Clean Eating, Diet, Health, Healthy Eating

Are you too Acidic? Try increasing your Alkalinity!

Are you too acidic?

The Standard American Diet is SAD and can be putting you at risk for having an overly acidic ecosystem for your body.  Most people are eating foods that are highly processed and refined, packed with chemicals and sugar.  On top of that, we live in a society that is primed to be always on the go, so we are more stressed and our environment is packed with pollution and other irritants.  Our bodies are overworked and under-nourished.

Being highly acidic can be detrimental to your health, because the body is unable to operate it’s optimal level for the day to day functions.  This includes your digestion, your metabolism, and your body’s ability to detoxify itself.  It also can negatively affect your immune system, as an acidic environment, become a field day for diseases, viruses, and bacteria to thrive to create sickness, illness, and pain.

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In order to change the acidic tides in our body’s ecosystem we must add more alkalinity to create more of a balance.  When your body is more alkaline, you will be able to neutralize your bloodstream, increase the oxygen levels in your body, which can results in more energy and improved metabolic functions (which could also help with weight loss).   Your body strives and craves a more alkaline environment and you will feel better when you can achieve it.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by eliminating the junk food, overly processed and refined grains and sugars, and keeping the meat and dairy to a minimum (AKA “Eat Clean”).  Replace more alkaline foods to your diet like dark leafy greens, fruits, vegetables. Think of it as eating your colors and focusing on foods that have a higher nutritional density.  For example, one of my favorite meals is a Kale salad packed with tons of colorful veggies and a lean protein.


Another option is to change your water to Alkaline Water. I recently started using a Tyent Water Ionizer to help me with staying hydrated (because I don’t drink enough water) and to also help with having a more ph balanced body, as I am now doing more marathon training, teaching more bootcamps, and will soon repeat the Ultimate Reset again.  The water unit, is pretty amazing because I am able to select my ph levels for my water. This has been one of the easiest ways for me to stay on track with my hydration and my ph balance. So far, I’ve noticed more energy, my skin has been clearer and I’ve also found that my joints and muscles don’t feel as stiff when I wake up or after a workout.

I’m looking forward to seeing how increasing my alkaline levels will help me over the next few months with my races and my Ultimate Reset. I’ll keep you posted on that!

 

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Recipes, Weight Loss

Time to get back to it!

Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Carmelized Onions & Bacon, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole, and Chicken Sausage Stuffing with 1 roll.
Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Carmelized Onions & Bacon, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole, and Chicken Sausage Stuffing with 1 roll.

Okay, so Thanksgiving is over, how did you do? Me, I did pretty well. I cooked the entire meal and my goal was to create a menu that still had great flavor, but was a bit healthier than my traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Hey, I’m from the South, so the usual plate is about 2,000 calories. Gasp! And I usually go back from seconds or thirds.  This year I stuck with one plate and by creating healthier options and getting in a 25 minute HIIT workout, I was able to stay within my daily calorie limit on myfitnesspal…SWEET!

Now, is time to get back to it and stay focused on eating healthy over the next few weeks. Did you know that on average, people gain 5 – 10 pounds between Halloween and New Years Day? Most people let the holidays come and go and eat whatever they want and reduce their physical activity, with the thought that they will get back to it January 1 with their New Years Resolution.  Unfortunately, this thinking can set you up for failure because you are now 5 – 10 pounds heavier at the start of the New Year, meaning you have to lose even more weight and you are probably out of shape, so it will be harder to get back into the swing of things. I want you to be successful in reaching your goals this year and also to make them stick in 2014.  Here are some tips to help you over the next few weeks:

  1. Drink lots of water.  I have a 21 Day Fitness Accountability group starting on December 2nd and one of the things that we will focus on is drinking 80 ounces of water a day.  Why? It helps to keep us full, flush out toxins, help reduce the bloat, and to keep your hydrated.  Try drinking a cup of hot water with lemon first thing in the morning and drinking a glass of water before meals and especially before heading out to holiday parties and dinners.
  2. Get 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. I know that it is cold out and you may not want to get the car to drive to the gym, but doing anything that will get your heart rate up for 30 minutes 5 days a week, will help keep your metabolism up and help to burn calories.  If you need some home fitness programs, I can definitely help you pick out some, but also, here are some free workouts that you can do at home that are about 30 minutes.
  3. Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet.  Over the holidays, most people go overboard on sweets and tons of carb loaded dishes. Do yourself a favor, by eating fruits and veggies to help keep the calories low, in the event that you do overindulge throughout the weeks.
  4. Eat a breakfast packed with protein and fiber. This will keep you full, fueled, and help to break cravings that you may have. Try Shakeology if you need something super healthy and super quick!

Hopefully, these tips will help you to stay focused on keeping the weight loss down.  If you need more help staying accountable, let me know, you are more than welcome to join my December 2nd Fitness Accountability group. 🙂

Clean Eating, Diet, Fitness, Health, Healthy Eating, Motivation, Recipes

Are you fueling your body? 3 Tips to stay Fueled Up!

Right now I have a challenge group running and we are 2 weeks in.  Many of the challengers are reporting to be super hungry and they are nervous about eating more since they are trying to lose weight.

I love when my challengers get to this point, because they are normally confused as to why they want to eat more food, then I remind them that they are now doing a committed fitness regimen where they are working out daily and burning more calories and building muscle, which revs up the metabolism. This is a great place to be along your weight loss journey, but it can also be the place that will sabotage your hard work.   Yes, you will be hungrier and want to eat more often and I encourage that…only if you are choosing foods that will fuel your body and help you along your journey.

So what should you do?

  • Focus on eating real and whole foods, keep the processed and refined foods out of your house and out of your mouth.  These will definitely side track your progress, especially because it isn’t “real food” and you body tends to hold on to it longer.
  • Second, aim to eat healthy snacks throughout the day. I’m a big fan of doing one snack that is protein and fruit (apple and tbsp of peanut butter or banana and 10 raw almonds) and then another snack that is fiber and protein (whole grain crackers with low fat cheese stick or plain greek yogurt with crushed pecans and sunflower seeds), because these keep me full and fuel my body.
  • Lastly, make sure that you are drinking tons of water, I challenge my groups to hit 80+ ounces a day.  Water is a necessity as you are working to lose weight and get healthy, but also, sometimes we think that we are hungry but in reality we are thirsty or even worse, dehydrated.

Hopefully, these tips help you if you find yourself ravenous in your new journey of fitness and weight loss! For more information or help to create some healthy meals and snack ideas, comment below and we can chat!