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4 Tips to Break Mindless Eating Habits

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | September 27th, 2012 | 6 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: calories, diet, eating habits, eating healthy, healthy-eating, junk food, lose-weight, mindless eating, Mindy Fenske, nutrition, snacking, the firm, weight-loss, working from home

Mindless Eating

By The FIRM Master Instructor Mindy Fenske

A while back, I took a teaching sabbatical and worked out of my house for a few months. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved having the flexibility of working from home, but I had a small problem.

I would be working diligently at my computer, tap-tap-tapping the keyboard, when, all of a sudden, my fingers would stop. Then my legs would stand me up and walk me into the kitchen and, before I even realized what was happening, my hand would be force-feeding chips into my open mouth. It was as if my body was possessed by aliens!

Seedy Toppings: 4 Seeds for Super Health

Kareen Turner by Kareen Turner | August 2nd, 2012 | 6 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: African seed, antioxidants, baked goods, cereal, chia, chia fresca, cookies, fiber, flax, flaxseed, food, gluten, gluten-free, grain, healthy-eating, hemp, hempseed, lignans, mexico, muffins, nutrition, oatmeal, omega-3 fatty acids, phytoestrogens, plant estrogens, protein, raw, recipe, salad, seed, seeds, side dish, smoothie, soup, South American seed, super seed, teff, tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, whole grain, yogurt

SeedsLooking to add more kick to your oatmeal, baked goods and salad toppings? Why not give these super seeds a try?

Grain-like seeds such as chia and teff have been gaining popularity in the mainstream over the past few years. And what’s not to enjoy? They are versatile, gluten-free nutrition powerhouses rich in protein and fiber, among other important nutrients.

Balancing It All: Fitness, Nutrition and Life

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 17th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: balance, body log, diet, exercise, exercise journal, Fitness, food journal, healthy-eating, Kelly Branning, Libra, meditation, nutrition, parenting, self care, Stephen Covey, the firm, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, tree-pose, weight-loss, workouts, Yoga

Balanced Nutrition

By The FIRM Master Instructor Kelly Branning

I am a Libra. Although I don’t read my horoscope, I do identify with those scales that represent my sign. Balance, balance and more balance. It is a daily challenge to keep those scales from tipping over. One side seems overloaded with the things we do for others and the outside world, like family, career, social life and housework. The other side of the scale, including exercise and nutrition, usually threatens to let go at any time.

I think the absolute foundation of a balanced life is good self-care, coupled with good self-awareness. That said … how are you doing? How is your eating? Do you get everything you need from the foods you eat? Hopefully you are eating healthy, life-affirming foods every 3-4 hours. How about exercise? Are you finding a little time to work out and get stronger? If you don’t know how you are doing, let’s take some time to figure it out.

Photo Contest: Show Vega How You Get Energized!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | June 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Gaiam Happenings, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: #GetEnergized, beach resort, diet, energy, enter to win, exercise, Facebook contest, Fitness, Gaiam Sol Uttama premium yoga mat, Get Energized, healthy-eating, mexico, nutrition, photo contest, prizes, Puerto Vallarta, smoothies, surging, twitter, Vega, Vega’s Energizing Smoothie, Xinalani Retreat, Yoga, yoga retreat

Vega Get Energized Photo ContestOur friends at Vega are launching Vega Energizing Smoothie, a delicious and convenient nutrient boost!

Unlike traditional smoothie mixes, you only need water (or juice) to shake and go. Every serving also comes with two servings of veggies; 10 g of complete, plant-based protein; 5 g of fiber and 1 g of Omega-3. Available in four mouth-watering flavors: mixed tropical fruits, chocolate, vanilla almond and berries (plus an unflavored natural).

Get energized and win

Because we’re big smoothie fans here at the Gaiam office, we’re helping celebrate the launch by sponsoring Vega’s Get Energized Photo Contest! From now through July 31, head over to Vega’s Get Energized Photo Contest page on Facebook and show the world how you #GetEnergized.

6 Ways to Find Eco-Friendly Restaurants

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | June 4th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: csa, dining out, eat local, eating at restaurants, eating local, eating out, eco-friendly restaurants, energy conservation, Energy Star, Green Restaurant Association, green restaurants, healthy-eating, LEED, LEED certified, organic, seafood, sustainable food, vegetarian, water use

Serving tasteful food

One of the biggest things you can do to support and encourage responsibly raised food is to vote with your wallet. You may be patronizing CSAs and farmers’ markets for local produce, buying organic brands from your supermarket, and studying nutrition labels for evils like high fructose corn syrup and artificial preservatives. But if you’re eating in restaurants blissfully ignorant of where the food on your plate comes from, then you might be undermining your efforts.

Choose the food you eat in restaurants just as wisely as what you choose to eat at home, and your choices will be more likely to influence the foodservice community to change their ways and offer more environmentally friendly choices on their menus. Plus, with restaurants, being green goes beyond the food they serve — restaurants can, and should, be conservative with energy usage, use eco-responsible construction methods, and treat their staff fairly.

Do a little research on the restaurants in your area, or before you travel to other cities, to find businesses that care about the environment. These tips will help you make the best choices:

If You Give a Kid a Spatula …

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | May 16th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: cage-free eggs, children in the kitchen, csa, family meals, farm share, free-range chickens, getting kids to eat, healthy-eating, if you give a kid a spatula, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, kids cook, local food, parenting, pastured eggs, pasturized eggs, sustainable farming

I hope my kids learn to cook. And love to it as much as I do.

I truly believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is an appreciation for food. And by food, I mean real food — food that doesn’t come out of a can or microwaveable container. This hope is not just for my children; I hope more and more kids everywhere grow up with a renewed understanding of where food comes from and a respect for the plants and animals they eat.

Instead of citing studies about the rise of childhood obesity and rambling on about why teaching our kids to cook will make the world a better place, I’ve written a hopeful little story (with respectful credit due to Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond, authors of many beloved children’s books, including, of course, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie). I hope you like it.

Sofrito Rubbed Grilled Tofu with a Green Chili Sweet Potato Ragu

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 4th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: chili, Cinco de Mayo, dish, gaiam cafe, healthy food, healthy recipes, healthy-eating, Mexican, ragu, recipe, sofrito, sweet potato, tofu

A mouthwatering Mexican dish from the Gaiam Café. Healthy and vegan, too!

The Young & the Healthless: How My Fitness Focus Matured As I Did

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | March 9th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: 20s, 30s, diet, Emily Welsh, energy, exercise, fitness goals, Healthy Aging, healthy-eating, mind-body fitness, motivation, nutrition 20s, plyometrics, strength training, stress-relief, the firm, workout, Yoga

Mother and Daughter Workout

Okay, so Emily Welsh, a Master Instructor for The FIRM, was actually far from “healthless” in her 20s. But one look at her answers to health and fitness questions will tell you Emily — now in her 30s — is now in an even healthier, happier place.

Week 2: Learn to Love Food

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 27th, 2012 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: 10-week program, bikini body, confidence, diet, eating, energy, energy levels, food, food diary, food journal, food journaling, fork method, health, healthy, healthy-eating, learn to love food, metabolism, motivation, nutrition, personal trainer, processed food, self confidence, slow-food, spring training, week 2, week two, weeks, well-being, wellness, Whole Foods

Happy woman with fruits and veggiesDiet. I shiver just hearing the word. Don’t you? How many have you tried? Most importantly, how many have failed you?

Food is always a part of our life experience. In my home country of Sweden, we socialize a lot around food. In the world of fitness, proper nutrition is vital for making progress and increasing energy levels. As a child, food is a necessity for growth and development, and as we get older, we become more aware of our diet’s impact on our longevity. So why then do we get lost in the middle?

The Fork Challenge: Slowing Down for a Healthy Body

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | February 27th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: break down food, chewing, diet, digestion, digestive system, eat less, food, fork challenge, fork method, healthy-eating, Kurt Johnsen, meals, mealtimes, nutrition, overeating, slow eating, slow food movement, weight-loss, yoganonymous

by Kurt Johnsen

You’ve seen them. You may even be one of them — I know I have been. I’m talking about those folks hunkered over their food, shoveling it down as if someone were trying to take it away. Not only is it unsightly, it’s also unhealthy.

Our digestive system starts in our mouths, not in our stomachs as you may think. Special enzymes in our mouths begin to break down our food and prepare it for digestion from the moment we take a bite. But often, in our fast-paced, fast-food world, many of us — including myself — wolf down our meals and snacks like a greedy seagull, cocking our heads back and gulping down whatever is in front of us. We barely take the time to chew — much less enjoy — our food.