Why Can’t I Just Stop Overeating?

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It’s 7:30pm.  I had a very healthy dinner and I do not need any more food today.  But, as I sit on my couch my mind sounds something like this: “I could use something chocolate.  Is there something in the cupboard?” “You know, I think there is some popcorn in the pantry.” “Ohhh, that would taste great with caramel drizzled over it.” “What about some crackers with cheese.  Just a couple, maybe 10.  Oh, and a glass of wine.” ……. It goes on and on, even though I know I am not going to eat.  I rarely give in anymore.  Mostly, I just tell my brain that I am not really hungry.  “Yes you are” my brain says.  “Well” I answer. “If I am, I am still not going to eat”. Sometimes I just go to bed or I drink lots of herbal tea.  Other times I read, clean house, listen to music, etc. Sometimes I ask my brain what is the actual feeling I am feeling.  The one that is making me want to eat.  I learned this from Brooke Castillo and Susan Hyatt back in 2009, when I took their weight school.  The answer is usually, bored / tired / anxious … yet, I still haven’t quite mastered keeping the thoughts from coming.  I am just now mastering not listening or obeying these thoughts. I control my thoughts.  My thoughts don’t control me.  Why am I telling you this?  Well, it is almost February.  And, did you know that February is the biggest month for personal trainers, after many have started and failed at their New Years Resolution Diets? So I am giving you a leg up.  A fresh start. This is so great for your brain – and BONUS it spills into other things you do in life. I invite you to their free webinar – you will be glad you attended....

Bookmark for January!

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Let’s talk about a woman’s body image / food / life …. Here are a few of my beliefs: Pick what you want to be and be it – but know that if you are heavy and unhappy, you have the power to be happy Know that our world is very visual… it just is. You can change your body, but only if you want to – not if someone else wants it for you. Sometimes when you are heavy –  it is like a blanket. When you are ready, the way to remove the blanked becomes apparent Life is a journey – every experience teaches you something You can be fit, healthy and thin and not obsess about it – revolutionary concept! I won’t bore you with the details of my life.  But, just know that I was an overweight kid from 4th to 6th grade.  Kids were mean to me.  It made me more compassionate and more understanding, but it also made me more determined.  I thinned out and stayed thin until I had kids.  I then ate everything under the sun while pregnant (it was like a free pass!) and I have never really gotten it off.  Or, maybe I didn’t want to – until now! I did Weight Watchers (points gone by 3pm).  I worked out like a fiend (and ate like one too).  I did Jenny Craig.  I worked on my emotional component to eating.  I snacked on my kids food and ate when I wasn’t hungry.  I ate late at night.  I ate to relax, to curb anxiety, for fun, for pleasure, just because. …..  By now you probably think I was a HUGE WOMAN, but I love exercise, so I worked out more than most humans and maintained about 35 lbs of extra weight. Then, I took the plunge to Raw Fitness.  Now this isn’t for everyone – seriously, it is exercise.  It is work.  It is a place to change your life.  But I took the journey in May and I am still here.  I love it.  In fact, I think it might be a little addicting! HERE IS WHAT I LOVE I need to workout with a team. I need the social aspect. I need the fun. I need the team – did I already say that? Raw Fitness gives me all of that with support and fun and none of the catty / cliquee type atmosphere.  Words cannot express my love for this gym!  These people – all on the same journey.  Different ages.  As an example, I am about to turn 40.  I work out with all ages 20’s to 50’s and whatever – it doesn’t matter.  We are there to work “Easy Day” as Justin says while trying to kill us HERE IS WHERE I AM Since May, I have lost 17 lbs and 12% body fat.  But really, I don’t care that much about the weight – well I do in some sense, but what I want to be is healthy and look good in whatever I want to wear.  I still have more to go, but I am not sure how much more.  I guess I will know when I get there.  Another gift from Raw is strength and endurance.  Yet another gift is better nutrition for my kids and my family.  They are starting to follow in my footsteps and I kind of feel like I am changing the next generation’s food relationship. HERE IS WHAT IS GOING ON So, I invited Justin to blog and tell you all the things he shares with us as a Raw Fitness team.  Did I mention he is a single dad – well was until a beautiful woman came into his life.  I says this because I think it really shows when a man stands up – takes responsibility for his kid and raises him – Some may say women do that all the time.  True, so isn’t it extra amazing when a man does it!  Just a little insight into the mind of Justin. I invite you to come try a week of fitness.  Justin (the owner of Raw Fitness) lets anyone come and try it free for a week.  I must confess that I tried it for a week over a year ago and didn’t stay because I didn’t enroll in the Fit in 42 program (this incorporates food and workouts).  Once I did that with a friend, I will never go back! Ever!!!!!! WELCOME TO MOMS IN VEGAS, JUSTIN BLUM Please welcome Justin to Moms in Vegas by liking his Facebook page and reading a little about his gym and the people at his gym.  He is a force and a brilliant man.  If you are ready to take off the blanket, he is there for you – BUT it is all about you.  If you fail / decide not to be successful/ quit.  That is OK but it is all you.  In fact, that is true of everything you do in life. Own it!   So, eat your yummy holiday treats – Justin even approves – but bookmark this post for January – or maybe contact them before and just sign yourself up for January’s program – it will sell out!!!!! Here is the number: (702) 324-6583 – talk to Amber and tell her Moms in Vegas sent you (side note:  I receive...

Protect Your Family From Food Poisoning When Eating Out

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Las Vegas Food Poisoning Protection For Your Family With the recent restaurant scare at Firefly in Las Vegas that sent over 100 people to the hospital with salmonella, I decided to do some research on advice to help minimize your chances that you or your family will get food poisoning when eating out.  Here is what I discovered: Dr. Oz has published a few very informative articles online including “Restaurant Secrets Putting Your Health At Risk”  and “Shocking Restaurant Secrets – Avoid Food Poisoning” where he talks about different solutions to restaurant practices that can make you sick.  I read them, took my favorites and made more suggestions below.  At the bottom of this post are two links to the articles, that go into more depth on the food poisoning subject. Restaurant Lemons Are Dirtier Than The Floor … Dr. Oz discovered five out of five lemons from five different restaurants were coated with germs including mold, bacteria, staph and Candida yeast.  To protect you and your family order lemons on the side and squeeze them yourself, making sure the juice doesn’t touch the lemon rind.  Or, my opinion is don’t order lemons / bring your own. A dirty bathroom means a dirty kitchen …. ew!  If a restaurant can’t be bothered to keep the toilets and sinks clean, then imagine what their refrigeration and work spaces look like in the kitchen. To protect you and your family, don’t eat anywhere if the trashcan is more than half full.  It indicates that cleanliness is not a priority and regular cleaning is not happening at the restaurant. Buffets are breeding grounds for bacteria … we all know that, but living in the land of buffets, here is how you can protect yourself and your family from food poisoning: If you want to eat at a buffet, go when it first opens to ensure the highest quality of freshness. For for lunch, aim for noon, and for dinner, go at 5 P.M. The daily special is a bad choice … because it is often made with aging ingredients that the chef needs to get rid of before they go bad.  To protect you and your family, avoid the daily specials. You’re More at Risk for Food Poisoning After 8 p.m …because ingredient prep time was hours before, giving bacteria a chance to multiply. To protect yourself and your family only order something grilled, broiled or boiled after 8pm. Menus Can Be Dirtier Than Toilet Seats … to protect yourself and your family hold the menus by the top corners, minimizing your exposure to bacteria (since most people hold the menus by the bottom).  I would also suggest washing your hands after you order your food or using anti bacterial wipes. Always Pack the Leftovers Yourself… remember you have no idea how your food will get into your leftover container; it could be with someone’s bare hands that have just wiped down a table. To protect yourself and your family ask for the to go container and pack your leftovers at your table. Read more from Oprah and Dr. Oz: Restaurant Secrets Putting Your Health At Risk Shocking Restaurant Secrets Avoid Food Poisoning If you were a victim of food poisoning in Las Vegas, learn more about your rights...

21 Day Cleanse

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I have a favorite 21 cleanse that I try to do once or twice a year.  What I love about this cleanse is that it is very easy to follow.  I feel great the whole time I am on the cleanse and my family can do it with me. Some of the days I modify for my kids, as you will see.  If you are looking for a gentle way to give your body a toxic break, this might be the cleanse for you. This is a progressive cleanse, meaning each new elimination builds on the food already eliminated from your diet. MY 21 DAY CLEANSE  Day 1 – 3 Eliminate from your diet:  Alcohol, All Sugar, Caffeine, Artificial Sweeteners, Artificial Coloring, Artificial Flavoring, All Packaged and Processed Foods Begin taking your Cleanse Vitamins to support your system Day 4 & 5 In addition to the foods eliminated already, eliminate All meat/fish/poultry Begin taking 1/2 scoop of protein powder twice a day – I use this one: Metagenics, UltraClear, Original Vanilla Flavor, 32.6 oz (924 g) Day 6 & 7 In addition to the foods eliminated already, eliminate all dairy products and eggs Increase your protein powder to 1 scoop twice a day Day 8 & 9 In addition to the foods eliminated already, eliminate gluten grains (wheat, oat, corn, spelt, barley, kamut) … what is available?  Quinoa, Rice, Millet & Buckwheat. Continue with 1 scoop of protein powder twice a day Day 10 In addition to the foods eliminated already, eliminate all grains and all nuts & seeds Increase your protein powder to 2 scoops twice a day Day 11 – 13 – these are the hardest days, when I usually modify for my kids In addition to the foods eliminated already, eliminate all legumes.  Eat only the fruits and veges below: Raw greens (red & green lettuce, spinach, romaine, endive) Cruciferous vegetables (kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts) Fresh apples and pears – freshly juiced or whole Canned apple or pear juice with NO SUGAR ADDED ONLY Increase your protein powder to 2 scoops three a day Day 14 Add back in all fruits and vegetables. Decrease your protein powder to 2 scoops twice a day Day 15 Add back in rice. Decrease your protein powder to 1 scoop twice a day Day 16 Add back in quinoa, millet, buckwheat and all gluten grains (this is where I modify too, since I don’t eat these grains, I don’t add them back in) Stay with 1 scoop of protein powder twice a day Day 17 Add back legumes Decrease your protein powder to 1/2 scoop twice a day Day 18 Add back dairy products & eggs (again, I don’t eat much dairy, but if you do, here is where you add it back in) Stay with 1/2 scoop of protein powder twice a day Day 19 – 21 Add back in meat/fish/poultry No protein powder is needed here *** Do not add back in sugar, alcohol, caffeine or artificial sweeteners/coloring/flavorings MY SUPPORT VITAMINS SLF (Liver Support) – 1 at breakfast & 1 at lunch here is a link to the product I use: Integrative Therapeutics SLF Forte, 120 Vcaps Renagen (Kidney Support) – 1 at breakfast & 1 at lunch here is a link to the product I use: Renagen DTX 60 Capsules Glycine Powder – 1/2 tsp. twice a day here is a link to the product I use: Vital Nutrients Glycine Powder 250g Antioxidant as suggested on the bottle here is a link to the product I use: Integrative Therapeutics Advanced Antioxidant Formula 60 Tablets Blue Heron – 4 at bedtime here is a link to the product I use: Integrative Therapeutics Blue Heron, 120 Capsules Daily Vitamins Ultra Clear Protein Powder for the cleanse here is a link to the protein powder I use for this cleanse: Metagenics, UltraClear, Original Vanilla Flavor, 32.6 oz (924 g) Let me just disclose that I am not a doctor and have no training in health or wellness.  This is simply the cleanse I like and feel free to take what you want from it and modify it as you or your doctor suggest....

Making the Paleo Change Step One

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Barriers to better eating for me and my family: 1. I am hungry now … I waited too long and now I am hungry and busy 2. I am tired and I don’t want to cook 3. I don’t like to be hungry Let me back up.  I want to lose the rest of my baby weight.  Yes, my kids are 10 years old!  I have 20 more pounds to go and that weight does not want to come off.  Understandably, this weight has been with me for over ten years now. I also want my family to be healthier and more fit.  I can see some bad habits around food forming in my kids. And, I am a huge exerciser.  I exercise 5-6 times a week for at least and hour and do all the crazy running / bootcamp / crossfit stuff that takes you to exhaustion.  So, I know my issue is what I am eating and how much I am eating. Enter Paleo.  My friends have done it with much success.  I love meat & veggies.  It goes well with my body type.   But, I have to start right, stick with it and adjust through the pitfalls and the setbacks.  I know that if I continue to try and adapt, this can be an actual lifestyle change …. and now you can come along with me too. Step One:  Grab a book or two on the subject – here is the one I purchased: The Complete Idot’s Guide to Eating Paleo I like this book a lot.  First off, I am a skimmer and this book is easy to find what you want to learn.  There is also a ton of recipes I have tried and like – you will see these recipes appear in future posts. In addition, it has a four week start plan which I have been modifying for my families need and work schedule.  It is going well....

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

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HEALTHY Back to School lunch ideas for kids by Mary Ricciardi, local fitness & nutrition expert 1.  Make your own lunchable: whole wheat crackers & nitrate free turkey cut up to fit crackers real cheddar cheese cut up to fit crackers   grapes & a be kind bar 2.  Make your own pizza lunchable: 2 whole wheat pita breads cut in halfs (makes 4 mini pizzas) mozzarella cheese & low sugar pizza sauce (whole foods or Trader Joe’s) carrot sticks & celery to dip in hummus (or ranch) if kids won’t eat hummus (my kids like red pepper & guacamole hummus) 3. PB&J made Healthy 2 slices of Ezekiel bread (sprouted Whole wheat) Organic fresh jelly or jam from Whole Foods Fresh honey from Whole Foods or Trader Joes All Natural Peanut Butter (my kids love the Whole Foods Brand) – make sure yours doesn’t have any Hydrogenated vegetable oils Cut up apples dipped in natural peanut butter 4.  Chicken Tacos 2 corn or 1 larger whole wheat tortilla- heat up ahead & wrap in a damp paper towel shredded chicken (already cooked) – heated up ahead of time & placed in a tupperware container Add tomatos, lettuce & salsa to your child’s liking in a separate container (Avocados too or guacamole use fruit fresh powder to keep from browning) They can make it at lunch. Strawberry Greek yogurt ( Or any flavor they like) Look for the less sugar ones and one Plum 5.  Quinoa Mexican Mix 1 cup cooked Quinoa 1 cup cooked black beans (salsa or mild sauce mixed in optional) Mixed veggies to dip in Hummus Cut up strawberries with a tablespoon of whipped cream 1 LARA Bar Can add veggies in Quinoa if your kids will eat! (cut up...