Updated: Jan 18
Welcome and Thank You for coming!
For those wondering, I am still “Dry” this January and except for a few events with strong temptations it has not been very hard to stay on track. This is by no means a push for you to give up drinking. I am all about finding what works for you and this is something I have always thought about trying. I am definitely more mindful when eating, especially when dining out. Without wine I am more aware of what I am doing and as a result I am eating less dessert. More able to take just a few bites and not finish. (I call this eating like a skinny girl) For many, January is not about what you are not drinking… but all about What You Are Eating.
I just read a new book out by a renowned OBGYN, Dr Marie Claire Haver, who has had an online program for many years. This is her first book, The Galveston Diet. What I loved about her philosophy is utilizing intermittent fasting as a wellness tool combined with eating anti inflammatory foods. She advocates cutting out added sugar and processed foods to alleviate the inflammation they cause as well.
Not surprising, the recommendations and foods she suggests are similar to what compromises the Mediterranean Diet. (A lifestyle and eating plan often ranked at the top of lists for living healthy from many reputable sources)
Healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds
Fruits like berries, apples, pineapples
Lots of non starchy vegetables (and some starchy ones too)
Omega 3 foods like salmon, tuna, chia and flax seeds The bottom line is to fill your plate with plants and eat the rainbow. This does not mean you have to go vegan. Just add in more plants to reap their many benefits. My New Year’s resolution to use January as a time to be mindful and focus on adding in healthy habits is going well. Keep your goals simple and easy and you are more likely to stay on track. Healthy Habits I am continuing… My fitness routine ( at least 3 days strength training and 3 days cardio)
intermittent fasting ( at least 12-16 hours daily) Eating slower Chewing more Healthy Habit I am adding in this week: Drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily I find when I am fasting I am less thirsty than when I am eating. I am ready to make a conscientious effort to drink more water throughout the day. Decaffeinated green tea is helping me achieve this. For some reason I find this more palatable and easier to stay hydrated. My goal is to drink at least 8 glasses of water or decaffeinated green tea daily.
As always, Fill Up On Healthy and have less room for the other stuff but enjoy the other stuff too.
If you are interested in learning more about Fasting, I recommend:
Fast Like a Girl by Dr Mindy Pelz
Delay Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens
The Obesity Code by Dr Jason Fung
You can take Harvard’s famed “Managing Happiness” course online for free
Link on Instagram @morningbrew
*DISCLAIMER: While Paula Gladstone is a certified Health Coach from Precision Nutrition, this website does not provide medical or nutritional advice. The blog and related articles have been developed for informational purposes only. The content on this website and blog does not substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, nutritionist, dietitian or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding certain dietary needs or restrictions before proceeding with a new diet or health care regimen.