Nutrition

Meal Preparation Tips For a Busy Life

Spring fever seems to be in full swing here in Columbus, with warm days teasing us a few times a week.  Does it make you want to come out of hibernation and start working on your health and fitness again?   Maybe you’re honoring your body through movement daily somehow, whether it’s a walk, hitting the gym, dancing or chasing your kids. Either way, you know it makes you feel better!

But, maybe you feel that something is still missing on your journey to feeling like the best and healthiest version of you. You’ve checked adequate sleep off the list, you’re working on your stress levels, you’re chugging water, and what else could it be?

Our best guess – your nutrition!

Life is busy, we know! You may be single handedly juggling coffee, 3 kids, soccer practice, school and work all at once. So when it comes to your meals, you feel like you don’t really have a lot of options. You need food to taste good, but be quick.  Good news is, healthy CAN be tasty AND quick.

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Quick, Tasty And Healthy Snacks

Todays post is by our very own Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Michelle (not to mention my “much better half”):

We all love snacks, right?

But easy, tasty and healthy snacks that go beyond the standard (i.e. boring) “vegetables and hummus” can be rather elusive to those of us seeking variety in our weekly meal plan.

Snacks are a vital part of a healthy meal plan, especially when main meals are more than 4 hours apart.

Left without fuel for too long, our brain begins to react to our bodys’ need for energy by craving sugar, or variations of salty-crunchy goodness.  Like a guided missile, we head for the kitchen cabinets or snack machine and before we know what hit us, we’ve consumed something we wish we hadn’t.

Healthy snacks, planned in advance can relieve us of this chain of events.

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The Truth About Alcohol And Body Fat

Is alcohol and body fat a match made in hell?

Do you really want to know the answer? 😉

Well, in this post I’d like to share some good news; you can indeed consume alcohol and maintain or even lose body fat.

However, as you’d expect, there are a few caveats.

Caveat Number 1 – How much and often you drink

I’ll admit it, in younger and dumber years, “Moderation” was a term that I despised. I actually lived by the motto “If you’re not living on the edge, your taking up too much space”.  I also sported 80’s glam rock hair, if that gives you an idea of my state of mind back then.

My natural inclination was to do everything to the extreme.  This included habits and activities that were viewed as healthy and positive, like exercise.  For a more recent example, when I started running at age 40, my goal was to complete The North Face 50 mile Trail Ultra Marathon Championships.  I was able to check that off my bucket list.  But was it healthy?  Hell no.

But I digress.  Back to moderation in terms of alcohol consumption.

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Hypnosis For Weight Loss… Really?

The first time that we mention the possibility of incorporating hypnosis for weight loss, we often get looks that convey the reaction of “Really, are you serious?”

The answer is yes.

Just give me a minute to explain; I promise it will be worth it.

Or if you’d rather jump right in, check out the link below:

HFF Hypnosis For Weight Loss & Stress Reduction Systems – Free Gift

Now for those who might need a bit more info, here we go…

Let’s be clear about one thing from the start; this is NOT entertainment stage hypnosis.  You know, the kind where your friends get hypnotized into thinking they’re a chicken, and cluck around while everyone laughs at them.

Sure, that’s fun for an evening, especially since it’s now so easy to record said event on our phones.

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The Coffee Question – Friend Or Foe?

Caffeine is the world’s most consumed psychoactive drug, and coffee is still the most popular way of getting into our bodies. Hence the coffee question…

Should this be of any concern to you, or maybe your kids (average daily consumption of caffeine among youth, in it’s many forms, is growing at a rapid rate)?

Well, as usual here at HFF, the answer is… It depends.

Many factors come into play, including if you are a slow or fast metabolizer of caffeine, what kind of coffee you drink, how much and when you drink it, the rest of your nutrition and lifestyle habits (especially proper hydration), etc.

We’ve got a special treat for you today.  No, not a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, but something that is even more tasty, at least for your brain.

Below are three videos from one of our primary mentors for the last two decades, Paul Chek.  Paul is truly a holistic health and fitness pioneer, and knows more details about more topics than anyone I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

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