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Dec
15
2010
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Broiled White Fish with Brown Rice & Veggies

Broiled White Fish with Brown Rice & Veggies

This is a great meal for cutting calories and dropping weight.Watch your portions with the brown rice in order to stay within your daily calorie goal. White fish is packed with protein – just what you need for toning your body.

 

 

 

 

 

Servings: 2

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 fillets white fish
  • 1 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • seafood seasoning
  • paprika
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 2/3 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 2 Tablespoons salsa

Preheat broiler. Grease your broil pan with the olive oil.

Place the fillets and bell pepper in the pan, squeeze the lemon juice over it. Sprinkle with seafood seasoning and paprika.

Place the pan under the broiler for 5-7 minutes, watching closely to prevent burning. Add the broccoli and cook for another minute until soft.

Mix the cooked brown rice with the salsa and divide between two plates. Place a fillet on each bed of rice along with half of the veggies.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 203 calories, 3g fat, 24g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, and 19g protein.

Dec
15
2010
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Eat It Early

Eat It Early

Here’s an easy way to lose fat and slim down: Eat the bulk of your carbohydrates early in the day.

Since carbohydrates are easily turned into fat, eating them early in the day will give your body plenty of time to metabolize them. Rather than eating a light breakfast and a large dinner, eat your biggest meal early in the day and your lightest meal for dinner.

Dec
15
2010
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Simple 50-Pound Slim-Down

Simple 50-Pound Slim-Down

How would you like to be 50 pounds lighter 12 months from now?

50 pounds comes out to about 3 pants sizes. Can you image how you would look 3 sizes smaller? You’d look like a whole new, younger person.

It’s actually much easier than you think. I’m not talking about invasive, costly surgery, dangerous pills or potions or grueling routines. All it takes to hit the 50-pound mark is losing one measly pound each week.

Hang with me for a minute and I will break it down mathematically. A pound represents 3,500 calories. Spread that over 7, days and you’ll see that you need a 500-calorie deficit each day to lose one pound in a week.

Your 500-calorie deficit can be done by a combination of increased calorie exertion (exercise) as well as a decrease in calories consumed (eating less).

Follow these steps:

First, record your normal weekly exercise. Look at everything from walking to participating in sports to exercising in the gym. This is your starting point. From here, you’ll need to burn an additional 3,500 calories on top of your normal weekly exercise.

If you don’t currently exercise, then any new activity will count towards your 3,500-calorie weekly goal.

Second, record your normal weekly food intake. This may be an eye-opener when you see how many calories you eat in a day. Record everything honestly, since you are only cheating yourself by not recording everything. Calculate the total number of calories that you eat in an average day.

Now, divide the 3500 calories between your activity list and your food list. You could choose to eliminate 1,000 calories each week and burn off an additional 2,500. Or you may decide to burn 3,000 calories and eat 500 fewer calories.

Here are 7 simple ways to cut 250 calories:

  • Drink plain coffee instead of a sweetened coffee drink. Flavored coffee drinks are delicious, but filled with way too much sugar. Drop 250 calories (or more) when you stick with plain coffee or tea instead of sugar-filled holiday coffee drinks.
  • Just say NO! to the holiday treats. A single slice of fruitcake may seem innocent enough, besides everyone is eating them at the office meeting, why shouldn’t you? You know that all those holiday treats are packed with fat and calories. For each tempting treat that you refuse to eat, imagine the 250 calories falling off of your waistline, and smile to yourself.
  • Jog for 30 minutes. Want in on a little secret? The hardest part about a simple 30 minute jog is the act of getting your shoes on and walking out the door. It’s true.
  • Exchange 20 oz of regular soda for water. You know that soda is filled with tons of sugar, so why are you still drinking it? Every time you crave an ice-cold cola, picture swallowing spoonfuls of white sugar. Stick with water, and kiss those extra calories goodbye.
  • Swim laps for 30 minutes. If your response to my jogging suggestion was “I have bad joints,” then you’re in luck. Swimming is one of the best aerobic activities you can do, and it’s impact-free. When you swim, you recruit your entire body, a process which requires lots of energy (AKA calories).
  • Eat an apple instead of a cookie. Do you always go for something sweet after dinner? While your first instinct may be to reach for a cookie or a bowl of ice cream, why not consider what nature has to offer? Fruit is sweet, natural and lower in calories than traditional desserts.
  • Come give my fitness routine a try. I have the whole calorie-burning equation down to a science, and I’d love nothing more than to help you achieve your fitness goal. My workouts have been known to burn up to 500 calories at a time, so what are you waiting for?
  • Losing 50 pounds in 12 months is very possible. Simply use the tips above to create your daily 500 calorie deficit and you’ll be shedding the weight in no time.

If you’d rather have me do most of the work for you, then call or email to set up your no obligation consultation.

When you work with me, there’s a good chance that those 50 pounds will fall off in less than 12 months. That wouldn’t be so bad, would it?

Dec
01
2010
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Are You Powerless to Holiday Pounds?

The season of deck-your-waist-with-extra-pounds is officially here.

So what are you going to do about it?

Will you join the masses who faithfully gain 5 pounds between November and January?

Or will you do something different this year?

It is entirely possible to avoid the dreaded holiday chub by following this simple strategy:

All About Power
To begin, it’s important that you approach your goal from a place of I can rather than I can’t.

Most diet and weight loss plans begin by outlining everything that you can’t eat. You can’t enjoy the buffet at your office holiday party. You can’t taste the fudge that your aunt Frances made. You can’t partake in the seasonal coffee drinks. You can’t, you can’t, you can’t.

It shouldn’t be surprising when the diet only last a few days before your inner rebel breaks out and defies all the rules by mowing through an entire plate of Christmas cookies in one sitting.

When you begin from a place of can’t, you forfeit all of the power.

On the other hand, when you approach your goal from a place of I can, the power swings back into your favor. Use these 3 steps to re-gain your power:

  1. Focus on positive action.
    Rather than obsess over what you can’t eat this holiday season, I want you to take the positive action of exercising into your own hands. Every time that you complete a workout feel the surge of empowerment that comes with the accomplishment.
  2. Schedule positive action.
    The next step is to concretely schedule your workout sessions. I advise that you exercise even more during the holiday season than normal, since you will be taking in more calories. If you normally exercise 3 times each week for 30 minutes, then plan to exercise 5 times each week for 45 minutes.
  3. Reward yourself for positive action.
    At the end of each week take the time to reward yourself for successfully completing each scheduled workout. Don’t use food as a reward, since you’ll be taking in extra calories as it is. A massage, a new outfit, a leisurely hour spent at a coffee shop, or even a well deserved nap are all great ways to reward yourself.

What You Believe
The people who won’t gain any weight this holiday season already know it. How? They’ve decided not to gain weight, and they believe it.

Do you believe that you won’t gain weight this year? Or are your past failures keeping you less than confident?

Let’s create a strong belief that you won’t be powerless to holiday pounds.

In his book, Awaken the Giant Within, Anthony Robbins explains 4 steps needed to create a belief:

Step One: Identify the basic belief. I won’t gain weight this holiday season.

Step Two: Reinforce your belief by adding new and more powerful references. This means focusing on the reasons that you don’t want to gain the weight. Get out a sheet of paper and list all of the cons to you gaining an extra 5 or 10 pounds over the holidays. Spend a lot of time on this step. Reiterate to yourself over and over why you don’t want to gain the weight.

Step Three: Find a triggering event, or create one of your own. Disturb yourself. Try on your bathing suit, or better yet go out and try on bathing suits in dressing rooms with that awful lighting. Try on your skinny jeans. Try on last year’s cocktail dress. Try on that outfit at the back of your closet that you still can’t fit into.

Step Four: Take action. Get started on your exercise program – right now. Taking action is the most important step, and the most rewarding.

Call or email me right now, I’ll help you get started on an exercise program and guide you step-by-step all the way to success. Who knows? I may even get you to your New Year’s Resolution before January even starts.

Give yourself the power to overcome holiday pounds – get started now.

 

Dec
01
2010
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Spinach & Egg White Wrap

Spinach & Egg White Wrap

This wrap is delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s ready in a flash, tastes amazing, and is filled with lean protein, veggies and whole sprouted grains. Try it today, but don’t be surprised if you get hooked!

Servings: 2

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 sprouted grain tortillas
  • 2 Tablespoons pesto (purchase it pre-made, or combine 1/2 cup walnuts, 2 cups basil leaves, 2 cloves garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a food processor and blend until it becomes a paste.)

Spread a tablespoon of pesto over each tortilla and set aside.

In medium sized skillet warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until golden.

Add the tomato and cook for another 3 minutes.

Add the spinach and cook until it is soft and wilted.

Remove the veggies from skillet, set aside in a bowl.

Pour the egg whites into the skillet, season with salt and pepper. Cook until the egg is no longer runny.

Arrange half of the egg whites in a line down the center of each tortilla. Top with half of the veggies and then fold the ends up and wrap like a burrito.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 288 calories, 10g fat, 28g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, and 21g protein.

Dec
01
2010
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Don’t Stress

Don’t Stress

The holidays can be a stressful time: there are places to go, presents to wrap and parties to plan. There’s ample evidence that stress has a negative effect on your body (and your metabolism). When your body is under stress it produces cortisol, a hormone related to the fight or flight response. This increase in cortisol causes weight gain, decreased metabolism and even depression.

This holiday season, don’t let stress get the better of you. Give yourself time to relax – you’ll be leaner for it.