Alan, age 40 and a vegetarian, is 20lbs overweight. He says he eats healthy because he doesn’t consume any processed food or drink soda. He also consumes a large amount of vegetables.
Alan barely eats all day except for a salad for lunch. Salad isn’t really an acceptable lunch, which I’ll get into in a moment. By mid-afternoon, he feels so depleted that he consumes 2 to 3 cups of coffee. He’s so famished by the end of the day that he eats a huge dinner, which could consist of a very large bowl of pasta with tomato sauce and veggies. By the time he’s ready for bed, he’s so uncomfortable from his big dinner that he finds it difficult to sleep. The next morning, he has no appetite to eat breakfast because his dinner is still sitting in his stomach, not fully metabolized.
Here are some fundamental eating rules, and I use the word “rules” loosely because every body is so different.
When we wake up in the morning, we should be eating something light to wake up our metabolism from fasting all night. After all, it’s called “break” “fast” for a reason.
That’s why it is even more imperative to take a mini-break that only lasts a moment in which we stop, take a breath, and get in touch with what we’re feeling. The more often you do this during the day, the more at peace you’ll feel, despite the chaos you may be experiencing. After all, how is there going to be peace in your family or in your workforce if you’re not feeling inner peace.
A few weeks ago in our weekly JOOS team meeting, Dana Appel Young, who manages JOOS’ north shore operations and is also a leading health coach, suggested we do a moment of silence in memory of the lives that were lost in Newtown.
The moment of silence was scheduled for 9:30am. We started our meeting at 9am and at 9:30am on the dot, Tricia Pattison, Head of JOOS Customer Relations, set the timer so that we would be silent for a minute.
The minute felt much longer than a minute. When I looked at all the faces of my team mates, I felt solidarity as we all prayed for the lives that were lost and for the families who are suffering as a result.
One minute can be so powerful; yet, we waste so many of them, as I wrote above, on mindless chatter and drama.
When you feel like life is spinning out of control, literally take a minute in silence and just sit and reflect.
Should we graze? Should we fast? How many meals should we be eating per day?
The simple answer is: It depends upon your metabolism.
If you have a fast metabolism, then grazing may be appropriate for you. If you have a slow metabolism, you may only need one meal per day.
Generally, it takes 4 hours without food to burn fat; hence, the reason for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If we have fast metabolisms, we process foods faster so we may be able to eat more frequently.
How do you know if you have a fast or slow metabolism? If you gain weight easily, that’s an indication of a slow metabolism.
How can you determine how often you need to eat? It depends on your energy level when you follow a healthy diet. If you follow an unhealthy diet of high levels of dairy, wheat, animal protein processed foods, refined sugars, gum, soda and other caffeinated beverages, you probably will not be able to determine what the right amount of food is for you because your blood sugar is probably out of whack.
Do you know that the 45% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions are 10x more likely to achieve their goals than people who don’t make a resolution?
Do you know that only half of the people who make a resolution will not complete it within 6 months?
The main reason is because the resolutions we make are too lofty; that is, too ambitious and therefore not practically achievable.
Here are the Top 10 Resolutions:
1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organizing
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in Their Dreams
9. Fall in Love
10. Spend More Time with Family
Notice how general each one of them is. No wonder why most people don’t accomplish them.
- I will make certain I kiss my children before they go to school.
- I will not pick at my food while I cook. Instead, I will wait to eat at meal time.
- I will do 10 jumping jacks every morning when I get out of bed
- I will eat 2 portions of vegetables daily
- I will drink 3 glasses of water daily
The following year, my resolution was to stop eating nutrition bars. The reason: I saw that I’d have one bar, which didn’t really fill me up. Then I’d have another. Then I saw I was snacking and bypassing meals. By consciously eliminating just nutrition bars, I became more mindful in what I eat so that I started eating more complete meals and grazing less. As a result, I had more energy and ate a more balanced diet.
Here it is a few years later and I still put my key in the same delegated place and I do not eat nutrition bars.
As important as the resolution is to start the year on the best foot possible. That’s why committing to doing a
Meet Barbara and Keith, two opposite individuals who look and act completely different on the outside, but uncannily have a lot in common.
Barbara, age 58, only wears the latest in fashion. She always looks like she just stepped out of the beauty parlour and there isn’t a trace of a smile line on her perfectly smooth skin. At 5’4′ and 105 lbs, she eats 1 carefully measured cup of oatmeal with blueberries and a cup of coffee for breakfast, a salad or bowl of soup for lunch and take out from Legals, which consists of a piece of grilled fish accompanied with steamed vegetables and a glass of wine. She never snacks or eats dessert, although she often has a cup of coffee mid-afternoon.
Nothing is ever good enough for Barbara. She’s the one who finds fault with the food at the best restaurants and hardly ever makes a nice comment about anyone.
On the other hand, there’s Keith, age 54, single dad of 3 older children and the life of just about any party. At 6′, 240 lbs, he is about as mindless in what he eats as Barbara is disciplined. He socializes practically every night and since he loves to drink, he often loses sight of what and how much he’s eating. His ebullient, jovial laughter veils the ball of nerves that’s rattling around inside him. Get on his bad side and he’s vicious and spiteful. Ironically, his home is immaculately clean, sterile really, with shampoo bottles perfectly aligned across the shower shelf and not a speck to be seen on his glass dining room table.
Barbara and Keith share in a need from control. Both are unable to let go, except Keith when he drinks alcohol.
Unfortunately, these two individuals are the last type of people who would ever do a fresh-pressed, 100% organic juice Reboot, but they are prime candidates. The reason: A cleanse is such a big departure from the way most of us eat that it causes us to address and make changes in the way we are as individuals.
I constantly receive emails from people who have done a fresh-pressed, 100% organic juice Reboots telling me how it’s changed their lives. I understand because it also changed mine.
Is close-mindedness and fear holding you back from living a fulfilling life? If so, contact me for a health coach session at Lauri@drinkjoos.com
Lauren Imparato is the founder of, I.AM.YOU., a yoga centric lifestyle brand & yoga studio in New York City. At the studio and around the globe, Lauren teaches intense, fun, and athletic Vinyasa classes, each set to a unique Music Mix designed by I.AM.YOU.’s Resident Mixologist, as well as leads Nutritional Coaching & Detox Programs for individuals, athletic teams & businesses. Prior to launching I.AM.YOU., Lauren worked on the Wall Street trading floors.
Lauren graduated with an Advanced Certification from Conquering Lion Yoga and received a secondary Advanced Certification from Kula Yoga School. She complimented this with a Certificate in Advanced Studies Yoga Anatomy. Lauren is a graduate of the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She holds an Intermediate Level Certificate from the International Wine Center, and a BA from Princeton University in Romance Languages and Literatures.
Sarah became increasingly disenchanted with her nutrition practice. She found that she didn’t have a big impact counseling one person at a time and it also bored her.
She decided to pursue other paths where she thought she’d have a greater impact. She became a certified yoga instructor, but after teaching a class, she found she didn’t enjoy it. She started to partner with a friend who was a chef to provide meals and meal plans for clients, but she found it frustrating getting the business off the ground. She was so scattered that she never took the time to figure out what was truly her passion.
Another reason Sarah’s career failed to thrive was because her insecurity caused her to act arrogant. She had a masters in nutrition so, she thought, she knew more about nutrition than anyone and should be treated accordingly. As a result, she looked down upon anyone who didn’t have a comparable degree, which caused her to lose many career opportunities.
Patrice, on the other hand, may not have earned a masters in nutrition, but she was so curious about the latest health trends that she studied them voraciously. Her love for health and nutrition led her to become one of the preeminent cleanse experts in the area. She is approachable, funny and brilliant at what she does. Her love of cleansing led her to create the highly popular cleanse, the Kickstart Cleanse!
Often our biggest enemy is ourselves! We allow ourselves to become prisoners to our past and/or to our own insecurities, which blurs us from finding our true passion.
The first step can be very scary to break a habit. Each time I find myself stuck in an old pattern that I know is weighing me down, I turn to cleansing. This helps me eliminate the static in my life so that I can evaluate in an intelligent way how to make changes that enable me to live a more positive productive life.
What steps do you take to get yourself off the cycle of bad habits?
If our goal is to live happy fulfilling lives, then why do so many of us walk around feeling depleted and depressed?
Here are 5 essential steps to kick start your life to live a fulfilling, happy lifestyle:
1. An organized home (but not rigid).
For some of us, the school year has already started. It will be in full force on Tuesday with full class schedules and activities underway.
This year, I’m determined to be more efficient, which means to fortify my base; i.e., organize my home.
Since my kids weren’t around for most of the summer, I had plenty of time to devote to organizing my home from top to bottom. I literally threw away bags and bags of trash and gave away even more bags of clothes and other household items to charity.
When the kids came home to an organized home, they were speechless. One of my daughters just stood in her room for many moments. When I asked her if everything was all right, she responded, “Mom, I’m about to cry. You did so much for us.”
It’s been a couple weeks and I’m amazed how determined my children are to keep their rooms clean. I don’t even say a word to them. They are so much happier in our home and have more time to spend together looking at old photo albums, listening to music, etc.
2. A Fulfilling Career/Family-Life
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mother or career woman, you have to be true to yourself to decide which lifestyle is best for you.
I just saw one of my cousins who has a masters degree and has decided to stay-at-home with her children.
She said to me, “I should be doing more.”
I replied, “Like what? You have a healthy relationship with a loving husband and 2 beautiful children you can focus your time.”
She looked at me and smiled, “You’re right. I wouldn’t have such a close relationship with my husband if I were running around in all directions. This way, I’m able to prepare a full dinner for him when he arrives home and we all sit down to a relaxing meal.”
How much better does it get than that?
3. Regular Exercise
We all know by now how regular exercise boosts endorphins and gets us in shape. Simply put, a lack of exercise leads to laziness and I have yet to meet a happy, lazy person.
4. A Loving Community/Partner/Family
Busy schedules make it difficult to find time to build friendships, which can lead to feeling like we’re living on our own islands. It also gets us out of “shape” to socialize. It is crucial to get out once a week with friends, community, a partner/spouse.
5. Healthy Eating Habits:
Incorporating healthy eating habits can be incredibly challenging. That’s why rebooting our lives through drinking fresh-pressed juice and a clean diet for a period of time is so incredibly important. Just like organizing a home to become more efficient, the cleanse helps us get on track with our eating habits so that we feel in control and more balanced. As a result, we’re in stronger positions to deal with the stress that will inevitably arise from our busy schedules.