Super foods?


I hear a lot about Superheroes at the daycare, but never have I heard about super foods.  I finally checked my e-mail today (104 unread messages!) and looked through the newsletters and articles from sparkpeople.com and livestrong.com.  I found this article http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=307 which reports super foods  “power your brain, and correctly and efficiently fuel your body…fight infection, enhance your immune system, and protect against diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and respiratory infections.”

WOW! What great reasons to make sure you’re eating a healthy and balanced diet, especially if you’re trying to lose weight!

None of this is news to me, changing my diet was how I lost weight, but lately I’ve been returning to old habits more and more.

What happened after I wrote this?  Why didn’t my motivation in January stick?

Well…because I’m human, and the cold windy weather and short days have taken a toll on my motivation to work out.  I wonder if changing my diet just this week will help me feel more energetic and really ready to stick to a workout routine at home or at the gym in the coming weeks. Eating healthy is a true lifestyle choice that takes commitment and some effort but it’s absolutely worth it!  I get picked on sometimes because of my eating choices but  those choices are ultimately the reason for my weight loss and overall health today.  

Time to try again.

Spring is a great time to start a new eating plan and workout routine, I started my weight loss in January 2011 but it really jump-started in May 2011. It was a little easier to challenge myself during runs when the weather was more mild; when the view went from dreary and dark to lively and bright I found myself looking forward to my early morning runs.  I believe that exercising is the best way to take time for yourself, and to take care of yourself – in addition to eating foods with the nutrients your body needs.

So I’m going to start again, today.  This is what works for me:

1.  No more stocking up on junk food. (The boyfriend might not like this one, but too bad lol)

2. Prepare salads to eat on the go or for lunch instead of buying fried or sweet snacks.

3.  Eat balanced meals all day with the goal of getting the right amount of servings for each food group (for more info on serving sizes http://nutrition.about.com/od/fruitsandvegetables/f/servingfruit.htm).

4.  On evenings I have the energy, time, and am just sitting around watching TV and eating – take at least 30 minutes to do some type of physical activity (strength training or cardio) – try to do this at least 3 times a week.

I’m not interested in losing weight anymore, but I do notice a change in my mood since I’ve stopped watching what I eat and how much exercise I get each week.  Let’s see if I feel any different after doing this for a couple weeks.  Is anyone else out there having a tough time sticking to a goal or resolution, how did you or will you re-motivate to start again?