NUTRITION, DIET & EXERCISE – To stay healthy it is vital to living an active lifestyle.
Supplementing it with healthy nutrition, fitting in some exercise to help lose weight, so we can stay in the best shape possible.
The sad part about the fast-paced society we all live in these days, we have become worn down by the end of the day.
Our eating habits take a huge hit as a result of this, and we turn into couch potatoes and become overweight by doing so.
There are those who out there who are gifted enough that practice a daily healthy routine of remaining fit and eating healthy.
But this small percentage out there, make a conscious lifestyle change to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to remain healthy and fit.
If you are in that small category, I tip my cap to you.
NUTRITION, DIET & EXERCISE – WHY WE NEED THEM TO STAY HEALTHY
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NUTRITION, DIET & EXERCISE
What I believe is the problem we all face is that ingrained in our DNA is the notion to constantly change things around us.
We are the only species on this planet that invents new foods daily.
No other animal on this great earth suffers through the disease we do unless they were poisoned from foods they eat because of us.
Processed foods have become second nature to all of us, and with little to no nutritional value to these foods, we are becoming more and more of an overweight society.
Sorry to be a bit of a bummer here.
Animals in the wild can eat raw greens, fruit, and vegetables daily. Most meat-eating animals have a diet that consists of plant-eating animals that are relatively disease-free.
The problem we have today is that our farms have become mass-producing machines to keep up with the demand of this overpopulated planet.
We are pumping hormones and phosphates into our animals so they can get to the market faster and cheaper.
This is probably the reason why we have the problem of children developing faster than ever before because of the hormones in our meat and dairy products.
But there is still hope. We have the ability on our own gardens to grow raw organic fruits and vegetables to meet our daily nutrition requirements.
My Journey – How I Got Back Into Shape
I was going to post a picture of myself in this post when I was not in the best shape of my life, but I think I erased most of them.
I guess this is due to the fact I never wanted to see that side of me ever again.
When I was at my heaviest, I weighed just over 285 lbs, and I had my life change in an instant.
I was admitted into ICU one day and almost died. My body was shutting down on me, and I had no control over it.
After 10 days in the hospital, while being monitored 24/7, a simple piece of advice changed everything for me.
My doctor on my last day at the hospital said to me, “If you continue with your unhealthy lifestyle of poor nutrition, and little to no exercise in my daily routine, you will be back here again in six months and we might not be able to save you like we just did.”
Holy crap! Talk about not pulling any punches!
So after hearing this, I had to make a decision, do I live or do I die.
My time was not over by a long shot, so I had to make some dramatic changes in my life and it had to start with nutrition.
Change Needs To Happen
With more machines doing things for us now and it will continue, it has become a double edge sword.
Machines are freeing us up to do things we hated doing in the first place. But, that has set us back a few steps because machines have caused us to slow down more.
Case in point the lawnmower. Those sit down lawnmowers are so cool, but riding them with a beer and a Big Mac in both hands isn’t.
Are we destined for failure because of this? Absolutely not!!! We still have in our DNA the program to change.
We as a species can reverse this trend, but it does require a) dedication and b) follow through. This can be done no matter what your weight and activity level.
Make Your First Step To Change
Your first step to change is to make the decision in your life to become healthy and fit.
Once you have made the firm commitment to change, you are now on your way.
The next step is to sit down and evaluate your lifestyle and what it looks like today.
Try to be as honest as you can in terms of eating habits and exercise levels in order to be successful in your weight loss journey.
With your diet plan on eating healthy whole foods to put yourself in the right direction.
It’ll not only help you lose weight and help you feel better, but it will improve your quality of life. You’ll have more energy, and life just feels better when you are healthy.
They all have had their share of successes, so it is hard sometimes to know what to do.
I can only say, do your homework. You will find the right one that works for you and you will be more likely to stick to it and get the nutrition you will need going forward.
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Want To Do It On Your Own?
If you want to do it on your own, you can be just as successful if you know some basic rules.
1) Portion Control
Cutting down to smaller portions can help tremendously.
A great way to eat less food at one sitting is to drink a glass of water before you eat and then drink more water with your meal.
Water takes up a lot of space in your stomach, so you will feel full faster and water won’t give you any extra calories.
2) Drinking Water
Drink lots of clean pure water. Your body needs it and more than you think.
Most North Americans are in a state of semi dehydration. Water flushes out toxins, gets your bowels moving.
(Did you know that the amount of pain you feel from injury or minor aches and pains are directly proportional to how dehydrated you are? An interesting tid bit)
3) Eating Healthily Is A Priority
Consume raw fruits and vegetables as much as you can especially dark greens.
Cooked veggies lose some of their nutrients so eating a salad every day would benefit you.
Most of your vitamins and minerals are coming from fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables.
And try sticking to organic on this to avoid the pesticides and chemicals.
Make sure you are supplementing your meal plan with essential fatty acids like extra virgin olive oil and omega 3’s to avoid heart disease.
I prefer adding my raw vegetables and fruit into a Smoothie blend to ensure I am getting enough nutrition in my diet.
You need keeping the bowels moving and the combination of water and fiber will do the trick. The best fiber comes from fruit and whole grains.
But consider this: You would need to eat 10 bran muffins to get the same amount of fiber as in a half cup of raspberries.
Also when you eat foods with fiber, watch out for ones with starchy carbs in them.
Starchy carbs are as bad as sugar. I will go into sugar later.
The best source of protein is from meats like beef, chicken or turkey. But do limit the amount you eat at one time.
You don’t need a 10 or 12oz piece of meat at one sitting.
You can get protein from dairy and cheese but consume only small amounts because they digest too slowly.
Nuts are a source of protein, but they are high in fat so consume small amounts.
An egg white omelette or omega 3 eggs is the perfect go to healthy breakfast meal in the morning before a workout.
If you are missing your daily protein intake throughout the day, I suggest adding some whey protein powder into your diet.
Sugar, confectionary treats, sodas, junk foods and some processed foods are your enemy.
Nothing gives you weight gain and that sluggish feeling quite like this grouping. I am not saying you should never partake of them, but do so only occasionally.
We do after all need our cheat days once in a while. Just make them small portions in your meal plan.
7) Physical Activity
Find an exercise regimen that you like and will stick to.
Pretty much any exercise program will help you lose weight if you stick with it.
You will see on TV all the equipment people want to sell you but after watching for a bit you usually know what appeals to you or not.
You may just want to pop in a video and exercise with that.
Don’t forget drinking a recovery shake like Vega Sport Premium Protein afterwards to replenish the nutrients used in your workout.
8) Stay On Target
I can’t say enough about sticking with your program.
It takes time, and you can experience losses in the beginning when it seems it is not going fast enough, but if you stick with it, you will get your reward and you will reach your goal weight and have energy to burn.
Plus, adding a postworkout nutrition meal is important as well.
If you snack on a peanut butter sandwich with a banana will save your muscles to cannibalize themselves.
9) Nutritionist Or Doctor
And finally, because some of the food is deficient in nutrients, it’s a good idea to get some good vitamin supplements to assisting in getting our daily requirements in.
Getting it in food is the best but that is hard to do these days so find a qualified nutritionist to help you in selecting what’s best for you.