Posts

5 Nutrition Tips To Keep Lean During the Holidays

Check out some of our favorite tips for staying lean over the holidays.  And yup, we, too, definitely use these tips to prevent the parties from getting the best of our waistlines!

 

 

(Pssst… looking for healthy recipes?  Please feel free to search this site! And here are a few to start…

Mini Frittata Muffins

Soy Ginger Salmon

Kale Salad with Warm Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrots

One-Pot Black Bean & Quinoa Chili with Avocados

Sweet Potato Cutie Pies

Greek Quinoa Salad)

 

NT_Holiday-Party_strategies4_2015

NT_Holiday-Party_strategies3_2015

NT_Holiday-Party_strategies1_2015

NT_Holiday-Party_strategies_2015

Marathon Countdown, Nutrition for 24 Hours before the Race

granola_yogurt_apple_KINDAs registered dietitians and as New York City dwellers, New York City Marathon day is one of our favorites. There’s excitement in the air— and it’s truly inspiring to watch all of those who have set out to run the 26.2 mile course and who have trained hard for months, and practiced their nutrition protocol, especially during their long runs.  Just watching people at the finish line gives us a high–as if we ran the marathon ourselves–it’s that inspiring! For months leading up to the ING NYC Marathon many marathon runner hopefuls come through our office doors in search of the best way to maximize their nutrition for an amazing run.  If you are preparing for the race, here are some of our tips:

 

Check out our post on what to eat 4-6 months before the marathon here.

 

Check out our post on what to eat 48 hours before the marathon here.

 

The day before the marathon is an exciting one! Now’s the time to continue doing all that you  have practiced in terms of your nutrition.

 

One day before the marathon:  More than likely, you’ve been working hard to eat nutritious foods to fuel your training, so now is the time to eat similarly .

  • Make sure you are getting plenty of carbs (Yes, your friends will be very envious that you have to eat plenty of ’em 🙂 ) to maximize your muscle energy stores (glycogen) by including carbohydrates at each meal (yay!).  Good options are brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, oatmeal and pasta.and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and eat your typical meals that are familiar to you.

 

  • Focus on getting plenty of fluids. Today is a very important day to hydrate so sip on a water bottle throughout the day and drink at least 10 ounces of water with your meals.

 

  • Avoid large meals, they’ll weigh you down and leave you feeling lethargic and heavy. (Bloat isn’t a good look anyway 😉 )

 

  • A MISTAKE MANY RUNNERS MAKE: They eat a large meal the night before the run.  This can backfire when you wake up feeling lethargic and bloated–imagine trying to run the morning after eating Thanksgiving Dinner. No fun!  Dinner: Keep the portion size modest, do not gorge yourself! An all-time favorite for many of our clients, is Pasta with Grilled chicken and vegetables, providing enough carbohydrates to top off your body’s energy stores, so you’ll be fully fueled to run 26.2 miles in the morning.

 

  • Avoid fatty foods, dairy, fried foods, meats, roughage and nuts, as they all can slow digestion and cause extra stomach strain in your stomach which may already be a bit jittery and hampering normal digestion.  (Being doubled over in pain or having indigestion is exhausting and can wear you out before the big run!)

 

A few things to consider:

 

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T TELL YOU: As exciting as the marathon is, you’re also nervous and anxious and want to do your best. This all stresses the immune system right before you run a race that majorly stresses your immune system. So you’ll want to make your body and immune system as strong and well-equipped as possible for your run. The key is to flood your body with stress-fighting, damage-preventing nutrients that also fight inflammation so that your body is strong and in good working order when you head out on race day.

  • Use our Red, Orange or Green rule– choose one fruit or veggie that is any of these colors at each meal to ensure you are ingesting antioxidants to fight free-radical damage as well as anti-inflammatories (to keep your insides more calm) Think oranges, berries, spinach– go for your favorites!

If you have been drinking beet juice, now is the time to get it back in your system, but only if you’ve had it before—it’s not the time to test anything new. Beets are packed with dietary nitrates, which help blood vessels dilate, increasing blood flow to muscles during exercise and decreasing the amount of oxygen muscles need. Studies show that muscles are able to work more efficiently and move faster. Nitrate levels benefit from a loading phase so 6-8 ounces today and yesterday (hopefully you read our guide for 48 hours before the race! **see below if not) will help before you drink it on race day. (If you don’t love the taste, mix it with apple juice).

  • Take deep breaths, try to relax and sleep well, the stronger your immune system is when you set out to run the race and the healthier you are, the easier it will be for you to run your A-game race.

 

  • We can’t wait to watch you!  Go get ’em tiger!  Good luck! You rock!! 🙂 🙂

 

**We recommend testing using beet juice before some of your runs. Beet juice is packed with dietary nitrates, which help blood vessels dilate, increasing blood flow to muscles during exercise and decreasing the amount of oxygen muscles need. So muscles are able to work more efficiently and move faster.  Nitrate levels benefit from a loading dose, so you can start to build up your levels a few days before a race or competition.  Generally during the loading phase, aim to consume atout 6-8 ounces of beet juice daily. Studies have shown that drinking half a liter (about 17 ounces) of beet juice two to three hours before running can enhance performance.  Pssst… if you don’t like the taste you can mix it with a little apple juice. 🙂

 

3 Weight Loss Mistakes Fit People Make

 

 

 

 

Marathon Countdown, Nutrition for 24 Hours before the Race
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • And here are some important reminders:
  • • Focus on getting plenty of fluids.
  • • Maximize your muscle energy stores (glycogen) by including carbohydrates at each meal.  Now's the time to have really enjoy it!  Good options are brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, oatmeal and pasta.
  • • WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T TELL YOU: Most people feel both excited and a little anxious—even good stress/ excitement taxes the body, so you’ll want to make your body and immune system are as strong and well-equipped as possible for your run. And running a marathon puts a huge stress on the immune system. It’s easy to get nervous and feel tempted to try something new that a friend mentions helped them. But don’t stray too far from your typical diet since your body can tolerate it and is accustomed to it. Be careful not to get so focused on manipulating carbohydrates that you forget about bolstering your immune system. Pack your diet with stress-fighting, damage-preventing nutrients that also fight inflammation so that your body is strong and in good working order when you head out on race day.
  • • Use our
  • Red, Orange or Green rule
  • to choose one produce item that is any of these colors at each meal to ensure you are ingesting antioxidants to fight free-radical damage as well as anti-inflammatories (to keep your insides more calm) and fiber to keep any possible toxins moving out of your digestive tract.
  • • Steer clear of foods that don’t pack nutrients and that add stress to your system like alcohol, refined grains and sweet and fried foods.
  • •  If you've been practicing with beet juice before your runs, continue on with your loading phase and continue to drink about 6-8 ounces today.  If you don't like the way it tastes, add some apple juice to it.
  • • Limit refined grains, fatty meats, sweets and fried foods. They’ll weigh you down and make you feel sluggish and crowd out healthy foods that may provide nutrients and long-lasting energy.
  • • A MISTAKE MANY RUNNERS MAKE: They eat a large meal the night before the run.  This can backfire when you wake up feeling lethargic and bloated.  Think of the way you feel the morning after Thanksgiving.  Now imagine running 26.2 miles.  It seems nearly impossible!  So have a carbohydrate-rich meal that will top off your glycogen stores.  A favorite among are runners is pasta with some chicken and vegetables.  Keep the portion moderate in size so you don't feel sick, bloated or heavy in the morning.

Easy At-Home Ab & Core Exercise for Sexy Abs: Knee Circle Plank

Lately, Tammy’s eight-year old twin daughters are really into 6-pack abs.  After watching the American Ninja Warrior TV show and being impressed by the athletes strength, agility and speed, they want to one day compete on the show!  They’ve noticed the strong, muscular physiques of the competitors, both men and women.  They know they’ll need to be strong to compete and they love to flex their muscles and feel strong.  And recently, they even love to look at older boys who have great ab definition–oy! (this already makes us a bit nervous! Tammy tells them she’ll have none of that until they are 35! 🙂  )– and they want to know what they can do to strengthen their abs.  Showing them exercises has inspired us to work a little harder on our own abs.  After all, who doesn’t want sexier abs? Sign us up! 🙂

Here’s one of Tammy’s latest ab exercises (click on the bottom photo to watch the video).  She loves that she can do it anywhere, any time, no equipment needed!

 

Tammy_Ab_Knee_Circles

Another part about this exercise that Tammy loves is that it actually stretches and loosens her tight hips (her tight hips lead to a lot of her injuries and are one of her Achilles’ heels so this move kills two birds with one ab exercise! 🙂 )

Watch the video below to see how to do it– or follow these steps for the Knee Circle Plank:
1. Get into a plank position with your palms on the floor, not your elbows.
2. Keep your arms straight and abs tight to keep your body straight like a board, and pull your right knee in towards your chest while you circle the knee in a clockwise and then counterclockwise in a slow controlled movement.
3. Complete seven times with one leg, and then switch to the other leg.

 

Is that you we see with a six pack?! 🙂

Psst… looking for more at-home exercises?  Try these!

Easy At-Home Shoulder Toner

Triangle Push-Ups

Leg & Butt Toner

 

Squat With A Side Kick For Toned Outer Thighs

Buh Bye Saddlebags!  This is a amazing Saddlebag Blaster — No Equipment Needed!  You can get toned in minutes and at home! 🙂

Simply, squat, stand and kick, squat, stand and kick! See below.  (Watch the video or see below).

 

1. Squat

Squat_with_kick1_lyssie

 

2. Stand and Kick

Squat_with_kick2_lyssie

 

 

3.  Squat

Squat_with_kick1_lyssie

4. Stand and Kick (other leg).  repeat 10-20 times alternating with each leg.  Take a break and do two more sets.  Feel the burn–oh yeah! 🙂

Squat_with_kick_lyssie

An Easy Exercise for Great Glutes

Reverse Lunge with Knee Lift

Beautify and Gluti-fy your Rear-view!

I admit it; I (Lyssie) have become a bit obsessed with bettering my rear-view. It all happened after I had to work on a writing project virtually 24/7 at my desk. I literally felt like my rear end took a hit and was sagging! If you’ve felt this way, I have great news, I quickly turned it around– and you can also with two simple moves! One you can even do anywhere without anyone even knowing!

Tammy_Lunge_Cropped
First, here’s the move you can do even in the grocery store line (I sure have been! 😉 ) :

  1. Simply squeeze your butt cheeks together, hold for three seconds and release for a moment.
  2. Complete 10 Repetitions to wake the glutes up.
  3. Then squeeze one butt cheek at a time holding each just for one second, just to activate the muscles, each on their own.

Now your glutes are warmed up (and you’ll notice they’ll start to be a bit firmer too (woohoo! 🙂 ) and you can try this move below (and above) that Tammy is demonstrating, it’s the ultimate Butt Blaster! 🙂

Tammy_Lunge_collage_horizontalABCDwriting_sm_2

 

Reverse Lunge with Knee Lift

Ultimate Booty Blast
Lunge Back Left Leg
Knee Up Left Leg
Repeat 10 times
Switch legs
Complete 3 Sets
Here’s how:

  1. Standing straight with your abs tight and engaged, lunge back with your right leg. Keeping your chest up, allow your left leg to bend until it is 90 degrees (the top of your leg should be parallel with the floor).
  2. Keeping your core engaged, push the ball of your foot into the floor to press yourself back towards standing position as you lift your right knee up to hip-level. Allow your arms to come up as you lift your leg.
  3. Pause for a moment with your right knee bent at 90 degrees and then step back into a lunge with your right leg, again allowing your left knee to bend to 90 degrees.
  4. Repeat this movement for ten repetitions with the right leg lunging. Then switch legs so that your left leg lunges back and the left knee lifts.
  5. Complete 3 sets with each leg.

Do this every other day and kiss buh-bye to a lazy-looking behind!

Nutrition New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! We love the start of the New Year because it’s a time to start fresh with health and fitness goals and with an increased motivation and determination. We find this is the best time to adopt realistic and healthy behaviors that can easily become part of your everyday routine and part of your lifestyle—not just for a few weeks, but for the entire year! If you’re looking for some changes to make that are realistic and healthy and at the same time will impact your life for the better, we’ve got some great tips for you to keep all year long.

Resolution

  1. Try to avoid white refined sugars. They typically add a lot of calories without nutrients, contributing to weight gain-and they also often increase cravings. They also seem to weaken the immune system by reducing your white blood cells’ ability to destroy bacteria.

Instead of going for sweet desserts try choosing naturally sweet foods like these:

 

  1. Eat more green veggies. Include at least one type of green veggie every day!

3. Log your food intake. Keep track of all foods to make sure you’re eating the very best each and every day. Where and when you eat can affect your mood.  Plus, when you have to write down what you eat–and you see all the food accumulating, it helps to keep you in check ;).

  • Try an online app like myfitnesspal.com

 

  1. Make your own energy bars. Homemade ones are healthier than the store bought which are often similar to eating candy bars.

 

Keep these realistic resolutions (and more!) now and all year long to be a happier and healthier you!