Creating a healthier Diet

Starting to eat breakfast again was one of the harder habits to get going for me. I started with cereal but I quickly regressed to the sugary cereals. I guess that eating something is better than nothing as far as breakfast goes. However, recently I have started trying to cut most of the dairy out of my diet (I am alergic to milk and eggs). I have decided to go with Oatmeal. The benifits should be great as it's a high fiber, low calorie blob of goo. Oatmeal is about as tasteless as it gets for me though. I think my next step is to buy some frozen berry mix from Costco and mix them in. Adding any fruit to my diet is great.

Next I am trying to be better about bringing a lunch to work. This accomplishes two things for me. First it is generally a much smaller portion than I would purchase. Second it is generally much healthier than what I would purchase. Also I think I would like to include at least 2 days of salad each week. The other meals will most likely be leftovers or sandwiches. So far my biggest problem on this front has been the smaller portion. I often feel very hungry again within a few hours. I solved this by getting a some Walnuts and cashews. They are a little fatty but as long as the portion size is small there are alot of positives to eating them.

For Dinner I really don't have any plans to change. I have done my best to change the pastas and rice over to whole grains and make sure to include a veggie. Otherwise it is often my least healthy meal. I think the first two are good steps though.

Now if I could only get myself into a gym routine....


High Fructose Corn Syrup

From everything I have heard High Fructose is bad. So I am trying to cut it out of my diet as much as possible. But it is hard, I mean it is even in whole wheat bread! Take a look at what you eat I beat 3 out of 4 things have it!


Glucosimine Week 3

Some people swear by this stuff? Maybe they are crazy? Still no change for me.



I have had a really hard time with my workout routine since I hurt my wrist. I finally am gaining some mobility back, but it has prevented me from lifting with my upper body for about 2 months. My workout now is pretty much exclusively cardio and some leg to get ready for wakeboarding and soccer. I never realized how hard it is to bounce back from an injury that I thought was minor. Hopefully the Glucosimine will help that joint too.


Glucosimine Week 2

Still no change. If anything I would say my knees are worse, but this is probally from the crappy weather.

How much does Glucosamine help? Week 1

I am hoping that the rumors I have heard are true for this one. I am taking Glucosamine daily at the recommended dosage to see what effect if any it has on my knees. So far after a week I haven't noticed anything (nor did I expect to).

I am starting outdoor soccer again in a few weeks and as soon as the water warms up a bit I will be out wakeboarding again. Those will be the real tests in my opinion.


What are Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate?

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are substances found naturally in the body. Glucosamine is a form of amino sugar that is believed to play a role in cartilage formation and repair. Chondroitin sulfate is part of a large protein molecule (proteoglycan) that gives cartilage elasticity.

Both glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are sold as dietary or nutritional supplements. They are extracted from animal tissue: glucosamine from crab, lobster or shrimp shells; and chondroitin sulfate from animal cartilage, such as tracheas or shark cartilage.

From www.arthritis.org



So after my busy summer it is time to once again join the gym world and stay in shape. Snowboarding season is set to begin on 11/19 so I have some catching up to do. I found this(scroll down a little) on staying in shape for riding. I think one of the best things she suggests is variety. Playing sports and other not so structured exercise is great for you and alot more fun.

More to come as I get back into my winter routine.