What is YOUR Nutritional Type?

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According to Dr. Mercola, there are three main nutritional types:  Protein, Carb, and Mixed.  Those who are a Protein type can eat high-quality proteins and fats freely but need to be careful with carbs.  Those who are a Carb type freely eat high-quality carbs but need to be very careful with protein and fats.  And, finally, those with a Mixed type are blessed with the ability to tolerate both carbs and protein as long as combined appropriately.

Perhaps you already know how your body responds best – either to protein, to carbs or equally well to both.  However, if you would like to take a little quiz to see for sure, go to this page and there is a yellowish-colored box on the right hand side of the page about a quarter of the way down that will take you to the quiz (the rest of the info on this page is great as well, so be sure to read through all of what’s there).  You need to merely enter your name and email address (so they can email you your results) then go right on to the quiz.  Once you answer the 20 questions, you will find out your nutritional type as well as be able to download a food chart with the best foods for your type as well as a file called “Healthy Recipes for Your Nutritional Type.”  This is more than just a cookbook; the first 50-ish pages have a lot of information about the research behind nutritional types as well as additional tips and ideas for each type; then there is approx. 250 pages of great recipes. I learned a lot from both of these resources and will likely refer to them often!!

Just from the basic information I read, I was pretty sure that I was a protein type.  I have learned through each pregnancy that my body doesn’t do well with carbs plus in the past month I have tried very hard to keep my carbs in check (especially white flour, white sugar, white rice, etc.) to keep my insulin levels balanced.  By focusing more on quality protein, healthy fats, and a variety of veggies, I find that I feel great, don’t crave pop and sugary foods, and am satisfied longer after meals.  The quiz confirmed this but then also gave me lots of resources for good food combinations, meal suggestions, etc.  I am glad I took the time to do the quiz.

So, what nutritional type do you think you are?  I encourage you to take the quiz and grab the great resources that go along with it!  Let me know what you think!

Stay healthy my friends…

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Motivation!

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Let’s talk about motivation for just a moment…I just finished logging my daily food intake into my MyFitnessPal app. I was under my calorie goal quite substantially today (actually two days in a row).  Not sure why though – I ate when I was hungry and I felt satisfied all day; I am not starving myself (just in case anyone was worried :-)  ).  For some reason I have just not felt hungry lately… not complaining though… :-)  :-)

Well, when I completed my entry today it told me at the bottom of the page that if every day were like today, I’d weigh 199.7 lbs in 5 weeks!!  (It is still hard actually sharing that number… sigh…)  That will be down 16 lbs from what I weigh now!!  Holy crap!!  WHOOP  WHOOP!!


That is awesome!!  Now I know that not every day will be like today – I am realistic.  HOWEVER, this does mean that what I am doing could actually work and that was very motivating!  That one sentence will keep me watching what I eat and will keep me exercising twice a day!!HAPPY DANCE!!  HAPPY DANCE!!  But it will be an even happier dance when my scale actually reads 199.7 lbs!!

Quick side note:
I do have to say though, that if you or anyone you know are trying to be healthier and/or lose weight, I highly recommend logging your food intake and exercise into an app such as MyFitnessPal or one similar to it.  I have been watching what I eat and making healthier food choices the past several weeks, but when you have to actually look at how many calories, sugar, carbs, etc. are in a food item and see how those items all add up at the end of the day, you truly do look at your food differently.  I am much more mindful to not finish Bekah’s sandwich or nibble a little of the macaroni and cheese sitting on the counter when I know that I have to log those items (yes, I am being that careful and actual with what I log).  It is also motivating to see how your exercise adjusts the amount of calories you can consume as well.  So, apps like MyFitnessPal get two very enthusiastic thumbs up from me.  (No, this is not any kind of affiliate endorsement – it’s a free app or you can use it for free online as well – I actually use both all day long.)

That’s all for now…
Stay healthy my friends…

Food and exercise journal already paying off!

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Well, I have only been logging my food and exercise for a couple of days but have already noticed something… I’m not drinking enough water.  Although I have increased from what I was drinking before, I am still not getting enough water.  I have read that you need half of your body weight in ounces; so, in my case, I would need 109 ounces per day (217 x 50% = 109).  That is almost a full gallon a day – WOW!!  I think that part of the issue is that I have been drinking some distilled water which I like a lot better than our tap water but I have run out of distilled water.  We have well water but our water is hard and I have noticed that it leaves a metal-y taste in my mouth (never noticed it until I started drinking distilled water… go figure!).  I just have a weird “thing” about BUYING water at the store… I know, weird!

I think my other struggle with not getting enough water is that I used to drink a LOT with my meals.  However, I have recently learned that drinking too much (water, milk, etc.) with your meals is bad for your digestion.  “The general rule of thumb is to avoid drinking water from about 15 minutes before you eat until at least one hour after you eat.”  (You can read the full article here.)  My problem is that I am forgetting to drink water while I am cooking; that would probably help me a lot.  Old dogs can learn new tricks… it just takes a while!  :-)

I still need to get my exercise done today.  Better get that done before the USA v. Ghana World Cup soccer game tonight!!  I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!!!  (Here is a video where you can chant along!)

Stay healthy my friends…


Embarrassed to share this but will for accountabilty and tracking

I mentioned in a post last week that I would share my “before” pictures.  Well, I had my hubby take the pics last Sunday night but I have been avoiding the blog since then because I didn’t want to have to actually share the pictures.  Well, I think I have finally gotten over that and I am going to share the pics with you along with my “before” measurements.  I plan to have a big celebration a year from now (or sooner…) to debut the new, healthier me!!  My blog last week was: a year from now, you’ll wish you’d started today; well, a year from now, I WILL BE HEALTHIER and slimmer!!

So, here it goes… no haters (I have done enough of that myself already, don’t need any help :-) )…

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okay, there, I did it…  and for the purpose of accountability and tracking, here are my measurements (taken 6/11/14):
Weight:  217 lbs
Thigh:  27 1/2 inches
Hips:  50 1/2 inches
Waist:  44 inches
Abs:  45 1/2 inches
Upper arm:  15 inches
Neck:  14 inches
Jeans:  I currently wear a size 18

It can only get better from here! RIGHT!!!
I look forward to posting progress pictures in the future!!

I think I will plan to weigh and measure myself at the beginning of each month for tracking.  More often than that and I will likely be frustrated; less often than that and I may lose motivation.  Again, I know it’s not about the weight, but I know that I need to lose weight as part of my health journey.  (I think I say that in each post, don’t I… LOL!)

Until next time…
Stay healthy my friends…