“What’s wrong with pal? Why is everybody so down on pal?”
I love the tv comedy show Seinfeld and I find myself randomly quoting lines that make me laugh. The antics of the show are intoxicating for the comedic soul and a welcoming laugh during more serious times.
Sometimes, they create a wormhole of deeper thoughts that, I am sure, were never intended by the writers of the show.
As I stood in the shower and repeated the line — “What’s wrong with pal? Why is everybody so down on pal?” — I smiled and started to think about how this relates to many areas of life that people tend to shy away from.
“Pal” can be translated into basically anything. Substitute exercise or meditation or apples. Substitute taking time for yourself or giving yourself positive self-talk or eating avocados.
“What’s wrong with eating avocados? Why is everybody so down on avocados?”
Or, we could look at “PAL” as learning new ways of living.
Plan. Act. Learn.
So many times when we try to make changes, we quickly dismiss healthy solid behaviors because results either don’t happen quick enough or they are not what we expected. Or, they are just not right for our bodies!
It is easy to make plans and then act on them. It is easy to say “I am going to eat a diet that supports me nutritionally and will help me lose weight”, plan out your meals, and then act out your plan for a few weeks.
But, what inevitably happens?
Most people lose sight of their plan and fall into the old mindset that it is too hard or just not possible because they are not seeing the results they expect coming from their efforts.
Maybe what they are trying is old beliefs and research. Maybe what they are trying is not conducive to achieving their goals or right for their bodies.
And then they think they have failed.
It is the learning phase of PAL that most people never venture into.
When something is not creating the results you want, then you have to return to the original plan and try something different if you want to succeed. Real results happen by learning what works for you!
Not what works for Molly or Laura.
Real results happen by trying new approaches to old models and honing in on your own personal plan.
Nutrition is a perfect example and it is easy to learn not to speak, hear, or see exactly what we need.
Let’s face it— nutrition can be so confusing. With Google right at your fingertips, it can be daunting to rummage through all information that is out there. Because it is so confusing, I have seen over and over people get stuck in old habits and beliefs and research — such as “eat a low fat diet to lose weight.”
This drives me completely batty!
I mean, nutrition is at least 80% of your results.
Most of us know that we should eat more fresh vegetables and fruits. But, what else should we do?
Since my heart beats faster for whole person health and helping others to heal from the inside out, I am here to share with you 5 of my favorite foundation, real nutrition tips to help you hone in on the learning part of the PAL equation to give you real results.
- Avoid eating a heavy meal too late at night. A heavy meal interferes with your body’s normal sleeping patterns, decreasing a quality night’s sleep and increasing the likeliness that your “fuel” will be stored at fat. The body uses your sleeping time as a means to fast and cleanse the body.
- Try to limit indulgence meals to 1-2 times per week. Take that meal and have whatever you want. Love and savor every bite without guilt. Deprivation is just setting yourself up for failure in the long run.
- Stress often makes us eat more of the bad stuff. Watch your stress levels and keep them under control. High stress levels increase cortisol in the body. Cortisol stores glucose as fat which becomes deposited throughout the body. It also increases your appetite and your cravings for high sugar and fatty foods, those known to create a comforting effect on the body.
- Aim for 8- 8oz glasses or more of water per day. Water is essential to flush the body. To properly flush the body of toxins, it is said to drink half your body weight in ounces of water.
- Select quality protein choices. Choose a variety of vegetarian protein such as beans, hemp, flax, quinoa, and protein bars/ shakes made of plant-based proteins. Even though meat is harder for the body to digest, it can be beneficial as well. If you choose to make meat a part of your diet, select organic, free-range, grass-fed beef, eggs, and poultry. Try to keep them lean cuts and avoid deli meats at all costs. They are processed, filled with nitrates, and loaded with sodium.
Creating a plan and acting on it is only part of a healthy lifestyle equation. Learning to sift through and find solid nutritional advice, learning what works for you and what doesn’t, and then readjusting your plan is how you begin to see results. The key is allowing yourself to have patience and explore — and being your own best PAL!
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