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On the Move…

May 5th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

Ahhh yes, Orb wins the Kentucky Derby. Everyone’s in a race these days. There are competitions of competitions to go faster, longer, stronger and more. This approach to double down and feel the burn when exercising often turns we normal folk off it altogether.

For those of us who are jaded by even hearing the work “exercise” take heart. Let’s take the pressure off and focus on activity, any activity – you know, putting one foot in front of the other to just get a move on. It’s a perfect time of year to start and turn the beat around your routine and find ways to get outside and play. Our bodies were meant to move. Start by any sort to – walk, run, saunter, dance, shimmy, samba, ride, swim, skateboard, roller blade, play, garden, shuffle. Got it? Start with one or two 15-minute intervals each day, a new form of interval training without the burn – a healthy and stealthy approach.

There doesn’t need to be a time trial connected to the moves you choose. Take the pressure off and work in various ways to get a move on so in time you’ll look forward to it and begin finding ways to work those new moves in. This photo was taken in Kelowna, BC while on a peaceful stroll at dusk.

There are numerous healthy and stealthy suggestion in my book Skinny on Slim. It’s also available on i-Tunes, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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Turn a Food Court Jester into a Brown Bagger says Skinny on Slim

May 3rd, 2013 No Comments

Some people have longer commutes to work and grab breakfast and/or lunch on the go routinely. Whether you are going to a drive thru or food court there are strategies to help you make better choices.

Studies show that taste is king while convenience is queen. These are two factors on food choice for those time-starved souls. Some people hit the snooze button way too often shorting them that 6-9 minutes needed to make a lunch. That’s all the time you need to turn a brown-bagger into a food-court jester. Think about it. The lunch I make myself only takes 2-3 minutes.

It’s worth doing some food fact surfing and high number turfing before you go. You can find the data on the Internet ahead of time and decide which outlets to frequent. The old adage “oh my, it’s a treat” doesn’t apply to the frequent flyer of the food court. You know who you are. You want to eat economically and still feel satisfied heading back to work in the afternoon. Think about choosing three to four of the food groups in your meal. If you overdo it, you and Dilbert will be caught sleeping in your cubicle mid afternoon as your eating satisfaction tanks.

Review my handy food court facts to file away before you blow the button off your trousers choosing the super-sized and super-unwise options. You need to keep your head on straight and be prepared. If the old adage “you are what you eat” is true, then what are you made of?

Now back to that home-made lunch option – you can spend your entire break enjoying it in a quiet place and get one or two 15-minute intervals of strolling in to decompress, as oppose to going to the food court, standing in a line-up, ordering, waiting until it’s ready, finding a seat, then using the meager 6 to 9 minutes left to eat it. Another reason why they call it “fast food” perhaps, you have little time left on your break to woof it down. You do the math. Bringing lunch from home makes a load of sense and could save you some too (cents that is).

There are numerous healthy and stealthy suggestion in Skinny on Slim. It’s also available on i-Tunes, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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Trade-off Turnaround – Do the Dairy Maiden Switch says SOS

May 1st, 2013 No Comments

When some people try to lose weight, they sometimes become too overzealous and cut out entire food groups. Like the comedian John Pinnette exclaims “nay, nay I say!” One food group some people put on the chopping block is dairy. Cutting this out is like shooting yourself in the food twice like Samity Sam on Bugs Bunny. There is so much nutrient richness in this one food group it’s simply astounding. Don’t do it to yourself and think this through.

If you want to save some calories try turning the beat around on the percent fat in the dairy products you choose. This way you’ll get all of the goodness without the extra calories – a wham bam grand slam! Here’s a trade-off scenario to consider:

You decide you’re willing to try lower fat milk to save a few calories.

Here’s the scenario: You routinely drink homogenized milk meeting your three serving quota of three servings of 250 mL or 8 ounces each day.

You decide: Let me switch to skim milk and drink the same about each day to save some calories. You train your palate to love skim instead of homo. Nice going!

->The homo milk provided 438 calories/day.

->The changed routine to skim totals only 264 calories/day of nutrient richness.

->This one change can result in an 18-pound weight loss in a year. Changing the fat in the dairy products you choose really makes a big difference while still providing stellar nutrition.

There are numerous healthy and stealthy suggestions and trade-off scenarios in Skinny on Slim. It’s also available on i-Tunes, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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