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.
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?
*This is a collaborative post.*