If you don’t have the slightest idea, a great start would be asking yourself, what are your personal “health” goals?
That’s exactly where I and anyone else who’s looking for change in their health need to start.
Know Your Goal
Let’s look at the most common “health” goals I come across:
prevention of disease
better quality of life
advancing athletic performance
getting rid of all your BELLY FAT just to look good in your “birthday suit”.
So what will it take in order to fulfill any of the above?
Laser focus on the things which take precedence.
What to Eat
- Consciously eat nutrient-filled food
- To improve gut absorption which leads to gut health
- To improve your body’s composition and lessen the chances of disease
- Sufficient amounts of quality food to deliver your body its macro and micro nutrient requirements
Steps to take => BEFORE YOU EAT – THINK OF THIS?
What NOT to Eat
- Cut back on the body’s main fuel form – CARBS!
- What are carbs?
- Everything that TASTES good, but AREN’T the best choices for you.
- Don’t drink your calories – instead water, water, water.
- AVOID foods that harm you
- Likewise, NOT eating enough meals harm your objective.
When you skip meals or don’t eat enough meals the end result is an impedment in your metabolic goal.
Mind your business of SPEEDING your metabolism to BURN FAT, effectively. And that’s how you go from unhealthy to healthy, or from ok health to super health.
Let me guess.
The alarm didn’t go off?
Kids, acting up and didn’t want to get dress?
You got a flat on your way to work?
I’m not a big breakfast eater?
Excuses. Excuses. Excuses.
We, on the whole, can come up with the easiest and sometimes craziest excuses to forgo a nutritious breakfast.
If our jobs depended for us to eat healthy for bonuses, raises, and promotions, how many of you would reconsider your meal selections?
Ask yourself that question. Then, think about it. Hmmmm…
However, what if I said at times when you believed you were making the right choice, in actuality, you were bamboozled!
Can you imagine that? (Hopefully, you sense my sarcasm.)
A product glorified as a healthy choice, yet, once dissected unravels a whole different story.
Calories in Low Fat Blueberry Muffin
Now granted, we all have been guilty of walking into one of our favorite morning places (you know the kind that serves premium coffee and an eye-popping selection of pasteries) and thought, “Let me grab something quick to put in my stomach – it’s better than nothing!”
Well – is it better than nothing?
The nutrition facts about show and tell me different.
Still can’t figure it out?
Let me help you.
Most fat in muffins comes from plant oils, which are rich sources of “good” fats–the unsaturated fats that are healthy for the heart. When the fat’s cut back, what’s left? White flour and sugar-refined carbohydrates that the body breaks down in a flash, leading to a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin, followed by a rapid drop, and an all-too-quick return of the hunger pangs that led you to eat that muffin in the first place. It’s a perfect recipe for weight gain, masquerading as a “better-for-you” choice
Nutrition Source Harvard School of Public Health
And if that doesn’t get your attention how about the fact since low-fat choices, typically, aren’t as flavorful as their full-fat counterparts, makers are quite heavy on the salt.Check it out for yourself.
What are your options?
In, BETTER THAN YOUR BREAKFAST CEREAL, BAGEL, OR TOAST, I share with you three QUICK ways to get not only something to fill your tummy, more so, powerfully packed NUTRITIOUS selections that’ll last you until way after you hit the pavement running.
Since, you’re at this point you might as well check it. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain (except weight).
Here’s your answer: BETTER THAN YOUR BREAKFAST CEREAL, BAGEL, OR TOAST
There’s a huge seesaw battle on the significance supplements should play in a person’s regimen.
I eat clean.
My plates are colorful.
My water intake is plenty.
And I don’t count calories.
However, I was curious to see what the outcome would be if I used About.com’s Calorie Count Meter.
My Report Card
By the end of this day I earned a B+ rating.
Well, the end result read like this:
Carbs = Too Low
Sat Fat = Too High
Fiber = Too High
Vit A = Too Low
Calcium = Too Low
Iron = Too Low
(only noted the “poor” grading)
Not being an expert on nutrition, I reflect my daily meals selection, and from what I can recall I did really well by my own standards.
So, where did I go wrong?
As I mentioned yesterday, “Through the hustle and bustle of extracurricular activities, parent-teacher conferences and homework, making sure we are getting proper nutrition can be difficult.”
Unfortunately, even if you’re eating right, you’re still probably not getting enough vitamins and nutrients from your diet for optimum health. Many of today’s foods don’t pack the nutritional punch they did years ago. According to a report published in the Journal of HortScience, the average vegetable found in today’s supermarket is anywhere from 5% to 40% lower in minerals (including magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc) than those harvested just 50 years ago.
“Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements,” according to the statement in JAMA. Physicians are paying attention.
Did you know that 72 percent of physicians personally use dietary supplements?
Obviously, supplementing is an ideal road map for health.
“What do I want?”
“What do I need?”
“What do I have?”
In a perfect world, checking yourself, before eating would benefit you and aid in accomplishing your goals.
BUT, there is a loophole when approaching eating this way.
Through the hustle and bustle of extracurricular activities, parent-teacher conferences and homework, making sure we are getting proper nutrition can be difficult.
Preparation Meets Opportunity
The trick is to make sure that you change the way you shop, which, can make choosing a healthy meal or snack
No Longer A Factor
This theory would minimize the struggle even if you have a family, and cant shop just for yourself.
Making healthy choices by setting healthy boundaries.
You know, when I began writing these posts I had no clue where I was going to go with this. I had no idea what material I would focus on. I only had one intention.
My intent for these posts, like many others, is to optimize your intelligence on nutritional information that can help you choose a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet – better yet lifestyle.
I’m fully aware, the majority, will not take heed of my posts or comments; however, that’s perfectly okay.
The bigger picture is this, according to Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 in recent years nearly 15 percent of American households have been unable to acquire adequate food to meet their needs.
Likewise, many other Americans consume less than favorable consumption of certain nutrients, despite, having adequate resources for a healthy diet.
One Of A Kind
Most people trying to live a healthier lifestyle, possess the tools needed, however, they just don’t know WHERE to begin. They stay in a status of “paralysis” and usually don’t take ANY action at all.
Nevertheless, the recommendations should be met easily through REAL, delicious and wholesome foods in order to boost metabolism, feel energized, and lose tons of fat at the same time.
Dietary Guidelines recommendations:
• maintain calorie balance over time to achieve and sustain a healthy weight.
• Focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods and beverages.
Despite this fact, many of you are faced with the endless list of hopeless diets.
Diets, assume that anyone can follow their restrictions, which is far from the truth.
You are unique.
Your body is unique.
You are one of a kind!
You want to lose weight? You want a healthier lifestyle? You want more energy? Take it from me there’s something you can do about it.
You don’t have to live your entire life feeling lethargic, mentally fogged, and confused.
From personal experience, it feels GREAT to invest in my own health and well being.
Now it’s YOUR turn.
It’ll literally be the single best thing you will ever do – for YOU!
I started this blog as a means to express my thoughts to a greater audience. Previously, I wrote only for the privacy of myself, but, as time progressed I heard a voice in the silence. It was MINE. I just had things on the brain which needed to escape. I needed an outlet. So, I traded in the solace of my apartment, notebooks, sprinkled with a casual expression in public conversation and birthed my impregnated ideas on “e-paper”.
Out of the millions of readers on the internet, my purpose is to grab the attention of only a specific genre of people. Those looking for a solution or resolve in their situation, a health problem to fix, whatever it is that is going on in their life health wise.
I’m fully aware this approach and many of my topics won’t be for everyone. I’ve always been an untraditional person, a rebel, finding a way to go against the grain. I’m sure these blogs will come across individuals who will not like them or could care less. Many folks may choose to be skeptical towards what I’m going to say this year, but that’s fine, we all have an opinion. We have the liberty and freedom – a choice to choose.
I’ve come to the full understanding, God did not create me to please everybody, that’s an impossible task. I’m suppose to provide assistance to a specific group of people who are seriously interested and seriously needing the help. So this may not be for you, however, it may be for someone you know, love and care about. This person, typically, searches the internet for alternatives. This someone tends to search consistently, but only ends up at a dead end.
Maybe this blog is their ticket. Maybe it’s the hope or break they’ve longed and prayed for. Maybe it’s there answer.