Try Getting Inside Out

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When we think of beauty it generally comes from an outward and/or outside perspective, which as visual creatures makes a lot of sense. As such we also often get caught up in concerns about what to wear, how to do our hair, putting on makeup, and also take it into the things we surround ourselves with: our homes, vehicles, work spaces, etc. We make our appearance and spaces we see everyday attractive to our eyes as best we can. We are also highly feeling creatures, we enjoy things that are nice to touch and generally will avoid say fabrics that are uncomfortable. In fact short of an expensive pair of the nicest shoes ( if you’re a woman, and even then we’ll complain) we tend not to subject ourselves to discomfort, actually we avoid it at all costs… mostly. For some reason when it comes to taking care of the inside of our bodies, even when they are incredibly uncomfortable from unhealthy food, excess alcohol and soft drinks, a grand lack of movement and exercise, and our minds and immune systems are depressed, we continue on doing what we’ve been doing often until we reach illness, all the while never leaving the house without a perfect coif or letting the lawn grow more than 2 inches.

Don’t get me wrong outward appearances do affect us and our confidence in our outer world. A bad hair day and coffee-to-shirt introductions suck,  but not quite the same way feeling like crap (physically, mentally, emotionally) affects your confidence and all the other realms of your life. And all of these internal crap feelings are heavily affected by how you treat your body. You know this!

Yes, internal beauty is harder. It doesn’t just require a layer of paint, a clean shirt, or a dusting of rouge. It requires follow through, self-discipline, and forcing yourself to do things even when you don’t want to. Whether that is to put on your running shoes and just go, or to choose broccoli over buttery mash, or stop at 2 glasses of wine rather than the bottle. In fact, let’s be really honest it’s why I have a job, it’s a hard go alone and without always knowing which piece of conflicting information is the right one for you, it can seem impossible!

Remember though, that it’s always easier to be confident and enjoy your day feeling beautiful on the inside with a stained shirt, than it is to feel like a bag of rotten that with a pretty face full of makeup. It’s also why the CREATE slogan is Be Healthy. Look Fantastic. Feel Awesome! It’s a whole package deal. Today think about how you can apply follow-through, self-discipline, and just plain forcing yourself (if you must) to get that step ahead on your internal beauty that will no doubt show up on the outside.

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Are You Getting Fresh With Me?!

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On a final note of renewal for April we’re looking at food. Springtime offers a number of unique renewal opportunities when it comes to food. And so often the way we look at food is one of the bigger challenges in getting fit and healthy. Spring offers a few fresh perspectives:

Changes in cravings: Often comes spring we’ll actually want to eat more of the fresh seasonal foods available. I’ve heard this time and again, and have many years experienced it myself. Take this opportunity to stray from your grocery list and adopt a new habit such as a big bowl of fruit for breakfast. Listen to those cravings of wanting those baby greens, fresh fruit and the more readily available or locally grown fare.

Opportunity to try something new: if you’ve never tried a fiddlehead, spring garlic, or baby broccoli, spring is the only time you’ll find them. They are some of the few foods that aren’t conventionally grown for the purpose of consumption in their early days, or only grow at this time of year and aren’t grown for mass consumption. If you have tried them before, don’t forget about them. Adding diversity to your healthy diet keeps boredom from setting in and can help keep you on track– that’s not only relevant to spring but anytime you feel tired of the same old thing, look for a new recipe using healthy foods you don’t normally choose.

Opportunity to grow your own: this may not be for everyone on a grand scale, but trust me when I say you can grow chives, for example. Growing food does take time and effort and having a full veggie garden isn’t something everyone can commit to (so awesome if you can!). But even growing a few herbs on a windowsill is very rewarding and feels so nice compared to dried herbs or even fresh ones from the store. I remember my first attempt at growing food lacked grand success but those few cherry tomatoes (four I think, harvested at different times, and shared with my partner) are experiences I won’t forget. Not only did they bring greater awareness to the overall process and effort required to produce food, but there is a sense of satisfaction (if not for your stomach with such small yields) and appreciation for that food you just don’t get with picking up a piece of produce from the grocery store. And since then I’ve had success growing some more substantial amounts and varieties. I’ll probably never be a farmer, but trust me when I say you can grow chives (you might actually have trouble not growing more chives than you want or need if you don’t contain them in a pot!).

So are you getting fresh with me this spring?!

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The NINJA: April 2015

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As seasoned readers of this blog know. I love my blog, but not such a great fan of complicated technology, so the weekly blog gets posted here, but in order to keep the high quality look to my newsletter you’ll have to bang out one more click. Thanks for the love ninjas!

A Personal Water World

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Having already covered breath and oxygen I think it goes without saying that when it comes to physical renewal water is runner up on the importance rank. Yet, most of us, even those seeking to be healthier, fitter and feeling renewed are going about our days dehydrated. I might even go so far as to say parched.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record to those who’ve ever read a word about hydration: once you are thirsty you are already experiencing a level of dehydration. And if you’re someone who “needs” their lip balm or hand cream regularly chances are you need a glass of water too. I also loathe to break it to you: not juice, iced tea, or (goodness forbid!) soda or coffee. Yes, some of these things will offer a level of hydration your body isn’t really saying “please hydrate me, and feel free to add a solid shot of sugar and/or caffeine and/or colour and flavour with that”, it’s just telling you it wants water. We survived a very long time without those others and our bodies never need them, despite the fact that our love and addiction to sugar and caffeine might tell us we do.

So when and how much water does your body crave on a daily basis? Well, starting your morning with a glass of water and then another as soon as you can handle it is a very good time to rehydrate after a long night of not drinking anything (or maybe the few sips you grabbed off of the bedside at 3:00, but that’s because you were so dehydrated your body woke you to tell you to drink, in this case you definitely need it!). Also important timing is during exercise, aim for a glass every 15 minutes or so. This is of course somewhat dependent on your size, gender, level of exertion, and whether you sweat heavily or lightly relatively speaking. Women tend to sweat less than men, and if you notice during a workout that you are drenched relative to your workout compadres you’ll want to drink more than the suggested guidelines, use your best judgment here. It’s also important to hydrate pre and post exercise. Don’t hit the gym or the road with what feels like a turbulent body of water in your tummy as you move, lest you feel sick, but a few glasses leading up to and another one or two after exercise are sure to keep you hydrated. If you will be exercising more than an hour at a medium to high intensity consider electrolyte replacement or a pinch of salt and an orange juiced into your drink (this sounds gross, but you won’t taste the salt). As for how much outside of your exercise routine: your weight in kg as the number of ounces to drink daily is ideal, if you only know your weight in pounds divide by 2 for a good approximation (i.e. 150 lbs divided by 2 is 75, so 75 oz. daily). To clarify this is in addition to your workout water, not including.

For many this will seem like a lot, and if you find yourself hitting the bathroom what seems like a comical/irritating/”again?!” number of times work your way up to your ideal. Our bodies are the most amazing adaptation machines, your body will love you for it, and the rest of your mechanisms (particularly mind and bladder) will adapt. Happy hydrating!

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THE NINJA: March 2015

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Drop It Like It’s HOT! Your Diet And Why It Won’t REALLY Work

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Will your diet help you lose weight? Sure. “For how long?” or,” at what cost to my health?”  are the important questions you have to ask yourself! Especially since this is your what, umpteenth time around the diet track, only to realize you’re back at the beginning, often times even worse off than before. This isn’t just you, it’s so so many people who don’t realize what exactly they’re doing to their metabolisms and their bodies overall as they run this vicious cycle. Here are the 5 things essential to your health and success when it comes to your health, weight loss and the way you eat.

If you take nothing else away from this let it be Michael Pollan’s (he’s a brilliant food and health guy with several New York Times best-sellers) advice: Eat (real) food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Part of me hesitates to expand upon this. Its beauty is in its simplicity. But I’ll add these small nuggets: real food has no ingredient list, or a very very short one consisting of a bunch of foods that have no ingredient list, for example, there is no ingredient list for tomatoes, they just are. Salsa has a short ingredient list consisting of foods that just are, making salsa, homemade of course, real food as well. Not too much, is not too much, not overfilling yourself, not allowing yourself to eat what you know is too much but you’re not full because of years of stretching your stomach with too large portion sizes. Know what it’s like to be a little bit hungry and then eat until you’re full-ish, not stuffed. Tell me the last time groaning in stuffed pain was actually enjoyable anyhow. Mostly plants, because that’s how we evolved, eating mostly plants, so that’s what our bodies like to digest, keeps us healthy with the nutrients we need, and maintains our figure.

You will need to choose a healthy lifestyle of which a healthy diet with some rules –written more in sand than stone—will have to apply. One of the reasons diets don’t work is because most of the time you can’t do them forever, you would die of starvation, malnutrition, or disease. So when you stop because it’s over or because it takes soul-sucking will and energy to stay on, meanwhile feeling like a pile of crap, you eventually put the weight back on. And while you were on that diet you also likely damaged your metabolism further because most of them don’t maintain proper blood sugar levels or mess with the body’s hormone systems (among a long list of things that it can be negatively affecting depending on the diet), when you return to your normal eating habits it is desperate to ensure you never “starve” it of its needs or wants again and will slow your metabolism often causing a greater weight gain than before you dieted. So what you need are some simple guidelines to live by, ones that from time-to-time you can break because there is usually a time that real life calls for ice cream cake, for example. If you are seeking easy logical healthy diet guidelines I recommend Michael Pollan’s book Food Rules, for full lifestyle programs request a complimentary consultation.

 Nutrient abundance is key to overall health and permanent weight loss. There are many lifestyle diets outside of my recommendations that are also sustainable for longer periods, what is most important is that your healthy diet is actually healthy, abundant in nutrients. This is why I say agree with mostly plants, they are rick with nutrients that our body needs. Most Westerners are overfed and still starving for nutrients, it has been hypothesized by many that overeating is highly correlated with poor diets because, on top of addictive substances like sugar and MSG, people are calorically overfed and yet they’re starving for nutrients their bodies really need! Whether this is true or not you leave a lot less space in your stomach for wannabe food if you fill it with nutrient-rich veggies, fruits, whole grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, healthy fats, and naturally-raised meats. Your body will have less tendency to maintain excess fat stores if you feed it real food abundant in nutrients it needs.

Exercise, the other 40%. You can lose weight on a diet without exercise, but again your results are unlikely to last. Exercise does not need to be “hardcore”, but it serves many purposes in over healthy lifestyle and long term weight loss. Some will tell you it’s only 30% of the equation, some will even say 20%, I’m going to give an experiential opinion here and say that 20% doesn’t account for long term maintenance. Exercise is 40% if you want to look at long term weight maintenance and health benefits, and especially if you want to feel awesome (remember you quit the diet because you felt like crud), as there are lots of feel good benefits of exercise. It doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment and you can choose to do activities you like, but exercise is a fundamental part of the equation.

Always choose quality over minimal calories. Artificial sweeteners are a perfect example for this. They are poison, actually poison, aspartame turns to formaldehyde in your body (yup like the dead-people-preserver, and also a neurotoxin), acesulfame potassium or K contains a known carcinogen, sucralose has heavy metals arsenic and methanol, saccharin is a coal tar compound and associated with bladder cancer. They contain few to no calories and yet prompt greater calorie consumption and in the meantime (because your body doesn’t know your ingesting anything so it’s still hungry) are doing a disservice to the body that you’re trying to otherwise have run smoothly and efficiently. It is not only about the calories, I’m sure it’s clear at this point that while sugar is quite bad for you it is still better than an artificial sweetener. More calories of (real, check the ingredients on these there should be like 3) sour cream or cream cheese are 100% better for you than their low-fat or fat-free counterparts. Fat-free sour cream is not possible, it’s just fake, cream by its very nature is fat, making fat-free sour cream not even real food. Am I saying you should eat sour cream? Not often and only if you’re going to truly enjoy it, but there is a place for sour cream as there is for ice-cream cakes, it’s of a quality incomparable to a food invented in a lab, and your body will thank you for not poisoning it even if you do gain a few ounces.

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Holiday Survival Guide: Thriving New Year’s Eve & Ready to Rock The New Year!

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Well folks, you’ve made it this far! Congratulations! Hopefully you’ve had success in keeping a strong vision to your goal. A brief interlude of shameless self-promotion: We’ve got a workshop coming up Monday to help you solidify a vision a plan and work with your strengths to realize your goals! Register Now or click on the poster below for more details.  And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. If there’s any day more detrimental to our goals than Thanksgiving and our Winter Holiday Abundance meals (be they Winter Solstice, Christmas or Kwanzaa) or whatever religion is applicable to us, New Year’s Eve has inconspicuous trouble waiting in the wings that often tops the unholiest of Holiday Gluttony… And on second thought Jewish people too, just because your holiday meals aren’t a harvest type, it doesn’t make stuffing your face with latkes, Chinese food and movie theatre fare healthy!

I know you think just over-imbibing a little is maybe not the greatest, but life often unravels In ways we don’t anticipate, so let’s explore a very possible scenario to understand why we’re calling it “trouble” and how to start the New Year feeling tip top.

Here comes Trouble: You arrive and have a couple of hors d’oeuvres, no biggie, just making sure you get some while they’re still around and hot and you have a few drinks, after all it’s the New Year, and you know CREATE always tells you to enjoy in moderation. Then the clock strikes and one must toast, there’s another handful of calories, and while you’re decision making is slightly impaired one or two more treats won’t hurt (not now, but once you’re no longer impaired you may feel a little guilty). You’re not supposed to be the designated driver, but clearly your friend/partner/spouse/etc. shouldn’t be the driver either despite they kindly volunteered. So you hang out for a couple of hours, eat several more hors d’oeuvres and a drink a cup of coffee. On the conservative side assuming you drank vodka-water or soda you’ve still added almost a thousand calories to your day AND, whether you were conservative in calories or not, depending on your weight, gender, and metabolism you still might not be legal (never mind safe) to drive, YIKES!

Staying out of trouble: let’s make this a better picture starting with taking public transit (free on NYE in Toronto) or a taxi (I’d be reserving one of those if you live in Toronto!) if you plan on consuming alcohol in any quantity, it’s just your foolproof bet when your decision making skills may be impaired, which they are even after a single drink.

Enjoy a few treats but don’t arrive hungry either, NYE is often a long night. Starting at 8 and finishing at 2 is long time to expect not to be hungry if you’re not full to start.

Drink water between alcoholic drinks, or even if you don’t drink alcohol, then between fancy Shirley Temple and other tasty Virgin concoctions. Often we mistake thirst for hunger, also having water between drinks keeps you feeling next-day-okay and keeps your excess calorie consumption down. NOTE: don’t obsess over calories, but think about them on days when you know that for sure you’ll consume more than you burn and that those calories are junk food/drink!

I know this all seems logical, but have a plan for how you will keep yourself in check to feel guilt-free and awesome the first day of the year. NYE is only fun if New Year’s Day doesn’t feel like brutal payback, guilt ridden, or self-sabotaged. Have fun, but keep it fun and not out of control… You can thank me later.

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