EMS Nutrition #1 – You Are What You Eat

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

For the past 8 weeks I’ve used Monday as an opportunity to share some fitness tips designed at getting readers up and moving. Starting today I’m going to shift the focus to the nutritional changes we can make to help us have a long career and life.

Now, keep in mind that I am certainly NOT a professional nutritionist. The information I post is pulled from various credible websites and resources.  As always, when in doubt or concerned, work with a medical professional to make sure you are taking the right steps for you.

Do You Know What You are Eating?

It seems slightly ironic writing this post, just four days after a very gluttonous holiday.  How many of you considered eating turkey and mashed potatoes for breakfast on Black Friday? It’s okay, you can admit it 🙂 However, this is really the perfect time to look at what changes you should consider making.

One of the first things you can do on the way to making nutritional changes is begin a food diary.  It’s really a humbling experience, writing down everything you eat/drink and the portion sizes you take in. It’s also important that you don’t change your habits as you do this. And write down EVERYTHING. Again, a hard thing to do because when you look back at your record it might be a bit of a shock. It’s important that you see what you are eating, how much you are eating, and what types of things you are eating.  This will let you see if you need to increase vegetables, fruit, dairy, decrease sweets, change portions, etc.

If you are like me, being able to electronically calculate your intake is an easier way to track. There are various Smartphone applications and websites, including: http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/Default.aspx?Module=3

Once you’ve tracked your intake for two weeks (if not more) you’ll have a better idea of what steps to take next.

Until next post!

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