Monday, April 27, 2009

Sugar, Sugar, Sugar

I've been trying to understand why we love sugar so much. I definitely crave it some days and I know others do too. Some people tend to crave salty things, but a sweet tooth is quite common. I think a good way to deal with it is to make sure you eat often throughout the day so that your blood sugar doesn't get too low; that's often when you feel like a quick sugar fix. Having healthy snack ready to go is also a good idea. It can help to focus on portion control too. If you're going to have something with lots of sugar, just don't overdo it. Have a Halloween size chocolate bar in stead of a regular one, have one scoop of ice cream instead of two, you get the idea. I know I can't completely eliminate sweets because that's when I'll think about them even more. So learn to control the cravings. It's also important to look at how you are feeling emotionally. Some people eat when they're bored, sad, lonely, and so on. If that is the case, try to find other solutions than looking for cookies or a chocolate bar. You also need to be creative in how you reward yourself, get a new lipstick, a new shirt, etc. instead of overdoing it with sweets.

Steph Wheler

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Veg it Up

Sometimes it seems hard to encourage people to eat healthier. I find a simple trick is to try to add vegetables to every meal. It causes you to be creative and come up with your own new recipes. In order for this to work though, you need to have vegetables in your home. Fresh and frozen are both great options. Canned can be good too, but check to make sure there isn't a lot of extra salt added. If you can't think of how to add them to your main course, then even start with a plate of raw veggies to nibble on. You can even challenge yourself to try a new vegetable each time you go to the grocery store. The options are endless.

Steph Wheler

Friday, April 17, 2009

Feeling Good

Being healthy isn't about any one single factor; it's the balance of what you put into your body, how you move your body, and how you feel about your body. I find that too many of us have such bad opinions of ourselves. We need to cut ourselves some slack. For the most part people know what they should do, but they're not perfect. The good thing is that we don't need to be perfect. Any one snack, meal, or day doesn't really throw us off, we need to look at the whole pattern of what we eat. The same goes for exercise, don't worry if you miss a day, but get right back on track. Just don't forget to have fun and feel good about yourself everyday!

Steph Wheler

Thursday, April 16, 2009

First One

I'm starting this blog to get people thinking about healthy eating so that it will become a habit for them. I've always been active and interested in health which lead me to pursue a Nutrition degree in University. Now I'm trying to find new ways to reach people and motivate them to make positive changes. It doesn't need to be expensive or complicated to live a healthy and active life. Start with small, simple changes that you're going to stick with.

Steph Wheler