Fit & Fabulous!!

29 July 2014
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Fit & Fabulous!!

Hey AlliPoshBlog followers! I hear that being  "Fit & Fabulous" is the goal....? Yes, we must take the beginning steps to creating a lifetime of healthy behaviors. I know that habits, good or bad, can be quite difficult to change or improve. Don't battle your health habits alone -- join a group, join a team, join a club, take a challenge, set a goal, challenge your family, co-workers, friends to a healthier lifestyle - Embrace your fitness dreams & Earn your Body! [caption id="attachment_700" align="alignnone" width="255"]Embrace your Body Embrace your Body[/caption]
5 Steps to Feeling Fit and Fabulous

1. Include Produce at Every Meal.

Colorful produce is rich in vitamins and minerals that help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, boost mood and memory, plus protect you bones and joints. What's more, fruit and vegetables are rich in fiber and water, which mean they're low in calories and high in volume....so they fill you up, not out!

For breakfast, top your cereal with berries or sliced bananas, or add chopped tomatoes and spinach to scrambled eggs. For lunch, have a gigantic tossed salad, or pile your sandwich (on whole grain bread, of course) with lettuce, tomato, onion, and roasted red peppers. Start your dinner with a salad or a bowl of hearty vegetable soup, and serve your entrée with a side of roasted, steamed or sautéed veggies broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, zucchini, spinach, kale, or whatever you like best! (Some of my favorites are roasted broccoli, grilled zucchini & roasted stuffed red peppers!)

2 Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast.

A solid morning meal helps refuel you body after a night of rest and primes you to make healthy food choices throughout the rest of the day. But not all breakfasts are created equal. Research has consistently shown that including protein at your morning meal is critical when it comes to losing weight and boosting energy and focus. So ditch the starchy pancakes and opt for an egg white omelet with veggies instead. Or enjoy nonfat Greek yogurt it's loaded with protein. (I enjoy Vi-Crunch™ Protein Super Cereal w/ Fusions Tri-Berry Puffs. Available @ http://www.tanyastubbs.bodybyvi.com)

3. Water is Your Best Friend.

H²O will always be the best way to quench your thirst. Water is calorie-free, sugar-free, sodium-free and the single most effective way to hydrate. If you're bored with plain water, jazz up your glass with a few slices if lemon, lime, orange, or cucumber. You can also try naturally flavored seltzer or sparkling waters; they have a great fizz like soda and a shot of fruit flavor. Coffee and tea are also healthy brews, but be sure to go easy on sweetener. {recommend no more than 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar, honey or agave per cup}.(For intense flavors, in addition to what's listed above, I add some sliced strawberries, pineapples, & mint to my sparkling waters)

4. Dine Home More Often.

When you prepare meals at home, you're in control of what goes into your food and what stays out. You can dramatically enhance the health of your meals by adding in more produce, choosing whole grains instead of junky refined white grains, swapping out high-fat ground chuck for lean turkey, and using lower-sodium condiments. In other words, cook your own feast [versus takeout, fast food, or hitting the local diner] and your meals will be rich in flavor and lower in calories, sugar, oil, and salt. (Grilled Shrimp ,Red Peppers Zucchini, & Mushroom kabob w/ Brown Rice & Sweet Potato Fries-Yummy!)

5. Snack Smarter.

Choose snacks that contain both protein and fiber. This winning combination helps to steady your blood sugars and promote long-lasting energy. Smart choices includes a sliced apple with a tablespoon of nut butter; a handful of almonds or pistachios; a cup of edamame in the pod; and baby carrots dipped in hummus. (My snack shelf stays stocked with veggie chips, granola bars, rice cakes & natural popcorn)

by Joy Bauer, MS, RD, CDN; Live it Up™, Healthy Living Guide

Very important, AillPoshBlog followers, don't forget to include in your daily healthy habits a cardio & strength training program (3-4 times a week 35-60 minutes of moderately vigorous activity). Try new activities with friends and find the "fun" in your Healthy Fundamentals. Alli & I enjoy Zumba® Fitness classes from time to time, try a new workout plan with your friends and enjoy your health & wellness journey with a smile! -Lady T ** Legal break-If planning to become more active than current levels of activity, some people should consult with a doctor before adding any new physical activities. The American Heart Association suggests that you see a physician before exercising if you have certain medical conditions, if you are obese or overweight, or if you are middle age 45yrs or older. [caption id="attachment_699" align="alignnone" width="500"]Alliposhblog & Lady T Fit & Fabulous Alliposhblog & Lady T
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