Positive Nutrition

The Road to Good health is Paved with Good Intestines | Ask Trainer Dave

A healthy body yields a Positive Attitude! It’s very hard to see when we’re not there, but an optimistic / positive mindset and great health most definitely go hand-in-hand. You just can’t have one without the other.  Think about it! How could we have a positive mindset if: We’re tired? We’re hungry? We’re in pain? We don’t like the way we look or feel? When I meet with a personal training or health coaching client for the first time, they are often coming to me after years of inactivity and a hopeless look in their eyes of complete confusion.  “I don’t know how I got here or where to start…” … is usually the look on their faces, or the words coming out of their mouths. Most commonly, the fat loss, they so desperately ...

No More Sugar, Please!

  The average American eats about 82 grams of sugar a day.   Thats about 20 teaspoons.  Too much sugar has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, memory loss and even cancer, among other health issues.  Here are 5 easy ways to help you cut sugar and stay healthier on a daily basis. 1. Keep a food diary. This is a great way to watch what you eat.  By making a list your sugar (and calorie) consumption becomes apparent and it will be very easy to tell when you’ve had to much, when it’s time to switch to a healthier option and when its just time to say “no.”  By identifying your biggest sources of sugar, soda or other beverages, candy or desserts, or even some cereals… you’ll be able to cut back easier. 2. Understand the difference between good and bad sugars and make the swit...

Everyone’s Favorite Legal Drug Addiction

With an average of 600 million cups of coffee consumed in the USA daily, by over 83% of Americans, caffeine is the world’s most wildly used legal psychoactive drug, and we aren’t even including the chocolate, soda and energy drink consumers.  An estimated 80% of Americans, men, women and children consume caffeine daily.    Caffeine increases alertness and energy by blocking a sleep-inducing chemical called adenosine and can cause many issues as well as have many benefits, especially when it’s typically consumed with a fair amount of sugar.  It can help with weight loss, and cause increased energy levels, but at the same time contribute to weight gain, poor concentration or insomnia.  Caffeine, addictive in nature, can have you crazing both coffee and sugary drinks to not only f...

5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

  Keeping a positive attitude on a daily basis is much easier when you are feeling wonderful!   Check out these 5 things to boost your body’s immunity to help not only prevent disease, but fight it off sooner.   Inactivity:  Being inactive slows down your metabolism and circulation and in turn, slows down the rate you absorb immunity-boosting nutrients or expels harmful things within the body.   Avoid White Flour:  White flour can impair the T cells and B cells in your body which help to fight off illness.   Lack of Sleep: If your body does not get enough sleep, it cannot produce the required amount of melatonin in your body needed to make enough white blood cells to fight off bacteria.   Eating too much Protein:  Eating too much protein (especially from animal sources)...

Mood Foods: Eating Your Way to a Positive Attitude

Not many people know that the food you eat can affect your mood.   Key nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and B vitamins can help to lift your spirits.  These nutrients contribute to body functions by stabilizing blood sugar levels and improving neurotransmitter and nerve functioning.  Choosing nutrient-rich foods and getting active can help you to both look and feel your best, as well as boost chemicals in the brain that affect and enhance your overall daily attitude. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Omega-3 fatty acids are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that support normal development of the brain, eyes and nerves.  Three important forms of omega-3 fatty acids include docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and α-linolenic acid, or ALA.  These enhance the ability...

Obsessed with Food – By Pam Yudko

  “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”― Maya Angelou Sometimes I get a glimpse of my life and am in AWE of whom I was and whom I’ve become.  How did I get to this space?  How did FOOD become a driving force in my life in a way that nourishes my mind, body and soul?  How is my past and present relationship with food a driving force in my company as I empower people to shift their beliefs around food as well? Food did not always play a positive role in my life.  I was always OBSESSED with food, but in a way that was detrimental to my health and well-being.  As a child it was way of exerting my power and a means to try an...

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