A few months ago, my manager asked me to set up a Health Challenge at work. Unfortunately, it took me so long to write the extremely detailed guidebook I created that we lost momentum and it never really took off.
Regardless, I don’t want all the work I put into creating this document to go to waste, so I’ve uploaded it here in the hopes that somebody will find it useful. It lists each of the categories that we determined we would be tracking for the challenge as well as a little information about each one, then includes a section with advice on some of the challenges that my teammates said they struggle with when trying to live healthier lifestyles.
There’s even a table of contents, so there’s no need to read the entire thing. 🙂 Just click on the link below!
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and it’s super lazy for me to come back with this, but it’s one of the best articles I’ve ever seen on the ketogenic diet (extremely high fat and extremely low carb) so I want everyone to see it.
After my half marathon, I lapsed a bit in the food that I was buying (read: bought more crap in addition to the healthy things). When I started spending all my time at aerial, I lapsed even more and started buying more quick, easy things and fewer fresh ingredients since I had less time available to cook. About two months ago, as I started to get really serious about trying to get back on track and lose some weight, I realized that this was a problem.
So, I took some drastic measures. I avoided going to the grocery store for a month and a half and instead dedicated my efforts toward eating all the unhealthy crap out of my kitchen. It was rough.
Whether or not organic food is healthier than conventionally grown food is a big topic of debate in science, which is interesting, because it seems to me that most people (whether they buy organic or not) just assume that it is, in fact, healthier.
As it turns out, science doesn’t know! But here’s a really great article from Vox summarizing a recent study and some background in the broader research and its challenges.
In short: Is organic healthier? We don’t know, and we may not ever. But eating more fruits and vegetables definitely is good, so eat more produce – whether you buy organic or not!
I already wrote a post about how losing weight is only about consuming fewer calories than you burn in a day. So a lot of people will take that fact to its “logical” conclusion and think, “oh! That means if I barely eat, I’ll lose a ton of weight really quickly!” which is also recognizable in various fad/product diets such as the Special K Diet. This is really bad. DO NOT DO THIS.
These diets, which from here on out I’m going to accurately refer to as starvation diets, are common – especially among women. But they’re also only minimally effective, super bad for you, extremely difficult to follow, and ultimately counterproductive. Here’s why:
Ages ago I mentioned that I had enrolled in an online course to become a Certified Nutrition Course. And while I got through all of the course material sometime in early to mid November, I hit that weak point before I actually took my second certification exam and had been putting it off (despite its presence on my to-do list) for literally months.
But, on Saturday night I finally got around to taking that exam and… I passed! So I am now officially a Certified Nutrition Coach. 😀 I would add a picture of my certificate here, but I haven’t received it in the mail yet so you’re just going to have to take my word for it.
Phew! That’s quite the title, I know. I tried to come up with a shorter way to get the same point across but it just wasn’t having the same effect, so super long title it is.
I find myself talking to people about how I’m eating healthier or how I’ve lost a good amount of weight fairly often. Part of this is because I’m nearly always thinking about food – either planning out what I’ll eat for the day, talking about things I want to eat, or talking about things I shouldn’t/won’t eat because I don’t have the calories for them – and part of it is because when I’m not talking about food I’m often talking about running instead, which then tends to naturally bring itself around to talking about weight loss.
Anyway, after spending all this time talking to people about these topics I’ve noticed that, most commonly, I get one of two responses. And if you think about those responses for long enough, it’s a fascinating look into how our society feels about weight and healthy food choices. So here are some of the most common responses I hear, and what I’ve extrapolated from them:
I get to do something really exciting tomorrow! A women’s empowerment group at my office is hosting a healthy holiday recipe potluck and, because I’m about two days away from being a Certified Nutrition Coach, I get to spend a whole hour talking about nutrition and healthy eating!
My actual presentation will only be about half an hour, and then there will be half an hour for questions, but I am very, very excited to have my first opportunity to share everything I’ve learned with a broader audience than… boyfriend, really. See my beautiful presentation at this link. 🙂
(There aren’t a whole lot of words in it, because I believe that’s bad presenting, but it *is* mostly self-explanatory and also really pretty, so there’s that.)