A few things I’m doing right now to lose weight and tighten up

In no particular order, I’ve incorporated these rules into my life recently and I’m progress in my weight loss and health goals.

I’ve lost three pounds in ten days (and I haven’t even been exercising, but that’s about to change).

half of a tomato slice face matched with half of a bicycle tire to create a circle

(photo compliments of SuperTracker.usda.gov)

1. Consume nothing but plain ol’ tap water after 8 o’clock. Breakfast is around 10 in the morning. If you’re only eating 10 hours a day, it’s easier to trim calories. Besides, I’m not hungry when I’m asleep.

2. Use USDA.gov’s SuperTracker to create goals and track my calorie intake. Reduce calorie intake to 1600 or fewer daily.

3. Drink 10-14 glasses of water daily. This helps me stay full, energized, and saves me from feeling hungry when I’m actually just thirsty. Also, I want my skin to glow and stay hydrated as I make these changes and lose weight, too. Chant with me: No more stretch-marks. No more stretch-marks. Twelve more

My rules for eating healthy and managing my weight

new US food pyramid, featuring vertical categories of the whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and lean proteins with a stick figure person climbing the pyramid to represent exercise. next to it is the old food pyramid.

(photo compliments of choosemyplate.gov)

I’ve never read a diet book. These fancy-schmancy planned-out diets are not my thing.

I have created some rules over the past few years that keep me eating healthy, and keep me in the healthy weight category.

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  • Quit drinking soda. Drink water (eight 8 ounce glasses daily). With a glass of 100% fruit juice watered down and/or a glass of low-fat milk daily.
  • Eat 3-5 fruits and vegetables per day. That’s 6 to 10 all-in-all.
  • Get quality protein with every meal. The top ones are: chicken, turkey, eggs, tuna fish, shrimp, low/non-fat cottage cheese, low/non-fat greek yogurt, and whey protein powders.
  • Include fiber-rich foods as often as possible. I love popping corn on the stove plain and adding my own low-calorie flavors. Delicious!
  • White foods are evil. Enriched, bleached foods need to be replaced with WHOLE wheats; read the ingredients to make sure you’re not being conned by misleading labels. Read 6 more…

Apple juice, I’m leaving you for cranberry

glass with red drink surrounded by a pile of cranberries

(photo courtesy of sciencedaily.com)

Earlier this week, I drafted a post called, “I’m finished with fruit juice.”

When I was allllllll finished, I searched for a graphic to add. The photo I chose (left) was in a ScienceDaily.com article called “How Cranberry Juice Can Prevent Urinary Tract Infections.”

Here, I learned that, “[cranberry] juice changes the thermodynamic properties of bacteria in the urinary tract, creating an energy barrier that prevents the microorganisms from getting close enough to latch onto cells and initiate an infection.”

And, “the effects of regular cranberry juice cocktail and diet (sugar-free) cranberry juice are identical.”

Great.

So I guess I’m just finished with non-organic apple juice now.

Why? Read my original post.

Really, read it:

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Fuel weight loss with good foods and a healthy eating plan

flyer page called the 12 best foods for your abs the smart eater's cheat sheet for life from women's health. it's a list of 12 foods with coordinating pictures. 1. almonds and other nuts with skins intact 2. bean and legumes 3. spinach and other green vegetables 4. dairy products (low-fat or fat-free milk yogurt and cheese) 5. instant oatmeal (unsweetened, unflavored) 6. eggs 7. turkey and other lean meats 8. peanut butter 9. olive oil 10. whole grain breads and cereals 11. whey powder 12. berries

Plan your meals around this list of superpower foods, compliments of WomensHealthMag.com.

I must get my eating under control. It’s tough to get my sleep and exercise right while I’m lethargic from eating sugar, fat and junk all day.

On my brain: a healthy food guide (about to be on my fridge), and a recent reading.

The healthy food guide is from Women’s Health magazine. “The 12 Best Foods for Your Abs: A smart eater’s cheat sheet for life” needs to make it on your fridge, too. (Pictured, left.)

And I found some great nutrition reminders in, “A Hunger-Free Way to Flatten Your Belly,” in the March issue of Health Magazine.

This article features straight-forward health advice (“Every day, aim to get 30 minutes of exercise, spend no more than six hours sitting down, and keep your calorie count in the 1,500 to 2,000 range”), plus, some simple nutrition advice I had sort of forgotten:

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Women’s health: people you should follow on Twitter

Women’s health, both physical and mental, is a hot-button topic these days. Lucky for us, plenty of experts are talking about it and trying to help us out. These are the people you should be following on Twitter for recipes, tips, support and information.

@healthlady The Health, Wellness and Anti-Aging Solution for Women over 40

@TheRAYmagazine We are a media movement dedicated to transforming the way women feel about themselves!

See the other Twitterers chosen

The plan to keep me accountable to my good lifestyle.

“Being good” is overwhelming.

I read Health magazine, I recycle, I eat organic, I’m converting to “good” home products, I opt for fair trade items, I pick up littered trash, I am courteous and thankful, I drive attentively, I consider other people and most of all, I am considerate of our earth.

But there’s always something new and it’s exhausting as a college student (or simply a person between 18-26). I’m struggling to fit in all of this “good” with my hectic, get-what-you-can-in-your-spare-time schedule.

I simplified being “healthy” for my life into a check list and created a journal of the basic details of a healthy and smart lifestyle.

This easily keeps me accountable everyday. The point is to see what I actually do and inspire me to pay attention to those points that I slack on.

Getting enough sleep, stretching, eating breakfast, taking vitamins, exercising, watching less TV, eating properly, avoiding drinking alcohol often, and being financially aware are the key concepts in my life-organization project.

The food log helps hold me responsible for eating greasy foods and extra desserts. As I fill in the foods I eat daily, I number my fruits and vegetables in hope to eat 5 a day.

So far it’s working, but I’ll have to keep you posted. Consider what you need to be doing differently and try it out for yourself.

Yes, there’s an app for that: the GoodGuide Lifestyle Application for the iPod touch and the iPhone

My newest issue of Health magazine featured an article called “America’s Healthiest 100: presenting the people, products, and trends that make healthy living easier, faster and a whole lot more fun.”
The GoodGuide application is going to save me so much time making the right decision.
Number 20 is GoodGuide, a free application that “makes it easy to do the right thing. It helps build your shopping lists with goods rated for health, the environment, and social responsibility” (the description offered by Health magazine).

Amazing, right? I immediately reached into my purse, pulled out my iPod touch and downloaded this FREE application.

It’s user friendly and features “70,000 food, toys, personal care, & household products” (according to the welcome email I received after registering).

In addition, the application tells you what’s “Behind the Rating” by highlighting the product’s company’s general “good” or “bad” practices. Finally, this application gives a list of “Ingredients to Avoid in Category” so that you know what to look for on each product’s label.

I needed dishwasher detergent, so today I pulled up the GoodGuide application‘s list of the highest rated dishwasher products in seconds. And I recognize the brands. For example, Seventh Generation and Method are two brands in the top three rated and I can find them at Target.

It used to be hard to figure out which products to choose as a responsible consumer. Keeping up with every trend and new dangerous ingredient seemed impossible. But now there’s an app for that. Thank goodness!

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