Month: August 2016

Not So Fast- A Look Into The 5:2 Diet

So what is it about fasting that has everyone jumping on the bandwagon? Fasting is something that has been around for centuries for medicinal and even religious reasons. So why is it #trending now? I feel like I am seeing and hearing about this everywhere. Whenever that happens, you can bet I will be doing some research and sharing here. A popular fasting “diet” is the 5:2 Diet or The Fast Diet, which is basically a plan formed around intermittent fasting. This diet was popularized by a British doctor and journalist whose guidelines are pretty simple, eat normally for 5 days out of the week and for the other two, consume only 500-600 calories (500 for women and 600 for men). There are no rule as to when to have your restricted days, just that you have at least one non-fasting day in between. While the choice of nutrients and types of calories you consume is up to you, it is recommended to not binge or overeat on the normal calorie days and to limit …

Let’s Do Lunch: Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Taking A Lunch

  If 5 of you were sitting down with me having a glass of wine, going over our workdays, only one of us would share that we took a lunch break. You read that correctly, only 1 in 5 Americans step away for a midday meal. Most working people eat at their desks or not at all! Why is the lunch hour disappearing? The outline of a typical workday has changed drastically over the decades because of the common use of technology and non-traditional work environments. We are being asked to be available 24-7 with the tap of a screen and if you aren’t available you run the risk of looking unmotivated and less productive. The problem is, people are not aware how much they are sabotaging the quality of their work and overall quality of life. Top 5 Reasons You Need A Lunch Break   Better brain function. Your glucose intake directly affects how productive you are for the day. If you are not feeding your body the nutrients it needs to power through the …

Heavy May Be The Answer: A Look Into the Benefits of Lifting Heavy

As always, I’m investigating the newest trends in the health and wellness world by researching and experimenting so you as the reader don’t have to do all the legwork (pun intended 🙂 ). So lets dive into the latest trend, lifting “heavy” and how it is currently taking over the fitness world. I can’t listen to a podcast, take a fitness class, or read a magazine with out being bombarded with the newest fitness phenomenon, lifting heavy. So of course I had to look into it, and the results were fascinating. First, what is lifting heavy? Lifting heavy is simply the act of doing low reps of high weight in proportion to your strength and ability. Why would you lift heavy? Lifting heavy has been shown to improve brain function, hormones, metabolic rate, and heart health. The idea is to workout smarter, not harder. Instead of doing hours upon hours of cardio, you do sets of lifting heavy weights a few times a week and get the results you are after, faster. Top 5 Reasons …

Recipe Corner: Simply Fit Almond-Apricot Squares

As summer is winding down and back to school is on the horizon, it’s no surprise we are starting to think about fast, easy and healthy snacks to help us power through our busiest days. To operate at my optimal level, I need to be having a diet that is balanced with the “holy trinity” (see my post for further detail here) and that includes healthy fats, protein and carbs. Having snacks that I can grab that I know will sustain and nourish me is crucial. If you don’t yet have a database of go-to snacks, don’t worry I’ve got you covered. Today I will start with a recipe that is not only easy to prepare but tastes too good to be THAT good for you, my Almond-Apricot squares. These are great because you can make them ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for a healthy on-the-go snack. No thanks processed bars and snacks, and hello nutritious and satisfying whole foods! Look for the chewy/crunchy texture and nutty/sweet flavor with a burst of …