Tip of the Week # 11 Play with Your Food

Yup! You read that right! Play with your food! LOL.

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Ok, ok, … I don’t really mean it literately.. but what I do man is get creative, have fun coming up with your own recipes, or finding new ones online! I personally like to get inspired through blog, pinterest, instagram and do my own “twist” on it! (usually making it healthier!)

When it comes to changing your lifestyle, eating better or eating clean it can either get boring (because you feel like you eat that same thing over and over all the time) or it can be overwhelming because you don’t know where to start. Hell, you may even feel like you have to follow a specific plan to the T to get any results. (which usually isn’t the case).

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when it comes to clean eating, its all about using food for fuel. Your body needs food to keep it running just as a car needs gas to keep it running. A car that has premium gas, frequent oil changes and is taken good care of it lasts longer and runs better. Same thing with your body. A body that is fed a healthy balance of the nutrients it needs and is taken care of it functions better than a different body that is fed fast foods and processed crap all day.

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So when you look at foods and what “healthy” and not, think of it as fuel.

Is this going to keep me energized and going all day or am I going to experience a sugar crash at noon?

Is something or someone influencing this food choice? Is it good or bad?

Am I eating a lot of one food group (ex. Carbs/grains) and not getting enough of another (fruits/veggies)?

Am I actually hungry, or an I bored or stressed?

Am I feeling full and satisfied after one meal or do I feel like I constantly need a second helping?

All of these questions are something that you should be naturally asking in the back of your mind when you either are making a meal, planning one, or even considering eating something you know you probably shouldn’t be.4

And like I said, find new recipes and HAVE FUN WITH IT!!!

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You can get paid to lose weight! ………….What?!?!

Yup you read that right! You can actually get paid to lose weight! How awesome if that!?! (Its like the perfect world haha).  So there was a new Mayo Clinic study that had a test group earn $20 a month for hitting their target weight for that month, here’s the catch, if you didn’t hit that goal, you’d have to pay them. (that will keep ya on track!!)

What’s to earn money while you’re losing weight:

  • Shows like The Biggest Loser have incentives for those who lose weight at home every season. Check out their website just before the next season starts and make sure you sign up! You have nothing to loose.. (no pun intended) but the weight!

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  • http://www.dietbet.com/   DietBet.com its a betting game you play online! You have 4 weeks to loose $% of your body weight and whoever is the highest and/or meets the goal wins. You put in money at the beginning and I believe you can play against random people or create a team. But I mean its almost a race, and an incentive to meet people with the same goals, and maybe cheer each other on!

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  • http://www.healthywage.com/  Healthywadge.com lets you wager money for losing 10% of your body weight. They also have team based weight loss challenges.

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  • Use the App Gym Pact (its free) You set a goal for every time you “check in” at the gym or run outside. Win money for reaching a goal or target, loose money when you don’t loose or gain.
  • http://www.stickk.com/   StickK.com has you make a commitment contract to yourself and you can create your own goals, create teams, have supporters and come up with a “what happens if I don’t meet the plan” consequence.