I went to a seminar in July about Obesity, Diet, and Behavior. In the seminar, the speaker discussed ways to control food cravings. Food craving is an intense desire to consume a specific food and it’s different than normal hunger. The ways to control food craving are mentioned below:
- Drinking water before eating. The speaker recommends drinking two 8 ounce glasses of water, half an hour before meals to help reduce cravings and hunger. This also reduces your calorie intake.
- Increase your protein intake –increasing your protein intake will help you stay full and satisfied to reduce craving. Try to have protein in every meal.
- Eat solid food as opposed to liquids – The speaker states that liquid foods do not provide quite the same hunger satiety as solid foods.
- Fill up on fiber – increase your fiber intake to help reduce your craving. My favorite fiber foods are reduced sugar cranberries, celery, oatmeal and many other fruit and vegetables which are high in fiber. If you are unable to get your fiber intake, you can use Metamucil fibers supplement. Please make sure you increase your water intake to prevent constipation and bloating from the fiber.
- Control stress – reduces stress in your life. When a person is under more stress, he or she tends to have a high craving for unhealthy foods. The speaker states stress glucocorticoid hormones like cortisol, promotes weight gain, especially visceral abdominal fat. If you are carrying weight around your belly its more than likely caused by stress. You can reduce stress in your life by exercise, prayer, mediating, eating well, using essential oils and talking to someone to relieve it.
- Get regular and restful sleep – The speaker states that sleep deprivation has been shown to lead to strong cravings. Practice going to bed at time the same time if possible to create a habit for your body. I work the night shift so what helps me to sleep is keeping my room dark, no television. My curtains are thick, so they keep out any light – including the sun. You can use blackout curtains, blinds or shades to keep the light out of the room. Also, I use essential oils. I use lavender oil to help me sleep and relax. I use peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil to help relieve my congestion and to help breathe easier so I can sleep well. When I cannot sleep I use melatonin 5mg or less.
- Reduce spontaneity and impulsive snacking with planned meals. Prepare meals weekly to reduce impulsive cravings. Always have healthy snacks in the house. Do not buy or reduce the amount of junk food in your house because when you are stressed out you will eat them.
“I cannot control everything in my life, but I can control what I put in my body”.
I would like to say thank you to the Badia Seasoning Company for sending me all these free seasonings. I have been using the Badia Complete Seasoning for over five years. My mom was the first person who told me about it. I can still remember when she first used it like it was yesterday. She would season the chicken and other meats with it and it would taste amazing. Great flavor from just one seasoning. I have incorporated the Badia Complete Seasoning into many of my dishes. I love that it is low in sodium so that I can still use it as I continue my weight loss journey. I appreciated the love and support I have been receiving for my blog. I pray that my blog will continue to inspire and motivate other people to make their health a priority. I hope you guys are having happy summer and in good health. Love you guys!!
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase”. My advice to everyone is never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. Believing in yourself and stay on the course. Also, to my followers, thank you for supporting my blog and my journey. !!
Today I want everyone to say to themselves, I love myself.
Let’s be honest; we are the first one to put ourselves down, saying that we cannot do it and that were not good enough or we don’t deserve better.
We are always criticizing ourselves. We do more self harm than self love. Learn to love yourself being overweight and while being healthy.
Self love is loving your body.
Self love is believing that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Self love is continuing to learn and grow. So give yourself time.
Self love is building your confidence up.
Self love is loving yourself first.
Self love is realizing that you are good enough.
Self love is knowing your worthy.
Self love is being patient with yourself.
Self love is allowing yourself to make mistakes and also being able to learn from them.
Self love is talking kind to ourselves.
Self love is being your own cheerleader.
Self love is knowing that you are your own competition.
Self love is knowing you deserve love.
Self love is taking care of yourself.
Self love is having respect for your body.
Self love is knowing you deserve the best.
Self love is knowing you don’t have to fit in with other people because God created you to stand out.
I have realized that no one is going to make me happy but me.
Today, let’s learn to talk kindly and positive to ourselves.
My direction for you is to look in the mirror everyday and repeat:
“I am blessed, I am prosperous, I am strong, I am healthy, I am confident, I am secured, I am disciplined, I am focused, I am attractive , I am valuable , I am well- liked, I am fun to be around, I have a good personality. The right people are in my future. The right opportunities are headed my way, I will accomplish my dreams. I will overcome every obstacle. This is my time. I have God’s favor. I am enough. I am worthy. My future’s so bright, I have to put on my sunglasses!!”
I am happy , I have a great smile. My best days are in front of me and not behind. I am content in myself and God promise for me. Without faith it is impossible to please God .
“Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world”. I love the expression of the little girl; she says go auntie, go auntie strut your stuff. We should have confidence to strut our stuff, whether we lose or gain weight because the weight does not define who a person is. Enjoy your life and enjoy the journey.
I was doing a kickboxing DVD when I stopped working out because I was physically tired. I came home in the morning to sleep after a 12 hour shift. I was disappointed that I stopped the DVD so I continue to work on my pushup. I have been doing a pushup challenge for a couple weeks. I was supposed to do 22 push up, but I did 23. In life we can be physically tired but mentally we can go the distances if we push ourselves.
Two weeks ago I was only able to do six push up. I am happy I can push up in the 20s without modifying them. I struggle everyday to get up after a 12 hour shift and get my workout in. I don’t rely on motivation, I choose to get up and fight for what I want every day.
I have learned a lot from my failures; failures have been my best teachers always encouraging and Challenge me to be better. So my advice for you this week is to step out of your comfort zone and get out of your way. Don’t be afraid of failing. My competition is the person I see when I look in the Mirror. Be your own competition and run your own race.
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than seem, and smarter than you think”.
When I started my weight loss journey, it was hard because I had gone through trials and errors to find what workout and what diet would work best for me. In the beginning of my weight loss journey, I lost a lot of weight, but now as the months go by I am still looking at the same number on the scale. It’s always so hard to lose those last 15-10 pounds. Here are my tips if you are facing plateaus in weight loss.
- Do strength training – you need to lift heavy weights because the heavy weight is going helps you to build muscle and burn more fat. I know a lot of women who do not like lifting heavy weights because they are afraid they will bulk up like men, so they stay doing only cardio workouts. If women lift heavy weights they will have a more toned and leaner appearance.
- Change up your workout – If you were only walking in beginning of your weight loss journey and you reach a plateau, you can start by adding two dumbbells in hands and walking at same time will change your intensity. Add more strengthen training and cardio to balance it out.
- Add High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – High Intensity Interval Training improves your performance by giving you more stamina and endurance. Also, it helps you burn fat. High intensity Interval Training helps you to burn more calories during the day after the workouts because after the burn, you will burn extra calories even if you’re just sitting around after your workout.
- Sleeping – make sure to get 6-7 hours or more of sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to increased cortisol – a stress hormone. According to research, high cortisol levels produce high insulin levels and when it drops, a person may crave sugary or fatty foods.
- Drink water – I cannot say this enough – drink your water. Make sure you drink half your body weight or increase to a gallon a day. The benefits of water are endless, so drink up.
- Go over your nutrition plan to see where you are making the mistakes in your diet. The things to consider in your nutrition are: is your diet high in carbohydrate, high sugar, high fat and less water or less veggie. Are you committed to your nutrition plan? Have you been consistent in your diet? Are you having too many cheating days in your diet?
- Go over your workout plan see where you are making the mistakes in your workout. Are you doing too much cardio or less strength training? Is your workout boring? Do you need to change up your workout plan? Are you committed to the workouts?
8.Do some self reflecting. Stop lying to yourself, be honest about your weight loss struggle and get help.
“If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.” Aaliyah
- 4-6 frozen meatballs, store bought.
- First, defrost the meatballs in the bowl.
- Then cut the meatballs into halves.
- Sprinkle Sazon Complete Seasoning and Sprinkle Accent seasoning on the meatballs. Use a spoon to mix the seasoning and the meatballs.
- Add 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil or olive oil to the frying pan.
- When the oil is hot, add the meatballs facing down until brown. Then do the other the sides.
- Half red peppers or any color peppers.
- Half Onion.
- 1 clove of garlic.
- Put in the bowl and sprinkle Sazon Complete Seasoning over onion, pepper and garlic.
- Add 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil or use the oil you prefer to another frying pan.
- When the oil is hot, sauté red peppers, onion, garlic until brown.
- Get sauce pan
- Add the sautéed red peppers, onion, garlic and meatballs to pan.
- Pour the amount of Ragu marinara sauce you want.
- Sprinkle Sazon Complete Seasoning.
- Put some dry tithes.
- Stir well.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Cook pasta according package directions …
Add your pasta to plate, put some meatballs with sauce, and add your choice of veggies. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese. ENJOY.
“Never give up everyone has bad days. Pick yourself up and keep going”. Yes, summer is here, if you have not accomplished your weight loss goal, don’t get discouraged or beat yourself up. July is a new month to set new goals, whether are drinking more water or exercising 30 minutes a day just keeping going taking one day at a time.
When it comes to losing weight, nutrition is greater than exercise. The famous saying is that ‘what you eat in private you will wear in public.’ The rule of thumb is that good health consists of 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. If a person can cut down eating unhealthy foods everyday, over time those changes will add to big changes and weight loss. We all know someone who has stopped drinking soda or given up unhealthy eating for a while, and a short time later, had dramatic weight loss change.
It’s important to know what you put into your body. If you want to lose weight you cannot put garbage into your body and expect weight loss. That doesn’t add up. My nutrition is not perfect, I still struggle with it. Some days I want to eat that chocolate cake or have an extra slice of pizza, but I know I cannot do that every day and expect to lose weight. That’s just not possible, so you have to find your balance. My advice for you is start by cutting out one unhealthy habit a week and continuing. Eventually you will be surprised by the changes to your bodies.
I found that my problem was a lot of unhealthy late night snacking. To fix that problem, I replaced my unhealthy snacks with yogurt and fruits. Eating healthy snacks and drinking a lot of water eventually led to no snacking at all. I am learning to control my late snacking because I am not ignoring this problem and I have realized why I eat so many snacks. Often it is due to me being tired, bored or the fact that it’s 3am and I need something to keep me awake at work. Please make time to get to know yourself and why you eat certain things because for every action, there is consequence. Everyday is not going to be perfect when it comes to nutrition. You just have to learn to have balance between nutrition and exercise.
My Five Simple Nutrition Tips
- Drink water- drink half your body weight in water.
- Cut down late night snacking after dinner, if you must have a snack, try light fruits. Have a light healthy snack after dinner but not too late. Late and overnight snacks more easily contribute to extra calories and increase weight gain, which I know from working nights.
- Cut down sugar – I do not add sugar to tea or coffee. If I eat products which contain sugar I just make sure that there is no more than 15 grams. I limit my coffee to just cream when I work.
- Limit carbohydrates by eating more complex carbs such as sweet potatoes, cauliflower rice or oatmeal. You can also eat 100% whole wheat bread, pumpkin. I am still struggling with that one because I love bread and rice. I have used bulgur wheat for my substitution for rice. It is low fat, high fiber, high protein and rich in vitamins and nutrients.
- Limit sodium intake – reduce your intake of sodium to alleviate being bloated. When you go grocery shopping, please read the ingredients in your foods and you might be surprised at the amount of sodium in some of your favorite dishes.
“Just because you don’t see results after a day, or even a week, don’t give up. You may not see changes, but every smart choice you make is affecting you in ways you’d never imagine”.
- Dry cheerios, high in fiber, low calories and fat. I like to put some of dry cheerios to my Fage Greek Yogurt, gives it crunch taste.
- The yogurt I most prefer is Fage Greek Yogurt. I normally eat Chobani yogurt, but it is high in sugar and calories, while Fage Greek yogurt is low in calories, low in sugar and high in protein. My two favorite flavors are plain Fage Greek Yogurt and strawberry. If I go with plain Fage Greek Yogurt, for extra taste, I just add fresh fruits to it.
- Fresh fruits – helps to reduce sugar carvings. Watermelon is high in water content and reduces sugar level.
- Water – I love drinking water . You can add strawberries for a sweet water taste. Also, you can add cucumber which makes it taste light, cool and refreshing. Try to drink half your body weight of water. For example, if you weight 130 divide by 2, that would = 65 oz. water daily. Drinking water promotes weight loss, increases energy, maintains regularity and is great for your skin.
- Thin Addictive Cranberry Almond Cookies – 90 calories per serving, low in fat, low carbs and they help you avoid unnecessary in between meals. They come with real fruit and almond, and have no artificial flavors.
- Emerald 100 calorie packs ( Cashews and Almonds with dried cranberries) – only 100 calories, 3g of protein, and contain good fats.
- Reduced sugar dried cranberries (50% less sugar) ¼ cup is 100 calories – high fiber, 14grams of sugar. ( I like to add it to my salad or snack on it)
“Every day is another chance to get stronger to eat better to live healthier and to be the best version of you”
MY story published In Report, New York Presbyterian Department of Nursing, my article is in Summer 20018, Volume 15, Issue 1, on page 13.
I have been a nurse for six year and in that time I have worked on the medical floors, step down units and now the ICU. In all these areas I have taken the time to talk with many patients to understand their needs and determine what I must do to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. As they lay on their backs trying to get better and sometimes fighting for their lives, a common message is often echoed to me, “don’t get sick, do the things necessary to keep yourself well” For a long time I did not understand what they meant by this but after visiting my doctor about a year and a half ago I learn what it meant. As I have been advancing my career as a nurse and teaching patients how to take care of themselves, I was not taking care of myself. I was not eating right, exercise or getting enough sleep. As I was conquering the challenges of a career here at a New York Presbyterian Hospital, I was not making sure my foundation was strong. Nursing practice should be built on a strong foundation, how I could tell my patients to be healthy if I was not practicing what I preached. I recognized that I had a problem and need a change so I simply set out to lose weight but it turned into a passion that I needed to share.
In December of 2016 after visiting my doctor, I came to the realization that I was 30 pounds overweight. My uniforms were tight and I feared that when I bend down to pick up objects from the ground, my pants would rip. I was also not sleeping well, eating junk food for all my meals, and I started to get short of breath during my usual activities. I remember performing AM care on my patient, and when I was done, my patient turned to me asked me if I was ok because I was short of breath and sweating. As a Nurse I was not practicing self care, I was not eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, or exercising. I remember going to my doctor for a checkup, and when I stepped on the scale, I was surprised at the amount of weight gained. I felt ashamed because I am a Registered Nurse. At that moment I wondered how I would be able to help my patients, if I cannot take care of myself.
I started to exercise and eat right and to motivate myself; I would post my progress on social media. I learned to cook new foods; I incorporate exercise into my daily routine along with work and made time for sleep and rest. I started taking vacations and making time for mental rest. …….. After six month the weight started to melt away and I could feel the weight lose and my health improve. I was inspired to share more on social media. I want others to have my success. This was my greatest challenge and I met the expectations. I need to share this with the world, I was sure there were other nurses that were in the same predicament.
I created my Lose Weight Not Faith blog to motivate others nurses and people in general to make their health a priority because we only have one body. We must take care of it. This is my Lose Weight Not Faith blog, created to help people lose weight from my personal experience. I have lost 30 pounds and I am sharing everything I have learned about losing weight and making my health a priority to others. Lose Weight Not Faith blog is connected to NYBehealthy mission statement to “engaging our employees in their own wellbeing & supporting them in achieving their individual health goals”. I am encouraging the CCU staff to lose weight by sharing my fitness tips, nutrition advice, and workouts. Most people struggle with nutrition part of losing weight so I am providing detail recipes ideas to make.
Lose Weight Not Faith blog is connect to the autonomy of Nursing Professional Practice Model because I am helping my colleagues to be accountability for their weight loss by teaching them to track their progress by taking before and after pictures to track he or she progress and to see results. Another way I show my colleagues is accountability is for them to step on the scale daily or weekly. You need to know your numbers, so you can push harder. Just remember this number is the starting point and not finish line. Lose Weight Not Faith blog is connect to the evidence based practice of Nursing Professional Practice Model because I am showing my colleagues that it’s possible to lose weight working night shift and practicing self care. Plus, my weight loss results speak from themselves.
Lose Weight Not Faith blog is empowering my colleagues to be successful in their weight loss and make their health a priority. Our bodies are capable of anything. It’s our minds that we have to convince. I am also encouraging my colleagues in becoming healthier by showing them that they do not need to go to a fancy gym or go on extreme diets to lose weight. I workout at home by using DVDs for cardio, strength training and kickboxing. The DVDs range from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Also, I use Popsugar Fitness on YouTube and Pinterest to change up my workouts. My workout equipment includes two 5 pound dumbbells, two ten dumbbells, a twenty pound kettle bell, a yoga mat, and resistance bands.
In the beginning of my weight loss journey not everyone was on board of my eating healthy and working out, but after my colleague saw my results and my success they know weight loss is possible. A couple of months ago, a colleague came to me and said she was motivated to work out because she saw how disciplined and consistent I was with my weight loss and healthy eating. She and I sat down to talked about ways to work out and shared meals ideas. I guess you can never know who you can inspired by living your life and your truth. My blog site https://loseweightnotfaithblog.com
“There is always light at the end of the tunnel if you believing in your dreams”. Thanks for supporting and following my blog. Please do not stop believing in your dreams or your goals, whether they are smaller or bigger; just have faith your time is coming. We limit our own dreams and goals.