Cut the BS and Get Healthy Already

As a clinical psychologist and Weight Liberator, I often provide advice and creative ideas for ways to eat healthy, even in tricky situations. So when I was asked to speak about that on Fox 13 News, I had to bite. People are stressed, and there aren’t enough hours in the day it seems. People have all kinds of reasons, excuses, bs to not exercise or eat healthy.  The sad thing is that eating healthy food, exercising and practicing meditation enable us to be more productive, have more energy and jut feel better.  We all know we would benefit from a healthier lifestyle, but you need two things to make it happen, and sometimes three. One is motivation to do it. Eating healthy and being physically and mentally fit has to be a high priority.  Secondly you need to know what to do to be healthier.  The last thing you might need is a Weight Liberator nlike me to help you figure out the how and what as well as keeping you motivated.

First look at your diet and habits and see what needs to change.  Then pick one and start there.  Start with the easiest, what you will be most successful with.  Start out small.  If eating healthy to lose weight or improve health, begin by adding better foods and taking away bad foods gradually.  In other words, pace yourself.  For eating, you must plan and prepare.  And never go grocery shopping while hungry, because you will buy things you are working hard to avoid.  I have always been one to prepare several meals ahead of time and freeze them, but until last year I had no idea what I was missing. A slow cooker, aka crock pot. This thing is ideal for singles and busy moms.  You can make up to six meals at a time, freeze them in bpa free containers, then make some more meals.  Have choices when you open the freezer that aren’t in a box full of toxic preservatives.  Take the meals out and put them in the fridge the night before eating them.  All you have to do is have a recipe, or improvise, wash and cut your fruits/veggies, add your meat etc and walk away.  You can have this sucker cooking while you sleep, while at work etc.  It does the work for you. So the “I don’t have time” excuse doesn’t seem rational now does it?   If you don’t have 15 minutes to prepare food, you are too damn busy and need more balance in your life.  Once you get into a routine, before you know it, you’ll have 15+ meals in the freezer at a time ready to eat.  I like to thaw my meat dishes out and make several lettuce wraps with them.  I measure my food with a scale while portioning them out, so I know how many calories, grams of protein, fat and carbs I’m eating.  I also like to add them to salads.  The sky is the limit with what you can make.

Look at your budget. You are likely spending money on something less important than your health that you can do without.  Make being healthy a priority.  Nothing is more irritating than a smoker saying, I can’t afford to eat organic or that much produce….  Really?  You have to want to change, and if you don’t want to then just say so.  Excuses can be insulting to one’s intelligence sometimes. I do believe that due to high stress levels that people don’t know where to start or are too overwhelmed with other things to put forth the effort.  Weight loss tips are available daily that you can view on twitter.  These tips are for those who want to maintain their weight as well. So no excuses. Take a deep breath and get creative with solutions.  If you struggle with that, then seek help. If you reside in the Tampa Bay area, I can help.  I don’t care if you are suffering from the Superwoman syndrome, I will help you find creative solutions to be healthy.



Dr. Umfer is a licensed clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist in Tampa Florida. She specializes in weight loss and forensic evaluations, such as sex offender risk assessments, psychological evaluations for substance abuse, competency, fitness for duty, immigration etc. She has certifications in fitness and nutrition, clinical hypnotherapy and as a meditation instructor. She identifies herself as a Forensic Evaluator and Weight Liberator and strives to help clients become "Umferized" aka empowered and fulfilled.

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