PREPARATION IS THE KEY

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said it correctly: “Fundamental preparation is always effective. Work on those parts of your game that are fundamentally weak.”

I am fundamentally weak when my hunger hits and I will tear into anything that is A.) sweet, B.) chocolaty, or C.) salty & crunchy. Sweet and chocolate has always been my snack of choice. But recently I’ve been more prepared for when the Snack Attacks hit me so I am grabbing a handful of almonds or a piece of fruit.

snacks

The idea to combat the snack attacks is to eat every 3 hours. Working at home is difficult to say the least because I am always alone with all the food in my fridge and pantry. Here are some steps I’ve learned in being prepared for weight loss success

  1. Don’t buy processed snack food =  If it isn’t in the house you won’t eat it.
  2. Replace the processed snack food with nuts: My favorites are raw, unsalted almonds. But I also have raw unsalted walnuts, sun flower seeds, and pumpkin seeds in my freezer.
  3. Make up a batch of almond butter stuffed celery, or cottage cheese stuffed celery (if you can have dairy.)
  4. Keep a supply of sugar free dried fruit like dates or figs on hand for when your sweet tooth takes over. Yes, it is carbs but you are also getting some much needed fiber. Just one is all you’ll need.
  5. If you are a baker, like I am, replace 1/2 cup of the flour with whey protein, skip the sugar and use half the amount of thawed, unsweetened apple juice concentrate.

Being prepared is half the battle in winning at weight loss. The more prepared you are throughout the process the better you’ll feel because you won’t be reaching for anything and everything.

Action Steps to Wellness

Action Steps to Wellness

Each of us are so unique that no one’s finger prints are the same. Regarding our wellness plans our uniqueness depends mostly on our likes and dislikes, on what we do for a living, how we spend our free time, and how we look at the world at large. Wellness is relative those likes, dislikes and every other facet of our lives. Its what makes us different yet, makes us the same. Wellness may be a destination but it is also a journey, and it is in that journey where the destination becomes clearer and clear with each step forward.  Action Steps to Wellness are ideas that propel you to making your own that will guide you toward your vision of wellness.