Trust your gut; why it’s important to be your own advocate; fight for your health

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You’ve probably heard this recently, especially with it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, “You must take charge of your own health, be your own advocate”, because no one knows your body like you do. If something feels off, take action! If you’re not being heard, speak louder. This is an experience that has recently happened to me and I feel it’s important to share my story.

As many of you know, I’ve been lucky enough to live a pretty healthy life thus far. I give healthy food choices, regular exercise and a dedication to yoga the credit for helping me maintain my health. In August of this year, everything seemed ok as always, but after a run on a Monday and an intense yoga practice on Tuesday, something was wrong.

I looked down at my lower left leg and it seemed to be very blue, veins popping out everywhere, some hurting others just under the skin. I showed my husband and he told me not to worry, but my gut said to take action, so I called my primary care doctor and went to see her the next day.

At the appointment my doctor assured me that I wasn’t going to die and that I didn’t have a blood clot. She went onto to say that as we get older, veins appear more on our legs and not to worry. I explained to her that I understood that but I was also having pain and she said, “you’re fine.” I left the doctor’s office with an unsettled feeling.

The next day I got in to see a vascular doctor, who after an ultrasound, informed me that I had deep and superficial venous insufficiencies; which means that the veins deep in legs weren’t working properly anymore, the valves were broken and therefore causing the outer veins to protrude. What? How could this happen so suddenly? I challenged him with this question and he had no answers. So I got a 2nd and 3rd opinion and both showed no vein issues whatsoever. Hmmm. I didn’t give up.

A few days later I went to see a sports medicine doctor who did an x-ray that showed nothing, so he ordered a full body bone scan, which also showed nothing. He advised me to start physical therapy where I could build up my thigh muscles and make my legs stronger. But I was still experiencing pain? I asked for an MRI of my left knee, an area of my body that has posed problems on and off for years, maybe that’s where all of this is stemming from? He disagreed but ordered the MRI anyway.

Low and behold! The MRI came back with a torn meniscus, surgery is scheduled and I should be back to my old self in no time. The moral of this story is don’t ever let anyone, even a doctor, tell you what you’re feeling is nothing because most of the time, it’s something and maybe something much more serious than my experience.  Throughout this journey I took note of the numbers of patients in the waiting rooms, wait times and how overwhelmed doctors are right now.  Keep a journal, remind them of things they may not have on your chart, do your research beforehand and ask for tests you feel you might need.  Take charge of your own health, don’t be afraid to speak up and demand the best possible care, no one is looking out for you more than you.

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One of the most important aspects, if not THE most important aspect, to looking your absolute best is to eat healthy whole foods that keep you full so you’ll eat less.  

Here are 6 tasty snacks that will do just that.

  1. Nuts are probably the most fullfilling snack that you can carry in your purse or substitute for lunch when running short on time, learn more about this skinny healthy food here.
  2. Hard-boiled eggs are one of my favorite ways to stay full, eat less and be healthy.  Taking the time to plan ahead and make a half-dozen to keep in the frig will go a long way.  Learn how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs every time here.
  3. Oatmeal is a long-time breakfast staple that will stay with you for hours into your day keeping you full so that you don’t overindugle later.
  4. Greek yogurt has taken over the dairy aisle over the past couple of years, now being offered in all different flavors.  Be sure to get the fat free option if you can as it will fill you up without filling you out.
  5. Hummus with veges is not only delicious, it’s good for you and filling at the same time.  Be sure not to over eat it though as it can also fatten you up.  Learn how to make your own healthy hummus at home here.
  6. Edamame has become a favorite in many households because of how tasty and healthy it is.  Buy a bag in the frozen isle, put it in a colander under cold running water until it’s thawed and snack away.

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10 reasons why jumping on a trampoline is the best and safest cardio you can do

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Cardiovascular exercise is necessary for weight loss but most importantly, for your health.  We now know that most cardio workouts can do serious damage over time to your knees, hips and joints, so finding exercise that is kind to your body is essential.  Rebounding for just 20-minutes (jumping on a trampoline) is that exercise and here’s 10 reasons why it’s the best and safest cardio you can do.

1. Rebounding boosts your immune system and keeps you healthy.

2. Rebounding reduces body fat enabling you to lose weight.

3. Rebounding stimulates all internal organs and keeps your blood pumping.

4. Rebounding increases bone density keeping you stronger as you grow older.

5. Rebounding keeps your eyes strong because of the concentration it takes to do it.

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6. Rebounding improves your digestion keeping you regular with less bloat.

7. Rebounding improves agility enabling you to move in ways you once couldn’t.

8. Rebounding detoxifies your body, cleansing it through perspiration.

9. Rebounding is aerobic so it works the heart muscle; essential for good health.

10. Rebounding increases your energy, keeping you going all day.

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How to make a relationship last a lifetime; 10 tips

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Whether it’s your first date or you’ve been together for decades, relationships are, hands down, extremely difficult to maintain.  “The beginning” is always, of course, the best part because of the excitement of getting to know each other, the newness and the butterflies that come along with all of that.  But over time it can get old, complicated and seemingly impossible; which is why most marriages tend to fall apart.

Proudly maintaining an incredible 26-year relationship and friendship with my husband is what has prompted me to write this piece for you.  Because we met in high school and grew up together, it hasn’t always been easy, but we’ve found ways to keep our 14-year marriage fresh, exciting and long-lasting.  How?  Over the years we’ve incorporated these 10 essential, life-changing, relationship-saving tips that have worked for us and that I hope will also work for you to make your relationship last a lifetime.

  1. Be mysterious; always keep him guessing.  This concept goes from the first day on and never stops.  It’s human nature for a man (or woman) to be intrigued and interested in what he or she can’t have or think they might potentially lose.  Don’t always be so available, let him wonder from time to time, even if it’s just for a minute or two.
  2. Don’t give too much away too soon.  Showing respect for yourself and your body sets the tone for the entire relationship, keeps him interested and speaks volumes to a man.  If you’re serious about someone, don’t just add another notch in your bedpost, wait until he’s proven he’s entitled to something so sacred.  Also, don’t tell him too much about yourself before or even during the first date; keep him intrigued.  Also, that first date should be super special, expect him to plan and treat you like a lady, if he doesn’t, RUN for the hills!  How he treats you in the beginning will give you a very clear view of how he will treat you throughout the relationship.  Set an expectation and accept nothing less.
  3. Play the “PET PEEVE” game.  Moving in together can change the dynamic of any relationship.  Too much “togetherness” can really take its toll.  When he leaves the toilet seat up or dishes in the sink, play the “PET PEEVE” game.  The object is to stop annoying each other with bad habits; which are entirely natural.  You both have to make a commitment to say, “pet peeve!” when you see something that bothers you, the other must drop everything and come running, not get angry, listen and try to change the habit.  I promise you, it works, and life-changing in any relationship!
  4. Never get too comfortable.  My friends laugh at me when I put on lipstick before my husband comes home after 26 years together, but it’s important.  Why?  Because even though he says how beautiful I am without make-up, I will notice a little extra smile when I’ve put some effort into how I look.  It’s natural to want to see your love out of their sleepy pants, fresh and attractive.
  5. Be flexible.  This isn’t just in the bedroom, being flexible means being open to doing something unexpectedly or outside of your comfort zone.  If you’ve made dinner and your husband or boyfriend calls and says, “Let’s go out!” GO!!  Life is short, have fun, make another memory and experience new things, it will thrill him and keep it new.
  6. Be spontaneous, even with the simplest things.  This can simply be buying a couple pints of both of your favorite Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, hiding it in the freezer and surprising him after dinner on a Tuesday night.
  7. Always put him first and expect the same back.  With all of these tips, you must know that whatever I give I expect the exact same back and if I don’t feel that I am getting it, I will tell him.  Unless you both are committed to putting each other first, your relationship is never going to work.
  8. Be a good listener.  Communication is an absolute MUST!  I make it a point NOT to talk about myself when my husband calls me or at the end of the day when we finally get to see each other again.  I ask how he is, I listen carefully and then I expect the same back.  Sometimes that naturally works in reverse; which is nice.
  9. Be whole-heartedly honest.  This is another aspect of communication.  Even when you know that you’re going to hurt his feelings being honest is essential in any relationship because if you’re not, you’re living in a façade.  How do you expect him to know how you feel if you don’t tell him?
  10. Check in with each other often.  Even with all of the bliss that you’ll experience once you incorporate these tips into your life, you have to check in with each other often.  That means asking each other if the other is ok, feeling good or needs something.  It’s too easy to fall into a routine, get busy, become selfish and not realize the other is unhappy.  Communicate, communicate, communicate, can’t say it enough!

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6 workouts that burn more calories than jogging

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Jogging is considered to be one of the best ways to burn mega calories fast, but overtime this type of workout can wreak havoc on your joints, bones and cause varicose veins.  So I’ve been on a mission to find other ways to workout that burn even more calories than jogging; here’s 6 of them with all calorie calculations based on a 125 pound woman.

  1. Swimming has been considered to be one of the best ways to workout not only because it burns calories but it doesn’t put any negative pressure on your body.  But how many calories do you actually burn swimming?  Well, the breathstroke burns about 580 calories per hour, the backstroke 550 and the butterfly over 700 at a moderate to vigorous pace.
  2. Biking, whether it be stationary or out in nature burns an average of 400+ calories per hour, depending on your speed and resistance of course.  A workout that burns that many calories without putting pressure on your joints all while sitting down is one that that everyone should do.
  3. Jumping rope was always considered to be a fantastic way to burn calories, but who would have thought that could be over 600 calories an hour at a decent pace?  The goal should be about 100 jumps per minute to get the most out of this workout.
  4. Dancing is so fun especially when it’s to your favorite music.  Put on your IPod and dance away more than 400 calories per hour!
  5. Rock climbing takes concentration and builds amazing strength while burning over 450 calories per hour on your way up the rocks and more than 280 calories per hour as you head down.  Maybe signing up for one of those indoor climbing adventures isn’t a bad idea.
  6. Kickboxing is the bomb and burns mega calories with most classes burning more than 500 calories.  One of my favorites mostly because it fits into any busy schedule is Jillian Michaels Kickbox Fastfix, check it out here.

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5 easy ways to beat belly bloat and feel better today

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Your jeans won’t zip up, you feel uncomfortable and look a few months pregnant, what’s going on?  It can creep up on you or play a part of your everyday but either way, belly bloat is the worst.  Here are 5 easy way to beat belly bloat for good!

  1. Eat cucumbers.  You’ve hear about using cucumbers to reduce the puffiness under your eyes, well they can do the same thing for your belly.  This very special vegetable contains an antioxidant called quercetin that helps reduce swelling and inflammation.
  2. Do Yoga.  There is no better form of exercise to flatten your belly and wring out all of your organs than yoga.  You won’t believe the gas that you’ll pass with some of the twisting poses the practice takes you through.  Check out the best yoga DVD’s here.
  3. Eat bananas.  This fruit, along with avacodos, oranges and even pistachio nuts help prevent water retention and have a direct affect on the sodium levels in your body; which can be one of the #1 causes of bloat.  They also contain fiber to keep you regular.
  4. Eat more yogurt.  A food that will directly affect your digestive tract and regulate your digestion is one that contains probiotics.  Hopefully your doctor has talked to you about the importance of getting good bacteria into your gut to kill the bad; it’s essential for good overall health.
  5. Eat asparagus.  This superfood helps to flush the excess water out of your body by making you pee more; which reduces bloat.  Yes, your pee will smell a little different after eating asparagus but just let that be a reminder to you that you’ve done something good for your body because it also reduces gas and contains fiber that helps maintain digestive health.

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It’s time to ‘RETHINK FOOD’ because too many of us are sick!

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Unbelievable, eye-opening information about the association of food & disease, (click picture to learn more).

Did you know that the rate of the most common form of diabetes in America has gone up 700% since World War II?  That is a scary statistic since diabetes is a disease soley caused by what we eat.  Balance is key of course, but this book that I just happened to stumble upon has entirely affected my outlook on food, disease and the future of our health.  ‘Rethink Food 100 Doctors Can’t Be Wrong’ brings the connection between food and disease to the surface; a must read for everyone, really.

‘Rethink Food 100 Doctors Can’t Be Wrong’ exposes how doctors are medicating ailments with prescriptions rather than treating the underlining issues; which for the most part are reversible on their own.  Doctors aren’t necessarily doing this deliberately, they’ve been trained to do so because food and disease doesn’t play a serious role in medical school.  Fortunately, the discovery of the causes of diseases has started to become more evident and 100+ doctors have come together to share their findings in ‘Rethink Food’.

The biggest take away from this book is the fact that meat and dairy are not good for us and embracing a whole foods plant based diet is a better choice.  Even if you would never consider becoming a vegetarian, ‘think’ about incorporating more vegetables into your diet.  Maybe start with 1 vegetarian day per week, like a “mealess Monday” and see how you feel.  I’ve been slowly doing this within my diet and I have to say I feel better already.

I know that I’ve recommended a lot of health and wellness products over the years but this is one that can’t be overlooked, take a closer look at ‘Rethink Food 100 Doctors Can’t Be Wrong’ here and open up your eyes to food and your future health now, don’t wait.

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Are jalapeno peppers good for you? 7 reasons why you should be eating them!

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Don’t be scared of jalapeno peppers, they’re not only delicious and a great way to add flavor to your meals, they are also a very healthy food that everyone should be including in their diets.  So to answer the question, are jalapeno peppers good for you?  Yes, they are!  And here are 7 good reasons why you should be eating them.

  1. Jalapeno peppers fight cancer.  Capsaicin is what makes chili peppers hot and this essential part of the vegetable has been shown in research studies to kill prostate cancer cells.
  2. Jalapeno peppers fight inflammation.  Capsaicin is also an anti-inflammatory agent known to relieve migraines and sinus headaches.
  3. Jalapeno peppers burn fat and help you to lose weight.  Capsaicin generates heat and stimulates the body to burn fat by increasing the metabolism.
  4. Jalapeno peppers help lower high blood pressure.  The high contents of vitamin A and C (more than an orange) contained in jalapenos help strengthen blood vessels; which enable the body to better adjust to fluctuations.
  5. Jalapenos can potentially cure intestinal issues like inflammatory bowel disease.  They’ve also been known to kill bacteria and prevent stomach ulcers.
  6. Jalapeno peppers relieve congestion.  Eating these hot peppers help clear mucus by stimulating secretions from your nasal area enabling you to feel better faster.
  7. Jalapeno peppers fight heart disease.  Yes, it’s true!  The capsaicin contained in jalapenos can help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.  Studies how shown that other areas around the world who eat more hot peppers than we do have lower rates of heart attacks and strokes.

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How many calories are burned from sex? The question is finally answered!

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How many calories are burned from sex?  I got the answer for you!  This has been an old wives tale for some time and it’s important to clear it up once and for all.  Many tend to believe they’ve gotten theirexercise in for the day when they’ve done the deed.  But the truth is, having sex only burns about 5 calories a minute, according to Dr. Lauren Streicher, an OB-GYN and author of ‘Love Sex Again.’

“I wish it was true too”, says Streicher, adding, “Most people only have sex for maybe 10 or 15 minutes, so it’s about the same number of calories you’re going to burn going up a couple flights of stairs.”  Although you won’t get super fit from having sex, burning any calories is better than none at all so don’t fret, just enjoy your time between the sheets!

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5 tips and tricks to making a morning workout happen!

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We all have good intensions, especially at night when setting our alarm clocks, but it’s a very different story in the morning when we’re feeling exhausted and unmotivated.  The last thing that anyone wants to do is get up, never mind go workout.  But as you know, after that quiet time in the morning, before all the chaos erupts, it’s nearly impossible to squeeze a workout in.  So why not make it your mission to finally conquer the battle for good?

Here are 5 tips and tricks to making a morning workout happen.

1. Lay out your workout clothes at night.  Planning is the key to success with anything, especially fitting in a workout.  Think about it, if you get up and have to start opening drawers to find your sports bra only to learn that it’s in the hamper, you’re probably going to skip it all together.  But if you take a few minutes each night to lay out your sneakers, socks and workout gear, when you wake up all you have to do is stand up out of bed and put it all on.  Being dressed to exercise is the first step to success.

2. Forget the gym!  Yes, I said it.  Not a big fan of the gym over here.  Maybe a yoga class here or there but there couldn’t be anything less motivating to me in the morning than the idea of walking into a gym, never mind driving there, parking and the cost of becoming a member, yuck!  Instead, pick up a few of the best workout DVD’s ever and have them at your disposal.  The best part about these workouts is they are all only about 30-minutes long so there shouldn’t be any problem squeezing in exercise in the morning.

3. Reward yourself.  You don’t have to take the whole working out thing too seriously.  Life is too short to deprive yourself of anything.  If you’ve had a successful week of morning workouts, or any workouts at all, plan to reward yourself each weekend with a food or drink that you love.  It will keep you motivated.  You deserve it!

4. Early to bed, early to rise.  Let’s face it, even if you are a night owl, when you get into bed earlier you will probably fall asleep sooner.  Sleep is an essential component to a healthy lifestyle with the body needing at least 7 hours per night, learn more about this here.  Turning off all the electronics will absolutely help, allow yourself to decompress, breathe deeply and naturally fall asleep each night.  You’ll wake up ready to tackle any challenge.

5. Look forward to an improved mood.  Knowing that making a morning workout happen before your day starts is going to make you feel happier, invigorated and refreshed should be motivation enough.  Exercise has a direct effect on the brain by increasing seritonin levels; giving you a natural high.  Why not leave the house each day feeling happy and full of energy rather than sluggish and slow?  Learn more about this here.

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Why am I so bloated? Why am I gassy? 4 foods that could be causing it

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Did you know that most of us pass gas between 12-25 times per day?  It’s true! Abdominal bloating affects more than 1/3 of the American population and it’s quite normal. It’s common sense, when we eat or drink expansion occurs because space in our stomach and intestines has been taken up.  But if your having trouble fitting into your clothes each day because your of a swollen belly, you may want to be more aware of what you’re eating.

Here are 4 foods that could be causing your bloat and gas.

Beans-Although beans are so good for you and the perfect replacement for meat when you’re looking for a vegetarian option, they can cause bloat and gas.  But if you consistently eat them along with veggies, nuts and whole grains, they won’t bother you as much because your body will get used to them.  Check out my deliciously healthy black bean dip here.

Apples-Who would have thought?  Yes, they’re a healthy snack containing 4.5 grams of protein, vitamin C and fiber, but they also have sugars that can cause bloat.  Don’t stop eating apples, just space them out between meals in moderation.  Be aware, pears and peaches are also bloating.

Salt-We’re not just talking about the salt shaker here, sodium is in nearly everything that we eat nowadays so be aware of the sodium content of when buying food, read labels and always choose the low sodium options.  Salt is one of the most bloating things that you can put into your body and reducing it is the quickest way to drop pounds fast; learn more about this here.

Broccoli, cabbage & kale-These extremely healthy foods contain a sugar that will hang out in your gut until bacteria ferment it producing bloat and gas until then.  The good news is, this is another food that if eaten often actually creates a stronger digestive system, causing less bloat over time.  Cooking these foods before eating them also limits bloat; check out my broccoli cauliflower bake here.

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A nut that works as an anti-depressant? Oh yes!

acashewsIt’s shocking how quickly primary care doctors are prescribing brain medications within one visit to those who are feeling down and depressed.  Given, there are people who undoubtedly need to be medicated for their ailment, but how about all of the rest, aren’t there other options?

Rather than instantly filling a prescription to manipulate the most important organ in your body, why not inquire about what these patients are eating?  If they’re exercising?  What’s really going on in their lives?  Medication should be the last resort; there are other ways to feel better and here’s one of them.

Did you know that 2 handfuls of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent to a prescription dose of Prozac?  Here’s how.  Drugs like Prozac and similar antidepressants have a direct affect on serotonin levels, your body’s neurotransmitter that gives a feeling of well-being.  But did you know that some foods can do the same thing?

Believe or not, carbohydrates positively affect your brain so including them with your meals is going to make you feel happier.  Foods like beans, brocolli and nuts contain the starch needed so they stand on their own.  More specifically, one big handful of cashews per day has been shown to provide the same affect as a prescription antidepressants.

Add some exercise to these healthy unlifting foods and feel your serotonin levels skyrocket.  Please note; don’t ever change or start any drug program without consulting your doctor first, but consider incorporating cashews into your diet.  Learn how eating nuts everyday can also keep you slim and help you live longer here.

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Why you should be eating this root vegetable; the radish

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RADISHES from my garden; learn about another healthy food you should be eating here (click pic).

It’s our first year growing radishes in our garden and I’m loving it!  I never realized how easy they are to grow and how quickly they are ready to eat, it’s been a fun process.  With all of these beautiful radishes that we’re harvesting I had to come up with some ways to use them.  Plus, I wanted to learn the nutritional value of this pretty red vegetable and now I’m sharing all of this with you.

The radish is s a root vegetable that is related to kale, broccoli, cauliflower and horseradish.  They can be pungent so when adding them to your salad be sure to slice them thin.  I discovered roasting radishes reduces some of the harshness and makes them even more delicious.  Just cut them in half, drizzle some olive oil, salt and pepper, then roast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes and serve.  Add a chopped onion and some red potatoes for a perfect combination!

Here’s why you should be eating this root vegetable; the radish…

  1. Radishes are very low in calories, yet are quite filling because of their fiber content.
  2. Radishes are a good source of anti-oxidants, electrolytes, minerals and vitamins.
  3. Radishes fight against prostate, breast, colon and ovarian cancers.
  4. Radishes are a good source of vitamin C and helps boost immunity.
  5. Radishes reduce inflammation.
  6. Radishes contain folates, vitamin B-6, riboflavin, thiamin and minerals like iron, magnesium and calcium.

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3 Foods for a Flatter Tummy

IMG_5102Who doesn’t want a flatter tummy?  Personally, I don’t know a woman who doesn’t.  We’re constantly dealing with hormones and our ever-changing bodies; both of which hava a tendency to show through our bellys.  We’ve talked about flat belly foods before and how crunches don’t work here.  Are you ready for 3 more foods you can start eating today for a flatter tummy tomorrow?

  1. Pineapples are full of something you may not have heard of before, bromelain, an enzyme that promotes digestion and reduces bloating.  They’re almost always available at the grocery store precut and ready to eat.  It’s also fun to grab a whole one, especially when they’re on sale, and cut it up yourself.  Pineapple is a perfect snack, especially in the summer, will keep you away from the ice cream.
  2. Ginger is one of my favorite ways to keep my belly flat.  I always eat it in combination with sushi and add it fresh to any Asian-style meal I make at home.  Ginger keeps gas away so you’re not walking around bloated all of the time.  Eat more ginger and look better in your jean today.
  3. Yogurt in your choice of non-fat, regular, Greek or even full fat, just be sure the label says that it contains live and active cultures.  These probiotics promote digestion and reduce the bloat while enabling you to maintain a flatter tummy.

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Exercising on vacation, it is really necessary?

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If you exercise, you know that consistency is key.  You can’t exercise from time to time and expect the physical and mental results that come along with commitment.  To maintain the look of your body and ensure you don’t fall off track it’s important to move everyday.  But what about exercising on vacation, is it really necessary?

I just recently got back from a 5-night vacation with my husband where we ate seafood non-stop, enjoyed hot fudge sundaes and drank wine by the shore; it was fabulous.  But coming from a lifestyle of exercising nearly everyday for the past 2 decades, it was hard to not exercise, while at the same time not fall into a food coma each day.

It’s funny how much more difficult it is to get up and exercise after a night outside of our normal lifestyle.  Each morning it got more and more challenging to put on my yoga pants as I asked myself, “do I really need to exercise today?”  Then I realized that I was eating and drinking outside of my comfort zone and those somewhat unhealthy choices were affecting my brain.

Listen, it’s ok to be unhealthy here and there and enjoy life to the fullest in every sense of the word.  Just because you eat some fattening food and skip your workout doesn’t mean you’ve fallen off the wagon, it just means you’re on vacation.  And of course, if you can take a weekend off from your healthy lifestyle and jump right back in when it’s over, all the power to you, always do what’s right for you.  I learned over this particular vacation that I cannot.

I’m not saying that I ran a marathon or went to the gym during my 5-nights away, far from it.  Who wants to put a ton of time into a workout while on vacation, not me.  But I did squeeze in one of my favorite 20-minute cardio workouts, UFIT Ultra Burn and within minutes worked up a sweat and felt amazing.  Check out UFIT here.

In addition to a couple walks to the beach I also brought along my Yoga Meltdown DVD and did workout #2.  In less than 30-minutes I had stretched and strengthened my entire body and was ready to take on another vacation day feeling fantastic.  Check out Yoga Meltdown here.

Lastly, to balance out all of those extra carbs and fat that I had taken in, I did one of my absolute favorite workouts, Kickbox Fastfix, and it’s exactly that.  You’re in and you’re out in 20-minutes flat with a cardio workout that torches calories from head to toe.  Check out Kickbox Fastfix here.

If nothing else, remember this, enjoy your time off, eat, drink and be merry.  But it is easy to lose the balance so just be aware and learn to indulge mindfully.  Always look and feel your best!!

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