Oats are full of nutritional benefits. They’re high in beta-glucan, which, when consumed regularly, can help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad one) levels, resulting in improved heart health and blood sugar. Oats also provide a hefty dose of magnesium, a mineral that most of us don’t get enough of. Magnesium is critical for energy production and a magnesium deficiency will negatively affect the body’s ability to utilize calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin K. And, as you probably already know, oats also provide a hefty dose of fiber that will help keep your digestive tract happy and regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates.
Understand it’s never over
Health and fitness is a life long commitment. Too many people sabotage their efforts because they think they are finished when they hit their weight loss goal.
Once they lose the weight they want, they go right back to their previous life style that caused the excess weight gain in the first place! NO! You’ve got to stick with it! And remember, it is easier to maintain once you reach your goal.
5 Tips to Relieve Muscle Soreness
1. Start SLOW
It’s very tempting to begin an exercise program with a lot of enthusiasm, but try your best to go at a reasonable pace. If you’ve never exercised, or it’s been a long time since you have, go much easier than you feel you are capable of on Day 1 and ramp things up at a pace that is based on how you feel. If you’re not sore, go a little harder the next day. If you’re a little sore, take it down a notch.
Dehydration can also make you sore. In fact, once you’re used to your workout program, nearly all-excessive soreness is due to dehydration or nutritional deficiencies. Adding exercise increases your water needs. A lot. Hydration is your body’s first defense against, not only soreness, but also most illnesses and other maladies.
How much water you need varies depending on your activity level, lifestyle, where you live, etc., but an easy gauge to use is to drink half your body weight in ounces each day. That’s before you account for exercise. For each hour you work out, you should add another 32 ounces (on average). This, too, varies based on the individual, heat, humidity, exercise intensity, and so forth, but you probably get the idea. You need a lot of water for optimal performance.
3. Have a Post-workout Fuel
After you finish exercising is your nutrition sweet spot. The quicker your muscles recover, the less sore you get, so you never want to skip your post-workout meal! What this meal should consist of has been debated for ages but countless modern studies show that glycogen depletion (replenished quickest with simple carbohydrates), should be your primary concern. Glycogen is a fuel that your muscles store in limited amounts. When you run out of it during exercise, your workout goes south very quickly. When it’s gone, muscle damage increases until it’s been restored.
Protein, which repairs muscle tissue, your muscles are hungry after exertion they crave protein. Choose natural sources such as fish, poultry, lean meats, nuts, lentils and quinoa.
4. Move More
Even though you might want to flop onto the couch, cold drink in hand, first move a little more. Slowly and gently is fine. Get the blood flowing into those sore muscles by simply walking around the house or around your neighborhood.
5. Soak in a Tub
A warm bath cures many ills, and always helps ease stiff muscles. You'll also sleep better after a bath, helping you awake refreshed.
Whether it’s lasagna, spaghetti, ravioli, or any type of
pasta dish I’m all in.
I love Italian foods.
The only problem is they’re all way too high in calories,
fatty oils, sauces, and cheeses.
Although things like spaghetti are usually "off limits" unless
it’s a cheat day, today’s recipe is an exception to the rule.
So if you’re sick and tired of Chicken and Broccoli, you’re
going to love the new recipe below.
Introducing Low Carb Turkey Spaghetti
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 lb. ground organic or farm raised turkey breast
- 4 cups low fat marinara sauce
- 1/4 cup of raw parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. In a shallow
baking dish place skin side up in 1 inch of water and bake
uncovered for 45 minutes.
3. When cool enough to handle, hold squash with 1 hand
and with a fork in the other hand, remove center into a
bowl (it will come out looking like spaghetti).
4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
5. In a medium skillet, cook turkey until no longer pink and crumbled.
6. Season with salt and pepper.
7. In a small saucepan heat marinara until warm and add cooked
turkey to sauce.
8. Place 1 serving of squash on a dinner plate and top with 1
serving marinara sauce.
9. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and enjoy.
You can even substitute the turkey breast with grass fed
beef or buffalo if you want.
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Prep Time Saves Time (prepare meals ahead of time)
Eating healthy can be a pain when it comes to time. Healthy foods are not ready made in bags that you can tear off shelves. Nope, the foods with staying power have a lot of chemicals and other junk in them. That’s why they can sit on shelves for so long in the first place.
Consider making meals for the week on a Sunday, putting them in containers and freezing them, saving you time during the week.
2. Summertime Playlist: Update your tunes with a summer time playlist that has you thinking summer, beach, and bikini! Motivate your body and mind with some upbeat music.
3. Crank Up the Cardio: For better fitness results and a healthier you increase the intensity of your cardio sessions by making them longer, adding intervals of strength training or trying a new routine(example: Spinning, Kickboxing, Zumba).
4. Add Yoga: Beginning a yoga practice will help the body gain strength, balance and increase flexibility. Yoga helps promote metal focus and can keep your body and mind motivated to your goals.
5. Add Weight: Increasing the resistance load in your strength training workouts will help add a challenge and increase the intensity of your session.
Why are intervals better then doing steady state cardio?
Efficiency. Studies have shown you can get as good as a workout in 15 minutes with high intensity intervals that you could do an hour workout on a treadmill. When adding intervals to your workouts you are able to get a better workout in a shorter amount of time.
Builds a healthier heart. When you are you doing intervals your are pushing yourself into an anaerobic zone for a limited amount of time which helps to build stamina and in turn helps to pump blood more efficiently throughout the body.
Lose fat not muscle. Steady state cardio can cause you to lose weight that comes from muscle loss but doing interval training can help to keep muscle while losing fat.
Increased fat burning. When doing intervals you are able to burn more fat not only during your workout but also after. High intensity interval training has been shown to release HGH (human growth hormone). HGH is responsible for increasing fat metabolism.
Try adding some intervals into your workout today. Need help #askmehow