As long as we can remember, our clients have always asked us if there is a secret to weight loss. They wonder if there is something they can eat when they’re hungry that won’t cause them to gain weight. And moms especially seem to have this question as they have less time to work on their body’s than they did before they had their kids.
The Valentines are still gobbling up the last of their sweet treats. C’mon Mommies, who can't resist those yummy chocolate marshmallow hearts? Even I can admit that!
While we all know what we’re SUPPOSED to be eating, other factors play a role in what we CHOOSE to eat. One of these factors is stress. Stress eating can keep you from reaching your diet and fitness goals. Do you find yourself reaching for a powdered doughnut when you’re feeling overwhelmed? Then here are some ways to reduce your stress eating habits:
1) Tame Your Stress
Many of our new clients tell us that being stuck inside during the cold winter months often spells trouble for their waistline. But this doesn’t have to be the case for you and your family. Arm yourself with the strategies that we give our clients (and that we use ourselves!) to avoid weight gain.
Dr. Oz did a segment on the benefits of coconut oil consumption last week on his popular TV show. Finally more and more people will begin to understand and benefit from the positive research that is out there on the healing properties of coconut oil! While there is still a lot to learn, we can be happy that Dr. Oz and others are blessing this incredible life-giving energy source!
How does the idea of two lunches in the middle of the day instead of a lunch and a snack sound? The purpose behind the double lunch is to think of making 2 well rounded and satisfying meals in the middle of the day instead of one large meal, then a "snack" (which usually leaves you unsatisfied) before you hit dinner.
The old adage is true: you are what you eat. There have been numerous studies on how diet impacts mood and they all agree that the foods you eat affect the chemical composition of your brain, which in turn affects your mood. Food affects the release of neurotransmitters, the chemical signals that relays info between nerves. Neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine have all been linked to increased levels of alertness and energy. With the right combination of vitamins and nutrients in your diet, you can eat your way to a happier you.
Imagine something powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and even put you in a better mood. No, it's not a drug. It's a superfood! And, best of all, these life-changing superfoods are available right now in your local supermarket. Here are 7 superfoods that will benefit you as both a mom and a woman.
1) Blueberries - Antioxidant Superfood
While being overweight can increase your risk of developing health problems, many women don't realize that being significantly underweight can disrupt your menstrual cycle, put you at risk for osteoporosis and may indicate that you aren't getting enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to ward off disease. The key to reaching a healthy weight is to maintain a weight gain diet that focuses on slow and steady caloric increases through nutritious, calorie-dense foods.
Whether you love to be in the kitchen or try to avoid cooking whenever possible, you probably use oil a great deal. Fatty oils and butters are necessary for sautéing vegetables, baking cookies or roasting meats. It's difficult to avoid using oils, even in the simplest dishes. Choosing the right oils and using them wisely is the best way to ensure that you and your family are consuming healthy fats at a reasonable rate.