Congratulations Lynne! Our newest Rock Star. Lynne came to see us because she was feeling achy, out of shape and she was obsessing over losing the 10 pounds that would make her perfect. Through frequent meetings with our nutrition coaches, she overcame a mindset that was holding her back from living her best life. Of course, our classes have her stronger than ever and looking fabulous, but it’s the dropping of an old weight from her mind that truly has her looking, feeling and living lighter.
If you’re ready to drop the weight…body fat OR what’s really weighing you down. Set up some time to speak with us. We will answer any questions you have and if we’re the right fit, we’ll get you started changing your life right away.
This has been my experiment over the past two years. I have come full circle, back to the foods that I ate ravenously as a kid, teen and young adult.
Fun in the kitchen, feeling great, back to what I love to eat, backed by science…what more could a girl want? I want the entire world to make the change and feel great! Eating well has SUCH a STRONG influence on our health and well-being.
But, I am a realist. I know it’s not going to happen that way just because I would like to see it happen that way. AlaskaFit will continue to offer support for anyone who wants to make a change. We also will continue to encourage you to eat your fruits and veggies. We won’t chastise you for choosing to remain an omnivore. This has been my story and each of us has our own unique story. My goal and the goal of my staff is to help you get to your goals. We say, “It’s not about getting into shape, it’s about getting into life!”® and we mean it. If giving up meat is not your idea of getting into life, nothing we say or do can “make” you make a change.
If you have any questions about plant-based, whole foods eating, PLEASE ask me. If you want to know how and where to get started, join me Tuesday, August 15 at 7pm at AlaskaFit. I’m hosting Nutrition 101…our introduction to your body, your metabolism and what the heck you should be eating anyway. You can register through our Meetup page, post a comment here or send us an e-mail at email@example.com. If you want more in-depth guidance, schedule some time for a 15-minute phone call.
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Everything I eat is a plant-based whole food. No meat, no dairy, no fish (sorry, my fellow Alaskans and yes, I did go fishing this summer as my husband is still an omnivore). I will admit that when I first started contemplating this move earlier in the year I was focused on what I would no longer be eating and it seemed like it would be a whole lot of work.
It’s not. It has been easier than I expected to stop eating animals and animal products. If you’re on Facebook, you may have noticed that I posted a “wow, isn’t my meal pretty?” picture a few weeks ago. I’ve discovered and re-discovered flavors, I’m trolling websites (ForksOverKnives.com is my current favorite) for recipes and meal planning. I’m planning my meals for the week before I go shopping (this has never been my strong suit). I’m experimenting, eating whatever I want (hooray for rice, sweet potatoes, pasta and whole grain bread, not to mention the tons of seasonal fruits and veggies) and I’m down 7 pounds since I started. Not only that, my energy is great, my sleep even better and digestion (which I thought was fine) is even better. My grocery bills are lower (it’s amazing how much you save when you stop buying animals and animal products).
Most of all, I’m having FUN in the kitchen. My husband and I have always done “he cooks the meat, I cook the veggies” in the kitchen. The difference now is I’m making so much more than steamed broccoli or kale chips. I’m making Kale Slaw with Jicama, Santa Fe Pasta, Morrocan Pasta, Sweet Potato and Black Rice. Every meal is beautiful, cleanup is a breeze and I eat until I’m full. What else could a girl want?
Early in April, I received a phone call from a friend in NY. He’s someone I’ve known for over 15 years and he helps me with business and financial decisions. He’s very familiar with what we do here at AlaskaFit.
He had a proposal for me.
Did I want to meet Colin Campbell?
Did I want to meet Colin Campbell?! OMG, YES!
Who the heck is Colin Campbell? He is the author of a book that cemented my belief that fruits, veggies and starches are the secret to a healthy life. I had always known this instinctively. As a child, I would choose rice over meat, veggies over junk food and water over soda almost every time. In my 20s, I gave up eating meat because I believed then (and still do) that it was the healthiest option. In my 30s and 40s, I experimented with other options as outlined in Part 1 of this blog.
Now, just as I was pondering returning to this simple, healthy way of eating, I had the opportunity to meet the author of one of my favorite books in the world.
The China Study , co-written by T. Colin Campbell and his son, was published in 2005. I read it (it was a gift from a client) in 2007 and again in 2009. My copy is highlighted, underlined, dog-eared (I wrote YES! numerous times in the margins).
With an enthusiastic YES! I boarded the plane and attended the meeting. I met Colin and a room full of other pros who all eat whole food, plant-based diets (more on this in part 4).
The timing could not have been better. I re-read The China Study and picked up Colin’s two other books, Whole and The Low Carb Fraud, all in anticipation of meeting him. I felt a bit like a groupie or a stalker, but if I’m going to go all in for a “celebrity” he might as well be a scientist.
That meeting was 6 weeks ago. Let me tell you how much fun I’ve been having since then.
Hmmmm. That was ok, I had a great time and wasn’t too worried about it. I’d just jump back on the low-carb thing and blast off the 5 pounds and maybe a little more (is this pattern starting to sound familiar?).
Only it didn’t work that way. It took me a full month of low-carb, no fruit, only green veggies to lose that 5 pounds. I was tired, frustrated and confused. But hey, I was back down to the place I wanted to be and I was definitely changing my body shape with the kettlebell training I was doing. If I had looked more closely at those numbers I would have realized that I probably would have lost 5 pounds in a month no matter what I was eating if I simply added some fruits and veggies and cut back on some fat in my diet.
I spent the next two years on again, off again low carb, high-protein diets. While my weight fluctuated within a 15-pound range, you know as well as I do the high end of the range is not fun…add to that the guilt of fitness and nutrition being my chosen career and I felt like I didn’t know anything.
But there was an even bigger issue. This issue is what I consider the “dark side” of my experimenting…I was becoming someone I had worked my entire life to avoid. I was becoming a yo-yo dieter. I would be “on it,” going low carb, “training” for something for a few weeks or months, then I’d “go off the wagon,” gain the few pounds I’d lost back, get back on it, fall back off it. When and how did this happen?
For those of you who are my clients, you may be wondering when did all of this happen?
As this was an experiment, I didn’t share with you what I was doing. Truth be told, I only shared what I was doing with my staff because my moods were, well, let’s just say interesting.
I still believe (and do even more strongly now) that the best way to eat is to focus on whole foods and always get more fruits and veggies. That’s what we focus on here at AlaskaFit and what we help you to get to. Nothing crazy, just plain old food. Experimenting with my own health is one thing. Experimenting with yours is not something I do.
As 2017 dawned, I decided it might be time to get back to my more vegetarian-leaning roots. I didn’t know there was a surprise in store for me when I started pondering this change.
Part 3 tomorrow.
Have you ever just known something? You don’t know how or why you know it, but you’re convinced it’s the right thing. At first you don’t question it, you just do your thing according to your belief. But somewhere along the line, outside influences have you question your basic foundations, so you try something new just because it’s new and there may be a shred of truth in the new thing. In the end, it reconfirms what you once knew intuitively and you come full circle back to where you started.
I went through this cycle recently. At AlaskaFit, my entire staff and I are constantly experimenting, investigating and making sure you are getting the best information we can share with you. We rarely take something at face value and we’re kind of geeky with our fitness and nutrition. We love peer-reviewed articles, books and quality internet-based websites that also test, question and tease out the best answers.
About two years ago I started setting some fitness goals. With the opening of AlaskaFit in its current location at the end of 2011 and all of the trials and tribulations of being a business owner, I had let my personal fitness and nutrition goals slip. I wasn’t feeling great, had gained some body fat, lost muscle and overall felt weak and crappy. Just like you, I let life get in my way and had missed more than my share of workouts.
It was time to get back on it. I contacted a friend of mine to ask for his help coaching me to achieve my Strong First Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor certification. He agreed and I started down a fun and interesting path. I achieved my certification in February of 2015.
Around the same time I was planning a trip to Hawaii and he asked me if I wanted to “lean out” to get ready for my trip. Just like you, I wanted to look great for my trip. So I said “Sure,” having no idea what he meant by the proposition. The first text I received was a little scary. He was putting me on a low-carb, protein-rich diet.
“Well,” I thought, “this will be interesting. What the heck, I’ll give it a shot. My clients are always asking me about low-carb options and I can try this out for a few weeks, see how it goes and then give them even stronger reasons why I don’t think low carb is a good idea for long-term health and wellness.”
But then it happened…the euphoria of quick weight-loss. I dropped 10 pounds in 12 days. I was ecstatic…and confused and tired and dreaming of pineapple and other fresh fruits and veggies I’d have on my vacation.
I didn’t think too much about it and off I went. No, I didn’t exercise much (other than snorkeling) and I didn’t think at all about what I was eating.
When I returned, I was up 5 of the 10 pounds I had lost.
But that’s not all. More tomorrow.
Emmer is a type of farro (an ancient hulled wheat) that dates back to early civilization. Ethnographic evidence from Turkey and other emmer-growing areas suggests that emmer makes good bread (judged by the taste and texture standards of traditional bread), and this is supported by evidence of its widespread consumption as bread in ancient Egypt. Emmer bread is available in the Netherlands and Switzerland.
In Italy, whole emmer grains can be easily found in most supermarkets and groceries, emmer bread (pane di farro) can be found in bakeries in some areas, and emmer has traditionally been consumed in Tuscany as whole grain in soup. Higher in fiber than common wheat, emmer’s use for making pasta is a recent response to the health food market; some consumers, however, judge that emmer pasta has an unattractive texture. Emmer has also been used in beer production.
As with all varieties and hybrids of wheat, emmer is unsuitable for people with gluten-related disorders, such as celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy sufferers, among others.
Rich in fiber, protein, magnesium, and vitamins, Emmer also becomes a complete protein source when combined with legumes, making Emmer grains and pastas ideal for vegetarians, or for anyone simply looking for a plant-based high-protein food source. It is prepared like brown rice and cooks in 50-60 minutes (or can be soaked overnight to reduce the cooking time). It makes a fabulous pilaf, grain salad, risotto, addition to soup, or sprouted for breads and salads. When cooked, its dark, plump berries add sweet,full-bodied flavor,chewy texture, and high nutritional value (over 16% protein) to every meal. Emmer is a lovely, versatile grain and can be used in sweet or savory dishes.
Farro Salad with Butternut Squash, Red Onions, and Brie
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups farro
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into ½-inch dice
- 1 medium red onion, diced
- 6 medium carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
- ¾ cup chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp minced fresh sage
- 1¼ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 10 oz brie, cut into ½-inch dice
1. Heat oven to 450F.
2. In a large pot, bring the water and farro to a boil. Add in a pinch of salt and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, covered, for 25 minutes, or until farro is tender. Drain any excess water and put farro in a large bowl.
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together the olive oil, butternut squash, red onion, and carrots. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes, or until tender.
4. When the vegetables are cooked, toss them with the farro, parsley, sage, and brie. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Breaking up a bad relationship is never easy. When that relationship is dominating your life and making you miserable daily, it’s also very difficult to terminate that relationship. Today, I want to tell you about one of our AlaskaFit family members who recently ended a terrible relationship and inspire you to do the same.
“Amie” (not her real name) came to see us about 6 months ago because she was feeling awful. The scale was creeping up, she had no energy and overall just felt flabby and old.
She started in our Fit program and began meeting regularly with our Nutrition Coaches. It was in these meetings that she revealed her painful relationship.
The relationship wasn’t with a person. Amie’s relationship with her scale was dominating and terrorizing her life. She would wake up in the morning, feel great, step on the scale and when it didn’t say what she thought it should she would fall apart. There would be tears, name-calling, berating herself for not being where she thought she should be. It was truly awful.
The worst part is she thought this was “normal.” Don’t all women torture themselves because of the scale?
The answer is no…they don’t. Many of us do, but the scale should not control your moods, thoughts and your self-worth.
Through her nutrition coaching meetings she learned that the scale is not the judge of who she is as a person. The scale cannot pronounce her a failure and it was in her power to ditch this stress from her life entirely. She learned the strategies to propel her to successfully achieving her goals. She learned new ways to measure success.
This change of mindset is a HUGE accomplishment! And it is SO much more important than anything the scale can tell her. We like to call her results “Getting into Life” results.
Through our Fit classes, she is stronger, her “flabby spots” are tightened up, she has more energy and confidence. She now loves her strong, fit body.
What’s your story? What is holding you back from making a change? Are you struggling to reach your fitness and nutrition goals? If you need help moving forward towards a healthier life, schedule a free 15-minute evaluation call. We will talk about where you are now and what your next steps to health are.