While perusing around the internet I stumbled across this article… Definitely posting it so that I can refer back when I’m feeling like I need some ideas and motivation :)
Yoga is one of my favorite things to do… and one of the ideas on the list too! Check out this awesome photo from the Cannon Beach Yoga Festival…
P.S. I got this awesome new yoga towel at Hot Yoga Experience in Issaquah… Their classes and merchandise are excellent! Proceeds from yoga merchandise go towards funding for Issaquah schools… Pretty cool!
· Rely on frozen vegetables & fruit if you MUST for convenience. They are as nutritious, however fresh fruit and veggies will always prevail.
· Add a handful of frozen blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries to your cereal.
· Eat a high-fiber, whole grain cereal for breakfast. Chose a cereal with at least 6 grams of fiber per serving.
· Try a hot cereal for breakfast for variety. Try oatmeal with some frozen berries stirred in. (Or if you’re like me)…You dislike sweets, so try making savory oatmeal. Add a little sea salt, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, and any other healthy garnishings.
· Stuff your favorite omelet with low-fat shredded cheese, tomatoes, and frozen spinach (cook & drain spinach first).
· Chose whole grain, high fiber breads. Chose bread with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. Read labels: If you see the word “enriched” in the ingredient list, it’s not whole grain. Instead look for words such as “whole grain” , “stone ground”, “whole ground”, “whole wheat flour”, “whole oat flour”, and “whole rye flour”.
· Have a glass (6 ounce serving size) of 100% fruit juice each day. This counts as one serving of fruit.
· Keep little 6 ounce cans of low-sodium vegetable juice handy for a quick serving of vegetables.
· Snack on baby carrots and humus, which gives you both vegetables and legumes (beans)!
· Eat low-sodium bean or lentil soup for lunch. It’s quick, convenient, and it counts as a serving of beans and/or vegetables.
· Regularly use canned beans. Rinse beans well (until water runs clear) and sprinkle them on salad to add protein and fiber to your meal.
· Use whole grain pasta instead of plain, white pasta. (See “the map” for complete description of whole vs. white wheat.)
· Make a homemade pizza crust with whole grain flour. Even wheat germ can be added in for a great texture and hearty taste.
· On your next homemade pizza, substitute shredded carrots for 1/3 to 1/2 of the cheese. I know it sounds crazy…. but just try it… My carnivorous friends love it! Or you can mix 50/50 veggie/non-fat cheese to lessen the dairy count.
· Improve the nutritional value of your family’s favorite main dish casserole by adding one cup of frozen mixed vegetables. Here’s a hint… Go for a blend of veggies to provide a more well rounded list of nutrients.
· Stuff your favorite potato with healthy toppings such as stewed tomatoes, green and red peppers, onions, broccoli, and non-fat cheese. Try a sweet potato instead of a white potato and you get even more nutrition value!
· Get acquainted with the green!! Try adding a few leaves of kale, chard, mustard greens, collard greens, dandelion greens, or any other green leafy food to your regular salad.
· Try to have three-quarters of your plate covered by vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes…. Most of your daily carbs/calories should come from these foods
· Focus on variety in your plant foods…. Do your research! If you can read this, you can read a huge variety of plant food recipes on the web, right?? :) In this generation we have no excuse. Knowledge is contageous… SHARE IT!
I am up and running - (out of cavewoman times) - and finally have internet set up at home!
What does this mean, and why is it important, you ask? … Now the posting begins! I am swearing myself to a healthier lifestyle. I am beginning by setting up a preliminary appointment with a nutritionist in my local area in order to assess the areas of need in my nutritional life.
My goal is to listen to and feed my body according to the formula it demands by nature. No fad/crash dieting. I am seeking the assistance of a licensed professional to hold me accountable along the way! (Nutritionists are great “shopping buddies” too so be sure to ask if your nutritionist includes accompanied shopping in their services).
I will base my nutritional plan on the needs of my body. My goal is to be healthy, and to enjoy food no less than ever before! :)
I look forward to hiking this journey to fitness with anyone willing to join and enjoy… Please have patience with me as I am barely beginning to grasp Tumblr and HTML coding…ETC…So, it may be slow and steady at first getting posts up.. However, bear with me… I have TONS of content and ideas to share :)