After the holidays it's easy to feel overwhelmed with getting back to eating healthy again (or well . . . at all). In my coaching practice I use the concept of crowding in. I put the focus on adding the good stuff while the less desirable habits seem to naturally fade away. Instead of always focusing on what's going wrong I work to help my clients focus on what is new and good. Here are a few easy and enjoyable ways to add healthy foods and habits to your life:
- Replace hooch with booch as known as kombucha. Kombucha is fizzy and refreshing just like the champagne you probably were over-served last night. Next week I will be sharing an exciting K-Tea Giveaway Contest from Kombucha Kamp so stay tunned.
- Walk daily. I know it's cold right so do what you can. I have a friend who bundles up with lots of warm layers and hits the streets. She hates other workouts so this is how she gets herself to do her favorite exercise. I hate running on a treadmill. I'm a big baby and gym machinery that I can't control scares me. So I walk on a treadmill with the absolute highest incline.
- Consume moderate amounts of dark chocolate daily. By moderate I mean a square or two a day. If you can't keep a big bag of chocolate in the house I suggest you try Trader Joe's chocolate covered cacao nibs (which are sold near the register). Even if you ate the whole tin, you'd only consume a couple hundred calories.
- Take spirulina tablets. Another one of my favorite Trader Joe's products is their spirulina supplement. When I'm too busy to make green smoothies or chop green veggies I pop a few of these in my mouth.
- Eat with others when you can. I've never known anyone with an eating disorder who binged among friends. Binging is usually done shamefully and in private. Plus as breast cancer advocate Venus DeMarco says, "We are pack animals and we should eat together." It's for your health!
- Dance like Ellen. For those that hate the gym but love to move, dancing is the perfect workout. Turn on the radio at home and go.
- Use a tongue cleaner. This little tool is not only great for clean breath but helps eliminate food cravings.
- Add fermented foods to your diet. All those Old World foods like Kim chi and sauerkraut can help digestion and cravings for sweets and alcohol. Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet, recommends topping blue corn chips with cultured veggies. When I don't have time to make my own fermented veggies I stock up on Bubbies Sauerkraut from Gene's Sausage Shop and Delicatessen in Lincoln Square or Rejuvenative Foods from Karyn's Raw Cafe in Lincoln Park.