Archive for August, 2010

Get Fit Portland got some insight from Gina Rau on how to help our kids eat healthier. Gina is amazing, she has worked on and in all aspects of the food industry from fast food to grocers and suppliers. Now she dedicates her time to healthy eating and food options among many other things. Just check out what she’s up to, she works for Aisle 7 and blogs on Feed Our Families and Change becomes Change. Feed Our Families is full of tips, recipes, information and personal experiences to help you.

Gina talked about packing healthier lunches, her sons food sensitivities and how to get kids to “eat a rainbow of colors”. To hear the show click here and enjoy Episode 18.

Gina is also awesome on Facebook and Twitter. Give her a follow.

Hearing her talk about how her kids read labels and make healthy food decisions was a really great. Gina passed on some exciting news about how public schools here in Portland are making changes so that cafeteria lunches have more healthy choices as well as local products. We know we can control what goes in the lunch sack but Gina also gave some ideas on how we may have a say in what goes into our kids school lunches when they eat at the cafeteria as well. Find out how to become active in your school and your kids health.

Eat all your colors today and have a healthier life 🙂

Eleni K.

Asthma is a serious chronic lung disease which causes difficulty breathing. There are 22 million people and 6 million children afflicted with asthma in our country. Everyday is the US 40,000 people will miss work or school 30,000 will have an attack 5,000 will visit the emergency room 1,000 will be admitted to the hospital and 11 will die.

So what is it and what causes it? Asthma symptoms are caused primarily due to constriction, tightening of the muscles surrounding the airways, and inflammation, soreness, swelling and irritation of the airways in the lungs. This constriction causes the person to have difficulty breathing and can be triggered by a multitude of causes. Things such as allergies to grass, hay, mold, pets, etc. can cause an attack. So can exercise and cold dry temperatures.

We spoke with Louis Libby, MD of Providence ALS Center, a pulmonologist. He is an expert on asthma. He gave us not only a better understanding of what prompts asthma attacks but how to prevent them. We even learned a few tips on how to deal with an attack when your inhaler is not present. To hear this interview click here. Dr Libby is also affiliated with the Oregon Clinic.

Also find asthma info from The American Lung Association.

Stay healthy and breathe well!

Eleni K

More and more over the last year I have heard the comment I just can’t afford it…. “I can afford organic food”, “I can’t afford personal training”, “I had to let my gym membership go”. People continue to complain about not having enough money to budget healthy living. Well, I see some of these same people with new clothes or daily lattes, so the question really is… can you not afford it or do you just choose not to.

We all have a choice. Everything is a choice. Our attitude determines our success not our circumstance and our state of health is no different. We can choose to eat candy bars and sodas for lunch or not. We can determine what our money is spent on too. Maybe we think we can’t afford quality fruits and veggies but somehow we still get a pedicure. It’s about priorities. If your priority is to feel good and function effectively far into your future, taking less sick days and decreasing your chances of injury and illness then clean eating and exercising should matter to you. However, our society tends to view things like personal training as a luxury when in fact taking care of your physical state falls under the preventative medicine category. We socialize more around non healthy food and drink options rather than community based ideas like sharing time with friends and family in a natural setting, maybe even hiking for example.

Enjoying optimum health is priceless. Creating better health for yourself through the advice you can gain by seeing a naturopath, nutritionist, massage therapist, personal trainer, lifestyle consultant or well coach is worth every penny.

My advice is to ask your self… How do I feel? Could I feel better? Then look to resources around you. If you aren’t sure where to start ask a friend or family member if they have seen any helping professional in the diet and fitness industry who they might recommend. Do more research. What you spend your money on is important. Many professionals offer consultations, quite often free of charge. You have to like and respect who you work with, so check them out first. Make a commitment. If you choose to do something then see it through. Speak up, people can’t help you if they don’t understand the problem. I work with people all the time who when they are upfront about financial concerns I can help allocate their available funds over a longer period of time so to keep them consistent and continuous with their efforts.

Again none of this matters if your health takes a back seat to buying the latest accessory or electronic device. We all have priorities. I am not here to judge anyones choices. If you need weekly nail fills more than you need to loose 60 lbs then that is your choice. If being healthy, however, IS your choice and you would like help getting started on the track to feeling stronger and happier with more energy everyday then please contact me for more information on how I can help you!

In good health,
Eleni K

This week’s show addressed more questions sent in by listeners. Topics covered were getting a friend started who doesn’t want to exercise and how can I incorporate a potato amongst other exciting fitness and diet questions such as which sports are best for building athleticism in kids. We are happy to continue taking your questions and reading them on air. Send more our way via Then listen to the show here or on iTunes.

If you are in Portland please contact me to set up a FREE consultation. The best way to determine your health and fitness goals is to sit down and discuss where you are currently at and would like to be. This is a great time of year with summer winding down and September coming along… “back to reality” sets in and many find themselves headed to the gym. Don’t wait too long. Jump start everyone and set up a session today. or we recommend to help you find a trainer or nutritionist in your area.

Special This Week: Visit Get Fit Training at Portland’s Baconfest 2010 find out more here

Rose recommended you check out The Beasite Boys – Sabotage as a great workout song. It did her well on her 3mi run yesterday in the 90 degree weather!

My thought…YES IT MATTERS Don’t convince your self that eating healthy and exercising won’t change anything. It does matter. You have the control to feel better everyday and increase the quality of your life through clean eating, activity and positive thoughts. Be Healthy. Get Fit.

Eleni K.

Everyone needs help from time to time. Whether you need knowledge, support or instruction it’s best to admit we can’t do it all on our own. Todays show, episode 15, which can be heard here, addressed listeners questions.

We happily ran through several listener questions pertaining to diet, exercises and support. Every healthy lifestyle has a component of these “3 pillars to success”. When we take the time to learn more and apply what we learn to our lives we can work toward achieving good health and happiness.

There is tons of info available on the internet to get you started on the path to being healthy. There is so much info that you may not understand it all. Send us your questions to and we will help you determine what solution is best for you. Want to work “one on one” and/or “in person”? If you are in Portland, Oregon hit me up at Get Fit Training. Live somewhere else? Try SmashFit, it’s the best way to find a personal trainer or nutritionist near you.

Remember you can’t know everything about everything but you can find someone who has the information you need so don’t be afraid to ask.

Eleni K

I just got done chatting with Molly Brown of Balance Massage and Skin Care. Check out episode 14 here or subscribe to us on iTunes at Get Fit Portland and never miss a show…it’s FREE

Molly has been doing massage for over 8 years. She was a wealth of information on different types of massage, the benefits of body work and what one should know about getting a massage. She offers various treatments style and opportunities. Get more info from Molly at or give her a call at 503 502 2694.

Massage is great for rehabbing an injury, soothing sore muscles, reducing stress and providing self care. Take advantage of the benefits of massage today.

If you are in Portland and want to see Molly you can enjoy $10 off any first visit just by mentioning Get Fit Portland or Get Fit Training. PLUS a super special offer: the first new client to book a 1 hr training session at Get Fit Training with Eleni and mention this offer will receive a COMPLIMENTARY MASSAGE from Molly. Can’t beat that!!

Get in touch with Eleni at 503 816 1070

Were you listening today. Great workout song recommendations from @MsLierre @beachchk @seejanerunshow click on their names to follow them on Twitter.

Have a peaceful day!
Eleni K