Two Fitness Shortcuts for the Super Busy

Can you believe the month is almost over? How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along?

With all the things that come up in life, it can be hard to stay focused on weight loss. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, focus is essential. However, there are a couple of shortcuts that help.

Rather than worrying about “Can I eat this? Should I eat that?” a simpler way is just to look at meals in terms of their nutrient density. Nutrient density means the amount of nutrients in relation to the number of calories a food has. This is usually pretty obvious and intuitive. Fruits and vegetables are high in nutrient density. Fast food is extremely low in nutrient density. White foods, such as pastas and white rice are also nutrient poor (unless you pile on the veggies, of course!).

So, if you’re ever out to eat, or piecing together a meal at the end of a long day, consider nutrient density. An apple with a glob of almond butter is just as fast as, and much more nutritious than, a Big Mac Meal. A piece of sprouted grain bread with hummus, or a leftover chicken leg and some frozen broccoli is high in nutritional value relative to the number of calories it provides. If you do this regularly, and stay active, you won’t have to worry about counting calories.

And even for those who work out regularly, being “active” means moving throughout the day, not just during workouts. Working out for one hour then sitting for 15 is not the way to go. Get up and take a walk – five minutes out of every hour, or 10 minutes every 2 hours. It not only helps your body, it clears your mind. It helps you do your work that much more efficiently. Try and see! Your aching back will thank me!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, it’s supposed to be a hot one. No excuses! Get out there and do something active. Have a few nutrient-dense meals, and enjoy life.

If you’re ever feeling stuck and would like to look into nutritional or fitness coaching, please feel free to contact me.

Peace, abundance, and blessings,

Raven