Eat Healthy on the Go
In our hectic day-to-day lives it can be a struggle to make healthy food choices when we are always on the go. I’ve looked up some general guidelines on how to decide what to eat for each meal (and snacks) and I also have a few suggestions for meal options when you are short on time or can’t make it home to cook.
I’m sure you’ve already heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it provides you with the fuel and energy to go about your daily routine. Yet, oftentimes, people skip this meal. They claim they don’t have time or that they aren’t hungry yet. A good breakfast should be a carbohydrate with some protein. Aim for 500 calories and try to get those nutrients from three different types of food.
- Whole-grain toast with peanut butter and a glass of low-fat milk
- Healthy cereal with milk and added fruit -Instant oatmeal
- Eggs with fruit salad, or omelet with vegetables
- Yogurt with added granola or fruit
- Banana with peanut butter and a glass of low-fat milk
- Dried fruit and nuts or trail mix
Paleo Didn’t Work for Me
2 summers ago, I was at my lowest weight, my healthiest, and my strongest. This was in no small part because of the hard work I put in at The Fitness Lab and the support for the balanced approach to health and fitness I received from Dillon, The Fitness Lab’s owner and head trainer. After a starting weight of 195 (after the birth of my 4th baby) I was down to 165 pounds, and I was feeling amazing. Yet, after a while it wasn’t good enough for me anymore. I started to believe messages that I needed to be just that much thinner and I started looking for anything that would get me where I believed at the time was ‘all the way there.’
At the same time, I started to have a few nagging issues. Constant rashes, muscle aches, general fatigue (but mind you, I have 4 kids) and what diehard Paleo folks call ‘brain fog.’ Instead of taking an honest look at how much rest I was getting, how much water I was drinking, or how much recovery time I was giving myself (I’m also a high mileage runner). I started to think maybe diet was to blame.
And that’s when I introduced Paleo to my diet. And it worked, at first. I was losing weight, and quickly. Sometimes more than 5 pounds in a week. The problem was, it was never more than 1 week at a time, because over the long haul it just wasn’t sustainable.
Adam's Top 5 Reasons to Exercise
There are countless benefits to exercise and we all have our own reasons for getting a sweat on. Over the years, these are the five that I’ve found to benefit me the most:
- It helps me sleep like a rock. I love sleeping. It’s truly one of my favorite activities. I’m a grumpy pants if I don’t get enough sleep. However, at night if I’m not physically drained, my brain will race for hours before I can catch a little shuteye. I’ll think about everything from my future dreams to what bills I have to pay. Being physically tired helps me skip that step and not produce any unwanted anxiety by thinking about that kind of stuff before bed. Not to mention a good night sleep helps me wake up energized and excited for the day to come.
- It helps me push myself in every facet of life. Being physically active is more challenging than being intellectually active. We are constantly thinking but we are not constantly moving. Overcoming challenges in terms of my fitness has always pushed me to do more outside of the fitness realm. If I can be mentally tough enough to push myself physically – I can be mentally tough enough to push myself in any form.