Helping People Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

Lynda Wise B.Sc., C.P.C.C.  
Weight Loss and Wellness Coach

November '11
Issue 78

What's in it for you?  A connection, some challenges, a few questions to encourage you to simply reflect about how you currently live your life versus how you want to live your life.  Feel free to share your thoughts with me;  I'd love to hear from you.  This is an invitation to focus on where you'd like to change and grow.  


1.  PERSONAL LIFE COACHING:   "Tis the season to be Jolly

Diet Pop - yay or nay?

3.  THOUGHTS FROM MY SWING:   Bliss...  My Dilemma and Maybe Yours

1:  'Tis the season to be Jolly

...and that's after decking the halls with boughs of holly along with endless shopping, planning, cleaning, cooking and don't forget the partying.   And did I forget to mention that it's all on top of your usual work, personal and home routine?

Wish there was a "Jolly" button.  

Given that there's a shortage of those this year, here are a few suggestions to keep you in the flow:

  1. Delegate whenever you can
  2. Indulge in self care - keep up the exercise, get enough sleep, eat healthy food
  3. Do as much as you can ahead of the last 2-week crunch
  4. Think about making it easier - pot lucks, secret Santas (instead of buying each and every person a gift) - or maybe use gift themes i.e.  give everyone possible a book or gift certificate to simplify your load
  5. And most of all...  practice consciousness and mindfulness - Yes and No are both 1 syllable words - and No could definitely make life easier.   Yes, you can choose the 'how' and 'when' to do the 'what' that's important for your self preservation and holiday happiness!
I invite you to really make it yours!

2:  Diet Pop - yay or nay?

Logically speaking, if one replaces 2 sugary soft drinks per day with sugar-free drinks, one would hope and assume to see some weight loss and a slimmer body.   Weight- wise, mathematically and metabolically speaking, it should amount to roughly 1 1/2 - 2 pounds per month.  

But...  a ten year study at the University of Texas showed that those individuals who consumed 2 or more diet drinks per day actually experienced waistline expansion that was 5 times as much as the non-diet-drink drinkers.

The scientists speculate as follows:
  1. when one feels one is saving calories on their drinking, one tends to feel 'entitled' to eat more
  2. folks who drink diet drinks tend to crave salty snacks (a.k.a.  junk food) more
  3. no chemical explanation has yet arisen!
Does 'weight management' mean you must avoid all soft drinks?  
Hmm.   The broken record within me just started revolving again.   If you use moderation along with awareness, and carefully limit the treats of any kind, occasionally it's okay!  
That said, better choices include good old water, soda water (still some sodium so be careful of cravings), low fat milk (lots of protein so it will fill you up in a good way!) or green tea that can work lots of magic for your health.


3:   My Dilemma.....and maybe yours  really?

At the risk of repeating myself...  You may remember my mentioning that I choose not to drink my calories except for an occasional glass of wine.   I enjoy the crunch, duration, texture and taste of food far too much to sacrifice the eating for the drinking sensation.

But a recent news flash screams that individuals who drink a glass of red wine daily, could possibly, significantly postpone the onset of Alzheimer's disease.   Red wine contains polyphenols which can penetrate the brain and prevent the build-up of plaque which results in brain malfunction.  The studies have not been fully tested on human beings but do look promising.

Here's the math (again); 4 ounces of wine contain roughly 100 calories.   If one increases one's caloric intake by 100 calories per day, that adds up to 36,500 calories per year or roughly a gain of 10 pounds; in 5 years, that's a gain of 50 pounds.   Of course I could exercise more and eat less but do I really want to???  And yes, sadly, there is some family history of Alzheimer's.

And this is my dilemma.   What would YOU do?

Wishing you whatever you wish for you and your family for the holiday season!  

*It will be my pleasure to treat you to a gift certificate for each referral who becomes a client!

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