Let’s go over last week’s goals and check them off our list of things to do within the first five weeks that we are dedicating to a start of sustainable you and to a start of living healthy happy and green every day.
If you have not completed the above goals please follow the links and complete the goals as instructed on the websites. Remember, the purpose for the Meditation Challenge and the Dr Oz’s Quiz is for you to learn about your body through credible and organic programs. Please, go to LHHG Challenge’s previous blog posts to read about our journey.
This week’s goals:
1) To begin with, add a healthy salad loaded with bulky vegetables and low calorie dressing to at least one meal to help you learn to feel full without eating a lot of calories. If you add fruit, be carefully not to eat a lot, because in the weeks that are coming we will start counting how much sugar we are eating everyday and you will discover that fruit can blow your sugar goals throw the roof, specifically when you are counting calories to lose weight. Eat one-half of a fruit per serving, if it is considered large or one small fruit per serving for meals or snacks. Use your intuition as a guide for measurement; you will be surprised at how accurate you are. I think this is a good guide for us to start with this week when we are planning our daily meals that will include foods that are low in calories, but make us feel full.
2) In addition, try to start drinking 32 ounces of water (H2O) a day to help keep you hydrated. Also, pay attention to what you drink other than water. Many over the counter drinks are loaded with sugar. For instance, one 7 oz can of ginger ale has 22 grams of sugar. Let’s take some time right now and calculate some numbers.
If you drink 22 grams of sugar and your daily goal is 24 grams, what is the remainder?
I am assuming every one arrived at the same answer, which is you will only have 2 grams of sugar left for you to eat or drink for the rest of your day. Not to mention that you may feel sluggish and if you are like me, look bloated or break out the next day if you consume too much sugar, particularly simple sugars. Sugary drinks also include sweetened juices, teas and coffee products. In other words, you must be aware of the drink’s ingredients listed on its container and you must pay close attention to the drink’s total calories per serving listed on its nutritional label. If you eat out and want to know a particular restaurant’s nutritional information for its menu, try Googling, it can give you instant data posted on the restaurant’s website for your review.
In summary, complete last week’s goals to learn about your body, add salad with bulky vegetables and low calorie dressing to at least one meal a day to feel full without added calories, and try to drink 32 ounces of water to keep your body hydrated. Don’t forget about paying attention to what you drink other than water to keep a mental note of daily sugar and calorie consumption. In comparison, last weeks goals were created to help us understand our bodies, while this weeks goals are created to help us become more aware of what we eat and drink daily. In the weeks to come, we will start counting calories, but not this week. Remember, if you fall off the wagon the LHHG community will help you get back on it, so you can enjoy the journey to a sustainable you and to living healthy, happy and green every day.
Note: Please, consult your doctor when starting any weight loss program for possible health issues and possible limitations.
Let us “Get-Up and Get-Going” with “I am Living Healthy, Happy and Green Every Day,” and with the support from each other.
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