The holidays are officially over. The barrage of ads for the gifts of the season are gone. Gone also is the shopping day countdown and the endless one day sale lures. (Although now we do have those post-holiday one day clearance sales--every day, or so it seems!) "The fat lady has sung," so to speak and no pun intended. The diet and weight loss ads have begun. It is as if it is somewhere written that on the first day of the new year, thou shalt diet.
I am not opposed to weight loss, but I am opposed to the advertising world's approach to dieting. They suggest that if we take a pill, drink a shake, or eat certain pre-packaged, portioned foods, that we will become model-thin and enter the world of happily ever after. Trial and error has shown us all that there are no lasting quick fixes, and every January 1st we are reminded of that.
As a nutritional counselor, I do not believe in skipping meals, drinking meals from a can, or taking pills to speed us up, fill us up, or otherwise rush us to eliminate foods that we shouldn't eat in the first place. What I do advocate is a gradual health and life changing approach to weight management. It can be as easy (or difficult) as you choose to make it. I believe, and am witness everyday to the fact that
sensible food choices, with deference to your specific blood type will result in lasting weight management.
I offer this up to you as a challenge. Why not let this be the year that really counts?
Instead of counting calories, make your calories count.
Try thinking of empty calories in the same way you think of empty promises--who needs them?
There is life after cool whip!
Take advantage of the ever-increasing evidence that
our foods do effect virtually every aspect of how we think, feel, act, age and appear.
Invest in yourself this year. Invest in your future. Make your calories count.
For more information on the blood type connection, be sure to read
Peter D'Adamo's newest book, Live Right 4 Your Type.
If this doesn't help you to stand up and take notice, nothing will! Available at Healthy Alternatives, and from our website under books in the health and wellness section.