Does exercise have anything to do with the kitchen or good stewardship?
Good stewardship of your body means treating it as a temple of the Holy Spirit, so you take care of it. God didn’t create us to be obese and riddled with medical problems.
We eat well to be kitchen stewards of our bodies, and to keep balanced, we need some physical activity. Whether that has to be structured or organized or not is up to you.
Here are excerpts from the Real Food Weight Loss & Exercise series from last May, focusing on exercise the workout eating:
While a regimented exercise program may be a good and necessary thing for some, being fit and healthy doesn’t always have to include formal “exercise.”
I will admit I think I might be blessed with amazing health and physical fitness genes (I have aunts who work retail on their feet and downhill ski, both in their 70s and 80s, no kidding), so don’t hate me when I say that I lost all my baby weight without actually exercising. I just try to keep moving during the day.
I do really appreciate a good workout, and I love getting outside for walks when I can (in Michigan, that’s not always very often November through March). My husband, on the other hand, has been working out formally with P90X, running a 10K, and now Insanity, six days a week. (Yikes.)
If you decide you want a formal exercise program, you might like Thrive90, designed for busy parents and never taking longer than 30 minutes.
Some way, some how, it is important to pair physical work with great nutrition to keep our bodies at optimal health, whether your goal is to lose weight or you’ve thrown out the scale in an effort to simply be healthy, no matter what the numbers say.
Read the rest of the Monday Mission post HERE, including ideas for normal exercise that doesn’t have to get you out of bed at 5:30 a.m.!
Protein shakes, energy bars, and supplements marketed to athletes sometimes feel like the worst offenders in the processed foods world. Between the odd chemicals claiming to boost muscle mass, increase energy, and extend endurance (creatine, anyone?) and the fact that most energy bars use soy protein, ignoring the fact that animal foods are the best source of usable protein available, that’s a whole category I’d like to stay away from.
(Unfermented soy, by the way, is sketchy because it is high in phytoestrogens that may be hormone disrupting, high in inflammatory omega-6 fats, and also incredibly high in phytates, which can hinder mineral absorption from the rest of the good food you eat. It also is simply a product of our century that anyone eats soy regularly without long fermenting it first – think miso, soy sauce. “New” foods in my traditional foods world equal “stay away.”) (top photo source)
We can get plenty of protein, even on the go, with exclusively real, whole foods and no packaged junk. You’ll love the list of high protein foods that readers and I put together for this post, so don’t forget to read all the way to the end for the practical goodies!
Most sources recommend that an athlete should consume between 6-20 grams of protein within an hour after a workout to help with muscle building and recovery. Find out why HERE along with foundations for protein in pregnancy, to boost brain health, and that list of on the go real food high protein sources good for all these reasons, including protein amounts for each one.
2 NEW Quinoa Bar Recipes
I’ll wrap up sharing the Real Food Exercise & Weight Loss series tomorrow with the post about my husband lowering his high triglycerides by 75%. Don’t miss it!
If you missed the last Monday Mission, click here.
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