Around 9am I
deemed today as one of the most spontaneous days of my adult life. This
morning, my best girlfriend and I decided to stop letting life pass us by,
and took the saying “treat yo’self” to heart. We booked a spontaneous cruise
to the Caribbean. At around 9:04am after the excitement wore off, horror took
What had I done? I had just given myself 10 days to get into as good a shape as I could possibly (healthily) manage. Thus, my immediate solution: spend my day researching and plotting healthy exercise regimens, food recipes and at-home weight loss myths to try out. With the three combined, I’m hoping I might have a shot of toning up a bit before the trip. At the very least, feeling healthier.
I’m giving myself (and you) a 10-day challenge. Be as disciplined as we possibly can and see how our bodies feel at the end of day 10. Yes, we might not see great changes and yes, it takes 21 days to form a habit. The goal here is that by day 10 we’ll have cleansed our bodies of guilty pleasure foods, and might be so pleased with our progress that we’re inspired to continue along our healthy journey.
Broccoli low fat, low calorie and fills you up with high-fiber without the calories. Also is preventative in diseases that come with being overweight- diabetes, hypertension & heart disease.
Cabbage similarly to drinking a large glass of water before a meal, eating cabbage before a meal is also suggested. It’s filled with fiber and satisfies your appetite, making it easier for you to resist the urge of over-eating at meals.
Cauliflower has no fat, is high in vitamin C, and is rich in flavor either raw or cooked. It also provides fiber, folic acid, potassium and as an added bonus is said to help prevent cancer.
Spinach curbs your cravings for sweets and junk food. According to a study that was conducted at Lund University in Sweden, spinach contains thylakoids, which boosts weight loss by almost 43%. Try blending spinach into your smoothies before breakfast and see if it helps to reduce your cravings for unhealthy foods.
Grapefruit helps to keep you full and is chock full of fiber. Apparently, even just smelling the scent of grapefruit works in aiding weight loss. Researchers say this is because of the effect that grapefruit oil has on liver enzymes which help to get rid of cravings and encourage weight loss.
Lettuce has a low calorie count and almost zero fat. Lettuce also contains fiber, which improves your digestion. It’s also great at filling you up, which once again helps you to not snack on unhealthy foods when hungry. Try to use an oil-based dressing for max benefits.
Legumes are also great for aiding in a healthy lifestyle dietary change. These should definitely be on your grocery list. A legume, according to the ‘Ultimate Paleo Guide,’ is a simple dry fruit contained within a shed or a pod. Well-known legumes are lentils, beans, peanuts and peas. Legumes are ideal for maintaining a healthy body weight, which is exactly what we’re after.
Suggested combinations are:
Baked beans on toast
Bean dip + baked corn chips
Beans with rice
Hummus + pita bread
Lentil or bean soup served with bread
Chickpea stew served over couscous
Lentil or bean burger
This is a great (and easy) lentil soup recipe.
The Hard Part- Working out.
Unfortunately for me, I’ve spent the last two days with sore muscles and back pain from an unexpectedly advanced yoga. Due to my realization that perhaps I can’t jump into any extreme poses right off the bat, I decided to investigate a series of yoga poses that beginners to advanced yogis can do, and specifically poses that are geared towards helping you lose weight and tone your butt for the upcoming spring (you’re welcome!)
-Warrior I, II & III
-Down Dog Split
It’s recommended to practice yoga on an emptier stomach, but if you are going to head to the gym for some cardio try eating a toasted slice of whole wheat bread with sliced bananas and cinnamon. Carbs are great to have in your body before a workout, and you want to try to have a mix of simple and complex so that the release of energy throughout your workout is slow and steady. After your workout try eating some lean proteins like chicken. Start tonight! After finishing this post I’ll be leaving the office and be heading to a grocery store… and hopefully fitting in a yoga class or 10 before that cruise!
By Sky Andersen