Racing to the finish line

As some of you know, I am trying to get more fit in preparation for the Hapalua (Honolulu half marathon) and my husband is also exercising with me to make sure his knee is healing properly from his knee surgery.  I signed up online for Mbtion, an app that recommends a personalized fitness plan.  In my case, I am walking/slow jogging on Tuesday and Thursday, and on Saturday, going the furthest distance.  On Saturdays we walk/slow jog for 4.25 to 4.5 miles.  He has to ice his knee afterwards but it is healing well.  I use my Fitbit app on my phone to track my progress.

People have asked me to share what I am eating to stay fit and energized.  I am focused on trying to get about 36-40 grams of protein per day.  Vegetables do contain protein and the fiber needed for healthy digestion and elimination (as long as you drink enough water).  I try to eat as many foods as possible that are high in anti-oxidants to ward off inflammation and cancer!

First thing in the morning:  Drink water with lemon.  It helps to alkalize your body which assists with digestion.  Adding 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar also works well. You can sweeten with a couple drops of Stevia.

Breakfast:  2 egg omelet with chopped onions, bell peppers and spinach.  Alternative:  if you don’t eat eggs, eat oatmeal with berries, cinnamon, walnuts, and your favorite milk.  Add a slice of Ezekiel toast with grass fed butter and green or herbal tea.  Stevia or Manuka honey can be added to the tea.

Tip:  I chop all onions, peppers, mushrooms and veggies (i.e. squash, etc.) when I buy them.  You can freeze them in freezer bags or containers and then quickly grab the amounts you need for a recipe.

Lunch:  Lentil soup that contains carrots.  One cup of cooked lentils supplies 16 grams of fiber and 18 grams of protein.  Lentils help maintain steady blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol.  Add a nut butter sandwich on Ezekiel bread along with pure water.  You can add mint, lemon or lime, cucumber or any berries to your water!  You can also sweeten with a couple drops of Stevia.

Dinner:  Spiralized zucchini (zoodles) with pasta sauce.  I prefer marinara sauce but you can add mushrooms and some meat if you prefer (4 oz. serving of meat per person is optimal).  Top with organic parmesan cheese and add a side salad of greens, beets, cucumber, avocado, and walnuts.

If you need a snack, an organic apple is an excellent snack.  Also carrots, celery or bell pepper strips are a great snack to satisfy those cravings for something crunchy.