So, it’s been a little over a week since I began the 10 in 10 Healthy Challenge. (10 in 10 Healthy Challenge is a pledge for 10 weeks….a pledge for healthy life changes. Be sure to check out the list of participants Lori put together!)
Overall, I have been doing okay with it. Wish I was having better luck. I am good-to-go with the eating well. And, the idea of a Positive Daily Affirmation journal has been fully implemented on my other blog. The working out? Yeah, that one needs to get back on track. I have totally gotten out of my routine and need to get back. I know this and will not let months of hard work go to hell in a hand basket because I am in an (unfamiliar) unemployment rut. I will get back, I will get back! (Sounding a bit like Dorothy.) I am going to use Maria and Jenn for inspiration! Maria is kickin’ ass with her Body Combat and Body pump classes and Jenn is a mad woman with kettle bells.
As far as blogging…To coincide with my 10 in 10 Healthy Challenge, I have been thinking about adding a little more (challenge-specific) to my posts at least once a week. Like Lori, I think Saturday will work best. If for anything, maybe it will organize my brain! And, look! Here we are. Saturday.
Today’s topic? Cholesterol. Some time ago, posted about alternative proteins, foods with which I have enjoyed playing with and discovering for myself. How do alternative proteins tie into cholesterol? I ate an alternative protein today (below) and it has a relationship with cholesterol, something I have to watch. My cholesterol is a close resemblance to a Ninja…yet never gets to the healthy leveling out point. It’s a constant struggle I know I share with so many.
Sally Wadyka posted an article for MSN Health & Fitness on 5 Foods That Fight Cholesterol. Interestingly enough, they are also fabulous for a life change eating. And, they are foods with which we all have access!
Fish: “Omega-3 fatty acids are widely considered to be the best of the “good” fats, and the best place to find them is in fish—especially fatty fishes like salmon, halibut and tuna.”
Tempeh, another soy product (a mix of whole soybeans and grains, like rice, millet, and barley), is the star of today’s salad. While I have incorporated tempeh in warm/hot dishes (Tempeh Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms & Tempeh Tostada Salad with Tomatillo Salsa), I went with a cold one here. (I know…I have been on quite the salad kick, lately.)
¼ cup Vegenaise/low fat mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. no fat plain yogurt
1 Tbsp. Dijon
1 tsp. Herb de Provence
1 red pepper
½ yellow pepper
Salt/pepper to taste
1 tsp. oil
Boston Lettuce Leaves
Other Articles I read this week that you may find helpful/useful for your 10 in 10 Healthy Challenge.