Happy mid-week! It is going slowly, but that is okay by me….I’ve got to finish the 7th HP book (for the 5th time<—nerd alert) before the midnight showing (yes, miss sleepy head is going) of the 2nd part of the 7th movie!!
That was a mouthful.
I read part of the book while running on the treadmill. No, I don’t get sick. No, the book has never fallen off. And yes, I love multi-tasking while exercising. (I also had to train my eyes to be able to read while running….this is probably how I aced all my classes in my undergrad and grad degrees. hAH! It doesn’t hurt that I love to read, either!)
- 40 min treadmill run. Intervals the whole time: alternating between 8.0 mph, 6.0 mph, and 7.0 mph (I think I have runner’s ADD….;))
- 20 min blissful yoga. SO needed after some crazy BodyPUMP action!
new fav obsession?? Sunflower butter. That stuff is addicting
Nutrition and Weight Management
On that note, did ya know that I used to be ‘afraid’ of nuts and nut butter? I know, crazy, right? When I was obsessed with being thin (and too thin, I was), I ‘thought’ I was doing my body a favor. When in actuality I was starving it of nutrients, proper nutrition, and really yummy food.
I now LOVE nuts and nut butters (minus the peanuts and peanut butter), and have at least 1-2 servings per day. In most of my graduate work, and in helping professors as a research assistant, I came upon much research on the topic. Research has shown:
- Nuts and nut butters should be part of a healthy diet.
- Eating a serving (or two) of nuts and/or nut butters per day could aide in weight management & weight loss.
- Proper nutrition and weight management are strongly linked.
- Eating nuts/nut butter may help prevent later chronic disease(s) such as some cancers, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia.
Those are just ‘snippets’ of what tons and tons of research are churning out : proper nutrition and weight management go hand in hand, and are a MUST when desiring to keep weight (or percent of body fat) in check.
There ‘ya have it. Conventional wisdom always wins! Balancing proper nutrition and weight management is the way to go. You can not just eat broccoli or spinach and expect to be totally healthy. On the flip side, eating only burgers and fries is not going to do much for you in the long (or short) run.
Proper nutrition consists of a good balance of whole wheat carbohydrates, tons of veggies and fruits, some nuts/nut butters, beans and legumes, fish, lean meat/eggs/some dairy (or substitutes), and a small sprinkling of FUN (i.e. ice cream, chocolate, white bread, fries).
To maintain a healthy weight over time, it is about balancing that nutrition and weight management (or percent of body fat management, if that ‘feels’ better). It is NOT about deprivation and crazy diets (oh how I loathe those books/diets!), but about balancing the good stuff with a small sprinkling of the maybe-not-so-good-but-tasty stuff, with tons of activity in there.
If you feel trapped, go the grocery store and grab a few new-to-you items. Get some kale, greek yogurt, sunflower butter (yumm), scallops, lentils, hummus, whole wheat wraps, or jicama. All these foods will help you broaden your vision of what colorful, amazing food can be. Each of these foods boasts (natural) high levels of nutrients such as Vitamins A, C, E, B12, B6, Niacin, and Iron, those of which you definitely will not get in a wrapped burger or fries. Nor in a pastry or glorified diet frozen meal.
Nutrition and weight management go hand in hand. If the goal is to maintain weight (or a certain level of body fat), the nutrition must be fulfilled properly.
Sometimes I wish that Snickers bar or frozen yogurt had a little more nutritional value, though….
*This post is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, but is offered from a fitness and nutritional professional‘s point of view (and from her own personal experiences and education on the matter)
Have a lovely day!!
Have YOU ever been ‘afraid’ of a food?? What is YOUR stance on this topic?? What food do YOU wish had a better nutritional profile??