There is a Time and Place for Carbs

Carbohydrates are fuel for the fit. They give the body essential nutrients that provide the body with energy for daily activities.

The myth that carbs add fat to your body derives from eating those macro-nutrients at the wrong time.

Believe it or not there is a time and place for carbs!

1. Eat your carbs early in the day. A bowl of oatmeal is a great wake up call.

2. Eat your carbs after your workout while your body is recovering. Your body will eat those macro-nutrients right up! This is especially important for those of you hoping to gain muscle or lose weight.

3. Avoid eating carbs late at night or any other hour that you may spend resting like before going to an office job and sitting in a chair all day.

Thank you Obi Obadike for these awesome tips!

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Why Does my Yoga Practice Hurt?

I recently met someone who just began their yoga journey. The goal he set for himself was to cure his back pain, something that so many of us deal with on an all too often basis.

When I began a few years ago, I did so for the similar reasons. I suffered from stress related back pains that caused knots and sharp pains. Often, I could hunch my shoulders forward just an inch or two and my back would crack itself. It was embarrassing being a college student with the spine of a senior citizen. I also had anxiety issues and fitness goals I wanted to work on and so, started my yoga journey.

Long story short, this friend of mine watched a YouTube video and felt he strained his back even more.

But yoga can heal anything and anyone! WHAT HAPPENED?

YouTube is great, you can learn everything from tying your shoes to cooking dinner on there. But yoga, not always so great on there.

Why? You’re too distracted. You’re not connected with your body on a deep level because you’re too worried that the volume isn’t loud enough or that you’re not watching enough.

I saw him do a downward dog that tightened his neck because he was looking in every direction. Hips were off and so on and so forth. It’s not about perfection. Yoga is freedom and connection.

Yoga is based on meditation, flowing through a vinyasa flow without straining your body or mind. The goal is nirvana. I highly suggest attending a class for beginners. Your computer can teach you poses to take you there but, truthfully, only you can take yourself there. Relax. Breath. Flow.

Read it or study it but don’t bring your laptop to your mat. In fact close your laptop, let your mind wander. Explore. Inhale. Exhale. Enjoy.

Namaste
xo

Post Workout Kale Challenge

  
I am making progress in liking kale. About a third of this smoothie is kale and I drank it all! Sorry, puppies can’t have any. 😋

I used my favorite protein shake, EAS AdvantagEdge, chocolate fudge.

  

  • Add one EAS drink.
  • One large scoop of Cabot Greek Vanilla Bean yogurt.
  • Two handfuls of Italian Mix Kale.
  • A handful of blueberries.
  • Some ice cubes.
  • Blend it up & serve!

This smoothie has a nice balance of sweetness and a touch of tartness. It’s a great pick-me-up because of those two tastes. 

I love EAS because their drinks are delicious, nutritious and don’t make me feel bloated. I highly recommend them.
Have a good day everyone!

A Kale Salad for People Who Hate Kale

Kale, to me, often tastes like dead grass.

Thankfully, we’re allowed to smother kale in other healthy ingredients and so that’s what this girl (who hates kale) tried to do.


Mixed Kale

Strawberries

Avocado

Sliced Almonds

cherry Tomatoes (sliced in halves)

Diced Green, Red and Yellow Peppers

Diced Red Onion

Lemon Juice

Balsamic Vinnaigrette

If you like kale, summer fruits and sweet veggies, you will LOVE IT. It’s a colorful balance of sweet and tart.

But, since I am not so keen on kale, its like tripping right out of the starting line. Its a start though!

The Road to Heart Health Doesn’t Have to be Boring

Although we are often inspired to exercise for the bodies we have now, it’s important to remember that we don’t get to trade in what we have now for what we get later on in life.

Consistent exercise reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and other health issues later in life but sometimes it’s hard to stay interested in a workout routine. The following is a list of activities that may stray from your usual routine but are great for your heart’s health.

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Calisthenics
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hot Yoga
  • Jump Rope
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Rowing
  • Running
  • Skating
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Weight Lifting

Put your heart into your workout! There is a great long list provided by Joseph C. Piscatella in his book, “Road to a Healthy Heart” that is sure to ad some fun to your journey.

Sweet Smoothie for Radiant Skin

 
Start your morning off with a feel good smoothie. With a ton of nutritional value, I made this with the intentions of adding a nice glow to my complexion.

1/2 Avocado

1/2 Banana

3 or 4 Strawberries

5 ice cubes 

1 cup of coconut milk

You can also add a little Agave if you want to sweeten it up a little more.

Enjoy!