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FAT-2-FIT- Week 15 (Expert Secrets)

FAT-2-FIT- Week 15 (Expert Secrets)

Feb 21, 2011

Our question this week is: What is the most common weakness or obstacle that hinders your clientele in pursuing and obtaining their fitness goals and how do you fix it? 1. I have found the way to get people beyond this obstacle is to help them recognize that their health, or lack there of, didn’t happen overnight, and will take time to heal. We need to be patient and loving with our bodies though the process, and understand that when given the right tools (daily exercise, good nutrition)and time, we can achieve all of our health/fitness goals.  Patience and persistence are the keys. Oh, and of course… love. Gotta love yourself. The more we love ourselves, the more we will actively care for the health and wellness of our body. Andrea Beaman Twitter Facebook Wishing you health, Andrea Beaman, HHC, CHEF www.AndreaBeaman.com 2. The most common obstacle for most of my clients is their diet. Nutrition is 80 percent of the success component of weight loss and where it is easy to instruct clients, I am only with them 3-4 hours a week, the rest is up to them. I find that it is impossible to out train a poor diet. In many cases, the client may be eating healthy, but either they are eating too much or they are dealing with metabolic disorders. This is a scenario where even with lowered caloric intake and plenty of exercise, the body is unable to access its stored body fat due to the increased insulin levels. This particular group should stay away from starchy carbs of any kind, healthy or not, if they are looking to lose weight. I will usually have them to begin a foodjournal, “ if you bite it you write it”, and that helps them to start getting a more concise view of their dietary habits. Teryl Worster Owner/ Fitness Director 678.450.1570 www.spaongreenstreet.com www.bodysanctuaryinc.com www.bodysanctuaryinc.com/blog/ 3. The most common obstacle that hinders not only my clients, but people in general is nutrition.  People think they’re eating healthy and they’re not and it’s not their fault.  There is so much misinformation out there about what healthy foods are that most people unknowingly are eating foods that really aren’t healthy...

Chicken Kabobs on the Grill

Chicken Kabobs on the Grill

Feb 20, 2011

Nothing says spring like firing up the grill and popping open a light frothy beverage on the pool deck, backyard deck, or patio.  This is a healthy favorite that the entire family enjoys preparing, cooking, and of course eating.  The first thing is the shopping list, though most of these items you may already have. Depending on taste and supply there are a bunch of alterations and substitutes to this basic recipe.  The Chicken and Apples are the most important ingredients, the rest you can experiment with.  My husband even likes to add a little beer in the marinade and sometimes a little ‘liquid smoke’.   Whatever your tastes are this is always as easy as one-two-three. Shopping List Chicken Breasts-2 pounds Dale’s Sauce-Half Cup Fresh Garlic-4 Cloves Orange Juice-1 Cup Honey-2 tlbs Ginger-1 tsp Bell Pepper-1 Large Above to Marinate 6-24 hours before Grilling Cameo or Fuji Apples-2 Large Onion-1/2 Large Fresh Mushrooms-10 whole First Step: Preparing the Marinade Cube Cut the chicken in one inch squares.  Slice up the Bell Pepper in thick 2 inch slivers.  Put both in bowl with Dale’s, Garlic, Orange Juice, Honey, and Ginger. Second Step: Next Day Fixing Skewers Cube Cut Apples, Mushrooms, and Onions (can be wedged or cubed).  Take a skewer and puncture through the middle of the chicken, apple, pepper, onion, and mushroom (cubes or slivers) in alternating order. Changing the order can change how the flavors mix and can be a fun way to change up this dish from time to time. Third Step: Grilling Pre-fire the Grill on high for 5 minutes.  Lay skewers across the grill rotating them 3 times on 7 minuteintervals.  Use grill tongs to spin the skewers to save your fingers.  Stainless steel skewers are the best though using wood skewers are fine as long as you soak them well in water before using. (otherwise they catch fire) Serve this over long-grain dirty rice from the steamer, salad, or the kids preference, french fries. You can also substitute the chicken with beef, scallops, or tofu for absolutely yummy results. Enjoy this recipe and comment on any changes or alterations you may have tried....

Black Eyed Peas with Chorizo-Andrea Beaman

Black Eyed Peas with Chorizo-Andrea Beaman

Feb 3, 2011

1 1/2 cups Black Eyed Peas, soaked overnight (or two 15oz cans, rinsed) 3 cups water 2 bay leaves 1 tbsp. olive oil 2 onions, peeled and diced 5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 1 tbsp. fresh oregano (1 tsp. dried oregano) 1 1/2 cups chicken stock (or water) 3-4 oz chorizo, diced 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt Fresh black pepper 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced Discard soaking water from black eyed peas.  Add 3 cups fresh water and bring peas to a boil.  Skim and discard foam that rises to the top.  Add bay leaves, cover and simmer on low flame one hour. Add 1 tsp. sea salt and continue cooking 15-20 minutes or until beans soften. In a deep frying pan saute onion and garlic 2-3 minutes.  Add cooked beans and bay leaves, chicken stock, oregano and chorizo.  Season the dish with remaining sea salt (1/2 tsp.) and black pepper.  Adjust to taste.  Cover and cook on medium/low heat 15 minutes.  Garnish with fresh parsley. YouTube Successfully healing her incurable thyroid disease with health-promoting foods, exercise and other natural therapies was the catalyst that transformed Andrea Beaman’s life, health and profession. Andrea is the author of The Whole Truth – How I Naturally Reclaimed My Health, and You Can Too! The inspirational story that follows her eye-opening journey from sickness to wellness.  Poignant, funny and informative, this book reveals that freedom from disease is possible when you discover how to get to the root cause and make the necessary diet and lifestyle improvements that can transform your health. She is also the author of The Eating and Recipe Guide that contains over 120 delicious and nutritious recipes.  Her third book Health is Wealthis coming soon. Andrea was a featured contestant on BRAVO’s TOP CHEF.   And, as seen on Barbara Walter’s THE VIEW and CBS News, Andrea is a food expert with the wisdom to help you clean out your body and get healthy. As the host of WISE UP! Andrea travels across the country seeking life-enhancing activities, alternative therapies, holistic health and organic foods. Andrea also hosts the award nominated FED UP! A cooking show that teaches viewers how to cook for specific health conditions. Andrea’s shows can be found on Veria; DISH network channel 218 as well as channel 162 on Verizon...

4 “Healthy” Foods You Should Avoid

4 “Healthy” Foods You Should Avoid

Feb 2, 2011

Shari Fitness We all know there are many foods that are  supposedly “healthy” foods that really aren’t.  This creates a lot of confusion for many people  and even I have been fooled.  I was recently asked by my followers to help clear up some of the conflicting information on foods such as soy, egg yolks, grains and “diet” foods. Fortunately, I’ve got a great resource to turn to, one of the top holistic nutritionists, Yuri Elkaim, who I learn so much from and so will you. I’m often amazed (and disgusted) at what the food industry is allowed to get away with. Today, I want to blow the whistle on 4 supposedly healthy foods that I would recommend you avoid. Let’s get right into it. 1. Unfermented Soy Soy is one of the highest plant sources of protein but that’s about all it’s got going for it, especially unfermented soy. The problem with soy boils down to the fact that it is a very powerful source of phytoestrogens, which elevate the estrogen levels in your body. This is a big problem nowadays as we are seeing more and more people develop “estrogen dominance” related problems like endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and general weight gain – just to name a few. Since estrogen promotes cell division/growth it is also a stimulating factor in the development of many types of cancer. Not great if you ask me. The other issue with soy is that it suppresses your thyroid. These “goitrogenic” properties reduce your thyroid function and thus your overall metabolism. Since the thyroid is the master gland of metabolism, any disruption to it will inevitably cause you to pack on the pounds. This is a common issue in those with hypothyroidism (which I have). On the flip side, fermented soy products like tempeh and miso are OK to eat and are actually really good for you. But it’s the processed, unfermented versions of soy (tofu, soy milk, etc…) that are the big problem. 2. “Low-Fat”, “Low-Sugar”, “Diet” In general, I recommend that you steer clear of packaged foods.  Mainly because they are made by companies that have no interest in your health. Case in point – any...

Yogurt Nutriton Labels: Going Beyond the Packaging

Yogurt Nutriton Labels: Going Beyond the Packaging

Jan 20, 2011

The issue of obesity and health issues surrounding it, have recently been thrust into the spotlight and rightfully so. The food industry is aware of this, and knows that people are taking more of an interest in diet, health and weight loss.   The packaging and advertising of many of the food products you see in the grocery claim to be good choices to make as part of a healthy diet or weight loss plan. Too often, many consumers aren’t looking beyond the advertisements and product packaging to take  a close look at the nutrition labels of many of these foods. I’m going to share with you something about me.  A few years ago, despite my efforts in the gym and what I though were good nutritional choices, I was a perpetual “before” picture.  I didn’t have a sweet tooth, wasn’t eating fast foods, or drinking soda.  What I was eating was lots of yogurt and “healthy” frozen entrees that according to the packaging, would help promote weight loss as part of a healthy diet and took it at face value never once bothering to take an interest in the nutrition or ingredient label. Let’s take a look behind the labels of one of my favorite foods, yogurt, and compare: Foodeducate.com took a look at Yoplait yogurt. If you visit Yoplait’s website, they provide the nutritional information.  Foodeducate.com took a look at the nutritional highlights and ingredients of a 6 oz. Yoplait Original Yogurt . As Foodeducate.com points out, the yogurt contains awhopping 27 grams of sugar!!!!  With that amount of sugar, you may as well be eating a candy bar!  It also has33 grams of carbohydrate which according to their label, is 11% of the recommended Daily Value.  As for protein, you’re looking at only 5 grams and no fiber. What are the ingredients that make up Yoplait Yogurt? Here are the ingredients provided by Fooducate.com in which they highlighted the added sugars: Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Low Fat Milk, Sugar, Strawberries, Modified Corn Starch, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Nonfat Milk, Kosher Gelatin, Citric Acid, Tricalcium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Pectin, Colored with Carmine, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3. This hardly makes for a weight...

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Jan 14, 2011

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing 2 beets Water 3 cups baby spinach, washed 1/4 cup pecans, roasted 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 1 cup strawberries 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 1 tsp. honey Sea salt, to taste Cook beets in boiling water for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain beets and set aside to cool. Put spinach into a large salad bowl and mix with crumbled feta and roasted pecans. Slice beets into thin half moons and add to salad. Puree strawberries in a blender or food processor with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and sea salt. Drizzle strawberry dressing onto salad. YouTube Successfully healing her incurable thyroid disease with health-promoting foods, exercise and other natural therapies was the catalyst that transformed Andrea Beaman’s life, health and profession. Andrea is the author of The Whole Truth – How I Naturally Reclaimed My Health, and You Can Too! The inspirational story that follows her eye-opening journey from sickness to wellness.  Poignant, funny and informative, this book reveals that freedom from disease is possible when you discover how to get to the root cause and make the necessary diet and lifestyle improvements that can transform your health. She is also the author of The Eating and Recipe Guide that contains over 120 delicious and nutritious recipes.  Her third book Health is Wealthis coming soon. Andrea was a featured contestant on BRAVO’s TOP CHEF.   And, as seen on Barbara Walter’s THE VIEW and CBS News, Andrea is a food expert with the wisdom to help you clean out your body and get healthy. As the host of WISE UP! Andrea travels across the country seeking life-enhancing activities, alternative therapies, holistic health and organic foods. Andrea also hosts the award nominated FED UP! A cooking show that teaches viewers how to cook for specific health conditions. Andrea’s shows can be found on Veria; DISH network channel 218 as well as channel 162 on Verizon FiOS Andrea is dedicated to sharing knowledge about how we can reclaim our health. Educating people about better foods and lifestyle is her specialty and she does it in and easy to digest and fun way. She teaches natural foods cooking classes and health supportive seminars at The Natural Gourmet, The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, The Open Center, Whole Foods , and...