Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Resolutions Tour 2013 :: Eat Healthier with Cassiel Knight

Welcome Cassiel Knight, author of Hit Me With Your Best Shot to Jenna's Romantic Notions. Tell me, what do you think of my resolution to eat healthier?

I think this one is on my resolutions each year—all through the year – every year. Eating healthier is a good idea in so many ways. Helps us lose weight, puts us into better moods, gives us more energy, can help us live longer. So why do so many of us fail at this every year?
‘Cause it’s freaking hard! And there are so many other nummy things out there, and by God, I’m an adult and if I want to eat that cake, I’m gonna. Sigh. Not a great start to sticking with my resolution is it? And certainly not going to inspire you all to eat healthier.
But, here’s the thing—we know we should be. We KNOW this. It takes effort, planning and willpower. And a dedicated commitment to yourself. Aren’t you worth it? I know you are; I know I am so let’s make 2013 the year we actually eat healthier. Here are a few tips I’ve researched that actually make sense:

  • Baby steps. Take stock of where you are, what you eat now (and I don’t mean a journal – ugh, that sounds like too much work). You know your weak spots. Maybe reduce or eliminate one thing. I resolve to reduce my mocha frappe’ consumption to two per week (versus the four I’m currently doing).
  • Be a responsible consumer – don’t shop when I’m hungry (everything looks good) and read labels. Know the carb content (I’m pre-diabetic) of what I’m eating, as well as fat and calories. What’s your hot button?
  • Forget exercising. No, it’s not what you think. Basically, it means don’t think of exercising—think in terms of increasing the level of activity. If it means you use the elliptical, by all means, go for it. But don’t think of it as exercising.
  • Focus on eating foods with staying power. No empty carbs. Fiber, healthy fat, etc. Eat more fruits and veggies as well as change to whole grains.
  • Make sure you include indulgences. Small portions and infrequent but don’t forget them. You’ll be less likely to overeat if you don’t deprive yourself of the things you love. My indulgence is ice cream. Vanilla. I’m not giving it up – it will make me resent taking better care of myself but I’ll have in moderation.

I’m sure there are more but I thought I’d start with these. I can do them. You can do them. Good luck!

Have a fantastic 2013!

Cassiel Knight resides in the beautiful, and evergreen, state of Oregon with her husband of over 20 years and two female Shih Tzus, which are her children in every sense of the word. When she isn't editing, writing or reading (and that is most of the time), she can be found playing with her Shih Tzus, gardening (when the weather permits and sometimes when it doesn't) and cooking fancy meals as long as someone else does the dishes. She writes paranormal romances with kick-assitude that blend archeology and mythologyjust a few of her favorite thingsfor Samhain Publishing, Lyrical Press and Champagne Book Group.

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Paty Jager said...

I agree, it is hard to eat only healthy foods when your body craves the not healthy stuff. Once I get the company out of my house(grandchildren and their parents) I'm going to stock my cupboards with only the foods that are good for me. Then I have to eat the carrot and not the chip.

Anonymous said...

For me, eating healthy is all about what I have in the house. It is the "I need something this minute" times that can kill me if I have unhealthy things to choose. I WILL eat carrots and celery and cauiflower and fruit if I have it.

Cassie, I like all of your ideas. The one that is hardest for me is "forget exercise" or rather don't call it that. Truly, if I had it my way, I would be permanently connected to my computer and writing 24/7. Convincing myself to get up and move for more than 5 minutes is darn difficult. But Zumba DVDs are helping.

Jessie said...

Thanks for the tips!