2012 Healthy Eating Focus Week #1

Happy New Year! 

Now that the Holidays are over it’s time to refocus your energy back to your health!

I have been working with individuals that want to lose weight or struggle to manage their weight, for over 18 years now.  The media bombards us with fad diets, gimmicks, and the quickest (easy) ways to lose weight.  Yet, many people still continue to ride the emotional roller coaster of gaining weight and feeling guilty, then losing weight and feeling successful, only to gain it back again.

This needs to change for your own sanity!  During the first 10 weeks of this year I will be walking you through a step by step lesson that will help you create an emotionally healthy relationship with food and with your body.  I will give you 10 key steps that go beyond calorie counting and stressing about everything you consume.

My goal is to help you develop such an emotionally healthy relationship with food and exercise so that you’ll never have to “diet” again.  You can feel OK to eat that piece of cake at a birthday party, without the hours of beating yourself up.  You can enjoy food at an emotionally healthy level.

This is simply my thanks to you for being a committed reader, as well as, my genuine desire to make your life more enjoyable.

Here is your eating focus for the first week.  Work on this every time you eat, and you’ll start to create new habits. Enjoy!

First ask yourself, am I a fast, moderate, or slow eater?  If you answered fast or moderate, then this is really for you.  If you answered slow, you’ll learn just how much of a boost you’re giving to your metabolism by eating slowly.

Focus #1 – Eating Speed

Eating fast creates stress on your nutritional metabolism.  So if you want a healthy metabolism, slow down when you eat!

According to the “Slow Down Diet,” by Marc David, your body creates a stress response when you eat too fast.  The following things occur:

Reduced nutrient absorption
Reduced oxygen supply
Reduced thermic efficiency – your ability to burn calories
Reduced growth hormone – helps burn fat and build muscle
Reduced thyroid hormone – decreases metabolic activity
Reduced muscle mass – more flab and a slower metabolism
Reduced sex hormones – lower sex drive, low energy
Reduced kidney function – toxicity, electrolyte imbalance, water retention

You’ll also experience:

Increased nutrient excretion – loss of vital nutrients
Increased blood cholesterol – stress raises LDL
Increased salt retention
Increased cortisol levels
Increased food sensitivities and allergies
Increased oxidative stress – prematurely ages the body
Increased inflammation

We cause stress to our bodies when we eat too fast.  The body has to work harder to keep up and digest properly.  The information above is the result of this stress.  The indicators of good health; the things you want to go up, decline and vice-versa.

The lesson this week is to practice slowing down when you eat!  For the next few meals, become aware of your eating speed.  As you become more aware of the speed, start to focus on slowing down.  Give your body the time it needs to digest the nutrients properly!

Please feel free to pass this valuable information to your friends, family, and co-workers!

In Good Health,

John Preston

Your Fitness Tutor



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P.S. The information in this post is from Marc David’s “Food Psychology Coaching” Program. It was written by Certified Food Psychology Coach, Lisa Olona, and shared with her permission. If you like the information and are interested in learning more you can contact Lisa at lisaolona@peoriabootcamp.com

P.S.S. In the spirit of full disclosure, Lisa is a friend and associate. The link to contact her is not an affiliate link. I stand to gain nothing financially by providing you with her contact information. I’m always striving to provide you with FREE, accurate and effective information, that will help you to reach your ultimate potential. And I feel this information that Lisa is sharing serves that purpose.


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