weight-loss

4 Reasons to Add Pea Protein to Your Yoga Diet

Sara Fruman by Sara Fruman | February 17th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: allergens, blood sugar, calcium, cascadian farm, collagen, cones, conscious eating, dairy-free, eat right, foods, gluten-free, pea protein, protein bars, repair, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, weight-loss

pea protein

Finding the right foods to fuel your body when maintaining a rigorous yoga practice or fitness routine can be a challenge, especially if you are vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. Pea protein has emerged as one of the best sources to keep athletes and yogis energized and ready to go!

Detox Yoga Pose Sequence

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | February 6th, 2014 | 25 Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: cleanse, core strength, meditation, power yoga, pranayama, stress-relief, vinyasa, weight-loss, Yoga, yoga for detox, yoga poses, yoga-practice

Detox Yoga

Before the holidays is a great time to detox. It can stave off weight gain and put you in a healthy mindset to help you resist temptation. And detoxing after the holiday “re-tox” — no matter how much carnage was left on that Thanksgiving dinner table, or how much stress crept into your weekend — is as easy as unrolling your mat. No matter when or on what level you could use a little realigning, this sequence is for you.

8 Yoga Poses to Stimulate Metabolism

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | December 18th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: arm flaps, backbends, Bridge, camels, handstand, happiness, headstand, health, hot yoga, inversions, kapalabhati breathing, metabolism, plow, pranaymas, prayer twist, rabbit, savasana, shoulder stand, twisted lunge, twists, ujj, vinyasa, weight-loss, wheel, Yoga

Wheel Pose yoga

In addition to yoga’s well-documented methods of promoting health and happiness. it also has the ability to help you lose weight,  burn calories, boost metabolism and reduce stress. Although yoga is not a quick fix, it can be an excellent long-term approach to losing weight and keeping it off.

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.

Food Combining: The Natural Weight Loss Secret

Jo Schaalman and Julie Peláez by Jo Schaalman and Julie Peláez | October 10th, 2013 | 30 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: acid reflux, beans, bloating, cellulite, constipation, detox, detoxify, detoxifying, detoxing, digestive system, disease, elimination, energy, food, food combining, fruit, gas, gluten-free, grain, headaches, healthy-eating, IBS, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, legumes, lose-weight, meal, nutrition, nuts, poop, protein, seeds, starch, vegetables, veggies, waste, weight-loss

food combiningAlthough new research suggests that fewer people are dieting in America (yay!), many of us are still puzzled when it comes to figuring out how to achieve optimal health, longevity and vitality. As a culture we’ve been trained to look at what we put in our mouths as the main event — the food, the calories, the protein, the fat — but we’re not taught or encouraged to look at what comes out of our bodies.

We want to turn this perspective around with a bold (and obvious) statement: Everyone poops. Yep, everyone sits on the porcelain throne. You already know this, so let’s get right to the reason we’re bringing it up in the first place.

Waste = weight.

The number one weight loss secret that nobody really talks about is the fact that the extra poop sitting around in your colon is one of the main causes of excess weight. When you learn to rid your body of extra waste on a regular basis, weight loss and maintenance become effortless.

5 Ways to Beat the Nighttime Nosh

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | March 15th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: active relaxation, after dark, avoid TV, break the cycle, calorie allocation, calories, computer, consuming, diet plan, dinner, eat less, eat more, eating patterns, evening activities, fatigue vs. hunger, food after dinner, food before bed, food habits, food journal, food strategies, go to bed, gorge, hunger, inhibitions, junk food, keep busy after dinner, kitchen, knitting, late in the day, late night, late-night noshing, less likely to snack, midnight snacks, nail painting, nighttime eating, nutrition, nutrition expert, obesity, reduced calories, Sara Ryba, self-monitoring, sleepover, snack choices, snack plan, snacking, snacks, successful weight loss, the firm, use your hands, weight problems, weight-loss, weight-loss obstacles, young

by The FIRM nutrition expert Sara Ryba, R.D., C.D.N.

I remember my first sleepover as a young child, when my friend’s mom said we could have a midnight snack. It was so exciting to be able to eat junk food so late at night!

Of course, my opportunities to gorge like that were few and far between. But regular late-night noshing plagues many of us and can cause weight problems if you don’t control it.

Do you find that you consume too many calories after dinner? Are you continually returning to the kitchen for “one more thing”? Do you wake up in the morning annoyed that you snacked too much the night before? If so, you are not alone. Studies have suggested that people feel less inhibited to overdo the snacks after dark.

So, let’s do something about it! Nighttime eating is my weight-loss clients’ single most common obstacle. But it is a challenge worth taking on, as conquering this habit will open the door to long-lasting, successful weight loss.

Recipe: Bitter Greens & Citrus Breakfast Salad with Poached Eggs

Pooja Mottl by Pooja Mottl | February 27th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: arugula, ayurvedic medicine, balsamic vinegar, bitter, bitter greens, blood oranges, cara cara oranges, citrus zest, clementines, coffee, complete proteins, control food cravings, cravings for sweet, digestive health, dijon mustard, dressing, egg yolk, eggs, endive, escarole, local produce, mizuna, mother nature, mouth, natural sugars, northern California, olive-oil, orange harvest, orange wedges, oranges, organic, palate, pasture-raised, poached egg, radiccio, recipe, red wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper, salty, seasonal dishes, seasonal shopping, shop local, stimulate digestion, sustainable shopping, sweet, tabasco, tastes, watercress, weight-loss, whole-grain toast, winter produce

Bitter Greens & Citrus Breakfast Salad with Poached Eggs

There are several pieces to this unique and oh-so-yummy recipe.

The first has to do with the use of bitter greens. Bitter greens, such as radicchio, arugula, mizuna, escarole, endive and watercress, bring a pungent yet wonderfully unique flavor to the palate. Their bitter notes, similar to what you get from citrus zest and coffee, are also tinged with a fresh coolness, and do wonders for your digestive health. In many cultures, bitter greens are used to stimulate and tone the digestive system and in Ayurvedic medicine, bitter tastes aid in weight loss and help control food cravings — particularly the craving for sweet. When paired with natural sugars, such as what you get with ripe, luscious oranges, bitter greens will make your mouth sing!

Seasonality is another key to the dish. Winter signifies the orange harvest, especially in Northern California, where I currently reside. In this recipe I used small clementines, but feel free to experiment with Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges or any local orange that you can get your hands on. The more local and sustainable, the tastier the fruit!

But the real “pop” to this recipe is the dressing! The rich and deep sweetness of the balsamic paired with fresh-squeezed orange juice coats the greens and vegetables with just the right amount of bitter, sweet and salty. Then, combined with a hint of spicy Tabasco, myriad tastes come alive!

With the addition of pasture-raised, organic eggs, this dish packs in one of Mother Nature’s most complete proteins. Just remember to accompany a poached egg with some whole-grain toast to soak up all that yolk. Enjoy!

Are Your Workouts Wearing You Out?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: attainable, cardio, diet, energy, exercise, fitness plateau, frequency, goals, intensity, lose-weight, measurable, Melissa Hurst, nutrition, realistic, Reasonable, SMART method, specific, strength training, the firm, time frame, timely, tired, weight training, weight-loss, work out, workout rut, worn down

By The FIRM Master Instructor Melissa Hurst

You’ve made it through the holidays! Your weekly schedule, while still hectic, is becoming more routine and you have even found time to fit in your workouts (hopefully). There’s only one problem: Instead of your workouts re-energizing you, they are wearing you down.

If you are facing this dilemma, you are not alone. There are many reasons why you may feel as though your workouts are not giving you the results (emotionally or physically) you expect.

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!