Salad greens are the perfect food combination with protein. If you eat protein with starchy heavy carbs, your body has difficulty digesting this.
Since leafy greens like salad take a shorter time to digest, the stomach can concentrate on digesting the protein instead of having it wait in the stomach for the starches to spend many hours slowly digesting in your small intestines.
You see, different foods digest in different areas of your digestive system. Proteins are digested mainly in the stomach, with the presence of hydrochloric acid. This is what breaks down meat.
Carbohydrates are broken down in our mouths and primarily in the small intestine.
Veggies help to move along other foods because they contain a lot of fiber.
So we’re good combination is a protein with vegetables. If we eat starchy carbohydrates with proteins, carbohydrates get digested first and the proteins just to sit in the stomach, waiting. This leads to rotting proteins in your stomach, gas and stinky poops!
So fish and greens. Not fish and rice! So chicken and vegetables. Not chicken and pasta! Steak with sautéed mushrooms and a salad. Not steak with roasted potatoes!
What happens when you combine foods that are incompatible? Farting. Upset stomach. Heartburn. Bloating. Things like that.
So, it’s your meatballs with salad! Not with spaghetti.
What are your favorite veggie protein combinations?
Strength training is as important as flexibility training and cardiovascular exercise. The three work hand-in-hand. When working out, I usually leave my abs to the end. The reason is because your abs are getting a work out throughout; cardio, full body workout and maybe a rowing machine.
You don’t want to tire out your abdominal muscles right away because this could compromise your posture for full body exercises. Remember your abs work hand-in-hand with your back. Your entire core is connected.
So be safe. Don’t forget to stretch after your workouts. Warm up before cardiovascular exercise or strength training. This allows your body to gradually increase its temperature, range of movement, flexibility of joints, etc.
Be nice your body. Don’t shock it unnecessarily.
As for abdominal exercises, there are so many effective ones. Remember to move with your abdominal muscles as you work through. Avoid any strain on your neck. One tip is to look at one spot in the ceiling and keep looking at that same spot as you go through your abdominal exercises, eg. when on your back facing the ceiling.
And also remember to hold your abdominals nice and tight throughout the day. Practice good posture as you walk around the city, sit at your desk, stand in line, cook over the stove or pick up your baby.
What I like about the exercises above is that you are using your own bodyweight. So these exercises are tailored specifically for you. To make this workout more challenging go slower or do more.
what are your favorite abdominal exercises? What are your least favorite? I know that I find some exercises more effective than others.
I think the tummy is always the last thing to lean out. So you may be working out faithfully, eating clean, going to yoga, drinking water and reducing stress, don’t lose momentum! You are doing all of the right things.
Don’t give up. Go slow. Go consistent. And incorporate these exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles.
It’s not going to happen overnight but it can be done. It took some time to get the belly in the first place didn’t it? That didn’t happen overnight either.
The bad news is you would like to slim down your tummy. You want flat abs! The good news is it is totally doable. You can do it. Even if you’ve had kids, even if you are many sizes above what you wish you were, even if you think you were too old! It’s hogwash.
Make as many excuses as you wish, then gently push the excuses to one side … and concentrate on what you can do.
Here’s an infographic to help:
You can do it. And make small but consistent changes and get healthy! Try your best. Your loved ones will thank you.
I knew I wanted to make a change. I didn’t like the way my midsection looked in the mirror. I wanted my jeans to fit the way they did years ago. If you want a quick change, here’s a rough beginners plan. Eat whatever you want! Eat just as you’ve been eating! But. And here’s the change. ADD 4 foods to what you’re already eating, and eat these first, before you eat what you want to eat:
Choose one food from each list to eat every day:
1. One handful of raw nuts (not fried or salted)
2. One quarter avocado
1. One potato boiled, baked or mashed with no butter or oil
2. One sweet potato or yam boiled, baked or mashed
3. One boiled, baked or roasted squash
1. One stick celery
2. One stick carrot
3. One raw vegetable of your choice
1. One bowl berries of your choice
2. One orange
3. One apple
4. One other fruit of your choice, raw, if skin is edible with skin