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This week your challenge is to take note/journal about your energy levels in comparison to your meals/snacks. Some foods give us better energy and make us feel better overall. The purpose of this challenge is to help you find out what foods give you more energy and benefit your body more than others. Some things that you may notice and/or want to think about when you eat something: does it help you stay full longer, does it give you energy longer, or does it do the opposite and you find yourself needing to eat more to gain energy and the feeling of fullness?

Some resources on the site that will help you and motivate you to complete this challenge are listed below:

Focus on Power Foods

Food All Stars

Over 100 Super Foods for a Super You

Secret Weapon Ingredients

In addition, I would like to add an extra challenge this week. More and more, whole grains are taking center stage. They're healthier and more nutritious than their refined counterparts. Currently the Food Guide Pyramid recommends that at least half of your daily servings of grains (6-11 total) come from whole grain sources. That's a whopping 21-42 servings of whole grains each week. So, your goal this week is to eat 14 servings of whole grains (about 2 servings per day).

The following articles will help you recognize which foods count as whole grains:

Whole Grains are the Whole Package

The Unbounded Power of Whole Grains

Baffled by Bread? How to Choose the Best Loaf

Easy Ways to Cook Whole Grains

The Loopholes of Food Labeling

The Truth About Carbohydrates

Carbohydrate Chart for Diabetics


Don't forget your fruits and veggies (freggies to some of you) though! Most of you did really great with your fruit and veggie intake last week, so let's keep that up!

Also, continue with using the nutrition tracker and eating away from your computer/TV.

To discuss this challenge, please do so in this thread: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
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Enjoy your challenge!

Denise

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Edited by: SP_COACH_DENISE at: 10/10/2009 (19:53)
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