Weekly Wisdom

Topic 28:

ESCAPING “FOOD PUSHERS” TRAPS

This time of year gets busy with back to school functions, commitments, sports, tail gaiting, and Pumpkin Spice everything! Planning is crucial to stay on plan and continue to make progress toward your goal.

Anticipate that “food pushers” will almost always be part of these events. Regardless of their motives, your ability to stand firm against “food pushers” and the sabotaging thoughts they ignite will allow you to escape these “traps.” Remember that you never need to give a reason to turn down food, and many times, the simple repetition of the words “no thanks” can work wonders.

Of course, planning and feeling confident in handling the event is also the key to success. Will you eat before or bring your own food/snacks? Will you practice other responses ahead of time, like “I’m not hungry,” or “I may have some later,” or “I have some dietary restrictions right now”? Will you strategize with whoever is accompanying you for support? Kids are great at this! Develop a strong plan for what you will and will not eat. Consider the legitimacy of your weight-loss goal; you are entitled to resist “food pushers” and gain the benefits and rewards of weight loss and improved health!

Also, consider that it’s not your responsibility to make others feel good about their food choices by joining in, and you may be a strong, healthy example that convicts others to consider healthier habits!

“Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.”

Did you know?

Cinnamon is an excellent spice to help stabilize blood sugars, lower LDL cholesterol, fight cancer cells, and it acts as an anti-inflammatory and contains manganese, fiber, iron and calcium

Recipe of the Week!

Shift Iced Coffee

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp nutmeg
1½ tsp ground allspice
1½ tsp ground cloves

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Use a funnel to add to a small container you can keep in a cool dry cabinet.
3. Sprinkle it in your oatmeal, vanilla shake or pudding, your coffee, or many of our ShiftSetGo recipes!