20 Day Jump Start Program: DAY 14

Welcome to Day 14! I hope you are ready to try something new and challenge yourself.

Have you ever heard of the Dolphin Push Up? It’s a variation of fluid yoga-style poses that focuses on core and upper body strength. It can feel a little funny at first but once you get the hand of it you will see just how challenging it can be!

Day 14 Exercise: Dolphin Push Up

The perfect dolphin push up

Are  you ready to try it out?

Dolphin PU

I am going to touch on the eating schedule that I follow.

3 VS 5 Meals a Day

The never ending question, how often should you be eating? Everyone has a different answer, some say 3, some 5, others 6, now celebrities and their trainers are endorsing intermittent fasting, carb cycling, the list of what to eat and when to eat it grows by the day.

Those new to healthy eating and meal planning can feel overwhelmed and under informed as to where to start. It took me a long time to figure out what worked for my body and schedule. Everyone is different and needs to adjust their eating habits accordingly.

Let’s break down the pros and cons of each;

Smaller Frequent Meals:

Pros-

Stay fuller throughout the day.

Control your blood sugar better.

Control your hormones.

Cons-

Much more meal prep required

More effort into day-to-day meals

Not always on schedule with families

Can potentially be more time consuming

Possibly more expensive

Larger Less Frequent Meals

Pros-

Less meal prep required

Not as effort needed

Fits better with family schedule

Still getting adequate nutrition without as much though about food

Cons-

Consuming more per meal and periods of fasting in between

Potentials for blood sugar levels to crash resulting in over eating

More potential to over eat at night as dinner is typically the largest meal of the day

What I have found in my research is that there is no right or wrong answer. If your schedule permits you to sit down and eat 3 times a day, as long as you are adequately fueling your body, particularly around when you exercise, you will do just fine. For me and my activity level, I need to eat every 2-3 hours minimum. I found for a long time I was putting a lot of time into prepping snack for the periods where I am starving between meals and finally realized that my body needs more. More protein, more carbs, more fats, 3 medium sized meals were just not cutting it. Now, I feel full all day long and find myself craving things like protein instead of sweets. That is the system that works for my schedule and my needs and that’s ultimately what it comes down to.

Have you found what works for you?

 

 

 

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