Being Marge: July 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review of Article: Healthy Effects of Caffeine

Some tips for you and to SHARE with the coffee drinkers in your life.


Health Effects of Caffeine

By on July 23, 2015
Caffeine has its perks, but it can pose problems as well. The best thing you can do is to find out how much is too much for you, as well as the overall health effects of caffeine. Once you know the health effects of caffeine you can properly determine whether you need to curb your consumption.
Do you rely on caffeine to wake you up and keep you going? Well you aren’t alone. Caffeine is used by millions of people every day to increase wakefulness, alleviate fatigue, and improve concentration and focus. This can be a problem.

Health Effects of Caffeine

Caffeine is a powerful stimulant, and it can be used to improve physical strength and endurance if used properly, but it can also have some very bad side effects on your health if over used and over consumed.

Where can caffeine be found and is there a difference?

 Caffeine is found in Coffee, Green Teas, Energy Drinks, soda, and in a pill form. Caffeine that you find in soda, pill form, or in the majority of energy drinks are synthetic versions of caffeine which is not a form of caffeine you want to be consuming. Then add the sugar levels that are in soda and most energy drinks, and you are on the road to weight gain and an unhealthy body. If you are going to consume caffeine it should only come from coffee, green tea, or if you are using an energy drink you need to verify that it is coming from green tea or other natural herbs that have been found safe for consumption. The cleanest most natural energy drink on the market is Energize by Beachbody. This product can found in their top selling Performance Nutrition Line.

How much is too much and what are the health effects of caffeine?

Some science says that up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. The key word here is “Appears”. The newest science has shown that low doses of caffeine may have beneficial effects on the body, where high doses can hinder how the body operates.
Caffeine dosages really should be tailored to each individual. If you are new to caffeine or supplements that contain caffeine, keeping consumption at 100 mg or lower per dose would be a good idea. Typically, 200 mg or less of caffeine has shown to have fat-burning and performance improvement properties. Heavy caffeine use can cause unpleasant side effects, and caffeine may not be a good choice for people who are highly sensitive to its effects or who take certain medications.
Heavy daily caffeine use that is more than 400 mg a day may cause side effects such as: Insomnia, Nervousness, Restlessness, Irritability, Digestion issues and Bloating, Fast Heart Rate, Muscle Tremors, and Weight gain just to name a few.
High doses have been found to not improve performance or aid in fat burning because it causes sedation and relaxation effects by triggering those receptors in the brain. It also creates an inhibition of serotonin levels, acetylcholine, and your adrenaline system. When this happens to these systems you will see slowing in performance, and fat burning abilities.
Of course you only want the health effects of caffeine that are good. So you may need to take a look at your consumption and see how you can curb your caffeine habit to bring your consumption to the levels that will have a positive benefit.
Depending on your consumption, cutting back on caffeine can be challenging. An abrupt decrease in caffeine may cause withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, irritability and nervousness. Fortunately, these symptoms are usually mild and resolve after a few days.
To have health effects of caffeine that will benefit you, try these tips to get your consumption in line:
  • Keep tabs. Start paying attention to how much caffeine you’re getting from foods and beverages. It may be more than you think. Read labels carefully. Even then, your estimate may be a little low because not all foods or drinks list caffeine.
  • Cut back. Remember to do it gradually. Decrease the amount by a few ounces each day. Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages late in the day. This will help your body get used to the lower levels of caffeine and lessen potential withdrawal effects.
  • Go decaf. Most decaffeinated beverages look and taste the same as their caffeinated counterparts.
  • Shorten the brew time or go herbal. When making tea, brew it for less time. This cuts down on its caffeine content. Choose herbal teas that don’t have caffeine.
  • Check the bottle. Some over-the-counter pain relievers contain caffeine, and can be as much as 130 mg of caffeine in one dose. Look for caffeine-free pain relievers instead.
The bottom line is that caffeine can be a part of your daily routine if consumed at doses that benefit your health versus hinder it. When done this way, most of the time it doesn’t pose a health problem. Be mindful of those situations in which you need to curtail your caffeine habit. If you plan on using nutritional supplements that have caffeine make sure that is a high quality product that uses naturally low doses of caffeine, such as the Energize from the Beachbody Performance Line. Also keep in mind that when consuming these products you may have to keep your other caffeine beverages to lower levels.
When taking these things into consideration it will provide you the positive health effects of caffeine versus negative effects.!99

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FIXATE with 21 Day Fix

21 Day FIX Special Offer Through July 31st!

Order the 21 Day FIX Challenge Pack by midnight July 31st and we will send you the FIXATE cookbook ($19.98 value) as our thanks. 100% money back guarantee.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Fun With Dancing, Get in Shape While Having the Time of Your Life

CIZE Special Offer Through July 31st!

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CIZE Special Offer Through July 31st
- Currently, the CIZE Challenge Pack including a full month's worth of Shakeology and access to Beachbody on Demand for Internet streaming, is reduced to $140. Through July 31st, we will send a copy of the brand new 21 Day Fix cookbook, FIXATE, to anyone who buys the CIZE Challenge Pack. Click the red button below to buy the CIZE Challenge Pack and we will send you the FIXATE cookbook as our gift.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Exercise for Depression and Anxiety

Gotta SHARE this excellent article. If more people knew what endorphins and endocannabinoids are and how they work and to what they are similar, perhaps the obesity trend would be over as everyone would rush (joke intentional) to exercise for those effects alone.

Exercise for Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety symptoms often improve with exercise. When you have anxiety or depression, exercise often seems like the last thing you want to do, but once you get motivated, exercise can make a big difference. So, how do you Exercise for Depression and Anxiety?

First you need to have a greater understanding on how exercise can make a difference in depression and anxiety symptoms. The links between anxiety, depression and exercise are not entirely clear, but working out and other forms of physical activity have shown that it can definitely ease symptoms of anxiety or depression and make you feel better. Exercise has also been shown to help keep anxiety and depression from coming back once you are feeling better and symptoms have subsided.

How does exercise help depression and anxiety?

Regular exercise for depression and anxiety may help ease symptoms in a number of ways, which may include:
  • Releasing feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids)
  • Reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression
  • Increasing body temperature, which may have calming effects
Regular exercise has many other psychological and emotional benefits, as well. It can help you:
  • Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.
  • Take your mind off worries. Exercise is a distraction that can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression.
  • Cope in a healthy way. Doing something positive to manage anxiety or depression is a healthy coping strategy. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on how badly you feel, or hoping anxiety or depression will go away on its own can lead to worsening symptoms.
Now that you have an understanding of how it can help, what can you do to Exercise for Depression and Anxiety? Research has shown that physical activity such as regular walking, gardening or other forms of physical activity may help improve mood. Keep in mind that Physical activity and exercise are not the same thing, but both are beneficial to your health. The same research has shown that those who used exercise that incorporated progressive resistance training, and cardiovascular training showed a greater improvement and maintenance of depression and anxiety.

Exercise for Depression and Anxiety

With that said, many people don’t seek out exercise because they don’t want to go to a gym or fitness facility due to their depression and anxiety. So what is the answer?

The answer is to utilize at-home fitness and exercise programs such as Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix, P90X, TurboFire, Insanity, and others that provide resistance and cardiovascular training in a planned and structured format. This progressive exercise combined with a structured plan, and where you don’t have to leave your home is great way to create that improvement or maintain that Exercise for Depression and Anxiety can bring to a person.

One of the other things that many people don’t have with going to the gym to exercise for depression and anxiety is support. With a Beachbody Club Membership, each person gets a FREE Coach to support him or her. This can be a great benefit to those who have to exercise for depression and anxiety. If you start with a Beachbody Premium Membership, you’re first 30 days is FREE, and it gives you access to Beachbody On-Demand, an amazing meal planner, and much more! After your free trial ends, you’ll continue to stream world-class programs, such as P90X®, P90X2®, P90X3®, INSANITY®, and more from our massive Beachbody Member Library.

So take advantage of exercise to provide benefits to your overall health, and to improve or manage depression and anxiety.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

By Mel Batterman

Eating healthy while traveling
can be intimidating. Potential weight gain and feeling sluggish doesn’t have to be a part of your travel plans. As we all know, eating healthy on the road can be a challenge. It is easy to load up on the food that is easily accessible, and most of your meals will come from restaurants. Which all can lead to potential weight gain, sluggishness, and detriment to our bodies. So ultimately it will take a bit of pre-travel preparation on your part to make things a bit easier, which is absolutely worth it.

Here are a few suggestions
. It truly starts with planning! If you are prepared you won’t be at the mercy of airplane meals or roadside food services. Packing a variety of snacks that easily transport can be as easy as packing all of your other belongings.
  1. Handmade individual trail mixes. You can custom make trail mix blends based on what nutrients your body needs.
  2. Pre-packaged trail mixes (choose clean, whole organic ingredients).
  3. Nuts and Dried fruits
  4. Healthy Meal Replacement Shake
  5. Raw food bars or good nutritious bars with clean ingredients
  6. Bananas, oranges, nectarines, and fruits that have an outer layer that protects the inner food.
Check out and download our book with other tips for eating healthy while traveling. 


  1. It is always good to eat a healthy filling meal like a salad with lots of vegetables and some protein, or a vegetable burrito prior to your travel, so it can carry you for a bit longer of time frame.
  2. When eating at restaurants be sure to look for a health conscious salads and other grilled meats and vegetable options at mealtimes.
  3. Be sure to drink plenty of clean water while traveling. Your body needs the additional fluids to stay hydrated and properly digest the foods when it is out of your ordinary nutrition consumption.

How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

Even with all of these preparations, eating healthy on the road while traveling can be difficult. You may find that eating less while traveling is helpful, in fact you can use traveling time as opportunity to fast a bit, and/or eat a vegetarian diet. It is a good way to give your digestive system a break for a few days. Though it can be challenging to find healthy foods outside of the home, do not be discouraged. There certainly are a number of products that can carry you through your travels.
Need help finding your way? How about an on-line meal planner, nutrition guide, health and nutrition coach, and 150 of Beachbody’s Top Rated Fitness Programs Streaming to your cell phone, pad device, or laptop for $2.99 per week, and you’re first month is FREE!!99


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Strength Training Exercises: Without a Gym Membership

 This article makes a lot of good point about the convenience of strength training at home. Feel free to SHARE it. I used to have a gym membership, many years ago, and after years of working out at home, I would never consider a gym membership again. I also like the idea of using water bottles to start strength training. I have done that myself and recommended it to others, who jumped at the idea. Strength training takes patience and a lot of focus, so follow the advice in this article and create your set up at home and stick to your program's schedule.
Everyone knows what's involved in joining and going to a gym to workout. Even people who've never been have seen it in movies or on television and have an idea. Strength training at home is so much more convenient in many ways, plus you can mix it up easily, save loads of time, and can definitely save lots of money. When you join an online support group you get the motivation, encouragement, and accountability you need, too.

With your busy schedule, you don’t always have time to get to the gym. Whether you’re working full time outside the home, working from home, or a stay-at-home spouse or parent, your schedule is packed with things that you need to get done. That is understandable but that shouldn’t prevent you from being healthy and having the body you’ve always wanted. Strength Training Exercises can be accomplished right in your living room, or any other room in your house. No fancy gym equipment needed, and Without a Gym Membership!

Simply pick a Beachbody On-Demand program that works for you. With Beachbody On-Demand you can fit your workout in no matter what time of day it is, and you can do it anywhere. One of the best things about the Beachbody On-Demand programs, is there is something for every fitness level. Each program as a modifier for each exercise and will show you how to perform the exercises correctly to avoid injury. No matter what your fitness level, beginner to super experienced there is a Beachbody On-Demand program that will work for you.

Strength Training Exercises: Without a Gym Membership

Ideally, you want a program that will challenge you without pushing you too hard. Most of the at-home strength training programs progress at the level that is needed to give you that push. Of course you can always use the modifier if necessary to fit your current activity level. You can choose body weight exercises, or try a workout that uses weights, bands, or other basic tools that you might already have sitting in your home. Of course if you are just getting started and don’t want to commit to buying equipment you can always use canned food or water bottles for hand weights.

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If it’s been a while since you last engaged in regular exercise, it’s probably unrealistic to expect yourself to dive in to exercising five or more days per week. If this is the case it would be suggested to start with a basic exercise program that allows you to get in some strength training two or three days per week. It is also recommended that you follow the calendar for the program to help keep on track. Be sure to give yourself small rewards for staying on track. Maybe there’s a movie that you’ve been desperate to see or a book that you’ve been waiting to read. Promise yourself that if you stay on track with your strength training program for an entire week, you’ll allow yourself that treat.

Mix it up! With the huge library offered by Beachbody On-Demand, you can easily access different programs and workouts that will keep your routine fresh and interesting. Having a steady regimen for 3-4 weeks and then changing it up is always a good thing. This can help create greater results.
Workouts and strength training through Beachbody On-Demand is an easy way to get in shape from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to go anywhere and it will save you some money by not having a gym membership or driving to the gym. All you need is a television, tablet, or computer and a commitment to getting in better shape. What more could you ask for?

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Get FIXATEd on 101 Healthy Recipes

fixate coverToday's the Day! Celebrity trainer, Autumn Calabrese, is launching her new cookbook, Fixate! Here's Autumn herself to tell you about her creation.   Click here to watch Autumn's video message.

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Click here to sample 5 delicious and healthy recipes included in Fixate.

Get Your FREE Copy!

To celebrate the cookbook launch, we're going to send you a FREE copy of Fixate ($19.95 value), if you purchase either of Autumn's Beachbody Challenge Packs by midnight Friday, July 31st.

Purchase the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack or 21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge Pack - both of which are already on a special promotion this month from Beachbody.

Buy Fixate!

You can also just purchase Fixate yourself for $19.95 in the US or $24.85 in Canada. Fixate with the portion control containers costs $24.95 in the US and $42.95 in Canada.

Click here to purchase Fixate.

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Autumn Calabrese takes her simple color-coded container system for measuring perfect portions and applies it to 101 of her favorite family recipes to give you Fixate, a delicious approach to healthy weight loss. So you're not just eating tasty, healthy foods-you're eating just the right amount. Each Fixate recipe lists color-coded container equivalents and nutrition  facts, so you can use Autumn's system for measuring portions and make sure your nutrition is on track when you begin 21 Day Fix, 21 Fix EXTREME®, or any other fitness program. Plus, Fixate includes Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian, and Shakeology recipes along with Autumn's personal tips for preparing meals quickly upgrading leftovers, and stocking your kitchen with absolute must-haves.

Click here to read more about Fixate from Autumn's blog.

  3 Trainers Here's Autumn with Sagi Kalev and Tony Horton, two other Beachbody celebrity trainers, modeling new fitness apparel at the Team Beachbody Summit, in Nashville, starting July 19th! P.S. We need more Coaches to help promote a healthy lifestyle and end the trend of obesity. Read our Top Ten Reasons why you should start your own Team Beachbody business. If the time is right for you, contact us asap!  

Monday, July 13, 2015

How Often Should I Eat?

How Often Should I Eat? Let’s face it, since the dawn of man the rule for consumption of food was simply to eat to survive. Well our modern society and lifestyle has changed and flipped that simple process.

Obesity rates continue to grow and will be affecting more than two-thirds of Americans in the next 5-10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So you can see the simple rule has flipped and it appears that humans survive so they can eat.

Through the years we have seen nutrition and diet science, and programs change their design about what foods best suit our needs as a society, but you don’t hear about when to eat. The question that seem to arise most often is “How Often Should I Eat?”

The most popular approach to the question of How Often Should I Eat for general health and weight maintenance has been to spread calories throughout the day by consuming 5-6 smaller meals. The concept of doing this method is that you are most likely to feel less hungry at any particular time, and in turn you will not be apt to overindulge or eat in excess.

A study found in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shows data on this approach. It states that people who were at their ideal weight and able to maintain their weight reported eating more often than individuals who were overweight and obese.

How Often Should I Eat?

The overall plan is to eat small meals and snacks spread out every 3- 3 ½ hours from the time of breakfast. This keeps you sustained which avoids greater levels of hunger and will limit overeating., therefore providing control of caloric intake and, ultimately control of body weight.

Though we know that eating throughout the day with 5-6 smaller meals can benefit for weight maintenance, how does it measure up for weight loss?

According to a study done by Circadian Biologist Ph.D. Amandine Chaix, consuming meals 5-6 times throughout the day can aid in weight loss, but it needs to be meals that are healthy and portioned appropriately. It was found that if the foods were high-fat, sugar or highly processed that the individuals still became obese. The complete findings found that those fed in the 9-12 hour window with 5-6 smaller meals that were portioned and low in processed, high fat, and high sugar were leaner. “So, already being obese and switching to time-restricted feeding with healthier foods and portions, does create weight loss. That is powerful.” Chaix said.

The research of meal timing shows further benefits in addition to those who want to lose weight and maintain their weight, especially as it relates to the consumption of protein.

When spreading the protein consumption throughout the day in smaller doses the body is able to assimilate and use the protein for greater gains and recovery of the muscle tissue. This can help maintain muscle loss during weight loss, and through the aging process.

How Often Should I Eat?

The answer is 5-6 smaller meals per day, spaced out every 3-3 ½ hours after the consumption of breakfast. You must also keep in mind that for weight loss and maintenance the number of calories at each meal and throughout the day still plays a very large role in this process.

If you are trying to lose weight, you need to consume smaller meals spread throughout the day, create a calorie deficit through portioned meals, and exercise appropriately 5-6 times per week. If you need assistance in implementing a meal plan and exercise regimen that will keep you eating throughout the day and exercising appropriately, Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix combines all of this in one package and you get a FREE Coach to help keep you on track and motivated.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review of 3-Day Detox Cleanse: A Healthy One

Beachbody's 3-Day Refresh is on my radar as the next product I want to experience. Read all about why it's a healthy cleanse and SHARE - most people want to lose 3 to 4 pounds without working out. Here's a great way to get the results you want.


3 Day Detox Cleanse: A Healthy One

By on June 6, 2015
A 3 Day Detox Cleanse is the latest hype for kicking off a healthy lifestyle. The question is…are they really good and are they healthy.
Everyone wants to see results fast! Kick starting the weight loss process can help you feel better about yourself and the detox process itself. Unfortunately, many so-called cleanses are not that healthy and leave you feeling sluggish, slow, and deprived. Juice fasts and liquid cleanses tax your body. They’re hard on your organs and create a rebound effect when you return to normal eating. In general, the weight lost from these types of cleanses is really just water weight. Sure, it works to get you into a special dress for a party or your skinny jeans for a special date, but you want long-term results that will keep your body healthy and make you look and feel better than ever.

3 Day Detox Cleanse: A Healthy One

Well you no longer have to feel that way or have those issues when doing a detox cleanse. The 3 Day Refresh is a healthy cleanse that may help flatten your belly and fit into your clothes better while still giving your body the vital nutrients it needs in order to function.

Here’s how it works:

The 3 Day Refresh is simple. You start off your day with a serving of Shakeology and a fruit serving for breakfast. Shakeology comes in six different flavors, so not only will you be able to find one that you’ll love, there are over 101 recipes that you can create!. Mid-morning you will use the Fiber Sweep Drink. No worries, it is not one of those run-to-the-bathroom drinks.
For lunch you will enjoy a variety of vegetables, a healthy fat, a fruit and drink the Vanilla Fresh Protein Shake which is packed full of nutrients and protein that your body needs. In the afternoon you will have an afternoon snack of vegetables and a choice from the healthy fats list. You will then finish out the day with dinner.
Dinner will include a selection from one of the many amazing meal recipes and a second Vanilla Fresh shake. This program is designed to help naturally remove waste and toxins from your body. You feel full, satisfied, and ready to take on your day with more energy and enthusiasm than ever before.

Can it be done more than once?

The 3 Day Refresh is a fantastic program that is designed to rid your body of impurities. It’s not designed as a long-term solution, and therefore should not be repeated over and over again. You may do the 3-Day Refresh quarterly or even on a monthly basis. It has been reported that people who have used it more than once find themselves losing more weight and finding more energy each time.!99

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Monday, July 6, 2015

What Could I Fix in 21 Days?

"What could I fix in 21 days?" That's the question I posed to myself when I decided to start Beachbody's 21 Day Fix® program. As a work-from-home entrepreneur, I can easily fit my home workouts in around my schedule. I know from experience, if I don't push "Play" by 10:00 a.m., the chances of my completing my workout for that day plummet. I also work close to the refrigerator, so it takes a lot of self-control to stick to my healthy diet.

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As a Team Beachbody Coach, I've enjoyed working out with celebrity trainers like Tony Horton and Shaun T, in their respective blockbuster programs, P90X3® and Focus T25®. I really like the trend of moving to 25 or 30-minute daily workouts, so I was ready to work with a new celebrity trainer, Autumn Calabrese, and see what she could do for me in 25 minutes per day over 21 days.

While I definitely had become trimmer and stronger with the help of Tony Horton and Shaun T, I still had unmet fitness goals. I wanted to break the 130 pound mark and see 129 pounds on my scale. I suspected my daily nutrition habits still needed some work. So I set my goals and proceeded to workout with Autumn for 21 days.

I quickly discovered Autumn has cracked the code for helping people create a healthy, balanced diet for themselves. She does it through cleverly colored food containers you use for measuring portions of various food groups throughout the day. Autumn encourages her clients to drink Shakeology each day for all the nutritional benefits it provides and she includes it in her nutrition plan.

I also found that all my previous work with Tony Horton and Shaun T paid off so I was able to easily complete all the workouts in the 21 Day Fix program. If I ever felt that a move was too much for my 66-year-old body, I just followed the modifier, Cat, who was always front and center on my TV screen.


 My results? After 21 days, I saw 128 pounds on the scale (yay!), and also learned that I wasn't getting enough protein in my diet. Now I have 'fixed' that issue and have able to maintain my weight between 130 and 128 pounds. For my next round of 21 Day Fix, I want to see 126 pounds on my scale. My body just keeps getting stronger and leaner from my daily workouts. Every day I get better at planning and eating the right foods in the right combinations in the right amounts. The 21 Day Fix program is for anyone who wants to take charge of their fitness and nutrition. I was amazed at what it 'fixed' for me in just 21 days!
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review of Article: How to Stay Fit and Healthy: What’s Your Mission?

 I've successfully used all the strategies outlined in the article, which I recommend you read and SHARE with those you care about.
I particularly find that going to bed and waking up about the same times every day is a healthy habit. If you don't have people around you to support you on your mission to live a fit and healthy life, then contact me and I'd be happy to be your free Coach.

How to Stay Fit and Healthy: What's Your Mission?
People often get overwhelmed when thinking about “How to Stay Fit and Healthy”. Staying Fit and Healthy really doesn’t have to be a big process. It is the little things that you can choose to do each day that add up to being fit and healthy. There are many elements to a healthy lifestyle and choosing to make several small health-conscious changes can make all the difference. Use these tips as a guide to help you start your journey to getting on or staying on the path of being Fit and Healthy.

 How to Stay Fit and Healthy

  1. Kick Your Bad Habits!
Start with just a few and work your way up. You know what bad habits are, and you know that you are choosing to do them. Put your health first! Make a list of all things in your life that you know to be unhealthy (i.e. smoking, drugs, drinking, high fat foods, high sugar foods, and more). Categorize the worse ones in a category of “Quit” and the others in the category of “Can have in moderation”. If you want to Stay Fit and Healthy you need to create your lists. Things on the moderation list are doable, as long as the majority (85-90%) of your choices are mindful and healthful. If you need help with making mindful healthy choices you may want to get a Free Coach that can help you stay on track and stay motivated with the changes you are making.
  1. Sleep
Sleep tremendously affects physical, emotional, and mental health. Many of us do not get enough. You really need a minimum of 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep adversely affects metabolism, mood, concentration, memory, motor skills, stress hormones, the immune system and cardiovascular system and health. Sleep allows the body to heal, repair and rejuvenate itself in a way it simply cannot when a person is awake.
  1. Exercise
Movement and exercise is an important part of being and staying fit and healthy. We are meant to move and be active. Cardiovascular exercise helps to strengthen the heart and lungs. Strength/Resistance training helps to strengthen the muscles. Balance and Flexibility and Stretching helps aid in body mobility, recovery, and reduces the risk of injury. Exercise also improves circulation, body awareness, and can help in combating depression, as well as other diseases. Beachbody offers many amazing exercise programs that incorporate strength, cardiovascular, and stretching. These programs are set up to progress your fitness in a safe manner, and you can do them from the comfort of your home.
  1. Eat Healthfully
Making fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains the main part of your overall diet can really help you Stay Fit and Healthy. You may also include lean sources of protein such as poultry, fish, tempeh, and beans. Eating balanced and portioned meals is what helps you balance a Fit and Healthy life. It is also good to stop eating before you feel very full. Give yourself a chance to digest your food and take in the nutrients. You also want to each 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day. This would be your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. A healthy breakfast is needed to start your day off right. It sets you up and gives you the energy and fuel for optimal mental and physical performance. Eating breakfast will help you maintain blood sugar levels, healthy weight and you will be less likely to overindulge later in the day. When thinking about snacks, you want to eat whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts or a total nutrition shake like Shakeology. Avoid highly processed foods that contain artificial sweeteners or colors, hidden sugars or excessive fat.

 How to Stay Fit and Healthy

  1. Drink Water
The majority of our bodies are made of water. Most fresh fruits and vegetables contain water that will help to keep our bodies hydrated, but fresh, clean, plain water is still the best and healthiest beverage for maintaining a healthy hydrated body. It is the most natural cleanser for our organs and digestive system. Being hydrated is crucial for proper brain function, proper physical function, as well as for helping to flush toxins out through the skin (perspiration) and urine.
  1. Reduce Stress
Stress can cause a myriad of problems, from heart trouble to digestive problems. Many people do not know how to manage their stress. The best forms of managing stress is regular exercise, healthy nutrition, meditation, doing things you enjoy, appropriate boundaries, spirituality, and being in nature. All of these things can help alleviate the harmful effects of stress on the body. It is also important to take breaks (vacations, mini-vacations, days off), and surround yourself with people who support you.
  1. Express Yourself
It is not healthy to keep emotions bottled up inside. This can lead to mental and emotional stress, as well as physical symptoms. Unexpressed feelings and emotions have been known to be a cause to depression, sleep problems, eating disorders, and even physical pain. Learn to talk about your feelings and emotions, or express them through some sort of art. Another good tool is writing down thoughts and feelings. This is a good way to express things you may find hard to say.
  1. Consistency and Moderation
In order to maintain a Fit and Healthy lifestyle, it is important to have consistency. Consistency will lead to the big picture results you want to obtain. Again, remember to make changes one at a time. Don’t make too many changes at once or you will risk relapsing into old habits. Making these choices and having them be a part of your daily life will help you to reach your health goals.
Now you know How to Stay Healthy and Fit. Implement these few suggestions and you will be on the road to success!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Healthy Dinner Ideas: Easy Peasy!

Our family is always looking for great ideas for new healthy meals. Recipes are wonderful, and having a whole week's worth in one article is an appreciated time-saver.

Are you breaking into cold sweats because summer is just around the corner and you are thinking about bikinis and shorts? Well you’re definitely not alone. How about coming up with Healthy Dinner Ideas? Fear not! You haven’t missed the boat yet. You can get your body back into summer shape and you can still do it the good old-fashioned way, with balanced nutrition and exercise. The best part is unlike the old days, you don’t have to spend months and months waiting for results. If you couple these healthy dinner ideas with workouts like The 21 Day Fix Extreme, you’ll be summer-ready in a few weeks.

Healthy Dinner Ideas: Easy Peasy!

Check out this seven day healthy dinner idea meal plan:

Monday: Quinoa Salad with Salmon:
  •        8-ounce Salmon fillet (skin-on)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 cubed cucumber
  • 1/2 cup red onion (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Cook Quinoa according to box directions. Season salmon, heat a tablespoon of oil over high heat. Cook the salmon skin side down for 2 minutes. Lower heat to medium and cook for 3-4 more minutes until skin is golden. Flip salmon and cook 2 more minutes. Remove salmon from heat, flake apart, and add all ingredients including cooked quinoa to a bowl. Gently stir all ingredients together.

Tuesday: Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Lean Turkey Meat Sauce
  • 1 lb. lean turkey
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 jar prepared spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb. whole wheat spaghetti noodles
Saute’ onion for five minutes in olive oil, add ingredients through 5, and boil noodles in salted water per box directions. Serve one cup of noodles with one cup of sauce.

Wednesday: Turkey Taco Salad
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 package of Lawry’s Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 can vegetarian fat-free refried beans or black beans
  • 1 cup low-fat shredded mexican cheese blend
  • 1 cup prepared salsa or pico de gallo
  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 bag shredded lettuce (lettuce of your choice)
Sauté turkey in olive oil with seasonings until brown. Heat beans. Assemble with lettuce as the base, top with taco meat, beans, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. Enjoy!

Thursday: Grilled Pork Loin Medallions with Garlic Lemon-Pepper Asparagus
  • 1 pound boneless pork loin cut into 1/4 inch medallions
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 tbsp. lemon-pepper seasoning
Cut and season pork. Heat a grill pan with 1 tbsp. olive oil. Add pork to grill pan and grill for 3 minutes on the first side, and 2 minutes on the other side. Add asparagus to a large saute pan with 1 cup of water for 5 minutes. Drain water, add remaining olive oil, and season with minced garlic and lemon-pepper seasonings. Cook about 2 more minutes or until desired level of doneness.

Friday: Grilled Chicken with broccoli and corn
  • 1 cup Lawry’s Herb & Garlic 30 minute marinade
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 ears of corn
  • 2 cups of broccoli
Marinate chicken for 30 minutes. Shuck corn and lightly coat with olive oil then wrap corn in foil. Add marinated chicken to a hot grill along with foil wrapped corn. Grill chicken until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Corn needs about 15 minutes. Steam broccoli for five minutes while allowing the chicken breasts to rest.

Saturday: Summer Spaghetti with Light Caprice Salad
  • 1 lb. angel hair or spaghetti (thin spaghetti) noodles
  • sliced summer squash
  • sliced zucchini
  • 2 carrots (shaved or peeled into thin strips)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 container cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 2 large beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
Boil salted water. Saute ingredients 2-5 in a tbsp. of olive oil for 6 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes and half of the amount of basil for 2 minutes. Add noodles to water, boil no more than 6 minutes. Drain noodles and add to saute pan. Add tbsp. olive oil. Toss to combine.
Cut remaining basil into strips. Slice beefsteak tomatoes, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and basil strips, drizzle with remaining oil, 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
Sunday: Sirloin Steak Kabobs with Grilled Polenta
  • 1 lb. boneless sirloin steak cut into cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 squash
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 18 ounce tube prepared polenta
Cut vegetables (other than tomatoes) and meat into even 1 inch pieces to ensure they cook at the same rate. Prepare kebabs alternating with meat and vegetables. Drizzle with 1/8 cup of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cut polenta into 1/4 inch medallions, drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cook polenta and kebabs on a hot grill. Start polenta first, after about 10 minutes add kebabs. Grill about 5 minutes per side.

Having a Beachbody isn’t out of reach this summer! Try these Healthy Dinner Ideas and you will be energized and be able to conquer any fitness routine and make your goals a reality.

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