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Lose Weight the Healthy Way – New Tools

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on January 21, 2009

New Tools Added to the Balance Program

Balance Program members:

Besides getting an 8-step system and working one-on-one with dietitian Lisa Nelson, you also get unlimited use of our tools where you will find life balance exercises, cooking tips, exercise demos, Pilates video, and more!

The tools section of the Balance Program is continually updated. Here are three new fabulous resources:

1. The Dirty Dozen Organic Food Guide
This guide will show you which foods have the most pesticide residues and which have the least.

2. Functional Foods: The Secret to Weight Loss, Decreased Aging, and Health
Learn about the phytonutrients in foods that can improve your heart health, immune system, aid your body in detoxing, and decrease your risk of cancer.

3. 28 Foods under 25 Calories
You may be surprised at some of the foods that make the list. Learn how to add these foods to your meals so you can eat more food, feel satisfied, control blood sugar, and reach your weight loss goals.

Just login to your Balance Program and go to the Tools section in the upper right hand corner!

Not currently a member? Sign up today with the coupon code “bestyou” for $25 off! Use dietitian code 3019.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD
Lose Weight the Healthy Way

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Weight Loss Resolution – Tips to Stay Motivated

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on January 1, 2009

New Year’s is just around the corner and you know what that means. . .New Year’s Resolution! Every year you set a goal to make a change for the better. This should be a time of great excitement; however, you may be approaching it with a sense of dread instead. Will you achieve your goal? Or will it end up being another resolution that falls to the wayside?

The statistics are not very encouraging. Most people give up on their New Year resolutions within three weeks. According to one discouraging study, only 8% of American’s actually achieve their New Year resolutions!

How will you keep yourself motivated and make this the year you achieve your goals?

Here are five key strategies to stay motivated:

1. Set realistic goals.

Set a goal you know you can achieve. If you are currently inactive, it’s unrealistic to set a goal to run 5 miles three times a week. Instead, set a goal you can achieve, such as “I will walk 30 minutes 3 days a week.” Realistic goals can be motivating because once you achieve your goal you can set a new one! This allows you to “see” the progress you’re making. Which brings us to the next important strategy. . .

2. Set measurable goals.

Measurable goals make it possible to track your progress. For example, instead of setting the goal “I will eat out less this year” change it to “I will eat out no more than once a week this year”. By setting measurable goals you can easily track if you are sticking with your goals.

3. Write your goals down.

Writing down your goals makes them “real” versus keeping a mental list. Post your resolution where you will see it everyday as a reminder and added motivation.

4. Tell a friend.

Share your goals with others. This provides a sense of accountability. It’s much easier to let yourself down, but when you’ve shared your plan with someone else, there’s often an increased desire to succeed.

5. Reward Yourself!

When you achieve a goal, reward yourself. It’s important to recognize your accomplishments and treat yourself. Just make sure your treat is in line with your goal. If you want to lose weight, this isn’t the time to treat yourself to an ice cream sundae. Consider other small rewards you’d enjoy, such as a good book, new music CD, or new pair of shoes.

You increase your chance of success if you take it one step at a time. I wish you all the best on your journey to heart health and weight loss!

Go to http://www.eNutritionServices.com to sign up for The Heart of Health ezine and receive regular tips from dietitian Lisa Nelson. You’ll also receive the free report “Stop Wasting Money – Take Control of Your Health” or the free e-course “8 Essential Steps to Lower Cholesterol Naturally”.

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Wear a pedometer for heart health and weight loss!

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on August 29, 2008

Wearing a pedometer is a simple way to track your activity.  

First, wear a pedometer everyday for a week and write your daily steps on a calendar.  By the weeks end, you’ll have a idea of how much you move each day. 

Next, find ways to increase your steps, such as an extra walk, taking the stairs versus the elevator, parking further from the store, etc.  

Make your final goal 10,000 steps (~5 miles) each day!

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
The Heart of Health

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Use the “talk test” to monitor fitness.

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on August 1, 2008

Have you been working out regularly, but not seeing the results you want?  Are you working hard enough?
 
A quick and simple way to check your workout intensity is the “talk test”. 
 
If you can talk with no trouble, pick up the pace.
If you can talk, but need to take a breath every 4-5 words, you’re right on track.
If you’re gasping for breath after every word, slow down!
 
Check yourself the next time you workout. . .you may need to find a higher gear!

All the best,
Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

P.S. Don’t forget to get your subscription to The Heart of Health!

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Use local events for fun and health!

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on June 13, 2008

On Saturday, May 31st, a girlfriend and myself participated in a 10K run in Livingston, MT.  Fortunately, the rain forecast held off until afternoon and it was a great morning to be outside.  This is the second organized event I have recently participated in and I can’t say enough about the experience.  I use to be hesitant to sign-up for these events thinking there is no way I can keep up with everyone else.  Well, let me tell you, there are a wide variety of athletes participating.  Some sprint to the finish, others walk.  There is room for everyone!  We jogged pushing a stroller.  Nothing like a crying baby to get you moving a little faster.

I encourage you to find out what events are in your area and sign up.  Gives you a break from your normal workout routine!

Enjoy the upcoming weekend, Lisa

P.S.  Don’t forget to go to http://www.eNutritionServices.com and sign-up for The Heart of Health.  I have put together a great bonus for new subscribers:  Stop Wasting Money – Take Control of Your Health!

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Stop Wasting Money – Take Control of Your Health

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on May 9, 2008

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