25 July 2010

Sunday suggestions

Each Sunday I am going to try to find a few new fitness tips to share here to keep myself motivated and give the blog a bit of structure. Please remember, I'm not a doctor or an expert on anything other than my own life. My advice doesn't always work and may not be helpful to anyone at all, least of all myself.

If you like this idea, please feel free to use it on your own blog. It would be nice for you to leave a link here so that we can all, benefit though. I'd also greatly appreciate a link back to my blog. Thank you.

1. Don't skip breakfast.
This is a bit of an exception to the "eat only when you're hungry" rule, but it's important. Get a whole grain in and a protein to set the foundation of your day. You'll be amazed at what it does for you.

2. Read labels.
The more you know about your fuel, the better choices you can make. This doens't mean that you will (or have to) always make the best choices, but it reaffirms that you are the one in charge of what goes into your body and the choices you make effect the progress you experience. I pay special atttention to serving size and calories. I review the labels not just at purchasing time, but at meal/snack time as well. I don't track my calories officially, but I am aware of whether I chose a whole grain with 80 calories or a delicious poptart worth 250.

3. Nuts!
Snack on nuts. A serving of walnuts is only 1/4 cup and I never thought it would hold me over to my next meal, but it actually does the job. Also they provide my body with much-needed Omega-3 fatty acids which I don't get enough of because we so rarely eat fish. Walnuts are my go-to snack when I crave brownies - my biggest weakness. YUM!


  1. Great idea!

    I find if I don't have breakfast, the whole day goes downhill.

    Oh..and labels! Gotta be careful because you can look at the front of a package and it might say one thing, but then if you carefully read the label, find that the front of the package was misleading. Example: premixed protein shake. 32 g protein. Wow! I looked at the calories etc. Then, a few days later, looked more carefully at the label and saw there were TWO servings in the container..so i was consuming double the calories. and those grams of protein were NOT per serving..they were per the whole container.

    Sneaky IMHO. :)

    Thanks for the tips.

  2. Great tips!
    Breakfast is SO important, and yet the most neglected meal of the day by most. I know I was guilty of that for years because I hated eating in the morning, and even now that I know better it is sometimes a struggle. Reading labels is so important, even when choosing between brands. I try so hard to get an adequate amount of protein in my diet per day, which requires a lot of label reading. Without doing that, we might be entirely lost!

    Nuts are my favourite thing to snack on, they're so good, and good for you at the same time! I also love how filling they can be, a small handful is enough to keep you fueling between the larger meals of the day with no hunger pangs. During university semesters, I always have nuts in my schoolbag. 4 hours through a class with nothing to snack on isn't good!

  3. I heard that the reason they always serve almonds on airplanes is because they are a great way to curb an appetite, making the passengers less cranky.


  4. Sometimes, I keep nuts in my purse, but that's a whole other post!

    I have found that if I buy sunflower kernels and eat them one at a time, they are very satisfying for a long time. Did I mention they are delicious?


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