Well it's time for another post on eating right and staying healthy for those hours of focused writing. As I am waiting for my steel-cut oats to cook, BTW a GREAT way to start the day, I am planning out my day.
As we all know exercise is just as important as eating well. I can't impress upon you enough to give yourself at least a half an hour a day of leaving your desk to take a yoga class, walk, jog, or tread mill. Not only will it help you physically but it will clean out the cobwebs in your mind.
I do realize that many of you have jobs and families that steal SO much of your time, BUT you will be a better parent, employee, and writer if you take care of YOU.
Making the decision to take by my life this spring was THE best decision I have ever made. I feel so much better, I am much more productive, and I am happier.
Just imagine how much happier the people you love will be to see a happier you. This does not only effect your life, but it effects the people around you.
I know you can squeeze in thirty minutes into your schedule. Actually shoot for an hour. You can do it. You still have time to get fit. With winter approaching at record speed, it will be next to impossible to start a fitness program then. Plus with the holidays a short THREE months away you don't want to add extra weight on top of what you already have. Think about this.... seriously, everyone puts on weight in the winter. By getting fit now and eating properly you will be ready with a plan of attack by the holidays.
I have some wonderful healthy baked goods waiting to be posted in the months ahead so you will never be deprived. Remember the less processed food you eat the healthier you will be.
In previous posts I have talked about the evils of processed foods and MSG. The benefits of organic foods, and healthy alternatives.
Here are a few more suggestions when you are craving the 'wrong' kinds of foods. I have already mentioned the wonders of almonds or walnuts if you prefer. Today I'd like to take about healthy starches and fats. Yes, these can be healthy and are needed for a balanced diet.
For those Mexican craving, I have some great and DELICIOUS ways to still enjoy your favorites. Who doesn't like chips and salsa or guacamole? Believe it or not, it's not the salsa or guacamole that packs on the pounds .... it the salty chips! They are the devil incarnate. Who could each just one? I know I can't.
So instead of chips here are two great substitutes. First celery or fennel. Dip away. Celery and fennel are so healthy for you. I recently discovered jicama... this is amazing. Crunchy, delicious and a perfect way to scoop up that salsa and guacamole.
Next, enjoy those black beans.... there is no better way to get protein. Forget the rice though... this is an evil starch. Make sure to eat your food with no additional salt. Many foods have sodium naturally in them you don't need to add more. Remember salt retains water.... why bloat? It's not necessary.
Top this off with chicken, beef, or vegetable fajitas and you have a terrific healthy meal. And you can do this when eating out too. You don't have to feel deprived when friends and family are ordering those fattening cheezy items. You can enjoy going out and eating well.
Next week I'll talk more about beans... a starchy vegetable, but packed with protein. As a final note if you are a potato lover, switch to sweet potatoes or yams. I bought organic yams last week and just boiled them. The five pound bag featured smaller yams and THE perfect portion for a meal or snack. They are sweet and delicious. So forget the white potatoes and go for sweet or yams. You'll find them a wonderful alternative and you will NEVER feel deprived.
Have a happy and healthy Monday. I am off for my power walk on the lakefront. It's time for my hour!