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Turkey Vs Beef

Is turkey really healthier than my much loved beef?Worried turkey holding sign "Eat beef"

Here’s the skinny: ground turkey is not always just white meat, it may contain fatty skin and dark meat making it actually a lesser choice than beef!!  When you eat out, be sure to ask if they use all white meat (The restaurant will be proud of the fact so it will be specified on the menu if they do).  If your goal is to buy lean meat and you opt for turkey, be careful when you shop to look out for “extra lean” or “super lean” on the packaging.
Cartoon cow between burger buns

…Whereas ground turkey sounds healthier than ground beef, if the package or label does not specify lean ground turkey breasts, it may contain dark meat and fat-laden skin. In that case, extra lean ground beef may be a slimmer pick. Be a smart consumer and check your food labels. ~WeightWatchers

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Not Enough Hours in a Day: Cut Gym (?!)

Priorities!  You have a hundred and one responsibilities including your fitness goals, but when push comes to shove, something’s gotta give and it should NOT be your health/well-being.  If you stretch yourself thin and overdue it, you could be doing counter-productive work towards your fitness goals.  Sometimes, your trip to the gym will have to be skipped in order to get more sleep and not wear yourself down till your immune system calls it quits.

What Not to Quit:

Your impeccable meal plans.  Whatever you do, do not compromise.  Key phrase: “Plan ahead”.  Write that on the chalk board 100 times for me.  We tend to compromise when we are in a rush, short on time, short on groceries.  The key is to not let yourself fall into those situations by planning ahead.  I jot grocery things down as I think of them, but Sunday is my meal planning day.  It’s when I decided if I need to bake lunch the night before or if I need to allot time in the morning to prepare it. Sunday is when I grocery shop for all my breakfasts, snack-meals, lunches, dinners.   Once you find your groove, this is SO EASY.  If you need meal plan ideas, check out Fitness RX magazine (men or women’s) or Muscle and Fitness magazine (His or Hers) OR check check out my “Diet” page on here 🙂  I will often post our meal plans.

While busy, stay healthy!

Restaurant Food: Ignorant Bliss

I love to cook.  No, I don’t think you really understand…I LOVE to cook.  And I cook all the time.  I cook twice a day to make the 5 meals I eat.  Love it.  Because I am in the kitchen a lot, when I DO eat out, I see [almost] everything.  I see the oil they basted the grilled salmon in, I see the nutrient-empty, over-steamed broccoli florets, I see the butter in my brown rice….I see fitness-ambushers! Haha!  Don’t get me wrong, I have my occasional outings when I indulge in green tea ice cream, or garlic mashed potatoes, or white pasta in garlic lemon cream sauce.   My husband and I are less likely to go out to eat, because you really cannot get the same level of nutrient packed foods at a restaurant.  You have to remember that they are stocking and cooking for the masses.  They have to do what it takes to prepare great tasting food, their job is not to make sure you are staying on fitness track (that’s your job 🙂 ).

So, just because it is a healthy option does not necessarily make it healthy, it’s just healthier. I encourage everyone to cook at home! It is hard to get in the habit of assuming you will cook (and get over the idea that it is a chore) and you WILL STILL have lazy days where you just need to order to-go, but all-in-all, you can be healthier and leaner if you are controlling your ingredients.  Try something new! Eat at home tonight!

Bon appetite!

My favorite to-go item: Pei-Wei Thai salad rolls
My favorite cheat food: 80% Cacao chocolate
My devil-may-come food: pizza

I’ve Plateaued! Now what?

sad chubby baby

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You’ve been going along with a great solid meal plan and workout schedule and you’ve been watching the pounds shred! and suddenly…come to a screeching halt.
Don’t fret! You are doing all the right things! A plateau means your body has finally adjusted to your new diet and fitness level. This is not the time to suddenly change something! keep with the same routine and eating habits for a few more weeks to make sure you stay consistent, then change one thing. (like run a little further, or…eat a slightly smaller portions.)Remember not to do any drastic cut backs in order to see the number on your scale go down. The goal is to create a **lifestyle** of healthy living, not a short-term-skinny.

When Should I Weigh Myself?

The best time to weigh yourself is…the same time every time.You will be able to accurately monitor your weight fluctuations if you give consistent data. So if you weigh yourself naked,

Weight Loss Cartoon

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weigh naked every time.
TIP: You are typically a couple pounds lighter in the morning due to water. Weigh yourself first thing in the morning.

TIP: Do NOT weigh yourself as a form of measurement, but merely as an added monitoring tool as you get to know your body.

TIP: If weighing yourself causes you frustration, STOP. Weighing yourself is no longer beneficial.

The Only Way to Get Killer Abs

source bodybuilding guru Luke Keith
Everyone has abs, but what everyone wants is not abs…what we want, is for them to show. Am I right?

When you workout your abs, be sure to train your CORE. You do not want to cause irregular tension when you move which could cause injury. This happens when your training is imbalanced on your muscles. you have to train front abs and train your lower back.

“I have abs, but you can’t see them under this layer of fat”
Answer part one: cardio

The only way to rid yourself of fat is to burn it. Muscle burns fat, so keep building it, but cardio melts fat like you wouldn’t believe. Try sets of sprints instead of distance running to go deep into your fat stores.

I train with both. Some days I will even do both on the same day. Heavy jogging then add 4-5 sprint sets, then heavy jogging to finish up. Heavy jogging for me is 5.4-5.6 mph.

“I have abs, but you can’t see them under this layer of fat”
Answer part two: diet

You MUST eat right if you want great abs. You are NOT eating right when you “cheat”. Either you want abs, or your want starbucks breakfast pastries. You can’t have both. And yes, “just this one time” WILL hurt your goal. Make your choice. Red Pill or the Blue Pill.

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