8 Tips to Help You on Your metabolic balance Journey

Do you want to be healthier and more balanced during 2016?  I do.  Here are a 8 tips to help you on your metabolic balance journey:

  1. Don’t skip your meals.  metabolic balance asks you to eat three meals a day.  Don’t miss a meal!  Eating on a regular schedule will help you avoid overeating during a meal.
  2. Be relaxed when you eat.   We’ve talked about being mindful and now is the perfect time to focus on being present and within the moment while you are eating.  By focusing on your food, you will remember what you put into your mouth and will avoid overeating by “accident.”
  3. Don’t tell people you are on a diet.  metabolic balance is not a diet, it is a way of life.  Tell people you are adding healthier habits to your lifestyle to improve your health and your metabolism.  Deciding to follow the metabolic balance plan is a lifestyle choice not just a diet choice.
  4. It takes time for your body to get used to your metabolic balance portions so weigh your food and take a photo of your meal. The photo helps document the actual portion size.  Our brains like to play tricks on us so what your eyes see may not be what is actually there.  Once you get used to “seeing” your portion sizes you can start trusting yourself and your body to know the right amount of food to eat and stay on plan.
  5. Keep your kitchen clean.  Throw out or donate foods that may tempt you away from your metabolic balance plan.  The kitchen must be a positive energy space not a space that causes stress so reduce the stress by removing the tempting foods.
  6. Create a plan for cooking meals. Plan what you are going to eat during the week. Planning will make it impossible for you to run out of healthy foods.  If you don’t know how to cook, plan into your schedule a time to watch cooking tutorials or take a cooking class or schedule a visit from your foodie friends who know how to cook.
  7. Go to Sleep.  Your body needs time to process the changes you are making and build your immune system.  The body repairs itself at night so go to bed and get a good night’s rest.
  8. Review your metabolic balance Rules. Are you following them?  Why not?  If you don’t know why, ask your metabolic balance coach for help!

NOTE:

You still have time to join us on Dietbet. We will be doing Dietbets for the next few months.  Here is a link to the most current game.  Search for the Games under the name “Win by Losing” You can also search for me, metabolic balance 1.  I’m blogging on dietbet about my rebalancing. Just search for metabolic balance and my posts should show up!

Photo of paper by Liz West

 

Flu Season – Stay Healthy With Healthy Habits

No one wants to get sick.  Luckily,  there are a variety of healthy habits that you can easily add to your daily routine to make sure you reduce your risk of catching a cold or the flu.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  If you are the one who is sick, stay away from healthy people which means, you should stay home if you are sick. I know this may be difficult if you have a work deadline but your body needs to rest to recover and the public doesn’t need to be exposed to your illness.  This means, you should not run errands just because you are not at work.  A sick day really means hanging out at home and letting your body recover.

Cover your mouth and nose when you are coughing and sneezing.  After you’ve sneezed wash your hands or use an alcohol based hand rub to ensure you are not transferring germs to door handles, telephones, and other areas where many people put their hands.

Don’t touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands.  When you touch your environment and then your face, you are transferring germs onto your skin, mouth or eyes. Clean often touched surfaces including doorknobs pens, and keyboards.

Washing your hands frequently.  Your hands especially under the fingernails carry an abundant number of germs.  Take the time to wash your hands with warm soapy water – sing happy birthday to yourself for 20 seconds and then dry your hands with paper towels using the towel to turn off the water.

Exercise to build up your immunity. Schedule twenty to 30 minutes of cardio everyday.  Research has shown that women who workout had one third of the colds of women who did not exercise.

Get enough sleep. Your body needs time to recover.  Research has shown that short sleepers are more likely to get sick.

Follow your Metabolic Balance® plan. – Metabolic Balance® has reviewed what your body needs to be balanced so following your plan will help ensure that your body is healthy and able to support your immune system which makes it easier to fight off a cold or the flu.

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photo of sleeping woman by Pedro Ribeiro Simoes