Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fit Tuesday ~ FOOD!

Today I'm talking about food! Over the last few years I've had friends and co-workers ask me how I stay in such great shape. One thing is genetics. I get toned quickly and fairly easily because of my genetics. The other thing is, I work out. However, for various different reasons I have gone through periods of time where I couldn't work out. For example, the last 6 weeks up until yesterday, I couldn't work out due to hypertension. I didn't gain a pound. Why? Proper nutrition! Proper nutrition is crucial in order to get and stay in shape! You can work out twice a day and you won't see half the results you would if you're eating clean and working out just a few times a week. Guaranteed! Here are a few key guidelines I stress when it comes to nutrition:

1. Stay away from processed foods!! They are high in sodium, and full of other preservatives. 

2. Eat 6-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Seriously. Fruits and vegetables can be quite filling. If you're eating 9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, you will crave fruits rather than candy, and your body will thank you for it! 
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3. Drink water. Carry a large water bottle with you everywhere you go, and fill it up as needed. If you're drinking enough water you aren't likely to confuse thirst with hunger and eat when your body isn't hungry. You will also be flushing unhealthy toxins from your body and hopefully not drinking soda! I drink water all day long. I never drink soda and rarely drink juice. Staying hydrated is also really good for your skin!

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4. Keep your nutrition balanced. There are food groups because our body needs all of them!! Don't be scared of carbs!! If you're trying to lose weight, don't do it by cutting an entire food group out of your diet. That's not healthy. Make sure you're getting carbohydrates, protein, etc. Do NOT cut an entire food group!! Also, if you're trying to lose weight, don't go on a "diet." Diets are typically not sustainable over a long period of time. Eat clean (fresh, whole foods) and balanced, and exercise and your body should find a balance of where you should be weight-wise. 

5. I've said this before on the blog- Don't deprive yourself! I eat pretty clean. I eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, organic meats, and good carbohydrates. I also eat dark chocolate almost daily! It might just be a square or two, but I still have some. My belief is that if there's a certain treat you often crave, why think about it all the time and deprive yourself?? If you're exercising and eating healthy otherwise, have a small scoop of ice cream or a cookie or half a candy  bar at night! Why not? Moderation is the key here! 

What would should you change about your nutrition habits??
Is there anything you would like to see in an upcoming post?

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24 comments:

  1. So many great tips! I'm embarking on a 30-day fitness and nutritional revamp, so this is right on time. I'm so bad about drinking water and eating fruit. Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. I'd gotten off track quite a bit these past couple of days, but  I love healthy eating! I took a nutrition class last year and it completely opened my eyes to a lot  I didn't know before . You are so right with balance- if we all ate balanced diets, there's be no need for supplements unless you had a medical condition or were vegan!

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  3. Hey Krystle!

    I always need to drink more water! I am sooo bad at it. It has been my goal lately. I also always try to eat lots of fruits and veggies, but it is always nice to have a reminder!

    I just wanted to let you know I changed my twitter account, but I can't get rid of my old one because I forgot my password and deleted my old email account. :( I'm now @Makeupandjeans:twitter  also I made a Facebook Page and deleted my group. :) Just so you know. :)

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  4. You are so right. I am so bad at this!! I always forget to drink water, and I'm terrible at eating (in general). There are so many times where I get so busy I forget to eat, and then I end up feeling crappy. 

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  5. Great post, but I gave up meat about 3 weeks ago.  I do make sure that I stay on top of my organic vegetarian proteins.  I stay away from process soy and eat it in moderation.

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  6. Great post! I completely agree that we should be eating from all the food groups and avoid processed foods. Since both myself and my fiancĂ© can cook, we hardly ever eat processed foods. Although, he does have a mild addiction to wheat thins, and I certainly love my ice cream! :) I need to get the ice cream maker attachment for my kitchen aid so I can make my own! Thanks for sharing the info!

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  7. Awesome post!!!  I feel like people are trained to like foods that are terrible for them--raising three kids I feel like I'm constantly swimming upstream with well-meaning family members who want to "spoil" my kiddos with unhealthy foods.  They LOVE strawberries...why not treat them with strawberries!!??  lol

    I am a caffeine-aholic!  OMGosh...I have no idea what my life would look like without my morning coffee (black) and my noon diet coke, and my afternoon tea...and I always save room for chocolate peanut butter ice cream  LOL

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  8. Love these tips! I try to eat 5 servings of veggies a day but it's so hard!

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  9.  I drink alot of water...  I love coffee though, but a little caffeine is good for you ( like everything else in moderation) I think I've learned the hard way, but finally created a good eating system, especially when you are on-the-go! When your'e travelling that is often the worse eating habits, but I bring my own food sometimes with me.  Thanks, Informative post  :)
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  10. I eat fairly well, no sodas, but way too much coffee and I am an awful nibbler at work... I wish I could stop (i work in a restaurant) aside from that I always have porridge or granola for breakfast and salads for luch.. fish for dinner.. (and a few cookies for dessert....  oops

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  11. Food is my downfall...I am such a picky eater it's hard to find healthy food that I like.  I've been pretty good in the last few years for trying new things, but I'd much rather have pasta Alfredo or prime rib than pretty much anything else..

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  12. Well, everything in moderation, my dear!! So have that alfredo and prime rib, just in moderation. ;)

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  13. Sooo true!! Traveling can be really difficult when it comes to eating clean! I always try to travel with healthy snacks when I can! Good for you with the water!! :)

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  14. Sounds like some great meals!! Ya, the nibbling can really get you if you aren't careful. Maybe try keeping some healthy snacks on hand at work.

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  15. I agree!! Yes, treat them with strawberries!! OR something other than food! 

    haha, I like coffee too!

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  16. Wheat thins and ice cream won't kill you-moderation! :)

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  17. You don't have to eat meat.. there are many ways to get protein. Try beans, tofu, edamame, etc.

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  18. Hmmm... yes, forgetting to eat isn't good!! Tisk, tisk! ;) MAKE yourself take breaks in the day to eat. That way you aren't ravenous come evening time and end up overeating. 

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  19. carry a large water bottle with you everywhere, dear!

    And I got ya on twitter and facebook! Booyah!! :)

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  20. Don't let a couple of days get you down, there's no time like the present to get back on the wagon! ;)

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  21. yep, no problem, girl! Make sure you carry a large water bottle with you ALWAYS!! That helps you remember to DRINK it!! And put a couple slices of lemons and oranges in it to keep yourself interested. ;)

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  22. Great advice friend! And thank you for adding the bit about NOT cutting out an entire food group. Nothing irritates me more... haha Hope you enjoy your fresh fruits today. ; )

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  23. Dark chocolate is a lifesaver for me!

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