What sets you up for poor choices? We all have circumstances or settings that leave us at our weakest, when we're more likely to succumb to the temptation of unhealthy eating. "If it weren't for x, y, or z, I wouldn't have fallen head first off my eating plan," we think. They're our personal triggers, the situations that can undermine our good judgment, dampen our resolve or fuel the bad habits we're trying to leave behind. Identifiying them is half the battle - and an important step in making a healthy diet a new way of life! Although they vary from person to person, these 10 are among the most common triggers my clients share. Read on and see which ones fit your experience!
More than ever, we are a sedentary society. Whether working at computers all day or spending our evenings online or in front of a T.V., we sit for hours on end, which wreaks havoc on our health, alignment and flexibility. Even when we're walking, we may be hanging our heads as we check texts or social media messages! How can we counter the negative effects of our sedentary time and its toll on our posture? Check out these exercises with video demonstrations for stretches that can put you in better alignment each day.
Bearing a child can be one of the most beautiful times in a woman’s life but, equally, one of the most confusing! From what we read online, research in books or even hear from our prenatal care team, the suggestions we round up can contradict each other. I’ve been a nutrition coach for years and have assisted many clients through their pregnancies, but I also recently went through the process of bearing a child myself. Since then, I’ve learned even more about all of the obstacles and stressors that women commonly face during these months. Below are some of my best suggestions for self care and optimum health during pregnancy.
Are you eating enough healthy fat? Losing body fat is a tricky dance that involves creating a slight but consistent energy deficit while achieving more adequate intake of nutrients to maintain or increase metabolic rate – all while controlling hunger and willpower in an unfriendly food world. It’s a choreography that many try but few truly master. If only they used more butter… Does it sound too good to be true? Let’s take apart what really happens when we incorporate more healthy fats into our diets and why it becomes easier to shed the body fat we want to lose.
How do your friends influence your waistline? Research continually demonstrates that we change our habits to mirror those in our social circles without necessarily thinking about it. In other words, if our friends and family members are making poor choices, their example can end up impacting our health and body weight. While we don’t need to let go of caring, long-term friendships and relationships, it’s important to have as many people as possible in our lives who are healthy and prioritize choices that enhance well-being. We can seek out new relationships by connecting with those who have similar goals. Among our most successful group programs for this vision are Life Time’s group training classes, known as T.E.A.M Weight Loss, T.E.A.M Fitness and T.E.A.M Bootcamp. All three programs offer our members a positive and motivating group dynamic for their personal journeys. The programs also create a community in which our members share ideas and support with one another as they practice healthy behaviors together. Read on to learn more about T.E.A.M. and what it can do for your transformation journey!
Some days it’s harder than others to feel progress and enthusiasm for our larger goals. We’re tired. We’re overrun. Our normal schedule went out the window hours ago. On those days, we do well to let the big picture go and simply focus on the next right thing. Lucky for us, major results come from small steps - seemingly inconsequential ones at that. It’s the confluence of these decisions throughout a day, however, that create the trajectory of change we’re looking for - the continual shift that spurs our gradual transformation. For the times when you pause in a breakneck speed day wondering what you should do next or for the days when you could simply use a small win, check out these 5-minute health commitments.