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Tips to Get Food Fit

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

eatwellIf you’re hoping to get more fit in 2013 and change unhealthy habits, remember that small, persistent steps are the best way to reach your goals and stick with them. So let’s talk about some small steps to get you started…

Planning your meals ahead of time can make it much easier to ensure healthy ones. Like the old saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” (paraphrased)

Whether you want to simply get fit or lose weight, slowing down when you eat (and chewing thoroughly) is healthier. When you eat fast, you don’t know when you’ve had enough and you’ll keep eating. Proper chewing is also best for your digestion. If you’re a “fast eater” try listening to soft, comforting music. It may help you slow down and enjoy your food more!

A diet rich in natural vitamins and minerals from fresh whole foods, particularly fruit and vegetables, goes a long way in reversing health problems, including digestive disorders, aching muscles, depression, weariness and even skin disorders. Eat more fresh fruit and veggies to have beautiful skin and a healthy body!

Speaking of beautiful skin and a healthy body, don’t forget there is no liquid you can drink that even comes close to the benefits you get from drinking plenty of pure water! Water flushes toxins from your body and increases your energy. However, if you must have something other than water to drink, may I suggest tea instead of soda? The benefits of tea are excellent! Read more about tea here.

An American Medical Association Study reported that middle-aged women who drank one or more sweetened beverages daily gained more than 17 pounds on average over an 8-year period. Of course, the more you drink, the more you’ll gain.

One more point, adults should consume no more than 1,500mg of sodium per day but the average American consumes more than 4,000mgs. How much is 1,500mgs? A little over 1/2 teaspoon, which equals 1200mgs. 3/4’s of a teaspoon equals 1,800.

What being food fit does for you…

Eating whole foods (slowly), cutting back on sodium, and drinking (a lot more) water will help you get healthier faster, maintain the weight that’s right for your body, feel and look better, have more energy and a brighter, more positive attitude. Barring the unforeseen, it can also help you live longer!

Isn’t that incentive enough to get food fit?

Do you think you are food fit? If so, tell us your secrets! If not, what are you willing to do about it? Let us know!

For more on eating well to be well, visit my other site Eat Well to Be Well >>

Getting Fit and Staying Fit

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going!” (Jim Ryun)

exerciseWe all know we “should” exercise and many of us will make resolutions to fit that into our busy lives. That’s a good thing! Don’t forget to add the fact that after exercising it’s good to relax for a few minutes in a sauna, if possible, or a very warm bath (not hot), if a sauna isn’t available. This is an excellent way to release fat stored toxins in your cells.

In addition, researches have found that exercising to music helps you to stay with it longer! So put on those tunes and have some fun while you exercise. In fact, the Brunel School of Sport and Education in England found that high-energy music listened to by treadmill runners had 15% more endurance and felt more positive afterwards!

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that we also incorporate strengthening moves 2-3 times each week. They are talking about exercise such as chin ups, squats, sit ups, push ups, leg lifts and the like.

Strength training boosts your metabolism, tones your body, improves posture, increases bone density, reduces risk of injury, reduces anxiety and eases depression! Learn more about strength training at Wikipedia >>

Walking is also a great way to keep fit and healthy. Do you have a pedometer? The number of steps recommended per day is a minimum of 10,000 to help you maintain good health. How many do you think you take? A pedometer is a great way to find out and give you an incentive to reach that goal.

If you have a tendency for muscle soreness after exercise, eat red and purple fruits (such as strawberries, blueberries and cherries). They contain antioxidants and anthocyanin compounds that effectively reduce inflammation, which causes that soreness. When it comes to fruit, fresh is best but frozen is okay, too. Canned fruits and vegetables will do in a pinch, just remember they have the lowest level of nutrients.

And, if you’re exercising to lose weight, also consider keeping a food journal. Those that do are much more likely to shed pounds and keep them off. It may be a little difficult to remember to keep a food journal, but once you start, keep at it. It will soon become a very healthy habit.

I’m sure you also know that refined, process foods are high in fat and sugar, so do your best to remove them from your daily diet. You’ll not only bolster your weight loss efforts, you’ll feel more energetic and healthier by far.

So, how about you?

Do you currently have an exercise routine you go through or are you planning to make it finally happen in 2013?