Category: healthy living

Why I love Zumba! Fitness

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Zumba Fitness is the Hottest and Newest Exercise Craze to cross this Planet! Why? It’s fun, a great workout, plus you learn some Dance Moves!!

For those of you living under a rock, Zumba Fitness is an exercise class that’s inspired by dances from the Islands.

The best part about attending a Zumba class is you don’t have to be an experienced dancer to have a good time, you just need some energy and a willingness to have some fun! By the end of an hour Zumba class you will be dripping in sweat and you will have fun in the process!

Zumba is also a great low-impact workout for those people that have not worked out in awhile, but still Fun for the Advanced levels! 🙂 Zumba Bonus: Learn some Salsa moves that will come  in handy at that next party you attend!!

Do you Zumba?

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Learn more about and Where you can find Zumba close to you at Zumba.com

(Photos courtesy of Zumba.com)

How to Make your Own Latte

As we are inching closer to Fall time, nothing is better than sitting by the fire and enjoying a Delicious Latte or Mocha from a Coffeehouse. Getting your Speciality coffee drink from a Fancy Coffee House chain is all fun and games, but the cost (and Calories) can add up quick. Plus there’s nothing better than making your “own” drink, heck that way you can’t yell at the College-student Barista for putting too much milk or too much sugar…

Making your Own Latte Really isn’t that hard,  of course getting the Espresso Machine can be a bit of an expense, but there are deals you can find and with all the competition, the prices are coming down on the “older” machines. Espresso  Machines can range from $60-$2000 and up. Here’s one on the low-price range of $75 from Sears image__175x175__.

 

Now that you have your Espresso Machine, lets make that Latte!! 🙂 You will Need, your favorite brand of Espresso , you can try My favorite (Marley Coffee Espresso Roast). You will also need your favorite type of Milk (I like Soy), but Whole or Almond Milk is also good. If you want your Latte you can use sugar or one of those liquid sugars from Starbucks or your favorite Coffee house. All coffee houses sell their liquid sugars by the bottle, usually ranges from $10-$15/bottle on average. Okay now that you have all your ingredients, lets make that coffee!!

Step 1: Pour espresso beans in your Espresso Machine (where it says to put the beans), make sure you read the directions for your unique espresso machine.

Step 2: Heat up your milk , using a small heat-proof container. (you can also use the mug you will be using for your coffee drink). Heat milk to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, using a food thermometer to measure.

Step 3: When milk is almost done heating up, push button to pour espresso in your espresso glasses/cups.

Step 4: If you’re having sugar, put the sugar in your mug. Then pour espresso in mug, pouring milk over espresso (for macchiato style, poour milk first then shots on top. )

Step 5: Using a spoon, scoop one scoop of the foam to top. Top with cinnamon for for your liking.

Enjoy your tasty drink!!

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Well there you have it. Now go impress your friends with your coffee-making skills. 🙂

How do you like your coffee? Sweet or bitter?

How to avoid buying junk at Grocery Stores

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What you buy has a big influence on your waistline. It can be easy to get side tracked at the store and impulse buy those darn sweets and salty snacks, especially if you have kids. Follow these tips to help you buy smarter next time you shop:

Don’t Shop Hungry

You have probably heard this one before, and its proven true!! Shopping on an empty stomach increases your chances of impulse buying by over 50%. When you’re hungry you want food,so your brain triggers you to want to buy all those food you want vs. what you need. Just avoid unnecessary purchases and eat before you shop!

Shop the Perimeter of the Store First

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The Perimeter of the store is where you will you find all the basic food groups in the store. Vegetables/Fruit, Meat, Dairy, Breads. You want to fill your cart up with these products as they  contain the most whole ingredients and are the healthiest for you to eat. The more Whole products in your cart, the less room for junk there is.

Choose a Smaller Cart

Do you really need that oversized cart when you’re only shopping for 2 people? Most grocery stores now have smaller shopping carts. The smaller your cart, the less likely you will have room in your cart for that junk food. If you do have a large family, still be choosy on the kind of cart you choose, most importantly be mindful of what goes in the cart first.

Have a Colorful Cart

Now I don’t mean ask your kids and draw on the cart and make it pretty, by colorful, I mean add items that are different colors. The more variety of colors in your cart from Natural foods,the better. Try to stay away from too much “brown”, as these are usually the starchy items.

Make a List

Making a list can also help you stay on track at the store and not wonder off into other sections. Once you become familiar with shopping smart the list will only be a guide as you get used to buying the same items (you do want to mix it up sometimes so you don’t get bored). If you do have kids, let your kids choose ONE item they would like each week, make sure you stick to one item. This way they feel included in the process and at least they’ll be getting something they want. If they want another item while shopping, ask them if they’d like to take the other item out of the cart. This will teach them how to make decisions as well. Hopefully, the right ones 🙂

Staying on track at the store can be fun if you do it right, always engage your kids and/or significant other in the shopping for the week . This way everyone feels included in the process and it makes it fun for the whole family!!

Do you have any other advice on shopping smart?

Muscles ache? Go for a swim!

After a long week of working out and daily life it’s not un-common for your muscles to be tense and stiff up. The best way to relax your sore muscles and still get your daily workout in? Go for a swim! Don’t worry if you’re not a Top Class swimmer, most people at the Gym aren’t top class swimmers anyway, and even if they are…..who cares?

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According to Livestrong.com, swimming is a great low-impact workout to relieve muscle soreness from either Overdoing a workout or muscle strain.

If your muscles are sore from over-doing a workout, which is most common for people New to Working out or trying something new, stick with a Low-impact exercise like Swimming to help release the muscle tightness.

If you have muscle strain, spine-health.com recommends that you don’t rest for more than 2 days, since this longer rest can cause loss of muscle tissue. Spine-health.com recommends swimming after muscle strain since it increases blood flow to the injured muscle(s).

Where you swim is also important, if you do have muscle strain you want to stay away from a pool that is near a lot of wind, as the breeze can make it worse for your muscles (along with the cold water)

Gyms usually have indoor-heated pools, which is ideal for that low-impact muscle relieving soreness.  🙂

Just jump in the pool do a few laps and when you get out your muscles will thank you! The best part? Since you’re already in your swimsuit, you can hop in the jacuzzi after your swim-workout and relax those muscles even more.

If you do use a Gym pool, usually they’ll have pool weights that can be used in the pool. It’s like doing your weight workout with the resistance of the water. 🙂

 

 

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Stop Throwing Money down the Toilet

When you buy Cheap or “junk” vitamins from Stores like the Dollar Store, Costco, grocery stores and even sometimes the speciality stores like Vitamin Shoppe and GNC you are not getting as much bang for your buck from your vitamins in terms of effectiveness.

You see “pill” form vitamins take your body longer to digest and sometimes they don’t even digest, they just sit there in your body rotting away.

When you take Isotonix Vitamins you get a 98% absorption rate compared to less than 40% with the traditional pill vitamins. Not only are there binders and fillers added to the pills it is hard on your body. In other words you are throwing your money down the toilet!

Here’s a funny video for you to enjoy:

 

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What vitamins do you take?

1st day of Something New

Ever since we grew up being the “New” kid was never a good thing. Being New could sometimes be so frightening our Parents would drive extra mileage just so we can go to our “same” school. Why? Why are we taught being New is scary?

Taking on New activities everyday is rejuvenating and makes you younger! We need to teach our children to always try New things, whether its a healthier food they never tried or a New activity…also being the “new” kid should never be scary.

Today I was kind of the “New” girl again at the gym. I’m not much of a swimmer and haven’t swam much in years. Today, I felt like I wanted to tackle it again! (Yes, if you haven’t done something in a long time it can still be “new”). It was fun and different, and gave me just what I needed to keep at my “usual” routine. Which brings me to my next point,

Usual can get boring and stale, and when you try that New activity it makes you feel more “alive” again and certainly younger. Trying something New everyday, even the smallest things can really change your prospective on life. I encourage everyone to try it.

 

What have you tried today that’s new?

Why I take Supplements

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In a short answer,  I want to “live”. What I mean by this is I enjoy celebrating occasions and those occasions of course have food involved. Of course the “food” that is involved is never on any “diet” list. I also understand that there are certain foods that we should not eat due to the aging properties involved, for starters BBQ’d food or food cooked at high temperatures can cause aging effects on the body. I choose to enjoy my life with the food I like most, however since I know about the harm of said foods,I still want to live a long life…which is Why I choose supplements. For me it’s a better choice.

Another reason I choose to supplement is because I know our vegetables today are not the same as 20-30 years ago….there are more pesticides and chemicals and less vitamins/minerals. We still need our daily essential vitamins. Its actually cheaper to just supplement than to eat even more fruits/vegetables to get our daily recommendation.

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I’m not saying that we can just whatever the heck we want to eat and supplement , and we’ll magically be healthy. Not at all! We still need to follow the daily recommendation of nutrition, as food is still the best way to satisfy our needs; However I choose to optimize my health to the fullest, therefore I choose to supplement what I’m lacking. I also want to “live” a little and enjoy some favorite foods, but still limiting the “bad” foods to a minimum.

Also, not all supplements are created equal  Read more on my Products page about Isotonix supplements and why there really is nothing better.

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If you would like to take a FREE ASSESSMENT on what vitamins/minerals you may need to take that you unaware of please comment below.

Do you take supplements? If so, why?

 

 

 

Do’s & Don’ts of Eating Out

Who ever told you eating out wasn’t healthy? The reverse is actually true! Eating out is a part of life that everyone enjoys! Just because you made the decision to change your diet and eat healthy, doesn’t mean you can’t eat out. Of course, if you do want to lose those pounds you’ve been wanting to lose, I’d follow these simple Do’s & Don’ts of eating out:

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Do’s:

  • Order sauces on the side
  • Start your meal with a salad, soup or consommé
  • Split your plate in half and save one half for lunch the next day
  • Have a small snack before you go
  • Balance your plate with mainly vegetables, keeping meat and grains in their proper portion sizes
  • Order main courses based on vegetables, not with vegetables as an after thought
  • Order foods that are roasted, braised, steamed, grilled, broiled, or pan seared

Don’ts:

  • Order heavy cream sauces
  • Load up on the butter
  • Forget the veggies
  • Fill up on alcohol
  • Fill up on empty carbs like chips
  • Add extra sauce
  • Overdo the cheese
  • Double/Triple/Quadruple the meat portion
  • Order fried food

If any “diet plan” tells you not to eat out, I’d continue looking for another plan. It is possible to enjoy life, dine out AND still be in control of your weight and weight loss goals.

Another, big point to “dieting” ; if the plan says you will lose weight without exercise, they are LYING to you!! To live a healthy lifestyle , you must exercise!! This helps your body fat turn into lean muscle mass.

Okay, one last thing; if you do want to lose weight take a look at the Transitions Lifestyle System (or TLS); or simply reply to me and I’ll connect you with a local certified weight loss consultant.

Summer Healthy Eating Tips

As the summer season approaches many people who have been “dieting” might get frightened. During summer we tend to vacation more, which leads to packing on more calories than we would hope to put on otherwise. Living and eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up living completely.  Here are some useful easy swaps to remember this summer:

1. Say no to the “F-word”

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Yes, that’s right, the F-word meaning Fried food. Wherever your summer plans take you, you’re more than likely to run into plenty of fried foods. Fried foods can pack on more calories than anticipated. The world famous funnel cake packs on over 650 calories, a better choice would surprisingly be cotton candy. Sharing the cotton candy with the family would be an even better choice to make. Even fried zucchini and mushrooms contain over 200 extra calories. Choosing veggies, cheese & crackers or hummus would be wiser choices to make.

2. Choose the right size dog

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Summer season is famous for hot dog eating, after all July is “national Hot dog month”. Opting  for the smaller version of that dog can save you nearly 600 calories. If you’re going to the game this summer try to avoid that Jumbo-hot dog which contains 750 calories and 68 grams of fat! Paired with a 16 oz. beer, that’s another 200 calories + added. The regular size hot dog would be a better choice , which contains about 250 calories, and a 12 oz. light beer would have 100-120 calories. 

3. Swapping your frozen cocktails

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When its hot, and we’re in the party mood, we tend to go for those frozen cocktails. A frozen margarita can contain 900 calories! Setting your diet plans back quite a bit. Since these frozen cocktails are usually large in size, they can contain more alcohol than anticipated.

A better choice would be my personal favorite, Mojitos! Mojitos are made with  rum, cane sugar, lime juice , club soda and mint leaves; containing around 170-230 calories. Added bonus: They’re delicious too!! 🙂

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Of course, if its during the day and hot out, staying away from alcohol would be your best option, since alcohol drinks are the most dehydrating beverages one can choose. (yes, even that mojito  can dehydrate you!)

4. Choose the right beverage

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Speaking of hydration, choosing sugary soda drinks will only dehydrate you more, and with the caffeine soda drinks, it only makes it worse! It’s amazing how many people classify a “Coke” as “refreshing” , or even a “refreshing” lemonade can contain between 200 and 250 calories! 

The best beverage to drink when you need hydration is regular water (surprisingly hot water will actually hydrate you more than iced) or coconut water. (with no added sugar). Zico coconut water contains only 60 calories, 14 g sugar ( that’s natural sugar from the coconut), 690 mg. of potassium, and a numerous amount of other essential vitamins and minerals. Potassium is what our body needs for hydration. Eating bananas would also be a good idea.

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5. Be mindful of overeating at parties

If you happen to attend summer parties , be careful of overeating. Whoever is hosting will make sure there’s plenty of snacks available. Munching on chips without thinking how much you’re eating can lead to extra calories. 20 potato chips have about 200 calories. The best way to overcome eating too much is to take small handfuls of chips, or even look for healthier options like veggies.

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Remembering saying “no” is okay  too. Sometimes, our friends can influence us to overeat or over  drink more than we anticipated. It’s okay to have a little splurge, but if you don’t want the extra weight of those added-on calories remember to know when to stop. Afterall, it’s your body not theirs. Will they pay your medical bills when those fattening foods turn into medical drama.? Likely not. Take control of your weight and health..and say NO to Fried, processed, over sugary, high fat junk food!

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Have a happy and healthy summer everyone! 🙂

 

What are your healthy eating tips for the summer?

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