The Ketogeinc Diet has been my nutrition nemesis for well over a decade. Not to be too melodramatic, but it felt like my own personal Moby Dick. I’ve tried and failed several times throughout my fitness and nutrition career. Deep down, I started to resent it. I made all kinds of excuses for why I couldn’t do it. Like any kind of addict not wanting to face their vice,...
If you're a hater of calorie counting, you can rest assured you're not alone. No offense to the calorie-counting lovers out there but.... you're weird and you probably know it. Wouldn't it be great if you could eat what you want and get healthier? Maybe even lose some weight?? This is not an episode of the Twilight Zone. If you're willing to keep track of time, you may very...
There's no easier, better or, more fun way to whip up a refreshing breakfast, snack or meal-replacement than a filling, nutrient-dense smoothie! I make them much more often in the summer than the winter. Now that we're midway through summer, I want to share some of my best summer-inspired smoothie and the secret weapons that make them powerful. My Secret Weapons I always use some kind...
Summer Salad Roundup I've always been a salad lover. No matter what diet I'm experimenting with, I can always create salads that make my tummy happy. I've been lacto-ovo vegetarian, vegan, Paleo and a little keto here and there. My main M.O. is that I support local farms as much as possible, sustainable methods of agriculture and farmers that treat their animals humanely and with care. One thing I...
Prepared to be inspired! The moral of this story is, it's never too late to get back to fitness and do whatever feeds your soul. I'm not suggesting you wait 20 years. Whatever your age, re-connecting to something you used to enjoy can relight your fire. When life throws you curve balls, illnesses or even death, your body can do incredible things, even after 40.... heck, even after 50!...
The ACSM's Annual American Fitness Index has just been released and now we know what the top 100 fittest cities are in the U.S. And.... the winner is.... Arlington, VA. Congratulations! Sorry Los Angelenos, we barely make it to the top 50 (head scratch). When I moved to L.A. from NY (a long time ago), I thought was moving to the fitness capitol of the world. I guess it...
Don't let the term FASTING scare you. It's completely natural Whenever I merely mention the word "fasting" to someone who's interested in weight loss or improving their health, I can feel a palpable discomfort. I may detect a slight grimace or widening of the eyes or maybe a low groan. It's not like I just walk around randomly talking about fasting. But when people ask me which about diets...
Small Frequent Meals or One to Two Larger Meals? Which Is Really Better? Let's Finally Put This Old Myth to Bed. I’m always amazed by what fitness and nutrition myths get perpetuated even long after the science has proven them wrong. It would be nice if science journals had bigger PR budgets. It would be great if celebrities stopped talking about what they really don't know about. And, it would be awesome...
Forget crunches and sit ups. I've been barking about the dangers of too many sit ups and crunches for years. As someone who has congenital spinal stenosis, I am hyper aware of what movements cause potential back pain and make your discs bulge. If you've never had back pain, either an acute onset (a sudden accident) or chronic pain that comes and goes, it's hard to give up all...
I love kettlebells. My love affair started around 7 or 8 years ago. I'd watch power lifters doing swings and I thought to myself, "wow, that looks like fun to do, but because of my spinal stenosis, it's probably off limits." Wow, I can't believe I ever even thought that. When the gym I teach at got some racks of kbells, I couldn't resist wanting to use them. So...
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