Fitness, Food, Supplements…

Fitness, Food, Supplments_SimplyMarina

You are a mother and a woman, and you are happy to be yourself. You work out quite regularly and you haven’t achieved the dream body yet. And you still love exercising. OK, I am one of you, a happily imperfect mama. If you have read any of my previous fitness related posts, you must have noticed that I am a big fan of home fitness because it suits me most. You may also have noticed that I try to make healthy food choices. You could even find a few recipes on the blog (healthy ones, I hope).

It seems, however, that I haven’t told you a thing about my own diet. I guess, this is because I don’t follow any strict plan. Neither do I count my daily calorie intake. I just stick to the idea of healthy eating or at least, I do my best.

Honestly, I’ve never been disciplined enough to keep to an eating plan. I love planning everything but not my food. I do plan ahead my family’s meals, but I don’t bother that much with mine. Besides, how could I possibly know what I’ll want for breakfast tomorrow or the day after tomorrow? Maybe a banana, and not the bowl of Granola that my weekly plan suggests?

So… We are all well aware that fitness and food go together. Most of the time, because we sometimes need to overeat or have that nasty doughnut full of chocolate… and sugar and oil. You may wish to check out Tracy Morgan’s Nutella Filled Doughnuts, a healthier version of this sinful treat.

In general, I choose to eat good food (an elastic term, isn’t it?). Not necessarily super low in calories. Who would love to have a weight-loss green salad every day? It’s not all about losing weight, right? As a matter of fact, I rarely make significant efforts in this respect (Relax, mummies, you’ll lose those unwanted kilogrammes soon; just don’t allow them to upset you now). Instead, I prefer to concentrate on the quality of food.

Luckily, I simply like healthy food. Well, I never force myself to eat anything I don’t like, no matter how beneficial it is said to be. I’m more than sure this is the right thing to do for my body. I can eat steamed broccoli and Brussels sprouts all the time and I can live happily without junk food. I’m afraid, this is not the case with chocolate and sweets, though. 🙂

However, I can’t eat fish twice a week because they insist it’s nutritious and good for my health. I just don’t like fish, except for salmon and tuna, and please, no sea fruits! And I can’t will myself to eat a few portions of meat every day. I know I need the protein in them, but I’m a fan of vegetarian meals and plan-based protein, not of pork and beef.

One more thing, I listen to my body. Some foods make it feel unwell, and I’m obliged to pay attention to that. The first thing I learned when I turned to a healthier lifestyle was that food affected my physical comfort. If French fries make me feel uncomfortable, I’d better avoid them. If any healthy food does the same, I avoid it too. For example, green salads and some raw vegetables could cause bloating and stomachache. Frankly, I wonder if it’s the veggies themselves or the unknown substances in them. In any case, I leave them out. My body doesn’t want me to eat raw carrots, then I will eat them cooked. That’s the deal.

What about supplements? My list is quite frugal as I don’t believe that taking a wide variety of dietary supplements is reasonable. But still, my body has convinced me that some supplements are more than compulsory if I want to make the most of exercising.

My bones and joints were the first to complain. I try to be careful when performing an exercise, but pain may occur. I have found out that if I want to work out, I’ll have to help my musculoskeletal system recover.

One of the essential substances is collagen. Not only is it of crucial important to our muscles, joints, bones and tendons but it is also needed by the entire body. Collagen strengthens the teeth, nails, hair and skin. It reduces cellulite and gives your skin elasticity. Certainly, we ladies will appreciate this property of collagen. Moreover, collagen helps leaky gut, detox, and boosts metabolism.

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Collagen is normally produced in our bodies, but its levels decrease as we age. Stress, poor diet, smoking and other factors could also slacken off the process. This is why collagen supplements are highly recommended. Just make sure you choose a natural product of excellent quality. You could try this one: Naticol® ProSport Hydrolised Marine Collagen Powder, a new collagen product by Hellenia.

Another supplement I believe I should take is magnesium. Some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency: muscle cramps, weakness, fatigue and sleep problems. Dr. Oz underlines that magnesium is “the other key mineral for healthy bones”, which means that if we take calcium pills, we should not forget to combine them with magnesium. Another benefit of magnesium that Dr. Oz points out is its effect on digestion for it helps the intestines’ muscles to relax and thus, alleviates constipation.

Magnesium is found in plenty of foods – for example, nuts, spinach, and whole grains – but usually, we don’t get enough of it on a daily basis. So I rely on magnesium supplements to supply my body with this important mineral. Not all forms of magnesium are absorbed equally, so we should choose the type of supplement carefully. Dr. Axe has a wonderful article which explains the types of magnesium supplements.

OK, dear ladies. Let’s stop here for now. There are a few more supplements I am willing to try, but all in good time. 🙂

Do you have an eating plan and do you take any supplements to support your fitness routine?

Marina xxx

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13 thoughts on “Fitness, Food, Supplements…

  1. winnettes says:

    I prefer some form of home exercise too. With the kids it’s just easier. I also tend to menu plan but mostly because it makes the shopping cheaper. I took supplements a few years ago but stopped as I was forever forgetting about them anyway.

    • marinailieva says:

      Home exercise is convenient, isn’t it? Especially, when you have a kid or kids to constantly spoil your plans. 😉 As for the supplements, I often forget to take them too, that’s why my list is so humble. 😀 xx

  2. Rebecca Taylor says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I COMPLETELY agree with you! Balance and listening to your body is key. I love healthy but not low-calories foods (nuts, avacado, oily fish, wholegrains etc.) I also love cake! It’s balance. I have been meaning to try magnesium for AGES now as I suffer from sleep and digestion problems. Thank you x #Sharingthebloglove

  3. DrJuliet says:

    I’m with you Marina. It’s hard to plan and be organised enough to get all the ingredients you need. I go by the 80/20 rule. If I eat well 80% of the time I can get away with a few treats. I do find it much easier to eat healthily when I’m training for a sporting event. Somehow I just become more focussed on what fuel I’m putting into my body. Better than the leftovers from the kids’ plates that’s for sure!

  4. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons says:

    I have a similar approach to my eating to you – I try to eat good food, with some treats mixed in for fun (in moderation!) I don’t take any supplements apart from Vitamin D, due to the rubbish UK weather. I noticed when I took it during pregnancy that my mood was so much better over winter, so I’ve continued taking it since. Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

  5. dearbearandbeany says:

    I have never followed an eating or diet plan. I try to have a balanced diet and over the years I know what my body needs and what I need to do to maintain a certain healthy weight. I don’t take any supplements. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

  6. Petra Kravos (@BeHealthyFeelGd) says:

    I couldn’t survive without my weekly meal plans! I make a meal plan at the weekend and buy all the necessary ingredients for it. The plan is rough and flexible so on one particular day I cook whatever I feel like it but I tend to make first the meals with ingredients which are due to expire soon. I don’t plan for the weekend as many times I end up eating outside, however I always try to eat as healthily as I can but of course I do have a cake!

    • marinailieva says:

      I love the idea of a weekly plan, I hope to have more success in this regard in the future. But cake remains part of the plan. 😀 Thanks for reading! 🙂 x

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