Fresh Starts in the New Year

Fresh starts are great and with 2015 here  it’s time to think about what you want for the coming year.

Did you know!!  Jan, 2019, millions  will arise ready to go and be so excited about there goal of getting fit.   Sad but true by the end of January, a whopping 95% of those people will  have failed at those New Year’s resolutions for one reason or another.  We are not going to let you be one of those 95% not this year!!  THIS IS YOUR YEAR!!!!!!

if it’s 10, 30, 60 pounds or even more you want to take off how are you going to do it??
Here are some simple tips to get you started in the right direction.

1. Write it down!! Write it down!!  I can’t stress this enough!!

Map out how you are going to reach your goal. Set goals you can reach. I really do believe if your goals are not written down they are just dreams. When you write them down and put them somewhere you can see them it will set off events that will change your life.

2. Join a support group.

Weight does not just come off. You have to work hard and will need to be accountable. Join a support group where others are striving to reach weight loss goals. Take off pounds sensibly has worked for me. I also have many friends that have been to Overeaters Anonymous. You can find help in face to face meetings or on-line.

3. MAKE A VISION BOARD!

You need to have a clear vision of your goals!  You can feel free to let your imagination wonder as you create your future on this board.  This will help you create what you want from the inside and you can see it daily.

You will need a poster board. You can add sayings and pictures cut out from magazines. Healthy foods, Pictures of people near your ideal weight or even a picture of yourself at your ideal weight. Don’t hold back. You can put pictures that represent you and your dreams. Envision yourself and your new life and make this vision board all about your future.
Now place your board you will see it every day. If you look at it daily it will leave a imprint in your subconscious mind and you will make your board into reality.

4. IT’S BACK TO TO THE BASICS WITH EATING. EATING HEALTHY AND OFTEN IS THE KEY.

During the holidays it is easy to get out of the habit of eating right. Get rid of the junk food.   6 small meals a day!!  Click here to see a sample of what I eat and how I lost the 100 pounds!

5.  Get involved in a weight loss challenge!!

Taking on a new year challenge can help you kick start your goals. Weight Loss Wars is a good one. I have a few friends that did this last year and had great results.

6. You will need to exercise.

Get a workout DVD. There are so many good ones your selection is endless.  If you live locally and you love group fitness give  Elevate Studio a try!!   Great prices and you will love gaining support from other members. It’s nice for accountability. If your gone you may just get a call from a co- fitness partner and that is a great way for others to show they care.

Most important thing to remember is consistency is everything. Working out as often as possible will bring great results.

7.  Most of all believe in yourself.

You can do anything you set your mind to if you believe in yourself.  Join me on Facebook to get motivated and stay motivated and to share what is working for you!  We are in this together!!  Click here “Get up and Get Moving” on Facebook

 Woman’s World Diabetes Cookbook 

The Woman’s World Diabetes Cookbook has hit newsstands  and features 108 recipes to help you stay healthy and feel satisfied. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are approximately 1.5 million new diabetes diagnosis made each year and I am one of them!! Thank you for sending me these cookbooks!! I just have to say they are all amazing!! So many wonderful recipes!! YOU DON”T have to have diabetes to use these. They are for anyone who wan’ts to live a healthier life or want to lose weight. You will still enjoy what your eating but it will be lower in carbohydrates . If you or your loved ones has diabetes, the good news is that there is a lot you can do to manage it and reduce the risk of long-term complications. Consuming low-GI meals is one of those things.  Of course, it is essential to work with your health care team to ensure optimal management, but it’s empowering to do as much as you for your own health and well-being.  This book is designed to do just that, with plenty of wholesome, delicious recipes to make your dietary changes easy to follow as a permanent healthy way of eating.

Contents of this fantastic cookbook includes:

The Glycemic Index– The glycemic index is a fantastic tool to help you choose the best carbohydrate-containing foods.

Breakfast– Mom wasn’t kidding when she said this is the most important meal of the day. Start out right!

  • Pearl, Barley & Cherry Breakfast Bowl
  • Breakfast Egg Wraps
  • Buckwheat Pancakes with Toasted Maple Walnuts

OH wow I love love the Breakfast wraps and they are amazing!!

Lunches– These portable recipes mean you get to brown-bag it in style. Make your midday fuel-up delicious!

  • Thai Shrimp Burgers
  • Chickpea Pancakes with Grilled Chicken
  • Lime & Cilantro Beef Salad

Hearty burger that my Son actually loved!!  He is picky!!

Dinners– Finally!  Featuring an arsenal of delicious, healthy and substantial meals that will keep you full.

  • Chicken & Ricotta Meatballs
  • Grilled Zucchini & Lentil Lasagna
  • Miso Broth with Salmon & Soba Noodles

Desserts– Low-sugar treats prove you don’t have to say goodbye to sweets forever.  Live a little!

·       Honey Semifreddo with Warm Figs

·       Ice Cream Sandwiches (4 ways!)

·       Chocolate Cake with Raspberries

I felt so proud when I took a Chocolate cake with Raspberries  that was the hit of the party and when I told everyone how low in sugar they could not believe it.

Eat Good Food for Life!

While we can’t control our genetics, we can reduce our risk of developing type 2 diabetes significantly by following a healthy diet and staying physically active.

Push diabetes off the menu and treat yourself with recipes made from wholesome, good-for-you ingredients.  These dishes are simply amazing and I love this magazine.  Grab your copy soon!!

Cinnamon Eggnog smoothie

Yum!!!   Here is a  healthy option recipe for a low sugar Cinnamon eggnog smoothie.

1 c yogurt vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1 banana super ripe.
1 pinch of nutmeg.
1 egg yolks
1/3 cup of heavy cream
1/3 cup almond milk,
2 Tbsp free maple syrup
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of vanilla extract
4 ice cubes

Optional 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder. Any brand.
Combine all ingredients until smooth.

 

Optional : Whip Cream on top.  They do have low sugar whip cream so you don’t have to feel guilty for adding it to the top!!

Let’s talk Childhood about childhood obesity

obesity month

In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups.  This rise in obesity rates has affected our youth in alarming fashion. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Whether your child is at risk of becoming overweight or currently at a healthy weight, you can take proactive measures to get or keep things on the right track.

Set a good example.  Make sure you are getting the exercise you need and that you are eating healthy.  Invite your child to go on a walk or bike ride and support exercise as a family

Have healthy food in your home.  Kids eat what is offered and what is provided in the home.  Make sure to have healthy food on hand for snacks and cook healthy meals for your family.

Click  HERE ON KIDS EAT RIGHT and you will find ton’s of good tips to set up a healthy environment in your home. You don’t have to be a Diabetic to eat healthy recipes. That’s are they really are crated with less carbohydrates. Everyone would benefit from eating these types of meals.

Click here Diabetic Recipes Pinterest..  I love my collection of recipes and still add to it to this day!!

With Walktober right around the corner start thinking about the challenge you want to give your family.  Walk at least once a day  with purpose as a family.  Make a 30 day goal to get your exercise in and walk instead of doing what your normally day.  Waltober is so known about that I think you will see people around town taking on the challenge.  It cools off in Oct but before it get’s too cold it’s nice to be able to get some exercise in Oct.

Understanding the Impact of High Cholesterol

This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

I have many loved ones and friends with heart and cholesterol problems, some of whom take a statin medication to help manage their high cholesterol. That’s why I’m proud to be involved with Take Cholesterol to Heart, which encourages people with high cholesterol to talk more openly with their doctor and find the statin that works best for them. While being diagnosed with high cholesterol was hard to hear for my friends, finding a treatment plan that worked well for their individual needs gave them hope for living a healthy life!

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. High cholesterol can be deceiving because you can’t see or feel it like some other conditions, but if left untreated, can have serious consequences. Surprisingly, at least 50 percent of people taking a statin medication for high cholesterol stop taking it within a year of starting it, and often aren’t told by their doctor that there are multiple statin options available.

You all know that diabetes is another health issue I really care about. So I was surprised to learn that among patients with high cholesterol who have taken a statin, over 1 in 4 (27 percent) also have Type 2 diabetes, according to ACTION: The Statin Survey*, a recent survey of 5,000 Americans aged 45+ with high cholesterol. In fact, a quarter of the patients surveyed who have Type 2 diabetes acknowledged that they did not take a very active role by asking their healthcare provider any questions about the various statin options, and about 1 in 10 reported that they did not question their healthcare provider’s recommendation.

That’s why it’s important we meet with our doctor to discuss all of our options when looking to treat high cholesterol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you talk openly with your doctor? You should! Don’t ever be afraid to speak up and discuss challenges you are having with your prescription medication. The ACTION survey found only 45 percent of current statin users say they communicate openly with their healthcare provider about challenges with their statin. Open communication helps doctors provide appropriate care for their patients.

To emphasize the importance of having the heart-health conversation with your doctor, join Take Cholesterol to Heart spokesperson Howie Mandel to help inspire others to speak up before they stop their statin. Take to heart the importance of not stopping your medication.

Where can you go to learn more? Visit TakeCholesteroltoHeart.com for more information on the risk factors of high cholesterol and tools and resources to help you talk to your doctor about finding the statin that’s right for you.

I am so proud to support this campaign and get more people talking to their doctors about high cholesterol and finding the treatment regimen that works best for them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. and should not be construed to constitute medical advice. My personal story and opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to give medical advice. Please talk with your doctor about your individual medical situation.

*Harris Poll conducted ACTION: The Statin Survey (Understanding Patient Adherence and Concerns with Statins, and Medication Discussions with Physicians) online on behalf of Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. from July 7 to August 4, 2017, among 5,014 U.S. adults age 45 or older who had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and had used a statin to treat high cholesterol. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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