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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Nutrition plus exercise equals results

  • For great fitness results, it’s all about your nutritional choices. I encourage you to take a serious, proactive, healthy, and aggressive approach when selecting foods and vitamins you allow yourself and family to consume. The content and quantity of our food choices are very important in the quest for lean body mass an...
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  • For great fitness results, it’s all about your nutritional choices. I encourage you to take a serious, proactive, healthy, and aggressive approach when selecting foods and vitamins you allow yourself and family to consume. The content and quantity of our food choices are very important in the quest for lean body mass and optimal health. Please believe that each of you have the power to control the success of your weight management programs. It starts with staying knowledgeable about your health and getting excited about making daily improvements in nutritional choices that enhance the quality of life for yourself, loved ones, and friends.
    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 or making healthy choices. But rest assured that 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 or at the office will suffice when faced with these situations. The bottom line is that you must keep the nutrients flowing to your body consistently, and you must keep the metabolism burning at a high rate all the time to attain maximum health and fitness benefit.
    When making food choices, your number one priority should be keeping your health and fitness goals in mind. It’s absolutely ok to use taste as a very close second priority when making food choices. There are plenty of great tasting foods that are also good for you. 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 options continues to grow. 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 you can call your own “special menu.” This is a great start in creating a recipe for staying healthy, fit, and lean.
    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 how the choice you make 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. Even with the best of intentions, it is never a good idea to go blindly through your day consuming calories, hoping you’ve attained the right healthy balance by bedtime. My challenge is for you to know the content and amounts of the foods you consume because they are directly related to your health and weight management goals. At first it may take a little time to master, but it will soon become second nature.
    Page 2 of 2 - The good thing is that we are human creatures of habit. So, if we use discipline consistently for a long enough period of time, making healthy choices will also become a good habit you will learn to enjoy. With your better health in mind, I challenge you to become very good at developing very good health habits. You can do this!
    Until next week, please make it a nutritious and healthy day!
    To get started on healthy weight loss and nutrition products, stop by Reggie’s Personal Training and Nutrition, 104 E. Main, Shawnee, call 405-613-0237, email reggiesnutrition@hotmail.com, or check out products at www.yourhealthmatters.truewealthathome.com.

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