The Weeklies Attachment – Week 2

Better late than never.  Right? I apologize for taking so long to get this posted, but I have been busy at work with the training of a student driver.  Here is the long promised attachment for Shape Up Weeklies 2:

The Weeklies
“Insight to eating right, exercise and living a healthy life.”

General Nutrition “Carbohydrate Myths” From The American Dietetic Association
Myths about carbohydrates are widespread. Here’s the scoop on some common misconceptions about carbs:
•Myth: Carbs make you overweight. Truth: Eating too many calories, from any food source, not just starches and sugars, causes your body to produce extra pounds of body fat.
•Myth: Carbs cause hyperactivity. Truth: Sugar has been wrongly accused of causing hyperactivity and attention deficit hyperactive disorder in children for years. No scientific evidence supports any link between the intake of sugars and hyperactivity.
•Myth: Carbs cause diabetes. Truth: Again, the answer is no. Sugars and other carbohydrates do not cause diabetes. Carbohydrates are the main power source for your brain and muscles. Chosen wisely, carbohydrate‐rich foods — whole and enriched grain foods, fruits, vegetables, beans — deliver more than energy. They also provide important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Physical Fitness “Fitness in everyday activities”
Exercise a minimum of 150 minutes per week. If time is limited, exercise in brief periods throughout the day — for example, three 10‐minute sessions rather than one 30‐minute session.
When pinched for time consider how you might insert some physical activity into your everyday activities.
• Park in the corner furthest from the entrance to your workplace, grocery store, or shopping center and enjoy the extra walking time to arrive at your destination.
• Take a 10‐minute walk during a break at work.
• Walk the neighbor’s dog if you don’t have one of your own.
• Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
• Turn off the television or computer after dinner and go for a bike ride.
• Walk to the mailbox, grocery store, or movie theater instead of driving, if possible.
Resources “Coworkers”
You’re not in this alone. Use your co‐workers for support and organize a group to take part in a fitness class or go for a walk at lunch.
“The harder you work the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi
Challenge “Not so sweet”
Can you avoid all sweets, soft‐drinks, desserts and added sweeteners for the week? Did you know… Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave. You have been warned! So put them in your mouth instead. According to Mayo Clinic cardiologist Martha Grogan, M.D., “Eating whole red or purple grapes has benefits. Some research suggests eating whole grapes also delivers the same antioxidants that are in grape juice and wine. You also get the benefit of the fiber if you eat whole grapes.”

Stay tuned for more of the “Weeklies” and my progress towards a slimmer and healthier truck driver.

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