Last Saturday we had a small get together and I felt compelled to prepare a healthier side dish to “compliment” the greasy, saucy, fatty, fried (and oh-so-good!) hot wings that made an appearance. And even though it was technically a free day for me, I was still conscious about the calories I took in.
There’s approximately 60-150 calories in each fried chicken wing. However, 1 piece of grape has only 2-3 calories depending on their size/gram, for 100 grams of mango there are 60 calories, for 100 grams of watermelon there are only 30 calories & 100 grams of papaya has only 43 calories. Yes, chicken wings are soooo good and I did eat 1….2….errr 6ish but I really tried to control myself and made sure to fill up on tons of fruits and veggies.
However, the truth is, it is almost impossible to count every single calorie you put in your mouth—especially since most food labels aren’t even able to provide 100-percent accurate information. Aside from that, the act alone of calorie counting can be exhausting, draining, and even disrupt your innate ability to understand hunger and fullness cues. You could even stop trusting your body completely, and rely solely on this calorie system for weight management. This is a real danger for those who have certain personality traits and/or mental health issues, as it can result in an eating disorder.
If you do choose to track, it’s best to exercise the process of counting calories with caution and make sure that it does not become obsessive, nor is it your only source of understanding how proper nutrition works. Ultimately, though, I think the best approach involves more intuitive, balanced eating that includes listening and trusting your body, incorporating a balance of high-fiber carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats at most meals, and allowing occasional indulgences.”
This week my coach had me do more abdomen workouts like weighted crunches, which is basically like regular crunches but you’re upright and holding a 5-10 kilo weight on your chest. It really works the abs and even back.
Weighted crunches – 3 sets – (10 reps each set)
I really felt the burn in my core and the soreness afterwards was intense, but I know that underneath my flabs there are rock hard abs waiting to be revealed 😉 so I will do this for as long as I have to. This session also included other ab/core workouts like side crunches, leg lifts on the pull up bar and planks.
Well that’s it for now. If you missed the beginning of this journey you can read about it here. Until then, stay tuned for more Apple Cider’s Journey to Fitness!
– Apple Cider