Archive for January, 2012

Detoxify Your Food

Because our foods are becoming laced with synthetic ingredients more and more, take this advice when attempting to detoxify your foods and reduce your exposure to these unwanted ingredients.

Clean Your Produce: Before eating or cooking with any fruits or vegetables be sure to wash them very well. Washing your fruits and veggies eliminates the chemicals and pathogens from your food’s surface and help to eliminate any harmful ingredients.

Watch Your Animal Fat Intake:
Do you know what’s in your animal fats? They are loaded with synthetic hormones, antibiotics, organochlorine chemicals, and other harmful pesticides. Look for low-fat options when buying your foods and be sure to trim all of the fat off of poultry and meats when you buy them.

Avoid Cans: Cans are lined with a resin that contains bisphenol-A, a hormone-disrupting chemical. While many companies are working to eliminate these chemicals in their products, in the mean time you can avoid these chemicals by choosing frozen, fresh or dried foods.

Think Organic: According to a study done by the Environmental Working Group, your pesticide exposure can be eliminated by 90 percent by avoiding the most contaminated conventionally grown produce including: peaches, apples, bell peppers, nectarines, celery, cherries, lettuce, strawberries, grapes, carrots and pears.

Choose Whole Foods: Whole foods are not processed, therefore they have their own natural ingredients. Choose whole grains and look for food items that say “whole” on them … but be sure to check the labels, just to be sure.

Safer Seafood:
We are exposed to a number of chemicals when we eat seafood, particularly methylmercury. Do your homework when shopping for seafood and choose seafood that has the lowest chemical and heavy metal amounts. Try choosing fish that are also caught without causing harm to the oceans.

Treadmill Workout: Burn an Easy 2,000 Calories This Week!

Tired of your same old treadmill routine? Why not spice things up this week and try this easy treadmill work out that will help you burn a quick 2,000 calories in just seven days.

Day One: Power walk – 30 minutes Strength train – 20 minutes

Day Two: Warm-up (walk easily, then briskly) – 3 minutes Power walk – 2 minutes Run fast (don’t sprint) – 2 minutes
Repeat steps 1 and 2 – 10 times Cool down (walk easily) – 2 minutes

Day Three: Warm-up (walk easily) – 5 minutes Do your favorite strength-training move – 12 reps Power walk (4-6% incline) – 3 minutes Repeat steps 1 and 2 – 6 times Cool down (walk easily) – 5 minutes

Day Four: Warm-up (walk easily, then briskly) – 3 minutes Power walk – 2 minutes Run fast (don’t sprint) – 2 minutes
Repeat steps 1 and 2 – 6 times Cool down (walk easily) – 3 minutes

Day Five: Repeat Day One’s Routine

Day Six: Warm-up (Walk easily, then briskly) – 5 minutes Power walk – 2 minutes Run fast (don’t sprint) – 4 minutes Repeat steps 1 and 2 – 6 times Cool down (walk easily) – 4 minutes

Day Seven: Rest

New Year – New Workout!

Try these quick, easy exercises and fitness tips to jump start your workout in 2012

• Wear a pedometer to determine the distance you walk each day. Shoot for 10,000 steps per day. If you aren’t reaching that goal, add an extra mile to your routine or take the steps instead of the escalator whenever possible.

• Add jumping to your exercise routine – also known as plyometric moves – to build muscle and improve your bone density. Try jump squats or scissor lunges in your next routine.

• Spend the extra money to purchase good work out necessities – clothing, shoes, bras, supports, etc. Purchasing the better brands versus going the cheaper route will ensure that you use them and that they are the best for your workout.

• Don’t spread germs. Always wipe down gym equipment before and after using them to protect yourself and others from germs and bacteria that can be passed from unclean gym equipment.

• Don’t be a creature of habit. Switch up your routines, walking routes, gym machines and even what days you do specific workouts. Change is good when it comes to exercise and fitness.

• Consider the other ways that you can lose weight without really trying – clean the house and burn 200 calories or work in the garden and burn 272 calories.

• Even if you have to travel or spend all day in a car or on a plane, still try to fit in physical activity. Take advantage of bathroom breaks by stretching and doing some light exercise. Walk briskly through the airport in between flights if traveling by plane.

• Build better bones and as much bone density as you can by doing weight-bearing activities like running or jumping as much as you can in your twenties and thirties.

• Yoga has many healthy benefits for your body and your mind. Even if you are a novice, take a class and try something different.

• Work out with your significant other or a friend or family member. This allows you to be a spotting partner for one another or just spend some quality time together working out.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2012 and success in your health and fitness plans!

Winter’s Most Fattening Foods

Studies have shown that during the months of December and January, many people gain at least one pound … every year. Why? One main reason is that besides being less active during the winter months, we also turn to comfort foods to get us through those dark, dreary winter days.

In order to prevent that one pound per year weight gain that can be so hard to come off, the following foods should be avoided or at least eaten in extreme moderation:

• Macaroni and cheese
• Cream based soups and bisques
• Cream and cheese based casseroles
• Cheesecake
• Pies with whipped cream and/or ice cream
• Cookies
• French fries, chili cheese fries, onion rings
• Creamy pot pies (with pastry top and bottom)

Just by making some slight alterations and by avoiding these fattening foods you will see that you will not only feel better but you can prevent packing on those unwanted pounds, too.