Living a Healthy Lifestyle
“June Is Bustin’Out All Over...
That’s OK as long as it is not bustin’ out over your jeans!”
– The Uphill Skater –
Okay, so your jeans are actually loose and your bathing suit looks great. No? Well, me neither. Let’s sit down and talk about this in a reasonable and non-hysterical way. What can we do in just a few short days, or weeks, to actually be able to feel good and face the world?
This is a hard question, but never fear, I have an easy answer. Simply stop worrying about it.
Have you seen Internet posts about involving fat shaming, ugly shaming, or the numerous ways people are able to anonymously say unkind things about others? I often wonder if these “posters” are not sitting in a basement dressed in a Mumu, weighing 400 pounds, and shooting hurtful darts about others just for something to do between donuts. Do you ever wonder that? I mean honestly, anyone who would tell Duchess Kate she is wearing ugly shoes that did not match her dress must have some real problems.
That being said, and now knowing we do not have to really give a darn about any of this, let’s put on something cool—in both the temperature sense and in our own opinion of ourselves— and get the hell outside. Honestly, as long as you are eating healthy, watching your drinking, and not smoking, it is OK, right?
Well not quite. There is a bit more to a healthy life style than we sometimes want to admit. Weight is not the exact science it used to be, but we all know when you can’t button your pants and even the elastic waistband is pinching, something needs to be done. I said last month that weighing once a week was the new “right way,” and I am sticking to that, but I think you know that what you put in your mouth is the most important thing.
Try this for a summer food plan, and I promise you will feel good. If you do your own version, and I don’t mean trash it, I mean substitute if you are allergic, or really hate something, I promise you will feel a difference in a week.
Eat all you want of lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower. You may eat these things raw or cooked with a bit of spray butter or a bit of vinegar and oil, but nothing else. Do this all day. (Cheese sauce is OUT.)
Drink liquid-flavored water, frozen flavored water, diluted and or frozen fruit juices etc. but NOT undiluted juices, wine, beer, or any sweetened drink. Watch diet soda, too.
For breakfast have Frosted Mini Wheats or Cheerios with 2 percent milk and blue berries, half a banana and strawberries. To vary this have an 80-calorie yogurt with 2 tablespoons of nuts, or two boiled eggs and any fruit. (Save the other half of the banana for later.)
Lunch and Dinner should be fish or chicken, or a variety of vegetarian dishes. Also, eat breakfast for dinner, as in scrambled eggs, cereal, or a ham and cheese omelet.
Snacks? How about one whole chocolate graham cracker? Also, try freezing anything and eating it like a popsicle. My neighbor eats frozen broccoli and loves it. Make a smoothie using ice cubes, yogurt, sparkling water and ice cubes. Add a half-cup of your favorite fruit. Use your imagination about snacks, but don’t imagine cake or candy, right?
By the way, I recommend Frosted Mini Wheats and Cheerios for their iron content. Check out the back of the box. Vegetarians know this because they sometimes have issues with iron. Also, if you react to any of the recommended foods, simply modify. This is flexible and easy. Just take a summer week and try it. Let me know what happens by email or on my blog.
Finally, I am not going to tell you what NOT to eat. I think we all already know this and do not need to hear it again.
I love summer, the hot weather and the outdoors. I wear shorts instead of a bathing suit, unless I can get right into the water, and I no longer wear halter-tops. I think this is a small price to pay for thinking I look good to myself and not really caring what you think of me. What you think of YOURSELF is all that matters, and you can take that to the bank and put it in your account any day of the week! Love, Judith
Check out www.skatinguphill.com for more summer tips!