To Count or Not to Count? Calories that is.

By: Lisa Wright Burbach

I really love the combination of Mindful Eating and Traffic Light eating. The two together help us move into being aware of the foods we eat and why we are eating, help us slow down, feel our hunger cues, and choose more wisely. With this style of eating, we don’t always need to count calories, but it does take learning to listen to our bodies and make a wise choice.

Mindful Eating:

Mindfulness is the capacity to bring full attention and awareness to one’s experience, in the moment, without judgment. Mindful Eating brings mindfulness to food choice and the experience of eating. Mindful Eating helps us become aware of our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to eating, reconnecting us with our innate inner wisdom about hunger and satiety.” – Center for Mindful Eating

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean counting calories, monitoring fat content, or analyzing every detail of the nutrition facts. While that information is undoubtedly important, it can become overwhelming when trying to make healthy choices for you and your family. However, choosing healthy foods doesn’t have to be complicated!

Traffic Light Eating makes eating healthy simple to understand, even for kids. Just like when you are driving a car, a traffic light tells you what to do:

Green means “go”, Yellow tells us to “slowdown”, and Red means “stop and think”

Green Light Foods

Green Light foods are “go” foods, meaning eat as much as you want. These include all fresh fruits and vegetables. Emphasis on fresh – these foods are grown, not manufactured. Packaged gummy fruit snacks are not Green Light foods!

The numbers: These foods are low in calories and high in nutrients. In other words, Green Light foods are nutrient-dense.

Yellow Light Foods

Yellow Light foods are “slow down” foods. While foods that fit in this category are okay to eat every day and are essential to your health, they should be eaten in moderation. Too much of a good thing really is no good! Examples of Yellow Light foods include whole wheat pasta, eggs, salmon, nuts and seeds, rice, whole grain bread, and yogurt.

The numbers: These foods have more calories than Green Light foods and usually have more fat or sugar as well.

Red Light Foods

Red Light foods are “stop” and think foods. Since these foods are low in nutrients, high in sugar and contain artificial sweeteners and ingredients, you should try and find a healthier option, or eat a smaller portion. Examples of Red Light foods include cookies, candy, fatty meats, sugary drinks, bacon, and other processed meats and frozen yogurt.

The numbers: These foods are lower in nutrients and higher in calories, fat and sugar. These are also known as “Treats” if you find you just can’t live without them.

Sometimes we find that counting calories helps us. There are a few times it may be especially helpful:

1. Times of Weight loss and portion control

2. Trying to gain weight

3. Tracking your Micronutrients

Whatever you choose, it’s essential to know yourself and know what works for you. Listen to your body and your own wisdom. Reach out for help if you’re stuck!

What tools do you use to help you stay on track with your health? Share with us in the comments.

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Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

Van and Lisa are also Independent Shaklee Distributors helping people live younger longer.

Evaluating Alternatives to Plastic

By: Van Burbach, PhD, PG

Environmental Consultant

A few months ago, I wrote about the big problem of single-use plastics and how we all need to take responsibility for the problem and be a part of the solution. There are a lot of things we can do as individuals, like using refillable water bottles instead buying bottled water, or using reusable cloth grocery bags instead of the disposable plastic ones; but finding solutions and alternatives to the larger problem of the widespread use of plastic in packaging is a much more complicated issue. It is easy to look at the end result of our creating over 300 million tons of plastic waste each year (globally) and the fact that plastic takes hundreds of years to degrade, and in some ways never really goes away, or to look at the horrible pictures of sea life impacted by the massive amounts of plastic pollution in our oceans and conclude that plastics must go. But if we stop using plastics to package products, we must find viable, environmentally friendly options, and that is easier said than done.

When we think of the plastic waste problem, we tend to focus on the problem of disposal at the end of the plastic product’s life, but to determine the viability of alternatives, we need to look at the whole picture of the environmental impacts of both the plastics and the various alternatives throughout the life of the product. The following graphic from the USEPA illustrates the life of any material product, often referred to as the “life cycle of stuff”.

There are environmental impacts associated with every stage of the cycle and we need to look at it all to make informed decisions. For example, let’s compare the environmental impacts of plastic vs. paper packaging at each stage of the cycle:

As you can see, the question of whether paper or plastic packaging is better for the environment is complex and depends of what types of environmental impacts you are most concerned about. If your primary concern is the impact of plastic waste on our oceans and marine life, paper is clearly the better choice. If you are more concerned about air pollution and global warming, plastic may be the better option. Of course, there are more options to evaluate than just these two and there are no perfect solutions, so it is important to think through all of the options and weigh the relative impacts of each. I think one of the best things we can do is consider using materials made with as large a percentage of post-consumer recycled content as possible, whether that be paper, plastic, or other.

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH HAIR COLOR; OUR MESSY BREAK-UP! – Again!

A few years ago I wrote this blog post, but then I fell back into the relationship. I hit the bottle – I colored my hair!!!!

A few years ago…

But you’ll look Old!!! If you look old I’ll look old – said my friends who for my 40th birthday took me to have my hair colored, and I liked it. I tossed my hair back and forth and thought Yes, I look good! buuuttt. I knew! I kneeeww, I knew at the time that I was not the kind of girl who could have a long term relationship with hair color.

It just wasn’t going to work. I knew ours was not a true, lasting love, but merely a vain fling. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I loved it at first; the delusion of youth, the excitement of a monthly adventure. But it didn’t take long; soon the dread slipped in. My color and I grew farther and farther apart. I no longer longed for the adventure but dreaded it.

Sometimes I put it off 6 weeks or more, but then the tell-tale sign was there; the streak of shame, that silver line that showed like a hickey in our relationship. It showed like a reverse hickey, not a sign of togetherness, but separateness. And I had to color.

I drug myself embarrassed, vanity struck, and unhappily back to the bottle of color for another fling. The results no longer excited me. They were flat, dull, and foreign like I had dressed in another woman’s clothes. Sigh, it wasn’t pretty. I wasn’t true to myself and I knew it.

Then I decided to do it! Make the break. I was, after all, changing my lifestyle so that I would be healthier. Going natural and organic and making my home and house healthier. How could I continue in this relationship? I was becoming crunchy; a granola girl, it didn’t’ fit! I could make this change too, I decided! Well…there is always “organic hair color”, But NO! It had to go! We had to part ways. I couldn’t stand the suspense each month; the not knowing how it would turn out, the damage to my fine soft hair. It was an unhealthy relationship. We had to break up. IT MUST BE DONE!

So, I did it — cold turkey. We broke up. I didn’t even tell it, it had been nice. I just walked away.

It took so long to get over the relationship; more than a year. As my hair grew out, it changed weird colors, fading into a gross kind of green color at the ends; a constant reminder of our relationship. The ends were fried and gross, but I stood firm. I was not going to be bullied into coming back! We were over.

One day I noticed how soft my hair was becoming, how healthy and yes! How it sparkled in the sun with streaks of silver. Shwiinggg! Young 20 something guys started saying things like “hey, your hair is cool….duuude(imagine Keanu Reeves voice here)” Then one day one of them proclaimed! “It’s like superheroes are real!-dduuuuude” Ah, I got it. The silver streaks were like those of the women in comic books. I could live with that. I’m a little bit worried about our 20 something’s, but I digress.

The day came when it was time to tackle those ends. I chopped it all off in what I hoped would be a sassy pixie cut. Finally! It was gone! Nothing but pure virgin hair! Sassy, silver hair! How sweet it is! It seems you can go back!

I am now into the second year of liberty from my relationship with hair color. My hair has continued to soften, and I no longer look like Rogue from Marvel comics. I must admit that I do miss the occasional “duuudde”, but I’m happy. I will always remember our relationship, but I cherish the future. One of change and growth as a natural woman, one who will not look “old” because of hair color, but will be young because of who I am! Liberated from my relationship with hair color! Haazzzzuhhh!!!

For those whose path is not the natural hair path, there is no judgment. Color away – You be you!

Several Years Later…

I admit it…I did it.. I went back. This time I didn’t color my own hair but it was done under the care and talent of my divine stylist, John. Every 6 weeks he made me look faaabulous!!! But then I remembered, it’s true…ours is not a lasting love – Hair color and me. So I’ve started the journey again. “How long will it take” I asked my stylist. “9 months he said”. UGGGHHHH will it go green and funky again?? Will I be blue?? Will I look like a mutant??? Sigh. It is not a relationship you just “quit”, it is a slow recovery process.

Now it begins – the Journey. Bits of soft silver are beginning to shine through – I have hope, and I have a stylist. John will keep me in cute sassy haircuts and he will listen to me moan and complain as it grows out as he also makes comments hidden by dry humor. – well, ok, not so hidden, really. But he’ll listen, and we will make it. Eye rolls included.

Check back this winter for the reveal!

On a serious note, one of the reasons we color our hair is because out culture makes it so hard just to be you…the way you were born-your hair color, your eye color, your skin color, your body shape your __________…. We color, tan, or not tan, lose weight, gain weight, dress to please. STOP THE MADNESS. The key here is to love yourself as you are! I used to love the show “What Not to Wear” and one thing Clinton Kelly would often say is to dress the body you have not the body you wish you had- love the body you have, not the body you wish you had. That’s it, right there. If we love ourselves, we are loving to ourselves and thus more likely to be the person we want to be. If coloring makes you happy, then color away. If you want to go grey, then go grey. You do you and love it!!!

Lisa is an Independent Shaklee Distributor and received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

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