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Breakfast Club, Final Meeting!

Are you eating breakfast?  Could it be better?

Last week I posted options for rushed days, to keep your sanity, energy and pant size (or DROP ONE!)

This is the last of the breakfast club!   I have given you two more options.
For more relaxed days and in-between days.    Get on the breakfast train!

All Olympic Athletes eat breakfast!  Be awesome and beautiful, join the club!   Read on

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Join The Breakfast Club

Last week I posted an entry on beautiful people (surfer’s) and what they eat.  One big component to a great body is BREAKFAST!

Listen to your mother – Eat your breakfast!  If you would like

1.  Clearer thinking

2.  Weight Loss

3.  Better mood  thourghout the day

4.  More Energy

5.  More Money and Friends

Allright – # 5 is not guaranteed, but if you  are thinking clearer and have more energy and better mood at work – you definitly should be in the running for a raise and people should be flocking to you !

If you’re not eating breakfast  within the first couple hours of your day  I challenge you to

Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Smart and Gorgeous people eat breakfast!

Read on for easy ways to join the club and get results!

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Get a surfers’ bod!

  Surfer’s bodies are gorgeous!  They are long and lean and strong!

 

With nice defined muscles and not bulky – also these wave riders are glowing!    Yeah this could be the sun and surf – But they also fuel up for this demanding sport – for that they need energizing grains, high vitamins and minerals and protein!

 

Keep your Energy high and waist line down with these great meals. 

Make ahead and keep on hand for great take to work or travel options!

I have found two great recipes- both chock full of anti-oxidants, fiber, nutrients, metabolic boosting and energy boosting!

1.  Bon Appetite- Surfer Granola  July 2012

2.  PCC Indonesian Rice Salad – tons of beautiful color and flavor!  I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!

Read On for recipes!  

Oh – and if you need a guide to your getting to your kick ass physique and eating habits to brag about – contact me!  New workshops in both group training and nutrition this Sept!

Bcurran@macseattle.com

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Eat Slow, Drop Pounds!

Get Slow, Drop Pounds

Last Week, at my Cover Shot  Workshop we talked about eating slow,  how this is one of the necessary foundations for weight loss.  This is also homework for the participants to do at every meal, through the program.  While this is about consistency and integrating healthy habits.  I thought I’d give some further science behind this.

And there happens to be   a recent article in Yoga Journal,  June 2012 that touches exactly on this.

By Katherine Guthrie

Sweet and Slow    mindful eating enhances weight loss naturally

Eating out can lead to excess.  But a new study shows that women that practice mindful eating can lose weight without dieting!  Even when continuing to dine out regularly.  Women who used these techniques which include taking the time to savor the appearance, smell , texture and taste of their food, ate roughly 300 fewer calories per day then those who didn’t and lost an average of 3.7 pounds over six weeks.  ” The goal is to maximize the pleasure of eating out”  syas lead author Gayle Timmerman, a nursing professor  at University of Texas, Austin.

” If you are paying more attention you can be satisfied with less”  The mindful eating skills transferred to the women’s own kitchens, leading them to eat fewer calories at home.


Cover Shot – Clear Eyes, Full Hearts!

You, Unleashed!

ROAD TO THE ULTIMATE COVER SHOT!

This is my 3 month group Weight Loss Group Series.  I’ve got a full group with Big Goals and the Best of Intentions.  Now, Intentions will only get us so far… we’ve got to have the skill power with that will power!

To keep this group dropping pounds, inches, stress and feeling fabulous – I’ve got an arsenal of pros for Support and Accountability, not to mention some kick ass tips and workouts. Last week in review:

Last Wed and June 20th =  Meghan Smith – RYT – Local Yogi – check out her classes at www.meghanjoyyoga.com

Meghan brought us info on how Yoga kickstarts Weightloss and the many benefits along with this.

She’ll be back next time for a powerful sequence to charge us up and make us sweat!

Did you know?   Cortisol is the number 1 reason for weight gain and belly fat.  Yoga incorporates intense core work and body stabilization, along with breathing techniques that calm the body and releases stress (#1 cortisol increaser) .  A double whammy to blast belly fat!

Jimmy Curran – Chef and coffee shop owner – Bustle – 6th and McGraw – Queen Anne

Jimmy presented easy meal prep tips.  If you hate preparing meals at the end of a long day – or you think it’s not worth it for just one person to do – Think again!

Jimmy brought his expertise to demo how you can prep up vegetables to keep stocked, for easy meal additions to cooked grains, proteins .  Great for Stir Frys, salads, additions to cooked rice or quinoa.

Dinner in 5 mins- sans the work!

Did you know?  If your have things portioned out and prepared you are 80% more likely to include healthy items in your meal.  Also – Red Bell Pepper is extremely high in Vitamin C.  Chop it up baby!

Me – Nutrition Specialist, Health Coach and Personal Trainer

All these tips add into buiding a strong foundation to weight loss.  With some yoga prep exercises, and great core building exercises – along with daily diet steps  and vision exercises –

We’ve got the recipe for Success!  Eat better, Get Kick Ass workouts and results!

Did You Know:  Digestion Takes over 70% of your total energy?  Need more energy?  Slow down when eating and stop at 80% Full.  Fully chew every  bite and put away your food when apporaching full. You will feel lighter and lose weight!

I am thrilled to keep participants reaching  to their Ultimate Cover Shot with Clear Eyes and Full Hearts!


7 Foods that Burn Fat

By Cosmopolitan.com | Healthy LivingThu, Mar 22, 2012 5:46 PM EDT

These foods will help you burn fat.

 

These foods will help you burn fat.With rising temps come rising hemlines, bare shoulders… and eventually, bikini season. Add these metabolism-boosting foods and drinks to your shopping list, and you’ll score a leaner and sexier bod.

By Carolyn Kylstra

Chicken Breast
Meet the ultimate wonder food. Chicken is packed with protein, which is essential for maintaining muscle mass-and the more muscle mass you have, the more efficient you are at burning calories. Even better, protein takes more time to digest than carbohydrates, so you’ll feel full longer than if you ate the same number of calories in a carb-or fat-heavy meal. An ideal serving: the size of a computer mouse or a deck of cards. (more…)


Fuel your moving body

Eat right, all the time. There’s no better way to maximize the benefits of physical activity.

By Stacy Chandler

McClatchy-Tribune

There’s no shortage of information out there about what to eat to maximize the benefits of your workout.

Open a fitness magazine or ask your buddies at the gym, and you’re sure to get enough tips and tricks to make your head spin. Your brother swears by his protein shakes, while your co-worker loads up on coffee before a workout. Your best friend eats a solid breakfast before her spin class, but the guy on the StairMaster next to you claims it’s a sin to eat a single bite before you sweat.

But ask an expert, someone who really understands the relationship between what we put in our bodies and what we get out of a workout, and the answer is simple: Eat right, all the time. There’s no better way to maximize the benefits of physical activity, period. (more…)