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Fill ‘er Up!

You wouldn’t attempt to drive your car when it has no fuel.  You know better, and would make sure to put something in the tank before heading out even for a short trip around town, let along a long trip.

Food is our fuel, it’s our energy source that runs all of our body’s systems.  So why do we continually see people trying to workout without enough fuel in the tank? It’s important to make sure that you have a little something to eat before your workout – always.

Round It Out – Plan a pre-workout snack to have a protein, carb, and a fruit or vegetable.  Of course whatever you choose is going to depend on personal preferences, and any dietary restrictions you might have, but some of my favorite pre-workout dining includes milk, eggs, nut butters, cottage cheese, yogurt & granola.  All items high in protein that will help you to feel more satisfied yet keeping it light.  Morning-glory or Bran muffins, oatmeal with fruit or nuts, or high fiber cereals are all carbs that have whole or fuller grains to help you feel fuller without eating a large amount.  Bananas and apples are my favorite go-to fruits to round it out.  They are easy to take on the go, relatively mess-free and provide a decent amount of nutrients and fiber.  Mixed melon, cucumber, and mixed berries are a fresh,  light change as well.  Making a smoothie to go is also a great way to incorporate more than one of these nutrient groups together in a tasty way.  Try adding spinach for a high iron boost in a fruit/veg smoothie!

Did You Know? Cramping when running or swimming after eating a fuller meal is actually your body trying to digest that food.  The blood that supplying your body’s intestinal tract gets redirected to your arms and legs, and the food “stalls” in your intestines.

Don’t let your car sputter out, just make sure you put premium in!

Hybrid Vehicles: Is It for You?

Did you know YMCA Calgary has a Green team? The YMCA Calgary Green Team works hard to ensure our organization is doing its part to ensure the longevity of our planet. YMCA Calgary provides a Green tip each month in our YMCA Today electronic newletter (you can sign up to receive the newsletter on the bottom right corner on any page of the www.ymcacalgary.org website).

This month’s tip is about choosing a hybrid vehicle. National Geographic provides a great article about going about selecting one of these types of vehicles:

“Hybrid automobiles use both an internal-combustion engine and electrical power to drive the vehicle and can be built around one of several architectures. When selecting a hybrid vehicle, it’s important to consider the kind of performance and efficiency characteristics you seek and how much of a hybrid ‘price premium’ you’re willing to tolerate. In addition, weigh issues of reliability and safety as objectively with hybrid vehicles as with any other type of car.”

Click here to read the full article on the National Geographic website. Some other websites with useful information on choosing a hybrid vehicle are:

  • GreenCar.com has loads of info about hybrid vehicles.
  • CNet.com reviews a whole spectrum of hybrid vehicles.
  • HybridCar.com includes a mileage calculator and explains some of the technology of hybrid vehicles.
  • FuelEconomy.org is from the US Department of Energy for fuel economy information.

Eating Green: For You & the Earth

Did you know you can make a positive change for the environment through your eating choices? Eating green can be taken to various levels of impact. Here are eight steps you can take to help the earth while also improving your health:

  1. Eat organic. These foods are produced with significantly less or no chemicals. Not only are you helping your body by eating healthier foods, but you are protecting entire ecosystems (fields, water sources, insects, etc.). Factory farms often have a great deal of waste and some animal meat producers treat the animals in ways that are cruel.
  2. Eat what you have in your fridge. Food bits in landfills release methane gas, which increases global warming. By eating what’s in the fridge, you save on waste. What you don’t/can’t eat, put into a composte. Try not to over-buy to avoid food spoiling in the fridge.
  3. Avoid excessive packaging. Purchase foods that come in minimal packaging that leads to unnecessary waste. (Not to mention all the processing and chemicals that may have gone into making the package in the first place.) If you do need to purchase foods that come in packaging, try to grab items in packages you can reuse, like glass jars.
  4. Buy local. Farmers markets are a fun place to shop and you get the meet the food producers face-to-face. This relationship helps create a sense of responsibility in food producers. Buying local also cuts down on unneeded packaging, processing costs, marketing, shipping, etc.
  5. Start a garden. Growing your own food is fun, and gets you outside and moving!
  6. Choose fast reproducing fish. Anchovies and sardines are good examples of fish that reproduce quickly and are healthy to eat.
  7. Eat raw foods. This helps cut back on electricity costs/gas emissions – depending on your stove.
  8. Cut back on meat consumption. Raising meat can be rough on the environment. Livestock are responsible for a lot of methane gas in the atmosphere which has a significant impact on global warming. Plus, think of all the land and water required to grow the grain to feed animals and the chemicals used on those grains to keep them weed and insect free.

These are just a few ways you can eat green. Have any ideas of your own? Add your comments and share with us!