Illnesses of various sorts can literally sap the life forces out of us. Whether its addiction, chronic pain or fatigue, grief, depression, or cancer, the degree to which one has and sustains hope will determine how well they bounce back or respond to treatment. BUT... There's health and healing power through hope!
In his book, The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in The Face of Illness, Dr. Jerome Groopman, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and one of the world’s leading researchers in cancer and AIDS, wonderfully illustrates the role of hope in recovery and making health-related choices. He concludes his treatise thus:
“Hope, I have come to believe, is as vital to our lives as the very oxygen that we breathe.”
Hope and faith are virtually two sides of the same coin for they acknowledge a greater power beyond one’s self to combat illness or make key lifestyle changes. Even in the most severe ci...
We’ve heard it over and over: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! That’s because enjoying a satisfying, nutrient-dense breakfast gives your body a boost of nutrition after a long night of fasting. Supplying your body with the nutrition it needs helps to control food cravings throughout the day.
Use these 7 Tips to Plan the Perfect Breakfast and optimize your nutrition.
The first step is to figure out how many calories you actually need. Use a calculator such as this one from Mayo Clinic. You can spread the calories evenly throughout the day or have a little more at breakfast. You haven’t eaten all night and need enough fuel to jumpstart your day!
Think about your body’s weight goals. If you’re trying to lose weight then you’ll need to create a calorie deficit. Choose food leaner options instead of a high-carb, high-calories.
How much time do you have for breakfast? If you’re short on time, prepare something like oats the night before and grab some fruits and nu...
Does breaking your diet lead to ongoing success? Yes! Especially if your diet plan is counterproductive and leaves you frustrated. As the saying goes, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
We’ve already covered in a previous post, When to Take a Break From Dieting. It’s a key success strategy for achieving your weight loss goals. Taking a break from your weight loss diet plan may seem counterintuitive but it actually can be very helpful in the long-term.
Refusing to let yourself off the hook from time to time can put stress on you both mentally and physically. Allowing yourself some time to rest from your diet supports your long-term healthy eating goals in many ways.
Here Are 10 Reasons to Break Your Diet:
Being on a diet for an extended period of time can have a negative effect on your mood. One simple change can release feel-good hormones that help improve your spirits.
Taking a break from your diet can give your brain a much-ne...
Creating a personalized diet plant, even my Incredibly Delicious Vegan Recipes and Meal Plans, is commendable but it’s still just a start without application. It’s time to put that plan into action. Your plan should be both healthy and exciting. One of the best keys to sustainable success is learning how to cook tasty, low-fat meals.
You’re always in control so keep in mind that just about any meal can be adapted to support weight loss and maintenance. If you learn how to do this, you can keep enjoying the foods you love and make progress on your weight loss journey at the same time.
Here are 10 Creative Meal Prep Hacks to Lower Fat
Get creative with herbs. Herbs add bursts of flavor to any dish without the added fat or calories.
Replace some of the fat in your favorite slow cooker recipe with fresh herbs. The slow cooking method develops the herb flavors, creating a delicious fusion and you won’t miss the fat.
Make your own salad dressing using quality ingredients like extr...
One of the top mistakes that dieters make is placing all their focus on meeting daily calorie goals without considering the type of foods that make up the meal plan. It’s important to focus on quantity, but quality is even more important.
It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers because your main focus is weight loss and we all know that you have to decrease your calories to reach this goal. However, this is only one factor and you must remember to create a well-balanced meal plan. And lets face it, keep count and become downright frustrating.
An alternative is to focus more on food quality over food quantity. This will give you the optimal results that you’re looking for. Keep this in mind to stay motivated as you work towards your goals.
Here Are 10 Reasons to Focus on Food Quality over Food Quantity:
Natural weight loss. High quality, nutrient-dense foods are low in calories and promote natural weight loss. This decreases the necessity for calorie counting and makes improving your...