BE PREPARED Nothing in life gets done properly without planning and preparation. Imagine knowing you were to have a child and did no preparation for the birth or after. It just wouldn’t work. The same type of thought must apply to your everyday life. When you go to the gym, you should already know exactly what workout you are doing so it can be an intense effective workout. Prepare your meals beforehand so you do not find yourself slipping into eating the junk food that may readily be available. Being prepared keeps you focused and on the right track to success. Fruit 3 – 5 servings daily 1 serving equals: 1/2 cup cut fruit, whole fruit size of tennis ball, half a banana, 1/2 cup 100% fruit juice Fresh fruit is filled with vitamins, nutrients and minerals. As with your veggies, choose a variety of colors to ensure that your kids are getting a range of nutrients. Stay away from fruits that are canned and coated in syrup, and also from fruit snacks and chews that contain added sugars. If fresh fruit is not readily available then go for plain dried fruit, with no added sugar. Unlike veggies, it is possible to eat too much fruit. Though the natural sugars within fruit are much healthier than refined sugar, too much of it will have a negative impact on your blood sugar levels and the extra calories will be stored as fat. Stick with 3 – 5 servings per day.
October 2, 2011