<img class="size-medium wp-image-6395" src="https://i1 click this.wp.com/www.ingredientsofafitchick.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/michael-pollan-1-356x445.jpg?resize=356%2C445" alt="michael pollan 1" data-recalc-dims="1" /> One of my clients and I were having a conversation about Michael Pollan and his books last week. This particular client eats very well and does not have an issue getting in plenty of vegetables. However, her concern was that most people don’t know how to eat enough vegetables. She said, “Pollan stated in one of his books, ‘Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.’ I don’t think most people know how to eat more vegetables and less processed foods.” That got me thinking. Why don’t I share a few tips on how to incorporate more plants into our diet and thus cut back on some of the refined foods we eat! Here are a few...

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  Something that comes up all too frequently with my clients is, “Why Am I Not Seeing Results” when it comes to their fitness goals. They are working out regularly following both their cardio and weight program and are ‘eating according to their plan’, yet nothing is changing. How could this be? My first question to them is always, “Are you really following your nutrition plan?” I usually get a bit of hesitation as they think about it and then they tell me ‘yes’. “Great! Please take this week to log all of your food for me. Include the time of day you are eating and the amount of each food. Also include the number of glasses of water you drink and how your energy levels...

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  Quite often my clients tell me that they can not seem to ever feel truly happy. No matter what they do nothing feels like it used to. They remember being happy at one point but can't seem to figure out what happened to change that happiness. This is where we begin to dive in and take a look at what has happened in the past. I found this great article from Rick Warren that fit perfectly with this topic and I wanted to share it with you today. It fits perfectly with this topic. ********************************************************** Many times our true happiness is weighed down or buried because of things we can’t seem to let go of. Instead we need to learn to let go and in many cases forget the...

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  Have you heard this before, “Whenever I start dating someone I gain weight” or “Once you’re married you always gain weight, you are comfortable with one another now” Why is this? You eat out more, you go to the movies (sitting more), and you let your regular gym program fall by the wayside. But this doesn’t have to be the case! Instead, why not try out some of these fun and calorie blasting activities that are sure to help generate a spark! Go apple picking Take a bike ride Take a dance lesson Play laser tag (or paintball) Go hiking Pick pumpkins and paint them Cook a meal together Try out a new exercise class (yoga? Kickboxing?) Site see a new city Walk through a...

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With back to school (and for many of us, back to work) season in full swing we need to make sure we are prepared with healthy snacks when we are short on time! Here is a list of 30 of my favorite snacks that are sure to satisfy any craving! Whether you enjoy sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, smooth, etc, there is something here for everyone!   Choose 1-2 from the list depending on your hunger levels and caloric needs for the day! 1 medium apple and 1 tbs peanut butter ½ cup carrot sticks and hummus 1 cup greek Yogurt and Berries 1 cup light popcorn and 2 tbs nuts 1 string cheese and 1oz crackers 2oz turkey and cheese roll ups ½ c cottage cheese and...

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It seems to be coming up a lot. My clients are telling me that no matter how much they eat, they can’t seem to stay full for very long! My first response to them is: “In the summer, we tend to crave lighter foods and do not need as much to keep us satisfied. But the summer has come to an end and we are heading into the colder months. Our bodies are designed to want to increase their calorie intake so that we are prepared for ‘hibernation’ in the winter” Although, this ‘need’ to store extra calories in the winter is not necessary anymore; our bodies do not know the difference. You will find that your cravings are now for the heartier meals like pasta...

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How To Improve Overhead Flexibility via Fitness Rising  Happy Tuesday! I bet you are all surprised to be receiving this post, huh?! ? Well, I have a little something different that I wanted to share with you and I just couldn’t wait! Last week I was approached by the owner of Fitness Rising, Jack Antonowicz, to shoot some pictures for an Overhead Flexibility Workout. Of course, I was really excited because Fitness Rising is an amazing and very highly respected website that is based out of Rhode Island. I am always happy when I get to coordinate with local businesses! I will be honest though, I was a bit nervous because a) I have never been photographed working out before (other than my awesome selfies ? and b) my shoulders...

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<img class="size-full wp-image-6183 aligncenter" src="https://i0.wp.com/www lexapro anxiety.ingredientsofafitchick.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/start-your-day-healthy-1.jpg?resize=500%2C252" alt="start your day healthy 1" data-recalc-dims="1" /> For many of us, our day starts with us running around trying to get set for the day. We have little time to kick off the day in a healthy way. So today, I am sharing a few tips that will help you set up your day for healthy success! Wake Up Earlier – Even just 20-30 minutes is enough time for you to squeeze in some of the following tips! Eat Breakfast – Starting your day with a healthy meal (instead of nothing or fast food) will not only give your body the energy that it needs, but also set you up for healthy eating success for the remainder of the day. Eat Veggies...

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As a follow up to last week’s article about the Sugar Addiction, I decided to put together today’s post with some great ways to help get rid of the sugar for good! Here are a few tips that you can use if you are struggling to eliminate sugar from your diet. Stop Buying It. If you don’t keep it in your house or office you will be forced to reach for healthier options such as vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and low sugar fruit. Plan Ahead. Try creating fresh and exciting meals that will keep your taste buds singing, but aren’t full of sugar. Who knows what new vegetable you might find! Drink Up. If you begin to have a craving for sugar, drink a glass of water....

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  As most of us know, one of the hardest habits to kick when it comes to cleaning up our nutrition is our addiction to sugar. Sugar is in almost everything; candy, cookies, French fries, ketchup, bread, etc. When combined with salt (i.e, French fries) it creates one of the most addictive combinations. I will be honest, white chocolate covered pretzels (sugar and salt) are my arch nemesis. Once I start eating them I JUST CAN’T STOP!! New research is showing now that sugar does not only make us fat, but it also makes us sick! Recent studies have shown a strong correlation between sugar and cardiovascular disease (heart attacks, stroke, and artery disease). It is also a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, liver cirrhosis and...

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