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Marsh column: Good workout; bad eating habits

Q. I have my exercising under my belt, so to speak, but my eating habits are not what they are supposed to be.
Am I messing up my workout program?
A. First of all, I believe it is very important to eat well- balanced meals. Eat your veggies, fruits, dairy, some meat, and hold back on the fats and sweets.
To find out more about it, go to mypyramid.gov; plug in your info and it will give you a world of food knowledge.
Now to get to your question of whether bad eating habits are “messing” up your workout program.
It depends how bad your habits are and how many calories you eat. You know you had a bad day when you have a biscuit for breakfast, a hamburger for lunch and pizza for dinner.
Something else to watch is your cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides, just to name a few.
Do I eat a perfect diet? No.
Someone told me once that if you eat all the perfect foods and don’t enjoy a good drink once in a while, life sure seems longer.
My younger sister, the breast cancer survivor who turned 40 this year, has to take all kinds of medicine to stop her estrogen production because her cancer was estrogen-fed. This means she is in full-blown menopause at 40.
Because of that, her body changed (besides a full mastectomy and reconstruction) and she gained weight.
With hard work and eating right, she is back to feeling good in her own body. Now, she could go on a diet and get to the weight before her cancer hit her (at 36) but she said, “It is not worth it; I want to live and enjoy things.”
I like to eat ice cream (in moderation of course!) have a glass of wine once in a while, eat some candy and have some chips.
I still eat my veggies, fruits, dairy, carbs and proteins. I agree with my sister that it is not worth it to me to be on a strict “diet.”
Some of you feel great in eating perfectly.
Please continue!
For the ones who eat a balanced meal and have some extras ó are you where you want to be? I know I am.
I know plenty of people who exercise hard so they can enjoy life’s simple pleasures such as food. For the ones who know that they need to change their eating habits ó good luck! It is a tough job to eat a well- balanced meal and not overdo the calories. I do believe that mypyramid.gov can get you on the right track. Good luck!
Contact Ester Marsh at 704-636-0111 or emarsh@rowanymca.com

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