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Continuing on my Fat Rant from last week, I saw something that I took as extremely funny.  I live and work in Philadelphia, a city famous for it’s cheese steaks, hoagies and soft pretzels.  My neighborhood is home spot of one of the most famous cheese steak vendors in the world, Pat’s Steaks.  Pat’s is open 24 hours a day selling steak sandwiches to tourists and locals.  More often than not, a long line forms outside the window, regardless of the weather.

 Well, last week I was driving past the store and I saw something that made me laugh.  Pat’s provides outdoor picnic tables for the customers: small, round, plastic picnic tables.  They seem sturdy enough to support the crowd all hours of the day and night, except on this day I watched someone take a dive!  Two gentlemen, of significant physical stature, sat at one of the tables, but when one man got up from the table the other man went down like a kid on a see-saw….splat!  If that is not a sign from the Universe screaming: Stop Eating the Fattening Foods, I don’t know what sign you are waiting for.  Lightening perhaps?  Seriously, this establishment specializes in foods that are dense with calories and someone tipped the tables???!!!!

Now, by no means am I suggesting not ever enjoying a cheese steak, they are a tradition here in Philly, but use common sense and practice moderation.  A cheese steak once a month may be OK, but if you are ‘tipping the tables’ you may want to consider only indulging once a season.

Take responsibility for you!  Be the change you want to see in the world, see the change you want to be.  The world will thank you for it.

Have a healthy day!

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BOOOOOOO!!!!!

It’s Halloween, and the only thing more frightening than a new Saw movie is all of the candy you are keeping in your hips, thighs and belly!  I chatted with you on Monday about how to avoid binging on candy in the house, but now let’s turn our attention to your entire family.  Especially your children!

By all means, allow your children to go Trick or Treating, the money you will save on therapy later will be well worth it.  But you can be mindful of the money you will be spending on diets, exercise equipmet and dentists by taking a few steps to help you children (and yourself) cope with the large quantities of candy they may bring home tonight.

First, limit the quantity of candy they actually get to eat. Allow them to pick their favorite 30 pieces of candy (the number can vary) and put that aside.  Then each day they can have two pieces, and when it is gone, it is gone.  What do you do with the left over stash?  If I were you I would get it out of the house so you don’t eat it yourself.  Especially if there are any of your favorite treats, mine happen to be Snickers Bars and M&M’s.

Second, schedule more activity to burn the calories.  You could do animal relay races where the kids imitate their favorite animals.  You could go play soccer or jump rope with your children, that way you get to burn more calories and set a good example.  Even something as simple as putting on music and dancing in the living room for 20-30 minutes will increase your caloric expenditure as well as entertain your family.

Third, make sure you increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables everyone in your household is eating.  The fiber in these foods helps you to feel full longer, hence decreasing the need to binge on anything else between meals.  This is an amazing rule to live by no matter what your age or activity level: fresh produce on a daily basis is a great way to add to the volume of food you consume while decreasing overall caloric intake….an equation that adds up to success for any nutrition plan!

Most importantly, have a safe, healthy and Happy Halloween with your family!

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Halloween is in two days, and if you are in the holiday spirit you may have been stocking up on sweet and gooey treats for the kids.  But if you keep taking a treat here and there the number on the scale will be scarier than any Slasher Film out there. 

So how can you arm yourself against the temptations?  Here are a few hints:

1. Outta site, outta mind!  Put the candy away.  If you can’t see it you will not have subconscious urges to eat it.

2. Patience is a virtue: if you believe you need to have a piece of candy now, wait another 15 minutes and see if the craving passes.  If not, try number 3.

3. Take a walk: go for a brisk 10 minute walk, do some jumping jacks or run up and down your stairs a few times.  Increasing blood flow to the muscles decreases the appetite.   

4. Keep it special:  grabbing a bite here and there adds up.  If you don’t believe me start to write it down every time you have a treat or two…it’s no trick, those are real calories.  So if you must indulge, save it for a special time of the day, take out only the portion you want to eat (put the rest away) and sit down to enjoy a satisfying snack.  Make sure you chew it slowly to savor your favorite treat, do some extra cardio or intervals to balance out the calories.  Remember, it is not one snack that makes you gain weight. 

As always, have fun with your nutrition.  90% should be healthy, quality food and 10% can be fun!  Not 20 or 30%, 10%!

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My younger sister’s wedding is next month, and yes, we are wearing strapless dresses for all the world to see our arms. So what is a girl to do when she is faced with an impending deadline and a lifetime of pictures to look back on? BODY BLADE!

The Body Blade is a funny looking piece of equipment. See for yourself here: http://www.bodyblade.com/

I often take my clients out to local parks to work out, and whenever we use the Body Blade it draws in some attention. To many people it looks as though we are preparing to sword fight and are swinging our way into battle, I have even heard comments like: “those look dangerous.” Whatever onlookers are thinking as they watch our sessions, one thing is for certain, the Body Blade produces RESULTS…especially to the arms, shoulders and core.

I train men and women, but the majority of my one on one clientele are women 40 and over, and they all have a similar, chronic complaint: the jiggle on the back of their upper arms. I have been training women for years using many different types of exercise routines, and I have to admit the Body Blade targets the upper body and core and produces fast results. And no, I am not being paid for this endorsement, I just enjoy this product and so do my clients.

The Body Blade is easy to use and most people report it is fun too, and I have to agree. With one simple piece of equipment I can train a client’s entire upper body. Throw in some squats, lunges, step ups and intervals and we have a complete training program with one piece of equipment. Now I really do sound like an advertisement.

Remember, it is important to vary your workouts, no one resistance training routine will solve all of your fitness needs, but this product is a simple, efficient and inexpensive piece of the puzzle. I hope you enjoy using it.

Have a healthy day!

Continuing on my healthy lifestyle blog from yesterday, I found a report from the Harvard Medical School Newsletter promoting the virtues of exercise as a critical component to health and longevity. You can read the article for yourself: http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/HEALTHbeat_062107.htm

But here is a quick quote from their June 21, 2007 newsletter:

“In a nutshell, exercise can:
-reduce your chances of getting heart disease. For those who already have heart disease, exercise reduces the chances of dying from it.
-lower your risk of developing hypertension and diabetes.
-reduce your risk for colon cancer and some other forms of cancer.
-improve your mood and mental functioning.
-keep your bones strong and joints healthy.
-help you maintain a healthy weight.

-help you maintain your independence well into your later years.”

When you are sick, you do not feel good, you do not want to get out in the world and live life to the fullest. When we are sick life has to slow down until we are better….and some of these illnesses take months or years to recover from, if you can recover at all.

Find time for fitness and exercise, there are more reasons to do it everyday.

What is your motivation?

Have a healthy day!