Wellness Wednesdays with Sheri: Top 10 Ways to Weigh Less and Live More

Guest Blogger: Sheri Oppenheimer

How many of us have lost weight, just to gain it back again? We get on a health kick, or try a new diet with abundant enthusiasm, only to fall off the wagon. In Alison Broderick’s article, “The Skinny on Healthy Weight Loss,” you’ll find some great tips on how to lose weight the healthy way and keep it off (the hard part, right?).

Here are my Top 10 Ways to Weigh Less and Live More. Make a commitment to incorporate these practices in your daily life, and the weight will melt off – and stay off – naturally.

1.   Feed your soul with primary food. Friends and family, physical activity, spirituality and a satisfying career feed us. Lack of primary food creates over-reliance on secondary, edible food. Get inspired by Best Self Atlanta’s Over 40 and Fabulous 2011 Contest Winners who are nourishing their lives with fulfilling work and relationships, and take some notes on how you, too, can live the life you’ve always dreamed of.

2.   Drink water. Most people are chronically dehydrated. We often mistake thirst for hunger. If you feel hungry between meals, drink a glass of water before giving into cravings. Limit liquid calories from soda and juice.

3.   Eat a plant-based diet. Plant foods are typically lower in fat and calories and higher in filling fiber than meat, dairy and processed foods, while providing loads of essential nutrients. Need some ideas? Here is a great summertime dish that your whole family will love.

4.   Chew your food well. Digestion begins in the mouth. By thoroughly chewing your food, your body will better assimilate nutrients; you will also slow down your eating. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that it is full. By slowing your eating, you’ll feel full and satisfied on less food.

5.   Eat real food. Avoid products with high-fructose corn syrup or a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. They tend to be highly processed, lacking the nutrients your body needs, and are often loaded with empty calories.

6.   Eat breakfast. Skipping meals causes your blood sugar levels to peak and dip, affecting your energy and moods. It can also cause overeating later on because you’re so hungry.

7.   Eat mindfully. Turn off the TV. Get away from the computer. Sit down and savor the food you are eating with no distractions.

8.   Get moving. Do any type of physical activity every day. Find movement or exercise you enjoy. Having trouble getting started? Here are some simple tips from Andrea Riggs, CEO of Get Body Beautiful.

9.   Sleep, rest and relax. When you are sleep-deprived or stressed, your body will crave energy, causing cravings for sugary snacks and caffeine as an energy boost.

10.   Schedule fun time. Boredom and stress can lead to overeating. Make sure to take time to laugh, play and participate in activities that bring you joy. Plan a summertime getaway around Atlanta with someone you love.

Sheri Oppenheimer is a health coach at Sweetgrass Spa in Little 5 Points. To schedule a FREE health makeover session with her ($125 value), call (404) 522-3223 or email Sheri at sheri@100womenproject.com.

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