How is Your Thyroid Doing?

I have written about thyroid health numerous times here in the past, including articles about the importance of getting a comprehensive thyroid test and the numerous problems your thyroid can mimic.  I have even written about the fact that broccoli can slow down your thyroid gland when eaten in larger quantities.  This time, however, it’s personal.

This summer, I got really tired.  Not the type of tired you might feel after, say, an all nighter or a monster workout.  I’m talking about the kind of tired that two Venti Starbucks a day can’t fix……bone ass, drag-yourself-through-the-day kind of tired.  At first, I thought maybe the summer heat was leaving me feeling drained and lethargic.  Then, I began to wonder if something was really wrong with me.  I kept thinking I was fighting something and always hit a wall around 3pm in the afternoon.  I had trouble doing CrossFit and decided to take a break for awhile.  It gets tough to do an intense WOD when you don’t even have the energy to get through the normal daily routines.

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The Key to Your Health and Happiness

Here is a repost of one of my all time favorite articles on a topic that I continue to think is the most important thing anyone can do on a daily basis to improve health…..exercise. Exercise is the single most important thing I do on a daily basis to live well.  It’s worth reposting and revisiting this topic every now and then, so here you go!

If I could give you a magic pill that would make you smart, thin, happier, focused, motivated, energetic, and optimistic, would you accept my gift?  If it were free, would you say yes quickly?  If it worked day by day, would you turn me down?  That magic pill does exist, and it’s free without side effects.

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Healthy Living for Moms with Michelle Diaz

Personal trainers are everywhere, but there are few that really inspire me. Very few.  In fact, there are some trainers who appear to need a personal trainer themselves…..but there is one personal trainer that inspires me.

Meet Michelle Diaz, an elite fitness trainer at BB3 Training Center in Weston, FL.  She walks the walk, talks the talk, and helps women and moms like us get it right.  Even more importantly, she inspires other to stay the course (the hardest part, right?). Continue reading “Healthy Living for Moms with Michelle Diaz” »

Top 10 Tips for Losing Pregnancy Weight

Losing weight after pregnancy or miscarriage can be extremely tough.  In my own experience, losing weight after miscarriage has been much harder than it was after pregnancy.  No matter what I did, how consistent I was, or how hard I tried, I could not lose the last 6 pounds after miscarriage. I’ve come to the conclusion that this has a lot to do with excess estrogen.

Your liver is responsible for metabolizing estrogen, and it can’t do this job it’s busy getting rid of other crap we put into our bodies.  Therefore, the excess estrogen in your system after pregnancy or miscarriage continues to float around and make fat loss virtually impossible. Once I made a few simple, yet powerful adjustments to my lifestyle, the weight finally came off.  These changes had nothing to do with exercise or caloric deficit and everything to do with helping my body do some estrogen detox.

Here are a few less well known tips for losing weight after miscarriage  and pregnancy that can help lower your estrogen levels and make your efforts more effective.

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Halloween Sugar and Spirits: Is Alcohol Abuse a Sugar Addiction?

We all know a few moms who like to have a drink or maybe five.  There’s nothing wrong with having a drink now and then, or even one a day, but few people know the real reason they are drawn to alcohol.

Most people don’t realize that alcohol is actually a sugar.  In fact, alcohol is the fastest acting sugar on the brain. Within seconds of taking your first sip, those sugars reach your brain.  In short, a “buzz” is actually a sugar high, which is interesting considering the addictive nature of sugar.

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The Reason I Quit Microwaved Kettle Popcorn

One of my most favorite snacks is the microwaved Kettle Popcorn-those 100 calorie snack bags are addictive.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  I love the stuff-it’s fast, easy, not too unhealthy, and tastes like crack on a platter great.  And yet, I know this food does nothing for me-it’s high glycemic with very little protein, which means blood sugar spike, which means that it pretty much sucks.  Even my trainer gave me the hairy eyeball in April when I told her that I eat popcorn nearly every afternoon.  Since I want an A PLUS on everything I do, including the occasional personal training, I did cut back-but I didn’t quit.

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The Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic

The Environmental Working Group put together the “dirty dozen” list of fruits and vegetables that carry higher levels of pesticide residue.  These are the produce items that you should always buy organic, especially if you have children at home.  Pesticides are just one type of obesogen, or chemical that mimic estrogen within the body and disrupt our endocrine system.  Obesogens trick the body into storing more fat, slowing down metabolism, and turning on the hunger signals more often.  This basically means that you could eat as “healthy” as possible, exercise like a champ, and still have trouble losing weight.  

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Five Big Reasons to Skip Happy Hour

Do you like to have a few drinks at the end of the day? Few people really understand the connection between alcohol, hormonal balance, and weight.  Here are a few of the biggest reasons you should consider skipping, or at least minimizing, your alcoholic beverages.

 

 

 

 

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How to Quit Smoking Forever

Yesterday, my father in law saw his physician and got some exciting news.  His lung capacity increased from 38 to 68 over the past couple of months!  Why was this such a big deal?  He quit smoking.  Finally.  After years of chain smoking, he is now smoke free and living to tell the story.

Smoking can be one of the most difficult addictions for some people to kick, particularly those who have ADHD or who tend to be chronically anxious or uptight (or both).  There are two reasons for this:  nicotine is kind of a weird substance in that it both relaxes and stimulates the user at once.   Picture of Smoking Cigarette - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.com

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My Perfect Post Workout (or Anytime) Shake Recipe

I often get asked about post workout shakes, and I have a great recipe that I have used over the years.  This is the shake that I make nearly every morning, and I have added a few ingredients over the past few months as I’ve learned more about new supplements.  This is the perfect shake to make any time, but especially after a workout.  Get your blender out and get ready for a great chocolate shake!

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