From the time we get up to the time we go to bed, we are on a schedule. We have a routine from taking a shower, getting dresses, going to work, and most often: watching TV.
Before I go on, I do want to let you know that I love watching certain shows on TV. I DVR some of my favorite shows to watch them when I am bored or when my husband is gone and my child is in bed. TV is not a bad thing. But like all things, it needs to be done in moderation.
TV is so easy to slip into. You turn it on when you get home from work and even though there is nothing great on, we will spend hours in front of it: flipping through channels, telling ourselves we really need to get up and do something productive, yet still we sit and stare.
Go now and get a pad of paper. Write down your top 10 shows. I know 10 shows is anywhere between 5-10 hours of sitting, but it is better than 20. If you want, chose you top show of the night. Write it down on your paper and next to it, also write down the time. You have now just scheduled your TV time. When the show is on, relax and watch it. When it is over, get up and live your life. Go for a walk. Clean your house. Read a book to your child. Cook a great, healthy meal. Anything, but DO NOT TURN THE TV BACK ON!
Remember, losing weight is about taking control over your life again. It is about the small steps that make the huge impact. It is your time to take control and live life to its’ fullest.
(This is also great to do with the computer as well. Schedule certain times that you can sit and surf the web. When that time is over, the monitor gets turned off. )
Good luck and let me know how it works!
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is an ancient food that is not yet well known in North America. It has been cultivated in South American Andes since at least 3,000 B.C. and has been a staple food of millions of native inhabitants. The ancient Incas called quinoa the “mother grain” and revered it as sacred. Quinoa was used to sustain Incan armies, which frequently marched for many days eating a mixture of quinoa and fat, known as “war balls.”
The quinoa seed is high in protein, calcium and iron, a relatively good source of vitamin E and several of the B vitamins. It contains an almost perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids needed for tissue development in humans. It is exceptionally high in lysine, cystine and methionine-amino acids typically low in other grains. It is a good complement for legumes. The protein in quinoa is considered to be a complete protein due to the presence of all 8 essential amino acids. Some types of wheat come close to matching quinoa’s protein content, but grains such as barley, corn, and rice generally have less than half the protein of quinoa. Quinoa is 12% to 18% protein and four ounces a day, about 1/2-cup, will provide a child’s protein needs for one day. The 6-7% fat of quinoa is relatively high when compared to other grains, but it boasts a low sodium content and also provides valuable starch and fiber. Quinoa also contains albumen, a protein that is found in egg whites, blood serum, and many plant and animal tissues. The seeds are gluten-free which makes this a nutritious and flavorful alternative grain for those with gluten sensitivity. Quinoa would be a worthy addition to anyone’s diet, supplying variety as well as good nutrition.
Cooked quinoa is excellent in hot casseroles and soups, stews, in stir-fries, or cold in salads. The seeds cook very quickly, in only 15 minutes. Uncooked seeds may be added to soups and stews as you would barley or rice and quinoa is often substituted for rice in rice dishes. Dry roasting quinoa in a pan or in the oven, before cooking will give a toasted flavor, and it can be cooked in fruit juice to add character to the flavor for use as a breakfast cereal or in desserts. Cold salads consisting of quinoa and chopped vegetables or cooked beans make a quick, easy, and nutritious dish. Quinoa flour is used in making pasta and a variety of baked goods such as pancakes, bread, muffins, and crackers. Quinoa seeds can be sprouted and eaten as raw, live food for snacks or in salads and sandwiches. To sprout the seeds, soak about 1/3 cup seeds in a jar for 2 to 4 hours, then drain and rinse the seeds twice a day for 2 to 4 days. When the sprouts are about 1 inch long, place them near a window for chlorophyll to develop, which will give them a vibrant green color. Another fascinating way of using quinoa is to “pop” the seeds in a dry skillet and eat them as a dry cereal.
Toasted Quinoa Salad
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup minced parsley or cilantro
2 sliced green onions
juice of 1 lemon and 1 lime (or 1 - 2 tablespoons of each)
1-1/2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
2 cloves minced or pressed garlic
1 teaspoon chili sauce (tobasco) (or use a pinch of cayenne, a few red pepper flakes, etc.)
Rinse quinoa and drain. Put in a pot and dry toast until a few grains begin to pop. Add 1-1/2 cups of water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has gotten so complicated nowadays. It doesn’t have to be. Start out your journey by doing something as simple as drinking water. Start your weight-loss journey off by having a nice cold glass of water. Here are the following reasons your body thrives for water:
Water helps transport oxygen and nutrients throughout your body since your blood is over 80% water.
Water helps keep our body’s temperature regulated so it functions correctly
Water detoxifies the body by getting the toxins out!
Water protects our organs and also moisturizes your joints to protect them.
WATER SUPPORTS YOUR METABOLISM!
If that doesn’t get your attention, what will? Water is also FREE! You don’t need to buy bottled water. Just get a nice water bottle and carry it with you wherever you go. If you don’t like the taste of tap water, there are pitchers that have the filter and GNC also sells a water bottle with it’s own filter!
Remember to drink at least 64 oz of water a day to keep your body properly nourished and functioning the way it needs to be. If you drink just one 8oz glass of water prior to eating, you will eat less andburn those calories off faster! If you are not a fan of water, try the packets that you can add to you water that are only 10 calories or so. They taste great and are cheap, easy, and quick to use.
One last thing… if your pee is yellow, you are dehydrated and need water!