End of the year is coming fast. I can’t believe that we are already in November…..
Last Thursday, the 3rd of November was Culture Day (文化の日) in Japan – to celebrate and promote culture, the arts, and academic endeavours. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars.
The first part of this month’s challenge is (hopefully) fun – every day this month, do something creative that you can share. A friend of mine writes prose after our paddling events and posts them on Facebook, another has decided to take a picture every day and post it. Do something like this and post it in an album on Facebook (if you use this) or some other way to express yourself to the world around us and for everyone to see…. Have fun with it and push yourself to be expressive and creative.
The second part of this months’ challenge may be a little “daunting” for some, myself included.
Do you ever think about why, when, or what you eat?
It may be as simple as you are hungry, tired and your stomach is rumbling. At times, it might you may eat because you are bored, sad, or happy, just because it’s lunchtime, or because that candy bar never looked so good.
Do you ever ponder why your body needs food, or what kind of foods you need in a day? Many of us were exposed to the great food pyramid in grade school, but do you really remember more than its shape? Do you ever think about why good nutrition is important?
The foods you eat provide the energy you need to function. Just like you need to put fuel in your car or recharge your cell phone battery, your body needs energy sources every day. The main form of energy for your body is carbohydrates.
Your body has the easiest time digesting carbohydrates like sugar and starch. Carbohydrates are broken down into individual glucose, fructose or galactose units. Glucose is your body’s favorite form of energy. If you don’t get enough carbohydrates, your body can make glucose from protein or fat — and if you get too many carbohydrates, your body is very good at storing them as fat.
So this month – I want you to log your food consumption. Research what you eat and log in for each time you eat (at a minimum):
Food – # of servings consumed – Calories per serving – Total Calories consumed – Total Fat – Sodium – Carbs – Protein
Banana – 2 – 105 calories –210 cal consumed – 0.4g fat – 1.2mg sodium – 27g carbs – 1.3g protien
Try to figure out what you are eating and note the time you eat. You can figure out how much you eat in a day, and then compare it to calories burned through the day. Research how much you should be consuming each day – good research. Do not “cheat” and be honest with yourself on what you eat and drink!!
You will then be able to see how “well” you eat, and how to improve your life through proper nutrition. If you want, make a posting to share with others and turn it into something that you can talk about and push eachother to live better.
ALSO – track your weight each day (try to weigh yourself at the same time each day) and how it changes with your food intake. See if you can plan for your food consumption more than going into the kitchen and looking for something to eat. The first week, record and notice how things are going. The second week, see if you can schedule your meals and predict what you consume. Last two weeks – try to challenge yourself to set eating goals and live with them. However, it is very important to not starve yourself or cut out the fuel your body needs.