Today, as I celebrate my birthday I did some serious evaluation about my health. I found out that the last 2 months of 2014 have been very difficult for me, because of too much get together, parties and reunions. It seems to me that I gained all the weight that I tried to lose for 8 months last year. Worse is, this has been going on for the last 5 years of my life.
What do I do now? My mind and body tell me I should start a consistent healthier lifestyle this year, keep my weight on check and enjoy everything that is required to achieve them. This thought dawned on me after my last visit to my ophthalmologist who told me that I should start taking care of myself, because he saw some beginning changes around my eyes that he had not seen before. I have to mention also that I had episodes of chest heaviness and shortness of breath on 3 different occasions last year.
Honestly, as a nurse I have been so obsessed with trying to eat healthier and keeping my calorie counter for the longest time. I have tried doing exercise at least twice a week, but my problem is not in doing it, but in maintaining it. In fact, at the beginning of this year I went shopping for more fruits, vegetables, lean meat and chicken portions, plus I loaded on brown rice, healthy sugar, and wheat bread.
My challenge now, is how I can maintain doing these without feeling obliged or compelled because of my health or my weight? I started my research and was prepared to see hundreds of advertised diets, but there were 2 that caught my attention and, which left me thinking. There was the Beyond Diet and the Paleo Burn technique among many others.
Beyond diet believes that exercise may help in weight reduction, but ultimately diet plays a major role in the body’s ability to burn fats. Paleo Burn, on the other hand, says that removing wheat and all wheat products on my diet will do the trick. Paleo says having more fiber in the body signals the hormones to store up more fat. The 2 methods talked about the role of insulin in aiding the body’s ability to burn fat. However, both their claims confused me in some way, so I dug in some of my stock knowledge as a nurse and helped myself process the information.
I decided, I cannot follow just one diet alone or worse believe in just about everything I read on the Internet. So after some serious digging here are the personal goals I have set for myself to attain:
- To have all my blood chemistry values in normal levels,
- To lose all the excess weight and fat deposits,
- To maintain my ideal weight and to enjoy while I keep it.
- To make healthy choices in diet and activities.
- Lastly, to live healthier so I can honor God with my body.
I think that the most important goal that will keep me going on is the thought that if I take care of my body, I will honor God and I will prove my love for my family. This means spending decades with them in my healthiest possible state.
To support my goals, here are my action plans that you might get some input from:
- I will eat a healthy balanced diet based on the “old school” food pyramid, from breakfast to dinner to provide my body the nutrients it needs, and to enhance all the hormones necessary for my body systems to reach its optimum levels. It also means I will stay away from junk. Eating healthy also increases my body’s ability to burn more calories as it increases my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).
- I will exercise for an hour at least 3 times per week to strengthen my heart, and to tone my muscles that will help in burning the food I eat. Remember, the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn.
- I will load on water every day.
- I will learn cooking healthier recipes.
- I will have enough rest and sleep to recharge my body and to promote regeneration.
- I will have a regular “Me Time” to relax.
- I will pray more so I can manage myself in handling stress effectively.
Just a Few More Tips:
- The more color on your plate, the healthier it is.
- Pure clean water is still the best way for cleansing and hydration. Infused water is helpful too because it gives additional vitamins especially vitamin C.
- The calorie you take in varies depending on your age, body build and activities.
- The level, intensity and frequency of your exercise matters if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.
- Choose an exercise that you really enjoy doing, so you can stick to it for the longest time.
- Spend more time in prayer; it cleanses not only your body, but also your soul and spirit.
Now, going back to the 2 diets I discovered, here is my take: balanced diet is really important, but you do not need to pay so much money just to have your meals prepared by someone. You can research and learn so many things on your own, but if you have a medical condition, you must consult a professional. Now, on the grain issue, I believe wheat has a lot of benefits for the heart, but be sure you’re eating the real thing. You should have some knowledge on reading the labels too. Lastly, insulin is a hormone thought to process only sugar, but there are research studies that show, it helps burn fat too.
So my gift to myself, my family and my God on my birthday – is my health!
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body. Proverbs 14:30 NLT
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT
Useful Resources: Benefits of Lemon: http://learni.st/users/emily.dingmann.7/boards/14637-why-you-should-be-drinking-lemon-water-in-the-morning Profits from Cucumber: http://learni.st/users/michele.ochoa1/boards/25935-uses-for-cucumbers-that-will-amaze-you Know More About Your Grain: http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/identifying-whole-grain-products Insulin Burns Carbs and Fats Too: http://www.jbc.org/content/179/1/175.full.pdf What Exercise Program Fits You: http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/02/01/what-burns-more-calories-cardio-intervals-or-weight-training/ Are You Underweight, Normal Weight or Overweight? Calculate Your BMI: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm How Much Calorie Do You Burn? Calculate Your BMR: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm Your Guide to Good Food (Food Pyramid/MyPlate): http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/pyramid-full-story/ Bible Gateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/ Media Credits: Beyond Paleo: http://www.annlouise.com/blog/2014/09/11/beyond-paleo/ Looks like Me: http://www.freepik.com/free-photo/thinking_20689.htm Blessed: https://www.etsy.com/listing/154396246/inspirational-print-scripture-wall-art?ref=market Health Goals: http://foxborofitclub.com/nutrition/only-1-in-50-americans-meet-heart-health-goals-do-you/ Pray More, Worry Less: https://porelamoradios.wordpress.com/tag/spirituality/ Praying Hands: http://imgkid.com/woman-praying-hands.shtml Developing a Healthy Lifestyle: http://www.riverschurch.co.za/product/developing-healthy-lifestyle/