High Price for Healthy Food?

The other day I’m having a conversation with a woman in our Louisville boot camp — she was asking about strategies to lose weight. I was making what I thought were some simple suggestions … Switch to drinking only wheat grass, substituting chia seeds for your morning cereal, you know, the basics. All kidding aside, we DID talk about nutrition basics (and, no, I don’t use wheat grass or chia seeds on a regular basis). The basics started with a question — where in your diet can you add fruits and/or veggies? And then I went on to what we believe to be some smart starting…
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Your Lifeline at 35,000 Feet!

You’re 35,000 feet in the air. And the stewardess on the plane goes through the safety "schpeel" … here’s how to buckle your belt, here are the exits, etc. But something else is said that always stands out to me. If you are with a child or someone else who needs assistance, put YOUR oxygen mask on FIRST… That’s right, they tell you to help YOU first vs. helping anyone else. But I have a daughter (who is now 1, I may add), there’s NO WAY I’d help myself first before making sure she is safe as she can possibly be.  Or would I?  Am I just sel…
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Cartoons Make You Eat More

We were recently on vacation with Kara’s family — 17 of us, with Ella being the youngest and kids ranging up to 20.   Needless to say, with all the kids in the house, there were a lot of snack foods, various cereals, etc … … and one thing that kept jumping out at me was the marketing targeted to kids.  There were Sponge Bob yogurts, Scooby Do gummy treats, and various cartoon covered cereals.  One of our standard messages has always been "if there’s a cartoon on the box, leave it on the shelf." Well check this out — the results of this s…
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A Magic Bullet for Weight Loss?

We’ve all heard the saying "if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is." And of course we’ve said there is no magic bullet for losing weight.  You don’t gain weight overnight and you won’t lose it overnight.  It takes hard work.  It takes dedication.  And it takes determination to lose weight permanently. But how about THIS interesting study, published in the International Journal of Obesity that concluded "obese individuals who supplement with a multivitamin/mineral may lose more weight than those who do not" H…
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2010 Dietary Guidelines

"Obesity is the single greatest threat to public health in this century."  That was one conclusion that the experts advisory committee for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans identified.  Scary. The scientists also have scoured the latest nutrition research to put together their opinions for the soon to be released 2010 Dietary Guidelines. The public has until July 15th to make their own suggestions … … and we want your opinion too. If you were on the scientific expert committee, what would YOU suggest for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines? Leave a comm…
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Fat Burning BBQ Recipes!

I don’t know about you, but we use our grill almost daily in the summer. And grilling can be a super healthy way to cook — you don’t need to add fat, like oil or butter, and some of the fat on the meats actually melts off as well. While we love the occasional burger, it’s easy to get stuck in a "burger rut" as the only thing you turn to when grilling. Let’s mix it up with a little fat burning flavor — try these few ideas next time you like up the barbecue. Veggies – here are a few of our favorites.  Slice zucchini and squash long way (about 1/2&quo…
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Burn More Fat with THESE 3 Easy Tricks

Sometimes the best weight loss tricks are the easiest (thankfully!). The fact of the matter is it doesn’t take a complete diet overhaul to shed calories and burn more fat… …here are 3 REALLY simple tricks that you can do on a daily basis to burn more fat. Eat Eggs.  Researchers at the University of Connecticut gave study participants either an egg based breakfast or a bagel, and cream cheese with an equal amount of calories.  The subjects who had the egg based breakfast ended up eating less calories at the next buffet style meal, suggesting they were more full after…
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3 Diet Traps While Vacationing

Vacation is often a time to "let down the diet reigns" — kick back, enjoy some R & R … eat and drink! But interestingly, there’s nothing like vacation to kick start the "bathing suit" nutrition and training. Here are 3 common diet traps while vacationing … and what to do about them so you don’t fall into the trap. Prepare some of your own meals — vacation doesn’t  have to mean eating out breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  If you’re in a hotel, try a place that offers a little Kitchenette with a stove and refrige…
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The KEY to Permanent Fat Loss

There are a lot of factors that play a role with permanent fat loss… Training. Eating. Sleep. And more.  But then within each there are even more … what type of training are you doing?  How often?  What’s the intensity. Same goes for nutrition — portions, food choices, do you eat breakfast, meal frequency, etc. But one nutrition factor stands head and shoulders above the rest when getting rid of belly fat and getting beach body ready. It’s not carbs or fiber.  It’s not fat.  And it’s not protein. It’s satiety or h…
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