Tag Archives: weight gain

Help! My Negative Mindset Is Sabotaging My Health!

Help! My Negative Mindset Is Sabotaging My Health! When we don’t see the results we want, like hitting a weight loss goal, it’s all too easy to blame the outcome on external factors… I didn’t have time to exercise. It was too tedious to meal plan and eat healthy. I couldn’t afford to keep working with a Nutritionist. I was consumed by job stress and didn’t have the bandwidth to focus on anything else. My family didn’t support me and follow my plan with me, so I couldn’t stick to it. I’m too far away from my goal, so why…

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Top 3 Reasons Why Your Intense Workout Could Be Causing Weight Gain

With the rise of Crossfit workouts, box-style and circuit training gyms – HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) has been rising exponentially in popularity. And rightly so.   HIIT workouts involve working at a high level of intensity for a short period of time, followed by a period of rest. Lather, rinse, repeat.   These interval-style workouts can not only boost your metabolism, lower your blood pressure, and improve your brain function, but they also do it in half the time of a typical full-body gym workout.    But with all the hype around HIIT, we wondered if these type of workouts were truly effective as a weight-loss…

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The Pros & Cons of Fasted Exercise

It’s no secret that if you’re looking to see better results at the gym, it helps to pay attention to your nutrition. Eating your veggies, as well as consuming healthy carbs, protein and healthy fats can really amp up your fitness gains.   But, what if the secret to increased fat loss had more to do with what you didn’t eat as opposed to what you did?   For years, fitness pros have been encouraging gym-goers to perform morning workouts on an empty stomach in an effort to increase fat burning. It’s called “fasted exercise”, and it’s been around since the early days of bodybuilding. (hello, Arnold who is…

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What Is All The Talk About Inflammation – AND Should I Be Concerned?

Inflammation is a trending topic in the health & wellness world lately, and for good reason…   According to LiveScience, “inflammation is a vital part of the immune system’s response to injury and infection. It is the body’s way of signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.”   It sounds like a pretty beneficial and necessary physiological process, right? So, is there actually a downside to inflammation? (because that’s what popular media keeps telling us!)   Yes! The downside is when inflammation becomes widespread (and unrelenting!) in the body. However, there’s…

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Help! I Overeat – and I Don’t Know Why?!

Do you ever start eating when you’re feeling upset or stressed, even though you aren’t even hungry? Do you ever start eating just because it helps you feel better emotionally – kind of like a warm blanket?   If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might be an emotional eater – often combined with the act of binge eating.  People have different ways of handling and managing their feelings and behavior when they’re feeling depressed, stressed, or upset about something. Some people choose to turn to food as a way of managing these feelings as food fills an…

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Adaptogens: What are they (and are they safe to supplement with)?

You may hear the word ‘STRESS’ and immediately think of the mental and emotional aspects along the lines of feeling overwhelmed, overly busy, and/or anxious.    In reality, the body actually encounters different forms of stress every day and is always working to restore equilibrium.   Your body is literally constantly being bombarded by stress – even when you don’t feel stressed!    Here are some examples of common, daily stressors:    EXERCISE – yep, it’s good for you, but it’s a form of stress the body has to deal with!  LACK OF SLEEP  VIRUSES/COLDS  TOXINS – like exposure to environmental pollutants, heavy metals, and chemicals…

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Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) 101

Most people diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, or psoriasis, are familiar with flare-ups – episodes where symptoms of their condition suddenly become more severe and/or resurface after a period of remission.    These flare-ups are often frustrating and uncomfortable for those living with these conditions.    Many autoimmune diseases have been linked to leaky gut syndrome – a compromised environment in the small intestine due to increased intestinal permeability and/or an imbalance in gut bacteria.    “Holes” in the gut are thought to let food particles pass through into the rest of your body, where they trigger…

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Can Lack of Sleep Cause Weight Gain? (Is my sleep messing with my weight?!)

Are you stuck trying to figure out why you’re gaining weight — or why it is so difficult to lose those extra pounds that just seemed to sneak up on you despite not changing your diet or exercise habits?    This is often referred to as Weight Loss Resistance – and it’s exactly how it sounds: weight that just won’t budge no matter what you do!   Here’s one surprising reason why you might be gaining weight or experiencing weight loss resistance: lack of good quality, restorative sleep.    In fact, there are actually science-backed reasons why a lack of sleep can be a strong contributing…

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Emotional Eating – What is it and how can I get a handle on it?

Picture this: You hit the snooze button one too many times, had a last minute project thrown at you at work, and then sat in an hour of evening traffic.    Finally home, you breathe a sigh of relief, head into the kitchen, and decide you deserve a snack after the day you’ve had. Maybe you reach for a few crackers, then a bit of chocolate.    Before you know it, you’ve munched your way through the entire kitchen without eating a proper meal. You’re stuffed, ashamed, and wondering what the heck just happened – WTF?!   Sound familiar?  It’s called emotional eating, and…

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4 Easy Ways to Beat Fatigue…Naturally!

In today’s world, we are constantly on the go, a steady state “busy-ness” is the norm, and we’re always running from one responsibility to the next – literally! So, it’s no wonder that physical fatigue is such a common complaint.    The good news is that there are some really simple (and natural) ways to increase your energy so you can keep up with your busy life.   Get off the blood sugar roller coaster.  One of the simplest ways we can boost our energy is to stabilize blood sugar. When we don’t eat enough food throughout the day or when we eat foods that…

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