Ten Amazing Ways To Get Fit and Stay Fit

Year after year, we make resolutions to say fit and keep our health in check. Then, as months dwindle till the year comes to a close and holidays approach again, we’re back to square one- obese and unhealthy. It is an unending cycle that we all can’t break if we are not determined to make lifestyle changes. Keeping fit is directly connected with our diets, because we are what we eat.

A fit, healthy lifestyle is achievable if we’re willing to commit to a lifestyle of good nutrient-dense foods, exercise and healthy habits. This is why you need to read these ten amazing ways to stay and remain fit if you desire to achieve your goal of a fit rocking body.

STOP COUNTING CALORIES

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You may be surprised that this is a crucial first step, it is imperative that you stop putting pressure on yourself and start to take actions that will help you get the healthy body you long to get. If your goal is weight loss, counting calories in foods will not do much in helping you achieve that goal, it’ll rather put unnecessary pressure on yourself to shed excess weight and is not sustainable in keeping the weight off, besides, real nutrient-dense foods do not require their calories to be counted as they are chock-full of healthy nutrients that will nourish your body.

GET MOVING

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It is very paramount that you maintain an active lifestyle If you want to stay healthy. You have to make activity a priority in as many ways as possible. It is even better if you partake in outdoor activities where you can get a lot of sunshine. You may also commit yourself to different ways of stay active: join a local gym, invest in exercise equipment and get a workout buddy or sign up for Zumba classes. It doesn’t have to be boring as long as you put your mind to it.

EAT HEALTHY

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Research has shown that over 80 percent of any fitness goal is linked with our diet. As a matter of fact, cells in our bodies are replicated daily and the material used to build them comes from the nutrition we put in our bodies. Embracing healthy diet rich in essential nutrients will provide the body with the proper nourishment needed to attain fitness goals. To eat healthy, your diet should ideally be composed of:

  • 45 percent carbohydrates
  • 30 percent protein
  • 25 percent fats

These can come from all natural foods and can also be sourced from healthy sources such as gluten-free breads, unbleached rice, non-genetically modified fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, oily fish and healthy cuts of fish and meat.

DRINK WATER

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Our bodies are made from 70 percent water and should ideally be the number one fluid that we put into our bodies. Hydration is key to reaching your health and fitness goals and your top priority should be to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water daily. You can start with drinking water as soon as you wake up, before breakfast and before you go to sleep at night. Drinking water will also help flush toxins from your body and help your body recover from the rigors of exercise.

If you do not like the taste of water, you can add fruits like lemon or lime to your water for a sharp zing.

CATCH SOME ZZZZSS

Sleep is a very important factor for you to achieve great health and stay in shape. A good 7-8 hours of sleep will get your body’s metabolism kick started and ensure that you keep the extra pounds off. Being sleep deprived will cause your body to be in an overactive mode to help you keep up with the rigors of the day and this will leave you feeling sluggish for the rest of the day and in turn, fat and unhealthy.

EXERCISE OUTDOORS

Exercising outdoors with a community of health-conscious people is one of the best things that can happen to your goal of getting and staying fit. It helps you stay on track to achieving your health and fitness goals and also help you get lots of sunshine which according to studies helps you lose weight.

SWAP FOODS

Eating foods in their natural state as much as possible can help you achieve your dreams of health and fitness. There are several instance where you can try this out such as:

  • Brown rice/quinoa for white rice
  • Gluten-free sourdough bread for white bread
  • Avocado for mayonnaise
  • Tofu for meats
  • Lettuce wraps for flatbreads

These small changes can make a big difference in your health and fitness.

QUIT FOCUSING ON JUST ONE PART OF YOUR BODY

This is very important in achieving your goal body. If you desire to tone up a specific part of your body e.g. your tummy, doing crunches alone will be counterproductive. A wide variety of exercises are needed to achieve your fitness goals.

THE POWER OF ROUTINE

It is important for you to have routines in your health and fitness goals. Routines help you stay on track when it comes to exercising and it makes a world of difference to your workouts.

Doing different routine exercise will ensure that you spread out focusing on different parts of your body and gives your body time to recover from a specific exercise. For example, if you had leg day on a Monday, you can choose to do a cardio routine on a Tuesday to balance it out.

GET A FAMILY

Joining fitness forums online or in real life can really help kick start your health and fitness goals for the year. You will find people in the health and fitness journeys as you are, some have gone above you in achieving their goals and being on such platforms can motivate and inspire you to achieve your goals.

Exercise, nutrition and lifestyle choices have been mentioned in this article simultaneously because they cannot exist separately. To live a fit and active lifestyle, all factors must be combined to achieve a healthier, fitter you.

 

 

 

What a nutritionist eats when she starts feeling sick

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You’re at the office, hard at work, when your cubicle-mate shows up with a fist full of tissues and a nagging cough. Cue: panic. What can you do to avoid catching contagious bugs (short of threatening to work from home until spring)?
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Cook. After all, you are what you eat, so whipping something up in the kitchen that’s both immunty-boosting and inflammation-fighting can help protect you from the inside out. At least, that’s what Lee Holmes, certified health coach, yoga teacher, and author of Heal Your Gutdoes when she starts to feel an inkling of sickness coming on.

Because she’s a pro, she’s devised a plan that doesn’t require holding your nose while chugging down some terrifying concoction. From vitamin C loaded nacho chips (yes, really!) to a soothing lemongrass Thai soup that will put your Seamless fave to shame, these recipes will fight the good fight all winter long.

Might be time to come up with another way to use those sick days….

Keep reading to see what nutritionist Lee Holmes eats when she starts feeling sick.

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For a cold: Nachos—with a twist

Forget chicken soup—Holmes is all about snacking on nacho chips when she starts getting a little sniffly. The key here: they’re golden nacho chips. Yep, there’s turmeric in there.

The anti-inflammatory root “is good for all-around immunity, and I make my nachos with grated orange zest to get in some vitamin C, too,” she says. “Plus, the combo gives them just the loveliest color.”

Ingredients
1 cup almond meal
1 large organic egg
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
1 tsp grated orange zest
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, diced

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Place all the chip ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon to form a dough.

3. Place the dough on a clean work surface between two pieces of parchment paper. Roll the dough out until it is 1/16 inch thick.

4. Remove the top piece of baking paper and transfer the dough and bottom piece of baking paper to a baking tray. Using a sharp knife, deeply score the dough every 1 1/4 inch, then do the same in the opposite direction so you form squares. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes.

5. Allow to cool before breaking them apart. To assemble the nachos, place the nachos chips on a chopping board, and top with the remaining ingredients. Any leftover chips will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.

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For a stomach bug: Ginger tea tonic

Gut problems are the worst. Luckily this is Holmes’ area of expertise, so she has a sure fix. “If you have a gut bug, garlic, ginger, and lemon in hot water is the best thing to drink,” she says. “Garlic is anti-bacterial, so it helps kill bad bacteria hanging around the gut, and the ginger is going to sooth you.”

Can’t tolerate sipping garlic? Holmes says a mixture of turmeric, ginger, lemon, and honey in hot water is a potent anti-bacterial alternative.

Ingredients
2 cups water
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 chucks of ginger root, grated
1 lemon

1. Boil water. Place garlic and ginger in water and leave covered for 15 minutes.

2. Add the juice from one lemon. Pour into a mug and drink.

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For a bacterial infection: Lemongrass Thai soup

“This recipe is a kaleidoscope treasure chest of medicinal herbs and spices,” Lee says. “The plant oils of lemongrass in particular have been shown to inhibit multi-resistant strains of bacteria and yeast, making it a must-have ingredient for strong immunity.”

You’ll also find Holmes’ go-to spice in the recipe (turmeric), along with apple cider vinegar.

Ingredients
3 cups vegetable stock
3 1/4 inch piece of galangal, peeled and grated
2 stalks of lemongrass, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 or 4 kaffir lime leaves, torn
4 scallions, sliced
7 drops liquid stevia
1 can additive-free coconut milk
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp wheat-free tamari
1 red pepper, seeded and sliced
1 cup mushrooms, quartered
1/4 cup lime juice
Grated zest of one lime
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Cilantro leaves, to serve

1. Bring the vegetable stock, galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, scallions, and stevia to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for five minutes.

2. Stir through the coconut milk, vinegar, and tamari, then simmer for 10 minutes. Add the pepper and mushroom and simmer for another 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Take out the lemongrass and lime leaves. Add the lime juice and zest, then puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Serve with a grind of black pepper and garnish with cilantro.

Time to arm yourself with some more good advice: Here’s how to avoid burnout at work, and this 5-minute trick will calm your mind and gut in any situation.

GOOD FOOD| EMILY LAURENCE, JANUARY 19, 2017

7 Ways To Eat Healthier This Week

1. Add lentils to spaghetti sauce for extra fiber and protein.

Here’s a vegetarian version — but you could easily do this with a meat-based sauce, too.

2. Pick one night this week to prep an easy, make-ahead salad for the next day’s lunch.

Pick one night this week to prep an easy, make-ahead salad for the next day's lunch.

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To get you started, here are a dozen go-to salad ideas that BuzzFeed readers swear by.

More: 12 Make-Ahead Salads To Fuel Your Workweek

3. Switch up your hummus game by DIY’ing these versions that are equal parts delicious, colorful, and good for you:

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This hummus trio blends protein-packed chickpeas with spicy roasted carrots; fresh green herbs and garlic; and lemony beets.

More: This Rainbow-Inspired Hummus Is Almost Too Gorgeous To Eat

4. Fire up your slow cooker and try one of these better-for-you ideas for dinner:

Fire up your slow cooker and try one of these better-for-you ideas for dinner:

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Find Crock Pot-ready recipes for chili, chicken soup, spaghetti squash, and more here.

More: 15 Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Actually Healthy

5. Freeze leftover Greek yogurt or pureed greens into ice cube trays for ready-to-use boosters that you can pop into smoothies.

Cheers to smoothies that basically make themselves. More on yogurt bites here, and freezing greens here.

6. Curb cravings by snacking on foods high in healthy fats — like toast with peanut butter or avocado.

Curb cravings by snacking on foods high in healthy fats — like toast with peanut butter or avocado.

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As Liz Moody, healthy food blogger and founder of Sprouted Routes, explained to BuzzFeed Health: “This may sound counterintuitive but when trying to lose weight, many people make the mistake of cutting fat from their diet, which can leave them feeling super hungry, cranky, and less likely to stick to the plan long-term (which is key!). Adding in healthy fats boosts satiation and keeps you from noshing on simple carbs and sugar, or giving up too soon.”

More: 23 Surprising Weight-Loss Tips That Are Actually Doable

7. For a seasonal, oven-baked sweet treat, stuff pears with pecans + cinnamon, then drizzle with honey.

For a seasonal, oven-baked sweet treat, stuff pears with pecans + cinnamon, then drizzle with honey.

If you don’t have pecans, walnuts or granola would work perfectly too. Find the full recipe here, and find out what else is in season this month here.

More: How to Make Honey Cinnamon Baked Pears

|BuzzFeed Staff

Hit Refresh: 7 Daily Tips to Eat More Vegetables (Deliciously!)

 

Hit Refresh: 7 Daily Tips to Eat More Vegetables (Deliciously!)

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Most of us don’t get enough vegetables. In fact, 90% of Americans don’t get the recommended 2-3 servings a day. (For most vegetables, 1 cup is a serving. For raw, leafy vegetables like salad greens it’s 2 cups). Vegetables are a great source of healthy nutrients like fiber, potassium, folate, and vitamin A. They also play a big role in helping people lose or maintain weight. Vegetables are rich in fiber, which helps fill you up. Plus, when you’re eating more low-calorie vegetables, there’s less space for eating less higher-calorie less-healthful foods. Here are seven easy (and delicious ways) to eat more vegetables.

1. Add vegetables (and fruits) to breakfast.

The nutrients you get are a plus for your health, but eating produce in the morning can also help you maintain a healthy weight. A recent Cornell University study looked at the habits of people with normal BMIs—just naturally, without trying—and found that 96 percent ate breakfast, versus skipping it or merely sipping coffee. The most common items on their A.M. menu? You guessed it: fruits and veggies. So whip up a chock-full-of-veggies omelet or smoothie bowl bursting with fruit.

2. Eat more veggie soup.

Research has shown that when people eat soup they tend to eat fewer calories. Soup is also a great way to eat more vegetables because you can add a lot of produce to your soup pot. Make one of these chock-full-of-vegetables soups to help you get your fill this week.

3. Snack on vegetables.

And we don’t mean potato chips and French fries. Your snacks should help you fill up in between meals so you don’t feel starving at dinner. They also can help you fill your vegetable quota. Try carrots or cucumbers dipped in hummus, celery with peanut butter or a small cup of vegetable soup.

4.Turn sweet potatoes into noodles.

Flip pasta night on its head and make noodles out of vegetables. Use sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini, turnips or beets to replace pasta and you’ll be getting loads of nutrients for not a lot of calories. Make Sweet Potato Carbornara for dinner tonight or try our other vegetable noodle recipes. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler to create long “noodles” with your vegetables.

5. Make wraps with lettuce.

Cut down on calories and carbs by using with lettuce to make a wrap. Butter lettuce leaves, cabbage leaves, lacinato kale and swiss chard all make good stand-ins. It’s a fun spin on lunch or dinner and an easy way to add more vegetables to your day. Wrap up your favorite sandwich fillings or get inspired by our healthy lettuce wrap recipes.

6. Use spaghetti squash for lasagna.

Think outside the box of traditional lasagna and instead of noodles use spaghetti squash. You get a satisfying portion of lasagna and a full serving of vegetables in this Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Broccolini recipe.

7. Turn your vegetables into chips.

Make eating vegetables fun and whip up homemade chips with beets, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts or kale. Baking thin slices or leaves with a little salt gives you a crunchy snack or side. Even kids and picky eaters can’t resist vegetables when they’re served like chips!


EatingWell.com, December 2016 \By Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.

10 Women With Tons Of Energy Reveal Exactly What They Eat All Day To Feel So Energized

 

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It’s tempting to sip a sugary latte in the morning or grab a candy bar when you hit a midday slump. While those sweet treats can give you a quick boost, you’ll usually end up crashing—and craving even more sweets. But the right foods can keep you feeling energized all day, without all the ups and downs. These 10 women reveal what foods they reach for when they need to power through a long day. (Repeat after us: No more dieting. Ever. Instead, learn how to eat clean—with zero deprivation!—and watch the pounds drop off, with Your Metabolism Makeover.)

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 Mini-meals

“Two years ago, I was exhausted, overweight, and overwhelmed by life,” says Sarah Foster, a group fitness instructor in Poughkeepsie, NY. I was too tired to cook, so I ate a lot of takeout, and before long I’d feel drained again. To break the cycle, I started eating 5 or 6 small meals a day, which I prep in advance. Fueling my body properly increased my energy levels; it’s amazing how quickly my body responded.”

Favorite energy-boosting food: “My no-crash lunch is a turkey burger topped with guacamole, half a sweet potato, and a green salad on the side.”

MORE: 7 Reasons You’re Tired All The Time

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Eliza Whetzel, RD, a nutritionist at Middleberg Nutrition in New York City, noticed a dramatic improvement in her energy level after she started including more healthy fats in her diet—like avocados, walnuts, hummus, or coconut oil. “Adding fat has made all the difference,” she says.

Favorite energy-boosting food: Salad with chicken, quinoa, olives, avocado, and olive oil vinaigrette.

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Making smoothies for breakfast every morning “has been life-changing,” says Nancy Knutson, director of marketing for the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. “Thanks to that simple adjustment, I have more energy than I’ve ever experienced. Take my coffee—just leave me my smoothie.”

Favorite energy-boosting food: A smoothie made with frozen or fresh fruit, a banana, Greek yogurt, whey protein powder, spinach, and fiber powder or flax seeds. (We like NorCal Organic whey protein powder.)

MORE: 20 Super-Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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“The single thing that’s helped me most with maintaining energy throughout the day is water—lots of water,” says Lyssa Menard, a clinical health psychologist in Chicago. “Proper hydration is so critical to energy maintenance, but I wasn’t taking it as seriously as [my diet].” Once she made a point of frequenting her office water cooler, she says, “My energy shot through the roof.”

Favorite energy-boosting food: A glass of water (duh!).

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In her 20s, Kerri Axelrod, a lifestyle coach and yoga instructor in Boston, battled chronic fatigue caused by an undiagnosed autoimmune disorder. “There were days I literally couldn’t get out of bed,” she says. “It wasn’t until I transformed the way I approached food—transitioning away from processed foods and removing gluten and dairy from my diet—that I was able to see a lasting change. When I nourished my body properly, I was able to regain energy.”

Favorite energy-boosting food: Energy bites made with almond butter, dates, chia seeds, gluten-free oats, and dairy-free dark chocolate. (Here’s another tasty way to whip up energy bites.)

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After moving out on her own for the first time, Liana Werner Gray, a natural-food chef based in New York City, fell into a junk-food rut. “I was always drained,” she says. “I would be up one minute and down the next because my body was using so much energy to digest all the processed foods and refined sugars.” She started satisfying her sweet tooth with natural sugars— like honey, dates, and fruits—and found it much easier to sustain her energy.

Favorite energy-boosting food: Acai bowls, made by blending acai with a frozen banana. “It’s basically a smoothie poured into a bowl, with fun toppings like fresh berries, gluten-free granola, and chia seeds,” she says. (Here are 9 more breakfast bowls you’ll love.)

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Lyn Alden, a finance blogger based in Atlantic City, NJ, says switching to a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet dramatically improved her energy. “From the moment I wake up to the minute I go to sleep, I never feel hunger cravings or drops in energy,” she says. (Not everyone will respond to a ketogenic diet the same way; the extremely low-carb count leaves some people feeling zapped.)

Favorite energy-boosting food: Salad with leafy greens, sliced avocado, a can of sardines, lemon juice, and olive oil. “Sardines taste like tuna, but are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat,” she says.

 

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“After finding out about how beneficial a vegetarian diet was for the planet, I decided to try it and discovered another bonus—I have so much more energy!” says Julie Hancher, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Green Philly Blog. “I don’t need as much coffee as I did before going before vegetarian.”

Favorite energy-boosting food: Energy-boosting bars made with quinoa, dates, almonds, peanut butter, and a pinch of melted cacao chips on top.

MORE: 4 Energy Bars You Can Make In Your Slow Cooker

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“I didn’t eat breakfast at all for years, because I’ve always enjoyed eating in the evening and wanted to ‘save my calories’ for night,” says Devin Alexander, a cookbook author and celebrity chef in Los Angeles. “Just eating a small breakfast changed both my metabolism and energy level. When I start my day with lean protein, I’m satisfied and feel better.”

Favorite energy-boosting food: “I eat egg whites in some form almost every morning—breakfast sandwich, omelet, scrambled, you name it,” she says.

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Cindy Santa Ana, an integrative nutrition health coach in the DC area, said her afternoon slumps subsided when she cut back on carbs and sugar. “I started eating meals high in protein, fiber, and fat to keep my blood sugar balanced,” she says. “That also helped me shed 50 pounds!”

Favorite energy-boosting food: “Power salads,” which she creates by mixing 2 cups of greens, a cup of raw veggies, a protein (like grilled chicken, tuna, or hard-boiled eggs), and a healthy fat (like shredded cheese, sliced almonds, olives, or sunflower seeds), topped with homemade dressing.

MORE: 7 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Sugar

By  Kara Wahlgren    January 13, 2017