Infographic Share:  Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Infographic Share: Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

I've written about my affinity for Intermittent Fasting before.  I'm in the 16:8 camp, meaning most days of the week, (about 4, sometimes 5), I don't eat for 16 hours.  I leave myself a "feeding window," as it's called, " of 8 hours.  For me it looks something like this: My Typical IF Schedule: Go to bed between 10 - 11 (or attempt to!). Wake up between 5:20 and 6:30 depending on the day's schedule I don't eat until 2pm, except coffee with a some MCT oil for the boost, some BCAAs (branch chain amino acid) powder supplement, in my water if I'm working out before I eat. Around 2:00 I have a large meal and maybe a snack like an RX Bar or apple with nut butter shortly after the meal. Around 8 or 8:30 I have dinner (there may be some other small snacks before dinner like nuts or fruit) If I'm still hungry, I will have a snack right before bed, like a bite of a protein bar. No more food after 10!  And I'm good until 2pm the next day.  It takes some getting used to, but 16 hours without food seems completely normal.  If I were doing this to lose weight, I would switch to eat a large breakfast and lunch instead of lunch and dinner.  Researchers on circadian rhythms have shown our metabolisms slow down in the evening.  In which case, I would stop eating at 4 or 5 pm and fast until 9am the next morning (preferably after a workout). Weight Loss and Health Benefits of IF: If you're considering this for...
Viva La Café!  Toast to a Longer Life with Coffee

Viva La Café! Toast to a Longer Life with Coffee

Let's Toast to a Longer Life Thanks to Coffee! Some health myths are hard to break no matter how much good science comes out.  For example, there are still some people who think coffee may not be healthy.  Granted, some people cannot tolerate the buzz or have other health issues at play that may not pair well with caffeine.  But coffee is more than just it’s caffeine content.  And now there’s even more mounting evidence that coffee – caffeinated or not – may lead to a longer life according to scientists. The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published a study showing people who drank a cup of coffee a day were 12% less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.  For those who drank 2 to 3 cups a day, there was an 18% reduced chance of death.  The study period ran for over 16 years.  The data came from a multiethnic collaboration between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the Keck School of Medicine.   Researchers studied 215,000 ethnically diverse participants to examine lifestyle risk factors that may lead to cancer.  Of the more than 180,000 participants that were coffee drinkers, they found the drink was good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian.   It didn’t matter whether the coffee was high octane or decaf.  Mortality rates were lower for both, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine, according to V. Wendy Setiawan, senior author of the study and an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. “Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic...
Science Shows Only This Workout Can Actually Make You Younger

Science Shows Only This Workout Can Actually Make You Younger

Two Studies Found Links Between High Intensity Exercise and Anti-Aging Back in the beginning of the year I was interviewing the Chief Science Officer at the American Council on Exercise, Dr. Cedric Bryant. Their mission is to get the word out about the benefits of exercise and promote initiatives to make this happen. I write a blog about fitness and healthy living topics, so I do my part to inform the masses. During our conversation we started talking about my injuries and my crusty, stenotic spine that has an assortment of bulging and herniated discs (partially inherited, partially self-inflicted). “But I’ll never stop doing my boot camp workouts or Spinning” I chuckled! Then his eyes widened in agreement and he said, “there is some very interesting research coming out that a friend of mine was involved with…” He proceeded to tell me about a recent study done at the Mayo Clinic which revealed some surprising outcomes to the researchers about anti-aging and exercise. Of all the methods of exercise they tested, only high-intensity interval training (HIIT) appeared to slow down aging on a cellular level. The study was recently published in March in the journal, Cell Metabolism But the real surprise was that the older the subject was, the better the HIIT training worked! Researchers know exercise is great for a myriad of things from cognition to staving off a variety of age related diseases. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what types of exercise have anti-aging benefits and could help rebuild organelles (the subunits within a cell) that deteriorate with age?  The Mayo Clinic Study The Mayo Clinic study enrolled...
How Women Can Lose Weight After 40 (especially around the middle)

How Women Can Lose Weight After 40 (especially around the middle)

  Are you a woman over 40 and noticing it's getting harder to lose weight?  Got some extra stubborn fluff and puff around the middle?  Maybe you're finding that the diets you did in your 20’s or 30’s don’t work as fast as they used to or don't even work at all!  If you’re already well past 40, chances are you've found it's harder to lose weight.  And, those inches around your waistline won’t budge. Yes ladies, “Middle Age Spread” is a real thing.  Now before you click the little “x” on your browser to close this page and curse my name in disgust, sit tight.  First, I’m going to lay out the facts of why this happens to most women.  Then, I’m going to give you some action steps you can take to start losing weight again! Why the Weight Creeps On and On   Hormones. Ok, no big surprise here.  During perimenopause, our estrogen and testosterone levels start to drop.  By menopause, they plummet.  This is probably why approximately 30% of women between 50 and 59 are obese.  http://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/blog/menopause-and-weight-gain There appears to be a connection between estrogen and body weight regulation.  With lower estrogen levels, lab animals tend to eat more and be less physically active.  http://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/blog/menopause-and-weight-gain Levels that are too high or too low appear to lead to fat storage.  And, lower estrogen levels may also slow down your metabolic rate (the speed  at your body converts stored energy into working energy).   Being Less Active.  Many of us just slow down with age and exercise less.  This is just bad all around.  This is true for both men and women. ...
What Women Need To Know About Yoga After 50

What Women Need To Know About Yoga After 50

Yoga is hotter than ever, and I’m not just referring to the type you do in a sweltering room, packed in like a sardine. I’ve written a lot about fitness trends over the years and yoga seems to be one fitness trend that never loses traction. PIXABY yoga after 50 But I’m loathe to use the word “trend” since it conjures the thought of something that will eventually reach its peak. I don’t think that will ever happen with Yoga. Here’s my reasoning. Have you ever heard someone say, “I need to do less yoga?” Probably not. On the other hand, how many times have you heard someone say, “I need to do more yoga,” or “I need to start doing yoga.” There’s one group in particular that yoga can thank for its unflagging popularity. According to the 2016 Yoga in America study, nearly 38% of yoga practitioners are over the age of 50. The practice of yoga tends to take on a different focus for many women after 50. Baby boomers in particular, are more interested in taking ownership of their health and ageing rather than being able nail a perfect crow pose to handstand. For these empowered women, it’s also less about having a perkier butt in a pair of Alō Moto leggings and more about celebrating health, joy, and natural beauty. If you’re considering whether to embark on a yoga journey, the right answer is yes, do it! From boomers to millennials and athletes to novice exercisers, there’s a style that’s a fit for pretty much everyone. If you’re already a seasoned yogi, your body may...
This Body Turning 50.  The Raw Truth About It.

This Body Turning 50. The Raw Truth About It.

I don't normally post selfies on my blog.  I save the occasional selfie for Facebook or Instagram.  But as I'm facing some personal hurdles and pondering the path of my life's mission, I found myself staring in the mirror... a lot more lately.  Usually in my underwear (not the Victoria Secret's kind, but the kind you wear under a t-shirt or workout gear). This started about 2 1/2 years ago.  I'm not sure if it was to boost my self-esteem or to self-scrutinize this body who's main vocation and avocation have been teaching fitness for well over 20 years.   But there I was looking in the mirror, staring at this body that has put in years of hard work, pain and sacrifice. "For what?" I keep asking myself.  "Was it worth it?" I wonder.  If only you knew what I've given up just to look in the mirror and say, "not bad... but there's still room for improvement." Fitness for me became an obsession and an addiction (it could've been worse, right?).  It wasn't always that way though.  I used to play music (bass guitar), go to clubs to see great bands and hang out 'til sunrise with my friends.  I never even intended to be a fitness professional for more than a couple of years as a side hustle and for the fun of it.  My plan was to follow my degree in Media.  You know how to make God laugh?  Tell him your plans!  I worked in video production and TV news and loved it.  But the obsession with fitness won out (just like addictions often do).  And...