The Skinny on Fruit
Whole Grain Comfort Food
Fruit is, undoubtedly, one of nature's most perfect foods.
I'm a huge proponent of all fruit - both fresh and frozen. Each kind has unique health benefits that help protect our bodies against everything from cancer to heart disease.
Many a times, I hear healthcare practitioners advise their clients to drastically limit and even avoid fruit. Most clients with whom I initially meet ask, “Won’t fruit make me gain weight?” My answer remains the same: NO! I have never in my life known anyone who's gained weight from eating fruit.
Don't feel like exercising today? Just move more!
It's a known fact that I promote the health and weight-loss benefits of nutritious, high-fiber carbohydrates. One of my personal favorites is 100% Whole Wheat pasta. This stuff is loaded with fiber, at 6-7 grams per serving (depending on which brand you purchase), making it an extremely heart-protective staple.
The tasty plant-based recipe below is quick, healthy, and super-filling.
If you want Gluten-Free: You can, of course, substitute gluten-free pasta for the whole wheat kind. A healthy and gluten-free option is, "Ancient Harvest POW!" pasta (as a bonus, it's packed with plant-based protein).
Losing Weight and Getting Fit in 2019: Slow & Steady wins the Race!
Don’t feel like exercising? That’s okay! Although structurTed exercise offers incredible health benefits - simply adding more movement into your day can help you live a longer, healthier life!
Educate. Don't Shame.
Are you trying to lose weight and get healthier in 2019? Taking one step at a time and setting small and attainable goals is key to following through with your weight loss and fitness goals!
Healthy Mind Quick Tip: Set a Reminder!
The ill-effects of weight-bias internalization include prompting individuals to then overeat and be less physically active. Additionally, being stressed out about your weight and how much of it you need to lose causes physiological & metabolic stress in your body that make it more difficult to lose weight.
Not feelin’ the taste of veggies? Try this quick tip.
Setting a daily reminder for your diet, fitness, and positivity goals is a simple and effective way to keep you on track!
Toned Triceps, anyone?
Don’t like the taste of vegetables? Try this quick tip to help you like eating veggies more!
Are Raisins Good for You?
Here’s an easy and effective exercise to tone your triceps (back of the arm) and give you sexy arms! All you need it a pair of dumbbells - no gym required!
Exercise + Colorful Diet = Superior Health
Have you been avoiding raisins thinking they will derail your diet? Think again! Raisins are, in effect, superfoods that promote good digestion, better blood pressure, and free radical protection.
Healing Benefits of Turmeric
As a Personal Trainer, my goal is to help you use exercise to tone your body and prevent chronic disease. Together, we can help you achieve a new level of healthy!
Cassia vs. Ceylon Cinnamon
Chronic, low-grade inflammation is believed to be one of the root-cases of many degenerative diseases. Since you are what you eat, it's no surprise that diet and lifestyle play a large role in either quelling or causing inflammation.
Turmeric can help lower inflammation in the body as it fights inflammation at a cellular level. Curcumin, found in turmeric, inhibits the molecules that are responsible for inflammation.
Many healthcare practitioners actually compare its' effectiveness favorably to that of anti-inflammatory drugs. But of course, always ask your doctor before starting any new lifestyle regimens.
8 Positive Affirmations to Say Now
Cassia and Ceylon Cinnamon
The two most common types of cinnamon are Cassia and Ceylon. Cassia cinnamon is most commonly seen in stores. This is the type of cinnamon I grew up using. It has a stronger cinnamon taste, in comparison to Ceylon. Perhaps that's why most people reach for it.
Cinnamon and Coumarin
While Cassia cinnamon yields positive health benefits such as better blood sugar control, it also contains a compound called "coumarin" that is toxic in high levels. This is one of the reasons why cinnamon supplements aren't a good idea. If you're consuming cinnamon daily, like me, and adding it to lots of things throughout the day in order to reap the health benefits, then it's a good idea to switch to Ceylon cinnamon.
An Apple a Day...
Positive Affirmations are an excellent way to start your day. They are simply positive statements that you make to yourself, about yourself and the surrounding world.
Here are 8 of my personal favorite (and easy) affirmations:
1. Today will be a great day.
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Olive Oil
Remember the old saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away?" There sure is a lot of truth to this, largely due to the awesome antioxidant content and fiber contained in apples. An apple a day (or more!) can also keep the body fat away, too!
Plant-Based Caprese Couscous Salad
This mouth-watering recipe takes cancer-fighting to the next level because of its' two main ingredients: Broccoli and Garlic.
It helps beautify your body from the inside out by providing you with a solid amount of Vitamin C and various phytonutrients.
Here's why I love Carrots and Carrot Juice
It's time for another one of my favorite plant-based recipes. This one is super-filling due to its high fiber content. So, for those of you trying to lose weight and think you need to avoid carbohydrates - think again.
This dish incorporates fiber-rich whole-wheat couscous and features a plant-based cashew "cheese".
It's simple, yet so delicious!
Empower yourself with Constructive Thoughts
Carrots, being super-charged with that beautiful orange pigment, are full of “Carotenoids." These bad boys are phytonutrients that act as antioxidants in the body. They're responsible for carrots' orange hue.
Today, redirect your thoughts to positive, constructive and goal-oriented thoughts!