Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spring Clean Your Body!


I'm sure I am not the only one that totally blew their infamous "New Year New Me" resolution.  The gyms are packed the first few weeks of the year, and everyone is trying to get fit after totally falling apart with their healthy lifestyle choices over the holidays.  Some make concessions to "start Monday" like it is this imaginary line drawn, giving them time to have one last hurrah over the weekend to eat and drink whatever they want while lazing about.  The fact is, the only right time to kick off a healthy lifestyle is when you truly have the right mindset for it.

To be able to get your mind right, ask yourself questions like, "What am I willing to do every day to start living healthier?"  Right off the bat, what comes to mind?  Eat right and exercise, right?  While some are able to jump right in, full on and change everything regarding the food they eat and the exercise plan they want to follow, others like myself are taking smaller steps.  Sometimes changing everything all at once can be the biggest factor in people quitting and feeling that they can't make these change.  You may have friends or family, or even celebrities that you follow and think, how do they do all that?  They're crazy!  I don't have time to do all that.  The fact is, you CAN do all that, but it takes time, and through trial and error, you can achieve it.

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle is 75-80% NUTRITION!  When we start to look at food as fuel, we change our response to social and emotional situations.  Planning and/or prepping meals to meet our nutritional goals and needs is always beneficial.  While not everyone enjoys eating the same thing every day for lunch or dinner, for some meal prepping works.  For those like myself, the least you can do is PLAN!!  Make a list or calendar of what you are having for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, etc.  Shop only for the items in your plan.  This keeps you from having unhealthy options at home.  If you work, make sure you have your planned go-to snacks in your desk or company break room.  No one knows you better than you, so if you like sweet, make sure you have fruits or nutrition bars/cookies available.  If you need to have something with a crunch, stock up on nuts, or a crunchy bag snack from your favorite health and nutrition store.  It's about planning ahead so you succeed.  Educate yourself, plan for yourself, and gradually add onto what you are already doing.

Learn to make S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself!!

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

When you figure our your why's, identified your goals, plan and prepare your environment for success in your quest for a healthy lifestyle, share your experiences with your friends and family!  There is great support out there, and research shows that people have much more success when they have at least one person that shared their passion for change. You got this!  And after repetition, and slowly incorporating all your goals, guess what?  You end up living the healthy lifestyle you've always wanted.

So forget the resolution and SPRING CLEAN YOUR BODY!!  If you would like more information in identifying problem areas, contact me for a full nutritional assessment, and we can go from there!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Muscle & Flexibility Nutrition


Last year when I was hospitalized with ketoacidosis, it wreaked havoc and destroyed the muscles in my body.  After almost a month of being bedridden, when I tried to do the simplest of tasks, I had the heartbreaking reality of how bad it took a toll on my body.  Walking stairs took forever, as I would shake uncontrollably, gripping the railing and hoping I didn't fall.  Trying to reach for anything over shoulder level was next to impossible, and if I WAS able to reach the item, it felt 10x the weight it actually was.  I cried so much during that time in my life, feeling sorry for myself, wondering if I would ever reach a point where I felt confidant in myself again, and be able to repair and rebuild the muscle I lost, and regain the flexibility I needed to do every day tasks.  Thankfully, almost a year later, I am rebuilding and regaining, and excited of what milestones I'll reach.  Heck, I was even able to finally bowl 2 games with my son this past Saturday!  Lately, I can reach behind my back to latch or unlatch my bra without wanting to cry in pain.  Amazing what small tasks we can take for granted.

Most of us know that it takes a lot of nutrients to maintain muscle, and one word is almost synonymous with muscle.  PROTEIN!  The amino acids from protein help with repair and growth, not only to the muscle itself, but the connective tissues that surround your muscles.  That's where flexibility comes into play - connective tissues.  There are also other VERY important nutrients that help increase flexibility. Here are 7 of those:

  • Protein - As mentioned, it is essential for building and repairing muscle and connective tissues
  • Vitamin C - It supports pathways for the synthesis of collagen and elastin that make up muscle fascia.  Fascia are the connective tissues that wraps up the muscle fibers and hold the together, forming muscle groups and provide lubrication for movement.  HUGE factor in flexibility.
  • Trace minerals - copper, molybdenum, selenium & sinz.  This quad squad support enzymes also support the pathways for the synthesis of collagen and elastin.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids - They support protein synthesis in muscle and help to maintain muscle toe and flexibility.

While I was on Omega-3 fatty acids for a while, which helped, I totally noticed a change the last 3 weeks using my new system of nutrition that included plant-based proteins, trace minerals and Vitamin C.  Eating foods rich in these 7 have and adding my supplements of things I wasn't getting enough of have not only improved my range of motion, but it wasn't until I reached for the laundry detergent, that sits on a shelf above my head, and I reached up and brought it down, with no issues.  It may not seem like a big deal, but I used to have to get a step stool and then support my arm that was grasping it with my other arm, and sometimes, as soon as it came off the shelf, it almost dropped because of the pain and weakness, crashing on top of the washing machine.  Yes... it was THAT BAD!  So when I reached up with out a step stool (no issues), grasped and raised it off the shelf (no issues), and brought down gently (no issues), it wasn't until I poured some detergent in, placed it back on it's shelf and walked away that I stopped.  I actually just did that!!!!  No pain.  No shaking.  No feelings of weakness or needing help.  It was an awesome feeling.

Finding my way through all my nutritional education (I have a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science) is fun at times, especially when I'm my own science experiment!  The geek in me celebrates! If you have any questions about the nutrients I eat and want to learn more, be sure to contact me!  I'd love to help you with a nutritional assessment and make recommendations for you!  Here's to your health!  Have an amazing day!!


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

TURN IT UP!!!


Music has so any positive qualities, the list of them can go on longer than any playlist.  Music can make training more fun and it can also IMPROVE your workouts!  Music can pretty much be described as the leading legal performance enhancing drug!  So turn it UP and turn it OUT!

Not only can music put you in the right mindset by affecting your mood, making workouts more enoyable, it distracts your mind and dissociates yourself from feelings of fatigue and tiredness. Music can also influence the intensity of your workouts!  Get that loud base pumping or the right lyrics, and you are crushing it!!

Personally I think music also helps take a 30-60 minute workout and makes time fly! When focusing on the songs, they get you happy, bopping (or thrashing) around, you belt out some of your favorite lyrics (sorry family) and next thing you know it's over and you're left a heavy-breathing, sweaty, satisfied human!  It's most likely one of the reasons various aerobic classes are so popular.  With music pumping and an instructor pushing, and with the energy from others in the room, that class seems like it's done and over quick!

So ladies and gentleman.... TURN IT UP!!!  What are some of your favorite workout songs?  Comment below!  Have a a great weekend, everyone!!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thyroid Condition? Check this out!

I have quite a few friends that have been diagnosed with thyroid conditions, from hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, to even having gone through thyroid cancer.  These conditions can be challenging and frustrating to downright devastating and life threatening.  While it's always best to consult with your doctor regarding treatment and medications, nutrition plays a key part in helping manage a lot of diagnoses and conditions, and that's where you need a nutritionist!  *waves*

CLICK HERE to read about incorporating amazing nutrition into your life and other things you can do to manage your thyroid condition.  If you are ready to start feeling better and take control of your health, contact me through the form on the right bar of this blog, and we can individualize a plan just for you!  There's no one way, just the RIGHT way for YOU!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Stressed Out? Try Adaptogens!

There are so many stresses in our every day lives.  They can come from every where, everything and anything, and they can really take a toll on our overall health and well being.  Thankfully, nature has given us ADAPTOGENS!!

Adaptogens are unique class of herbal ingredients used to improve the health of your Adrenal system - which manages the body’s hormonal response to stress. By tonifying and rejuvenating the entire adrenal system, they promote the healthy regulation of cortisol the “stress hormone”.

Because adaptogens work like a thermostat: they sense imbalances and naturally correct them. They can calm you down and boost your energy at the same time. They enable the body’s cells to access more energy and help the body utilize oxygen more efficiently. They’re called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to your body’s specific needs. Some adaptogens include Wolfberry, Eleuthero root, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Bacopa, Schizandra and more.

Watch the video below to learn more and contact me if you would like to see what adding adaptogens to your daily regimen can do for you!  I know they have started to change my life.  I've been calmer, less irritable, and more focused on things that matter, instead of stressing out over things I have no control over.