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Get Ready for 2009: Thoughts About Food, Exercise and Happiness for January

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Time to break open a New Year and get to the juicy center. Regardless of how bad things are, they’re not so bad generally that you can’t think about improving your life. Like maybe your health. I’m not going to preach at you about New Year’s resolutions and such. No, I’m going to yell at you! Only a bit, though…

It’s About Calories

To lose weight, you need to take in less food energy than you use. It’s just that simple, and just that hard. No magic. However, we’re surrounded by oppotunities to take in too many calories, from the chips on your counter to the candy bowl at work and beyond. Combine that with so many convenient excuses not to exercise and you’ve got a Bad Situation On Your Hands.

Get Up, Get Out and Move

Habits matter, including a sedentary lifestyle. Yes, I’m hollering at all you mouse potatoes out there! (Including me.) Take up something new, something that gets you moving around for 30-60 minutes a day. That’s all it takes.

Don’t Go Crazy

No, you don’t have to take up the marathon today. Walking a few blocks would be a nice start, though. Put a stationary bike (the one you’ve got stashed in the garage would do nicely) in your study, and pedal for a while as you watch the Food Network on your computer. Work up to a nice level.

And for sure, ask your doctor if what you’re about to attempt is suitable for you. He may even have some good ideas about how to get the most good from your precious investment of time in this area.


It’s About Calories AND Nutrition

I should have also noted above that nutrition matters. There are foods that can help you ramp up your metabolism a bit. I’m not talking quick fixes, as most of us would like. Those often don’t work. Balanced nutrition helps, though. Going “on a diet” isn’t starving, if it’s going to work long-term.

Relearn How to Cook, and How to Eat

Here at the Chile Underground, we’ll be putting up a lot of healthy recipes in the coming months. We’re not going to limit ourselves to January for this effort either! We plan to help with tips on how to re-shape your thinking and habits, so you can be successful re-shaping your body.

Just in case you think we’re doing this only for you: Yes, we’re planning to eat our own advice in these matters. During the recent Holidays we ate like Michael Phelps and exercised like a sloth. Timem to swap those around!

Some Things Never Change (And They Shouldn’t)

We don’t propose that you change everything. Or even a lot of things. Permanence is what we’re seeking here: Steady activities and eats that we can enjoy, so we’ll stick with them long enough for them to positively affect our health. Anything else is waste.

The Chile Underground Challenge

So you say you’re ready to change. Let us know what you’re trying, and how it’s working for you. Tell us what you want to see in the way of recipes, we’ll look something up in our files and adjust to fit. Plan on lots of chile peppers! They’re healthy too, and we plan several “exposes” on those benefits.

We also plan to publish our health goals, and how well we’re achieving them. We invite you to share your ideas and goals too! Once somebody else knows what I’m trying, they can give me encouragement. Or, in my case, they can embarrass me into complying. Either way, I win.

The short answer is, we’re with you. We even hope to be ahead of you, on the health front. So I guess I’ll take a pass on that nice looking, cream-filled, chocolate-covered doughnut, just this once…

Enjoy the (Getting Healthy) Heat!

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