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Old 10-13-2010, 04:35 PM
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***Workout & Healthy Eating Thread!***

Okay, since nobody has started it, I will. I'm not looking to "diet" or anything but I just want a healthier, more active lifestyle since I feel like I'm sitting in a chair the whole day (which is true...I work at home and I walk to my kitchen to prepare meals ).

For the most part, I love carbs, so they are my vice. On the flip side, I don't like sweets of any kind (except sorbet and fruit) so I easily avoid those things I know a healthy diet should be composed of more lean proteins and lots of veggies but I'm a sucker for rice, pasta and bread I'm trying to eat more protein in general that ISN'T meat, like hummus, fish and eggs, since they have fats that are better for your body.

So I'll start. I usually have two meals a day with a large snack so I am trying to change this. I make an effort to buy more "breakfast food" so I do eat breakfast now but it is mostly high in fatty foods like bacon and eggs. I'm trying to do more yogurt and fruit but I really can't stomach sweet food in the morning so its kind of hard.

As for workouts, I am super boring. I grew up running cross country so all I do now is run. I either do 2.5 miles a day or I do the 30 Day Shred video at Level 1 (Level 2 hurts my knees and it kills me so I can't do it yet ) I would like more ideas from you guys if you have any. I don't have access to a gym so machines are out of the question

Breakfast/Lunch: Hummus place with romaine lettuce, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and one pita
Lots and lots of water, today is freaking HOT.
Dinner: Will probably be cajun salmon from Trader Joe's (its raw but preseasoned!), sauteed zucchini and a rice side.
Snack: Will probably be some fruit or more hummus and veggies. I love hummus

Workout: Probably going to do 2.5 miles today, just waiting for it to cool down
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:53 PM
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I'm not looking to lose weight, and if anything I should gain a bit according to my dr. I'd really like to tone up and get more cardio in. I can't stand going to the gym! I'd rather do outdoor activities like snowboarding, bicycling & hiking. I really don't like running. I used to snowboard everyday, but since moving back down south and having a kid that pretty much has been put on the backburner. I'm trying to at least do yoga at home x2 a week and to ride my bike 1-2x per week.
My diet is around 50% organic, maybe more, but I really want to increase that. I have a major sweet tooth and carb cravings Plus baking is a hobby of mine, soooo not giving that up I cannot go without either. I used to eat little red meat, but my daughter was anemic (and I am probably as well) so now I incorporate more organic lean ground beef, chicken & pork into meals. I'm very much into providing my daughter with a blanced meal, but sometimes I find I'm not doing the same for myself! I really want to try to eat salmon 1x a week. Usually I can't eat a lot in the morning so for breakfast I have cereal w/fruit and maybe eggs 1-2x per week. I need more breakfast ideas!
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:01 PM
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^Same thing happened to me! I used to eat much more meager (and less healthy I guess) until I moved in with bf and started making food for the both of us. If I don't sneak some proteins in the meal, he'll get hungry in an hour So now we cook a lot more chicken, salmon (because he loves it) and we will have steak once in a BIG while.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:09 PM
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Good thread! I too, love carbs way too much... and my biggest kitchen problem is... I HATE being in the kitchen, and have never really learned to cook. So I'm open for any easy/healthy/YUMMY recipes you guys have come to love.

I also need to get back into shape, all I do is scurry around the house after the boys and sit at my desk. We're planning to get a gym membership, but I'm hella shy, and hate working out around people. If we weren't in the middle of a busy part of the city, I'd still be walking the boys around in a stroller. I wish I were out of town.
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:34 AM
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I usually eat old fashioned oatmeal for breakfast everyday for lunch either a huge salad or a small one with morningstar farms black bean burger on orowheat sandwhich thins or a shakeology
Dinner if Im on grave shift I drink a shakeology if im on swing,a healthy choice or lean cuisine
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OoOo what's Shakeology? Will look that up.

I had guac and chips as a snack today, then had salmon, butter garlic herbed pasta and zucchini for dinner. Did run 2.5 miles, thinking of doing the 30 day shred just for kicks.
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OoOo what's Shakeology? Will look that up.

I had guac and chips as a snack today, then had salmon, butter garlic herbed pasta and zucchini for dinner. Did run 2.5 miles, thinking of doing the 30 day shred just for kicks.
Shakeology is prob the best thing I've ever put in my body.
it's a Beachbody product. Let me know if you want to try it.You can also look on YouTube for vids on it
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Old 10-14-2010, 02:01 AM
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^emily why don't you try different kinds beans which are a good source of fiber and protein if you are looking for non meat proteins. I love a three bean salad type thing! Also, a veggie egg white omelet is nice in the morning as well.
I'm the same as most here in that I looovve bread and all kinds of carbs. Since last April though I have tried to clean up my eating by eating much less flour and refined sugar. This is much easier when my husband isn't here to tempt me with dinners out. I love oatmeal in the morning and rice with edamame or other veggies at night. I am excited to try those sandwich thin things when I move back to the US. In fact I'm excited to try all those new US products that I can't get out here! (although I will miss all the fun japanese ones on this end)
I also have been working out for the past 10 months 5-6 times a week and started running this April. If I can run ..I think anyone can, I mean I run slooww. I had never run before in my life until this year. I just finally worked up to 5.3 miles last week.
I now do my body pump class 3 times a week followed by elliptical, bike, or incline walking and then I run outside 2 times a week, 5.3 miles around the flight line of my navy base. I have finally started seeing muscle although it's taken a super long time. I guess my body is just really slow to change. I feel like others have the ability to tone up very quickly!
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Old 10-17-2010, 04:51 PM
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I don't have any advice. I'm looking to lose weight and tomorrow I plan to start back doing my Chalean Extreme workouts along with Weight Watchers. When I followed this same routine a year ago I was able to plan out some small meals throughout the day and I saw some good results. Once I get into the habit of working out on a daily basis, I plan on using my "off days" to run. I have had a treadmill for about a year and I have only used it a handful of times but it does a great job of holding my clothes Right now I just need to get down to healthy weight and hopefully maintain it.
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:01 PM
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^emily why don't you try different kinds beans which are a good source of fiber and protein if you are looking for non meat proteins. I love a three bean salad type thing! Also, a veggie egg white omelet is nice in the morning as well.
I'm the same as most here in that I looovve bread and all kinds of carbs. Since last April though I have tried to clean up my eating by eating much less flour and refined sugar. This is much easier when my husband isn't here to tempt me with dinners out. I love oatmeal in the morning and rice with edamame or other veggies at night. I am excited to try those sandwich thin things when I move back to the US. In fact I'm excited to try all those new US products that I can't get out here! (although I will miss all the fun japanese ones on this end)
I also have been working out for the past 10 months 5-6 times a week and started running this April. If I can run ..I think anyone can, I mean I run slooww. I had never run before in my life until this year. I just finally worked up to 5.3 miles last week.
I now do my body pump class 3 times a week followed by elliptical, bike, or incline walking and then I run outside 2 times a week, 5.3 miles around the flight line of my navy base. I have finally started seeing muscle although it's taken a super long time. I guess my body is just really slow to change. I feel like others have the ability to tone up very quickly!
Yeah, me too! I lose and gain weight very slowly. I was basically not working out at ALL for 4 months and eating very crappy food because we were on a crazy schedule trying to get our app finished (think Denny's, McD, delivery pizza) and I only gained 12ish pounds. But it will be just as hard to lose it and I am indeed having trouble. I've tried on and off to eat well and exercise but I get lazy. I've lost two pounds since I started trying in August.

Like I said, I've been trying to eat more lean protein but I don't love beans and I don't like eggs with just egg whites...don't like oatmeal either I gotta work on finding some recipes I like!
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I am also a carb junkie, but I found out I am severely gluten intolerant, so I started baking with almond flour. Elana Amsterdam has a fabulous blog with lots of great recipes, and also main meal recipes--all her recipes are centered around produce and lean protein, and the almond flour baked goods. I love to bake, so it works for me, but the recipes are AMAZINGLY delicious, and really really easy--most of the baked goods have about 6 ingredients in them and that's it, no mixer--easy. The almond flour stuff is low carb, high protein and low in saturated fats (nuts are high in beneficial fats). I've made bread, biscuits, cookies.. . really good.
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I am also a carb junkie, but I found out I am severely gluten intolerant, so I started baking with almond flour. Elana Amsterdam has a fabulous blog with lots of great recipes, and also main meal recipes--all her recipes are centered around produce and lean protein, and the almond flour baked goods. I love to bake, so it works for me, but the recipes are AMAZINGLY delicious, and really really easy--most of the baked goods have about 6 ingredients in them and that's it, no mixer--easy. The almond flour stuff is low carb, high protein and low in saturated fats (nuts are high in beneficial fats). I've made bread, biscuits, cookies.. . really good.
How did you find out you were gluten intolerant? I am curious because it seems that this is more common now. Or maybe it is just easier to diagnose now, but several people I know have been told this as well.

Did it make a big difference when you changed your diet?
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^ I had a lot of the symptoms of celiac / gluten intolerance so I had to eliminate it entirely from my diet (while changing nothing else) for a number of weeks. My symptoms decreased dramatically. Then I had to add a bit back into my diet to see if the symptoms returned, and sure enough I got really sick. So I agreed with my health care providers that I would just stop eating it. There are also blood tests they can do, and for celiac I believe that they sometimes do intestinal biopsies.

It has made a HUGE difference in how I feel (and how my body functions) to eliminate gluten--it's been a really amazing thing to figure out, actually. I'm so glad I did. I feel so much better.
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I am also a carb junkie, but I found out I am severely gluten intolerant, so I started baking with almond flour. Elana Amsterdam has a fabulous blog with lots of great recipes, and also main meal recipes--all her recipes are centered around produce and lean protein, and the almond flour baked goods. I love to bake, so it works for me, but the recipes are AMAZINGLY delicious, and really really easy--most of the baked goods have about 6 ingredients in them and that's it, no mixer--easy. The almond flour stuff is low carb, high protein and low in saturated fats (nuts are high in beneficial fats). I've made bread, biscuits, cookies.. . really good.
Bread and baked sweets are my vice too so I will have to check out that website. I've never used almond flour but it sounds great!

Aside from eating seafood on occasion I get most of my protein from beans, nuts, eggs and dairy. (I don't eat oinkers, mooers or cluckers at all) .

I have a hard time staying consistent with workouts. I mostly turn to yoga and the 30 day shred vid (which I love) when I do keep up with it. I like running (have done a full and half marathon) but worry about my knees. People always think that since I appear slim (I'm 4'11, 101 lbs) that I'm pretty healthy but I'm not. I have a high body fat percentage! So I'm looking to be lean without a lot of lifting. (When I add weights I get built like a little mighty mouse.) I just need to stick to a damn routine!
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I am also a carb junkie, but I found out I am severely gluten intolerant, so I started baking with almond flour. Elana Amsterdam has a fabulous blog with lots of great recipes, and also main meal recipes--all her recipes are centered around produce and lean protein, and the almond flour baked goods. I love to bake, so it works for me, but the recipes are AMAZINGLY delicious, and really really easy--most of the baked goods have about 6 ingredients in them and that's it, no mixer--easy. The almond flour stuff is low carb, high protein and low in saturated fats (nuts are high in beneficial fats). I've made bread, biscuits, cookies.. . really good.
Thanks for sharing that info! I'm excited about checking her website out!
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