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4 Ways to Give the Gift of Fitness

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | December 10th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: exercise, Fitness, fitness gifts, gifts, holiday season, holiday weight, holiday weight gain, holidays, lose-weight, the firm, weight gain, weight-loss, workout

FIRMfeatureBy The FIRM Master Instructor Kelsie Daniels

The holiday season is once again upon us. And because I am one of those people who fully enjoys holiday dining, I have to prepare myself for the usual question that comes as I am stuffing my face: “How do you stay in shape?” One of the people who always asks me this question is my dear Aunt Jo. She asks it every year and then follows with how she wants to start working out and eating right.

7 Ways to Manage Your Weight During the Holidays

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | December 10th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: burn-calories, calories, exercise, Fitness, fitness routine, healthy, healthy-eating, holiday weight gain, holidays, strength training, weight gain, weight-loss, workouts

freytagfeatureThe holidays make you think about minutes in a whole different way. It’s a time when you eat more, drink more, spend more money and sleep less. You feel time-crunched. You do your last-minute shopping. And as fast as you create the holidays, they disappear.

The Not-So-Sweet Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | September 20th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: Archer Daniels Midland, artificial sweetener, cancer, cane sugar, Cargill, corn industry, corn sugar, corn syrup, cornfield, diabetes, diet, dietary, dr. mark hyman, food industry, fructose, glucose, healthy-eating, heart disease, HFCS, high fructose corn syrup, industrial agriculture, inflammation, insulin, lipogenesis, liver failure, mercury, nutrition, obesity, parenting, sucrose, tooth decay, weight gain

High Fructose Corn SyrupIf you can’t convince them, confuse them.
— Harry Truman

The current media debate about the benefits (or lack of harm) of high fructose corn syrup in our diet misses the obvious. The average American has increased his consumption of HFCS (mostly from sugar-sweetened drinks and processed food) from zero to more than 60 pounds per year. Obesity rates have more than tripled and diabetes incidence has increased more than seven-fold. HFCS is not perhaps the only cause, but one that cannot be ignored.

Doubt and confusion are the currency of deception, and they sow the seeds of complacency. Recently, these have been used skillfully through massive print and television advertising campaigns by the Corn Refiners Association’s attempt to dispel the “myth” that HFCS is harmful and assert through the opinion of “medical and nutrition experts” that it is no different than cane sugar. It is a “natural” product that can be a healthy part of our diets when used in moderation.

Except for one problem: Even when used in moderation, it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay and more.

Who Knew Emotions Were So “Weighty”?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 19th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: bad habits, binge, binging, calories, cravings, depression, diet, dieting, eat your feelings, emotional, emotions, exercise, Fitness, food, friends, habits, healthy habits, healthy-eating, hobby, hunger, isolation, meditate, meditation, nutrition, overeat, overeating, portion control, self-control, stress, stress eating, support, the firm, weight gain, weight-loss, work out, workout

I did a Google search on what causes stress in people’s lives and I found things like unemployment, divorce, financial problems, health issues, fatigue and so on. In reflecting on how I deal with stress, let’s just say that far, far less than unemployment has caused me to eat a dozen donuts in one sitting!

Yes, I’m talking about stress eating. Most of us have had the unfortunate pleasure of experiencing it at one point or another, and it is not for the faint of heart. I can down a whole can of party peanuts if Auden has a particularly bad day at school! Thankfully I have come to terms with the real me and I am now able to recognize the signs of impending stress and do a fairly good job of not eating us out of house and home when things get rough. Please allow me to share some of my tips, and I welcome any you have to share that have worked for you.

Should Your Pet Go Grain-Free?

Valerie Gleaton by Valerie Gleaton | November 3rd, 2010 | 9 Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: budget, cat, companion animal, diet, dog, fiber, food allergies, gluten-free, grain-free, kibble, natural pet food, organic, pets, picky eater, Valerie Gleaton, veterinarian, weight gain

Dog with his food bowlI have a confession to make: For years now I’ve treated myself to wholesome, organic foods while buying my pets conventional pet food. Not off-brand mystery kibble or cat chow, mind you, but still. I blamed the cat; he’s a notoriously picky eater, and the one time I offered him a sample of “the good stuff” he turned his nose up at it and staged a hunger strike until I switched back to his standard 50-cents-a-can fare. I admit, I was secretly happy that he seemed to prefer the cheap stuff.

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain: Ditch High Heels & Walk More

Katy Santiago Bowman by Katy Santiago Bowman | December 11th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss | tags: burn-calories, exercise, footwear, gain weight, high heels, holiday weight gain, lose-weight, metabolism, obesity, running, stress, walking, weight gain, weight-loss

katysblogThe National Institutes of Health, in monitoring obesity and overall public health, has announced the impact of “holiday weight-gain” on the long-term issue of obesity. Are the 5 to 7 extra pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas really an issue? No, not really. Most people will take the initiative after the new year and get most of it off. But it’s the most of it that’s the problem. There seems to be about 1 extra pound that lingers each year, and that yearly pound is beginning to look like a possible cause of the slow, age-related (upward) movement of the scale.

4 Ways to Reduce Stress to Reduce the Pounds

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | November 25th, 2009 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss | tags: cortisol, exercise, health, healthy, healthy habits, healthy-eating, how stress relates to weight, lose-weight, lower stress, manage stress, reduce stress, sleep, stress, weight gain, weight-loss

freytagfeatureSo how can reducing stress help you lose weight?

It starts with the hormone cortisol, which has become synonymous with stress. You may have heard or seen an advertisement for yet another magic weight loss pill or potion that reduces cortisol in your body to help lose weight. But how does cortisol really affect our body’s ability to store fat? And how can we reduce the amount of cortisol in our bodies without resorting to weight loss pills?

Moving Beyond the Scale: Best Ways to Determine a Healthy Weight

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | October 8th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss | tags: BMI, body composition, body fat, fitness assessment, healthy weight, measurements, muscle, scale, weight, weight gain, weight-loss

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Numbers on the scale often become the center of focus when trying to determine a healthy weight. Annual exams at the doctor’s office include a weigh in; weight loss centers determine success by a drop in pounds; and there is talk from time to time about Body Mass Index (BMI) in the media, which refers to your “appropriate” weight based on your height.

Hypothyroidism: Does Your Thyroid Make You Sick, Tired and Overweight?

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | September 14th, 2009 | 26 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: exhaustion, fatigue, health, hypothyroidism, illness, Mark Hyman, symptoms of thyroid problems, thyroid gland, thyroid problems, weight gain

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Are you one of the 30 million women and 15 million men who have a chronic medical problem that is both under-diagnosed and under-treated? Are you suffering from vague symptoms that you think are normal parts of life, such as fatigue, feeling sluggish in the morning, and having trouble with your memory, concentration or focus? Do you have dry skin or fluid retention? Is your sex drive not what it used to be?

Are You Exercising Too Much?

Katy Santiago Bowman by Katy Santiago Bowman | July 24th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: bulimia, burn-calories, diets, eating disorder, excessive exercise, exercise, exercise bulimia, exercise habits, exercising too much, healthy-eating, weight gain, weight-loss, working out

over-excericseHave you ever exercised a bit harder because you had ice cream the night before? Ever justified making a poor dietary decision (dessert/second helping/third cocktail) by thinking, “I’ll work out twice tomorrow,” or “It’s OK, I ran 10 miles today”?