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Fitness Friday #3

Happy Fitness Friday!

This was a long week for some reason!  Was it for you as well?

First of all, thank you for those of you who commented on Marvelous in My Monday’s Quest bar contest!  Random.org chose Katie at Healthy Diva Eats as the winner!  Congratulations Katie!  Message me your address and I’ll send you some yummy Quest bars!

Let’s talk about exercise this week.

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Monday – 3.5 miles on the treadmill, biceps and triceps circuit.

Tuesday – 50 minutes on the elliptical, Nike Fitness app – shoulders.

Wednesday – 2 mile run on the treadmill, PiYo class (loved it).

Thursday – 9 mile run outside pushing the stroller.

Friday – 30 minute elliptical, Nike Fitness app – abs.

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – 5k with the hubby and Love Nugget.

This week my favorite workout would have to be the PiYo class I took.  I was really surprised by this class and can’t wait to take it next week!  Although my 9 mile run comes in close second.  It just felt awesome!

This morning mydailymoment.com had an article on 5 Food Additives to Avoid that I found informative.  I thought it was a good article to discuss on Fitness Friday!

  1. Artificial sweeteners – No surprise here!  The dangers of artificial sweeteners is gaining a lot of ground lately.  Certain chemically produced sweeteners such as Aspartame, Acesulfame K and Saccharine, serve as a health hazard to all.  “Ironically, these empty calories can create a vicious cycle of craving more sweets, with the inevitable consequences of weight gain. They have been linked to behavioral problems, hyperactivity, allergies and are possibly carcinogenic.” Source.   It’s no surprise these artificial sweeteners are found in diet products, and other sugar-free products.  What surprised me is that they can also be found in children’s medicine and vitamins!  Yikes!

What to use instead?  Stevia!  It’s a natural herb that can be found almost everywhere these days.  We even planted a Stevia plant this year which I use to sweeten my ice tea and adult beverages (mojitos).

2.  Artificial Food Colors – Those bright colorful skittles and M&M’s don’t get that hue naturally.  Foods such as these that use artificial food coloring are using synthetic dyes that are mostly coal-tar derivatives.  “They are suspected to cause allergies, asthma, hyperactivity and are possibly carcinogenic. Chief culprits: Candy, beverages, soda, gelatin desserts, pastry, sausage, baked goods, even fruit like green oranges sprayed with red dye to make them look ripe.” Source

One more reason why I try to stay away from processed foods.  Although I’m guilty of splurging on candy from time to time… who isn’t!?!

3. Preservatives (BHA, BHT, EDTA, etc) –  I just read another article the other day that was discussing the dangers of these same preservatives.  “These preservatives are actually synthetic petroleum-based and fat soluble antioxidants, used by manufacturers to prevent oxidation and retard rancidity. They can cause cancer, allergic reactions and hyperactivity, and BHT may be toxic to the nervous system and the liver.” Source

No surprise their found mainly in processed foods but I am surprised to see one of my favorite things ever listed, chewing gum!  Unfortunately the ingredients/nutrition facts are not listed on a pack of gum so I went online to find them.  Of coarse, not only is BHT listed, but Apartame and Sucrolose 😦  What to do…

4. Nitrites and Nitrates – Most bacons, cured and preserved meats all contain these two dangers.  “These two preservatives may prevent the growth of bacteria but they transform into cancer-causing agents called nitrosamines in the stomach. They also produced noticeable side effects like headaches, nausea, vomiting and dizziness.”

Look for nitrate free preserved meats or make your own 🙂 Grilling a few extra chicken breasts on Sunday can be a few lunches for the week.

5.  Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – Many restaurants are now carrying the label, MSG free.  Which, “you may be happy that you’re dining in restaurants that carry the “No MSG” declaration. But do you know that MSG lurks in all kinds of sauces used to prepare the foods that you thought are MSG-free? They are also significant in all kinds of snacks, seasonings, candy, even infant formula, over-the-counter medications and nutritional supplements.”  Source

Infant formula!  A little shocking to see that!

Make sure to read labels carefully 🙂

On a different note?  Any fun plans for the weekend?  I am really excited about a few things this weekend.

First, date night at home tonight with the hubby + a bottle of wine.  Enough said 🙂

Second, tomorrow morning I’m volunteering for an event put on by Girls on the Run which I am SUPER excited for.

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I signed up for either the coaches area (coaching young girls on running), or the nutrition table.  Two things I’m super passionate about, running and eating healthy!

Third, Sunday morning our little family is running in a fun 5k to support Running School inc. A nonprofit organization that supports cardiovascular fitness in children at local elementary schools.  Helping kids be healthy and active is something I’m super passionate about so I’m really excited to be supporting such a great organization!

We also have a bbq at the local baseball stadium with the hubby’s work and hopefully… a trip to the farmer’s market and the lake.  I say hopefully because we’ve already got a jam packed weekend!

QUESTION – What was your favorite form of exercise this week?

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4 comments on “Fitness Friday #3

  1. It definitely felt like a long week to me, too! I think there are just too many things going on right now in our life that we haven’t had much down time. Anyhow, my favorite form of exercise was gymnastics day at CrossFit Gold on Wednesday. I love Wednesdays, because we always do gymnastic based movements (all body weight, such as handstand pushups, handstand walks, muscle-ups, pullups, pushups, hollow rocks, etc). Though some of the exercises may not seem difficult, they certainly give you a great workout!

    I love your tips on the 5 Food Additives to Avoid, so helpful and also scary at the same time! Have a great weekend!

  2. Fave exercise for me this week was the bike ride I took this morning. Definitely need more bike rides before it’s too cold to ride.

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