Archive for September 16, 2010

Everything in moderation…right? So I hear. Well what does that mean? I have heard my mother say it for years. “everything in moderation” it rings in my ears in her special “mom” tone. In retaliation I once asked her if that meant she ate dog sh*t because after all… everything in moderation meant EVERYTHING! I am wondering if everything in balance is a better term than moderation. Lets break down moderation first.

Moderation by definition means Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme. This implies that everything is IN just as long as it is not TOO much. Well how about balance….it is literally A state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces.

Here now enters my argument. Some things are down right toxic. If it is toxic then it should be avoided. It has no use in the body. The reaction we may enjoy (ie alcohol consumption) is a intoxication. Our body is sick and fighting the intoxicant. Many things fall into this category such as drugs, medications, foods, chemicals, poisons, etc. Should we accept these things in moderation??? What about the dog sh*t I mentioned earlier, are you willing to eat it just to live in moderation?  I know I am being a little extreme…not quite moderate at all but here is the idea I want to get across. What about balance…. In my opinion balance is key!!

Balance suggests that we counter the negatives we take on with moderation and rectify them. Make good what is bad. I like this a lot. Lets get back to the alcohol consumption. As a trainer & lifestyle and weight management consultant I hear this all the time.  Is it ok to drink alcohol? How much can I drink? Or… I’m not stopping so what are my options? Well some may say, drink in moderation…heard that before right?! But drink in moderation does not solve any problems. Drink in moderation implies you are responsible or that you limit the damage but what about balance? How can you balance out the effect of alcohol on your body. It may not be well known but alcohol breaks down muscle and depletes hydration in the body. Drinking a little just makes it a bit less bad. FIX what you did. Create balance. Replace water and protein. If you consume alcohol also consume a glass of water. One glass to one glass. Also replenish protein stores so that the body can repair and rejuvenate itself.

Alcohol is just one example. How about antibiotics.? They mess you up. They also help facilitate resistant strains of bacteria more potent the next time we encounter them. Once antibiotics have been ingested we not only kill the bad germs but the good ones too. Ouch! Now we can live with a potential new problem dealing with the idea that the antibiotics were only in moderation (taken in a necessary dose when needed) or we can restore balance and harmony in the body by consuming probiotics to replace the good guys we killed off.

The way I see it you have two options AVOID intoxicants or provide balance but moderation my friends just isn’t enough.

Eleni K

I’m traveling back to the land of bacon wrapped hot dogs to share with you the story of how I put on 50 extra pounds and then dropped it! It all started in 1997 I got pregnant weighing in at 117. Although I ate poorly I had a beautiful baby boy and was back in size 2 pants in under 2 weeks. I was 25. Fast forward to 1 year and 5 days later when I got pregnant with my second child….ouch! In less than 2 weeks I knew I was in trouble. The weight came and came and came and my doc told me to stop but it just wouldn’t. I was “healthy” with no major problems or risks regarding my pregnancy, but I was FAT. I hadn’t been exercising at the time I got pregnant so I made no plan to start.  The bacon wrapped hot dogs and double burgers at 3am weren’t helping much, on top of that I was drinking milk like mad, but not skim or 1 or 2% but whole milk with added sugar in it….ewww. Well ewww was right. After baby girl popped out I had thighs that looked like orange peel and no clothes but maternity wear to sport. A few months after my daughter was born someone asked me when I was due…. I was holding my baby. Dang! This was going to be over and never happen again.

So I walked… I started 2 weeks post cesarean and lifted weights as soon as I got doctor clearance. Everyday I was at the gym. I had a lot of inspiration, I was living in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico…. land of perfect bodies and tons of celebrities to gawk at. I walked on a treadmill in front of the beach and dreamed of all the bikinis I would buy and wear one day…I was going to live in a bikini and look amazing in it. And I finally did and I’ve never turned back…oh I have fluctuated from 12-22% body fat in the last 10 years But I have stayed clear of cellulite down to my knees and the obvious path to clogged arteries I was headed down.

Clean eating and working out daily makes me feel good and I share it with my clients every day at work.  It is about balance! Food is fuel. It is not a treat or reward. Eating healthy isn’t about depriving yourself it is about treating yourself with respect.

Eleni K