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Polar, daily activity, training and tracking nutrition

Follow Your Daily Progress

Can Polar help you lead a healthier lifestyle, track nutrition and your daily activity?

Yes you can follow your daily progress and get perfect guidance that helps you meet your training and tracking goals. And through that you’ll discover how changing your daily habits could soon improve your wellbeing.

That brings us to MyFitnessPal’s software

It allows easy tracking of daily nutrition and calorie intake. Millions of people have achieved and maintained through MyFitnessPal a much healthier and happier lifestyle. MyFitnessPal is the leading free resource for achieving and maintaining health goals. For more inspiration, visit www.myfitnesspal.com.

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When it comes to food all things are not equal.

Heart Rate and Calories: How Much Do You Know?

Just because you are keeping in your calorie count does not mean that you will be able to lose the weight. There is a thing called empty calories. Human nature tends to favor foods that contain empty calories, these types of food may fill you for a short space of time but they have absolutely no nutritional value.

If you were to measure the Nutritional Value to Calories ratio you would get a Nutrient density figure. This figure is very important when you are trying to lose weight because you need to balance calories with nutrients needed by your body to be healthy and to function properly.

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Simply put your body needs the highest level of healthy calories

Fill with vital nutrients to be able to function properly. When you reach the perfect ratio you will not have to worry so much about calories in vs. calories out count to lose the weight, but rather find that you are able to eliminate food cravings because your body has all the nutrients it needs. Have you ever wondered why you suddenly crave a salty snack? Your body is signaling you that there is a lack of specific nutrients.

If you constantly supply your body with nutrient dense food your body will not have to keep adjusting but simply function properly and conserve energy that will be used as fuel. What this means to you is you will have a lot more energy.

There are some foods that have a very high nutrient count, they are very easy to digest and leave the body with the greatest amount of energy. These foods will leave you feeling fuller for longer.

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High nutrients versus low energy spent

Here is a list of foods to look out for that contains:

• Whole foods (vegetables, berries, fruits, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds)
• Raw or cooked at low temperature
• Naturally alkaline forming foods to balance your body’s pH levels
( like leafy greens & vegetables)

Fiber rich carbohydrates (vegetables!) are the foundation of a stress-reducing diet. So, you should put the most focus on leafy greens and colorful vegetables.

• Leafy greens like:
kale, spinach, swiss chard, lettuce, parsley, dandilion green
• Vegetables like:
broccoli, red cabbage, brussels sprouts, turnips, carrots, parsnips, beets, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, yams, avocado….

The importance of Antioxidants

Every day, your body is exposed to “free radicals” that are found in your external and internal environment – pollution, pesticides and cigarette smoke, to little sleep, to much sport – to much for your current level, electric smog..!

On one side we need “free radicals” to help our immune system work for protection, but if the free radicals become rampant ( because of our environment and lifestyle) – they are causing cellular damage and oxidation that can lead to unwanted body reactions.

But not to worry—that’s where antioxidants come in…and choosing a diet rich in antioxidants is something you do have power over! Antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging your body.
You can easily add antioxidants to your diet through delicious foods that you’ll love to indulge in anyway!

Where can you find antioxidant rich foods?

• Berries & Grapes
• Vegetables of all colours
• Cold-pressed oils – hemp-seed oil, flaxseed oil, canola oil…
• Fresh herbs and spices

(Nutritionally speaking, it’s hard to argue against the benefits of a balanced plant-based diet—you’ll still get all the vitamins and essential nutrients you’d otherwise get from animal-based foods, plus the long-term rewards of the healthier, cleaner body you seek.

If you are struggling with a 70% plant based approach and think “I can’t eat that much fruits and veggies” – but also see & know that this is essential for your body, start taking a whole food based nutritional supplement.

I prefer Juice Plus+ which contains the juice powder of berries, fruits and vegetables.

And each ingredient is specially selected to provide a broad range of nutritional benefits. Juice Plus+ is supported by clinical research conducted by researchers at leading hospitals and universities around the world and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

It is essential that when you are going for a diet, that your body gets enough micronutrients to support your metabolism and your excretory function.

After my own experience it is also essential to get yourself a heart rate monitor during the process to changing your lifestyle. Check out the POLAR LOOP and V800 here. They can provide a fantastic wellness experience. They both come with the most accurate calorie counter that ensures your every move from training and daily activity is counted for.