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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Eating habits of society

Happy Weekend All!
So we had snow yesterday....eek, and supposed to get more tomorrow, oh our poor crocuses here in Vancouver! 
I found myself finishing my chest work and heading home after my only client for the day, Friday is a light day, and ended up  in my dungeon doing back to back am and pm cardio!  I felt great!  I am not one of those people whom I watch who can go out in any weather, cold, rain, snow and still be half naked running or biking or whatever........I wish, I so envy them.
At Stanley Park we often see this elder man swimming IN THE OCEAN, early mornings, daily ALL YEAR round.
Then we have this other elder man who bikes around the park and Vancouver for 4-8 hours per day all year round, he is in his late 80s!  Talk about motivation and also talk about not having excuses.......makes you realize you really do not have any excuse not to get it in, its all about the mental focus.
If you want it bad enough you will do what you need in a healthful way and the excuses dissolve.

When you are focused on weight loss or fitness you have to realize that your pampered tongue needs to be less pampered.  You can have stuff you like on a once per week basis for example, ONCE you have been consistent for a while and have the exercise and clean eating down to a habit, then you can have your indulgences afterward on occasion.  Staying fit once you are there does not mean you can never enjoy culinary faves again, but earn it and be real.

If you look at food it is whole true form, that is your key to getting fit and getting off excess fat.  Eating this way should be the norm, not eating for taste only on a daily basis.  Tastebuds were not put there for enjoyment purposes mainly.....but to recognize foods and for practical purposes but we have become a society which indulges way too much becoming a mainstream way of thinking.

Too many people eat a higher percentage of processed foods as a norm.........the norm should be produce and lean proteins, processed foods are to be luxury for a treat not your main eating foods and for some this can be overwhelming.  Too many of you have grown up on chicken fingers and tator tots..........time to examine this and change your eating habits even if you are not looking toward fitness goals.  Many tell me they cannot afford fresh fruits n veggies but its cheaper than boxes of cereal and pizza pops.

An easy way to put it, 90% of your shopping should be from a produce department or grocery store......LIVE foods.  Then there is the dried and processed, boxed and such foods which humans have messed with.  Dried like rice, beans, grains are not so bad in the right serving sizes.  Even with grains, they should be a quarter of the plate, while the other quarter be protein and the other half left be veggies!  When I say veggies I mean non starchy ones........the starchy ones are your carbs!
Peas, tubers (yams, potatoes), carrots, squashes are all starchy and can give you the carbs you need for energy allowing you to skip breads and such while you are eating cleaner.

The lettuce leaf and tomato slice don't cut it as a veggie serving on your burger.........and while we are at it, make your own burger so you know whats in there and can keep it leaner.
I guess this rant is more about having witness people eat boxed cereals for breaky, packaged bars for snacks, microwave or canned or boxed foods for lunch and dinner with pasta or bread or potatos as your biggest serving...........wheres the green?  Lets examine this and slowly make changes, before you know it you will drop a few of those extra fat pounds or just feel better internally if you are not overweight.

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