Jump Start Your Weight Loss
4. Eat Breakfast. We’re talking about jump starting, right? You need to jump start your day by eating breakfast – and a good nutritious breakfast! I’m eating breakfast right now – low-fat unsweetened yogurt for protein, a ripe luscious mango for some fruit, and some unsweetened whole grain granola. This breakfast will give me energy and will keep me satisfied for a few hours. A great way to start the day.
5. Keep an eye on portion control. Weight loss is simply due to eating less than you burn off. So no matter how “dietetic” a food might be, if you eat too much, you won’t lose weight. So pay attention to portion control
6. Keep track of what you eat. Write it down. This is another kind of journal. A food journal. If you keep track of everything you eat (no cheating – you’d only be cheating yourself!), you will have an accurate record of what goes in your mouth. A good thing to do in a food journal also is to keep track of why you ate something, what it was, and did it make you feel different. Did you eat chocolate cause you were lonely, or a bag of chips while you were watching TV, or a gallon of ice cream because you were bored? These are feelings that can be worked on, in less fattening ways than eating food!
See Previous Post: J is for Jump Start your Weight Loss – Part 1
Jump Start Your Weight Loss
Congratulations! You’ve decided it’s time to make a change and you are now committed to losing weight and getting into shape.
Here’s a couple of tips that will get you started and keep you on the right track:
1. Increase the amount of water you drink. I know I talk about water a lot (see Previous Post: D is Drink Water – The #1 Key to Natural Health) and I can’t stress enough that this is the key to natural health – and to weight loss! If you drink lots and lots of water, it will help to push lots and lots of food out of you. Yes, you’ll be in the bathroom a lot, but that just means it’s working!
2. Eat lots of Fiber. Fiber in the form of whole grains and vegetables, will also help in digestion and push lots and lots of food out! By upping the amount of fiber you eat and water you drink, you’ll be amazed at how much easier being on a diet can be. See Previous Post: F is for Fiber – The Facts for Fabulous Natural Health.
3. Take a Walk! If you’ve been sitting around in front of your computer too much (oh, wait – that’s me!), get up and take a walk. A simple 20 minute walk will not only help you jump start your weight loss program, it will also pump up your endorphins and leave you feeling happy, reduce your stress, and make you feel good all over!
See Next Post: J is for Jump Start your Weight Loss, Part 2
J is for Jamie Oliver and Food for Natural Health
I can’t help it – I just love Jamie Oliver and the Food Revolution. Finally someone has come along and stood up for the children of the world. Jamie is determined to improve the natural health of kids by going into schools and revolutionizing the school lunch menus.
Once again, Jamie and the Food Revolution will be right in the face of kids, parents, teachers and school officials. The Emmy Award-winning show, “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” is back for its second season Tuesday night at 8:00 EST on ABC. This year Jamie is in Los Angeles and taking on the Los Angeles Unified School District – Good luck!
There’s a lot of staged television, of course, but the premise of the program – our kids are not healthy and need help – is what really counts. By making changes like Jamie suggests, school age children can fight the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease that are the results of poor nutrition. If it’s the job of schools to educate children and make them better adults, then the very first thing that has to be done is to make sure they grow up to be adults - healthy adults. And that takes Good food, Good health, and Good nutrition. Maybe instead of the 3 R’s taught in school, teachers should be teaching those 3 G’s! Thank you, Jamie Oliver, for taking on this important challenge!
See Previous Post: F is for Foundation – the Jamie Oliver Foundation
Jeans for Flat Butts
Jeans for a Flat Butt (that’s me!) need a little bit of stretch and some back pockets with embellishments on the upper part – to fake some curves.
Jeans for a Wide Butt
If your problem is that your butt is a bit too broad, then what you need are boot leg jeans or straight leg ones that lengthen your legs rather than bell bottoms that make everything look wider.
Jeans for A Big Booty
If you’ve got a boot-a-licious big bottom, then you want to draw attention away from it, so choose a pair of jeans with a higher waist (watch out for those muffin tops) and a dark wash will camouflage your bounty!
And if you’re one of us healthy senior women who want to look naturally beautiful, well jeans are one of your best choices. But be sensible. Age is not the factor here, because jeans are acceptable at any age. Look for jeans that flatter your figure. Follow the guidelines above. Wear jeans that sit on your waist at the proper place. Wear dark wash jeans that make anyone look taller and thinner (and don’t we all want that!)
Don’t try to look Forever 21 when you’re Forever 62. Wear jeans that fit and wear them proudly!
Just Say No to Muffin Top Jeans
The person in the photo above is not looking naturally beautiful – do you think???
I am a devoted fan of What Not To Wear (http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/what-not-to-wear). I have learned so much from Stacy and Clinton. I’ve learned that no matter what your size is, you can look hot and sexy. I’ve learned that it pays to emphasize the smallest part of your body – the waist – and draw attention to it, instead of hiding it behind big clothes that just draw attention to the bigness.
And I’ve learned a lot about jeans. We want to look naturally beautiful in our jeans because we’d love to wear them all the time. But look around you and study women in jeans – Oh My Goodness what are you thinking? Look in the mirror – does that “muffin top” around your waist actually look good to you. What I’ve learned from WNTW and Stacy and Clinton is that jeans that are too high or too low can create this evil muffin top. When jeans are too high around the actual waist, they push everything out over the top. And jeans that have a super-low rise (which so many women seem to favor), create the muffin top. If you don’t have a perfect hourglass figure and your waist looks bigger than the rest of your body, choose a different jean – one that sits just below the natural waistline and allows your waist to breathe and move naturally – and for goodness sake – don’t wear too tight jeans ever!