Thursday, July 8, 2010

Read Your Labels When Shopping

The types of foods to buy, the exercises to do, it can all be confusing.
Stick with me and I hope to increase your knowledge about nutrition and fitness.

This week we will still focus on foods as you maintain your what is now your regular fitness activities, until we get into the physical component of this.

Today I want you to begin not just having one meatless meal a day, but also one day completely without meat. Remember this does not mean without protein, so be sure to replace the animal on your plate with a health plant protein instead.

I also want you to read the labels of the products you buy now. If the products contain saturated fat (which in most cases is from animals) I don't want you to buy it. So that would mean dairy, butter and ...does anyone really use this anymore? ...lard. The only exception to the saturated fat would be the highly controversial coconut oil and we will discuss the whys of this in the future.
In addition to avoiding saturated fats you want to make sure not to purchase foods high in trans fats either these tend to be the yummy foods that keep you fat (baked goods, cakes, cookies, donuts, etc.).
I've been getting many emails asking if you should be weighing yourself. This is up to you. If you want to do weekly weigh-ins go ahead ....but! ...if you are the type of person who lives and dies by the scale then stay away. Though I am sure you've already begun to drop some pounds just by dropping sugar, reducing meat and increasing your water intake for some it may not be the amount of pounds you've been hoping to see by now. Remember we've just begun. We are doing this the healthy way, and that this is not a diet but a new way to live. So be patient and proud! You've been doing amazing so far!

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