Tips from My 18 year Fitness Journey

  Tips from My 18 Year Fitness Journey!! Tips & Lessons from my personal Fitness Journey. I share with you the latest health and fitness information that really works in the real world before anyone else. No amount of exercise will correct hormone imbalances for fat loss: You must control your Leptin hormone in your battle to lose body fat and put one more hormone on your side. People are unknowingly fighting a losing battle with leptin every time they attempt to lose weight. Your body depends on high levels of leptin and sensitive leptin receptors to burn fat. Anytime you go on a diet and reduce your calorie intake, leptin levels plummet and fat burning is dramatically reduced. Because leptin’s main function is to protect your body against starvation, and in the midst of decreased food intake (i.e. dieting), your body unfortunately views your stored body fat as a ...(Read More)

Fitness Journey

Things that I have noticed in my fitness journey: 3 Reasons why the Leg Extension Machine creates imbalances. Reason #1: sitting while exercising your quads, rather than using them to get up and down is hard on joints, and the wrong way to train your quadriceps. I prefer open chain exercises vs. closed chain exercises. Example: A series of lunges would be a better way to train your quadriceps. Reason #2: Only working one muscle group at a time instead of all sides of your leg. The less muscle involved equals less metabolic effect. Reason #3: Since you’re only working the front of your thigh, you’re creating the most common leg muscle imbalance that exists i.e. weak hamstrings.

Fitness Journey:

Somethings that I have noticed on my health and fitness journey: 3 reasons why the Leg Curl Machine can be absolutely horrible: Reason #1 Almost impossible not to arch your back and train the wrong area of your hamstring, with a lot of pressure on your spinal discs. (your laying on your abs, this is not an ideal position for training) Reason #2 You’re working the wrong part of your hamstrings (your lower hamstring not the upper, which isn’t very functional and misses the majority of the metabolic effect.) Reason #3 Your hamstrings and abs counteract each other, to stabilize your spine, because you’re laying on your abs, you’re guaranteed an imbalance. These imbalances can lead to back and hip injuries.

Does young wheat grass contain gluten?

One of my clients that has been in my Health Coaching Program for 8 years voiced a concern over wheat grass juice being gluten free. So, I wanted to take a moment to share some light on the subject with all of my blog followers. Does Wheatgrass Contain Gluten? Some people become sick when they consume the elastic protein in wheat, barley and rye called gluten. Celiac disease causes a multitude of symptoms including gastrointestinal upset, rashes and brain fog, and can be linked to other diseases such as cancer, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Celiac sufferers must avoid all gluten for the rest of their lives. Wheatgrass grows from the seed of wheat, so it would seem like something celiacs should avoid. However, because it is a young version of the plant, the grass itself does not contain gluten. What Is Wheat Grass? Used primarily as a nutritional supplement, wheat ...(Read More)

Amazing systemic enzymes that we begin losing after age 20…

Systemic enzymes are amazing. In fact, you might call them extraordinary, since they provide systemic health benefits. For those of us starting a new health regimen for the New Year, that’s exceptionally good news. As review, enzymes are proteins catalyzing every bodily chemical action. There are over 3,000 bodily enzymes—most of them proteolytic, or protein-eating, enzymes—and fall into three kinds of enzymes: food, digestive and metabolic/systemic enzymes. Food enzymes come from foods, particularly raw foods with their enzymes intact, while digestive enzymes help to digest food. Metabolic/systemic enzymes—while they may have some enzymes in common with digestive enzymes—work differently, going beyond the stomach, into the bloodstream and cells to work their amazingly healthy outcomes. Some systemic enzymes with particularly beneficial health effects are the pancreatic enzymes included in an important systemic enzyme called pancreatin. Others include: papain, a protein-cleaving enzyme from papaya and other plants. bromelain, a protease enzyme derived from the ...(Read More)

How to choose the best shoe for your sport.

If the Shoe Fits How to choose the best shoe for your sport. When it comes to workout equipment, you may be surprised that your most important item is not an iPod, digital pedometer, or trendy workout clothes. Top priority is given to what is protecting the bottom of your feet—your shoes. The success of your workout and the health of your legs and feet depend largely on what type of shoe you wear. Make sure you get the right ones by avoiding common athletic shoe mistakes. And do this by checking out this expert advice on selecting the best shoe for your foot type and kind of exercise. It May Cost You Wearing the wrong kind of shoe when you exercise may cost you. And not financially. Sneakers that don’t fit properly, are worn down, or aren’t designed for your sport may lead to aches and pains in your ...(Read More)

Knowing what is in our food is a complex problem

The problem is more complex than blaming any one person. As a Health and Wellness Coach, I spend many hours every week researching the food we eat. Just this week I spent several hours getting through the gatekeepers of a company. I wanted to know for my clients what part of the Agave plant they used and what they used as a processing method. I knew that one part of the agave plant processed one way would yield a low GI of 30 and another part of the agave plant processed another way would produce a high GI of 70. One would cause high blood sugar, heart disease along with speeding up the aging process and the other would produce low blood sugar,  anti aging i.e. slowing down the aging process, and a more healthy lifestyle. Having a job, kids and family where does a parent find the time to ...(Read More)

Small Seeds with a Big Impact on your Health and Wellness

Small Seed, Big Impact The wonderful world of flax seed—by the numbers. A powerhouse food packed with health benefits. If you’ve not added flax seed to your diet, you will soon. First cultivated nearly 3,000 years ago, flax seed has been around a while. Back in the eighth century, King Charlemagne was so convinced of the goodness of flax seed he enforced laws that required the people of his land to eat it. Now, 1,300 years later, experts realize Charlemagne’s suspicions were spot on. Evidence has shown flax seed may help lower your risk of cancer, lung disease, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Recognition of these health benefits has lead to an increase in the amount of flax seed being added to foods such as oatmeal, crackers, and bread. You may want to add it to your food as well. 3 Ingredients What makes flax seed so great? Its reputation ...(Read More)

3 So-Called Healthy Foods That You Should Stop Eating

  The average adult eating a typical Western diet in modern countries consumes approximately 70% of their calories from wheat, corn and soy. Our bodies, however, are still programmed to the natural diets of our ancestors, who only included approximately 5% of their total calories from these foods. Considering this disparity, it’s not hard to imagine why we have such massive problems with obesity and poor nutrition. Our digestive systems were not meant to consume these foods in such large amounts and as such we have developed many intolerances and allergies to soy and wheat (also known as gluten), causing bloating. These high levels of wheat, corn and soy in our modern diet are a relatively new phenomenon that originated from the economics of their multi-billion dollar industries.  It’s all about the money and not about our health! Derivatives of wheat, corn and soy are the food additives: corn oil soybean ...(Read More)

Stop The Bloat And Have More Energy

Balance Your Hormones and pH Levels With Food And You Will Not Become A Skinny Fat Person! Burn Your Fat Not Your Muscle Wild Salmon or any cold water fish with omega-3 fatty acids alter the expression of certain genes, causing your body to burn fat instead of storing fat. Apples with their fiber content are filling and the fiber helps rid your body of fat and calories from food you eat. Quinoa is a complete protein, it has all the essential amino acids to build muscle. Lentils are rich with resistant starch , a carbohydrate that encourages fat burning as a source of energy and shrink the size of fat cells. Olive oil has monounsaturated fats to switch on genes related to fat burning or fat storage. Eggs have choline, a compound to block fat absorption. Low fat or nonfat greek yogurt contains calcium the mineral that slows cortisol ...(Read More)