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A closer look at what some people claim is a healthy diet and how to improve it.

Are You Healthy?

By Susan Howard

So… are you?  “Of course, I am healthy,” you retort.  I had wheat toast with almond butter for breakfast, a salad for lunch, Cliff bar for a snack, and a bean and cheese burrito for dinner.  To you, I say, “Yes, those are all fairly healthy choices especially if you are working out 4 to 5 days a week.”

I hate thinking of food as the gate keeper and myself as a prisoner in my own dietary life.  If, however, you are not getting the results you desire, you must look more carefully at the choices you make.

Back to that eating day, let’s look and assess…

Although the day’s calories contain a salad, the intake is a bit light on vegetables and has no fruit at all.  On top of that, there are hidden calorie bombs.  Almond butter, although good for you, can be over-served jacking up your calorie and fat count.  A thin layer of something creamy and delicious ..read more

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Eating well starts with knowing what your body needs.

Want : Need

By Susan Howard

The more I workout, the more I get deeply in touch with what my body needs.  If I wait too long between meals, my body gets seriously mad at me.  If I don’t have much protein one day, I need to get an omelet or a burrito the next day to compensate.

I have noticed when I am not working out the floodgates of “want” start to open up and cravings creep in.  Chips, scones, cookies, whatever I feel like starts to call my name.

No, we don’t have to be A+ food students all the time, but the more we can eat what we need rather than what we happen to want, the better.

Is this the most boring blog ever?

Maybe.

But it feels good to be a well-oiled machine, functioning at peak performance, and you can only get that with the perfect fuel.

Vroom.

Stay Ready.

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Consider how you feel when you eat and if tense situations affect your digestion.

Skip the Stress

By Susan Howard

Everyone that knows me knows that I have digestion issues.  Ever since I was a kid, I had trouble eating foods that agreed with me. I am likely lactose-intolerant.  I can’t eat too much fat, dislike most proteins, and am constantly at war with food.  Often, I choose simple things, like white rice and veggies or peanut butter toast. I am boring. Beyond this genetic abdominal curse of gurgles and cramps, I have started examining my moods when I eat.

When I sit down to eat, how do I feel? Am I in a rush? Am I annoyed? Is the energy around the dinner stressful? If the answer to any of these questions if yes, I skip the meal. Later on, if I am hungry, I grab some toast or a quick snack.

I am not saying you should starve yourself, but am merely presenting the idea that you will not comfortably digest and process your food if you eat ..read more

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