7 Damage Control Tips for After Thanksgiving Weekend

7 Damage Control Tips for After Thanksgiving Weekend So you did it.  No holds barred, you ate what you wanted, had seconds, and had a slice of each of the three pies offered for dessert…. Hmmm and maybe a little more booze than a typical weekday?  Whatever, it’s done, it was fun, hopefully really yummy.  Now your body is doing it’s job and storing all those extra calories as fat for future use.  Don’t freak! Here are a few ways to undo the damage by simply using that body fat: Give your body a full day (at least 16 and up to 36 hours if you can hack it) of fasting.  Seriously, our bodies were built for feast and famine.  That’s what the darn turkey holiday is really about… the bountiful harvest after times of famine (and inviting the native people who weren’t slaughtered to partake).  Drink coffee, tea or vitamin infused water.  Done regularly, intermittent fasting has been showing promising results for weight loss, management, longevity, brain function and is even being studied for help in treating cancer.  See my previous post about it’s benefits with links to studies. Do a liquid day.  I’m not suggesting a juice fast with that uses sweet fruits or vegetables though.  That spikes the insulin response which pulls the sugar out of your blood stream and makes you feel that crash.  A lot of people swear by those $7 - $10 kale juices, but I prefer just coffee or tea (for like .35) and a protein rich smoothie. Drink a Vitamin C and anti-inflammatory elixir to make you feel less puffy.  Boil...

What Do You Need More: A Health Coach or a Fitness Trainer?

There's been a gradual shift happening over the last ten years on the professional side of the fit biz. All of the major certifying bodies have been pushing "specialty certifications." This is smart marketing.  Not just as an income source for these organizations to keep fitness professionals in their funnel, but because there really isn't a one size fits all approach to getting in shape.  It's unlikely that a 55 year old woman and a 35 year old guy will have the same goals and probably have different reasons for not attaining them.  One may gravitate towards studio cycling or boot camp style workouts and the other may prefer traditional weight training and Pilates.  Did you know that each of these workouts requires a different certification?  And that's just for trainers and instructors to work with clients who are already committed to going to the gym or studio, or, having a trainer come to them.  But there's a much larger issue at hand.  What about everybody else who still hasn't figured out how to stay committed or even find the motivation in the first place?  And what about the people who are working out but haven't learned to eat right yet so are undoing all their hard work by making the wrong food choices?  This is where a whole new segment of instructors and trainers are specializing.  Myself included.  It's called "Health Coaching."  It's an advanced certification meaning you already have to have at least a base certification.  Health Coaching addresses a clients fitness beyond the time they spend in the gym or studio.  It helps people address the...