Friday, June 8, 2012

Recent Fitness Story! Golf Pro Fran Rhoads...

Check out the above link. My client, Fran Rhoads, who is the PGA Director of Instruction at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm discusses his recent fitness story and his journey to better health. Congrats to him for doing such a great job!

How many crunches does it take to burn 1 pound of fat??

For those of you who do crunches often to work on getting that flat stomach, how many crunches do you think it takes to burn about 1 pound of fat?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tea Time for Weight Management!


I love tea, and I love to start my day with it. I just found a great video on youtube from the Dr.Oz show about tea and how drinking the right teas at the right time (coupled with proper diet) can help lose/ manage weight! Check it out and let me know what you guys think. ( )

Saturday, June 2, 2012

No Skipping Allowed!

No skipping breakfast allowed this week (or ever). No excuses, those of you that claim you have no time, I call BS!!!! Everyone can spare 5 or 10 minutes to grab some breakfast, and for those of you who say you don't have much of an appetite, a smoothie may be a better option. I looked online for some smoothie ideas, and I think this Paleo Diet Smoothies Recipe book may be of some assistance.  It's easy, simple and good for you. Check it out!

BREAKFAST...Get Some :-)

Missing In Action?!

Okay, so I know I have been MIA on here lately, but I am still getting the hang of this blog thing and I am back! I went on vacation to the beach a week ago and I guess you could say I was still on vacation mode. But, I want to know if any of you were able to keep up with the challenge for the month of May???

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Week 3 Challenge: Eat lots of produce! (5.14.12 – 5.20.12)

Our challenge this week is a little bit easier than the last ones I think. Our challenge is going to be to fill up half of our plates at each meal with fruits and veggies.
According to MyPlate, each of us should try to make ½ of each meal fruits and vegetables. This is important because these produce items have many nutrients our body needs. Try to eat the produce raw as much as possible because heat can destroy a lot of the beneficial nutrients. Juicing is another good option just keep in mind that a lot of nutrients oxidize rapidly upon contact with air so drink the juiced produce immediately! When you are picking out your fruits and veggies try to pick a large variety as different items have different nutrients.
Again, let me know how you guys are doing with this challenge!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Week 2 Challenge: Just say no…to processed foods! 
(5.7.12 – 5.13.12)

The following is a list of a few of the ingredients of an item often times found in fast food restaurants and in many products in grocery stores, lets see if you guys can guess what item it is that has these ingredients. Leave your guesses in the comment box, prize for anyone that gets it right! The ingredients are…

Amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isoburate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate ethyl hyptanoate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, hydroxyphrenyl-2butanone, a-ionone, isobutyl butrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, methyl benzoate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, y-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent.
Looking forward to your guesses as to what item would contain these!

Now, if you found those ingredients a bit of a shock, here is a bigger shocker, the FDA has these all listed as Generally Regarded As Safe or GRAS. This means that any ingredient that is GRAS does not need to be listed in the ingredients, all they need to say is “natural ingredients” or “natural flavors.” It has been found that on average, Americans eat the equivalent of their body weight in additives each year and 15 lbs of this will be from preservatives and flavoring agents or dyes that are found on the GRAS list. Another thing to keep in mind is the FDA is not the ones monitoring the GRAS; the food additive manufacturers are the ones who are doing the monitoring and notifying the FDA of the status of the ingredients. This is like asking the tobacco manufacturer if their products are safe, makes no sense! And we wonder why the rates of cancer and other diseases have increased.

This is why this week our challenge is going to be to eliminate any processed foods from our diet for the whole week! When going shopping try to stay away from any boxed foods. Try to shop the peripheries of the grocery store more than the isles! Think to yourself, would my great great grandmother have had access to this? If not, then put it back, if she wasn’t eating it, you probably shouldn’t have it either!