Posted 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Entering a new year, alum shares nutrition, sleep, goal-setting advice from new book.
Alum shares nutrition, sleep, goal-setting advice from new bookWith a new year, many set new health goals. UW-La Crosse alumnus Gordon Fimreite’s new book, aims to help. “15 Steps to Healthy Living” combines current trends in health with age-old wisdom Fimreite learned from his grandmother, Olinda Fimreite, who lived to age 105. Fimreite hopes the book encourages readers to adopt the mindset that healthy living is a journey — not a destination. He adds that UWL helped develop his own healthy lifestyle through sports and recreational activities. He played football for four years and ran track for one. “I surrounded myself with other athletes and other like-minded students striving to be their best, which included advanced workout routines and nutritional knowledge,” says Fimreite. “UWL was the foundation of starting healthy living habits and subsequently goal setting and self discipline that came with it.”
Here are a few tips from the book:Tip No. 1: Write out your goals Years ago Fimreite heard a speech by Mark Victor Hanson, co-author of the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, who challenged the audience write “101 Lifetime Goals.” Fimreite did it and found them stashed away years later. “I was in shock with disbelief,” he writes. “I had accomplished many of those goals!” Writing out both personal and professional goals gives people an inner guide and map to set the course, says Fimreite. “It’s like programming a computer. If you write the software, the computer will perform the task. If you write down your goals (writing the software), your creative right brain and analytic left brain (the computer) will find a way to make your goal a reality.” Task
- Write a list of goals for the upcoming year
- Write another list of lifetime goals
- Write out your biggest successes or accomplishments from the previous year
- Write what you learned and how you grew
- Go to sleep and get up consistently at the same time
- Avoid bright light two hours before bedtime
- Watch caffeine intake
- Eat lightly and minimize liquids in the evening
- Create a quiet, cool, comfortable and completely dark sleeping environment
- Use smaller plates to encourage smaller portions
- Only eat to the point of not feeling hungry
- Eat four to five smaller meals throughout the day and two healthy snacks
- Eat metabolism boosting foods like almonds, beans, berries, cinnamon, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, chia seeds, and spinach.
- Eat high fiber foods to help you burn fat.
- Naturally-sweetened herbal teas
- Fresh fruit and vegetable juice
- Coconut water
- Unrefined maple syrup
- Brown rice syrup