If you have been following along (thank you!), I tossed out the idea of starting our New Years Resolutions in the spring, rather than at the beginning of the darkest part of winter. In case, like me, you have warmed to that idea, I thought I would continue with it by exploring the idea.
We are all faced with a dizzying array of obstacles we navigate in life, challenges that steal our attention from the path we are walking on. Sometimes so much so that we stumble, its ok. It isn't the challenge that defines us, it is our reaction to it that defines us, so if you stumble, take a deep breath, brush yourself off and take the next step.
What is the next step? In honor of spring and our newly established resolution to live happier, healthier lives, I thought we could talk about "Food". Food, we love it and sometimes we hate it, fact of the matter is we need it, like we need air and water, without food we will eventually stop functioning.
Along my journey I received advice from some people who are very smart in the areas of health and fitness (you know who you are, thank you). They advised me that around 70% of our weight management is diet and that we spend between 1h 8m to 1hr 20m each day eating or drinking, we should be getting the most value from our time spent. It seems only logical that like anything else we spend valuable currency on we should look for the highest quality for our investment.
As an example of what I am talking about, refer to the above photo (my Vegan friends will love this), it is done using Kirlian Photography and shows the energy given off by a given item. As you can see eating raw whole foods will give you the best value for you time spent and also provide more energy and nutrients, while even cooked foods provide energy, we should try to find the highest quality we can.
The second part of this puzzle is to not over eat, even with regular exercise, our bodies will only so many calories per day, so finding out how many calories you need per day is so important (talking to a nutritionist is very helpful) and moderation is the key.
Along my journey I have used this knowledge to find the right balance and it has allowed me to lose 100lbs. and keep it off. Trust me when I tell you it feels so good to be of the "your gonna die list", if you are having struggles I hope this in some small way helps. It takes some effort but if you apply the idea of "Just for today" you can achieve your goals.
I don't believe I have the answer for everyone, I am, like you, walking my own path as best I can, all I can hope is that I may in some small way help another along theirs.