So Why Do You Overeat?

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One very important thing that I have learned in the last 6 years of coaching clients:  Overeating is rarely about just eating too much food!  Food is more than just food…..

Unless you are one of the rare people that realizes that food is fuel and so you eat only healthy food that your body needs, in the correct portions thus maintaining a perfect balance between calories in and energy used, chances are you are like the rest of us, you eat for other reasons…the longer you let those reason dictate what you eat the more unhealthy you are going to be. Sorry, just a fact! The truth will set you free!

One of the most important realizations that you can come to, that will have a huge effect on your long-term health, is what drives you to eat.

Stressed? – Many people overeat when they are stressed.  It gives them emotional comfort. Eating comfort food brings many people back to their childhood and a simpler time.

Bored? – I’m guilty of this one. Got nothing better to do so your forage in the kitchen looking for something to eat, filling in the time hoping that food  will end your boredom?  Doesn’t work well does it? Nope

Feeling lonely or unloved?  Most of us associate food with our childhood, a loving caring parent, baking us cookies, a warm family atmosphere while you share a meal around the kitchen table.  How’s that quart of Ben and Jerry’s filling in for your feeling alone?  Probably not doing to much for you but making you overweight and feeling more unloveable.

Life out of control?  Many eat because they feel powerless in other areas of their life. They overeat because they can and no one is going to tell them not to.  Eating is one of those things that we use as control.  I’ll eat what I want, when I want  and as much as I want, just watch me.

Feeling bad about yourself?  Ah what the heck, my job is going down the tubes, the kids are driving me nuts and the spouse is checked out.  I think I’ll eat a pint of ice cream and wow that tastes good. Many I hate myself for not having any control over my eating..and the cycle continues.

These are just a few of the more common reasons we overeat.

You can go a any diet you want but in the end you will not make permanent, life altering changes to your weight or your health until you identify and address why your overeat!

You DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY!

Are You A Good Fat Burner? It May Be Your Digestion!

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Seems as you get older it just get harder and harder to lose weight.

And to drive a girl even more nuts, gaining weight seems to get easier and easier. What?

I’ve worked with a lot of women in the 40’s and beyond that want to lose weight.

It ain’t easy, at times it seems downright impossible.

The key to being a good fat burner is having a good digestion.

A body bogged down with toxins, sugar and processed food is not going to burn fat.

No amount of exercise is going to do the trick!

I have heard more personal trainers say their clients just don’t get it….you can’t expect to lose weight just because you spend time working out if you don’t eat healthy food and have great digestion.

I don’t promote a sedentary life either but you just have to have good digestion if you are going to lose that weight and keep it off.

So want to know how to start being a good fat burner?

Start with these four areas.

1.Get hydrated – drink more water – not tea, not coffee but water – preferably room temp, add some lemon,1/2 your body weight in ounces. You are made up of mostly water.  Without proper hydration you will stop burning fat.

2. Detox your body – your liver is a key organ for creating good digestion. Eat foods that take toxins out of your body. Some great foods for this are: Chia seeds, organic berries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, leafy greens, beets, just to name a few. Eat organic – it does matter!

3. Boost your immune system – the vast amount of your immune system is located around your gut…unhealthy gut, unhealthy you.  And when we don’t feel well we gain weight.  Boost your immune system with fruits and vegetables, getting proper rest, reduce stress and spend time doing things you enjoy!

4. Give your body time to burn fat.  The more frequently you eat the less body fat you will burn.  You will burn the fat you have eaten but not body fat.  Also if you are eating the wrong combination of foods you will actually be storing some of those calories as fat in your body. Intermittent fasting is a great option.

We all know the health benefits of being a healthy weight.  We are not talking model thin but a healthy weight.  You have a lower risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. We all want to live as long as we can and be able to do the things we love until the end. Getting yourself to a healthy weight through creating great digestion is the key!

You Deserve to be Healthy!

Want to create a customized plan that will get you burning fat like a pro, shoot me an email at MindyKannon@yahoo.com – Make the subject – Burn Fat Like a Pro!

 

 

Now That It’s Fall It’s Back To Business

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I know I am not unusual…strange maybe, kinda quirky, but not all that different from the average middle-aged woman.

I love the fall…okay I am a weirdo, I like fall better than summer…..

More than January 1 or the promise of spring, I find fall to be the season when I am most motivated to get healthy, lose weight and I get super excited about cooking and eating healthy food.

Gone are the lazy days of summer. Ya lazy ’cause it is so stinkin’ hot!

But It is still warm enough to get out and move.

And sleep, well who doesn’t love the cool nights, under some cozy blankets, windows still open!

I am going back to bed right now!

YESSSS!

I love my salads and fresh garden veggies (my garden this year was grass and poison ivy) but ah for the love of stews, soups and warm comfort food…..

My first goal is to eat more seasonally – looking forward to the cabbage, squashes and sweet potatoes.

I’ll be right back I need to look in the fridge, I am starving!

My second big goal this fall is to exercise. I’m a book nerd..I would rather read! Sooooo…….

I bought a fitbit, hooked up with some friends for a good dose of peer pressure and I am now walking 10,000 steps a day, along with 20-60 minutes of yoga.

The scale isn’t dropping much yet, but hey we all know that we post-50 ladies take a whole lot longer to move that dial, but my pants feel comfy and I have tons of energy. Score!

My third big goal is to get my digestion on-track, everyday, consistently! This is one of the biggest keys to good health and weight-loss.

So more water, more fiber!

So what are you doing now that the kids are back in school (mine are long gone – little devils) and you have maybe a little more time to focus on yourself?

The holidays are only a few months away, I know – shut-up woman, now is the time to form some strong healthy habits that will carry you through.

Now that I am back on the blog…..I’ll be bringing you healthy tips, some easy recipes and as always offering coaching and cooking services…..

Let me know what you need!

And always remember…

You Deserve to be Healthy

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Produce vs Products! Getting Healthy For The Long-Term!

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I get approached to sell products all the time. Arg!

You have the Juice-Plus people, the Arbonne people, the Beach Body people and there is Herbalife, Shaklee, the list is endless.

Everyone’s got a drink, pill, powder that will take care of the fact that we are not eating the way we should! Hmmm!

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I am the “if it was created by mother nature, eat it” person!

We want a quick-fix with our fast food! We want to feel better, uh NOW!

It has taken us decades to ruin our health but we want it fixed in 5 minutes.

Not going to happen.

I have no doubt that there is some benefit to some of the products mentioned above, but how long are you going to pay for something that is not natural, has added ingredients you may not need or want, when you can get the same benefit from your food?

I know you’re eating something, and yes it does matter!

And I am sure, or I hope that this is true, no matter how many of the products you are doing, going off and eating junk is not going to be negated by a pill.

Everything you eat makes up everything you are.

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If this is your typical diet –

Breakfast: bagel and cream cheese and coffee

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Maybe some kind of shake or pill

Lunch: Sausage grinder with fries and a coke

Afternoon Snack: Cookies and a diet coke or some other soda

Maybe another shake and some more pills

Dinner: Take out and some beer or wine!

Guess what?

You are made of junk food.

No amount of supplements, shakes or pills are going to change that and unfortunately people think it does.

They think these “products” can be a substitute for healthy eating! Nope!

I contend, wild concept here, eat food that makes you healthy, save money by not buying the products,  take that money and go on a really cool vacation.

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Just eat real food!

You will have more energy, less digestive problems, more money, a longer life, weight-less and will be creating a life you can sustain over the long run!

Come on it really is that simple!

You know you have to eat…why not make that the way you get healthy.

I am staying away from specific product bashing – it is too time consuming and I am not in the mood to deal with all the pissed off people that believe they are helping people while making a little money on the side.

Do you know of anyone that is over the age of 40 (might be able to say that bout 30 or 35) that is healthy, weighs what they should weigh (that does not necessarily mean runway model thin), that has tons of energy?

Tell me what they are doing to achieve and maintain this?

I bet it is eating a healthy plant-based diet (does not have to be vegetarian), have gotten control of their sugar issues by not eating sugary processed stuff, they exercise daily, drink very little if any alcohol , tons of water and get a proper amount of rest.

I know some of these women!

I would love to hear if you know of anyone that has achieved this without that formula.

I am not talking someone that is just skinny! Nope not a measure of healthy!

I know a lot of women, most of which try these “synthetic” fixes and maybe they lose some weight or maybe they gain a little energy but they never maintain any of those changes for long.

I know you want it to be easy, pop a pill, drink a shake but it is not.

You want to be healthy forever, not for a month!

It is actually more simple than that but it takes the desire to make a permanent change.

Commit to 21 days of  eating only natural healthy foods!

Do it on your own or try my natural, food based program filled with support, information and REAL FOOD!

Check out the program! Click here!

You can be healthy for the rest of your life – it just take action!

Get started and make lasting changes!

You Deserve to Be Healthy the Natural Way!

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Nature’s Squeegee, Fiber!

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It has been estimated that most of us consume less than 11 grams of fiber a day.  Put that up against the recommended 20-40 grams we need depending on your age and gender. We now eat more low-fiber processed foods than ever before and it is killing us.  

Fiber is major disease fighter:  It clobbers constipation, eases heartburn, protects you from ulcers, halts diarrhea, prevents gallstones, lowers colon cancer risk, calms IBS, lowers high blood pressure, helps fight diabetes, reduces breast and prostate cancer and reduces weight gain.  While that list is long it is not by any means the complete list of what fiber can do.

There are two types of fiber:  soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water to form a soft, gooey liquid or gel that can be fermented by the bacteria in the gut and absorbed into the body. 

Insoluble fiber cannot be digested by the body and passes through unchanged. Both types are important to maintain a healthy digestive system. 

Low intakes of fiber are associated with increased risk of bowel diseases and disorders like constipation.   

It is also thought to prevent some diseases such as cancer, heart disease and has implications for reducing diabetes.

Changing to a high fiber diet is not difficult and should be done gradually as it may upset your digestive system. 

Drinking water while eating a high fiber diet is very important.  Undigested fiber holds fluid in the gut to form soft and bulky stools that move quickly and efficiently along the bowel.  If you do not drink enough water but increase your fiber you may become constipated. 

There are many ways to introduce more fiber into your diet:

 The old way used to be to add bran to everything you ate.  Bran can be a huge irritant and contains phytates, which can interfere with the absorption of essential mineral such as iron, calcium and zinc. 

It is important to get both types of fiber from natural sources. 

Not only will you benefit from the fiber but also all other the natural vitamins and minerals. 

One of the easiest ways is to switch from white bread, white pasta and white rice to the whole wheat alternatives in each of these foods. Be careful if you have a gluten issue!

Most foods that are high in fiber also tend to be filling and have a lower calorie count than their more refined alternatives, which makes these foods great choices for weight-loss. 

A couple of other easy ways to add fiber are:

Wash fruits and vegetables but do not peel.  You may want to go organic for these foods, such as apples, pears, peaches, carrots, and potatoes.

When you add vegetables to soups and stews, do so in chunks and if you do puree or blend do not strain the vegetables as you lose a huge amount of fiber this way.

Add grated vegetables to casseroles, lasagna, shepherd’s pie and stews.

It is amazing what adding high fiber foods to your staples can do.  An average portion of fresh tomato soup has 3.09 grams of fiber but add onions and lentils and it jumps to 4.27 grams.  Ordinary coleslaw has about 2.92 grams of fiber but add celery, raisins and dried apricots and it rises to 4.25 grams.

Adding fiber to your diet is an easy way to combat not only digestive issues but also may other common diseases. It is one of those really important things that I work on with my clients, along with adding more water and exercise to their everyday life.

You Deserve to be Healthy So Eat More Fiber!

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Are Quick Fixes Making You Frustrated? Make Lasting Changes!

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Everyone I run into is tired of making changes that never really amount to much.

You do a detox and feel great and then a few days or a week later, your back to your old self and nothing has changed.

You make a New Years Resolution, determined to stop eating sugar, lose weight, get rid of those digestive problems and by Jan 15 you are hold up on the couch stuffing chocolate chip cookies in your mouth?

We all, or most of us, have good intentions.

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We want to be leaner, healthier, exercise more but for some reason it never sticks.

A huge part of the problems is how alone we all are.

We don’t have a support group that cheers us on, inspires us, gives us the knowledge and the tools we need to really make a go of it!

We go out to restaurants that feed us unhealthy food and tons of it, we have friends and family that maybe don’t really value good health yet (they will eventually) so we go it alone.

We are bombarded with commercials for processed fast food, we are given false information making out decisions difficult and confusing.

There is no wonder very few and I mean very few of us can maintain good health for long.

So what would it mean to you to have the info, tools and support you needed to have good digestion, more energy, lose weight, stop sugar cravings, motivate you to exercise, get more sleep, develop healthy relationships and develop the passionate life you have always dreamed of?

My 21 Day Jump Start Plan is just the start you need.

In this programs you will get easy steps that will change your health, tools, menus recipes for easy delicious food (I’m a personal chef – I love food), weekly calls to boost your motivation, interact with other women that want to make healthy changes just like you.

At the end of the 21 day, I won’t just go away.

I have never been about the short term fix!

I’ll have other programs that will boost your rate of success.  If you decide to go to a more plant base diet – there will be a program on going vegetarian, we will be talking about lactose free living, gluten-free living and promoting digestive health just to name a few!

So jump on over to my website and check out the program and if you think you are ready to take on a long-term change to your health then sign on up!

We’d love to have you!

Click here to check out the 21 Day Restart Program

If you have any questions please let me know.

You Deserve to be Healthy, Forever!

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I’ll Take Mine With Honey! Drinking Tea.

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Just finished listening to an old podcast of The Splendid Table and one of the topics was white tea.

Now I’m as much of a tea freak as they come but I had no idea about teas.

Seems that all teas come from the same plant: Camelia sinensis?

Black, green and white are different because of  the way they are processed.

Black is the most processed it is rolled, dried and oxidized.  That process produces it’s distinctive flavor.

Green is next with unoxidized leaves but heated to eliminate the enzyme that causes oxidation.

White tea or some call raw tea is dried in the sun for day (the other teas are dried in a few hours) and then heated to reduce moisture further. Originally grown in three small villages in China, white tea has become so popular that it is now grown all over the world.

All  teas have  some health properties such as black is known to reduce heart disease and green, cancer with it’s super anti-oxidant content.

All teas help lower blood sugar, kills bacteria in the body, enhance bone density, prevent cavities and boost metabolism that promotes weight-loss.

Some other teas we see out there have a basis in these three teas but with additions.

Oolong tea is a mix of black and green teas that have been fermented.  This tea is known for it’s digestive properties.

Earl Grey tea is black tea with bergamot added.

Now my favorite category of teas, herbal are not really teas at all.  They are dried leaves and flowers and are only considered teas because they are dried and we steep them in hot water, much like real tea.

I drink tons of tea and some I do so for more medicinal reasons – immune booster, cold and sore throat fighters, menopause symptom relievers, mental clarity promoters, and calming teas like chamomile.

I love that a cup of warm comforting tea can work its magic and taste so good.

Here are a few of the teas in my closet.

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I am really excited because I just ordered several blends of herb teas from a supplier in Canada.

These blends, help detox the body, purify the blood and provide a restful sleep.

I have included a couple of cool websites and well as the website where I ordered my tea, just in case you’d like to check them out.

Think I’ll go have a cup of blue lavender tea and read a little Anne Lamott and relax!

I’d love to hear about your favorite tea.  Leave your comments below!

Your Deserve to be Healthy!

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Teas Sites and Resources:

http://www.teapalace.co.uk/Different-Types-of-Tea-Adifferent/

http://teasource.com/

www.harmonicarts.ca