Fit Tip #2: Eat More Kale

I need to practice what I’m about to preach here when I say that we probably all need to be eating more kale. I was reminded about the importance of kale recently when I read a post about the 5-Day Kale Challenge. Now, I’m not doing this challenge but it did get me thinking about how I need more kale in my diet.

Why Eat More Kale?

Kale just might be the healthiest vegetable you can eat. In one cup of kale, you will get all the vitamin A, C , and K you need for a day. It is also an excellent source of iron, manganese, and potassium.  Given all the sweating we do in class, I am always looking for anything that will give me more potassium. Kale is also high in fiber, can help lower cholesterol, and promotes a healthy liver. In the end, kale is about as nutrition dense of a veggie that we’re gonna get.

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How to Eat Kale

I will be the first to admit that I am not a veggie lover. Eating them does not come easy to me. And kale, on its surface, is not exactly pleasing looking to eat. It looks like a decoration – a look but don’t put in your mouth kind of thing. But I have learned that you can play around with kale and make it taste good (or not even notice you are eating it at all!)

My favorite approach to getting more kale in my diet is through juicing. Give me a couple of cucumbers, kale, a lemon, and an apple and I’m good to go. But if you’re new to juicing, green juice may not be the best way to go (it wasn’t for me. I had to work into it). In that case, here are some great ideas for how to work more kale into your diet:

1. Pan-Fried Kale: Make it to your taste. It literally takes 2-5 minutes depending on how cooked you want it. Easy side dish.

2. 30 ways to use kale: These recipes use kale to varying degrees. If you haven’t got much of a taste for kale, you can probably find something here that will work.

3. Make a kale smoothie

4. Work it into your rice.

 

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Fit Tip Tuesday #1: Four Hydration Facts

We’re gonna be starting a new event here. On Tuesdays, I will be sharing a fit tip with you that I hope will improve your practice and overall quality of life. I’ll be linking up with other bloggers who are also posting their own fit tips on Tuesdays so you have the chance to learn as much as you want and meet some new people.

Talking about hydration on a Bikram yoga blog might seem like a no-brainer. You all know how important it is. You all know that you cannot succeed in class without it. But I thought this would be a good time to provide some reminders about the importance of hydrating and what it does.

1. Water helps keep you looking good. Staying hydrated keeps your skin moisturized. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

2. How much water to drink? For those of us practicing Bikram, I follow the rule of 8 ounces a day plus half my body weight. So that’s 64 ounces plus 70 (This is when I actually round my weight up to 140 in the interest that more water will be better). 64+70=134 ounces. I try to hit somewhere between 120-140 ounces in a day. Yes, it can be done. Start as soon as you get up!water

3.  Always be fully hydrated BEFORE a class. The water you drink right this minute takes time to be absorbed by the body. How long it takes may depend on the individual. It can likely take a good one-two hours for your body to completely absorb the water. Water you drink in class will be helpful for when class is over, but not during (ok – we know it can help mentally during class but that’s probably about it!).

4. Did you know that you don’t have to hydrate by just drinking only water? Tomatoes are full of water and so are cucumbers! And, so I heard, is ice cream. 🙂

 

 

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