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The Importance of Gut Health

Today I have a guest post from nutritionist Samantha Olivier of ripped.me. While the subject of digestion, aka “Gut Health”, may not be on your “Top Ten Interests” list, it should be. There is a direct connection between your digestive tract and your physical and mental health. We have all known people whose digestive system wreaks havoc when they are under stress.  Not to mention those horrible digestive conditions….. constipation…. diarrhea…. abdominal pain…. bloating. These conditions can affect all of us. And with more and more research demonstrating how a healthy gut corresponds to your overall health, it’s time to clean up our eating.  If You are what you eat, what are YOU? Yes, you are what you eat. Over […]

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Aha Moment

The Best Nutrition Advice You’ll Ever Get

I know. It’s confusing…… High protein, low protein, whole grains or no carbs, paleo, vegan, shakes, cleanses, healthy fats, low fat…… Nutrition advice is often confusing and variable. Should you count calories or not? Should you watch your macros or control your portions? Eliminate foods groups? Is dairy bad? What about gluten? If Marie Osmond or Oprah Winfrey tells me what to eat, is it good advice? These are the kind of questions I get asked every day. I’m sure you’ve asked yourself the same questions.  And, if you have weight/bodyfat to lose, it’s super frustrating. You have intention and motivation, but you’ve read so many varying opinions, you’re stuck in neutral. I apologize for my industry. We certainly are […]

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Food Supplement

To Supplement or Not to Supplement…… That is the Question

There is a massive amount of confusion around supplements and whether they are even necessary or effective. The confusion is not just with fitness enthusiasts. Doctors and medical professionals are confused as well. Research studies affirming or denying the usefulness of supplements vary week to week, and the consensus is still mixed. It’s no wonder we are confused. I take supplements myself and have done so for years, partly from my own research about their effectiveness and partly based on medical advice from a functional medicine physician. One important caveat when considering taking supplements; it is essential to individualize your supplementation. Just because your friend takes a particular supplement, or Dr. Oz recommends one, does not mean it is good […]

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Diet Decision

You Can’t Fool Mother Nature And Neither Can Your Starvation Diet.

I’m a biology geek. I especially like human physiology. When I think of the intricacy and infinite complexity of how the human body works in perfect unison, it blows my mind. I’ll spare you the really geeky stuff, but let’s talk a bit about physiology in relationship to exercise and weight loss, things that matter to all of us. There are so many cool and amazing things about our bodies that we never think of, but that play a big role in our understanding, or not….. of the science of fitness, weight loss and nutrition. The epidemic of quick weight loss schemes is a perfect example of how we have ignored human physiology and evolutionary adaptation. 80-90% of quick weight […]

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There's always something new to learn!

10 Fitness and Nutrition Facts To Know And Tell

Here’s some quick fun facts to consider: Proper exercise reduces chronic back pain as well as all other forms of treatment. More importantly, unlike pills or creams, proper exercise prevents further reoccurences of back pain. Eating foods with high cholesterol does not cause high cholesterol. This fact will now be considered as part of the ADA’s dietary recommendations. Mainstream nutritionists and their governing bodies have finally caught up with the rest of the nutrition research world. 4 out of 5 herbal supplements purchased at big box stores and pharmacies contained NONE of the herbs they claimed to contain. I wonder about the rest of the supplements and vitamins? Daily positive self-affirmations increase neural activity in the brain, releasing “feel good” […]

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Aha Moment

5 Nutrition “Aha” Moments

Weeks ago, I tweeted “Don’t let the arrggghh’s outweigh the aha’s”- and I’ve been thinking about “aha moments” ever since. “Aha” moments are not the same as “Eureka” moments. “Eureka” is about a new discovery, the solution to a problem, an amazing surprise. I define “aha” moments as those moments of self- awareness or self- realization when a mundane occurrence or thought suddenly has new meaning or new significance. I seem to get these more and more often, maybe because I am continuing to work on my own awareness and ability to be present, or maybe because I am always open to learning something new, even if it is painfully about myself! My “Aha” moments may seem silly, coming from […]

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The Cleansing Craze- Do they work? Is a cleanse for you?

The other day I got an email from a distant “friend”. With no background in nutrition, science or health and fitness, she announced she is “running a cleanse”. Another acquaintance posted on facebook that he is 8 pounds down after one week of his cleanse, 17 more to go??  It seems that every Tom, Dick and Harry is either sponsoring a cleanse or participating in one.  So what has spurned this craze? Is it safe? What is the purpose of a cleanse? Do they work? Let’s review the facts. Cleanses have been around for centuries. Cleanses began as a spiritual experience performed for religious reasons. They were always combined with religious practices as well, so that cleanses acted as a combined tool for creating spiritual purity. To […]

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Vitamin Supplements- Do They Work?

Over the last few weeks, several of my clients have asked me about what vitamin supplements to take. Some clients are seeking weight loss, some better energy and some want plain old better health. Since this seems to be the time of year when we think about improving our health, I thought I would give you a short summary of what I know and what I believe is right when it comes to supplements. Vitamins and minerals are essential for all of the cellular and metabolic activities of our bodies. Everything from blood, to skin, to disease prevention, to immune system function, to overall health, to exercise metabolism, depends on adequate vitamins and minerals. These things are so vital to […]

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What I learned from going on a diet

January 2, 2009. D-day. Got on the scale first thing in the morning. AAAHHHHHH!!!! I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! Perhaps some of you have felt this way after getting on the scale?  I could not believe the number I was seeing. Boy, had I been in denial! Now, I am not a big proponent of obsessive scale weighing, because many people equate weight with self worth, and this obsessive pattern can enhance low self esteem, especially in women. But, I do believe it is essential we get on the scale every now and then to know whether our eating habits have resulted in weight gain, weight loss, or no change. Recent research has shown that people who weigh themselves frequently, […]

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The Top 5 reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight- And What To Do About Them

In my 20 years of working in the fitness industry, I have never, note never, met anyone who could not lose weight no matter how hard they tried (aside from people with serious metabolic disorders). Unfailingly, clients who could not lose weight were making crucial mistakes that were preventing them from success. Unfortunately, many people are in such denial about their exercise, eating and lifestyle habits , that they convince themselves they are doing everything they can to lose weight. Meanwhile, deep inside (deep inside) they know this is not the truth.  Self-evaluation and truthfulness are essential for progress, but maybe you just need to hear once again what is holding you back. So, here are my top 5 reasons […]

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