I have purposely not jumped on the bandwagon of the “New Year’s Resolution’s” this year. That is because I believe you can begin healthy habits and focus on nutrition any time of the year..not just in January! I am here to help you with those goals, just reach out to me.
You are inundated with information right now, magazine headlines, gym membership specials, grocery store displays touting ways to loose weight and get in shape. Everywhere you look it is blaringyou in the face.
Instead, I hope to add some motivation and inspiration this month to help you make sense of the hype and keep on track. So, every week, I will post a tidbit of information to help you stay on track.
Here’s one for you today:
Laughter is the best medicine. Life is often way to serious. Find a way today to laugh!!! Not only will it put a smile on your face, it lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, lightens your mood, and on and on.
Have you noticed that the egg section of the dairy isle has grown tremendously larger in America. The selection is mind boggling now right along with the rise in price. Here is a little help when it comes to selecting the best eggs to add to your cart depending on your preferences.
Organic – the hens typically receive organic feed and are not raised in cages. The feed cannot contain animal byproducts, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, most pesticides and other unsavory ingredients. Although antibiotics are rarely used int eh egg industry, it is POSSIBLE that organic eggs could come from hens that were given antibiotics ( a slight loophole in the regulation system). An organic label does not cover humane treatment of the animals.
Free-Range – the hens producing these eggs were raised or are allowed outdoors. In addition to grains, these hens may eat wild plants, and insects. The quality of the outdoor area, and how often the hens have access to it are not addressed.
Cage-Free – Hens are not bound to cages and have unlimited access to food and water. Conditions vary per facility whether they are outside or inside housing.
Animal Welfare Approved – (AWA) these are from family owned farms that live up to the strictest criteria for hens’ ability to live in their natural state. This label covers both organic feeding and humane living conditions.
Don’t be fooled by the added ingredients and supplements in eggs either. “Enriched” eggs are not necessary unless you know you are deficient it a certain nutrient (i.e. omega 3 enriched, or protein enhanced). By now, you know these marketing labels are often a way to hike up the price or to entice buyers to pick one brand over another. A diet with a variety of foods is the best approach when you are low in one nutrient or another, not an “enriched” or “enhanced” version of a food.
One of the science journals I frequently read revealed this good news! Those of you that have worked with me know my focus on excellent gut health. That does not mean giving up coffee or wine, unless you have a sensitivity or intolerance of it. Here a little science to back me up!
The next two days are your last chance to sign up for my next nutrition workshop, “What’s The Truth.” This 1.5 hour workshop will help you make sense of the myths and truths about nutrition today. We are constantly bombarded by new “studies” claiming to have the best tips about food and nutrition. I will discuss what is true and what is hype. Bring your questions and join us this Thursday from 6:30-8pm at the Trails Recreation Center in Aurora. These workshops are a reduced rate of $25 for all participants. (Childcare available)
I have had many conversations with many clients about just this topic..stress. Who doesn’t have stress in their life? We all feel it and it impacts our life in many ways. Stress manifests itself in many forms throughout our day. It may be a “positive” stress, like motivation to get a project done..or a workout completed; or a “negative” source such as anxiety. I couldn’t have said this better myself, so why try…
“Wanna know some frustrating yet freeing truth? 😬 Your metabolism is not worried about your physique or desire to lose weight. All your metabolism is programmed to do is sense threats in the environment & react appropriately to keep you surviving. It seeks to balance & recover from stress. That means that you may be eating perfectly clean & exercising every day, but if you’re stressing yourself out about it, your metabolism is going to seek out your recovery and survival from stress first before it lets go of that body fat. Modern-day stressors include lack of sleep, overexercise, excessively decreasing calories, giving birth, and of course emotional/mental stress from work, relationships, etc. If you feel you’re working super hard to lose that holiday (or year-long 😬) weight gain but it’s not working, maybe try to look into these other factors and see where your body is resisting due to stress. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating enough nourishing foods? Are you stressed out? Even worse- are you SO concerned with getting leaner that it’s actually stressing you out? This is freeing because our body is on our side– working for us to keep us healthy and balanced. We just have to take the signs from our metabolism (hunger, energy, cravings, fat loss/gain) and work with it, not against it.” by kitchenspired
I strive to help people get their metabolism back on track and burning up those calories and fat. I will help you identify the sources of stress in your life that are affecting your metabolism. I don’t sell gimmicks or any products, just valuable advice and balanced eating to help your body be the best it can be right now.
It really angers me that there are so many “get quick results” promises out there today that claim the labels “nutrition and health.” Let me be the first to tell you, that often those sources will mess with your metabolism in more harmful ways in the long run. If you are sick of all the hype and want to get your engine running, see food as fuel, and sustain a truly healthy lifestyle, then I am here to help! firstname.lastname@example.org