Ever noticed that when you’re under stress, you tend to gain weight? There’s a big link between stress and weight gain. Here are a few reasons why.
1. Think about it. When you’re stressed, there’s a good chance you’re not interested in label reading or in making healthy choices. You just want the quickest, simplest, most convenient, readily available food that’s around. The thought of making healthy choices seems like another task to add to your already over-extended “to-do” list. Unfortunately, those options that are often found in a bag or box do nothing to fuel us but easily pack on the pounds.
2. Another thing that’s happening is when you’re under stress, you’re just not interested in pre-planning. You know that saying, “If you failed to plan, then plan to fail?” That’s also true with healthy eating. When you’re stressed, you’re not interested in taking the time to plan because you’re consumed with your stress. Continue reading “Really Want to Lose Pounds? Stress Less!”
Trigger foods are foods that lead to bad eating habits. Everyone has different ones. For some, it’s chips, for others, it’s candy. Here are some tips to help you navigate your way around trigger foods.
1. Out of sight, out of mind. It’s so easy to grab something if it’s left out on the counter, on your desk, front and center in the pantry or refrigerator, etc. I often recommend to clients that if you find a food especially tempting, keep it in a second refrigerator in your garage/basement or tucked away in the pantry so it’s not calling your name every time you open the door. If having trigger foods at home is an issue, of course it’s easiest if you don’t bring them into your home in the first place. If you’re hosting a dinner party or get-together and you have some personal trigger foods around for the guests, send your guests home with some goodie bags so you’re not left swimming in trigger foods post-party.
2. Don’t wrap trigger foods in clear wrap. Aluminum foil or opaque containers can help because you won’t be as tempted if the food isn’t visible. Packing it in a container or wrap that conceals what’s inside can take your mind off of the food. Continue reading “The Safe Zone: Learning to Trust Yourself Around Trigger Foods”
According the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we’re consuming 3 pounds of sugar each week. That’s 22 teaspoons every day with the average teenager having 34 teaspoons daily, if not more. This drastic jump in consumption from years ago is not only behind the staggering rise in obesity, but is one of the main reasons why so many of us are suffering with illnesses, conditions, depression, and even disease. Is it as simple as saying that a major step toward improving our body and health means removing sugar from our diets? Many people living their best and healthiest lives yet will happily tell you yes.
Ready to see for yourself? Here are 10 steps to break your sugar addiction. Continue reading “10 Ways to Break Your Sugar Addiction: Just Follow These Steps”
Are you pushing yourself in the gym, only to find your weight remains stubborn and your energy levels remain low? The amount and kind of exercise you’re doing may be harmful, rather than helpful to your health, fitness and weight goals.
Certain types of exercises like nature walks, hiking, cycling, interval training, strength training, yoga and Pilates can help balance the body’s metabolic needs and have many benefits, including increased blood and oxygen flow to muscles, increased muscle mitochondria (the energy-making powerhouse of cells) and increased fat-burning enzymes. Interval training, or bursts of high-intensity activity, can increase muscle fiber strength, work ability, muscle mitochondria, insulin sensitivity and natural growth hormone. These health benefits sound great right?!
On the other hand, long cardio workouts can often lead to overtraining which depletes your body over time. Continue reading “Is Your Cardio Routine Making You Fat?”
If it seems you need more caffeine and sugar to get you through the day…
If you’re noticing some weight gain, particularly around your mid section…
If you’re getting sick more often and it takes longer to recover…
If you don’t feel as sharp, clear and focused as you usually do…
If you’re losing your sex drive….
If it seems you’re growing more impatient…
If you’re noticing changes in your hair, skin, nails and overall sense of well being…
It could be adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue is one of the most common, yet most undiagnosed, conditions impacting so many people today. It’s important to recognize the warning signs so you can take proactive steps toward healing, repairing, and hopefully preventing a long list of potential chronic illnesses that often come as a result of lack of treatment. Continue reading “Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and How to Repair It”