Archive for December, 2009
Vitamin C is one of the most popular Vitamins, and for good reason too.
Why you need Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant (nutrients and enzymes), which is known for preventing things like cataracts, arthritis, stroke, heart disease (may help with high blood pressure), and cancer. Vitamin C may also help those who are diabetic (by regulating your blood sugar levels), or those who have asthma (helps with the airways in your lungs).
Vitamin C also helps you with your immune system. This is great for those who have a cold, since it not only helps you recover faster, but also helps with the severity of your cold that you already have. I find myself taking extra Vitamin C in my diet when I feel like I am coming down with something so I can boost my immune system to combat whatever my body is fighting. You may be asking yourself if this even helps. Let’s just say, I don’t take too many sick days…
Common foods loaded with Vitamin C
A couple of my favorite foods that are high in Vitamin C is Strawberries, Kiwi, Oranges, potatoes, and red peppers.
To get the most benefit of absorbing your Vitamin C into your body, you might want to stick with fruits and veggies that you don’t need to cook, and with no sugars added. As always, with much research I believe that going Organic is a great way to go to get the most nutrients into your body pound for pound.
I am an adult. Just because I am an adult, doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy Animal Crackers, right? I don’t know what it is about these animal crackers, (maybe the vanilla?), but these are just exceptional, and dare I say…addicting?
These are better for you than a candy bar, but still remember that these aren’t a meal or a basic food group. It’s a cracker. Something to get you by to the next meal, or something to munch on instead of something much worse for you. Either way, it tastes pretty good, and it is at a very reasonable price- comparable to something that wasn’t even organic. I am a huge fan of organic products, and the fact that I can buy this delicious snack in such a big container is exciting. I have found that a lot of people enjoy these crackers, and good reason too- feel free to give them a try!
Serving Size: 13 crackers
Purchase: Costco Warehouse (Requires a membership)
Image Credit: Costco.com
For a quick and easy breakfast to satisfy your hunger, this Creamed Wheat Cereal is perfect. It also has just the right amount of honey and spices to satisfy your sweet tooth.
2 cups Water
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Farina
2 tablespoons Creamed Honey
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1) Boil the water in a saucepan.
2)Slowly add the wheat farina while stirring the water. Once all of the wheat farina has been added to the pan, remove from heat and continue stirring.
3) Add creamed honey and stir well.
4) Divide the hot cereal between two bowls. Add the cinnamon on top as a garnish.
Cereal will be hot, so let stand for a little bit to cool down. The amount of creamed honey and cinnamon are really “to taste”, so the measurements provided are more of a guide of how much you may want to add.
Nutrition. So many words and thoughts come to mind…
I started eating extremely healthy and began exercising on a regular basis, but I wasn’t losing any weight. Turns out, I was consuming quite a bit of calories, and If it weren’t for my daily exercise routine, I probably would have been gaining weight! Yes, gaining weight on carrots and apples. Ok, not just on carrots and apples, but I think you get my point. What I have come to find is, our bodies are like a math problem. We can figure out how many calories you need each day living your life and maintain your current weight. You can also figure out by simple math how to lose or gain weight.
If you want to lose a pound of fat, you need to either burn 3,500 extra calories or eat 3,500 calories less, or a combination of the two. Combination of the two is preferred (and I think it’s easier!). For example, If you just wanted to lose 1 pound a week, you could burn 300 calories a day by doing some cardio, and then consuming 200 calories less than you normally eat.
It might be a good idea to count calories until you get the hang of what you should be eating. It might surprise you how much calories you are consuming each day, and even more of a surprise to find out how many servings you are eating!
With calorie counting, you might think you can eat whatever you want. Technically, you can, but it’s not recommended. I remember eating something unhealthy like a candy bar, and since I was counting calories and staying within my daily “budget”, I thought I was OK. Problem is, I was hungry. Very hungry and miserable, and that can’t be good for anyone who is trying to stay within a certain amount of calories. Candy can only satisfy you momentarily. Real food is what is going to give you energy, make you feel good, and keep you going throughout the entire day.
As far as calories go, you do not want to consume less than 1,000 calories in a day. Talk to your doctor or a professional nutritionist to find out how many calories you are supposed to consume. Typically, you don’t want to lose more than 2 pounds in a week. Losing 2 pounds in a week is a lot, maybe even more than you think. Be patient, and realize if you start losing more than 2 pounds a week, it could be muscle. This isn’t a good thing, since muscle is what is helping your body lost fat in the first place. Again, consult a Doctor or Nutritionist before you start any diet/exercise plan.
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