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Food Addict

Lisa Garon  

I woke up on Mother's Day, feeling, well... kinda crappy.  Oh I was happy enough with the day, but I just felt ... YUCK!!!  I had a thought cross my mind I really should talk with Bob...I need some help...

About what you ask? About my out-of-control eating.

Yes, I am an addict. I am addicted to food. And now I am bringing my honesty to you.

I am the on-the-go stuffer. There are all kinds of us out there. There are the late-night scroungers, the eaters of what-my-kids-eat, the stressed-and-zapped snackers, and the fancy-and-delish foodies.

This is not an easy admission... you see, I'm the expert, right? I help others and hold their hand through the rough moments and days. I have studied just about every diet that has come about. I have detoxed. I have supplemented. I have lost pounds... over and over and over again.

But... it's ok to have chocolate cake once in awhile, right? Or the deep dish pizza? And, if I skip my salad a day or two or five... I'll be ok, right?

 

So, when I talked with Bob, I asked him, not only for his accountability, but also for his support as I gain control on this part of my journey. Now I come to you, asking for your accountability and support. Do you find yourself in the same spot...? Do you need support too? Let our community know below or email me directly.

Girya Runner ~Lisa Garon

A Lesson From A Freight Train

train1 A few weeks ago, Bob and I were driving down Kirk Road to go home. Now, considering why I had taken that route instead of another, I don't know. It would have made more sense to take my normal way home. Maybe it was to teach me this lesson, which I am about to share with you.

As we come up over the hill, I see the gate lowering and lights flashing... uh-oh... A train! Now, this wasn't the fast passenger train, if you know what I mean. And to top it all off, I don't think I've ever actually come across a train at these tracks! Well, I was perturbed, determined that I need to find another way around. I mean, how dare a train cross MY path, right?

Well, my wonderful husband Bob, in all his wisdom, as I'm about to turn the car around, says "Lisa, we aren't in a hurry. Just wait." I paused for a moment. Huh...I thought to myself, He IS right. We AREN'T in a hurry. So we waited. I breathed. I looked around. I put on some music. Wouldn't you know it, that train only took about 3 minutes to pass!

So, is this lesson all about a train? No. Here it is: How many times do we look at what is ahead of us and let it deter us from our goal? It is easy to look at what we want to accomplish, better health blood tests, fitting into those favorite jeans from a few years ago, educating ourselves in our passion, and get deterred because of an obstacle or two that pop up. Sometimes, I will concede, we do need to go around. However, sometimes we are meant to wait through the obstacle and let it make us stronger, more patient, and consistent day to day to achieve whatever our greater purpose is. When you are facing your train, which is seeming to block your path to success, try waiting it out first before making rash decisions which can put you behind.

Oh, and in case I didn't get the lesson the first time, I've now had 2 other train situations similar to this very one since... LOL!

Girya Runner Lisa Garon

Essential Kitchen Gadgets

We all get our kitchen with some basics built in. Some come with the house, like your refrigerator, oven/stove, countertops, sink/dishwasher, etc. Some you just naturally seem to have on hand, like your measuring tools, mixing bowls, microwave, and maybe even a Crockpot. Even in the midst of the clutter of your kitchen, there is a good chance you might just be missing a few key necessities to make your life a little easier and healthier! If you don't, you might simply be spinning your wheels, feeling overwhelmed at how much time even simple things can take. What are some essential pieces to keep on hand in your kitchen?

A good knife set and some wooden cutting boards are definite essentials, because you should be using these a few times a day for chopping, dicing, mincing, and preparing all your fresh fruits and veggies. Having a variety of knives to select from is always good because you may find you prefer different knives for different needs. Having more than one cutting board is great because then you can switch them out - example: what if you are cutting up a pineapple and the cutting board simply gets too messy to do anything else with it? Keep these items handy!

I really don't want to imagine life without my food processor. I have a 10 cup food processor that has an S-blade, as well as the plate that can be used for shredding or slicing all kinds of produce, including sweet potatoes for a Sweet Potato Hash Brown. Just this morning I made my own walnut butter with just a small touch of honey, cinnamon and raisins, all in about 3 minutes!

The last essential is my blender. Both Vita-mix and Blendtec are my most highly recommended, but start with what you have! We use ours daily to make our Green Smoothies, and it's also necessary to make Raw Cashew Cheese and all kinds of soups!

Items that are NOT necessary (BUT if you already have them, don't just throw them out... They can still be useful):

Juicer - Juicing has a lot of really great benefits, and I personally invested in a solid juicer a few years ago. However, because juicing is so time consuming and the clean up can be quite the hassle, too many start strong and then simply fall off the bandwagon within a few weeks. Start with blending and Green Smoothies first. If you are ready to move to juicing, I always advise to get a simple, low-cost version and see if you can make it into a habit before you make a big time purchase. I never advise for ongoing to only juice. I believe a blend of juicing and blending is best.

Dehydrator - Unless you will be following a strict Raw Diet, in which case this would become your "oven", this is a bulky piece of equipment which can really seem more of an inconvenience on your counter or in your cabinet then it's initially worth. Many items can be dehydrated in your oven if the temperature drops down below 200 degrees.

Ice Cream Maker - I bought one for a good price, and just didn't want to pass it up. I hate to admit that I have not taken the chance yet to teach myself how to make delicious dairy free ice cream, my original intention. So it sits until I feel inspired once again.

What is a small kitchen tool or appliance that you have really loved to help you in your healthy journey? Please leave a comment!

~Girya Runner (Lisa Garon)

Measurable Tools of Physical Success

 

We live in a world of measurements. Specific and attainable goals. If your goals are financial, success might be measured by bank statements, how big your house is, your the kind of car you drive. If your goal is social status, success may be measured by how many lunches, dinners, and social outings you have or by your social circle of friends. What if I purpose to you the possibility that perhaps when it comes to physical health, we might be using the wrong measurement tool to determine our level of physical health? What if all too often we are experiencing successes in all areas, but we step on that scale and we are defeated?

INCHES. I am a big fan of full measurements as a tool of physical success. Riddle me this: Which is heavier: a pound of fat or a pound of muscle? The answer: They are both the same of course! However the pound of muscle is more dense and will take up less space, even if the weight doesn't change. So, while you are working hard sweating at the gym and watching what you eat, that fat IS disappearing. You are losing fat, but you are gaining muscle too.

HEALTH NUMBERS. I have in my family a risk of heart disease and diabetes. Because of this, I first started having regular blood work done before I was 30. I love this time each year to see where my levels line up, because it shows me the BIG PICTURE of my health. We tend to get uptight after we have that cheat meal or we fall off the wagon during vacation, but to see the overall picture once a year really affirms to me that I am on the right track! I posted some of my own recent results a few weeks ago... click here!

CLOTHES. How do those jeans fit? Do you have to squeeze into them, or do they slip on a little more comfortably? Are the bumps and lumps disappearing? YAY!!! Success looks good on you :D

WORKOUT IMPROVEMENTS. One of the greatest joys I get in my profession as a nutritionist and working out next to people in our gym is to see their real and tangible successes! Whether it is the first time someone does a push-up without modifications or the first time they swing the BEAST (106 pounds) or the first time they aren't too sore to move the next day... LOL! These are the real results we can hang on to each day. Easily measurable day to day to see a growth in progress.

TEST YOURSELF. While I am not a competitive person, I do feel it is vital to test our limits occasionally to know where we stand. Get out there and run a race ~ 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon. Challenge yourself with an obstacle course race like a Spartan Race. Enter into a weight lifting competition - I know of several Kettlebell Sport competitions around the country and it is always a good test of your abilities!

I have had conversations with many a person who are excited about how they feel, how their clothes fit, about their day to day results in the gym, only to be knocked off their feet when they don't see the number on the scale where they desire. Consider ALL the tools of measurement, and keep the scale in perspective!

~Girya Runner (Lisa Garon)

If you would like any follow up information on anything you have read here, please e-mail me at lisa@synergykt.com.

How to Beat Cravings...For Good

Junk food It happens to each of us... It strikes out of no where... All of a sudden... BAM! You have a craving!  Something salty, something sweet, or something fatty... Doesn't really matter, cause all you know is that you want it NOW!  Some believe cravings are struggles that one needs to "get" through to become stronger, however I believe cravings are our body's way of telling us we need something nutritionally. However, most simply don't pay attention to what their bodies are telling them and they just eat whatever they feel like, usually giving into the cravings.

The first thing to consider is the level of toxicity in your body. We accumulate toxins throughout our lifetime, finding storage in our blood, muscles, and organs.  This is commonly referred to as free-radical damage, and this comes from the air around us, the foods we eat, basic body processes, stress, and aging.  Because of this free-radical damage, our bodies cannot function optimally, and always looking to eat and get nutrients from what we eat next.

The second consideration is potential blockage in your intestines.  Imagine if you have a garbage can, and you don't put a liner in it.  You start to throw trash into it, and when it's full, you take it out.  So you dump it out, but don't clean it out.  After a few weeks of doing this it might not be so bad, but, after years and years you can imagine how disgusting it will get!  Well, because of that blockage, our bodies are not able to absorb the vitamins and minerals it needs.  This causes our bodies to signal to our brains "Hey! I'm still hungry! I'm not getting what I need!"  So, we give in to whatever foods are around us.

Every person needs to cleanse about 2x per year.  This will take care of these issues mentioned above, and then you can move on.  I have done anywhere from 3 day to 10 day to 28 day detox cleanses, all to some varying degree of intensity.  If you have never done one before, it really doesn't matter where you start, except to say that you should definitely start! Today if you can!  And if it's been 6 months since your last cleanse, then do another one soon.  Email me at lisa@synergykt.com if you would like some recommendations on where to start.

Once you have gone through a cleanse, you have now put your body in a proper balance.  You have eliminated the negative cravings, things like sweets and greasy salty foods, and refreshed your system.  Now it's time to think about what you might be craving and what, nutritionally, that food may provide.  Then look for foods which are high in that nutrient and get your fill!  Below I have some examples:

*If you are craving chocolate, your body may be craving the fat.  This might be because your caloric intake is too low.  Some quick fixes for this would be to have a handful of nuts, or have the chocolate (just make sure it's 85% or higher with no soy).

*If you are craving chips, your body may be craving salt.  Salt is needed to balance the water in our bodies.  Since our bodies do not produce this necessary element, we must get it from food.   Sprinkle a little sea salt on to your salad!

*If you are craving a steak, your body may need iron.  An iron deficiency can be linked to anemia.  Have a large amount of dark leafy greens!

Some of our cravings can be emotional.  Perhaps you are feeling stressed so you reach for that comfort food that reminds you of a warm childhood memory.  Or you might be feeling sad, so you go for a pint of Ben & Jerry's.  Elevated cortisol levels (the hormone released when stressed) have been linked to a desire for high fat and sugary comfort foods, and both together lead to weight gain. Reducing stress is key, and possibly seeking out a therapist (I have a couple I can refer to you) to work through some issues may be beneficial in helping you to completely conquer your cravings once and for all.

~Girya Runner  (Lisa Garon)