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11:59 am - Posted by Gregg

Halloween Diet Survival Techniques JustStopEatingSoMuch.com

If you hear a blood curdling scream this week, rest assured that it’s not an extra from The Walking Dead or someone watching a scary movie marathon. That’s me walking near the candy aisle while at the grocery store during this time of year. And like me, many of us with a dieter’s mentality fear the Halloween season with the same kind of dread we do a visit to the dentist or (gulp!) getting on the scale after a weekend of gastronomical debauchery.

But fear not! All Hallows Eve actually has no power over us or our waistlines… Unless we give it said power. And for the record, this is the year we’re taking back Halloween and making it more treat than trick.

For starters, let’s remember we’re talking about a 24-hour period. And guess what? Even if you’re on a diet plan and committed to getting rid of your excess weight, a few pieces of candy eaten in moderation (key word!) is not going to harm you at all—especially if you combine the munching with an extra lap or two around the block (and/or shopping mall if the weather outside is frightful).

As dieters, it’s our denial of foods we love that often leads to excessive bingeing. So if you really want to indulge in some sugary goodness, then choose some well-made candy (meaning it’s full of all-natural ingredients as opposed to a list of additives that would make even a mummy unravel). When I took off over 250 pounds of excess weight over a decade ago, it was through moderation as opposed to starvation or denial. Too often we turn favorite foods into a forbidden fruit that we then become obsessed with eating.

Another tactic that makes Halloween more spook-tacular is focusing on non-food related enjoyment. This is easy given that most people enjoy dressing up. And no, you don’t need a costume party to do so. A lot of workplaces allow employees to dress up for work when Halloween hits on a weekday. Or just throw on a pair of vampire fangs when you’re running your errands to suck up a whole bunch of smiles (if not second glances).

If you need an actual party as an excuse to don a costume, then throw a last minute soirée yourself. Get inventive with the theme: ’80s TV shows? Favorite movie detectives? Inanimate objects? Make October 31st more about the fun than the food. And if you’re throwing the party, you can schedule nutritionally sound games like bobbing for apples or pin the tail on the werewolf.

And believe it or not, actual trick-or-treating can scare away fat itself. Volunteer to go along with a group of neighborhood kids. Or take your own kids to the mall and be willing to make several rounds with them. Kids’ energy is high on Halloween—and not just due to the potential sugar rush. It’s fun to dress up. It’s fun to say “Boo!” And it’s fun to walk and walk and walk. (Remember the rules for even healthier walking: suck that tummy in, pump those arms and maintain a healthy posture.)

Last but not least, go easy on yourself. Even those strange, mythical “I can eat anything I want and not gain weight” creatures (much more unexplainable than zombies if you ask me) will be complaining on November 1st that they overdid it on the candy. The difference between them and us (the ones with a dieter’s mentality) is that they don’t feel compelled to keep eating the candy on the day after Halloween. They did it. They enjoyed it. They regret the extra nibble or two and now they’re moving on, mentally—just like we can do, if we give ourselves that kind of freedom.

Besides, November 1st heralds a whole ‘nother eating holiday’s approach. So it’ll be time to stop thinking about the season of the witch and wondering how we are going to construct a healthy game plan for gobble-gobble day. Although I’m here to tell you that as is the case with Halloween, the only thing to fear is… Well, you know the rest (in peace).

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April 12, 2016

Clean Eating 101

11:55 am - Posted by Gregg

Clean Eating is more than just a trendy catch-phrase. In fact, it’s something we can all benefit from whether or not we’re trying to lose weight. And the tenants for clean eating are easier than you might think — but certainly this helpful infographic from Skinny Mom helps break down the Do’s and Don’t’s in an easier-to-understand way.

Keep in mind, you need to adapt these tips to your own body and your individual lifestyle. For example, I find that eating 3 meals a day (with a healthy snack or two when needed) works much better for me than eating 6 smaller meals (as the infographic recommends).

The road to a healthier and happier you is an individual one. You want to make healthy choices that serve your needs. This might mean visiting your doctor and discussing your goals. But certainly clean eating can factor into anyone’s health regimen (no matter what their goals) and provide lots of benefits — not to mention surprising amounts of flavor. (Since switching to farmers markets for most of my produce, I find vegetables and fruits bought at traditional grocery stores to be pretty tasteless).

Yes, buying fresher, more organic (clean!) produce and food products can be a little pricier. But as my own personal physician recently pointed out to me, the cost savings benefits in terms of overall health far exceed the costs of clean eating. To find a farmers market in your area, click here.

Photo Source: Skinny Mom

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1:09 pm - Posted by Gregg

Short and sweet: What is it you’re putting off and what excuses are you using to continue this cycle? We can always find reasons to give up on our commitment to healthier eating, abandon our promise to workout and move daily and let go of our pledge to think the kind of thoughts that motivate us rather than distract us. But when we do, the only person we’re hurting is ourselves.

Today can be the day that makes a difference in your life. It can be the day that you stick with all of the methods that can transform your body and mind in positive ways.

That’s right… Just one day. Heck, just this hour. Or even this minute. Whatever increment of time is easiest to focus on, choose that — and then move onto the next increment afterwards. Step by step. Commitment by commitment. You are worth it. And so are all of the health-minded goals you’ve set out for yourself. The life you save (and enjoy) can be your own.

Need a quick reminder of what you gain as you get healthier? Click here. (And go, team, go! I believe in you!)

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6:04 pm - Posted by Gregg

I am so excited about The Athlete Within Summit, hosted by my friend and colleague Renée Ramsdell, during which we can all learn how to build a strong and resilient body, unleash our self-esteem and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

This 21-day Online Event began on May 21 and you can still claim your free virtual seat by clicking here.

Are you tired of looking in the mirror and not liking what you see? Do you say no to activities that sound fun but seem impossible due to your weight or your sedentary habits? Are you finally ready to create real mind and body health along with achieving lasting happiness? This free online summit is about real health and life-long vitality. No more yo-yo dieting. No more exercise fads. No more starts and stops and start overs. There’s so much conflicting information on fitness and nutrition! It’s time to debunk the myths and reveal the truth behind lasting, vibrant health.

That’s why I’m thrilled to be a part of Renée Ramsdell’s virtual event. She has brought together 21 incredible experts to help all of us ditch the guilt, shame and confusion around weight loss and fitness — and learn to replace them with simple ideas that work to empower each and every one of us! It’s all the mind/body wellness information we’ve been looking for — all in one place.

The experts involved are Doctors, Coaches, Psychologists, Nutritionists, Motivators and Athletes — along with yours truly (and you all know once I get started, you can’t shut me up!)! Many of these experts have had their own issues with lack of fitness, poor body image, and an unhealthy relationship with food — and their amazing, inspiring personal stories reflect that. Together we can all reach real mind/body health and lasting happiness!

It’s not too late! Join us by clicking here. (And yes, you can share the link with friends and family — all of whom can also sign up for free). “See” you there!

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9:03 pm - Posted by Gregg

Does it seem that, like me, you think about the struggle with dieting, losing weight and keeping it off 24 hours a day? And do you think about the emotional ups and downs that always follow living on the same diet “roller coaster?” Usually adding to all this “diet angst” is the frustration of “cheating” on your diet, the constant tinge of hunger that goes along with starvation, and the realization that it’s just too easy to put all the weight you might lose after a diet right back on again.

The great news is that all of this can come to an end when we finally learn how to change our habits, behaviors and the overall relationship we have with food. Fact is, losing weight doesn’t have to be a struggle, it doesn’t have to be difficult, and your body doesn’t need to make it a challenge—and guess what? I’d like to invite you to a free summit event that will show you exactly how you can put all this life changing stuff into practice.

I wanted to share this news for a long time, but had to keep things “under wraps” until everything was official… Finally I can finally let the cat out of the bag! Or the celery stick out of the fridge, as it were!

A brand new digital summit being offered by my amazing colleague Lisa Goldberg (someone who is really making a difference in the battle of the bulge and how we approach the concept of eating healthier and making sure we get enough nutrition) will feature 21 nutritionists, doctors, authors, psychologists, coaches, therapists and other transformational experts all–gathered for 11 straight days to give you the inside scoop on their techniques, tools, trade secrets, and much more! (And yes, one of these experts is yours truly! And you all know how much I love to talk and share!)

This Right Mind, Right Weight Summit isn’t just another “diet discussion” that will tell you about what you can or can’t eat or how much you have to exercise to see results. This event is focused on changing your perspective on healthy eating and why your thoughts, habits, and relationship with food are really the reasons you always re-gain the weight you lose and keeps you feeling stuck. You’ll discover that losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult because you don’t need to “diet.”

To participate for free, all you have to do is register for the summit and create the habits, behaviors, and beliefs about food that result in natural choices. And because I’m one of the guest panelists for this event, I get to invite whoever I want to attend the event 100% free of charge. And, of course, this means you (as well as whomever else you would like to invite as well).

Spots are limited but you can register via this exclusive linkclick here.

Remember, this incredible online event is 100% free for you and whomever else you’d like to invite. Hope to “see” you there.

Photo Source: Everyday Health

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