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December 22, 2015

Making a small difference

10:24 am - Posted by Gregg

Want to make a small difference this Christmas? This is one of my favorite ways to help the less fortunate, the homeless or others in need during the holiday season — especially because you know that your gift or contribution will be used for food and drink. After all, it can be weird to hand over cash to a total stranger. No matter how ‘in need’ they seem, you’re never quite sure how they might use the money. So instead, why not try something I’ve been doing for years: pick up a couple of $5.00 Gift Cards from local coffee or snack shops (like Starbucks, etc.) and keep them handy for when someone on the street asks you for a handout.

By giving them the gift card, you’re giving them a gift of a warm drink or even a small meal or snack. This way you know your gift is truly being used to make someone in needs’ season a little more comfortable. And even though Starbucks gift cards are pictured here, I’m not saying it has to be Starbucks. (In other words, this is not a paid endorsement — LOL!) However, I do usually buy Starbucks gift cards for this purpose of holiday giving to the less fortunate, because there are lots of Starbucks around and, therefore, it’s easy for people to use the gift cards there without much travel.

If you have similar or different giving ideas for those in need, share them here. Together we can spread more actual joy to the world! (Fa la la la la!)

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December 13, 2015

Are you living for today?

10:12 am - Posted by Gregg

If you’ve recently turned down some recent invitations to holiday parties because you’re not feeling your “best self,” its time to stop putting your life on hold and start smiling when you see yourself in the mirror. After all, you’re a supermodel. No matter what you weigh. No matter what your clothes size.

If you’re not attending that party or night out with friends because you can’t find anything to wear… Or if you thought that you’d be with your soulmate by now, but you’ll start pursing that after you drop the weight… Or if you find yourself always volunteering to take pictures so that you don’t have to be in them…

It’s time to open your eyes and discover exactly what’s possible when you start loving and nourishing your body and soul. In fact, I’d like to extend an opportunity for you to join me at the free online summit that will help you understand how to stop putting your life on hold and stop “weighting”! It’s called the Fat Girl Slim Summit:  Learn to Love your Body, Release the Weight, and Confidently Live the Life of your Dreams (again, it’s a free virtual interview series).

Wellness experts and sisters Meg & Shannon Sullivan have invited me to participate in the Fat Girl Slim Summit.  This event offers a chance to hear interviews with over 20 leading experts in the field of women’s health, wellness, self-love, and lifestyle (authors, doctors, researchers, and self-help innovators from health, fitness, wellness, healthy weight-loss, self-acceptance and motivation backgrounds — including yours truly).

You’ll be able to listen to my interview and the interviews of over 20 additional experts and learn not just the nourishment factors, but also the mindset strategies and emotional components that will allow you to fall in love with your body and release the weight that has been holding you back.

It’s called the “Fat Girl Slim Summit” because what you’ll learn is that while so many of us are striving to be “thin”, we are putting our lives on hold.  But with the help of the amazing experts featured at this summer, you’re likely to discover that once you unlock the mental and emotional strategies needed to up-level your life and the way you feel about your body, you’ll start to love the body that you have, release the weight, and start smiling when you look in the mirror.

You’ll discover how amazing it feels to be the happy, healthy, and vibrant person that you deserve to be along with receiving:

  • Access to 20+ interviews from leading women’s health & wellness experts
  • Tips, information and strategies to learn how to start or continue your physical and emotional health journey (and the best part…you can start incorporating them now! )
  • Techniques to overcome that feeling of frustration that creeps up when you keep trying to stay on track but life causes you to become derailed.
  • Information about why you have to start living your authentic life and stop hiding behind the body that you have.
  • Ways to Nourish your body, mind, and spirit
  • And more

Each interview in this series will only be available for a limited time. So register today. Registration is free only to people receiving an invitation from the experts who are speaking (so consider this my invitation — AKA “free pass” for you!). Join me at this free virtual summit and interview series by clicking here – and give yourself the gift of feeling better about yourself in this very moment (starting now)!

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1:32 pm - Posted by Gregg

A guest post by Women’s Health and Lifestyle Expert Shannon Sullivan:

Have you ever thought to yourself, “My life would be different if I had a different body?”

For me, that was the thought process throughout my high school and college years.  Almost anything that didn’t go my way — when I didn’t get invited to the party I wanted to, when I didn’t get the attention of the boy I wanted to, and when I didn’t feel right in the clothes I had.  I can vividly remember making a loose set of plans with the popular kids in high school and then waiting by the phone at home (this is all b.c.p. – before cell phones) for a call from them.  I was showered, hair done, new outfit on and ready to go!  As the time ticked by, I started losing hope.  I started feeling stupid, lonely and went into this spiral about how no one liked me.  So what did I do? Did I call other friends? No. Did I try to salvage the evening and make other plans? No.  Did I think of an activity that would improve my mood? No. I bee-lined it for self-sabotage. I went to my “go-to” comfort food: white Wonderbread and Skippy peanut butter. This was the quickest, easiest way to make me feel (slightly) better.

This was emotional eating at it’s finest (or worst, depending on how you look at it). I was hurt and thought if I were only hotter, with a better body I would be out with the popular kids right now. There are a couple funny things about this situation:

1) The lack of phone call was not nearly as malicious as I thought. These loose set of plans were just those, and I didn’t bother calling them to confirm.  All of this was in my head.

2) If I thought I wasn’t thin or attractive enough, why on earth would I do something (eat junk) that pushed me even farther away from this goal?

After half the loaf was gone, I felt sick. Slathering creamy, sugary peanut butter onto slice after slice of white bread will do that to you, especially when you’ve already had dinner and you are not the least bit hungry. I was stressed and using food to both ease the stress and punish myself, but I’m not the only one:

Fact: In the past month, 26% of teens say they have overeaten or eaten unhealthy foods because of stress. More than half of these teens (52%) engage in these behaviors weekly or more.  

After overeating or eating unhealthy foods, teens report feeling bad about their bodies (41%), disappointed in themselves (40%) and sluggish or lazy (39%).  

Unfortunately this kind of repeated behavior not only affected my waistline, but also my mindset — I felt worse about my body, I was disappointed in myself and didn’t feel like moving at all. And that mindset stayed with me for over a decade.  Everyday I was in this constant struggle of wanting to change the way I thought about food, the way I used food, and the way I treated my body. And more often than not, my emotional eating would win out over my willpower.

27% percent of adults say they eat to manage stress and 34% of those who report overeating or eating unhealthy foods because of stress say this behavior is a habit.

I stopped volunteering for things, stopped going to parties, just put everything on hold, thinking that as soon as I found the diet that works, or go to the right boot camp I’ll get the body I want. And then (and only then) will I be able to be happy and start living the life I want. But c’mon — that can’t happen without the perfect body, I don’t deserve it until I have that perfect body. Boy was I wrong!

You see the big game changer for me was to actually get out and start living first. I needed to start laughing more, enjoying life more, and figuring out what made me authentically happy. Then, I focused on getting a whole lot more of that in my life, and stopped relying on the food.  I had a void that I was trying to fill with food, and, big surprise, it wasn’t working!

Now I relate to so many women who are feeling exactly how I used to feel. I know the frustration and I know the struggle, and now my mission is to do something about it! It took me well over a decade to change my mindset, but I love helping women expedite that process and learn from my own mistakes, learn from my own trial and error. Because I lived it, and it was painful, and if I didn’t make a change I knew it would rule and eventually ruin my life.

So will your life be different if you have a different body? Yes! But it’s so important to put things in the right order, and if you’re someone who IS putting their life on hold, who has tried every diet under the sun and failed, and who is ready for a major change before heading into 2016 — great! There’s no better time than the present!

I’m here to help! Join me at a free virtual summit that will help you understand how to stop putting your life on hold and stop “weighting!” It’s called The Fat Girl Slim Summit: Learn to Love your Body, Release the Weight, and Confidently Live the Life of your Dreams and features interviews with over 20 women’s health and lifestyle experts (including Just Stop Eating So Much’s own Gregg McBride) — each of whom will teach not just the nourishment factors, but also the mindset strategies and emotional components that will allow you to fall in love with your body and release the weight that has been holding you back. If I had access to this sort of expertise all at the same time, I know my past would have looked a lot different! I’m inviting you to make that change possible for you, now, in your own life!  Click here to reserve your spot!

For statistics source, please click here.

About the author of this guest post:

Shannon Sullivan is a women’s health and lifestyle expert.  Shannon, along with sister Meg, co-founded Whole Food Love, a company dedicated to helping women combine real food and real life.

After working with so many incredible women, it became clear to Shannon that today’s modern woman doesn’t need just meal plans and food education.  She needs a way to prioritize herself and her health, learn to love her body and design a lifestyle that works!

Shannon believes that when we view each action as an “act of love” toward our body, we make better decisions about what we put into our bodies, lessen the negative self-talk, and ultimately learn to live life confidently!

 

Editorial Photo Source: gistsdey.com
Shannon Photo Source: Shannon Sullivan

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December 1, 2015

Eating out, eating sane

10:34 am - Posted by Gregg

Do you have an upcoming business lunch? Or are you meeting friends at the mall for a bite to eat? Or did you forget to pack your lunch and have to grab something on the go?

No matter what the eating-away-from-home scenario, don’t let dining out spell disaster for your commitment to healthy eating. Despite what many of us with a “diet mentality” think, there are ways to enjoy a meal while dining out without wrecking your dieting and exercise efforts.

When it comes to being out to lunch (or dinner), there are some helpful tips that will come in handy the next time you’re facing a restaurant menu:

Before You Arrive:
Try munching on a quarter cup of healthy nuts like Raw Cashews or Raw Almonds (no oil, no salt, no roasting). These protein-powered munchies will actually help fill you up before the meal and, therefore, make some of the restaurant’s more fattening options less tempting. You don’t need too many nuts to do the trick. So make sure you measure the quarter cup portion so you’re not adding too many calories to your total lunch intake.

Start Your Engines:
Soup or salad can be the perfect way to begin a meal. Make sure soups are vegetable based with no dairy (this can often translate to no fat). Also, ask for salad dressing on the side. Try dipping your fork in the dressing before putting it in the salad. You’ll get all the flavor without all the calories.

Words to the Wise:
Menus often contain key words you want to watch out for: Grilled or Broiled. These are usually safe bets, although you should always ask for the item to be delivered “plain” (no added oil, butter or fat). And be sure to avoid these menu warning words: Sautéed, Creamed or Fried (in other words, “Just say No” to any dishes that begin with these diet-busting key words).

Be Loud, Be Proud:
You have nothing to be embarrassed of when it comes to making a special request while dining out. Remember that there’s absolutely no shame in eating healthy and asking your server to keep the starchy sides (rice, potatoes, etc.) off of your plate. You don’t have to explain to anyone you’re dining with what you’re doing. After ordering, just offer a smile of confidence that will come from knowing you’re making healthy decisions that are going to keep you committed to your goal (not to mention keep you looking good and feeling great).

And remember: for all your dining companions know, you’re not on a diet – you’re a supermodel who has to walk the runway later that afternoon, which, by the way, you areand do. (I proclaim it to be so for anyone reading this!)

No doubt about it. Restaurant survival is an important part of being healthy for life. And learning to take the fear out of dining out is a major step toward total overall health (mentaland physical). That success entails learning, adapting and breaking old habits. And together, we can do it!

(Feel free to share a recent success if you have one – or even a challenge… We’re all in this together!)

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9:39 am - Posted by Gregg

Like it or not, Thanksgiving (AKA the granddaddy of all eating holidays) is upon us. But 2015 is going to be different. Why? Because this year, you’re staying in control (you are stronger than Pumpkin Pie, after all). And you’re also going to exercise your newfound knowledge regarding the difference between a Splurge Meal and a Binge.

In the book Just Stop Eating So Much!, I write about Splurge Meal options when you get close to or reach your goal weight. Yes, at a Splurge Meal you can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages – but you’re encouraged to do it within reason (paying attention to portion sizes and pushing the plate away before the waistline of your jeans starts cutting off circulation to the upper half of your body).

The trick is to really enjoy a meal – not an entire day (or weekend, week, month or season) of splurging. Because when continuing to eat after the one meal, splurging becomesbingeing – and that leads to disaster for both your mental and physical health.

But here’s the good news! This Thanksgiving, whether you’re at, near – or far from – your goal weight, you have permission to enjoy a Splurge Meal. If you just enjoy the one Thanksgiving meal and eat and drink according to healthier food and portion guidelines for the rest of the holiday weekend, you won’t hurt your efforts to look and feel great.

And when it comes to splurging on Thanksgiving dinner, try and make sure you enjoy all aspects of it and don’t make it about eating as many sweet potatoes as you can, since you know you’re back to your commitment to eating healthier resumes right after the meal is over. Instead, really taste the food with each bite. Savor every morsel – and enjoy all of the different the flavor sensations – while also enjoying the people you’re dining with and listing the reasons you’re thankful in your head.

So this Turkey Day, eat, drink and be merry – all without guilt. But don’t be a glutton. Stop before you’re too full and don’t mourn not being able to have a turkey sandwich later. After all, your weight loss efforts are a choice. You are choosing to get healthy, to look better, to fit into your skinny jeans and to turn a few heads by Christmastime.

By successfully living through an “eating holiday,” you will prove once and for all that this time you’re really in control. And that’s definitely cause for celebration!

Photo Source: Louisville Pure Tap

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