So we are slowly moving through Winter, and this is the time to dig deep and stay healthy. So this post is all about inspiration to keep you going!
I will chat to an inspirational entrepreneur who is helping like minded people come together to do great things, then I will review the a popular breakfast cereal that most people think is very "healthy" and finally I will give you some tips on how to get up early in the morning to exercise when it is so cold and dark....
Conversation with Amanda
Amanda is the founder is a fantastic new online hub called Like Minds Create. It is a hub of inspiration and information, connecting passionate and creative business minds. You can be inspired at www.likemindscreate.com.au. Amanda is an energetic, enthusiastic person to be around, she has two young daughters and lives on the Mornington Peninsula. She does most of the cooking at home, she doesn't smoke and drinks wine, on average, every second day.
1. So Amanda, what is a typical day of food for you?
If it’s a good morning and the girls and I are running on time, I will have porridge for breakfast and sit down with them. If it’s a crazy day I have two pieces of wholemeal toast with vegemite in the car on the way to childcare. One of these options wins out more than other! For lunch I’ll generally have a sandwich and then dinner is a mix of things like stir fry, pasta, meat with three veg. I cook a big meal for all of us so usually our dinner is guided by what the kids will tolerate on any given week.
2. How much exercise do you do?
During the week (and only on a good week) I exercise on about 3 days with a mix of yoga, swimming and walking.
3. What are your tips for staying healthy?
I have a little morning ritual. I do about 7 minutes of yoga at home each morning before the girls wake up followed by a freshly squeezed carrot juice. It doesn’t sound like a lot but if I don’t start with these two small things I feel like the day hasn’t kicked off on the right foot.
Also I don’t think my lifestyle or habits have changed much with age. I’m probably just more aware of how easily I put exercise on the back burner if I get too busy with work or life. So I try to make it a scheduled task in the diary now. It’s a meeting with myself and my sneakers and its always the best meeting of the day.
What could Amanda change?
Amanda's eating habits appear to be very good, however she has not listed her snacks during the day. I would suggest a healthy snack mid-afternoon, such as carrots and hummus or unsalted nuts, to help her keep her portion size down at dinner time.
Amanda is very busy, and having breakfast on the run is not ideal, but it is better to have it than not to, so her idea of eating the toast in the car is actually ok. While Amanda's exercise seems a little ad hoc, her morning ritual of yoga is great for her body and mind.
Learn more about Like Minds Create at www.likemindscreate.com.au.
Product Review - Breakfast cereal
Breakfast cereals are a world of confusing health messages, and it is so hard to know which are good for your and which are not. Choice Magazine suggests that Weetbix are the only processed breakfast cereal that is actually healthy; it is low in sugar, salt and fat. I agree with Choice, and the only other cereal I suggest is rolled oats made into porridge.
So, this month I am reviewing Kellogg's Just Right. It is marketed as being healthy, it has a 4 star health rating, says it is low in salt and very high in whole grains.
So lets look at the stats. A serving is 40 grams or 2/3 cup. This photo shows this amount. I would suggest not many people actually eat this small amount of cereal.
Now lets look at the nutrition panel. The first thing to note is that the average daily intakes used as the base measurement are for adults, not children and a lot of children eat this cereal. So using sugar as the example, a serving of Just Right provides 11.5 g of sugar per serve. The Australia guidelines suggest a woman should have no more than 20 grams of sugar per day and a man 36 grams of sugar. This is already more than 50% of a woman's requirements!
FAQs. It is too dark and cold in the morning to exercise. What can I do to make this easier?
I agree it is very hard getting out of bed, where it is cosy and warm, to venture into the dark cold morning. BUT it is always worth it and you will always feel better about your self and start your day on a high.
So my tips are:
1. Set a loud alarm.
2. Put the alarm out of arms reach, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. This means you are already out of bed, and don't get to lie there thinking how hard it will be to get out of bed!
3. Have all of your exercising clothes out and ready to put on. Spend five minutes before going to bed to get everything together, including your water, ear phones, music, shoes, clothes, keys for the car, money, gym pass, or whatever else you need. This means there is no time wasted looking for these when you get up, and again less time to think about what you are actually doing.
4. Get out of the house as quickly as possible.
5. Enjoy your exercise!!
6. Congratulate yourself when you get home and remember that you are ahead of the pack!