Today's the big day. The day the kids have all been waiting for...I've been waiting for it
too. It's Candy-ween!!! I mean Halloween! That one day during the year when those fun
size candies and treats can be consumed for weeks to follow. If you're trying to watch
what you're eating today can put a huge dent in any progress that you've made. Lucky for (Read more...)
All the way back in January I wrote about working out during your first trimester. I asked the question,
can you exercise during your first trimester? The unanimous answer from
everything I read was yes, you can exercise during your first trimester and you should
still keep up a workout habit even after you see that positive pregnancy sign. I'm going to
level with you...
What would you do if I told you that you could workout for seven minutes and
it would be as good as getting in a 30 minute workout? Think I'm crazy? Is it
too good to be true? Yeah, I thought the same thing when I heard about this
so called seven minute is all that it takes workout. Science, however, begs to
differ. (Read more...)
Interested in starting up a new running habit? Wanting to get back into tip top running shape postpartum? You should check out a running club that's geared specifically for mothers. As a newer runner I can attest to the camaraderie that's developed through running with a group of girls. Running clubs allow you to sweat together, laugh together, and have a focused conversation with each other. It all sounds good, right? How do you find these groups and what should you look for?
If you’re a meat lover, dairy connoisseur, or fan of eggs and are considering taking on a vegan inspired diet, I urge you to reconsider. Vegans are like vegetarians, however, the take it one step farther – where the vegetarian will consume eggs and dairy, the vegan will not. Anything that comes from an animal is off limits in this lifestyle. Some make the choice to eat a vegan diet because they passionately feel that it is cruel to eat anything from an animal.
When the FDA puts a warning out that you should stay away from any kind of diet I think it goes without saying that you should heed their warning. The hCG diet is a weight loss plan that uses the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (yes, the one that’s found to have elevated levels during pregnancy... (Read More...)
With documentaries like Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and shout outs on late night TV from people like Jimmy Kimmel's, Guillermo, juicing has definitely risen to the top of the popular fad diets in North America today. There are tons of claims of mass amounts of weight loss as well as cancer and heart disease fighting power linked
to juicing diets (Read more...)
"Eat clean. Train dirty." You've probably seen this phrase on various bumper stickers, t-shirts, and other workout apparel. Sounds tough, right? What is it? Well, the eating clean part refers to a popular diet created by Tosca Reno, a best selling author who is also a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. You can read all about Reno's life and accolades here.
The Fourth of July is a week away and most of us will be grillin' it up and celebrating America's 237th birthday. This can mean one of two things: you are either very well behaved in your eating before Thursday comes or you bring along a few healthy treats of your own.
Welcome to week 1 of our Deconstructing Diets series! My hope for this series is to give you the easy, 1-2-3 basics of a few of the popular diets that are out there. I'll try not to get too scientific or wordy with these posts; I know I hate reading lengthy explanations and medical jargon.
Did you know that our Family Fitness is reaching its six months anniversary? It's crazy that we have weekly blog posts focused on everything health and fitness for your family.
I've loved writing this series for you and it's kept me honest about my own health and fitness which is good when you need a little kick in the pants to get out of bed in the morning. (Read more...)
This past Saturday I accomplished something I never dreamed was possible: I finished a half marathon. I ran (and walked some) 13.1 miles for 2 hours and 32 minutes. Even as I write this I'm shocked by it.
In one week this Saturday I will be running my first half marathon. A year ago if you had asked me if I would ever run a race I would?ve laughed in your face. Yet here I am not only training for a half marathon but for the most part I love the goal that?s at the end of this thing. The training has been intense; on Sunday I was out for two and a half hours with the sun beating down on me. It was not a smart move to forget the sunscreen that day. So what do you do if you want to start running? Here are my tips:
Does childhood obesity concern you? Read this great family fitness post with tips on how to teach your kids to eat right.
Last week we talked about portion sizes and how they’ve changed over the years. I asked if you think we’re wired to want more. This week I want to look at how you can best gauge portion size in your everyday life as well.
Getting healthy and gaining the most from your exercise and fitness efforts has everything to do with portion size. In a society where everything is super sized, can we live without it?
In this post we address portion sizes and next week we'll focus more on how to find the right portion size for you.
I have a lot of friends that are whole food, organic eaters and I trust their decision but the skeptic in me wanted to know if it was just a currently “cool” thing to do or if we should all be doing it because the organic produce was more nutritious.
Is organic really better for you and your family?
Not everyone can escape parenthood and go to the gym, a run or get a break from the kids for long enough to workout. That's why sometimes you have to get creative and workout WITH the kids!
Check out this post for fun and fitness, kids style!
Youve done a good job of keeping up with your activity during the past three trimesters but the babys come now and life has changed - the sleepless nights, feedings every two to three hour, and some needed weight gain for the babe. Plus if this isnt your first time at the rodeo you have the other kiddos to look after too! Staying active and being healthy is the last thing on your mind as the mom of a newborn but should be one of the first things on your mind.
Does working out and dieting affect your milk supply? In this week's Family Fitness post Bert shares with you her thoughts and findings.
Have you been curious about breastfeeding while exercising? Then this post is for you!
It's hard to eat healthy when you are constantly feeding your kids snacks that aren't so good for you but that they love.
Try these healthy snack and recipe ideas for foods your kids will love that will also be healthy for you too!
What Im about to tell you is something that I hope will encourage you more than hinder your journey towards success in this health and fitness thing.
Working hard and not losing weight? Put on a few pounds and feeling discouraged? This post is just for you!
Working out during your second and third trimester is just as beneficial now to your labor and delivery as working out during your first trimester.
Read this great Family Fitness post for suggestions and information on how and what you can do.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? Morning? Or evening? Midday or before breakfast? Fully clothed or naked?
The options for weighing yourself are really unlimited! But when is the best time to get the best results?
Interested in exercising or working out during your first trimester of pregnancy but not sure what you can and can't or should not do? Read this great Family Fitness post just for you!
Lot's of pictures, tips and routines perfect for those expecting mamas!
One important thing about working out is the clothes you wear doing it. I have learned after working out in long sweat pants and t-shirts for years that it really IS more comfortable to do work up a sweat in actual athletic clothes.
This post contains tips and suggestions for workout gear, no matter your budget.
Its the third week in January and if youre like most people youre probably working that hiney off and expecting to see big time results. But what do you do if it hasnt happened yet? What do you do if youve been at this for months and the scale will not budge?
Read this post for tips on how to deal with reaching the dreaded...plateau.
Creating and maintaining a healthy diet and fitness plan can be hard. Did you know there are several fitness and diet apps that help you count calories, track exercise and tell you exactly when you can expect to meet your goals?
This post features some of the popular health and fitness apps you should check out!
Anyone else notice that the closer we got to December 31st, 2012, the more weight loss commercials popped up on TV? My favorite commercial is the one for a powder that you sprinkle onto your food or into your drink making you feel full sooner. The comical part to me are the skinny actors and actresses playing the roles of those using the product to be fit.
Time for New Year's resolutions! One thing stands between you and your goal, everyone battles it with you. It's the late night cravings for junk, munchies and carbs!
This post will help you beat those cravings! You'll wake up glad you did!
The holidays and all the junk food...this is the reason many wait until New Years to start eating right and exercising.
Read this great Family Fitness post with tips on how to get through the holidays without doing too much damage!
Working out can seem like a complete impossibility when you've got kids. You can't even go to the bathroom by yourself, let alone find time to work out.
This Family Fitness post shares some great tips on how to work out WITH your kids around or even ON you!
Ok, we changed the day...so Stay Fit Sundays has now become Family Fitness!
Good news? You don't have to wait until Sunday because your next post is here! We hope you're ready to get inspired by Bert and get started on your journey to a better YOU.
Get to know Bert! The mama behind our new Stay Fit Sundays blog series. We're sure you'll fall in love with her story and become inspired by her journey and seek to start your own.
Our new series will teach you how to stay fit and healthy, both physically and mentally.