Good-Bye French Fries! Healthy Diet
= Healthy Voice And Healthy Attitude
By Terry Daniel
Voice Actor and Coach
Around the coming of the New Year, millions of people around the world make the decision to get in shape and get healthier. When that day came for me, I was still fairly active throughout the week playing basketball.
However, my big weakness was breaded foods - especially the greatest invention that I could not say good-bye to Ė FRENCH FRIES!
Here's the problem: consuming foods that are high in carbohydrates - such as white bread, white potatoes, noodles, etc. - will cause you to feel tired throughout the day.
Why is this? These foods have very high levels of sugar, which cause your blood sugar to rapidly rise and require more and more of your energy to become absorbed. Therefore, before you know it, youíre crashing soon after you ate because of all of the work that your body had to do just to process all of that sugar.
MY ENERGY WAS DRAINED
You may be experiencing this day after day and not have any idea why it is happening. Until I changed my diet, I was just like that.
My body was being negatively affected in two different ways.
I decided I needed to make some changes. And I can now hear and feel the changes in my voice throughout the day.
My voice is now much stronger and lasts much longer because my energy levels are higher than they have been in years!
Let me break down my basic day for you and explain the changes I have made.
HOW I DID IT
I have always preached to my voice over students that they should stay away from cream in their coffee, but I was still at times putting it in mine. So now, in the morning, I normally stick to a cup of black coffee mixed with a lot of bottled water at room temperature.
Studies have proven that drinking lots of water works wonders for your voice.
In the afternoon, I get an extra boost by adding a little bit of honey to a cup of green tea, which makes a great afternoon beverage.
CUT THE BREAD
I used to eat a sandwich every day for lunch. But now I cut out bread, potatoes and pasta from my meal choices.
Instead, I eat a lot of soups, vegetables, fruit and meat/cheese.
And to get a little exercise in throughout the week, Tracy and I started running together. Itís been great in so many different ways - great for our bodies, attitudes, energy levels, and has even benefited our relationship in general.
LOSING WEIGHT, TOO
Until I jumped on the scale, I had no idea how much weight I had lost just by making these small changes in my exercise routine and diet.
Within one month, I lost 15 pounds! Now, that was a nice surprise.
I didnít have to join any weight loss program or follow a hardcore diet to see a drastic change in the way I feel and look.
So keep that in mind when you are thinking about resolutions. It doesnít take much to see a change; you just need to be consistent! If I can do it, so can you!
Please excuse me now as I go to Taco Bell to celebrate my accomplishment. Juuuust kidding!
ABOUT TERRY ...
Terry Daniel has been in voice overs for more than 20 years, today specializing in technical and medical narration. He volunteers his services for ASPCA - the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and is managing partner and creative director for the Voice Over Club, a voice over training organization.
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