HEALTH / FITNESS
Information about fitness, health, nutrition and weight loss
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- October Recipes
- Exercise Videos
- World Vegetarian Day / World Food Day
- Don't Get Stalled By Thoughts of Failure
October Recipes - Click Here
This month we celebrate both with recipes that are both vegetarian and budget friendly!
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Exercise Videos - Click Here
In previous issues we have featured simple exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home and without buying fancy expensive equipment. You can view these videos on our Youtube channel.
October is not only a fall harvest month (sorry, Australia), but it has two significant international food holidays: World Vegetarian Day on October 1st and World Food Day on October 16th.
Celebrated on October 16th, the founding day for the international entity Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Day focuses on issues related to hunger and malnutrition. With numbers on the rise, it is more likely than not that you, or someone you know, struggles with issues of food insecurity. World Food Day highlights the continuing fight to ensure that people in all nations have adequate sustenance. The theme for 2014 is Family Farming. According to the FAO (http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/background/en/), the objectives of World Food Day are to:
- Encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
- Encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries;
- Encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
- Heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
- Promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world; and
- Strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.
Budget-friendly tips for eating real food:
- Make your own as much as possible. Some dishes can be made cheaper than the same convenience food version.
- Eat more veggies and go meatless 1 or 2 nights a week. With meat and poultry prices rising (add fish and pork) rising at various time during the year, having a few meatless recipes on hand can save some real coinage!
- Buy in bulk. This doesn't just mean member warehouses like Costco, but when a staple like flour, canned beans, or rice go on sale stock up!
- Eat seasonally. This is not just a trendy term, but a way to take advantage of lower prices for items that are in abundance during certain times of the year.
- Freeze, Freeze, Baby! Utilize your freezer to store bulk items or leftovers like chili.
- If your eating organic produce know what items you should try to buy organic due to high levels of contamination (Peaches, Apples, Sweet Bell Peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Pears, Grapes (Imported), Spinach, Lettuce, and Potatoes) and which ones have the lowest level of contamination (Onions, Avocado, Sweet Corn (Frozen), Pineapples, Mango, Asparagus, Sweet Peas (Frozen), Kiwi Fruit, Bananas, Cabbage, Broccoli, and Papaya)
October 1st kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month with World Vegetarian Day. Endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978 (http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/about/), but started in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society, World Vegetarian Day "...was established as an annual celebration to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism." Non-vegetarians are encouraged to participate by joining the festivities through a celebration of food. Some ways to do it:
- Eat meat-free for the day or throughout the month
- Learn how a vegetarian diet can benefit you personally
- Try the meatless options available at local restaurants and eateries
- Discuss vegetarianism with your interested friends, family and co-workers
- Host a meatless meal or potluck for your friends
- Eat meatless meals on a regular basis
Don't Get Stalled By Thoughts of Failure
Confidence is built upon an experience of success. When we first begin any undertaking, we are likely to have little confidence, because we have not learned from experience that we can succeed. It is literally true that success breeds success. Even a small success can be used as a stepping stone to a greater one.
Developing confidence that you can succeed in losing weight, is one of absolute confidence that somehow it will be done. If we focus on past failures, or the most recent excess intake of food, our minds develop failure thoughts, and we will begin to sabotage all the efforts we have put into our goal of a healthier lifestyle.
You must develop the technique of remembering past successes, and forgetting failures (real or perceived). What most of us do is destroy our confidence by remembering past failures and forgetting all about past successes. We not only remember failures, we impress them on our minds with emotion. We condemn ourselves. We flay ourselves with shame and remorse, and self-confidence disappears.
It doesn't matter how many times you have failed in the past. What matters is the successful attempt, which should be remembered, reinforced, and dwelt upon.
Use errors and mistakes as a way of learning, and then dismiss them from your mind. Deliberately remember and picture your past successes. Everyone has succeeded sometime at something. Especially, when beginning a new task, call up the feelings you experienced in some past success, however small it might have been.
What I hear most often in the office is "I messed up," "It was a hard week at home and work;" then, "I can't seem to get myself back on track." Life is always going to throw challenges at us, and we must learn to be confident that we can overcome them. There may be temporary setbacks, but re-adjust your mind to success mode. Know that you can control your portions tomorrow, because you were able to do it last week or last month. Nothing has changed except your mind set. You are now thinking failure thoughts. Turn on your success thoughts and feelings. Visualize yourself eating well. Visualize the last time you had a good day of eating and you felt excellent about how you did. You can repeat this. It takes practice.
We must recognize our mistakes and shortcomings before we can correct them. Accept yourself. Be yourself. You cannot realize the potentialities and possibilities inherent in you if you keep turning your back upon yourself and feeling ashamed.
If you are at a mental impasse, and feel you cannot change behaviours around your eating, you can also work on selecting goals you wish to achieve; concentrate on these rather than on what you do not want.
Force your mind to always be trying to think about becoming successful at good eating and regular exercise. Don't dwell on any slips, no matter how small or large. Losing weight and keeping it off is largely a mental exercise, and the reward will go to those who are willing to Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfail' and get up and try again!
Keep on trying. Don't ever give up.
Written by: Dr Doug