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Sugar & Salt ~ what it does to your body

As well as creating weight problems, too much sugar causes energy spikes and has been linked to diabetes, depression, and even an increase in suicidal behaviors in young people. Reducing the amount of candy and desserts you eat is only part of the solution as sugar is also hidden in foods such as bread, cereals, canned soups and vegetables, pasta sauce, margarine, instant mashed potatoes, frozen dinners, low-fat meals, fast food, and ketchup. It all adds up to a lot of empty calories since your body gets all it needs from sugar naturally occurring in food.

Sodium is another ingredient that is frequently added to food to improve taste, even though your body needs less than one gram of sodium a day (about half a teaspoon of table salt). Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure and lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, memory loss, and erectile dysfunction. It may also worsen symptoms of bipolar disorder.

TIPS –
• Slowly reduce the sugar and salt in your diet a little at a time to give your taste buds time to adjust and wean yourself off the craving.

• Avoid processed or packaged foods like canned soups, frozen dinners, or low-fat meals that often contain hidden sugar and sodium that quickly surpasses the recommended limit. Prepare more meals at home and use fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned vegetables.

• Be careful when eating out. Most restaurant and fast food meals are loaded with sodium. Some offer lower-sodium choices or you can ask for your meal to be made without salt. Most gravy, dressings and sauces are also packed with salt and sugar, so ask for it to be served on the side.

• Eat healthier snacks. Buy unsalted nuts and add a little of your own salt until your taste buds are accustomed to eating them salt-free. Cut down on sweet snacks such as candy, chocolate, and cakes. Instead, eat naturally sweet food such as fruit, peppers, or natural peanut butter to satisfy your sweet tooth.

• Check labels and choose reduced-sodium and low-sugar products.

• Use herbs and spices such as garlic, curry powder, cayenne or black pepper to improve the flavor of meals instead of salt.

• Avoid sugary drinks. Try drinking sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice instead.

What’s the secret to weight loss?

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There is NO big secret to losing weight!  It won’t happen overnight.  There are no magic pills.  There are no detoxes that will make you lose weight.

The secret is eating healthy foods, exercising at least 30 minutes a day,  drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, journaling your foods and being consistent!  That’s it!

Seems like all you hear in the media is how to lose weight fast!  So many different options to chose from, so many different quick schemes.  The truth is while you  may see a few pounds lost within the first couple of days, it is mainly water weight.  And once you stop consuming your “quick weight loss product” you are more likely to gain the weight you lost plus some!

  • Shoot to eat every 2 1/2 – 3 hours
  • Shoot to eat less processed foods & more natural foods
  • Shoot to have complex carbs, lean proteins & healthy fats at each meal.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day ~ shooting for cardio & strength training exercises
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Write down every bite of food and every drink EACH and EVERY day!

What a workout

3 days ago I started a new workout program ~ something to change up the mundane cardio rut I found myself in, something to shake things up with my metabolism.  I decided on Body Beast.  It is a 90 day strength training workout, splitting between different muscle groups and throwing some intense cardio circuit in there.  As a Beachbody coach, I have the All-Access pass for Beachbody on Demand ~ all of Beachbody’s workout programs from the comfort of my home ~ on my laptop, phone, iPad or stream it through my TV.

Now I’ve considered myself in shape ~ sure could I use to lose a few pounds or tone my muscles more, yup ~ but for 3 days now I have been walking a bit funny & watching my arms do a little shaky dance when trying to use them.  Guess that means I needed more toning than I thought.  But I absolutely love the feeling.  I love when walking up my stairs that I have to take it easy and grit my teeth with every step 🙂

I have taken my before pictures & measurements.  I cannot wait to see how my body changes over the course of the next 90 days!

Interested in having access to ALL of Beachbody’s workout programs?  Join me at Get Fit Today

 

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Transitioning into healthier eating lifestyle

 

There are more & more fad diets on the market these days & so many people desperate to find the right “one” that works for them.  But in reality what they are doing is actually harming themselves.  Here is a great 8 week transition into a healthier eating lifestyle, rather than viewing it as a diet!  

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Just KISS

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Do you seem to always be going back and forth with the latest fad diet craze?  Are you juicing for 3 days straight & then binge eat?  Are you just lost with how to be healthy?  Just KISS (Keep it Simple Silly)!

1. Be active every day ~ find ways to move EVERY DAY.  If you are at work, set your alarm to get up from your desk every hour and walk around the office, go walk the stairs, get outside for a quick walk.  

2. Fuel up on real food ~ steer away from the processed foods, refined carbs and high fat dishes.  

3. Create your own healthy environment ~ find different ways to get your exercise in.  Go for a hike, find a new park you can take the kids too, get outside and start cleaning up your yard.  

4. Stay true to your purpose ~ are you living your life with what you want to achieve?  We all have goals and dreams, is your lifestyle built around them?  

5. Believe you can succeed ~ learn to get rid of the negatively nellie sitting on your shoulder.  When the scale isn’t responding as fast as you want we tend to get disappointed and “throw in the towel”.  Look at what you have already accomplished & focus on other ways of measurement besides the scale.  Keep a positive mind & see the results faster!

6. Make healthy living fun ~ being healthy isn’t suppose to be a chore.  It is suppose to be fun and all in moderation!  Look at ways to make exercise fun ~ grab your spouse, grab your kids, grab a friend & go try something different.  For example gardening & yard clean up is something that needs to be done in spring, get outside and really work your heart & your muscles.  Just make it fun!

7-Day Bikini Bootcamp

If summer has you feeling like you want to hide from the shorts, tank tops and swimwear and crawl right back into your yoga pants… let’s CHANGE that. Join our 7-Day Sampler group to kickstart your fitness journey and ROCK that suit this summer… with CONFIDENCE! In our group, you’ll receive:

–> 7-Day Meal Plan and Exercise Plan
–> Access to Meal Planning Tool and Menu Plan
–> Healthy Recipes
–> Coaching and Peer Support

Our group starts May 8th and takes place in a CLOSED Facebook group. Message me ASAP for details and to reserve your spot!

Email: debi@evolutionfitnessny.com

Can’t we just love ourselves?

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Body shaming ~ what an evil thing.  Everywhere we turn these days we are told to change our appearance.  How many times have you looked at yourself in the mirror and said “Wow you look great”?  Not as many times as looking in the mirror and critiquing our imperfections.  Trust me ~ I’m guilty of this as well!

Body-shaming manifests in many ways: 1) Criticizing your own appearance, through a judgment or comparison to another person. 2) Criticizing another’s appearance in front of them, 3) Criticizing another’s appearance without their knowledge.

No matter how this manifests, it often leads to comparison and shame, and perpetuates the idea that people should be judged mainly for their physical features.

So how can we change this?  How can we start loving ourselves for who are (and how we look) without judging?

Manageable Goals Key to Successful Changes in New Year

So you have good intentions of sticking to your New Years resolutions and then by day 3 or 2 weeks in or even 3 months, you start getting bored with it and you want to stop eating healthy and stop exercising!  Here are some ways to help make those resolutions stick:

  • Set Realistic Short Term Goals
  • Plan Ahead
  • Stick to the Plan
  • Schedule in Exercise
  • Get Adequate Sleep
  • Stay Hydrated
  • One Change at a Time

Change is never easy. But by making some small changes today, and building to larger ones down the road, you can realize your goals. Remember — no matter HOW you start, don’t be afraid TO start!

 

Consistency wearing off?

We all have experienced it – we make the resolutions for the New Year, stick with them for a week, a month, maybe even 3 months.  But then it just happens, we slowly back off from them until we are not making any progress towards achieving them.  Try these tips for making resolutions stick:

  • Keep it simple. Big resolutions can become discouraging. Try making them more manageable by breaking them into
    small daily or weekly goals.
  • Keep your mood in check. If you only focus on the negative it will get you
    down. Spin your goals in a positive way by stating the good habits
    you want to start.
  • Make it actionable. Vague resolutions are hard to accomplish ~ put some power behind your intention by designing it to be doable.
  • Journal it. Writing down your progress will keep you accountable.

2017 goals

Do you have your 2017 goals written down yet?  If you have started thinking about some but haven’t written them down yet, now is the time to get them on paper so you can see them every day!  If you haven’t even begun thinking of them, there is no more time to wait!  Planning is key to achieving your goals!  Get in the habit now and the rest will follow.

* Start a food journal.  Write down your daily intake of food & drinks, this is a HUGE eye opener!  You can journal it in a notebook or on a free online website (like My Fitness PalSparkpeople or Lose It).  Capture not only your food you consume, but your exercise, your moods, energy levels, any stressors, etc.
* BE CONSISTENT!  Don’t give up after a day, a week or even a month!  Slow & steady wins the race.

* Set small goals & then put a time frame for each of those goals!  Be realistic.

* Find 1 or 2 areas of weaknesses, such as you drink soda or juice instead of water, and try to change that.  (Example: tell yourself you will drink 1 less glass of soda/juice and 1 more glass of water).

* Don’t set high expectations.

* Learn something new ~ weights, running, dancing, bootcamp class ~ anything that takes you out of your comfort zone.

* Don’t focus all of your attention to the number on the scale ~ that is all it is, a NUMBER!  Instead ask yourself, how do your clothes fit?  Did you take your measurements before you started eating better and/or exercising?  If so, re-take your measurements now and see what the progress is.  And finally, how do YOU feel?

* Shoot for 4-5 days of at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise ~ walking, jogging, bike riding, hiking, running, swimming or try personal training with Evolution Fitness ~ the ideas are endless.

* Shoot for 2 days of strength training targeting all of your muscles.  You do not need a fancy routine, just exercises that are going to tone up your muscles.