GET FIT and GET HEALTHY 2. Every Saturday come back to The Art of Making a Baby and ShutterMama to read the tips on how to be fitter, healthier and more confident. 3. Weekly write a post about your progress, following the questionnaire below, take a self-portrait (optional) and link up with us. 4. Don’t forget to grab the GET FIT challenge button on the sidebar and display it proudly on your blog or GET FIT post. 5. Link your post with Selfie Saturdays if you took your week’s self-portrait.Do you guys know how to read labels? You probably do. But do you pay much attention to the ingredients list? Do you know which items to avoid? Probably not many of you. I bought a great book that breaks down every possible harmful item that gets included into our common foods and once I read it, I'll be sure to pass on that knowledge. But for now, I'd like to tell you what i DO know.RULES: 1. If you haven’t yet, join the challenge here:
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Things to avoid in food:
high fructose corn syrupWhat? In simple words it's added sugar. But not just sugar, but over-processed cheap version of sugar. Where? Almost EVERYWHERE! Why? If the products says natural, but you see high fructose corp syrup there, you'll be sure that there's nothing natural about it, considering they pumped it with additional cheap sweeteners. It bombards your body with sugar, raising yourinsulin level, causing diabetes and obesity.
Partially hydrogenated oilsWhat? Oils that didn't complete a hydrogenation process. A cheap alternative to butter Where?You can find them in chips, cookies, baked goods. Why? They make you fat, they are disruptors of metabolic processes and a big cause of cancer. And they're just simply bad for you!
MSG (Glutamic Acid)What? A naturally occurring essential amino acid that has been used in the food industry as an additive and a flavor enhancer Where? Most restaurants, specifically Chinese. Processed, packages or frozen foods. Why?Have you ever eaten at a restaurant and had what I call a food hangover? That achy feeling, maybe a headache, weakness and a definitely dry mouth/thirst? That's MSG to blame for. Most restaurants add MSG to enhance flavor of their meals ( why did you think restaurant food tastes so good?). But would you still enjoy the food, knowing that the great taste comes from , basically, a chemical? FDA generally recognizes glutamic acid as safe, however we all know that FDA is heavily lobbied by the food industry, whose only cheap ay of making things taste good is adding MSG. If you care to dig into it, you'll learn about a certain CEO of a certain company being good friends with the head of FDA at the time the MSG ruling was happening. 'nough said. And while glutamic acid does occur naturally in our bodies, we get more than enough eating our normal healthy diets. More than that will cause the above mentioned symptoms and possible health effects. And who wants to eat food that makes them feel sick? The tricky thing is MSG comes all kinds of different names, so you need to watch out for those too. Here's a list of the biggest offenders
What else to pay attention to?The higher the ingredient is on the list the more of it the product contains, so you obviously don't want anything that has the above mentioned ingredients anywhere in the top 5 of the ingredient list Look for shorter ingredient list. The shorter it is, the more natural and unprocessed the food product is. You wouldn't believe how many brands I switched from after learning all these facts a while ago. But at least I am confident that I have some sort of idea of what I put in my body.
Now, my entry for week 101. Height: 5’11?, weight: 133 lb 2. Your fitness challenge(s) for this week: 30 minutes of pilates every other day + 30 minutes of cardio ( rollerblading, running, swimming or treadmill) every other day. Special exercises designed for pregnancy to increase flexibility (daily) + Kegels (twice daily). A total of about an hour of physical activity a day. I decided to pick up the pace and work more on my abs more, inspired to go into pregnancy as fit as I can possibly be. 3. Your health challenge(s) for this week: My eating habits are close to perfect, however I could improve on my water intake. My goal will be 8 glasses of water daily + continue eating the way I do now. Start snacking more during the day to prepare for the first trimester of morning sickness.
4. How well did it go:
- Fitness: This week... agh! I can't say I did GREAT! But Iguess I didn't fail completely. It was hard to do pilates with my knee and palms hurt, since most of the exercises are on your hands and knees. I did what I could, but I think skipped a few days due to work 🙁 Don't like that.
- Water: I’m back to my KleenKanteen bottle and being hydrated.
- Food: Ate great as usual. Tried to snack on nuts throughout the day. Found out excesses of vitamin E ( nuts) are harmful to pregnant women and those planning to conceive. Had to slow down on them .