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Holiday Habits

One of the best gifts I have ever received is peace with my body. Not the kind when you “just accept” (also called denial) who you are but the great kind when you know that you are completely capable of creating the body and that life that you choose and when you look in the mirror you LOVE what you see. After years of hating it and abusing it with endless diets, workouts and really, if I am being honest disappointment and outright hatred. Each day now, it  is blissful to just be able to get dressed, to not have to think about how things look and feel on me. To enjoy my body for its capabilities not its short comings and to know that I can change anything I do not like with a little communication and understanding. To be able to have my cake and look hott too!

Instead of spending the next few weeks agonizing over “being bad” give yourself the gift of choosing you. When you reach for the sweets as work just factor it in and if you do not have room for it, you get to decide…. what is more important, feeling great about yourself on New Year’s or a snack that you don’t even really enjoy. You know me, I am not preaching deprivation here, no crazy diets just spending each day of the holidays like you would any other, eating  your #, taking your steps and fitting in a few SFM workouts for you. Listen, a glass of champagne only has 90 calories, you can fit that in your number and getting in your steps is a piece of cake, just go to the mall to shop!

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#Thanksliving

You know, I used to be just like you. Filled with questions and anxiety about what my next workout was going to be, which diet was finally going to work and how I was ever going to be able to look in the mirror and like and dare I say maybe even love what I saw. Each Monday I would start anew. Each workout I would push myself harder in the quest for happiness, I never found it. I found endless emotional highs and lows, frustration and depression that I was never going to look the way I wanted or as good as my friends and don’t forget the pain. Continuous pain in my neck and shoulders, my knees, my back…..I had taught myself that life was filled with torture (killer workouts), famine (silly diets) and disappointment. This is NO WAY to live your life.

So today, I am eternally grateful that I had the nerve to walk away. The nerve to live through years of hate mail from my critics and doubters. I am thankful that I now know how to eat, everything and NEVER feel guilty. That at 50 my body looks and feels amazing without a single bit of bone crunching cardio or knee destroying squats and lunges. That I have the ability to change my shape and be in control of how my body looks and feels. That I choose my Life in Synergy and create my own happiness. That each day I work with great people that were willing to trust and now have freed themselves and are the smartest and hottest staff anywhere. And finally I am so thankful to all of you, for your success, your endless emails […]

A Life in Synergy is NOT scary!

I became one of the first Gold Certified personal trainers in the country in 1987! Back then I was designing weight training rooms for women, teaching aerobics classes to adoring fans from around the country and the world and advocating the latest diets. I was 110 pounds, I had chronic pain in my knees, back and shoulders, I had muscles I hated and in general I was completely unhappy with how I looked, felt and how much time I spent every day thinking about, planning and discussing my diet, my workouts, and my inadequate body and life. That was scary! Was I always going to have to increase my workouts and eat less? Was I never going to be able to just live???? It was these truly scary and desperate thoughts that led to me creating the Synergistics Fitness Method, Nutritional Alignment, and the whole Life in Synergy Lifestyle. All of the abuse that I was heaping on myself on a daily basis as well as the real pain I felt was just the push I needed to take that first scary step. To look in a different direction for a different solution that would not only change my life but the life of thousands. The change that led to discovery, understanding and a hotter, pain free body with less work and a lot more fun!!!!

What are you afraid of?? Feeling great? Seeing the shape of your body finally change? The ability to enjoy a bagel or a slice of cake? Or maybe, you are afraid of what you are going to do when you truly have a body that you love and the free time to enjoy it???

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Health Benefits of Molasses

When it comes to adding something sweet, blackstrap molasses will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also provide you many of your daily needs. A two teaspoon serving provides 12% of your recommended daily dose of calcium, as well as acting as a good source for iron, copper, manganese, potassium and magnesium. Blackstrap molasses is great mixed with yogurts, oatmeal, or even try it in your marinades or salad dressings. Remember a little goes a long way.

Pack a Cooler

Before long car trips or summer rides, think about packing a cooler. By planning ahead, you, your friends & family can enjoy fresh sandwiches made with multi-grain bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and ice cold water. This is a great alternative to wasting time, money and unwanted calories at rest stops with fast food chains and less hassel.

A Bowl of Cherries

Could cherries be a healthy snack that may also reduce pain? High in vitamin C and B as well as the essential mineral potassium, cherries contain many promising health benefits. Research has shown that antioxidants in cherries can help block inflammatory enzymes, which can help to reduce pain. Other benefits from introducing cherries into your diet include reducing the risks of heart disease and cancer. At this time of year, Bing cherries are coming into season. Pick some up today.

Make Your Potato Salad Healthy

Here is a terrific idea to help reduce the calories and add more flavor and nutrients to a summertime favorite. The next time you make potato salad, start by cutting the recommended amount of mayonnaise used in half, significantly reducing the calories. Also leave the potato skins on, as most of the fiber and nutrients can be found here. To add more flavor without adding too many calories, try combining fresh chopped herbs such as basil, cilantro and mint as well as grated lemon zest, red onion and garlic.

Maximize Your Salad

 

Any season is a great time for salads, and here is a great tip to maximize the health benefits of your salad. Try adding fruits that are high in Vitamin C to your salad. Research has shown that vitamin C helps the body absorb and digest iron. Iron is a mineral that is vital to good health. Some fruits you can try that are high in vitamin C are orange wedges, papaya, mangoes and strawberries.

Tasty and Nutritious Salmon

One of the tastiest and most nutritious foods around has to be salmon.  Salmon is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, selenium, iron and zinc. Try grilling or broiling salmon and for added flavor use seasonings such as olive oil, chopped garlic, and fresh herbs like parsley, dill, basil and cilantro. Research suggests that foods high in omega-3 fatty acids may help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.

Eat Your Beans!

Often overlooked beans have many health benefits. Beans are high in fiber and rich in protein, calcium, phosphorous, folate and iron as well as vitamin B6. Some varieties you can try are kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, lima and fava beans. Research has shown that eating beans on a regular basis may help lower cholesterol and help prevent diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.