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How much do we need?

Ever look at the nutrition box on a package of food?

It lists

  • Calories
  • Total Fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium and maybe Potassium

And if you are lucky it will tell you how much Fiber, Protein and what kind of vitamins are in it too. But what do those percentages really mean? Just how much of those things should we have on a daily basis?

That’s not such an easy question to answer. There are differences in the recommended numbers depending on your age and gender.

Calories

Let’s start with how many Calories you should have a day. For this the factors are:

  • Age, height and gender
  • Daily activity level

According to calorie counter, CalorieKing, I should be eating 1500-1700 calories a day to maintain my weight. Most of the nutritional fact boxes factor for a 2200 calorie intake.

Total Fats

Fats are a toughy for most of us to balance out. I’ve heard, and you’ve probably heard too, that there are two types of fats: the good and the bad. So whats a good fat and whats a bad fat? Helpguide.org breaks it down nicely. But here’s  the break down:

Types of Fats

  • monounsaturated fats (good fats)
  • polyunsaturated fats (good fats)
  • trans fats (bad fats)
  • saturated fats (bad fats)

Good Fats

Monounsaturated fat Polyunsaturated fat
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews)
  • Peanut butter
  • Soybean oil
  • Corn oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds
  • Flaxseed
  • Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines)
  • Soymilk
  • Tofu

Bad Fats

Saturated fat Trans fat
  • High-fat cuts of meat (beef, lamb, pork)
  • Chicken with the skin
  • Whole-fat dairy products (milk and cream)
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Ice cream
  • Palm and coconut oil
  • Lard
  • Commercially-baked pastries, cookies, doughnuts, muffins, cakes, pizza dough
  • Packaged snack foods (crackers, microwave popcorn, chips)
  • Stick margarine
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Fried foods (French fries, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, breaded fish)
  • Candy bars

CalorieKing suggests that you should get 20-30 percent of your daily calories from fats.  Your total fat(the good and the bad) should be roughly 20-35 percent of those calories and the amount of the bad fats should only by 10 percent of that.

Fiber

Most Americans are lacking in the fiber department. According to WebMD, Americans are getting an average of 15 grams a day. The average woman needs 25 grams and need 38 grams a day.

ways to get your fiber

Protein

This is what helps keep up muscle and helps to feel fuller longer. Protein is another thing that is effected by things such as age. WebMD breaks it down from babies to adults. However, women need 46 grams, 71 grams if they are nursing or pregnant, and men need 56 grams of protein a day. Here are 31 quick ways to get your daily intake.

 

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The Pink Drink

What do you think of when you hear, “Pink Drink?”

Do you think of Koolaid or the Pink Kinky with Sprite? I’ll just say no that this is nothing like that.

The real name of this pink drink is: Plexus Slim. Personally I think the name should be changed. This drink is more about getting healthy than just loosing weight.

 

Plexus Slim: The Pink Drink

I first heard of this from my mom who learned about it from a neighbor. The slim was designed with type two diabetics and pre-diabetics in mind. When it was first developed it was meant to just regulate blood sugar and lipid levels throughout the day.

But after doing a study on actual diabetics the developers found that there were other good side effects. People were losing inches, they reported less brain fog, some reported less cravings for foods. Listen to the co-developer say it best.

It can be a little dry at times and lasts for 11 minutes but I think it was worth watching.

My reaction

When my mom started telling me about this little pink drink that you shook up in a bottle of water once a day, my first thought was, “This is just another load of hewy.”

Mom might not appreciate this, but she has tried a lot of things to get healthy over the years. I thought this was just another fad thing she was trying. Don’t get me wrong, she’s done the eating healthy and trying to get regular exercise. Leslie Sansone’s Walk away the Pounds has been on our movie shelf for years. But nothing seemed to get her to where she was happy and keep her there.

She started trying this pink drink and dad noticed a small change the next morning.  Ask her if she realized that she hadn’t snacked after dinner the night before. A few days of taking the pink drink she was getting better sleep than she has in years and her cravings for chocolate were gone.

She was so excited that she would fill our Facetime conversations with trying to get me to try it over the Christmas break. I was hesitant about it of course. But mom had more energy than she had in years and I was happy to see her happy.

My Trying It

Needless to say I tried this pink drink when I got home for Christmas. “So what do I do with this?”

I was told to simply pour 1 packet of the Slim into a bottle of water, shake it and drink it. She also said that I should wait 30 minutes before eating for eating breakfast that morning.

I did as instructed and surprised at the taste.  The flavor of this drink is cherry pomegranate. I thought it tasted like strawberry bubblegum. (I have now changed my mind about how it tastes.) Up until this point I wasn’t a big water drinker and had a hard time finishing the 20 oz in one sitting.

30 minutes after I polished off the bottle I ate breakfast and went about my day.

It took me a day or so to notice. At college I would get hit with fatigue daily from 1-3 in the afternoon. The days that I drank the pink drink I didn’t have the need to crash on the couch. I also was more chipper, my family even noticed that I was less grouch in the mornings.

* They call me a bear in the mornings.

After Christmas break

My Chirstmas break lasted two weeks. When I went back to school I had an almost full months supply of the Slim. Other than the being chipper, having an easier time rolling out of bed in the morning and no more of the crippling fatigue I hadn’t noticed another changes. That was until I went home again a month later.

There is a pair of pants that I own that always used to be tight in the thighs. I wore this pair on the drive home and noticed they were looser than I remembered. When I got home I asked mom if the pants looked lose. She agreed they did.

I am a five foot two female weighing in at roughly 115 pounds. I didn’t need to be loosing weight. I hadn’t lost weight though, just inches.

The Lable

Information taken from Plexusworldwide.com

 

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TV workouts

I’m a college student. After a day of classes and work the last thing I want to do is workout. Forget going to the gym, I’d rather watch Netflix or catch up on my anime. I know, I’m a horrible person.

But this year I propose a change! I suggest we combine the things we love most and workouts. Who’s with me?

“Ok miss let’s do this. What do you have in mind?”

Well I’m getting there.

I did some searching on pre-made routines for shows and movies, but I didn’t find all that many. I’m starting to think that this will be a growing post…

I did however found workouts to Gilmore Girls:

Gilmore Girls workout game

Avatar The Last AirBender:

Avatar workout game

I would love to make this bigger, but if I do it’ll be too blurry to read. So, here’s what you do for this game. You can do 1 of the three options or all 3 if you want a challenge

“My cabbages!”, “Yip yip!”, Momo
30 second plank
15 backward leg lifts each side
20 bicycles

Sokka flirts, talks about food, or you see/hear about his boomerang

15 lateral raises
5 forward leg lifts each side
10 reverse crunches

Disguise, combo animals, shirtlessness
15 shoulder presses
20 sumo squats
20 Russian twists

Zuko mentions honor, Zuko gets his butt handed to him
15 tricep pushups
30 second wall sit
20 oblique/side crunches each side

Bending
20 bicep curls
30 calf raises
20 crunches

Avatar State, Uncle Iroh, Katara is the voice of reason
10 push ups
20 jumping jacks
10 straight leg lifts

 

The Walking Dead:

Walking Dead workout game

And The Big Bang Theory:

The Big Bang Theory workout game

These are just a small sample of the “workout games” out there. During my search I cam across a  few sites that is all about workout games.

Tv Shows and Movie Workouts!

Buzz Feed

The NCIS and Supernatural workouts featured on Buzz Feed and the Avatar will keep me busy for a while. Marathon anyone?

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