Wednesday, December 3, 2014

7 Steps on How to Attack the Holiday Temptations & Extra Pounds


Not to mention the leftovers you are persuaded by your in laws to take home and eat for the next month. Don't forget the fun holiday parties with unlimited amounts of food, wine, and champaign.

The colder weather also contributes to sweet cravings and laziness. How can you say no to all the temptations? How can you possibly avoid weight gain or stay on track with your nutrition program? I will tell you how in 7 steps. By the end of this article you will have a plan on attacking the holiday pounds and temptations, while still being able to enjoy yourself.

ATTACK 1 FOCUS ON YOUR WORKOUTS


Focus your workouts on fat blasting. What I mean by fat blasting is stick to high intensity workouts for a short duration. If you are traveling you don't have to go searching for a gym and spend too much time away from your family. If you have access to a gym then wonderful.
These  exercises will fire up your metabolism, organize your thoughts, boost your mental health, and relieve stress. You will then be more focused on your goals and be in the mind frame to resist the holiday traps. Below is a sample workout program you can do in under 20 minutes. You can do this anywhere anytime.  For free Kettlebell or bodyweight workouts you can check out these videos here.  If you have access to kettlebells or weights we offer the most effective, fun and simple digital and streaming workout videos you can download in moments.

Directions: Go through each exercise for 30 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat for 4-5 rounds. ENJOY! If you don't have access to any weights or a kettlebell go through the motion with just your body weight and with the intent of being explosive through each movement. 

KETTLEBELL SWINGS


Kettlebell swings are one of the most efficient exercises that is commonly 
used for fat burning, athletic performance enhancement, strengthens the glutes, back, hips, abs, lats, quads, ankles, toes, and improves stamina like no other!  

Still having trouble with the Kettlebell Swing, begin with the Towel Swing drill here http://youtu.be/jZIdIuaI6sY


JUMP ROPE
If you don't have access to a jump rope, jumping jacks will work.
Find a pace to where you can jump rope for 1 minute without stopping. If you are unable to jump a stationary bike or a cardio machine at high intensity will work as well.
PUSH UPS





Push ups will strengthen your chest, triceps, and shoulders. Start with your toes on the floor and place your hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Keep your head aligned with your body by looking down at the floor.
Inhale as you lower yourself to the floor slowly, bending your elbows slightly back behind you. Exhale pushing your body away from the floor, while straightening your arms out. 10-20 times. If this is too difficult start on your knees.

Half Get Ups (with no bell or a kettlebell)

ATTACK 2 BYOHD

Bring your own healthy dish. You can find many healthy dish recipes here. Some relatives can be your worst enemy when it comes to food, if they are persuasive by guilting you in to trying some of the heavier fattening dishes. Take a small scoop to be polite but remember who is in charge!

ATTACK 3 SNACK BEFORE HAND

Have a snack or a delicious protein shake before you leave for the party or dinner. This way you will feel sustained and not end up binging when you arrive. Good snacks can be a handful of nuts, a small protein shake, or an apple with a hard boiled egg.

ATTACK 4 DON'T DRINK

Avoid alcohol as much as possible. Not only does alcohol have tons of calories, it can also inhibit your judgment and you will find yourself eating every thing in site. If you feel the need to have alcohol try limiting yourself to one during your meal. Stay away from sodas and fruit juices as well.
Many people at parties feel they need to be holding something to be social. Drinking plenty of water with a squeeze of lemon will be your best alternative. Green tea is great as well and can speed up your metabolism.

ATTACK 5 DON'T BE SO RIGID

Make sure you allow yourself some flexibility with your favorite food from time to time. If you constantly deprive yourself you may decide you are unable to keep your nutrition habits stable and will find yourself binging or miserable. You may become cranky and no one will want to be around you.
Keep your spirits up and let yourself have a small serving of that pecan or pumpkin pie that you had your eye on all night. That will keep you on track and your mood up. Don't feel bad about it. You are allowed to live a little! 

ATTACK 6 CHOOSE WISELY

When choosing what to eat, fill your plate up mostly with the vegetable dishes. Pick the lean meats without the skin. Stay away from the baked breads. If you feel you have to try a dish that is relatively high in fat or sugar, keep the portion very small.  Chew your food slowly and enjoy the taste. 

ATTACK 7 TAKE A WALK

Go for a 15-20 minute brisk walk after dinner. Instead of letting the turkey take over and make you tired, get some fresh air. You might be able to convince your significant other or relatives to walk with you for some bonding time.

CONCLUSION

So there it is! A seven step plan of attack to beat the holiday weight gain and temptations. Print out this article and keep it with you during the holidays and you will be reminded to stay on track. Turn New Years and you will not be killing yourself to lose the extra pounds you put on during the holidays like the rest of America. Stick with it! If you  need more motivation to eradicate any possible excuse of why not to exercise, check out this article. Shut Up and Train


To Yours In Strength and Happy Holidays,

Lauren







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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Vital Salts - Black Truffle Sesame Salt

I'm thrilled to introduce you all to my new favorite secret weapon in the kitchen. We are LOVING this new healthy organic Black Truffle Sesame Salt. Our friends have selected the world's finest unprocessed low sodium mineral-rich salts gathered from ancient sources in the Andes and Himalayan mountains as well as sea salt from the Mediterranean. These healthy salts are combined with fresh organic black and white sesame, a great source of protein, folic acid, b-complex vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, selenium and iron.  We love it so much we are now adding this to our nutrition store. 







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Black Truffle Sesame Salt adds nutrition and amazing flavor to every dish.  Our picky eaters are begging for this special Black Truffle Sesame Salt for their food.  Good news is it's low sodium and only contains 15% of the highest quality organic rare himalayan pink and sea salts you can find. 


Our friends have selected the world's finest unprocessed low sodium mineral-rich salts gathered from ancient sources in the Andes and Himalayan mountains as well as sea salt from the Mediterranean. These healthy salts are combined with fresh organic black and white sesame, a great source of protein, folic acid, b-complex vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, selenium and iron. Black Truffle Sesame Salt adds nutrition and amazing flavor to every dish. 


This is a large size of the Black Truffle Sesame Salt but once you taste it your whole family will use it on everything so it may not last as long as you think. This delicious seasoning is great on chicken and potatoes, eggs in the morning, and any vegetable dish. It makes an excellent salad dressing with just a little lemon or vinegar. It is also a warm complement to ethnic flavors such as Asian, Italian and Spanish cuisine. 

Gomashio is a traditional Asian seasoning used in macrobiotic cooking. This offers a unique version using the rich flavor of black truffles, combining it with the warmth of toasted organic white and black sesame. This product contains the finest mineral rich sea and pink salts and contains approximately 15% salt by volume.





The jar is a 6.5 oz hexagon the product weighs approximately 3.7 oz.  Product is made the week it is shipped priority mail and does not need refrigeration. It should be used within 6 months for optimal freshness. It comes with the charming bamboo spice spoon pictured.





Benefits of Pink Salts and Mineral Rich Sea Salts
Packs over 80 minerals and elements. Himalayan Pink salts are made up of 85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals including: sulphate, magnesium, calcium and potassium. 
Due to the mineral content these salts can improve upon the following:
- Create an electrolyte balance
- Increases hydration
- Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
- Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and helps to reduce acid reflux
- Aids in proper metabolism functioning
- Strengthen bones
- Lower blood pressure
- Improves circulation
- Some people are even saying that it supports libido, reduces the signs of again, and detoxify the body from heavy metals. 

Throw your table salt away. Your table salt has no trace minerals because it's stripped away when it's chemically cleaned and bleached using very high temperatures.  There is nothing left. Regular table salt can increase blood pressure, increase cravings and make one hold on to water weight. Make sure you gift yourself and family with a healthy mineral rich salt.



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REVIEWS on this Vital Salt made locally 


    •  Reviewed by DeBorah Green on November 26, 2014

    • Black Truffle Sesame Salt


      Amazing, wonderful, we love it…LOVE IT!
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    • Black Truffle Sesame Salt

      Fantastic flavor...is great on steak, salad, omelets, just about anything that we've tried it on. And it arrived in a couple of days...great vendor!
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    • This was sent as a gift, which my friend said she loves, but what really impressed me was the customer service...the shipping was slightly delayed and the seller more than compensated for that minor inconvenience by including a free sample of another flavor of salt. A very thoughtful gesture!

       Reviewed by raighne on May 21, 2014

    • My husband and I love this salt and think it adds a great flavor to our salads.

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    • I love this salt. I am trying it on everything and so far it is great. Just enough flavor that you can tell it is there, but not overpowering

    •  Reviewed by trustypony on February 19, 2014

    • Great savory flavor. Love it on my morning eggs. Had to buy a second jar for a foodie friend, too.
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    • Its so good on everything (especially for breakfast on eggs and kale).
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    • I gifted this to my sister and she and her family (including a 4 year old) have loved it on eggs, veggies, and stir fries!!
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    • I am addicted! I love this truffle sesame salt. It is so good on vegetables, or just about anything. It has just the right balance of earthiness and the salt is not harsh at all. Thank you for the extra birthday gift too!
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