For many women, “Holidays” mean putting diet and fitness habits on the back burner for a few weeks… and then regretting it later when they step on the scale. Instead of being one of these women who gains 5-10 pounds this Holiday Season, incorporate some of these simple tricks into your routine, and be ready to show off that toned body in your hottest little black dress this New Years! Continue reading →
A creature of habit, I often settle into a specific food routine that doesn’t change much from day to day. Monday’s breakfast is the same as Tuesday’s breakfast, which is also the same as Wednesday’s breakfast. While consistency is a good thing, it can also become boring if you’re not careful… which can lead to unexpected splurges and bad meal decisions.
My latest bad breakfast decision quickly turned into a daily ritual, replacing my healthy breakfast of fruit and yogurt with a (delicious) Mediterranean Egg White breakfast sandwich (on a whole grain bagel) from Panera. While this breakfast sandwich is undoubtedly delicious and relatively healthy when enjoyed sparingly (say, on weekends), the sandwich quickly adds up in both dollars and calories when consumed on a DAILY basis.
So, in an attempt to kick my habit (and recognizing that fruit and yogurt simply isn’t “cutting it” for me these days), I developed a delicious and super-nutritious breakfast casserole that not only saves me money, but helps me fight fat all week long!Ladies, say hello to your new breakfast ritual...
You might think you are doing “everything you can” to eat nutritiously, but just like most of my clients, chances are you might be unknowingly breaking one of these extremely important “rules” of nutrition.
On average, very few women at the gym actually understand how to work out. For some reason, people have been lying to women, telling us that lots of cardio and more dieting are the keys to success in the battle against fat-loss. I did a survey this past Spring that confirmed this: about 95% of the women I spoke with had never lifted with free weights, and spent most of their time on the eliptical or treadmill machines. Even more shocking to me was that about 80 percent of the women hadn’t eaten anything within the past 3.5 hours of exercising (or more – one young woman running on the treadmill hadn’t eaten for nearly 7 hours!) EEK!
Are you a woman looking to lose weight? While there is a ton of information online, in books, and in magazines, sometimes it can be hard to find what you need to actually lose weight. For example, magazine articles can sometimes be misleading and the supposed "toning exercises" can also lead us down a path to frustration Continue reading →
So you've probably already heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day", and it’s TRUE -- breakfast not only gives you the necessary energy to get through morning and that mid-afternoon slump, but will jump-start your metabolism and help you reach your optimum energy and fitness goals.
And, while ANY breakfast is definitely better than no breakfast at all, most of the so-called "breakfast" foods out there are full of sugar, preservatives, and processed crap (granola bars, cereals, muffins, bagels, poptarts, donuts, etc...)
So, instead of sabotaging your weight loss goals, sapping your energy, and storing fat with lame morning munchies, try one of these quick, delicious, energizing, and fat-blasting breakfast ideas! Continue reading →
Imagine if there was a type of delicious food that made you THINNER just by eating it. But wait, how is that possible...Doesn't food make you fat?
Aside from the fact that EATING in general will give you energy and speed up your metabolism, there are certain foods that really kick you into energetic, fat-burning shape. Take a look at this list of top fat-burning foods below, and… bon appétit! Continue reading →
For those of you who haven’t heard, there’s this new fad out right now called the “paleo diet”.
Based on the principle that food was a whole lot healthier back before humans started processing it and putting it back together in pretty packages, the diet preaches that followers should eat an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, and nuts… and should completely avoid anything processed.
When I first heard about this diet, I thought it sounded pretty similar to the way I have been eating for the past five years. I figured it was the same old story -- some slick person with great marketing skills stumbled upon something that has existed for years & years ("healthy eating"), put a strange spin on it (the "paleo diet" lets you eat insects!) and slaps a name on it to make money. Ha!
But, before you go jumping on the paleo bandwagon, riding off into the stone age, and then posting about it on your twitter accounts… let me warn you: Don’t fall for it, ladies!!!
For, though the premise behind the paleo diet is somewhat admirable, there are actually quite a few major problems with it in practice…