………Hello everyone and thank you for visiting my website.
I can see that the one thing on everyone’s mind is loosing weight and becoming healthier for the New Year!
Happy New Year 2019!
There are obvious signs every where, the gym, is loaded with resolution promising people to do better, sweating in the gym. The bike trail is full of runners, new faces, trying to get into a routine of running, walking and biking, which I promote. It’s all good. But the true fact for losing weight is Nutrition.
I remember working out hard, and feeling so good, only to sabotage that workout with poor nutritional choices. The reason is, I felt like I deserved to eat poorly after working so hard.
It’s our choice of food that really helps us lose weight.
Did you know that the total consumption of sugar is 6 tsp. for women and 9 tsp. for men!!!! Americans consume 17 tsp every day, which is translated to about 57 lbs per year!!! Now, work that off!!!!
Soft drinks are the most evil contributor to our sugar intake. And don’t even think about buying the sugar-free versions, because the labels that say no sugar or sugar-free, it is when sugar is taken out, and replaced by artificial products that are harmful to your body and cause you to gain weight.
My challenge on this blog is to cut out soft drinks, and other sugary drinks. All of them.
No , Sweet Teas, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Coke, Power Drinks, yes…. power drinks, Sprite, etc…….Stop it! Also, orange juice, apple juice, pineapple juice, all juices…. eat the fruit instead of the juice, 1 serving per day. Check the labels for sugar content and the serving size.
FYI, relax with a glass of wine: A glass of white wine = 1.5 g of sugar red wine for 5 oz. and = .9 g of sugar. I’m not promoting drinking alcohol here, but having a couple of glasses of wine it is very good for digestion and relaxing after a stressful day.
Food selections are easy too. Eat lean, meaning non fatty meats, such as fish, chicken, beef, pork, veal, and turkey, you can get lean cuts of all of these proteins. Avoid breaded or deep-fried, instead, choose grilled, baked, roasted or stir-fried. Rotisserie chickens are good to pick up at the grocery store too. I can’t leave the store without one.
Add lots of seasonings to your dishes, such as spices and citrus, (lemons, limes and oranges) salt, pepper, ginger, turmeric, low sodium soy sauce, hot sauce and real Butter! Yes Real Butter! and of course if you are making a salad, add avocado, and pine nuts, walnuts, olive oil infused with different herbs, delicious and light. This equates to mostly good Fats! Home made soups are great also, especially in the winter months.
Have all the food you like, but make it real.
I’m going to give you a simple example of what happens to our body when we eat crappy food. Eating a bag of chips increases our blood sugar, then the pancreas produces large amounts of hormone insulin to take the excess glucose out of our bloodstream. Eating carbs increases sugar and stores fat.
I encourage all of you to be active, walking is great, and do some weight bearing exercise throughout the week. Good luck with your resolutions for losing weight and getting healthier in 2019.
Make a memory every day, and don’t apologize for who you are…..rebecca