Archive | March, 2011

These Boots Are Made For Walking

31 Mar

Walking for fitness

Walking off the pounds that is.  Walking is one of the easiest and also the cheapest form of exercise there is.  Fitness experts say that working your way up to 10,000 steps per day could help you lose 20 pounds this year.

What are you waiting for?  Grab a pedometer and start walking!

So Easy A Caveman Can Do It…

31 Mar

The Paleo Diet

Have you heard of the Paleo diet?  It’s generating some buzz around blogland.  Its based on the premise that our bodies are designed to eat lean proteins, fruits, veggies, and omega 3 fatty acids that you would find in fish.  You know, the kind of food you would find during the caveman days.

I’m not sure if I would have the will power to cut all the carbs from my diet.  I would miss the heck out of my whole wheat wraps.  What do you think? Have any of you gotten results from this plan?

Find out more about the Paleo diet here.

Size Does Matter…

30 Mar

WebMD Portion Control Guide

Portion size that is.  The geniuses at WebMD have come up with this handy-dandy portion control guide to help us account for how much food we’re eating.  They even have a wallet sized one so you can make good eating decisions while you’re on the go.  How cool is that!?!  I am going to put one on my fridge and laminate the wallet sized one for my purse. You know, because I’m a geek like that.  Get your nutrition on and print your own here.

Up Yours, Wendy’s!

30 Mar

 

Up Your's Wendy's

 

 

Yep, its time for another installment of Up Your’s!

Trying to lose weight?  In a hurry at lunch time and think to yourself, “I’ll just swing through the drive thru and grab a salad.  It’s healthy, right?”  WRONG!

Exhibit A:

Wendy’s BLT Cobb Salad.  Sounds healthy, right?  Well, if you call having 670 calories and 47 grams of fat healthy, then yeah you’d be right.  You’d be better off splurging and ordering the 1/4 single hamburger WITH CHEESE.  It only has 550 calories and 28 grams of fat.

Really, Wendy’s?  This is how you’re going to play, huh?  I seriously want to poke your eyes out and call your momma a bad name right now.

Moral of the story:  Brown bag it!

 

How To Save 16,642 Calories This Year

30 Mar

How to Save 16,642 Calories This Year

The average meat-eating American consumes up to 67 pounds of beef per year. Switching to grass fed beef vs grain fed beef would save you 16,642 calories per year. That’s almost 5 pounds per year!  It will cost ya though.  At the current price per pound you’ll spend about $300 over the course of a year.

And it’s worth every penny!  To me anyway.  Add to the equation that Grass fed beef has no hormones or antibotics & it’s a no brainer for my family.

What do you think?

(via CNN)

Fuel Your Workout

29 Mar

Ever wonder what to eat before and after your workout?  If you’re like me I always wonder what I can eat beforehand to give me enough energy to finish my run but I don’t want to over do it on the carbs or calories either.  After all, part of the reason I’m running is to lose weight.  One thing I have noticed is that if I don’t eat something before I run, I’m famished afterwards and I devour anything and everything in sight.  Follow these simple guidelines to fuel your workout.

Stay Hydrated

The most important thing you can do to ensure peak performance during your workout is to drink plenty of water.  Experts recommend drinking around 20 oz of the good stuff about an hour before you work out.

Think Small

Eat a 100 – 200 calorie snack about 30 minutes to an hour before hitting the gym.  Experts recommend nuts, fruit smoothies, bananas, oatmeal, trail mix with dried fruit, hard boiled eggs, nut butter on whole wheat bread, hummus and raw veggies as good choices.  The idea is to give your body an energy boost but not inhale a butt-load of calories.

Post Workout

Follow the above guidelines to stay hydrated and eat a small yet nutritious meal. The general rule of thumb is to eat about 1/2 of the calories that you burned.

P.S.

“Butt-load” was not a term used by said experts.  But you probably already knew that.

P.S.S.

Don’t take my word for it.  I’m not a doctor, dietician, nutritionist, or certified personal fitness trainer.  In fact, I can’t think of one good reason why you should listed to me.

(from the experts at Mayo Clinic and WebMD)

 

4 Tips for Living Longer

29 Mar

Dr. Red Duke's Keys to Longevity

While scouring blogland for all the latest health and fitness news I stumbled across a blast from my past, Dr. James “Red” Duke, Jr.  Dr. Red Duke would do a syndicated weekly health spot on the news when I was a kid.  For some reason I always thought he was a vet and associated him the Clifford the Big Red Dog (give me a break,  I was 8).

I was glad to see that Dr. Red Duke, 82, was still practicing and is as active as ever.  He shares his 4 simple tips for longevity:


Eat right
“Eat a high fiber diet filled with color. Those things are all good anti-oxidants and are great for the colon.”

Keep your mind extremely active
“Always have multiple challenges to tackle.”

Stay physically active.
“You don’t have to go to the gym, just get up and walk.”

Sleep more
“I don’t like it, but I have to get eight hours of sleep now. My older battery doesn’t recharge like it used to.”

(via Health & Fitness Sports Magazine)

A Family Who Eats Together, Lives Longer?

28 Mar

Dr Hyman

At least according to Dr. Hyman, founder of the UltraWellness Center.  (Stop snickering at his name like an 11th grader! Ok, that’s enough.  Seriously stop already.  Gah, you guys are so immature!)  Dr. Hyman’s study found that kids who regularly ate dinners at home with their families were 42% less likely to drink, 50% less likely to smoke, and 66% less likely to smoke marijuana.  Read more on this topic here.

Eat Your Veggies!

28 Mar

Eat your veggies!

How do you get your kids to eat healthy when there is a McDonald’s on every corner?  Here are 5 tips to get your family on the right track.

Start when they are young

Start feeding your little ones healthy snacks as soon as they can start digesting solid foods.  Oatmeal, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables are great snacks and toddler friendly.

Be a good example

Your mini-me’s are listening and watching everything you do.  If you sit in front of the TV eating a double cheeseburger and french fries, they will want to as well. Eat the same healthy foods you put on their plates.

Let them be picky

Let your kids pick out their favorite fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks at the grocery store.

Teach them what is healthy

When you’re at the grocery store take the time to teach your kids what foods are healthy and what foods are not.  Teach them the names of fruits and vegetables. You’d be surprised how many three year old’s can’t tell you what a brussell sprout is.  Here’s a game I like to play:  Are french fries healthy? No!  Are strawberries healthy?  Yes!

Buy according to what’s in season

Eating healthy snacks can be expensive.  Ever try to buy strawberries in January?  Take it easy on your budget and buy fruits and veggies in season.  During the fall/winter buy oranges and clementines.  During the summer you can get strawberries for $.99 per pound and sweet corn for 10/$1.

(via SheKnows)

Personalize Your Mat!

28 Mar

Oprah Yoga Mat

This is the coolest thing ever! Head on over to Yogamatic and get yourself a personalized yoga mat.  Even Oprah got in on the action when Jennifer Anniston gave her one personalized with pictures of her dogs.

I.Want.One.Of.These.  I’m thinking to keep myself motivated I should personalize my mat with a before shot of me in a bikini…..  Yep, that would do it.  What your motivation?

P.S.

Sadly, Yogamatic has never heard of Fitness Junke and did not sponsor this post.

P.S.S.

Oprah has never heard of Fitness Junke either.

 

(Photo courtesy of fitsugar)