Food rules: your own personal dietary guidelines – Guest Post

While there’s plenty to be said for the tried-and-true strategy of daily calorie counting, many people seem to easily manage their weight by simply following a few “food rules” they’ve set up for themselves.  They know which foods (or eating behaviors) get them into trouble – and they also know that as long as they stick to their self-imposed rules, it doesn’t take much more than that to keep their weight in check.

For instance, here are a few of my food rules:

  • I don’t drink fruit juice
  • I have a fruit and/or vegetable at every meal and snack
  • I don’t drink wine during the week
  • I don’t eat deep-fried foods

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Active Weekend: Hiking in Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

Hiking is an absolutely brilliant way to keep active over the weekend as it combines exercise with fresh air and a bit of sightseeing. Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve is a great place to feed your hiking mojo as it is an incredibly beautiful as well as actively challenging place to spend a few hours. Take along a bottle of water and a snack and explore these selfie-worthy surroundings at your leisure, or push yourself to complete a trail in a specific amount of time. Either way: breathe deeply and marvel at the beauty around you.

If you’d like to join some of the Herbalifers on their hiking trips contact us for more information.

Building Your Own Balanced Diet from the Ground Up – Guest Post

In truth, we’re all on a diet every day. We each have our own dietary habits and patterns that make up our usual “diet”. Sometimes we make changes to that diet – often to cut down on our calories – in which case you might say you’re “dieting” or “on my diet” (that is, until a few weeks later… when you’re “off my diet”).

What Makes a Diet Good or Bad?

There are certainly “good” diets and “bad” diets – we all know people who choose foods carefully and eat well, just as we know others who seem to eat nothing but fast foods and soda. And, if you need to lose weight, then “dieting” – in the most general sense – is probably a good thing. But it really depends on how you approach your weight loss.

If your weight loss diet is one you can stick with, is well-balanced and leads to a healthy rate of weight loss, then yes, in that case dieting is definitely “good”. But, if the weight loss diet you’re attempting to follow is unbalanced, if it’s so strict that you can’t stick with it, or if it’s so low in calories that you have no energy or you lose weight too quickly, I’d say that’s “bad”. (more…)

How Your Dining Companions Influence Your Food Intake – Guest Post

The amount of food you eat at a meal is influenced by many factors – how hungry you are, how the food tastes, and even environmental factors like the color of the room, the lighting or the noise level. But there’s another big factor that can’t be overlooked – your dining companion (or companions) can greatly influence how much you eat, too.

The research in this area is really interesting. What it tells us is that the amount we eat at a meal is influenced not only by the eating habits of the person we’re with, but also the number of people who are at the table. And, even the gender of the person sitting across from you can have an impact.

Whether you’re aware of it or not, the way you eat in a social situation (as opposed to what you do in private) is influenced by something called modeling – in essence, you pattern your eating behaviors after the behaviors of those around you. As you eat with other people, their behavior influences your perception of what is the “right” amount of food to eat in a certain situation and, by modeling them, you tend to follow suit.

Light vs. Heavy Eaters as Dining Companions

When you eat by yourself, it’s a bit easier to pay attention to your body’s signals that tell you when you’re hungry and when you’re full. That’s one reason why it’s often easier to control your intake when you eat alone. But when you are modeling other people’s eating behaviors, it’s as if these internal signals have been dialed back. (more…)