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The Shawnee News-Star
  • We are what we eat; put time into your intake

  • Please take a proactive, healthy and aggressive approach when selecting the foods you allow yourself and family to consume.
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  • Please take a proactive, healthy and aggressive approach when selecting the foods you allow yourself and family to consume.
     
    The content and quantity of our food choices are of the utmost importance in our quest for lean body mass and optimal health.
     
    This is great news, because it means that each of us has the power to control the success of our weight management programs, and should get excited about staying knowledgeable and making improvements in the nutritional choices that keep ourselves, family and friends healthy.
     
    Let’s face it, with our busy extracurricular activities, work and family schedules to maintain, it can be very difficult to make good food choices.
     
    Life seems to just get in the way of us choosing the right foods.
     
    However, planning ahead will help increase your chances of making successful choices that promote good health.
     
    Preparing a meal plan the day before will assist you in making foods accessible for even the busiest of schedules.
     
    Also, please remember that just because your schedule changes does not mean you have to skip meals and deprive your body of valuable nutrients that promote attaining lean body mass, energy and optimal health.
     
    It is also a good idea to formulate a worst case scenario plan that you can fall back on just in case unforeseeable circumstances arrive.
     
    Healthy meal replacement bars, fruit, or meal replacement shakes kept in a car cooler will suffice when faced with one of these worse case scenario situations.
     
    The bottom line is that you must keep the nutrients coming to your body consistently, and you must keep the metabolism burning at a high rate all the time to attain maximum health and fitness results.
     
    When making food choices, your number one priority should be keeping your health and fitness goals in mind.
     
    It has been my experience that taste can be used as a very close second priority when making these choices as well. Give this a try!
     
    As you continue to become more knowledgeable and aggressive in selecting your food choices you will be amazed at how long your list of great tasting, healthy food choices will become.
     
    Your efforts to search and find will soon be well rewarded with a list that includes most importantly good health, secondly great taste, and a large variety of choices.
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    This is a great start in creating a recipe for a strong mind and body, improved health and fitness success.
     
    As you make choices, I encourage you to read your food labels.
     
    Review the total quantity of calories and amounts of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats per serving to understand more how the choice will affect your health and fitness goals.
     
    This will keep you from consuming an abundance of nutrients that are unhealthy, while at the same time ensuring that you have proper content and amounts that promote optimal health.
     
    For example, if you are unsure of the content you are consuming, 50 percent of your calories could possibly be in fats.
     
    Of course, that would be very unhealthy since most healthy diets only call for 30 percent or less fat.
     
    So you see, the effort to know the content of the foods you consume is well worth your time.
     
    My challenge is for you to know! It is important for you to know how the foods you consume will affect your health and weight management goals.
     
    At first it may take a little time to master, but it will soon become second nature.
     
    Again, this goes back to becoming knowledgeable about what contents and amounts of calories are in the foods you make available for yourself.
     
    We are all human creatures of habit. So, if we use discipline consistently for a long enough period of time, making healthy choices will also become habit.
     
    With your better health in mind, I challenge you to become very good at developing good habits.
     
    Having pre-planned meals that include the right amount and content of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, will improve your health and decrease stress that comes with making poor meal decisions on impulse.
     
    Until next week please go out and make it a healthy and nutritious day!
     
    To get started on improved health products, active energy products, and weight loss nutrition products stop by Reggie’s Personal Training and Nutrition, 104 E. Main, Shawnee, or call 405-613-0237, email reggiesnutrition@hotmail.com, or check out products at www.yourhealthmatters.truewealthathome.com.

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