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Sarah's Nutrition Tips - March 2014

 Good nutrition keeps New Year’s resolutions on track


How many Howickians made a resolution this year to get fit, shape up or lose a few kilograms?

Weight loss and shaping-up goals can be hard to stick to – life gets in the way, and often resolutions made with the best intentions fall by the wayside.

You may have heard the expressions, “Weight loss is 80 per cent diet, 20 per cent exercise” or “Abs are made in the kitchen.”

The good news – This is absolutely true!

The bad news – Your New Year’s resolution was probably based on joining the gym!

Exercise is extremely important and we must include it as part of our lifestyle to live a happy, healthy existence.

However, you cannot and will not out-exercise a bad diet.

A healthy diet based on lots of fresh vegetables, good sources of carbohydrates and high quality protein will go a long way in helping you get the nutrients you need to stop the cravings and keep you on the wagon!

Ladies and gents if your New Year’s resolution was to shape-up, increase muscle tone, get the tight, curvaceous body of a bond girl or rock hard abs of a track athlete – PROTEIN IS ESSENTIAL!

To grow the body of your dreams, you need to be getting at least 1-1.5grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight per day. Most of us aren’t achieving this.

Protein helps build and repair muscle tissue. It helps us feel fuller for longer and helps keep our immune system strong.

Meat, including chicken, beef, eggs, lamb, pork and also fish are excellent sources of protein.

Talk to the friendly staff at Seaside Gourmet Meats about using their wide variety of meat products to increase your protein intake.

To achieving this year’s resolution!

Blessings,

- Sarah

Sarah Simonsen
Nutritionist

Velca

Sarah's Nutrition Tips - March 2014