Day 9: 30 Days of Healthy Challenge



Good evening NYC Fit Food Fashion readers! Today was another Rest Day. My cold has been lingering and today the baby decided to be quite the bear. Given those two things I decided that today would be one of my 2 rest days for this week. I still went out for 2 walks today, I just did not do any conditioning exercises.

Even though it was rest day, I tried to keep on track diet wise. No matter what the food you eat is the most important part of any diet/exercise routine. If you do not have the chance to work out, always make sure to keep your diet in check. Here is a look at the food I ate today:

Breakfast: Fruit, coffee with soy

Lunch: Thin whole wheat bagel, roast turkey, lettuce, light mayo

Snack: Quinoa salad

Snack: Soy hazlenut macchiato from Starbucks

Dinner: Pork chop, green beans, corn and red wine

I am looking forward to getting back into it tomorrow. I have always hated rest day even though it is an important part of working out.  How are you all doing? What are the goals you are trying to attain?

Day 8: 30 Days of Healthy Challenge

30 Days of Healthy Challenge

Good evening everyone! I am trying hard to stick with this and at least get in some activity. My sick bug has returned and I am not feeling the best. I still managed to get out for 2 walks in the 90 degree heat today. I also did some exercises while the baby was napping. I did not get to the gym like I had hoped. I will as soon as this damn bug leaves my system. Today for exercise I did:

  • 40 squats
  • 12 mountain climbers
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 crunches
  • 20 bicycle crunches

Being sick, staying on a healthy diet is very high on my list of priorities right now. We decided to get take out for dinner. Since it was disgustingly hot out and our apartment heats up to a million degrees when we turn the oven on. We discovered this great chicken place in our neighbourhood. It is brand new to Hells Kitchen “poulette” is the healthiest take out that I have been able to find. The roast chicken is so good and the options for sides are amazing. This is what I ate today:

Breakfast: coffee with soy milk, multi grain bagel with natural peanut butter

Lunch: Salad with chicken, strawberries, fresh mozzarella, carrots and raspberry vinaigrette

Snack: Hummus and pita chips

Snack: Soy Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks

Dinner: Chicken, quinoa, green beans, brussel sprouts and a glass of red wine

I am trying to drink as much water as I can handle to get rid of this illness. I normally drink a lot of water to begin with but at this point I am getting about 3 cups or more an hour. I can not believe I have not been able to shake this thing! How are you all doing?


5 Health Benefits of Swimming- Guest Post

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When I was younger, I exercised without much thought about the health aspect. It just felt good to work out. I’ve started paying more attention to the positive effects of my exercise. I recently added swimming to my routine, and I’ve been amazed by how powerful a workout it provides. Here are 5 health benefits I get from swimming:

1) Improved mental health. I saw the effects of this one after I had started swimming – I just felt in a better mood after I swam. I’ve heard that a water workout can help people with fibromyalgia, by lessening anxiety, and it is also beneficial for depression. For chronic diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease, swimming can improve the condition. I look at swimming as an investment in keeping my mind active and healthy, and reducing my risk for chronic conditions. Here is an excellent resource with more information:

• Heart Health & Swimming

2) It’s great for the heart. When I exercise, my muscles get stronger – just do bicep curls for a while, and you can see the muscle getting bigger and stronger. The heart is a very vital muscle, so if I can make it stronger and in better shape by swimming, that’s a wonderful outcome! One article states that cardiovascular (heart) disease is the number 1 killer in America. That’s a pretty strong statement, and got my attention. I’ve also read that over a million people have heart attacks every year. I’ll definitely take time to lessen that risk.

3) A whole body workout. I loved watching Michael Phelps in the Olympics – his astonishing and fluid movements through the water were so inspiring. You can just tell when he swims that his whole body is involved in the workout. When I started swimming, boy, did I confirm that. I had to keep kicking, windmilling my arms, and breathing correctly to move down the lane. It was a total effort. Over time, I have seen my muscle strength, endurance and even my posture improve from the swimming.

4) Low impact exercise. I used to be a runner, until my knees started feeling the effects of years of pounding along the running trails. I had to cut back on the running, and swimming became the replacement. The buoyancy of the water is a great component of the workout. I leave the gym without feeling the twinges in my knees that I used to have. I can really push hard in the water, and afterward, I don’t have any achy joints. That’s really important to me. As I get older, I think I will be glad that I have spent the time to improve at swimming, because I get such a strong workout which doesn’t have a negative impact on my body.

5) Lower blood pressure. I have blood pressure that always stays in the normal range – and I want to keep it that way. My Dad played football in college, then took a sales job where he didn’t exercise and instead took clients to lunch a lot. He started having problems with his blood pressure, and it took him a long time to adjust and bring it back down. From watching his experiences, I decided to not start down that road. I want to keep my blood pressure low, and swimming is wonderful for that. My doctor really supports my swimming, in part because of my outstanding blood pressure readings.

Yes, I have started to pay more attention to my exercise and the benefits I get from it. But in addition to all of that– I feel great when I swim, and that just makes me smile.

Becky Flanigan writes for, and her areas of expertise are kids and parenting, exercise and health. She is avid about her workouts, which have ranged from aqua jogging to marathon training. She and her husband Ed also enjoy entertaining, and taking vacations with their 3 kids.

Day 7: 30 Days of Healthy Challenge

30 Days of Healthy Challenge

Good afternoon readers! Today is a scorcher here in NYC. We have gone out for our usual 2 walks today. I love to take the baby grocery shopping early in the day and plan out what we are going to have for dinner. Yes, I do go grocery shopping almost every day. We could shop for the whole week but since I have the time I enjoy this part of my routine. I did some conditioning exercises while my little one was taking a nap. Today I did:

  • 10 squats
  • 10 mountain climbers
  • 10 push ups
  • 15 crunches
  • 20 bicycle crunches

After my c section I have found ab exercises to be the most difficult but I am ready to start pushing myself a little harder. Tomorrow I may even get to the gym in the evening if the baby allows it! My diet today was pretty good in my books. Here is a look at my food for the day:

Breakfast: coffee with soy, multi grain bagel with natural peanut butter

Lunch: chicken caesar salad with dressing on the side

Snack: hummus and pita chips

Snack: soy caramel macchiato

Dinner: pork chop, mixed greens, asparagus and a glass of red wine

I was going to eat the peaches that I bought but since there was a recall here on peaches this week. I decided to forgo my fruit with breakfast. Today was a pretty good day over all. I am looking forward to putting my feet up and spending some time with my hubby tonight! How is everyone else doing?

Day 6: 30 Days of Healthy Challenge

Now that I am feeling a bit better I am re-joining my 30 day challenge. The weather was to bad here, we went for our usual walk and this time I brought the dog with me. I also had time to fit in some conditioning exercises while the baby was napping. Here is a look at the routine I did today:

  • 15 sit ups
  • 10 crunches
  • 8 push ups
  • 10 mountain climbers
  • 30 squats

30 Days of Healthy Challenge

I had a pretty good food day. I normally pick up a salad at the grocery store on my walk but today I decided to make my own. I keep trying to cut out my glass of red wine in the evening but so far this is a necessity. I think every new mom needs some red wine! This is a glimpse of what was on my menu today:

Breakfast: fruit, half a bagel with natural peanut butter and coffee with soy

Lunch: salad (mixed greens, peach, hummus and raspberry dressing)

Snack: hummus and pita chips

Snack: soy hazlenut macchiato latte from Starbucks

Dinner: braised short ribs, veggies and celery root puree with a glass of red wine

Tomorrow is a new day and I am really excited to keep going with this challenge. How are all of you guys doing?


Weekend Off: 30 Days of Healthy Challenge

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. I was busy recovering from being sick and I feel a lot better now. I am almost 100% better! I put my challenge on hold for the weekend and I am back and ready to continue on. I had a relaxing weekend just hanging out with my 2 favorite ladies and my hubby of course.

30 Days of Healthy Challenge

I did not do any conditioning exercises over the weekend but we did get out for a few walks. Food wise we did some take out but I tried to make as many healthy choices as possible. We did sushi one night and found a great pita place for lunch. We ordered from the Pita Grill in Hells Kitchen for the first time I had the South West Chicken Panini and it was delicious. I definitely recommend them for a yummy lunch.

30 Days of Healthy Challenge

I will be working on getting back on track this week and I am looking forward to getting more exercise in. I may even hit the gym this week finally!! How was your weekend?