All entries for September 2012

Healthy Living on the Road

Hour of interval training on Pitzer -Pomona College football field

When my 21 year old son asked me to drive with him across our beautiful country from Chicago to LA, I jumped at the opportunity to spend time with a very independent and well traveled young man. What I didn't jump at was the eating options along the way.

 Our nation's highways are full of everything that we see at home. Sedentary, overweight people eating greasy, fatty foods in large portions. So what to do when you are a captive of the fast food chains along the rest stops and food courts in the middle of no where?

We did some planning and packed home made sandwiches,fruit and granola bars along with water and juice. We also packed some muffins and other breakfast stuff. 

It's nearly impossible to avoid eating a meal or two in a lousy fast food joint, but with some creative ordering and some advanced planning you can survive a few days on the road.

StayActive My Friends

What is Motivation?

Have you ever said to yourself, “I just don’t feel like working out today…I have no motivation!” Or, “I have lost all motivation to eat right.” 

Motivation is a tricky animal. It’s here one day, and runs away the next. It can be elusive if chased. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

What really gets in your way when starting a new plan toward a healthy lifestyle is the process of getting into a habit. It takes about 4 weeks to form a new habit and, depending on how much you’re changing, it can feel like a herculean effort. But the process of turning change into a healthy habit is what motivates a person, not the other way around. Motivation more often follows persistent effort toward healthy change than it comes before it. 

So the next time you’re sitting on the couch wondering if you feel like going out for a walk, don’t question yourself, just get out and do it…your motivation will catch up to you, I promise! 

The Real Secret to Nutrition Success

In any situation, as soon as people find out that I'm a registered dietitian, the questions start rolling in: 

"What's the best diet for weight loss?" 

"What do you think about the Paleo (or South Beach or Blood Type etc) diet?" 

"What foods are good and bad for you?"

These questions perfectly reflect the phenomenon of "information overload" discussed in a recent article by Christian Finn, "The Real Secret to Success" and as referenced by Joel, our Exercise Physiologist's last blog post. There are so many new diets and weight loss plans that promise to be THE diet that will solve all of your weight problems forever. For people actively trying to lose weight, trying to decipher all of the information about nutrition is a job in and of itself.

But I'll let you in on a not-so-little secret: the best diet of all isn't a diet. 

The whole point of nutrition is to provide our body with the energy we need to live. Cutting out food groups (unless it is due to allergies or medical reasons) doesn't make sense, as this will only lead to a feeling of deprivation. The best nutrition plan to lose weight is to establish a nutrition pattern that you can maintain for the rest of your life. It isn't practical to give up a food group for the purpose of weight loss if your intention is just to add it back in as soon as you reach your goal weight. 

Moderation is the key here. Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are not the enemy. These are the macronutrients that provide essential nutrients to our bodies. The dosage of these foods is what gets us in trouble, not the foods themselves. If you struggle with portion control, reach out to a dietitian to help you determine the correct serving size, and how you can still enjoy your favorite foods in moderation. At Revolution Training Centers, we work closely with each client to determine a nutrition plan that incorporates all essential nutrients into a healthy meal plan, without feeling deprived. 

The simple truth is that diets fail. They are too restrictive, un-enjoyable, and generally unrealistic. The real key to success is learning to enjoy healthy, nutritious foods in moderation, because the most effective diet of all isn't a diet.



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