Tag: Nutrition


If you race go karts competitively during weekends, a common issue is getting the right nutrition. Most race tracks don’t offer a menu that adequately satisfies the recommended dietary intake. Common foods at the tracks include French fries, burgers, nachos and fried foods. These items are anything but healthy. As a result, those drivers who are more health-conscious may have a difficult time finding a proper nutritional meal.

The perfect solution to this dilemma is bringing your own meals. However, this requires sound planning on your behalf. If you want to perform to the best of your ability, you’re going to need a strong, hearty meal. This way, your body gets the protein and carbohydrates that it needs so you can race at your best. Here are a few tips that will allow you to eat nutritional meals prior to competing.

It’s important to pack nonperishable food items. If you have a cooler readily available, you can store fruits and vegetables without having them spoil. Nutritional food items include bagels, sandwiches, bananas, juice, apples, oranges, yogurt and cheese. Of course, you will need to pack plenty of water so that you stay adequately hydrated.

On the day of the race, you should eat at least one hour before the start time. This way, your body has enough time to break down the food. The food should be high in carbohydrates, low in fat and moderate in protein. Avoid eating foods high in sugar as this could affect your glucose levels and ultimately affect how you perform. Following these guidelines will help you be at your best when get behind the race wheel.


Source by Brett Lewitt


Patients who lose weight with bariatric surgery generally set their sights on living a healthier life using weight loss surgery as a tool for weight loss and healthy weight management. Many patients are concerned they may suffer nutritional deficiencies as a result of the malabsorptive surgery such as gastric bypass because the surgery restricts the absorption of nutrients from food. Patients are prescribed dietary supplements to ensure their nutritional needs are met.

However, a mindful patient will also include healthy nutritional foods in every meal to increase their odds for nutrient absorption. Here are five powerful natural foods, that when included in the healthy post-weight loss surgery diet, may increase the nutritional absorption and overall health of the bariatric patient:

  • Spinach: Well known as a good source of iron, spinach is also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K as well as folate and magnesium. Fresh spinach is available pre-washed in the produce section of supermarkets. But studies indicate frozen spinach is also nutrient rich and it serves as a key ingredient in many egg and protein dishes. Spinach is also higher in protein than most vegetables with 2 grams of protein per 2 cups of raw spinach.
  • Oranges: We know oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C which helps boost immunity and fight colds. Oranges also contain folate and flavonoids which are known to fight cancer. Now available year-round oranges are a low cost fruit that may be included in a healthy post-weight loss surgery diet as a snack or recipe ingredient.
  • Garlic: Garlic has been used medicinally since ancient times and modern science suggests garlic may be effective in fighting cancer and heart disease and lowering blood pressure. Considered a vegetable, garlic is a low-cost flavoring for savory protein dishes. At the market select a full plump head of garlic with taut, unbroken outer skin. To use separate the cloves from the head and use as directed. To temper the pungent bad breath-causing flavors of garlic blanch whole, unpeeled garlic cloves for a few minutes. This will also make them easier to peel.
  • Mushrooms: While trying to eat a rainbow of colors from vegetables, do not overlook the humble mushroom. While they lack the vibrant color we associate with antioxidant rich vegetables these little fungi deliver a similar antioxidant punch. While very low in calories, mushrooms contain compounds that seem to fight cancer by inhibiting certain steps in the formation of tumors. Look for clean, plump and moist mushrooms and clean by gently wiping with a damp paper towel or soft brush to remove dirt and debris.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt is a significant source of calcium and provides a goodly amount of protein when included in the weight loss surgery diet. The live cultures in yogurt may help prevent digestive issues such as diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease. A one-cup serving of low-fat yogurt provides 155 calories, 45% daily value of calcium, and 13 grams of protein. Enjoy yogurt with fresh fruit or include fat-free Greek yogurt as ingredient in recipes that call for sour cream, substituting equal parts Greek yogurt for the sour cream.

Spinach, oranges, garlic, mushrooms, and yogurt are commonly available affordable foods that can be easily included in the diet of a weight loss surgery patient. Patients who include a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits in their diet are more likely to obtain desired weight loss and sustain a healthy weight than those who rely exclusively on supplements for their nutritional health.


Source by Kaye Bailey


In the age which we live there is an unprecedented focus on getting and staying healthy. As more and more research points to the effect of fitness and nutrition on our overall health, the findings become more difficult to ignore. There is no doubt that the food that we eat and the physical activity that we perform significantly impact our weight and our body’s overall health and longevity.

When you look at fitness and nutrition and the consequences of ignoring their importance, it is not difficult to see how large a role they play in our health. First and foremost, it is important to understand how powerfully diet can affect us. Natural, whole foods – such as fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins – give our bodies the vitamins that it needs to function effectively. We have energy when we eat right. And when we have energy we burn fat. Eating properly allows us to maintain a healthy weight and keep undue stress off of our hearts; it also allows us to keep our blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the healthy range. Most importantly, good nutrition keeps our bodies stocked with antioxidants that fight off a range of illnesses including cancer.

But nutrition does go it alone; fitness and nutrition go hand in hand for achieving good health. When we keep our bodies active through a consistent exercise program, we are adding to our body’s ability to metabolize food and keep weight down. Further, good fitness means strong and limber muscles and a strong cardiovascular system. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and reduces stress levels.

Learning how to pair fitness and nutrition for optimum health means a commitment to a particular lifestyle. It is essential that you revamp your diet to eliminate fatty, high-sodium, and processed food and replace it with fresh, natural – and even organic – choices. But remember, fitness and nutrition work best as a team. Implement a consistent regime of physical activity into your daily schedule including cardiovascular work, stretching, weight training, and even yoga or Pilates.

When you truly understand the importance of fitness and nutrition in your life, you will understand how crucial these lifestyle changes are in order to live a long and healthy life.


Source by Michelle Bery


I always go into a bit of a panic before a long vacation because I’m worried about getting out of my exercise routine and turning to blubber. Does anyone sense any irony here? You’re supposed to go on vacation to relax and to take a break from your routines of all forms. However, I’ve done more than my share of travel now, so I’ve found some great ways to completely and totally enjoy my trip while staying healthy.

The most important thing to remember though is that you should enjoy yourself, not think about if the dessert from the Parisian bakery is going to make you fat. When is the next time you’ll be in Paris, and when was the last time one thing made you fat? Enjoy it! Just don’t go overboard. That said, here are some tips for keeping fit while travelling:

-Eat like a local: If you’re in a foreign country, it’s much easier to find unprocessed, unrefined foods that are balanced and good for you. They also don’t have the massive portion sizes that we do in America. If you’re mostly a domestic traveler, this obviously won’t apply, but stick the general guidelines I have throughout the site.

-Share dishes: Order a few small plates and split it all, or you can get an app, entree, and dessert to split with two people. That way, you not only get to try a wide variety of new things and multiple courses, but you can also cut back on the amount you eat.

-Make it an active trip: I found this especially easy in more rural locations. You can hike, kayak, go rock climbing, etc. If you’re in a major city, tour the city on foot. You’ll be moving all day, and will definitely get your fill of exercise in.

-Find a gym: It’s surprisingly easy in big cities. I was just in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and went to the gym once in each city. Sometimes you’ll have to pay a day use fee, but if you’re dedicated enough, it’ll be worth it.

-Bring exercise bands with you: They’re easy to pack, and cheap to buy before you go if you don’t have them. You can work out your arms with those, and you can do push-ups, crunches, squats, and lunges with your own body way.

-Try new and strange things: Snails, spicy bugs, fish heads, oh my! There are a lot of interesting and unique foods you can try out in other cultures, so give it a try. No matter how strange, they’re almost guaranteed to be far better for you than the processed foods we have in the US.

The main thing to keep in mind is that you are on vacation and you should enjoy, experience, and relax. You’ll never do that if you’re stressing about the calories you’re eating or how long it’s been since you’ve hit the treadmill, so just live it up!


Source by Megan Serow

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