It’s not too late to start. It is never too late. But, start today! When you start to move to something worthwhile, you will begin to feel the benefits right away. Usually it is a lightened heart.
So, yes, DREAM is all capitalized. Mnemonic? Yep. Let’s start with the ‘D’.
D – Diet. This doesn’t mean ‘go on a diet’. It means, what is your diet? Your nutrition? Is your diet good or is your diet bad? Should it be good? Do you want it to be good? Of course you do! So, what should you eat? Well, the Canada food guide is a good start. There is a lot of information there. Second, I don’t want to put too much emphasis on common sense, but really, I think you know what is bad vs what is good. For example, pop… good or bad? The white stuff in bacon (fat)… good or bad? Cheesecake… good or bad? Not eating vegetables for the whole day… good or bad? Common people, it’s not rocket science.
The second step to eating right is calorie or portion control. Measure, measure, measure!!! How many calories are you eating? How do you know? Hey, the good thing with those ‘good foods’ like broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, zucchini, and others, are low in calories. You could eat a huge plate full and still have less calories than a sandwich! How do I know? I measured! Did you know orange juice has as much sugar as pop? It does. I did the math.
The solution: Meal Plan. Print the Meal Planner off this website and laminate it. Get a non-permanent fine tip marker and now you have a re-useable Meal Planner. Write down your meals for the week and follow through! It is that easy. Remember to measure your portions.
My family does this. We meal plan every week. If we don’t, our nutrition goes out the door. Food gets wasted and more junk gets bought. Stay on track, use the meal planner.
Cheers from your Willow Park, Acadia, Fairview and area chiropractor,
Dr. Josh Lazzari
P.S. Stay tuned for the rest of the mnemonic!