Happy New Year! First, I want to remind you about our very first Mississippi Women Bloggers meet-up! I hope you’re able to join us. We are so excited to meet you and hear from you! We want all of your questions – whether that’s related to your own blog or related to what MSWB is doing for you and with you! Please RSVP here.
I am so excited to introduce our January Blogger of the Month! With the beginning of a new year, we are all beginning our New Year’s Resolutions and for the majority of us, that begins with “getting back in shape” or “eating healthier.” Rebecca is a registered dietitian and she’s going to help us begin the New Year on a healthy foot. If you’re someone who continues to make the same New Year’s Resolution without much progress, then you’re going to love what Rebecca has in store for you this month as we begin this journey together – creating a healthier Mississippi that we can all be proud of! Regardless of what your resolution might be though, healthy or not, I hope you’re inspired by Rebecca this month to begin any journey you’ve set your sights on! Cheers to 2015, may it be the best year for all of us and our blogs!
Happy New Year! I am so thrilled (honored) to start 2015 off as your blogger of the month. When I learned that the topic of conversation would be “begin” I began to meditate on the infinite possibilities woven into five letters. By definition, begin means to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of an action; start. To begin means to come into existence; arise; originate: to succeed by slightest extent.
That is precisely what I intend to do with this platform throughout January. To help you begin, or jumpstart a balanced and healthy lifestyle that will last a lifetime. In no way will we finish this journey in 5 weeks, but we can certainly “begin” the exploration with 5 food and behavior strategies rooted in good science and my personal experience.
There is not a single person on the planet that doesn’t want to be healthy or obtain a positive relationship with food, but there are unlimited reasons why so few achieve it. For one, we are educated above our level of obedience when it comes to wellness. You and I both know that apples are healthier than French fries, per say, but the average American still eats four servings of those greasy sticks weekly! What about the one that gets moving and loses the weight, only to “fall off the wagon” and revert back to unhealthier patterns? And, let’s not forget the monster “emotional eating.”
As registered dietitian and nutritionist, I believe that for the majority of people seeking to live a healthier lifestyle, counting calories, stressing over grams and ounces is just not necessary. In fact, it is the very reason many don’t even care to try, it’s too complicated, and no fun! My philosophy is that you don’t have to control every eating circumstance (it’s impossible, I’ve tried), but you can approach every circumstance in the most balanced way with a few key strategies in your pocket.
A strategy is a method or plan chosen to bring about a desired future, such as achievement of a goal or a solution to a problem. This month I will arm you with my top 5 food and behavior strategies to choose a healthy, well balanced diet. They are so silly simple that you won’t believe this is all it takes to be healthy and reach your goals for the long term.
This is not a diet. These are road signs or guiding lights pointing the way to the healthiest choices. The extent you want to follow these principals is up to you – that’s the good part. Obviously, the more serious you are about implementing them, the better the results.
I’d be thrilled if you would “begin” this year thinking about your health in a whole new light and allow me to be your guide. Encourage your family, office, or friends to join the conversation and gather, grow, and connect our communities to explore balanced and healthy living in the New Year! Who’s ready?
**Rebecca’s blog is currently under construction, but she would love for you to connect with her on many other social media platforms**
Rebecca Turner MS RDN CSSD LD