Four Simple Steps To A Healthy Weight

Lately all my social media has been blowing up with “magic pill” sales pitches and costly ways to lose menopausal weight (or baby weight or that last 5 pounds).

“Take this pill and magically lose your middle-age belly bulge” (insert photo of hourglass, blemish free 20 year old model)

Can I just say, this is insulting ……………  I am not a teenager anymore and have enough intelligence to realize that a pill will not give me a 36-24-36 figure. (yes, I am one of those middle-aged women the diet pill companies are trying to target). It frustrates me that they’re using women’s insecurities for financial gain.

Why would I go spend $29.95 on a 30 day supply of pills to lose weight when all I have to do is change a few simple things?

Let me give you a little of my background.

When I was younger I suffered with anorexia, was hospitalized and would starve myself trying to get down to a certain weight. If there was a new diet I tried it. Low carb, no carb, grapefruit diet, South Beach diet, Paleo, and on and on.

As I grew older and more mature, I educated myself about eating healthy, staying physically fit and getting proper rest. Thankfully, as I learned how to take care of myself, I gained weight and was able to maintain good health.

Read below to find out how I have been able to keep a regular and healthy weight, without diet pills, fad diets or other costly options.

Four Simple Steps To a Healthy Weight

Eat foods in their most natural form

This means stop eating commercially processed foods like crackers, cookies, breads, candy, fast foods, prepackaged foods and condiments. They are full of non-food ingredients, preservatives, food dyes and artificial sweeteners/colors/flavors. They contain high levels of sodium, saturated fat, and high fructose corn syrup. These additives increase the flavor but destroy much of the nutritional value. Empty calories.

Eat fresh fruit. Make breakfast smoothies. Have an apple dipped in a natural peanut butter for snack. Make fruit roll-ups in a dehydrator.

Eat fresh vegetables. Add a side of steamed broccoli or cauliflower with your dinner instead of a dinner roll. Nibble on celery sticks.  Sprinkle thin sliced cucumbers with a touch of sea salt for a healthy snack.

Eat only unprocessed meat. (yep this means no more hot dogs, bacon and fatty salami). Eat chicken, beef, lamb, pork and seafood. Grill it, bake it, broil it, steam it, or use a slow-cooker.

Consume more whole grains. Instead of bleached white rice, have wild or brown rice. Use whole grain oats, amaranth or quinoa to make a honey granola or a hot cereal for breakfast.

Snack on raw nuts. They’re delicious!! Soak them overnight and blend them into a smoothie. Add raw nuts to breakfast cereal.

Season food with sea salt, pepper and fresh or dried herbs.

Eat all your foods in their most natural form. They will be easier to digest, way more nutrition, and much more pleasing on the eye. Look at those delicious colors!!

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Drink plenty of liquids

Without enough liquid, our body cannot work to it’s fullest potential. Digestion doesn’t work properly, we get headaches and our body stays full of toxins. If we drink the recommended 8 ounces of liquid  day, our body can easily flush out all the junk and run more smoothly.

If you have difficulty drinking plain water here are a few tricks that helped me.

Make a couple cups of your favorite decaffeinated tea (I like peppermint or vanilla). Add it to a jug of fresh water and ice cubes. Put in the refrigerator and try to drink the whole pitcher in a day.

Slice fresh fruit and add to a pitcher of water. Oranges, lemon and limes will add a refreshing twist and quench your thirst.

If you’re like me and need that bubbly sensation (like from soda), drink a chilled Perrier or mineral water (the ones without sweetener).

Keep moving

Quite often we promise ourselves “Today is the day” we will start a regular exercise routine, but then life gets busy and our best intentions of exercising diminish. Or we are unable, due to physical limitation or illness, to commit to a workout schedule.

That’s alright! Don’t get discouraged – Just keep moving 🙂

Park your car at the end of the parking lot instead of the front. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk around the block first thing in the morning and end of the day. Use half of your lunch break to walk. Walk every chance you get. Five minutes here, ten minutes there…… It all adds up.

If you are unable to walk regularly, do some sitting exercises. Ab squeezes or butt squeezes (I like to do 4 sets of 20 through out the day). Bicep curls or shoulder raises.

Love yourself

The bible says God made us in his image – Perfect in his sight. …..Short or tall, dark or light, blonde or redhead. We are all perfect, unique and beautiful.

It took me a long time to learn this, but it’s true. Imagine your child telling you he/she felt “ugly”. Heartbreaking right? God feels the same way about us. We need to look in the mirror and see our beauty, our potential, our lovely one-of-a-kind amazing-ness.

How blaaaaahhhh  our world would be if we all looked the same, a perfect world full of a bunch of perfect people. BORING!!

Our world is a rainbow of people!

When we love ourselves for the way God intended us to look, our true beauty begins to shine from the inside out. When we love ourselves, we will be more inclined to nurture and care for our bodies the way we should.

Eat healthy foods, drink plenty of liquids and keep moving, and your body will find it’s natural weight. Whatever your natural weight is, LOVE it!!

Song of Solomon 4:7   You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.

Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good……

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time………

What are some of the ways you find beauty in yourself when life gets you down?

Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please seek a doctor before making any health changes with your diet or exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

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27 thoughts on “Four Simple Steps To A Healthy Weight

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I’m struggling with weight/body image right now, 15 months after my second pregnancy. I’m the girl that, despite having a fabulous metabolism allowing me to maintain a low weight w/out working at it, I’ve always been concerned about it. This latest pregnancy changed my body, for sure! (Oooooor maybe it’s cuz I also made it to age 30 haha) I’m trying to find beauty in whatever stage my body is, and today that means – my boobies! haha. Still breastfeeding allows them to be a nice plump B cup instead of my usual almost A. Thanks for sharing Ecclesiastes 3:11, I’m writing that down to remember it. 🙂
    -Heather

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    • Thanks for stopping by and the nice compliment….. If it was pregnancy weight, you should just look at the changes as reminders of what you were willing to sacrifice to bring a beautiful life into the world… Like smile wrinkles – I am HAPPY I have them and when I look in the mirror I see years of happy smiles 🙂 ……

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  2. This is soooooo true! I always cringe when I hear people on “diets” or they cut out fats, proteins, or buy “fat free” or “diet” processed food. It’s such a waste of money and so harmful for your health.

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  3. Great advice. I am one of those middle aged women whose body no longer forgets when I eat junk by showing up in my gut (oh, for those teen years). There are no short cuts. There is no way around keeping it real.

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  4. Wonderful tips! I can use all of these – really! Especially eating food in its natural form…. I need to eat more fruits and veggies, etc. etc. and exercise again… even if just a little! Thanks

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  5. What a healthy perspective! 🙂 Thank you for sharing these thoughts, this truth. It’s so easy to be distracted by the quick fix, the next big thing. But there is a reason there is a new magic diet every week. These tips are sustainable, balanced and practical. And they honor who we are created to be as we. That is my kind of diet.

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    • Thank you Katie! I know from first hand experience why there is a new pill every week (I used to be the consumer).. Once I got a hold of these principles, it was pretty easy without any help.

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  6. This is a fantastic post! You’ve offered such great advice about food and diet. I know too often I slip into using processed foods simply because it’s easier. When I cook at home I will try to do this more–those my husband and I are eating out a lot right now because we are traveling for work. The good thing is when we travel, there’s a treadmill on the ground floor, so that make exercising a lot easier.

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  7. I love this post and I agree that everywhere we look we are bombarded by people who insult our intelligence by assuming we will believe that a pill will change our lives. I won’t lie I have fallen into this trap before but I am older and wiser now.
    I have been slacking in the food and exercise department lately and have put on a few unwanted pounds but I am committed to working to change my diet and exercise more frequently. Thanks for the tips

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    • Michelle, I too fell into those traps. I think that is why I am so passionate about it. I learned the hard way that health does not come from a pill. Check back next week for some of my yummy recipes 🙂

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  8. Love these “diet” tips! I’ve always been a fan of the “moderation” diet… not just with food, but lots of things. Society tells us to sit at a computer and TV most of the day, but then we miss out on so much!

    Now if only I could a little more sleep in my life and I’d be happy! Thanks for sharing your healthy tips, you are so right.

    Marissa

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