In my office and life in general, it’s much easier to focus on adding than on subtracting. Why then do we often focus on all the foods we can’t eat in order to be healthy and lose weight? I don’t know about you, but this only makes me obsess over all things I can’t have.
I like to help my clients focus on all the delicious, abundant foods we have that are fabulous. And…if you don’t find your “healthy” foods fabulous than you have room to learn to explore or detox your palette. There’s a whole world of healthy yet extremely delicious foods out there.
Here are some ideas to help you “add” to weight lose:
- Focus on healthy foods you love versus foods you “shouldn’t” eat. Once you fill up with the good stuff, you won’t want the bad stuff anymore. That’s the consistent message I hear from my clients.
- Focus on fun movements versus exercises you despise in order to lose weight. I last 10 minutes in the gym (unless it’s swimming, yoga, or Zumba) but I can play beach volleyball for 4 hours.
- Focus on adding more potassium to lower your blood pressure. Yes, it is good to reduce salt but again, it’s easier to focus on adding. It makes life more fun and easier to accomplish. Try citrus, bananas, cantaloupe, apricots, raisins, kiwi, prunes, dark leafy greens, beans, squash, peas, broccoli, etc.
- Focus on adding more magnesium to reduce type 2 diabetes and ward off diseases. Again, yes, reducing sugar is huge but let’s put lots of attention on the additions and there’s less room for the “bad stuff.” Try almonds, cashew, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, seeds, dark leafy greens, quinoa, beans, etc.
Everyone always asks me about supplements and there’s a time and a place for them but so many studies indicate that they often don’t work as effectively as whole foods. Plus, isn’t it more fun to eat and taste than pop a pill? I choose fun in life versus discipline and regime.
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~Samantha Hua, Nutrition & Health Coach, San Diego, CA