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Fitness Tip#331 - March 11, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Food

Energy comes from food. However, complex actions must take place inside your body for turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberries to be-come the energy needed to talk, stand, sit, walk and breathe. Your body must break the food into small pieces, then absorb and move them through the membrane of a tiny cell to be broken into even smaller pieces. These pieces then enter into a miniscule cellular component called the mitochondria. The mitochondria is the cellís powerhouse. It is here that the electrical power of oxygen is harnessed to
finally break that last tiny molecule of food apart and release energy!

There are thousands of crucial steps leading up to this eventual re-lease of energy, most of which require energy themselves. This energy is derived from the calories, nutrients, vitamins and minerals youíve previously consumed and are combined with the oxygen you breathe. Any shortage of the necessary components results in a shortage of energy. Therefore, inadequate oxygen or inadequate food intake results in inadequate energy.

Inadequate energy results in a slow metabolism. WE DO NOT WANT THAT!

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ADELCASALE 3/12/2013 6:13AM

    How true!

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Fitness Tip#330 - March 8, 2013

Friday, March 08, 2013

Bad Breakfast Choices

Ideally we'd be prepared -- but if you're stuck in an all-morning meeting and the only food choice is a pastry, is it better to eat it or skip breakfast?

SKIP IT. There is nothing actually filling about a pastry -- no fiber, no water -- so it wouldn't help my hunger. In fact, many times eating something high in sugar like this will lead to an energy crash, so I wouldn't be full and it makes me tired. No thank you! (I have apples and almonds at my office for situations like this.)


Have a great weekend!

My first 5k for 2013 is tomorrow, WOOHOO!

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ASHPATCH11 3/11/2013 9:35AM

    Intersecting i would have though to eat was better but good tip now i know better!!


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SEEINGCLEARLY53 3/9/2013 2:19AM

    Good luck! emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 3/8/2013 8:12PM

    I agree. Lucky sweets don't appeal to me very often.
Best of luck to you on your 5K.

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GRACEISENUF 3/8/2013 6:21PM

    Ooops forgot, have a wonderful weekend with your precious wife and little girl too!

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GRACEISENUF 3/8/2013 6:20PM

    Yum, apples and almonds. I have been eating granny smiths with peanut butter. Love the tart taste mixed with sweet/salty of the peanut butter. I bought raw almonds with my hubby the other day 5 pounds and then discovered we had 2 (5) pounds bags in the freezer in the garage.....looks like we have enough for a very long time. :)

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Fitness Tip#329 - March 7, 2013

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Midnight Snacks

We've heard it's not great to nosh late at night -- but if you haven't had a chance to eat dinner all evening, is it better to eat late or go to bed starving?

Eat something but more snack size rather than meal size. Having a gnawing hunger or eating too much food both will lead to poor sleep quality. Try 1/4 cup tuna salad (homemade/healthy mayo), six multi-seed crackers and cut fresh veggies.


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RUN4FOOD 3/7/2013 8:00PM

    I'm not supposed to eat anything for an hour before going to bed, so I plan my eating and get my calories in earlier.

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MOMOF4FOXES 3/7/2013 6:02PM

    Thanks for the advice. I just ate dinner, and know I will be hungry before I go to bed in 5 hours, but I am at 1469 calories and don't want to go too high. I was already thinking about whether I should eat something later or not since I am close to 1500 calories already. I am giving blood tomorrow so if I need something I will eat a small healthy snack tonight. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 3/7/2013 4:46PM

    I used to try and "gut it out" and not eat anything after dinner which is really early around here as my hubby leaves around 5 pm for work. Now I have a healthy snack in the evening like you said and I do sleep much better.

One of my favorites is a smoothie made with 1 cup milk, 1 cup water, about 4 large frozen strawberries and one half cup yogurt and stevia or sweetner. It tastes indulgent and fills me up....plus the milk induces sleep from what I've read.

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Fitness Tip#328 - March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Early Morning Workout?

We all know how important sleep and exercise are for our health -- so if you got a bad night's rest, is it better to sleep in for an extra hour, or push through your morning workout?

One of the most important recovery, mental and immune system boosting activities for the human body is sleep. If you're short on sleep, you experience higher levels of inflammation and a decrease in the hormones that help you lose fat and stabilize your appetite. For this reason, you should never sacrifice sleep to exercise -- as you're likely to put your body into an unhealthy state.

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RUN4FOOD 3/6/2013 8:50PM

    I'm sure this is very valid, but I think I could build this into an excuse if I tried.
Actually I'm lucky, one of my best talents is sleeping.

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Fitness Tip#327 - March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Fat Vs. Protein

If your only protein choice for hours is high in saturated fats, should you eat a bit, or skip it?

Try your best to avoid a high saturated fat protein source. It would probably make you feel sick. People who eat a lower fat diet and then dive into a high fat meal tend to complain of stomach aches. When you look at the nutrient analysis for protein sources that are high in saturated fat like fried fish, the amount of protein is very low. Therefore a protein source that is high in saturated fat like fried fish, the amount of protein is very low. Therefore a protein source that is high in saturated fat may not always be your best source of protein. Best bet is to plan ahead. Try to carry nuts or roasted edamame to fill in any gaps of missing protein.


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IVANETTER 3/5/2013 10:21AM

    thank you..great advice!

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