WEEK 1:

  1. If you don’t already eat breakfast, START eating breakfast. You should eat something within 15 –30 minutes of waking up! If you don’t do this, your metabolism is slowed significantly for the rest of the day.
  2. Start drinking at least one cold glass of water and one piece of whole fruit with each meal (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Water is one of the best things you can put in your body to help boost your metabolism!  Aim for 6 - 8 glasses each day.
  3. Eat at least one serving of veggies with each meal (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  4. Keep a nutrition journal! It doesn’t have to be fancy, either -- just a simple little notebook will do… a portable place for you to easily write down EVERYTHING that you eat. It’s amazing how much more reluctant we are to eat something unhealthy if we have to write it down and account for it! In fact, many studies have also shown that women (and men) of all ages are extremely dishonest with themselves about the food they eat. Across the board, we eat way more sweets, fats, oils, and grainy treats than we think we do. At the same time, we also tend to be extremely over-optimistic about our fruit and veggie intake.

I’m not saying that we TRY to deceive ourselves about our food habits… but this doesn’t change the fact that we DO. The problem is that people simply are not very good at judging their own dietary intake until they start measuring and keeping accurate records of what they actually eat. (My research has shown that women who write down what they eat consume about 700 calories less than those who don’t!) Crazy, right?!