So anyway, Kimberley and I were at our church, Washington Heights Baptist Church, and Pastor David Kisner started his service with, “A heart is going to do what a heart is going to do>’ We follow our hearts as if it’s always right, the truth, what we should do. David’s example was that we’ve gained weight over the holidays, and it’s our last day before we start our new year on Monday. Back to work, school starts again; we are back to “normal”. So let’s have that last piece of chocolate cake. Now we know we shouldn’t, but our hearts say YES. Now David please forgive me but I’m going to take this into a health, fitness direction. Great service by the way.
I hear others in my profession say that we need more education. But that is far from the truth. We all know what we should eat. We know it should be real food. We know fast food, sugars & junk food is not what we should eat. We know we should not overeat. But we do anyway. What we need is a change of heart, a change of our attitudes. It seems that our hearts what to be gluttonous more than want to be healthy. Our hearts hold our desires, lusts, wants and what we think our needs are.
I talk to over 2500 different people a year, one on one and in groups and I hear so many things. But the one thing I hear most when talking about health, nutrition and exercise is, “I know, but…” I’m normally asked about weight loss, fat, and how to do it. But most want the fat burn pill, special diet, a product or system that will give me what I want in 21 says, 30 days, 5 minutes a day. None of that stuff works. I just did a Google search for “weight loss diets” and got 29,700,000 results in 0.17 seconds. For “weight loss pills”, 22,500,00 results in 0.18 seconds. WOW! Now if even half of these worked, do you think we would have a weight / health problem in this country? But we follow our hearts. It helps us fit in, be like others, be cool. Overeat, fast foods, drinking and the all you can eat buffets. We decide to eat like someone is going to take our food away.
So you want to lose weight / fat! Let’s say you’ll start New Years Day, or Monday or the 1st of the month. When you start doesn’t matter. How long you wait or put it off does matter. Now Monday is January 5, 2015, the first Monday of the New Year. Back to work, back to school, back to “normal life”. It’s time to start that new attitude. To change what’s in your heart. Let’s start by believing our health is more important than doing the quick easy fad diets and pills. The athlete / body builder diet doesn’t work unless you are one. It’s about eating real food. Unaltered, no chemicals, organic, natural real food. The stuff you have to make and combine to make your meals. Then you eat only enough to heal, nourish your body and with flavors that satisfy those cravings. In other words don’t overeat. You can eat again you know.
Food is not the enemy. Food is not bad. There is no such thing as a bad carb, a bad protein. It’s what we do with our food that is bad. Let’s use wine as an example. Our science and medical world has said that a small glass or two of red wine a day may be helpful in our health. So wine is good. But then you start having 3-5 glasses a day. Then there are a couple of bottles to party on the weekend. You continue to do this till you are now an alcoholic. Now life starts going downhill. Was it the wine to blame or you? And we’ve been told that potatoes are fatting. A medium baked potato is 278 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat and only 30 mgrams sodium. This is really good and they are good for you. But now make it a loaded baked potato and you get 440 calories, 19 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat and 230 mgrams of sodium. So is it the potatoes fault or what we did to it. So stop blaming food and take responsibility for what you did to the food.
Now you want to count calories. They are not all the same. Let’s say you need to have a 200 calorie snack. Your choices are: a 200 calorie candy bar, a 200 calorie cocktail or 200 calories of fruit and cheese. Well they are all 200 calories, but they do not react the same or do the same in our bodies. But then you knew that. But you followed your heart which isn’t always the right thing to do. It’s not always the truth. (How am I doing Dave?) It’s all those glutinous desires. It’s not a lack of education. There is no special food, just different choices. We need to first be aware of what we are doing and the consequences.
Then we have “cheat days”. Many years ago it was called “alternative eating days”. The word cheat normally conjures up cup cakes, candy, drinks, fast food. But alternative eating means eat different than you normally do. We use to all do this naturally without even thinking about it. Monday through Friday we basically ate the same every day. Breakfast, off to school and our morning cookies and milk, then lunch, then home and the afternoon cookies and mike, then dinner that. Then on Saturday and Sunday there was the big breakfast, pancakes, eggs, bacon and the pizza for dinner, pot roast and potatoes, special homemade desserts. It wasn’t cheating, it was just different. So let’s look at our cheat / alternative days. There are 104 Saturdays and Sundays a year. There are 18 holidays a year on our calendars. There are our vacations or just time off from work. Then we have birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, and so many other celebrations each year. So we have about 150 days a year to “CHEAT”. This tells me that we can’t even wait 5 days, 5 good eating, exercise days, before we cheat. When I was young, or is that younger, happy hour in Boston was every Friday, from 6 to 7PM. Now restaurants and bars have happy hour every day, from 3 to 11PM, and if the alcohol wasn’t enough, fried appetizers are half price or free. This doesn’t mean you have to have a boring life, just a controlled life.
For the next 4-6 weeks, I will write about each part of this healthy living. I touched on many things here just to help you be aware of what we are doing. If you have questions please contact me. Living, living a healthy, happy fun life is easy. But you have to want it and work at it.
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