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5 Tips To Eating Smart Even When You’re Constantly On The Go

The most common excuse I hear for not eating healthy or exercising is, “I don’t have time.” I get it, you’re busy, but guess what? So are your fit and healthy co-workers, neighbors, relatives and friends.

And by the way, there’s nothing “more special” or “unique” about them that magically grants them time to exercise and cook a healthy dinner. They make it a priority because they know how awesome life is when you feel amazing.

While lack of time is a convenient (and common) excuse for living an unhealthy lifestyle, you must know in your heart of hearts that you deserve better. Right? I thought so!

Oh, and by the way? You can totally eat healthy even when you don’t have much time.

Here are 5 tips to eating smart even when you’re constantly on the go.

Tip #1: Be Prepared

When you’re crazy-busy, the best way to guarantee adherence to your healthy diet is preparation. It takes the same amount of time to unwrap a...

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3 Ways to Make Healthy Eating Simple

How do you get motivated to cook when take-out is calling your name? It's hard but I'll tell you how we stopped dialing for pizza and started eating healthier without missing a step.

How many of us have a list of take-out restaurants at our fingertips at home and at the office? It often feels so much easier to reach for the phone or hit the drive up after work and order pizza, Chinese, subs… whatever. So how can you get motivated to cook when all you want to do is dial out for dinner?

First, you have to make it easy to make a healthy choice, and second, you have to make it fun.

There are three basic ways I make cooking at home more appealing than ordering out.

First, plan ahead.

I know, I know! It sounds awful and demanding and “how can you possibly plan a full week of dinners!” but let me tell you, meal planning is your friend! From your waistline to your pocketbook, your whole life is going to thank you for this small act of organization. And it can be really...

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3 Reasons to Include Fiber-rich Foods in Your Diet

clean eating fiber hormones Sep 13, 2020

Diet plays a huge role in balanced hormones. For women, particularly, hormone imbalance can be the root of many, many health problems that can make you feel crummy, make it difficult to lose or gain weight, impact your fertility and even increase your risk of certain cancers and other serious diseases.

Besides healthy fats (which provide the building blocks for steroid hormone production), fiber is my go-to for overall health. 

The 3 most important reason fiber helps your health and hormones are:

  1. Stabilizing blood sugar
  2. Reducing cortisol levels
  3. Flushing out excess estrogens and toxins 

Fiber is a special type of carbohydrate that doesn’t get converted to sugar and therefore doesn’t raise blood sugar levels like other carbohydrates do.

Fiber comes in two forms, soluble and insoluble fiber.

Insoluble fiber is found in the cell walls of plants and cannot be dissolved in water. This adds bulk to stools by binding with water and acting as a stool softener that...

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6 Tips to Losing Weight When You are Over 50

Losing weight over fifty can happen if you stay focused and realize that it’s not going to happen as fast as it did when you were younger. Things have changed, namely your metabolism. It’s a harsh reality but you can get the scale moving down instead of up. Let me answer the top questions I see from my clients:

Why is it so hard to lose weight over 50?

Your body starts slowing down by fifty. You’re losing muscle. You have less free time for personal care and you probably don’t have the energy you did when you were in your twenties. Combine that with a slower metabolism and eating habits that haven’t changed much in three decades and you have a recipe for weight gain that goes head to head with your best efforts to lose weight.

To lose weight over fifty you’ll need to balance how much energy you are putting out with how many calories you are taking in, improve the quality of what you eat, and make sure your hormones aren’t blocking your...

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15 Healthy Swaps to Combat Your Sugar Cravings

clean eating cravings sugar Aug 30, 2020

The average American, according to Dr. Oz, consumes roughly 150 pounds of sugar a year. When you consider that fact, it’s not difficult to guess why we, as a nation, struggle with obesity and diabetes. Mildly overweight people usually store about 5% of the sugar they eat for energy. They metabolize about 60% and they store about 35% as fat for future energy needs. The problem is that we rarely need to tap into those fat stores so they just keep accumulating.

What we whimsically call a “sweet tooth” is really just a cute name for a sugar craving, or a passion for sweet foods. If you’re the girl most likely to hit the dessert bar twice, you probably identify as someone with a “sweet tooth.” And that might not be entirely your fault.

There is recent evidence that suggests a genetic root to the lust for sugar. Plus research proves that “Sugar Addiction” is as real as drug addiction and probably harder to beat. Hardcore metabolic roots for...

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10 Tips for Mindful Eating and Easier Weight Loss

Mindful eating is a powerful thing! Unfortunately, mindless eating is the norm.

We've all done it ... eaten something on the run without taking the time to enjoy it or even consciously realize that we are eating.

Or eaten an entire bag of potato chips while sitting in front of the tv. And let's not get started on those cookie tales.

For me, the object of my mindless eating was Reese's Peanut Butter cups. I cringe to think about how many calories a day I used to mindlessly eat just in candy alone.

Studies have shown that distracted eaters weigh an average of 18% more than mindful eaters.

Below are 10 tips to get you on the path to mindful eating.

1. Focus on the Food, Not the Distractions.

When we focus on the food, our brain becomes more satiated. Turn off the TV, put down your cell phone and get away from that computer to maximize your eating pleasure.

 

2. Engage all Your Senses While You Eat.

Use all your senses (including common sense). Look at the food. Smell the food....

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6 Ways to Stop a Bad Day from Driving You to Eat

emotional eating stress Aug 17, 2020

So many of us turn to food for comfort when the world goes sideways. Reaching for a bag of chips, a carton of ice cream, or a box of cookies when you are feeling spread too thin feels like an easy solution.

The problem is that the quick fix of sugar and carbs is momentary and literally leaves you feeling worse once that food high settles, which it inevitably does.

The reason we reach for junk food to mend a broken heart, ease a high-demand job, or quell our fears is physiological and evolutionary. Those are pretty serious motivators so let’s start by getting educated and then get a game plan for what to do instead of loading up on carbs and calories.

No matter how loudly your body screams, “FEED ME CRAP!” you know that a stress binge will leave you feeling sluggish, defeated, and chubby.

So why do we do it?

Stress causes our bodies to automatically increase respiration, blood pressure, heart rate, metabolism, and the blood flow to our muscles. Your whole body goes...

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The Top 5 Morning Habits to Keep You Eating Healthy All Day

Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, it’s still important that you start your day in a healthy way. By focusing on healthy eating first thing in the morning, you’ll be much more likely to continue eating natural, nutritious foods for the rest of the day. In this post we’ll be focusing on that very topic and listing five top morning habits that will help you eat healthy.

 

Drink A Large Glass Of Water As Soon As You Wake Up

As you’re sleeping, your body becomes slowly dehydrated because it goes without water or any other fluid for more than six hours. So to ensure that your body and brain operate optimally when you wake up, make sure you drink a large glass of water as soon as the day begins. This water will kick start your hydration and metabolism and also flush out toxins, allowing you to start the day full of energy.


Eat A Light Nutritious Breakfast

Many people skip breakfast either because they’re in a rush or they believe...

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5 Ways to Stay on Track for a Leaner, Healthier Body

Unhealthy eating habits not only expose you to chronic diseases but can also ruin the hard work put into a good workout at the gym. The unfortunate thing is that most people who engage in bad eating habits don’t know how much of a detrimental effect it’s having on their fitness. To help you make better food choices and get you on the right track to a leaner and healthier body, here are five bad eating habits that you need to avoid.

 

Mindless Eating

One of the biggest secrets of healthy eating is to listen to your body. Learning to listen to your body helps you to only eat what’s necessary to satisfy your hunger and stop before you overindulge. Therefore, to become in-tune with your body’s needs, you need to drop the habit of mindless eating. If you’re not aware of what you’re putting into your body, you’ll constantly overeat without even realizing it.

To start eating mindfully, feel how satiated you are after each mouthful of food and...

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Lace Up Your Sneakers to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health

exercise Jul 27, 2020

Have you ever wondered why your sneakers have an extra hole at the top?

Have you lost sleep wondering how these two little holes can help your weight loss? Well, wonder no more because Illumiseen had recorded a video telling you all about them.

There's no doubt that running can drastically speed up your weight loss and improve your cardiovascular health. It's also been known to improve your mood, increase your libido, and make you look hot in those short shorts of Summer.

But many new runners suffer from horrible blisters on one or both of their heels. After watching this video, you'll know how to avoid those painful blisters that can send you to the couch with a box full of Krispy Kreme donuts.

Click HERE for the VIDEO LINK

Pretty cool trick, don't you think? 

Okay, so you have your new sneakers and you're ready to start running. Now what? Here are my five best tips for making your runs enjoyable: 

 

1. Run with Your Favorite Tunes

Pick the tunes that really...

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