What You’re Really Eating (this is kinda gross)

WARNING: THIS IS GROSS, BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW IT.

Before the first detox in September I told you about pink slime; the unsightly chunks of sinew, cartilage, bone, fascia and other musculoskeletal system innards that are tossed into a centrifuge and end up in YOUR food.

Many people after learning about the pink slime swore off beef.fear

But it’s not that easy.

You see there is PLENTY of gross stuff in all kinds of processed foods.

For instance:

Flame Retardant–Laced Soda -The toxic flame retardant chemical brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, was initially used to keep plastics from catching on fire.

Scientists have linked too much BVO to bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions, memory loss, and nerve disorders.

For decades, the food industry has been adding it to certain sodas, juices, and sports drinks to keep the artificial flavoring chemicals from separating from the rest of the liquids.

Paint Chemical in Salad Dressing -Titanium dioxide is a component of the metallic element titanium, a mined substance that is sometimes contaminated with toxic lead.

The food industry adds it to hundreds of products to make dingy, overly processed items appear whiter.

Commonly used in paints and sunscreens, big food corporations add it to lots of things we eat too, including processed salad dressing, coffee creamers, and icing. [Read more…]

What Your Typical Diet Is Doing To You

I hear this all the time: I can’t afford to eat “super-healthy” foods. Does it really make that big of a difference?

My usual reply: sure cheap white bread, big boxes of cereal and gallons of milk are pretty cheap but you’re going to pay for it later with your health.

The truth is that the average North American diet is a breeding ground for health issues and diseases.

I pulled this right from ajc.nutrition. org it states: In the United States, chronic illnesses and health problems either wholly or partially attributable to diet represent by far the most serious threat to public health:

-Sixty-five percent of adults aged ≥20 y in the United States are either overweight or obese
-More than 64 million Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease
-Fifty million Americans are hypertensive
-11 million have type 2 diabetes
-37 million adults maintain high-risk total cholesterol concentrations
-In postmenopausal women aged ≥50 y, 39.6% have osteopenia
-Cancer is the second leading cause of death (25% of all deaths) in the United States, and an estimated one-third of all cancer deaths are due to nutritional factors,
including obesity.

There is no mistaking, the average diet is truly detrimental.

Not to be a Debbie Downer but here are some more health issues linked to the typical North American diet: [Read more…]

Be Aware of Sneaky Liquid Calories (+recipes)

I call these calories sneaky because they don’t fill you up, you can gulp them down in just a few minutes and if you’re not careful they can quickly turn into an unwanted
increase in body fat.

From champagne to cocktails, hot cocoa to eggnog,  all of the classic winter/celebration drinks are filled with sugary fat-storage encouraging calories.

So first, here’s a trick that reduces these calories: Slow down your consumption by drinking a full glass of water in between each calorie-filled drink.

This technique allows you to enjoy the tasty drinks of the season while keeping you hydrated and reducing your liquid calories by 50%.

Next, lets go a step further and reduce the actual calories in a couple of those drinks.

I saw these great recipes on FB the other day for a healthy Hot Cocoa and a Skinny Eggnog.

Unfortunately I don’t have anything for a low-cal champagne :( [Read more…]

Black Friday Survival Guide

istock-shopping-Silhouette-199x300  There is a good chance that you are reading this after you’re enjoyed a (huge) delicious meal with your family and before you get ready to head out to some can’t-miss-deal at your favorite store.

So since I have you as a captive audience for a bit I want give you a few tips so that you can survive tomorrows shopping “festivities” with as little damage to your waist-line as possible.

After all, I’ve been drilling into you the fact that you can’t outwork a bad diet so even though it’s ok to treat and splurge a bit. We gotta keep the main goal in mind. These tips will help. [Read more…]

Avoid Fat Spillover Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is a big eating day for a lot of you. Tons of carb loaded dishes and sweet treats. I know some of that stuff you only eat just this one time each year.

The last few emails I’ve been talking about the fact that you can’t outwork a bad diet, and that is still 100% true. So am I here to tell you to not eat all that delicious food tomorrow? Nope. Lets be real, it’s happening.

I think it’s unrealistic to expect anyone to eat “perfectly” 100% of the time. [Read more…]

What You Need to Know About Pink Slime

WARNING:  THIS IS GROSS, BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW IT.

Pink slime is not a theory or possibility; it’s a fact. There is a picture below that I’m sure you’ve seen. But read on to see how that comes about…..it’s not pretty and may change the way you see some of the foods you eat.

You as the consumer have a right to know the facts behind what goes into your body.

Maybe you figure that what you don’t know won’t hurt you, but once you know what pink slime actually is, you may think otherwise… [Read more…]

5 Detox Shakes (Recipes)

If you read my last email then you know that when I say “detox” I really mean filling your body with nature’s detoxifiers: water and green vegetables.21689-1_n-300x225

If you really want to start your eating off right then you’ll get a healthy shot of both water and vegetables in your first meal of the day (that does not have to be first thing in the morning).
Try these simple Green shakes that are water based and packed with dark green leafy vegetables.

I’ll be upfront and say that you may need to tweak the recipes a bit after you’ve made it the first time. But once you find your personal preference combo you’ll be adding these to your breakfast rotation on the regular.

Just be sure to avoid adding sugar or other processed items.
[Read more…]

You May Think These Foods Are Healthy

I see it happen all the time…fitness results that are thrown away by eating the wrong foods.

The problem is that often foods are packaged to make us believe that we ARE eating healthy. Some things I’m pretty sure you know by now like:

White Pasta -White pasta will never be OK to eat when your goal is to look fit. Sorry, it’s filled with way too many simple carbs. These plentiful carbs have one singular goal: to become stored on your body as fat.

Blended Coffee Drinks -Coffee chains have made it socially acceptable to sip on a large blended coffee drink topped with whipped cream, anytime and anyplace. Unfortunately your body is going to respond to all that sugar in the only way that it knows how…by storing it as fat. [Read more…]

The Chicken And Rice Diet

I hope you enjoyed my article yesterday on the best way to keep dieting simple. It really isn’t as complicated as we tend to make it. In fact my husband swears by his “Chicken and Rice” diet. When he really wants to get lean and “get on it” he eats, [Read more…]

Can You Eat Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Me and about 15 of my most awesome fitness boot camp clients ran a

half-marathon through the Santa Cruz Mountains this past Sunday.  We ran

uphill BOTH ways, had to keep our footing over some pretty treacherous cliffs,

ran through creeks, practically crawled under trees, jumped over logs and,

unfortunately, a couple of ladies got stung by hornets before the last 2 miles

were re-routed.  It sounds like a horror story but it was actually an incredible

experience.  I already can’t wait to do it again next year.

But as we were “carbing up” on Saturday night (yeah, yeah, that’s what that

was all about I swear!) and I was piling my plate high with food in preparation

for the event Sunday.  I got to thinking about how easy it is to develop a

distorted view of how much of everything we should be eating and what we

actually are eating, even healthy stuff.

I have this quiz that I give to new members of my Boot Camp program about

portions.  I think it might be eye opening for you to take it and see how well

your eyeball “scale” is calibrated.

I posted it below.  It’s a fun, quick quiz.  Take it and see where you stand on

your portion knowledge. [Read more…]