Healthy Living with Kinky Keenya

8:50 AM Keenya Kelly 0 Comments

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hey Everyone! I hope you enjoyed your news years eve and have your "Last Supper Feast." I chose to spend my last unhealthy meal at IHOP devouring a Steak and Cheese with Seasoned French Fries and truth be told it wasn't all that. lol. I wanted my Green Beans and Parmesan Cheese! Grrr. Nonetheless, today is the day!!! The beginning of our healthy challenge. Just a refresher but 30 days of No Juices or Sodas...just water. And just to let you all know I have NEVER been a water drinker.  I enjoy sodas and juices, but water has been like mosquitos at a BBQ to me...down right terrible. lol. But I have decided that its time for me to take care of my body on the inside just like I do dressing it up on the outside! This is going to be a new thing for all of us that are participating..but we can do it. It probably won't be easy...but it IS something you can do. 

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I purchased my scale and APPARENTLY I am 185 lbs instead of 178. Definitely wanted to come clean on that and I will continue measuring my weight on my home scale and not other scales. I am NOT ashamed of my weight...but I am determined to be healthier...for me, my future family and those that look to me as the example.

In addition to the water challenge, we have embarked upon eliminating pasta and bread for 30 days. I'm not saying doing this is going to make you lose 30 pounds but I do know that pasta and bread aren't the healthiest things for our bodies and its something we consume ALOT of.  I eat Subway sandwiches all of the time, turkey sandwiches at home and Garlic bread with all of my pastas..but for the next 30 days it will be eliminated. 

Now folks, don't look at this as the things you CANT have, but things you are temporarily stepping away from in order to begin a healthy living lifestyle. I definitely want to see if eliminating pasta/bread and drinking only water will have an effect on my weight and energy level..Im SURE it will. 


Lastly, this isn't a part of the challenge, but I will be working out in the gym for 1 hour - 1 hour & 1/2 at least 4 days a week. Cardio on the treadmill with an increased incline, free weights, leg machines, sit-ups/crunches and a host of other activities. We all know dieting is good for a healthy lifestyle...but exercise is just as important. We'll talk about that after this challenge though. 

So I have pulled some information from Google about drinking water, and eating pasta/bread. Take a look, but please do more research. 

If you have healthy meals that you are willing to share please respond via the blog or kinkykeenya@gmail.com so that we can all take this journey together!!

Til Next Time.....Keep That Lip Gloss Poppin

Why You Need to Drink Water

Your body is estimated to be about 60 to 70 percent water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs. 

  
How Much Water do You Need to Drink?
A good estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. If you exercise, you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you are active. If you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water.
When you are traveling on an airplane, it is good to drink eight ounces of water for every hour you are on board the plane. If you live in an arid climate, you should add another two servings per day. As you can see, your daily need for water can add up to quite a lot.

At least twenty percent of the water you need will come from the foods you eat. The rest will come from the beverages you drink. Water is probably the best choice; sweetened soft drinks and sodas have added sugar that adds extra calories. Sports drinks contain electrolytes and may be beneficial; just look out for added sugar and calories that you may not want. Fruit and vegetable juice are good because they have vitamins and nutrients (read labels, however -- vegetable juices may be high in sodium).
Caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee count too, but too much caffeine can make you feel jittery.


Why You Should Exclude White Bread From Your Diet
White bread is made from refined white flour containing several unwholesome constituents and very little in the way of nutrients and dietary fibre, essential for a healthy digestive system and a stable metabolism. This is why:
Refined white flour is produced from the whole wheat grain which is then subjected to the refining process which removes all traces of the husk, or bran and along with it all the goodness contained in the grain. It is then bleached using chemical bleaching agents which contain chlorine and dried in kilns at high temperature to kill any remaining beneficial constituents. This insipid, bland, tasteless powder then has gluten added, which is a product that an increasing number of people are becoming allergic to, which helps to produce a more evenly risen and air filled loaf. A standard while loaf of bread also has sugar added to enable the baker’s yeast to prove the dough and make it rise. Salt is also added to check the progress of the yeast and prevent the loaf from rising too much, or over-proving.
Eating mass produced white bread can be somewhat likened to eating cardboard, such is its blandness and lack of any useful dietary benefit whatsoever. Small bakery bread and home made loaves usually taste a little better but because refined white flour is used in their production, there is still no health benefit.

Why You Should Exclude White Pasta From Your Diet

One of the main reasons why you should avoid white pasta in your diet is because this popular staple is made largely from refined white flour. Refined white flour in itself contains almost no dietary goodness in itself and its consumption can have negative effects on health, as we shall see. By the way, before I go any further, I'm only talking about the pasta itself here and not any sauce that you might add to it. Popular pasta sauces are usually tomato based and contain such herbs as oregano and basil and lend themselves to the Mediterranean diet type of thing. But I digress. Back to the bad stuff...
Eating white pasta can be likened to eating cardboard, because although it tastes a little better, cardboard probably contains more goodness! The lack of nutrients in white pasta may not make it such a bad thing to eat on its own, but it’s the bad constituents of white pasta that make it such a bad deal when it comes to your general health and weight.
First of all, in a similar fashion to white bread, white pasta contains a large amount of high GI (glycemic index) carbohydrates. That means that the carbohydrates contained in pasta made from refined white flour will release sugars into the bloodstream quickly. This causes a steep rise in blood sugar and a similarly steep reactive rise in the body’s sugar regulating hormone, insulin in order to counter its effects. This is something that diabetics must avoid and is something that in itself can trigger type II diabetes to manifest in a person who eats a lot of white pasta a lot of the time.
The effect on the body’s metabolism is to slow it down, while inhibiting efficient digestion. The result is more fat storage, with those fat cells generally being deposited around the belly. This, as you have probably already figured out is a leading cause of weight gain in people who eat a lot of refined flour products, not least of those being white pasta.

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