If you haven’t noticed we live in the age of information. It’s EVERYWHERE and EVERYONE has an opinion on what’s what with health and fitness. I think there’s a lot of noise out there and a lot of misinformation (or just plain BS) about healthy. It’s hard to wade through all of the information to find helpful tips on what’s right for YOU! Here are a few questions I get asked on a regular basis, so I thought I’d share that info with all of you as well!
Q: What’s the best kind of exercise to do for weight loss?
A: In my professional opinion, interval training (specifically high intensity interval training if you’re capable of that level of activity) is the best form of exercise to participate in when attempting to lose weight. Why? It’s proven to increase fat metabolism at a resting rate and also improves cardiovascular endurance at a faster rate than sustained cardio exercise. It can also be done quickly (with only a minimum of 20 minutes) and with very little need of equipment.
Q: What should I eat?
A: I think this is the most loaded question I get asked. The answer can be both simple and complex.
First, you have to consider what you currently eat (type, amount, times). Do you eat a lot of processed foods, drink soda (pop) and/or juices, eat only one meal a day? Those are key areas to hone in on first. Try to cut out the CRAP (chemicals, refined grains, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives). Cut out sodas and juices. And, focus on eating evenly throughout the day. If you’re already doing those things…
Consider your health goal…do you want to eat healthier to feel healthier, do you want to lose weight, do you want to gain muscle mass, do you want to lose body fat? The answer to this question can determine what types of foods to focus on (after cutting the CRAP).
Get real about your current capabilities… can you cook, do you have to cook for other and are they willing to change their diet, would you consider joining a meal delivery service, are you incredibly crunched for time, etc. If you can barely use a knife, maybe it’s time to sign-up for the fresh delivery service or perhaps a cooking class!
Finally, and I’d say most importantly you need to stop making excuses. If you want to eat healthier then do it. It’s as simple as googling a recipe, trying it, and continuing to do that day after day until you feel comfortable with your new eating/cooking habits.
Q: I’m always tired…what’s wrong with me?
A: This is also one of those loaded questions, but I’d say 9 times out of 10 people who suffer from chronic fatigue are suffering from poor digestive health…namely inflammation. When your digestive system has to struggle to extract the nutrients it needs from the food you’re eating, it’s using a lot of energy that should be going to your brain and muscles to allow you to live life to its fullest. So, if you’re getting enough sleep and still feel like the walking dead all day. It’s time to take a look at your diet!
Q: Where do you get your supplements and health foods/products and essential oils?
A: I primarily get my protein, vitamins, and health foods/products such as shredded coconut, flaxseed, buckwheat flour, apple cider vinegar, Dr. Woods black soap, stevia, spices, teas, and a whole host of other items from Swanson Vitamins. I get my essential oils from DoTerra.
What are some other health and fitness questions you have about making healthy changes?