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Oct 5th 2011 – Food Matters

Posted: October 6, 2011 in Diet, health, support
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Oct 5th 2011 – Your food matters! GMO’s, whole foods, organics and intention toward food are all mentioned. Eleni K shares the top 8 foods you may want to avoid due to being highly GMO plus how can you get support at work toward a healthier lifestyle.

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info on GMO’s from Mercola

Sept 23rd 2011 – Stay Accountable. It’s not just “what do I eat” or “how do I move”? Staying accountable takes a good support plan. Eleni K gives healthy living support and ideas around effective eating and workouts.

 

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Special Guest Blog- Holly Danks

It started with a vacation to Disneyland last March. It continued through a dream golf trip in April, a family tragedy in July and a trip home for my father’s 80th birthday in October.

It ends today.

Because if I don’t quit eating junk and making excuses for not working out, all my hard work losing 80 pounds in 2009 will be erased, a piece of candy (or two) here, a bowl of ice cream or popcorn there.

My health gains are being erased by weight gains:

— My surgically repaired knees are hurting again, after I was able to walk golf courses and play softball the past two summers without pain.

— My cholesterol is back up, after having gone down so much when I lost weight that my startled doctor said, “No lower!”

— My blood pressure, migraines and overall “blah” feelings also are on the rise.

When my Get Fit Now trainer Eleni K. got me back on the scale, my worst fears were confirmed. I knew my new clothes are tighter, my thighs are beginning to rub again, my endurance on the spin bike is down and I’m not able to lift as heavy of weights as I had just a few months ago.  But there it was staring me in the face – 30 pounds gained in the past year. If I don’t get back on the right track, what’s it all been for? An exercise in futility? Throwing away money on training and a new wardrobe, as well as tossing aside my health? And the longer I wait to turn the tables – or literally get up from the table, couch and refrigerator – the harder it is going to be.

That’s why, as of today, I’ve quit diet soda cold turkey. At Eleni’s urging, I came home from the gym and cleaned out my cupboards, tossing box after box of processed mac’n’cheese and salty crackers, bag after bag of buttery microwave popcorn and tortilla chips, piles of leftover Christmas candy and cans of hot chocolate.

No excuses. No rationalizing that because I lost the weight before it’s OK to drop the diet, or rather, ditch what should have become a new lifestyle. Because what started out as just one Mickey Mouse-shaped pretzel for fun at Disneyland and special after-golf Southern punch at Pinehurst led to finishing Dad’s monstrosity of a sheet cake and masking the pain with comfort food after my husband’s brother suddenly died.

Before I knew it, I was bringing home pizza every week, plopping in front of the TV and eating a full bag of popcorn every night and raiding the candy Christmas presents any time I darn-well pleased.

So I sat down at my computer today – with my water bottle actually filled with water and not a sports drink – to pledge in writing, for all to see, that I will not go back to that unhealthy, overweight person I was before working so hard to get in shape. What a waste that would be.

Besides getting rid of the bad stuff in the kitchen, I am writing out new goals for weight loss and a schedule of workouts to help accomplish them. I also need to plan out meals, household chores and craft projects so I can get motivated and boost my self-esteem by checking off what I accomplish.

It is easy to fall back on old habits. Sticking with change is hard. But I’ve learned it’s even harder starting over.

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As a trainer, it’s hard to hear Holly’s story. I helped support her through losing over 80 pounds. I hoped to see her enjoy many years of good health, free of pain and medications. It hard to see her struggle and “start over” but as I commented on episode 1/31/11 there are no limits to hitting rock bottom. We can find ourselves in the same place over and over.  Holly’s story is not unique, I hear it all the time. Let’s try and learn from the struggle of others. Life will give you no shortage of opportunities to get “off track” so maybe changing your attitude is what is needed. For example,  one might look at fuel (diet) and movement (exercise) as necessities to life which are permanent not temporary. Keep in mind, one can only help another so much. The individual has to make a choice to control their life and realize  their potential, it can’t be done for them. Holly asked for help is now getting herself back on track.  I am immensely proud of her effort. ~ Eleni K

Jan 18th – Diet and health myths discussed. With so much information how do you know what’s right? Dr Ciprian and Eleni help support you living healthier by giving ideas to find your balance and make decisions about what is right for you. Strong influence on food.

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Nov 25th – Happy Thanksgiving! Eleni goes LIVE to help get you away from the food for a moment and support you on this special day. 7 spiritual tenets to being happier according to Shape mag. The debate goes on between Pumpkin and Pecan pie plus listeners chat up favorite day after uses for leftover turkey.

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Nov 12th –  Eleni’s Birthday! Can you guess her age? LISTEN and find out! Plus chocolate or vanilla cupcakes… see what the chat box has to say. Other topics covered, The Get Fit Challenge App, SMART goal setting and finding support systems!

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SMART goals = specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely

Support Systems = Listen to Get Fit Now Radio, hang out with like minded friends, get your whole family on board!

Huge “thank you” to Sabrina, Robert and Jay for chiming in to help me through this show!

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“Come on…eat it!” ” It’s just one piece!” ” You’re gonna hurt their feelings if you don’t try it, just eat the cake.” “What’s the big deal, it’s only once?!” ” Just have part of it, a little won’t hurt you!” “Eat it already.”

Imagine trying to make a change for the better. Feeling like no one supports you. Working hard to turn down things you know are NOT good for you and then have others pressure you to eat them. Why would they do that? What can you do?

Aaron and Eleni discussed food bullying on Nov 1st. Are you being bothered about your food choice? Is someone giving you a hard time for your healthy lifestyle choices. This is common and not your fault. Making a change in diet or lifestyle is hard and no one needs to feel bad about being healthy. This show offers support and tips on how to feel better about making good changes and not letting others derail your success. So take a listen and then share it with a friend!

Have you been food bullied? Share you story here under comments and help others feel less alone.

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Posted by Eleni

Katherine Schwarzenegger has put it all out there in her book, Rock What You’ve Got. It’s not just a lot of stats and ideas about body image and media it’s a NECESSARY must have for any woman. Tons of advice for girls going through puberty as well as special sections for mom’s to better understand what is up with their teens. This book is great for all women 5-95 as well as men. Especially great for the single dad!

Not sure it’s the right book for you. Well it IS the right book for many so consider gifting it to a school library or teen shelter.

Check out the Get Fit Now Radio interview with Katherine here then share it!

For more info on Katherine Schwarzenegger read her article Defining Beauty on the Huffington Post

Plus follow her on Twitter

Posted by Eleni K

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