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How about TODAY? Today is one of the most important days of the year. Yeah, I know we lost an hour of sleep, BUT we gain an extra hour of sunshine. For those of us that love summertime, long days, and being outside, today is like Christmas. Spring is almost here. We’ve almost made it, y’all. What are you going to do with your extra long afternoon today? I think Dan and I are gonna go for a walk around downtown. Right now though, it’s early Sunday morning, and it’s pouring down rain. But I don’t mind it. I’m just sippin’ coffee on our little yellow screened in porch, enjoying every second of it. These are the moments I never want to take for granted.

You know what else I don’t want to ever take for granted? Sweating. There’s something great about it. I sweat a lot when I workout in the summertime. But in the winter….I just don’t. And I miss it. Sweating is good for me. It does something for me. It makes me feel accomplished, and it gets rid of bad stuff in me. Well, yesterday(Saturday) morning, I felt like a new woman as I continually had to wipe sweat out of my eyes during our Saturday workout at CFEC. Thank you, Jesus, for warmer weather.

Here’s some of us getting a little mobility in from Coach Colin after our 9:30 Saturday Workout yesterday.

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Moving onto fruit. Who doesn’t love fruit? Fruit is yummy. I used to think I could eat allllll the fruit I wanted and get skinny. Silly ole’ me, over here eating a whole watermelon to myself. Whoops. I’ve been learning a little about fruit lately, and I wanted to share it with you. If you don’t get anything else from this, just know:

  • Not all fruits are “good for you.”
  • Eat fruits to your advantage, not to set you back.
  • Pay attention to the amount of fruit you’re eating.

Eating fruit can benefit your overall health, and therefore, as long as you don’t have a fructose allergy, or are insulin resistant, you should eat some. Fruit contains fiber, water, and all kinds of vitamins and antioxidants. They’re from the earth. They’re natural, and when you eat them right (when they’re not modified by humans), they can be good for you.

However, they are high in carbs and fructose (sugar,) and while this is “natural”, it could be harmful if you eat too much of it. Harmful, as in… this could be why you’re not seeing the fat loss results you want. Because of the carb amount, I would even throw out there that if you’re not active, don’t eat more than a serving or two of fruit daily.

Here are some better fruit choices (in no particular order):

  • strawberries
  • other berries, like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
  • avocados – Did you know avocados are considered a fruit? Maybe I’m late to the game, because I just learned this last week. I guess I never really thought about it.
  • coconuts
  • limes (hellooooo mojitos!)
  • plums
  • grapefruit
  • small apples
  • kiwi

Here are some unfavorable fruit choices (in no particular order)- I’m not saying these are bad (well, maybe I am about the dried fruit and fruit juices. Stay away from those). You just need to watch how much you eat. Don’t go eat 3 bananas and think that you’re doing your body a favor.

  • dried fruit – One of the worst choices
  • fruit juices – Just DON’T
  • bananas
  • mangoes
  • pineapples
  • pomegranates
  • figs
  • raisins

Best time of the day to eat fruit:

  • First thing in the morning, after you wake up – It will be easier to digest. You’ll feel more energized, and your body will be fully absorbing all the vitamins, fiber and healthy carbohydrates that it needs to function for the day. A little fruit first thing could be setting you up for a great day. Because eating fruit spikes your energy levels, try to avoid eating it close to bedtime.
  • After a workout – Muscles store excess energy in the form of glycogen and protein and, when you work out, your body burns fuel and breaks down that glycogen. However, the smart people say that within an hour or so of working out, your body is the most responsive with absorbing carbohydrates and protein. So, take advantage of this time by restoring what just got broken down from exercising with a little fruit. Treat it like a reward for working out.

In saying all of the above, here is a great shake I love to make after workouts.

It would make a great snack, but personally, I add it on to a small meal, made up of lean protein and veggies. Adding the shake on to my meal helps me to not eat my weight in ice cream or cake after every meal.

Creamy Strawberry Protein Shake

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Makes 1 serving (For all you Zone Eaters out there, 1 serving of this gives you one block of carbs and one block of protein. Mix with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil, and you have a 1 block snack). 
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries ( I love Trader Joe’s brand. And it’s pretty inexpensive)
  • 1 scoop of Progenex Belgian Chocolate Recovery Protein Powder (1 serving of this is actually 2 scoops, but 1 scoop is good for me…which also helps this not cheap bag last longer. But don’t be turned off by the price. You get what you pay for in quality and taste. Don’t just go consume any protein out there. Unfortunately, I don’t know a lot about protein powder, but my coach takes it, and a lot of great athletes take it, and they seem to be doing just fine). 
  • ice (about 5 or 6 cubes)
  • water (approx. 1/2 cup)Instructions: 
  • Throw all ingredients into your nutribullet or other blender. I know I’ve said this before, but if you don’t have a nutribullet, you should consider getting one. We got our’s almost 3 years ago, and it’s one of the best $80 investments (with a 20% coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond) we’ve made in a long time. 
  • Add more ice or water if you need it. The end goal: creamy, strawberry goodness. It needs to be so creamy that you have to drink it out of a straw like a milkshake. It’s filling too. 

Here’s another look at that shake… and the protein…

I hope this helps! Remember to eat that fruit in moderation. Don’t overconsume it because it’s fruit, and not cake. Too much of anything (even if it is a “good” thing, can be a bad thing). Remember that some fruits are better choices than others. Later!