Moment of honesty, I wish that losing weight was as simple as calories in and calories out. I wish diet products worked and once you lost weight you could resume life as ‘normal’ and maintain weight loss. I even wish the food industry could be trusted and that we’re not living in a world designed to make us obese via addiction. I wish weight loss was easy.
Before we dig in, let’s get some clarity on the elusive food industry. Most people who work in the food industry are not monocle wearing evil doers trying to take over the world by making millions of people sick.
Unfortunately monocles aren’t worn anymore. As for the people that work within the food industry, they’re humans like you and I who are trying to make ends meet. They have the same job description as the rest of us: go to work to bring a paycheck home to provide food, clothing and shelter for you and your family. Their job is NOT your health.
Your health is your job, unless you’re a child. Then your health is your guardian’s job. Life tip: never grow up. If you’re unable to avoid adulting, then today is the day to take control of your health. Be the boss of your booty and blood pressure.
Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. The International Coffee Organization estimates that in 2016 over 151.3 million 60 kg bags of coffee were consumed globally. That’s well over 9 billion pounds of coffee beans!
We Americans super love our coffee ranking as one of the top coffee consumers in the world. Annually we import $4 billion in coffee beans and that’s the cost before it’s turned into coffee, espresso or some other variation of coffee. On any given day over 150 million Americans drink coffee and the average American coffee consumer has 3.1 cups of Joe a day. That’s over 465 million cups of coffee consumed, on average, every day in America. But with the math and onto the real question - is all that coffee good for us?
As we usher in a new year there is an inevitable, palpable buzz in the air of people truly eager to make positive changes in their life. For many they do this with New Year’s Resolutions. As only an estimated 8% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions are successful, I recommend setting an intention instead.
Set an intention instead of making a resolution by choosing a theme word for 2017. Happiness is found when your intentions, actions/non-actions and words are all in alignment. Think on that and think on what you truly want for yourself in life. Be unapologetic and dream big. You can have the happy, healthy, well-nourished life of your dreams.
My word this year is JOURNEY. I'm tired of putting myself down because I'm not getting to the destinations I think I "should" have arrived at by now or missing out on life because I'm destination obsessed. Never did I think Durham, North Carolina would be the destination I would call home. I trusted & loved the JOURNEY an ended up right where I'm supposed to be: home in Durham. JOURNEY also spontaneously evokes "Don't Stop Believing" and "Any Way You Want It!" I believe that you can have life any way you want it, but then again I'm just a small town girl living in a lonely world...
If you intend to make 2017 the year you reach and maintain a healthy weight by establishing a healthy relationship between mind, body and food below are all the healthy weight loss resources available on NutritionSheila.com.
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Vitamin D is involved in over 200 enzymatic reactions (functions) in the human body. Several studies have determined there is a link between vitamin D deficiency and obesity. Scientists are still trying to conclude which comes first, the weight problem or the deficiency. What is known is an individual’s vitamin D status prior to initiating a weight loss regimen is indicative of their success. The lower a person’s vitamin D, the harder it will be to lose weight.
As vitamin D is fat soluble, it is more difficult for obese people to increase their vitamin D levels, than someone at a healthy weight. Rather than vitamin D being utilized by the body, it is stored in adipose (fat) tissue. That is not to say it is impossible, but rather it’s important to be consistent and persistent in efforts to boost your vitamin D.