Shake Shake Shake, ya smoothie.

Hello Healthy people!!!

 

When the weather gets warmer–you know it is time to break out the blender for Margarit—I mean SMOOTHIES!

I created some tasty recipes that might satisfy that sweet tooth, while getting those nutrients!

smoothie

GREEN BOOST aka the best for you:

1 cup kale

1 cup spinach

½ banana (peel and chop up to put in freezer)-Frozen fruit always works a little better

Protein Powder

Some milk so it blends well.

If you use frozen fruit you probably won’t need ice.

 

Mixed Berry:

Handful Frozen Strawberries

½ cup frozen blackberries

½ cup blueberries

Protein Powder, Milk or juice (juice is very sugary so I would recommend milk)

 

Tropical!

½ cup Pineapple

½ cup frozen mango

Squeeze a little wedge of lime in there

Ice if you want it to be more like a milkshake

Protein!

 

“The Siesta Key”

Half cup peaches

1/4 cup raspberries

¼ cup blackberries

Protein powder

Ice if needed, milk if creamier desired.

*if you are interested in a sweeter flavor invest in some agave nectar! Add a few squirts of that and you should be good.

 

 

 

Great healthy things you can add:

1.)    Any leafy greens, I prefer fresh ones because you are exposed to more nutrients.

2.)    Peanut butter or almond butter (it sweetens it up); I prefer the natural PB that you have to keep in the fridge because it doesn’t have the added sugar.

3.)    Chia seeds or goji (healthy toppings)

4.)    Experiment! You will find what you love the most and can stick with that.

5.)    Invest in straws…if you don’t really like the flavor it makes drinking it go by way faster!

6.)    Coconut oil is soooo good for you and tastes great as well, add it to your favorite smoothie and gain all the benefits of that.

 

 

Happy Eating (sipppin’) and exercising,

xoxo

Jess

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“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” Negative.

Happpppy Tuesday Healthy People!

Did you sing that title in your head of the Mary Poppins Song? I did when I wrote it. Wooops!

I hope you have had a great time celebrating St. Patrick’s day — and have taken the time to plan out your workouts and food for the week.

 

I hope this isn't how you got home on St. Patty's day

I hope this isn’t how you got home on St. Patty’s day

It always helps to plan! Remember to follow me on twitter @fitfloridian for more posts and motivational pictures. I also take pics of what I eat on there so sometimes it acts as a food log (which I will start doing as well thanks to Jay’s recommendation!!!).

 

So my boyfriend and I decided to do a sugar detox before we visit Florida a) because we were drinking a lot of WINE (sugar) and b) it’s a great way to trim up c) it’s healthy!!!

 

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He also opted to give up coffee, unlike myself. Goooooo him!

 

I have posted in the past about the detrimental effects of sugar.  Abnormal cell growth is largely linked to sugar intake–including all diseases, cancers, illnesses, etc. Essentially, sugar is the bane of my existence. Today, it is consumed in more quantities in the U.S. than it has ever been in the past. A scary truth is that it correlates to the widespread increase in our nation’s health problems.

 

Then why does it continue? And why is it escalating to insurmountable highs?

 

IT IS IN EVERYTHING. Obviously companies want to sell their products. They market to a specific demographic and cater it to their needs. Kids, for example, are fed juice boxes, gummies, cookies, ice cream, and candies–all with unbelievable amounts of sugar. In addition things that are deemed “healthy” “all natural” etc etc can at MOST times be completely unhealthy. Look at the ingredients!!!

 

An adapted version from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans outlines the many names for additional sugar added to the product:

  • Agave nectar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Syrup

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My advice is to be aware of what you’re consuming. Always look at ingredients. Try to have as many REAL, NATURAL, WHOLE foods as possible that possess their own sugars (nothing added). Fruits and veggies should be at the CORE of everyone’s diet.

 

Happy Eating and exercising,

Remember to be smart about what you eat!

XOXO,

Jess

Peanut Butter!

Hellllo Healthy People!!!

Happy Winesday. Hope you are currently sipping on some deep red and getting your antioxidants! How’s the challenge of the week going? Have you worked out with your mom, someone who will be a future mom or a lady in your life?? Jump on it! Did you know that it is also women’s health week (what a coincidence….)

Anyways tonight’s post is about one of my all time favorite things.

…Peanut Butter.

It is soooo good on everything including a spoon.

Me when I’ve had too much but want more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But what’s so great about peanut butter…and I’m most definitely referring to the natural stuff (not “natural” JIF) but rather the stuff that says Ingredients: Peanuts. Or maybe even some salt. But that is it!!!…is all the different ways to use it (that are healthy.)

Peanut butter is a great way to get protein (nuts in general are ways that vegans & vegetarians can get the protein they need!)

Where to add peanut butter???

1.) On a spoon, naturally.

2.) Slice of bread.

3.) Apple Slices!

4.) Celery Sticks (with raisins = ants on a log, perfect for the kiddos!)

5.) Add it to your spicy stir fry…it sweetens it up!

6.) Whole wheat crackers and a glass of almond milk…

7.) On pancakes!!! and belgian waffles!

8.) As a marinade with cayenne pepper and a little bit of water!

9.) on a banana…probably one of my favorite snacks!!!

10.) Add to smoothies!!

11.) Inside cookies??? Have you tried my Earth Cookie Recipe?

12.) SOOO good as a dessert, make little balls of peanut butter and dip in powder sugar or chocolate!

13.) spread on a piece of dark chocolate!

14.) Swirled into your morning oatmeal? Yum.

15.) If all else fails…dip your clean finger and lick away!

 

 

If you don’t like peanut butter or are interested in alternatives…try almond or cashew. They all have a little different taste so definitely experiment!

So get creative!! Peanut butter in moderation is not only good for you it’s yummy!

Plus…kids love it!

Happy Eating and Exercising,

XOXO

Jess

When someone feels lightheaded in class…

They are like this:

I ask them if they ate food today and they say:

My Response:

So healthy people make sure you’re eating healthy foods especially with this whole “swimsuit season” crazy phase happening right now. Be aware of your friends too! Act as support, because we all need it! Not eating won’t make you super skinny. Super skinny is not a good look anyways. Haven’t you heard fit is the new sexy? To be fit you need to fuel your muscles. Otherwise your metabolism will get all f*ed up. So take care of yourself. Don’t reward yourself with food because you are not a dog. But do think of your body as a machine. Power it with the healthy foods we are designed to consume…all the fruits, veggies and whole grains you can imagine. And of course plenty of aguaaa baby!

Make sure you’re keeping up with this week’s health challenge too by taking photos with your camera phone of your food or write down what you eat! Bring awareness!

What are you having for lunch today? Yesterday I had a yummy falafel salad! So goooooood

 

 

Plus healthy foods taste better anyways and make your body feel AMAZING. Trust me 🙂

Happy Eating and Exercising,

XOXO

Jess

Why I love what I do.

Hello Healthy People!!

Today it really hit me that I am graduating. Anything that brings change brings with it a sense of nostalgia for the past, an eagerness for the future but yet an appreciation for what is and what was. I am very much looking forward to a bright future and I know I cannot live in the past but these past four years have been the most amazing years of my life so far. I am truly blessed for the REMARKABLE people I have met and the lives that have touched and transformed me.

I taught 7pm Zumba every Tuesday this semester and had a group of participants that would join the party every week. Tonight was my last class and it ended with a big sweaty hug from dedicated partipants and tears in my eyes. If that doesn’t make you love what you do I don’t know what does.

JMU has fostered an environment where you learn to live the life you love, and love the life you live. This is where I have found my deepest passions with health and fitness.

Today I received a text message from a friend who follows my blog. I won’t disclose who this was but it really touched me and makes what I do just for fun (this blog) seem so much more important to me.

“Thought you’d like this. I planned on working out today but woke up thinking nah. then I saw your facebook post and immediately hopped out of bed and went at it. Long story short, you inspired a 2 mile run, biceps/triceps/shoulder lift and 500 crunches. Thank you.”

When I read this text message you couldn’t imagine how I felt. If I can help even just ONE person that makes my life, purpose and passion gain so much meaning. It reifies that what I do means something. And everyone should seek that sense of happiness and fulfillment. So thanks for that text message, it means a lot to know this little blog is doing something right 🙂

I’m currently in tears planning the last cycle class I will ever teach tomorrow

Me...Crying

But I know it will be a fun and awesome class and a great start to #workoutwednesday. Have you planned when you are working out tomorrow? Remember even if you ONLY have 20 minutes you can still fit in a great workout. Maybe think about incorporating HIIT!
Keep up with this week’s health challenge too!!!! Take photos/document everything you eat, journal etc. You know how it goes, click here for a refresher.

Happy Eating and Exercising!!

XOXO

Jess ❤

Namaste Cycle, not as “zen” as usual.

Hey Healthy People!!!

HAPPY WEEKEND woo!

Time to relax:

BUUUUUT if you feel like this:

Don’t listen to your mind. Don’t cave into the little lazy non exercising devil on your shoulder! Get up, go out for a bike ride or a hike or a kayaking trip with your other half ❤

This morning I taught my last Namaste Cycle class at JMU which was a little bittersweet. It is one of my favorite classes to teach encompassing an hour and 15 minutes of cycling and yoga fused together! Best combo in my opinion because you get a great cardio workout and then a nice strength and stretching session.

But unfortunately today reminded me of something I need to let everyone know! You should ALWAYS have some type of food before you work out! I had a participant in this morning’s class that after the 40 minutes of cycling (granted it was a hardddd class…) needed EMS as she was feeling extremely faint.  She did not eat any breakfast and basically rolled out of bed before the class began. So please, be aware of your bodies at all times and never push yourself farther than you need to go! It’s good to push somewhat but be mindful. And remember always to drink lots of water and eat before a class.

Ideas for easy/quick breakfast options in the mornings:

1.) Granola Bar

2.) Yogurt

3.) Toast with peanut or almond butter

4.) Piece of fruit

5.) Handful of nuts.

6.) Trail Mix

7.) Dried fruit

8.) Cottage Cheese with pineapple

9.) quick cup of oatmeal

10.) Chewy Bar (my favorite for long runs)

These are all light options you can eat 15-30 minutes before you work out and not feel sick during your exercising.

SO GET UP AND GET MOVING PEOPLE!!! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

Happy Eating and Exercising!!

XOXO,

Jess

P.S. ONLY 2 more days left of the FITNESS CHALLENGE!!! You can do it people, jacks and planks…remember form!

PPS LIKE my FITfloridian facebook page!!!

“Pour some sugar on me…but not in my mouth”

Hello Healthy People!!!

This week on 60 Minutes they featured a very important topic concerning health and nutrition.  There has always been debacle over the sugar issue, what is good for you, enough or too much?  Hopefully this story was a wake up call for some.  Just one can of Coca-Cola is theorized to be more than the desired amount of added sugars to your diet in just a DAY!  There have been several diseases and cancers linked to the amount of sugar one consumes.  Moreover they have found that Cancer cells are fed by sugar and grow or metastasize because of it. I pasted the article into this post but I HIGHLY recommend checking out the website and watching the interview and special.

Holy Crap...

After you educate yourself on this issue you might be like:

And hopefully if you are a parent you can start to educate your children and change up their diets.  No matter what your age is if you make the change to eliminate most sugary items from your diet you will see positive effects. It is NEVER too late to change and try to lead that healthy, balanced lifestyle.  So many foods have natural sugars in them. Pineapple, grapes…super sweet. If you are looking for a 0 Calorie All-Natural Sweetener try something from the Stevia leaf!!! This is a great sweetener and way better than sugar, and all of the chemically engineered products (Splenda, sweet and low etc etc)…

The power is in your hands!!! Make sure you educate yourself and make the necessary changes. Of course you will not die if you have a piece of cake one evening for dessert…but think about the effects on your body long term.  Remember that every bite counts!!!!

Happy Eating (hopefully less sugar) and Exercising!

XOXO,

J

April 1, 2012 7:07 PM

Is sugar toxic?

(CBS News) If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin.


The following script is from “Sugar” which aired on April 1, 2012. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta and Sumi Aggarwal, producers.

The chances are good that sugar is a bigger part of your daily diet than you may realize which is why our story tonight is so important. New research coming out of some of America’s most respected institutions is starting to find that sugar, the way many people are eating it today, is a toxin and could be a driving force behind some of this country’s leading killers, including heart disease.

As a result of these findings, an anti-sugar campaign has sprung up, led by Dr. Robert Lustig, a California endocrinologist, who believes the consumption of added sugars has plunged America into a public health crisis.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Is sugar toxic?

Dr. Robert Lustig: I believe it is.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Do you ever worry that that’s– it just sounds a little bit over the top?

Dr. Robert Lustig: Sure. All the time. But it’s the truth.

Dr. Robert Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco and a pioneer in what is becoming a war against sugar.

Motivated by his own patients — too many sick and obese children – Dr. Lustig has concluded that sugar, more than any other substance, is to blame.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: What are all these various diseases that you say are linked to sugar?

Dr. Robert Lustig: Obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease itself.

Lustig says the American lifestyle is killing us.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: And most of it you say is preventable?

Dr. Robert Lustig: Seventy-five percent of it is preventable.

While Dr. Lustig has published a dozen scientific articles on the evils of sugar, it was his lecture on YouTube, called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” that brought his message to the masses.

[YouTube Video: I’m standing here today to recruit you in the war against bad food.]

By “bad food” Dr. Lustig means the obvious things such as table sugar, honey, syrup, sugary drinks and desserts, but also just about every processed food you can imagine, where sugar is often hidden: yogurts and sauces, bread, and even peanut butter. And what about the man-made, often vilified sweetener, high fructose corn syrup?

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Is it worse than just table sugar?

Dr. Robert Lustig: No. ‘Cause it’s the exact same. They are basically equivalent. The problem is they’re both bad. They’re both equally toxic.

Since the 1970s, sugar consumption has gone down nearly 40 percent, but high fructose corn syrup has more than made up the difference. Dr. Lustig says they are both toxic because they both contain fructose — that’s what makes them sweet and irresistible.

Dr. Robert Lustig: We love it. We go out of our way to find it. I think one of the reasons evolutionarily is because there is no food stuff on the planet that has fructose that is poisonous to you. It is all good. So when you taste something that’s sweet, it’s an evolutionary Darwinian signal that this is a safe food.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: We were born this way?

Dr. Robert Lustig: We were born this way.

Central to Dr. Lustig’s theory is that we used to get our fructose mostly in small amounts of fruit — which came loaded with fiber that slows absorption and consumption — after all, who can eat 10 oranges at a time? But as sugar and high fructose corn syrup became cheaper to refine and produce, we started gorging on them. Americans now consume 130 pounds per person a year — that’s a third of a pound every day.

Dr. Lustig believes those sweeteners are helping fuel an increase in the most deadly disease in America: heart disease. For years, he’s been a controversial voice.

[Kimber Stanhope: Here is our oral isotope…]

But now, studies done by Kimber Stanhope, a nutritional biologist at the University of California, Davis are starting to back him up. She’s in the middle of a groundbreaking, five-year study which has already shown strong evidence linking excess high fructose corn syrup consumption to an increase in risk factors for heart disease and stroke. That suggests calories from added sugars are different than calories from other foods.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The mantra that you hear from most nutritionists is that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie.

Kimber Stanhope: And I think the results of the study showed clearly that is not true.

Stanhope’s conclusions weren’t easy to come by. Nutrition studies are expensive and difficult. Stanhope has paid groups of research subjects to live in this hospital wing for weeks at a time, under a sort of 24-hour lockdown. They undergo scans and blood tests – every calorie they ingest, meticulously weighed and prepared.

Kimber Stanhope: They’re never out of our sight. So we do know that they are consuming exactly what we need them to consume.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: And they’re not sneaking any candy bars on the side.

Kimber Stanhope: Yeah, right, exactly.

For the first few days, participants eat a diet low in added sugars, so baseline blood levels can be measured.

[Research assistant: So remember you guys have to finish all of your Kool-Aid. ]

Then, 25 percent of their calories are replaced with sweetened drinks and Stanhope’s team starts drawing blood every 30 minutes around the clock. And those blood samples? They revealed something disturbing.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: And what are you starting to see?

Kimber Stanhope: We found that the subjects who consumed high fructose corn syrup had increased blood levels of LDL cholesterol and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: How quickly did these changes occur?

Kimber Stanhope: Within two weeks.

Kimber Stanhope’s study suggests that when a person consumes too much sweet stuff, the liver gets overloaded with fructose and converts some of it into fat. Some of that fat ends up in the bloodstream and helps generate a dangerous kind of cholesterol called small dense LDL. These particles are known to lodge in blood vessels, form plaque and are associated with heart attacks.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Did it surprise you when you first got these results back?

Kimber Stanhope: I would have to say I was surprised because when I saw our data, I started drinking and eating a whole lot less sugar. I would say our data surprised me.

So imagine, for these healthy young people, drinking a sweetened drink might be just as bad for their hearts as the fatty cheeseburgers we’ve all been warned about since the 1970s. That’s when a government commission mandated that we lower fat consumption to try and reduce heart disease.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: So with the best of intentions, they say, “Time to reduce fat in the American diet?”

Dr. Robert Lustig: Exactly. And we did. And guess what? Heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and death are skyrocketing.

Dr. Lustig believes that’s primarily because we replaced a lot of that fat with added sugars.

Dr. Robert Lustig: Take the fat out of food, it tastes like cardboard. And the food industry knew that. So they replaced it with sugar.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: This idea that sugar increases this particularly bad LDL, the small dense particles that are associated with heart disease. Do most doctors– do they know this?

Dr. Robert Lustig: No, they do not know this. This is new.

And it turns out, sugar has become a major focus in cancer research too. Lewis Cantley, is looking at the connection.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: If you limit your sugar you decrease your chances of developing cancer?

Lewis Cantley: Absolutely.

Cantley, a Harvard professor and the head of the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center, says when we eat or drink sugar, it causes a sudden spike in the hormone insulin, which can serve as a catalyst to fuel certain types of cancers.

Lewis Cantley: What we’re beginning to learn is that insulin can cause adverse effects in the various tissues. And of particular concern is cancer.

Why? Nearly a third of some common cancers — including breast and colon cancers — have something called insulin receptors on their surface. Insulin binds to these receptors and signals the tumor to start consuming glucose.

Lewis Cantley: This is your body…

Every cell in our body needs glucose to survive. But the trouble is, these cancer cells also use it to grow.

Lewis Cantley: So if you happen to have the tumor that has insulin receptors on it then it will get stimulated to take up the glucose that’s in the bloodstream rather than go into fat or muscle, the glucose goes into the tumor. And the tumor uses it to grow.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: So you’ve just seen that tumor turn blue which is essentially reflective of glucose going into it.

Lewis Cantley: That’s right.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: So these cancers, much in the same way that muscle will say, “Hey, I’d like some of that glucose, the fat says, “I would like some of that glucose,” the cancers have learned how to do this themselves as well?

Lewis Cantley: Yes. So they have evolved the ability to hijack that flow of glucose that’s going by in the bloodstream into the tumor itself.

Lewis Cantley’s research team is working on developing drugs that will cut off the glucose supply to cancer cells and keep them from growing. But until there’s a breakthrough, Cantley’s advice? Don’t eat sugar. And if you must, keep it to a minimum.

Lewis Cantley: In fact– I– you know, I live my life that way. I rarely eat sugar.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: When you see a sugary drink or if I were to offer you one, what– with all that you know, what’s going through your mind?

Lewis Cantley: I probably would turn it down and get a glass of water.

But for most of us, that’s easier said than done…

Eric Stice: It turns out sugar is much more addictive than I think we had sort of realized early on.

Eric Stice, a neuroscientist at the Oregon Research Institute, is using functional MRI scanners to learn how our brains respond to sweetness.

Eric Stice: Sugar activates our brain in a special way. That’s very reminiscent of, you know, drugs like cocaine.

That’s right. Cocaine.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Let’s give it a shot…

I climbed into the MRI scanner to see how my brain would respond. That’s a straw that’s been rigged to deliver a tiny sip of soda into my mouth.

Eric Stice: Stay as still as you can, ok?

Just as it hit my tongue, the scanner detected increased blood rushing to certain regions of my brain. In these images, the yellow areas show that my reward region is responding to the sweet taste. Dopamine – a chemical that controls the brain’s pleasure center – is being released, just as it would in response to drugs or alcohol.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: So dopamine is released. That sort of makes me feel good. I’m experiencing some pleasure from having this Coke.

Eric Stice: Right, that euphoric effect.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: So far be it for people to realize this ’cause sugar is everywhere, but you’re saying this is one of the most addictive substances possibly that we have?

Eric Stice: It certainly is very good at firing the reward regions in our brain.

Eric Stice says by scanning hundreds of volunteers, he’s learned that people who frequently drink sodas or eat ice cream or other sweet foods may be building up a tolerance, much like drug users do. As strange as it sounds, that means the more you eat, the less you feel the reward. The result: you eat more than ever.

Eric Stice: If you overeat these on a regular basis it causes changes in the brain that basically it blunts your reward region response to the food, so then you eat more and more to achieve the same satisfaction you felt originally.

With all this new science emerging, we wanted to hear from the sugar industry, so we visited Jim Simon, who’s on the board of the Sugar Association, at a sugar cane farm in Louisiana.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Would it surprise you that almost every scientist that we talked to in researching this story told us they are eliminating all added sugars. They’re getting rid of it because they’re concerned about the health impacts.

Jim Simon: To say that the American consuming public is going to completely omit, eliminate, sweeteners out of their diet I don’t think gets us there.

Simon cautions that eliminating sugar wrongly vilifies one food, rather than working towards the long-term solution of reducing calories and exercising.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: You know, a lot of people, Jim, are saying that sugar is different. That it is bad for your heart and is causing a lot of the problems we’re talking about. It is addictive and in some cases might even fuel cancers. What would you – I mean you’ve looked at this. You must have looked at some of these studies. What do you say about that?

Jim Simon: The science is not completely clear here.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: But some of that’s, but some of these studies exist. I mean, what is a consumer, what are they to make of all that?

Jim Simon: Well, I would say to them, that they’ve got to approach, their diet in balance.

Dr. Robert Lustig agrees — we need a balanced diet — but his idea of balance is a drastic reduction in sugar consumption. To that end he co-authored an American Heart Association report recommending men should consume no more than 150 calories of added sugars a day. And women, just 100 calories. That’s less than the amount in just one can of soda.

Dr. Robert Lustig: Ultimately this is a public health crisis. And when it’s a public health crisis, you have to do big things and you have to do them across the board. Tobacco and alcohol are perfect examples. We have made a conscious choice that we’re not going to get rid of them, but we are going to limit their consumption. I think sugar belongs in this exact same wastebasket.

© 2012 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved.

Super size me?

Okay I’m going to begin this by stating a brief warning. This post is going to be essentially a venting session about some things that have been circulating in my thoughts lately. What has our society come to?

First of all, these reality shows that display the lives of individuals similar to the one above are gaining more and more popularity.  Viewers are enjoying watching the lives of these morbidly obese people…but who is stopping to ask how does this make us look as a society?

Shows like man vs food for instance prides himself on the challenge of consuming extreme portion sizes, spiciness etc for the attraction of viewers and increase in ratings.  While many societies especially in the west are struggling with obesity, the harsh reality according to the United Nations, is that one in seven people of the world are going to bed hungry each night. You can count that most of America however is not.

Granted of course we cannot be naive. We too are also suffering with many issues and even here people  are struggling with hunger.  But obesity is at an all time high and more importantly in my opinion, childhood obesity.  Our children our growing up in an environment where instantaneous technology poses a fast tracked lifestyle.  Fast food “restaurants” are located at every turn it seems.  Let’s be real.  Restaurants are in the business to make money.  Tasty, salty, sweet, calorie dense food is what sells. Even items that you may think are healthy and are advertised as such can be extremely unhealthy. Take IHOP for example, the Country Omelette along with a suggested side dish of Harvest Grain and Nut Pancakes, for example, contains 1,840 calories which is almost a day’s requirement, with over half of these coming from the 119g of fat. (Source: http://www.ihop-menu.com/ihop-nutritionalinformation.html)

Also, our education on health, knowledge of nutrition and motivation for physical activity is declining with the increase of video games and technological innovations….who plays outside these days?

We must counter this norm. Shows like “Biggest Loser” bring awareness to the obesity epidemic, but is it enough? Portion sizes are out of control. Foods are becoming more genetically modified to increase quantitative demand. Fast and more is valued over quality and health. If we can make changes now we can prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and other infections in the future.

How can you help? Be the change. Be a motivator for your friends and family. Of course if you fluke at some point and enjoy a cheeseburger from your favorite diner you aren’t going to die. But we must make these changes and allow them to become part of who we are. Become someone who challenges the norm, promotes a healthy lifestyle and educates themselves about nutritious choices.

 

When we’re young we think nothing we do now really matter on our bodies in the long run. We are invincible. The truth is, every bite we take and exercise we do counts towards the future. Will you be able to fight off diseases plagued by age? Do you want to live passed 100 and your friends to be there with you? Prevent cancers, diseases and osteoporosis?

I know I want to be healthy for the duration of my life. Not just in the beginning. I also want to be a mentor for my future children and have them be the change of their generation.

 

Start now.

…You won’t be sorry!

Thanks for reading my mini vent session. Happy eating and exercising!

XOXO,

J

P.S. Keep up with the fitness challenge of the week: 30 minutes of working out each day!! YOU CAN DO IT!

Juicing…and my first video? yikes.

Hey all! So I woke up today knowing I wanted to blog but not sure about what and if I would have the time. I ran into this gentleman at the grocery store who shared his story of juicing with me and I thought it was really inspirational…and I was so proud of him… that I decided to tell his story via video. But let me forewarn you…I am noooo media design girl. I have no knowledge of anything that has to do with editing or what not so this is rough.

I’m just talking into the computer trying to pretend someone is listening…

Don’t laugh? or do ! haha I don’t care but I do hope you get the message.

 

HAHA. Well…all I can say is that hopefully I get better at this video thing or this might be my first and last one.

 

 

What should you do?

Go to the website: FAT SICK and NEARLY DEAD CLICK HERE

 

Then go to Netflix or buy the documentary and watch it. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK, believe me.  Maybe think about doing the 10-day challenge. I did it for five days during the summer and noticed a great change in my skin, my feelings etc. I incorporate juicing every now and then because it’s a quick jolt of nutrients that the body responds to quickly.

 

Good luck!

Happy juicing…xoxo

J

 

H to the O

H20:

Our bodies are comprised of mostly water. Conceptually I can barely wrap my mind around that but it reiterates what everyone has always said…drink more water. Now I’ll be honest I am a huge diet coke drinker. I know I know your face must look like this:

 

 

But after reading a lot of information about the fake sugars—sucralose, aspartame etc…I am definitely working on changing my ways.  (Future post about this soon!)

 

There are several studies that have proven the great effects of water…clearer skin, faster metabolism, hydration!, weigh-loss etc etc.
But there are those people out there that HATE water. I’m not sure how, it is the best thing to drink when you are in desperate need of something to quench the thirst. So there are many options:

1.) Squeeze some fresh lemon juice into it

2.) Soak a lime for a while in a vat of water allowing it to infuse into the water.

3.) Cucumber water! Always available at spas…there has to be something good about it…

4.) Raspberry water? ohh gettin’ fancy on meh!

5.) Frozen fruit ice cubes! How to: get an ice cube tray…add some kiwi, pieces of strawberry or raspberries and some water, freeze and pop into a glass of water for a great tasting drink! Perfect for summertime.

The goal should be to try to be creative, giving the taste buds some new flavors yet still getting the 8 recommended glasses a day!
How have you been with the fitness challenge of the week? Have you been parking as far away as possible each time you drive? Or are you still fighting for the first spot next to the grocery store.  Keep working at it!

 

xoxo CHEERS!

J