From Ashley: As we finish our first week of Romance Biggest Winner and head into the second, I thought this would be a great time to hear from one of the experts in the field. Please welcome Lisa Fields, Registered Dietitian!
Congratulations! It took plenty of gumption to compete in the RBW challenge. Life is hectic, and it’s not always easy to make real, meaningful changes toward your overall well-being. So I’m hoping to make things a little easier for you.
Now, I’m quite confident that my intelligent romance ladies have a pretty good idea of what constitutes healthy eating. In fact, I’m sure some of you could teach me a thing or two about nutrition, but for the sake of it being my first blog post I’m going to keep things rather simple with…
7 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER YOU
Drink 8 glasses of water/Day
Yes, yes, I know you’ve heard this before, but do you do it? Besides healthier skin & less fatigue, drinking more water reduces hunger.
*While you’re at it, stay away from: Gatorade, soda, juice, lemonade, Ice-Tea, V-8 Fusion, Snapple, Nantucket Nectars…The list can go on and on, but the message is SOLAMENTE AGUA.
Eat more Fiber
Fresh fruits. Vegetables. Beans. Nuts. Oats. Brown Rice. Whole wheat bread. Whole wheat pasta.
Studies show that high fiber diets can lower blood cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure, aid in weight loss and help control blood sugar levels.
Move your Tukhus
Don’t join a fancy gym or order some crazy workout program from a TV infomercial. JUST WALK. 30-45 minutes, 4X/week
Regular physical activity can help improve your mood, boost energy levels, prevent disease and manage your weight.
Catch some ZZZ’S
The majority of overweight people who come to my office are sleep deprived. BIG SCHOCKER. Studies show sleep deprived individuals have an increased appetite and lose more muscle mass, rather than fat, when dieting.
Adequate sleep has also been shown to trigger creativity. Personally, my writing suffers when I’m tired. I always do my best work on a good night sleep.
If speed eating was a competition I would take the gold medal, but I’ve learned to slow down and enjoy my meal. In my practice I’ve advised patients to literally put down their fork ten times during a meal, or to make dinner last a full thirty minutes. This way you give your brain the chance to realize you’ve eaten. You will feel full and are less likely to take seconds.
No more ‘darn it’ moments
"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there." Edwin Louis Cole
No one ever became overweight from eating a piece of cake. They became overweight by eating a piece of cake and saying “DARN IT (let’s all pretend we don’t use saltier language), might as well eat the entire block of GOUDA and wash it down with a liter of Pepsi”.
By all means, EAT CAKE, maybe not every day of your life, but if you’re having a craving or at a birthday celebration you should indulge and not feel guilty about it. The trick is to not go off the deep end and turn the rest of the day into a binging frenzy. Okay, you had a slice of Red Velvet, now go make some Salmon for dinner.
Be kind to yourself
No one is the picture of perfect health 100% of the time. And who would want to be for that matter? So please, don’t beat yourself up for not choosing the best option. Move on and make better choices the next day.
Lisa is a registered dietitian who spent nearly a decade at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Currently, she works as an outpatient dietitian at a government health center. Lisa received her B.S. in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and earned her masters degree in counseling and guidance at New York University. She recently joined the Long Island Romance Writers to pursue her passion of writing romance.
RBW readers/competitors can ask Lisa nutrition questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot me a DM on Twitter @LFieldsBooks.