Okay, here it comes. . . It is January 1st again. A time when most of us are making the commitment to get in shape, for real this time! Unfortunately it usually plays out to be the same silly song and dance we act out with ourselves as well as with others leading to a lack of sustainable success. And yet, here we are (again), trying to fulfill some deep desire to make improvements to this elusive and vague thing called fitness.
Kindly allow me to present you with a theory of why you may be continually falling short of sustainable success. To me, sustainable success is a progressive achievement lasting six months or more without any wobbling or yo-yo effect. Perhaps you do not truly understand how to set objectives, or maybe are confused by a “result” versus an “objective.” Try to think of an objective simply as a dream combined with a clearly defined timeline and a result as a desired effect you want from a specific event. Objectives must coincide with some type of larger significance to our life. They need to have a value based on an improvement that will create a truly emotional change from within our being. Too often I find that many of us focus on the result or effect, all while only seeing the path that is seemingly 12 inches in front of us.Take a Tour
Read on for the NEW rules of lean eating that will make fat loss second nature. And don’t worry, lean eating can still be very delicious. In fact, you’ll find many of your new, lean meals to be better in flavor and more satisfying than your old, fattening eats.
1. Eat the RIGHT Type of Carbs
There is a hierarchy for which carbs have a place in a lean diet and which carbs will only fatten you up. The success of your eating plan rests squarely on which of these carbs you regularly include in your diet.
Sugar is hidden in almost everything, and more pervasive now than ever before. It is almost unbelievable when looking around an eatery setting (restaurant, picnic tables, social gatherings, and work place cafeteria) how much of the foods we eat on a daily basis is laden in sugar. Why have we become a society of such sugar consumers? We are taught to even feed our little ones a 4 course meal of sugar (chocolate milk, cereal or breakfast bar, crackers, gummy and fruit snacks with yogurt) and call it “healthy.” It’s no wonder that sugar is called our modern day recreational drug and compared to “crack” as being addictive. Dopamine (which makes people feel pleasure) is released in the brain when sugar is consumed. And both the brain and body likes this, which creates a greater desire for more sugar. This stimulant reaction also occurs when the body is using morphine and heroin. The following are ways to kick the sugar cravings that often seem to rule our daily food and lifestyle choices.Take a Tour
Take a positive attitude and try to ingrain some short and simple habits into your daily routine:
1. Buy the ‘healthiest’ foods at the grocery store: I don’t mean buy the most expensive food. Buy the healthiest. Don’t look at the price. You won’t notice at the check-out counter. All the stress happens at the point of decision. Know that your body will feel better in the long run.
2. Try a healthy smoothie for breakfast: Kick the day off right with healthy raw veggies, quality proteins and natural fats. Check out our Ikkuma Smoothie. You won’t die without that coffee. Save your coffee for pre-workout.Take a Tour
Pow-Pow-Power Walks: Exercise helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently, so it doesn’t work as hard to pump blood. Get a vigorous cardio workout of at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Pump those arms (all the way up to your ears!) Try increasing speed or distance and tackle some hills to give your heart a better workout. Plug in some energizing music to help motivate you!Take a Tour
There are so many conflicting “do’s” and “don’t’s” these days when it comes to pregnancy and what is accepted from the stand point of the modern medical professions to cultural and even generational beliefs. It seems like every article I read seems to either contradict the last one, or encourages mothers-to-be to push the antiquated envelop of bed-ridden pregnancies. I read articles on cross fit and marathon women competing and racing well into their third trimesters, and huge supports and nay-sayers for both sides. It’s like the “eggs are good and eggs are bad for you” argument. Which is it really? I recommend each mother to listen to their bodies, ask for help and guidance from fitness and health professionals if they have questions (not just googling and self assessing) and to stop painful movements, but many people ignore the body’s warning signs and need a check list of exactly what to and what not to do. Below is a very general guide for the modern woman regarding pregnancy and exercise. Take it at face value and then modify to your lifestyle and fitness ability.Take a Tour
About 11 million Americans have adverse effects to the doldrums of cloudy, cold and blustery, winter days. A more severe form of winter depression – is S.A.D., or Seasonal Affective disorder. This diagnosis comes is typically after at least two consecutive years of more intense symptoms. Usually beginning around October and ending in April, S.A.D. can really cause appetite changes, mood swings and depression. Here are natural suggestive ways to best beat S.A.D:Take a Tour
Flu season has started in many parts of the United States, and will last through the holidays. Unless you have countless hours of sick days you wish to cash in, preventative measures are the best rules of thumb when trying to out smart the flu or cold, which can both leave you feeling under the quickly changing weather. Below are my favorite natural and beneficial ways to prevent the flu, whether you are 2 years old or 90!Take a Tour