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5:39 pm - Posted by Gregg

Over a decade ago, around the time I’d lost over 250 pounds of excess weight and knew I wanted to keep it off forever, I swore off fast food. Sure, it’s cheap. But there’s a higher price to be paid in regard to our health. And this decision turned out to be one of the most positive and healthiest I’ve ever made.

On the subject of fast food (and focusing in on the McDonald’s fast food chain in particular), New York Times best-selling author Vani Hari (AKA “The Food Babe“) recently posted information for “…Everyone That Still Eats at McDonald’s (Even if they won’t admit it)” which features the chart you see here, detailing some concerning ingredients that fast food giant McDonald’s still uses in much of what they sell (and what so many people still consume).

For more information on each of these ingredients, click over to Food Babe’s post, which details what she calls “the worst 12 ingredients at McDonald’s that no one should be eating” — even noting that 8 of these ingredients aren’t even used at the McDonald’s in the United Kingdom. After reading this list, you might be wondering why you are still eating at McDonald’s (if you are), or perhaps, as Ms. Hari suggests, want to share this information with people you know who still eat there.

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7:10 pm - Posted by Gregg

No matter how much we plan in advance or mentally prepare, life is going to sometimes bring stress our way (in all sorts of different forms – many of which can’t be predicted). The trick to not being eaten alive by this stress (which, in turn, often makes us want to eat everything in our path), is to not let the stressful events give us an excuse to cheat on our diets, yell at the people closest to us or to let the rest of our day (or week!) be ruined. Stress is on its way. Bank on it. The trick is accepting it, dealing with it and moving past it.

Here are a few practical tips for keeping stress in its place:

Learn from the stress:
Yeah, I know this can sound a bit trite. But a lot of times there is a good lesson to be learned from stressful situations. Sure this ‘learning’ usually happens long after the stress has come and gone. But putting a positive spin on what occurred and seeing away to avoid and/or handle the same stressful situation in the future is a valuable lesson. For ideas about how to gain helpful insights from stress, click here.

Breathe Deep:
Controlled breathing can be like a “Mini Meditation” and help us to change the mental channel by getting more in touch (and in control) of what’s going on with ourselves, internally. Helpful breathing exercises can be found in lots of different places (including on page 77 of my book). There are also lots of helpful links online. Here are a few:

Stress reduction: Deep breathing techniques

5 Anti-stress breathing techniques to help you feel calm anywhere

A breathing exercise to calm panic attacks

Do Something Productive:
Sometimes we can’t do anything about a particular stressful situation we’re facing – but wecan increase our own self-worth. Next time a stressful situation has you down, clean out your closet or reorganize kitchen shelves. The act of accomplishing something and seeing the results of your work can help to transform your mental state and remind you that you can accomplish anything (even if it’s making your sock drawer more attractive).

Work It Out:
Besides making you even more beautiful on the outside and healthier on the inside, exercise releases endorphins that take your mental mood from sour to sublime. Even taking a brisk walk for just 30 minutes can make a difference. Try listening to “Feel Good” music that lifts your spirit while you’re walking. And don’t forget to pump your arms, pay attention to your posture and suck in that tummy for extra benefits from the walk (besides just strutting the stress away). For a few tips on effectively walking the stress away, click here.

Do you have personal stress busters that you rely on during times of mental turmoil? If so, I’d love for you to share them below with a comment. Or, if you dare, share an actual stress. I promise to help you ‘Ommmm’ your way through it!

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12:34 pm - Posted by Gregg

Are you still drinking soda on a daily basis? If so, you might want to check out this infographic, which details soda’s effects on your body. From affecting your body weight, to altering your brain chemical balance, to potential kidney stones… Soda can potentially be affecting these important body issues and functions and then some. Just recently, a new study found diet soda potentially leads to a higher ratio of belly fat in people who consume it as they age. And for even more information about ways that soda may be negatively affecting your health beyond the infographic below, click here.

Photo Source: DailyInfographic

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March 25, 2015

You are how you eat

9:18 am - Posted by Gregg

Much like me, haven’t you always known, on some deeper level, that you really do embody everything you need — already inside of you — to achieve lasting physical health and a peaceful, happy state of mind (in relation to eating, your body weight and to everything else) you have always dreamed of?

And also like me, I imagine many of you know that nagging feeling that if you just had that one secret to unlock the door to your own innate healing powers, that you would finally shed the unwanted pounds, reclaim your health, and love yourself just as you are in this and all future moments?

I know from your emails and contact that a lot of you have been searching for the truth. And I also know many of you are tired of being told “Eat this not that.” Well, the good news is that I am a part of a free online event that is going on now (and will conclude shortly) — so if you are ready to jump in and get access to being your best self without fads, shame or self-punishment, click here to take advantage of this Mindful Eating World Summit before it’s too late to participate. (Again, it’s free!)

Some of the tools and take-aways you’ll get from this free online event include:

Stopping the “deprivation- and binge-eating guilt cycles.

Creating peace in your mind and your body to create an amazing
life with tools to empower you.

Cooking with “consciousness” and intention (the way nature intended it to be).

Making your mind your greatest asset to creating optimal health
and design a strategy that is unique to you.

Finding your path and live your purpose, because it’s not
what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating you.

My friend and colleague, the amazingly inspirational Dr. Kellee Rutley, has created an incredible resource where you can receive all of the tools you need to achieve optimal health, makeover your body and take your life back. Dr. Kellee and I can relate to what you are going through as can all of the experts that are contributing to this Mindful Eating World Summit. In fact, many of the experts on this summit have true-to-life stories they share regarding how they overcame every single obstacle you are facing right now.

Dr. Kellee has interviewed highly credible and respected Doctors, Naturopaths, Zen Masters, Holistic Psychologists, Holistic Chefs, well known Published Authors and true Fitness Experts with decades of experience — all sharing this “virtual podium” to provide you with the answers you have been looking for.

This Mindful Eating World Summit event ends on March 31st — so click here to get access to all experts before this summit is complete in the coming days. And there’s no limit to how many can participate and benefit for from this Mindful Eating World Summit — so feel free to share this free sign-up link with friends.

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12:28 pm - Posted by Gregg

When was the last time you turned to food when in reality you were trying to avoid boredom, to escape stress or trying to get through an otherwise difficult time? We’ve all done it. We all sometimes still do it. Perhaps even as recently as earlier in the day. When we do this, it’s important to realize we’re not really eating to satisfy our hunger — but instead to feed our anxiety (which can result in a psychological desire for food).

Of course, too much food can result in too much of us. And even though we’re all supermodels, we want to keep fitting into our supermodel jeans (without having to offer up a prayer while trying to zip or button them up). So next time you hit a food mood that really isn’t about hunger, try one of these substitutes to get through the moment instead:

• Drink a glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon

• Listen to a motivational song or  create a motivational iPod/MP3 play list

• Pick up a copy of your favorite magazine

• Find a rerun of a favorite sitcom on TV or online

• Write a snail mail letter to a long-lost friend

• Take a relaxing bath (with candlelight!)

• Try learning a foreign language

• Take a walk (a power walk that makes you sweat!)

• Scan old photos into your computer and create a digital photo album or slide show

And these ideas are just a start. Do you have replacement-for-eating-activities that you rely on when your mental hunger tries to take control? If so, please share them here. After all, we’re all in this together and are all better off keeping these ideas on-hand for the next time a food mood hits that isn’t about food.

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