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July 2010 Archives

It is sweltering hot – dangerously hot – in many areas of the States. Right here, on my block, it hit an all time high yesterday of 103 degrees! I ‘ran’ whatever errands I needed to ‘run’ at a crawl with a bottle of ice water in one hand and a ‘spritzer’ (a.k.a. spray bottle filled with ice water) in the other! Here, I share my best 7 Simple Summertime BEAT the HEAT Strategies.

We prefer mindless dieting to mindful eating. We want someone to tell us what to do. Serve up a simple plan, if you will. We intellectually understand that there is no ‘magic bullet,’ but we still cling to the hope that there is one. And, so we are willing to entertain yet another fad diet. Enter the picture …

Even though it was hot enough to fry an egg on the street this morning (97 degrees and counting!), I resisted; and instead, I pulled out my blender from under the counter, dusted it off and declared it “Smoothie Season.”

Get Jiggy Weight Loss Puzzles keep your hands and mind busy (and out of the cookie jar). Enjoy this week’s puzzle: Up Close and Personal with Leaf.

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~ Erma Bombeck

Have you ever imagined waking up one fine day, happily and mysteriously naturally thin? I’ve always wanted to wake up naturally thin, so I could eat whatever I wanted. I thought freedom equaled eating with complete abandon. I hadn’t considered that freedom might be freedom from cravings or freedom from obsessing about food.

Food journaling keeps us honest. It helps us to keep track of what we eat and identify when and why we eat. In other words, keeping a food journal can shed light on our eating habits. Statistics show that those who keep food journals are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off (permanent fat removal) than those who do not.