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A healthier lifestyle in 5 simple steps

A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP – CONFUCIUS

To some people the thought of being healthy, active, and ‘fit’ is so distant from their current reality that it seems nothing more than an abstract idea.

Fitness and healthy lifestyles are becoming more and more popular.  Everyone is getting involved; it’s awesome.  With the increased use of social media, along with typical advertising, the idea of being ‘fit’ can seem extreme.  Some of these ‘fitness fanatics’ take it to a new level and can be intimidating to someone fresh to the scene.  A healthy lifestyle can be frightening to someone new when they assume ‘healthy’ means giving up all of the things they like, drinking kale juice daily, grinding up flax and chia seeds, vegan diets, iron man races, rooms packed to the brim at fly wheel, and expensive daily personal training sessions. It doesn’t need to be that drastic, I promise.

I’m here to tell you it does not take extreme measures to introduce fitness and health into your lifestyle.  You can take small simple steps that will drastically change your life.

“Success is a journey, not a destination”

I’m going to outline some basic steps that ANYONE can take to introduce fitness into their life.  These steps are for the people just getting started; the ones who are hesitant to take the first step and unsure where to start.  Once you can adopt these things into your life you have the power to make the decision to continue your journey and keep improving, striving for more.  Maybe you will end up hiring a trainer, joining some group fitness, or even signing up for a charity 5k. But right now I just want to give you a push start to a healthier lifestyle.

Amelia’s Simple Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

  1. Become Active
    1. This can mean a number of things
      1. Walk daily
      2. Cleaning your house burns about 150-170 an hour
      3. play with your kids or pets outside
      4. group fitness class
      5. workout video in the privacy of your own home
      6. exercise with a friend
  2. Make Healthier Food Choices
    1. Cut out the obvious things from everyday (but still have them as a treat, or you won’t stick to healthy eating)
      1. Candy
      2. Soda
      3. Fried Foods
      4. Desserts
      5. excess alcohol
  3. Eat when you are hungry
    1. Don’t starve yourself, you are only slowing down your metabolism
      1. Chose healthy snacks high in protein, or almonds and raw vegetables if you crave the crunchiness
  4. Sleep
    1.  This is when our body repairs itself and rejuvenates all of the systems in our body
    2. Lack of sleep is linked with obesity along with increased stress and cortisol
      1. consistent sleep and wake times can help create a successful sleep schedule
  5. Drink lots of water!
    1.  Try to drink 8-10 8oz glasses of water daily.  (Coffee and Tea don’t count!!)
    2. As an adult your body is made up of 65% water
    3. Water flushes your system, keeps you hydrated, allows for efficient cellular reactions
    4. Hydration is necessary normal body functions

After adopting these habits into your lifestyle, I know you will feel better and be on your way to reaching your goals. The hardest part is getting started!

*If you are on medication or have a cardiac history always consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Last quote, I swear..

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin” – Tony Robins

Amelia Sofis, M.S., ATC/L, PES, CSCSIMG_4987.JPG

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Juicing: Behind the Hype

Why do I choose to Juice?  Easy.. it’s good for me.

Is it a quick way to lose weight, detox your body, clean out your kidneys and liver?

Not exactly..  those are all highly exaggerated and mostly false claims. Many clients ask me to explain this; so here are my personal beliefs and understanding about juicing..

 What exactly is juicing??  It seems everyones idea is a little different..

There are many ways to “juice”

  • Adding green juice everyday to your regular diet
  • Juice only Diet 24-48hours
  • Juice only Diet 48hrs +

This blog focuses on  24-48 hour juice only diet.  During this timeframe you refrain from eating and only drink water, juice, and possibly other herbal teas or supplements if you choose to do so.  Adding juice to your regular eating habits can also be considered “juicing” and it is a very effective and efficient way to add extra vitamins, minerals, and hydration into your diet.)

I’d like you to think of the body as a machine.  Your body has many working parts, multiple working systems, and filters.  One of those important systems is the digestive system.  When working properly; this system breaks down food, extracts nutrients, extracts water, and creates waste.  This is part of the parasympathetic system (resting and digesting)… so it is working pretty constantly if you are eating a standard diet.  I would like to think of the kidneys and liver as our filters (they also aid in metabolism,  digestion, acid base balance, and redblood cell production and breakdown,.. but lets keep this simple)… without them we wouldn’t survive, they filter everything that goes through our digestive system, or if you’re in the hospital on an IV; through your bloodstream. Every medicine, food, drink, or supplement you take is somehow filtered by the liver and kidneys.  Thats a lot of work going on just to break down a bite of chicken.

The myths…

Will juicing help me lose 10lbs in a week?  No Not exactly.  Drinking Juice AND water is great, but not for more than a day or so…one of the reasons some people lose weight is because of muscle loss.  They stop eating and go into a starvation phase. Yea, your body will start breaking down your own muscle for energy, use stored up glycogen in your liver, then possibly go into ketosis which causes major kidney issues.. It’s just a huge mess that you should avoid. (Side Note.. this happens a lot with no/low carb diets.. stay away from them!)

 

Will it detox my body?  Yes and no.  If you call it a detox because you aren’t putting the usual fried foods, processed meats, and high amounts of sugar and alcohol into your body then yes…  But it isn’t because of the high intake of juice.  Our liver and Kidneys filter everything; they “detox’ our body on a daily basis, no juice or magical herb in the world can do that.  Our body is a highly efficient machine!  that leads me to the next question…..

 

Will it clean out my liver and kidneys?  Simply put… No.  But giving your liver and kidneys a break from all of the garbage we usually put in our bodies can be beneficial.  There are herbs and supplements that claim to help detox by enhancing liver and kidney function.  I’m pretty skeptical about most, but I have seen people benefit from Milk Thistle.

Why I juice..

Usually after a weekend of overeating, drinking, or being sick, I like to give my body a break.  Our body is constantly working to digest and filter all the stuff we put into it. By refraining from solid foods and only drinking water and juice (mostly from dark leafy greens), we allow our system to have a break, absorb the nutrients more efficiently, and stop clogging up our natural filters with alcohol and unnatural chemicals.  This isn’t going to detox your body, or ‘cleanse’ your system, but I would like to think of it as rinsing the clogged filters and giving your digestion engine a minute to cool down 😛  Also, I never do it for more than 48 hours because I do not want to lose muscle or weight.

Ultimately, the best way to keep your digestion and filtering system working well is to maintain a healthy diet, drink lots of water, get plenty of exercise, and refrain from drugs and alcohol.  

 

My 24-48 hrs

– Green juice that I make at home (3x a day)

– Water (Lots of it)

-Milk thistle

-licorice root tea

-Omega 3 6 9

If you read my earlier blogs, I created a diet I called “detoxx’ that involved eating raw foods and juicing in order to cleanse our systems.  Please note, this diet is different. I will post ‘detoxx’ again soon.

 

This is my own personal view on juicing, take it or leave it 🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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