Post # 1
Ok ladies, I need help and I’m sure someone out there can help me! I need help getting healthy. I am 5’4", 125lbs, and 24 years old. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not think I’m fat. I do, however, know that I am unhealthy. I feel gross all the time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there is no real muscle on my body. My fiance is more muscle of course, he is male, and it’s so much easier for him! But I do not think he is healthy either. I’ve done slim fast and other diets and have dropped 15-20 pounds in over a year. Now I want to get healthy. I want to feel good about my body, the food I put in it and myself. We’re junk food eaters and we eat what is easy. I’m an EXTREMELY picky eater and I love fried foods. I always feel like I can’t eat healthy because I don’t like so much food but I know thats more or less an excuse.
I guess my question and request is for someone to please tell me where to start! I’m not sure how much of what to eat, what vitamins I need or anything really so I do feel overwhelmed when I say I want to get healthy. Any suggestions? I want to change my lifestyle, not be on a diet! But it would be nice to be toned from it!
Post # 3
I’m a registered dietitian. You need at least 5 fruits and veggies per day, 3 servings of whole grains, 3 servings of low-fat dairy (1% or skim) and some lean protein and healthy fats daily. I don’t know how specifically picky you are, if you will eat fruits or carrots with hummus or other veggies as snacks. Nobody should have less than 1200 calories daily.
I am also a snacker. The key is getting rid of all of the junk in your house so you won’t eat it. If it’s there, you will. Cheddar cheese soy crisps are a great substitution for cheese curls. Peanut butter crackers or PB and apples are a great snack. Keep granola bars in the house. Light yogurt with fruit or diet jello are great snacks and sub for ice cream at night.
Instead of trying to decrease your junk intake, count how many fruits, veggies and lowfat dairy products you can eat daily. Getting in 5 a day (minimum) means you won’t be eating as much junk.
As for a vitamin, you can get over-the-counter prenatal vitamins that are really good. They contain a lot of iron which may be constipating though. If you have this problem you can take any women’s multivitamin. Most women need calcium because nobody drinks enough milk. 500-600 mg of calcium carbonate twice a day will do the trick. (1 hour apart from the vitamin if possible.) I personally also take 1000 IU of vitamin D3, as this is shown to be great for prevention of stuff (kidney disease, colon and breast cancer, arthritis, etc.)
Post # 4
thank you so much! that is exactly what i was looking for and i do like to ideas you named for snack and other things! i really appreciate you giving me the information i need to start being healthy!