And feel free to experiment! The blending will mix the flavors in new, interesting ways, and make a healthier drink. Toss in a handful of spinach to your orange juice. See what a couple snap peas will do in your mango smoothie.

Those vitamins you have a hard time swallowing on their own can be transformed into something more easily taken. (Don’t try it with the gel capsules, though. You may find they don’t work as well.) Other healthy stuff can be snuck into your concoction, like flax seeds, protein powder, or chia seeds. It’s always nice to maximize your nutritional opportunities, so blend in goodness whenever you can.

Frozen fruit might need to defrost in the microwave for maybe 10 to 20 seconds, or it will make an awful grinding noise when you put it in your machine. Fresh fruit should be peeled or deseeded, depending on the type. Chop up things that need to be chopped up, to give your blender a head start. It’s a household appliance, not a super villain’s torture device.

Mind you, you can always add ice.

Ready, Set, Go!

I like to start pushing the buttons from the far left, and working my way across until I get to the last one on the right, then going back down the line to the left again. I repeat until everything is nicely processed, and then enjoy!

Now, some of you may be hesitant to just get in there and mix things up, all willy nilly. So, if you need a real recipe to get started, go to:
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_smoothie_recipes

Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

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Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

There are many health benefits of oolong tea, including reducing chronic bodily conditions such as heart diseases, inflammatory disorders, providing vital antioxidants, reducing high cholesterol levels, promoting superior bone structure, glowing skin and good dental health.

Nutritional Value:

Tea is naturally rich in antioxidants. It also contains vital minerals and vitamins such as calcium, manganese, copper, selenium, and potassium, Vitamin A, B, C, E and K, in addition to folic acid, niacin amide and other detoxifying alkaloids. Developed in semi-fermented processing, the oolong tea is rich in numerous polyphenolic compounds, adding value health benefits of oolong tea.

Benefits:

The various health related benefits of oolong tea are as follows:

  • Controls Obesity: The polyphenol compound found in oolong tea is very effective in controlling the fat metabolism of the body. It activates certain enzymes and thus enhances the functions of the fat cells in human body. Daily consumption of oolong tea can reduce obesity by enhancing metabolism.
  • Removal of Harmful Free Radicals: The polyphenolic compound is also responsible for removal of free radicals, thus saving us from potential harm that these free moving cells may pose to the human body.
  • Treatment of Skin Disorders: According to scientific experiments, patients diagnosed with eczema skin disorder can benefit from drinking 3 cups of oolong tea 3 times per day. The beneficial results of oolong tea could be seen in less than a week with these patients showing remarkable skin improvement.
  • Promoting Good Bone Health: The antioxidants present in oolong tea protect the tooth against decay, strengthens the bone structure and boosts normal healthy growth of human body.
  • Adjunct Treatment for Diabetes: Oolong tea may be used as a natural blood sugar regulator for treating type 2 diabetic disorders and as an appendage to other supplementary drugs for treating the disease.
  • Protection against Cancer: It is well-known fact that tea drinkers have lower risk of acquiring skin cancer. Moreover, oolong tea polyphenols promote apoptosis in stomach related cancerous growth. This polyphenol extract also acts a chemo-preventive instrument against development of other cancerous forms.
  • Stress Buster: In a detailed Japanese study conducted at the Osaka Institute for Health Care Science, the experimental mice that ingested oolong tea showed a remarkable improvement in stress levels, by more than 10 to 18%. The natural polyphenols in the oolong tea are said to be the main stress buster and tea itself is an adaptogen. This means that is both energizing and calming.

More About Oolong…

Oolong tea falls between green and black teas, as its leaves are only partially oxidized. Of the numerous kinds of tea in this world; oolong tea is one of the rarest forms produced. The origin of oolong tea dates back to China to around 400 years ago. It is a semi-fermented tea. But, the fermentation process is halted as soon as the tea leaves start to change their color.

The oolong tea is fragrant with a somewhat nutty flavor and fresh aroma. It has minimal caffeine and is extremely relaxing to drink. The health benefits of oolong tea are doubled because of its semi-fermentation process which combines qualities of black tea and green tea.

Drinking several cups of oolong tea in a day is a simple way to promote good health and feel great.

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Crave: Hearty Crockpot Meals

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I admit it.

In the heart of winter I sometimes lose my motivation to cook the warm, comforting meals that I crave because it just takes too much darn work at the end of a long day.

Well, the other night, the answer to my problems hit me in the head. Literally. Well, almost.

As I was putting away some pots and pans, I bumped the rack and the lid from my crockpot came falling down from the top shelf where it had sat too long neglected.

I decided to get it down, dust it off, and get cooking.

After all, what could be better than adding the ingredients in the morning and then returning home to a warm and delicious meal? Not much.

I also plan to use it to whip up a big batch of something delicious for watching the Super Bowl this weekend (see Buffalo Chicken Wraps)!

With that in mind here is a roundup of a few amazing slow cooker recipes that are good and, of course, good for you…

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wraps:

This brilliant little recipe gives you all the flavor of Buffalo chicken wings with a super healthy twist! Recipe thanks to skinnytaste.com.

Ingredients:

24 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
1 celery stalk
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic
16 oz fat free low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup hot cayenne pepper sauce (I used Frank’s)

For the wraps:

6 large lettuce leaves, Bibb or Iceberg
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
2 large celery stalks, cut into 2-inch matchsticks

In a crock pot, combine chicken, onions, celery stalk, garlic and broth (enough to cover your chicken, use water if the can of broth isn’t enough). Cover and cook on high 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

Remove the chicken from pot, reserve 1/2 cup broth and discard the rest. Shred the chicken with two forks, return to the slow cooker with the 1/2 cup broth and the hot sauce and set to on high for an additional 30 minutes. Makes 3 cups chicken.

To prepare lettuce cups, place 1/2 cup buffalo chicken in each leaf, top with 1/4 cup shredded carrots, celery and dressing of your choice.

Wrap up and start eating!

Turkey Sloppy Joes:

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned sloppy Joe every now and then? This recipe is a healthier version that will satisfy that craving perfectly. Recipe thanks to tasteofhome.com

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped red or orange bell pepper
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-sodium condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
whole wheat bread or hamburger buns

In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the turkey, onion, celery and bell pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the soup, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and pepper.

Transfer to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Serve on toasted bread or hamburger buns.

Crockpot Black Bean Chili:

A delicious and satisfying vegetarian black bean chili. Just a little bit of prep, and then let the slow cooker work it’s magic. Recipe from about.com.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 large onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
10 oz. pkg. frozen corn
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup salsa or taco sauce

In a heavy skillet, sauté onions in the olive oil until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes longer. Add cumin and cayenne pepper, and whatever other spices you might like. Cook for two minutes longer.

Mix all ingredients into a 4-5 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low about 10 hours. If you have a newer, hotter cooking crock pot, cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Enjoy!

All That And A Bag Of Chips…

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Ever eat a whole bag of chips?

You’re just sitting in front of the television, minding your own business, watching terrible rich people on Bravo, when low and behold, that full bag you started with is nothing but tasty flakes stuck in the static of that metallic sack.

I know I have. I bet you just might have. At least once.

And it was so simple, so easy to do, you didn’t realize it was happening, or just how opposite of good it was for you.

See, there’s this thing called a “serving size.” It’s a tricky little bugger stamped above all the nutritional information you probably didn’t notice.

Want to know how much a serving of chips is?

One ounce.

Want to guess how many calories are in that serving?

About 150.

And a whole bag of chips, you know the ones, thats about 8 to 10 ounces. Need me to do the math for you?

About 1200 to 1500 calories.

That’s the bag of chips consumed in the forty three minutes plus commercials it takes an angry real housewife to plan and throw a lavish party for her poodle where she’ll fight all of her backstabbing friends who she herself has backstabbed.

I’m like, “wow.”

It would be fine if we followed those serving sizes. Or at least it wouldn’t be so bad, right?

Those serving sizes are put on there for a reason, and they often go ignored. Somehow, it’s become the custom to assume one container equals one serving for one person.

I gotta say that is a special kind of crazy to which I, too, have grown accustomed. And it’s a habit that desperately needs to be broken. It’s like wandering through a gate blatantly labeled “DANGER” and wondering why you’re stuck in a mineshaft surrounded by Rottweilers.

There’s that kind of sign on almost every item sold in a grocery store to tell you what’s in it. It’s like a law now, or something.

If you check out the nutritional information on any given package of food, you may find yourself surprised by what you find. The number won’t be what you’re used to, but that’s for your benefit.

See, serving sizes aren’t based on how much you’re willing to eat in one sitting; they’re what you should be eating. And if you want more than that, wait an hour. Then you can have another serving or maybe give that craving a chance to subside.

All the information you need is there on the bag, or box, or tub, in black and white. In English, even.

Did you ever think you could lose weight simply by exploring the world of reading? Makes ya think…

A Hard Habit To Break…

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I’ll make a bold declaration and say we all have bad habits.

Big ones, little ones, there a certain things we want to change about ourselves, and the tough part is we’ve been doing them for a while. Our habits have become character traits.

Then, when we try to change those habits, we’re not always successful, which leads to disappointment. And after a while it’s not “try, try again.” It’s “why bother?”

Maybe it’s time to try a different way…

It’s been said time and time again that the best way to break a habit is to replace it with another one. And if you do it for 21 days, that habit will be set in your brain for a good long time.

So what habits should be added to the daily regime?

Meditate

It just takes a few minutes. Close your eyes. Concentrate on your breathing. Quietly clear your thoughts.

Hydrate

When you think about water, have some. Your body needs more of it than you’re probably getting

Gratitude

Add “please” and “thank you” to your regular daily dialogues. People will appreciate feeling appreciated.

Eat a Vegetable

Keep some green foods around, all the time. Keep them with you in the house, the car, the office. They’re good to have in a hunger pinch.

Walk It Out

Get off the couch and stroll down the street. Ten minutes one way, ten minutes back.

 

If you can think of more, go for it. The more the merrier.

When you fill up your hours with good habits, you might find them taking up the space of all those bad ones.

4 'Get Real' Tips for Weight Loss

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I just saw an article headline about brides who are turning to a feeding tube diet to lose weight before their weddings.

I am honestly shocked that it has come to this. Shocked to consider the dangerous and drastic measure that some people will take to lose weight.

This got me thinking.

The information is out there. There are plenty of healthy and smart diet plans available. And yet we want the quickest fix.

None of us gain weight overnight….

Why do we believe it can come off that way?

Is it this obsession with an overnight solution that is ruining all of our diets?

Time to throw out the crazy and start getting smart.

Here are some of the top tips for getting real, and getting real results…

#1. Drink More Water

More often than you think, your hunger pangs may actually be caused by dehydration. In fact, most Americans are chronically dehydrated. Drinking a consistent amount of water every day will help you to feel more full and also keep you feeling alert and energetic. An added bonus: hydration actually boosts your metabolic rate and increases calorie burn.

#2. Get Moving

Let’s get really real: it hard to lose weight or to maintain weight loss without physical activity. The key is to do your best not to think of it as a chore. Instead, find exercises and activities that you enjoy and stick with them. What finally worked for me was scheduling lunch hour workouts. It’s the time of day that best fits my schedule and my energy levels, and now I hate it when I have to miss a day. Find what works for you, and then reap the rewards. Aim for 30 minutes of activity at least 5 days per week. It has been shown that even breaking it up into 10-minute increments is effective for fitness and weight loss.

#3. Small Changes Add Up

I will say this again and again because I have seen it work; small changes DO make a difference. Instead of getting crazy and jumping on board with some bizarre fad diet, try making realistic choices. Learn healthy food substitutions, eat more fruit and veggies, eat smaller meals more frequently, and add in a bit more physical activity each day. Over time these little changes will become habits that you will want to stick with for life.

#4. Stock Up Smartly

If there is a bag of corn chips in my cabinet I am going to eat it. Probably all in one sitting, and probably without thinking about it. The truth is that if your cupboards are filled with junk food it is far too easy to give in to temptation. Likewise, if you have nothing on hand, it is easy to decide to grab fast food or order in instead of making a meal. If you keep your kitchen stocked with healthy meal-ready staples and snacks, it will be much easier to eat well and stay on track.

Try a Little Tenderness: Building a Better Relationship With Food

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You wanna know something I’ve been thinking about lately?

Maybe we would all be better off if we treated our relationship with food the same way that we treat our relationships with people. Whether it’s with friends, spouses, lovers, or family, we need these relationships to be healthy and nurturing.

They need to be fostered – we have to put effort into them , and we have to give time, love, and attention to in order for them to thrive.

A bad relationship can drain you of your energy and leave you feeling hopeless and purchasing Adele records.  A bad diet does the exact same thing. Minus the Adele records.

Here are a few ideas that can help you bring a little romance back to your relationship with food.

Learn to love it, and it will love you back.

Food Is Not The Enemy

How healthy is it if you constantly treat your significant other as an adversary? If you dread the sound of their voice and get into an argument every time you see them? Isn’t any relationship like this pretty much doomed from the start (or too much like a soap opera to survive)?

Food is not your enemy.

One of the most powerful things that you can do is make peace with food. Learn to understand it better and accept that it is a necessary part of life. Realize that it is powerful medicine, and that it sustains you.

Fad Diets Make For Bad Breakups

Do you know someone who gets their heart broken time after time because they jump into every relationship head first without stopping to consider the consequences? Or one who completely changes themselves to fit their new partner? I know I do.

This is how I feel about fad diets and all of those “quick” fix solutions to weight loss. Too many of us jump into the newest, latest, greatest diet trend without ever really learning anything about it, then we feel heartbroken when we fail. Or we try to fit our lives into a plan that is overly restrictive and completely unreasonable.

A diet, like a relationship, just won’t work if it’s all or nothing. It must fit your life in order to be successful in the long-term.

Honestly, if you can’t say, “you complete me,” then you have the wrong plan.

Love Is The Answer

I know that you think loving food is the problem, but it’s not. It just needs to be real love, not some at-a-glance infatuation. When I’m hungry, I may think I’m in love with that bag of Doritos in the vending machine, but chances are it would just break my heart. Real love would be the feeling if I opted for a truly satisfying snack instead. One that would love me back.

Guilt and shame do nothing but perpetuate themselves. And the more you allow food to make you feel these things, the more likely you are to give up and give in.

Take a breath and choose love. Know that you need to eat, and also that there is no reason it should make you feel miserable. You can eat better foods, and make better choices, and still enjoy what you are eating.

It can be avoided; we need food in order to survive. So why not give it the love and attention it deserves?

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary.