07 May Healthier at Home
Healthy eating is a very personalized goal and habit. What works well for one person may not work so great for another based on personal health goals, health status, food preferences, food allergies, etc. As a result, one of my favorite visuals for an approach to plate portions that works well for most is Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate. The image provides a nice overview, but check out Harvard’s nutrition website for more details about each category, plus more information and answers to popular nutrition questions and diet reviews.
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Since many of us are spending more time at home than usual, you might be deciding daily whether you’ll prepare food at home or order take out. While we encourage supporting local restaurants with your business during this time, there are benefits to the majority of your meals being cooked at home. The good news is, you don’t have to be a gourmet cook to reap the benefits of home cooking. Here are a few considerations with details in the linked article.
- Saves money
- Saves time
- Healthier ingredients
- Avoid food allergies and sensitivities
- Portion control
- Brings family [and friends] together
When you decide what you’re eating (protein, carb, veggie) you can make sure you’re not skipping the veggies and there’s no upcharge for subbing sides. You can also decide how much you cook which can provide you with the option to use leftovers in subsequent meals and snacks. Check out the “Use Up Leftovers” tool on www.bigoven.com. There’s even a program developed with this concept in mind that I’ve been meaning to try. It’s called Cook Once, Eat All Week. If you give it a shot, let us know what you think.
Plus, with grocery stores offering curbside pick up, you can watch a show while planning a few meals and snacks then add ingredients to your online shopping cart. Not too shabby if grocery shopping is an issue.
We hope this is helpful, but if you need more support in this area, contact your coach and we’d love to chat more about this with you.
Exercise/Workout Spotlight: Every 2 minutes on the minute (E2MOM for short)
E2MOM means every 2 minutes (you may also see this written as EOMOM, every other minute on the minute) EMOM workouts are usually short, 10-20 minutes long (can be shorter or longer), and should be designed—by type of movement/exercise and number of repetitions—to allow for some rest before the top of the next minute.
How are those 10 daily push-ups going? I hope you’re crushing them, but if you forgot, here’s your reminder and as a bonus it’s time to add-on another exercise. 10 squats. That means you’ll be rocking 10 push-ups and 10 squats per day. Get it!RECIPES FOR THIS WEEK