Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Refresh your dietary lifestyle!

*If you're visiting from the blog hop, WELCOME. I'm so happy to be featured! Here you will find my weight-loss story, healthy and family-friendly recipes, exercise tips, my running journey and more!!
Today's Workout: With our Texas temps of 103 degrees, our workout will happen TONIGHT. It'll still be blazing hot, but I figure why not burn more calories, right?! RIGHT! We will attempt a "long run" (although long for me, means like 4 miles instead of 3!) That's okay though, I'm proud of my accomplishments and how far I've come in the past few months! Plus, my first attempt at a 10K will happen on Saturday morning at 7:30!
*I came across the article below and thought we could all refresh our dietary lifestyles, so here ya go!


Rather than simply refreshing your wardrobe, polishing your floors and de-cluttering your cupboards this spring, why not spring into the act of revitalizing your diet? The editors at LIVESTRONG.COM offer advice on how to de-clutter, organize and refresh your dietary lifestyle.

Take Inventory

If you consume a typical American diet, you eat less than one of the recommended three-plus servings of whole grains and fewer than the recommended 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit per day. You may think you have a good idea of your total intake of different food groups, but if you write it all down, you might be surprised. Keeping a food journal for just a few days each week can reveal patterns worth changing.

De-clutter

The "clutter" in your diet can take multiple forms. Rich sources of saturated and trans-fats are linked to fatigue, inflammation and heart disease. Prepare a healthier options using olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning. Processed meats, such as bacon, sausage and hot dogs, also contain unhealthy fats and leave less room in your diet for beneficial protein sources, such as cold-water fish, legumes and yogurt.

Freshen Up

The winter holidays bring on a lot of heavy, warm foods, but when spring arrives, your taste buds naturally crave lighter, fresher foods. Because growing seasons vary by geographical regions, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to fruits and vegetables. Your best is either seasonal, fresh fare, such as items purchased at a farmers market, or frozen produce.

Get Organized

Eating a healthy, balanced diet requires planning. Stock up on frozen vegetables for easy additions to rice dishes, pasta and soups. If you lead a hectic lifestyle, set aside several hours once a week to purchase and prepare at least one healthy, satisfying meal and fresh-chopped fruits and vegetables that you can enjoy for the next several days. Freezing leftovers allows for simple, convenient meals without the excess sodium and other additives in many commercial frozen entrees.


For more information, go to www.LIVESTRONG.com

11 comments:

Norwegian Phoenix said...

Stopping by from the blog hop to say hi and follow you.

Good luck with your run on Saturday! I'm in Virginia, but I can't believe how hot it is this summer already. Stay safe while you're running and good luck!

Marlee said...

I may have commented on your blog before, but I love it! Found you at the Wednesday blog hop, and am glad I did! Am a happy new follower :).

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ligata said...

Thank you for sharing!
I found your blog on the Welcome Wednesday blog hop!

Cheers! :)

Kimberley said...

Hi. I found you through the Wednesday hop. Hope you'll follow me back at http://healthykidshappykids.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

From the WW blog hop, I have been working out lately and eating a substantially clean diet.

On the frozen pancakes, have you noticed a texture difference? Mine become extremely dry.

GFC follow.

Elizabeth
http://waterrollsuphill.blogspot.com

jazjeanie said...

Following from the WW blog hop. Please follow me! :)
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Ro Little said...

Great site with lots of yummy stuff!!
I'm a new follower from the WW blog hop!
Ro :)
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Dixie Diva Deals said...

Hi - I'm already following you but just wanted to say that your blog is awesome and it's such an inspiration to me!
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Mommy Minded said...

You are so awesome! Cant wait to hear how the 10K goes!

Katie Schmidt said...

I will be in Texas next week and I am not looking forward to running in those temps. Ugh! On the plus side my lungs will be happy with the elevation change. So maybe it will even out! Good luck on the 10K!

Bridie said...

random question - what are your thoughts on cooking with coconut oil? I know the western diet perception is "saturated fats = bad" but I've been reading about places that use most coconut oils for cooking and are extremely healthy. It's likely not because they are using coconut oil, but because they are avoiding processed foods. But I just wondered if you had any compelling reasons to avoid using coconut oil as a cooking fat (in moderation like any other fat of course!).

Thanks!

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