So of course there are thousands of things to remember when you’re making a healthier lifestyle for your self. Here is my interpretation of the ABC diet:
Always eat breakfast. Within three hours of waking you should jump start your metabolism.
Bananas and Berries are your best friend when working out. Bananas will reduce muscle cramps (potassium)!
Carbohydrates are essential to fuel-up and refuel your muscles.
Dehydration slows you down. FYI – kidneys require about 45 to 90 minutes to process fluids.
Energy is earned through activity.
Food is fuel. Enough said.
Gear is important. What you wear on your feet and body can make a huge difference in your workout.
Hypoglycemia is preventable. Enjoy a hearty snack between lunch and dinner to prevent the afternoon drop in energy.
Iron-rich foods include beef and dark meat chicken or veggies! Read labels to better understand the nutrients in what you’re eating.
Junk food can fit into your sports diet in small amounts. Target a diet that is 90 percent quality foods and, if desired, 10 percent foods with marginal nutritional value—birthday cake, chips, etc.
Keep track of your progress. Whether it be your workout schedule or calories consumed. BE AWARE.
Lifting weights is the key to building muscles or girl pushups, if you don’t try, you’ll never get better.
Muscle mass burns more calories than fat mass. More muscle = more calories burned = AWESOME!
Nutrients, your body needs them to be healthy.
Olive oil is heart-healthy, reduces inflammation, and helps absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K. Just don’t over eat it.
Protein is an important part of a sports diet, needed for recovery from hard workouts.
Quality food is found in natural foods. It’s impossible to do it every day all day, but try to do it most of the time.
Rest is an important part of a training program; your muscles need time to heal. Plan one or two days with little or no exercise per week.
Stretching is just as important as being active and eating healthy.
Thinner does not equate to being a better athlete—Fit & Healthy is a much better way to live.
Urine that is dark colored and smelly indicates you need to drink more fluid. If you are well hydrated, you will eliminate pale-colored urine every two to four hours.
Vegetarian burgers – very good, favorable, and have plenty of nutrients for those days that you don’t work out. Be careful what you make for your side dish J
Weight is part of life. You will gain and lose – but stay within a 5 lb bracket (unless you’re pregnant).
Xtra vitamins are best found the “all natural” way: in dark colorful vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, peppers, tomatoes and carrots, or in fresh fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, cantaloupe, strawberries and kiwi.
You need to do what makes you happy – love yourself because if you don’t love yourself, how can you expect people to love you.
Zestful – that’s how you should feel when your day is over!
It’s supposed to be such a nice weekend & I can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the weather. We don’t have anything crazy going on just the routine hike with the dogs and some friends. Have a great weekend, stay motivated! 🙂