Is Your Desk Making You Fatsickandnearlydead?

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How many hours each day do you sit?  Now, I don't like being the bearer of bad news, but you may want to stand up while you read this.   Did you know that sitting all day can literally kill you! In a recent study it was found that women who sit 6 hours a day were 37% more likely to die, and men 17%, during the course of the study.  It has also been linked to dramatic increases in colon cancer, type II diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and depression.  It's not just the ergonomics of it, it is also the metabolic and systemic damage that occurs because of the slothfulness of sitting.  It all boils down to, 'If you don't use it you lose it'.  So why not just head out and do a … [Read more...]

Feeding Kids Disconnected Food

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As most of you know, I have four children. I am also a Health Coach, Personal  Trainer, and Nutritionist.  You may think my kids eat everything healthy, organic, unprocessed, home cooked, and I never feed them junk food. Truth is, feeding my kids REAL food is a daily battle.  When I explain how important it is for them to eat healthy, my fifteen year old rolls her eyes and sarcastically quips, "Okay Health Coach Penny".  My thirteen year old will grab doughnuts or cupcakes at sleepovers...one time she overindulged and learned a very good lesson about the effects of junk food, as she spent the evening regurgitating her sugar fest. I'm not alone in this fight...a lot of my friends, that … [Read more...]

Become a Fat Burning Machine!

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Oh yeah...I bet that title got your attention.  Everyone wants to know how to rev up their metabolism and access that seemingly endless supply of bodyfat, turning those love handles and saddlebags into fuel.  So how do you get that big blob of fat to turn into big logs of fuel?  Isn't that what bodyfat is designed for anyway...to be our body's alternative fuel source when it runs out of glucose and glycogen (instant and stored carbohydrates), right?  So why is it so hard to burn off that bodyfat and melt away the pounds?  Could it be you are taking in too many calories so your body just doesn't need to pull from it's fat stores, or could it be you aren't exercising enough to burn it … [Read more...]

Confused About Diet? Use Common Sense!

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 “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” ― Thomas Paine, Common Sense If you are confused about what to eat...join the crowd!  There is more conflicting nutrition information than there are shades of gray.  I say, take a step back. Back to our ancestors. What worked for tens of thousands of years worked better than what we have been eating the past 60 years, the SAD, Standard American Diet. For the first time in history our children are predicted to have a shorter life span than their parents. … [Read more...]

In Search of REAL Food

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"We come unbidden into this life, and if we are lucky we find a purpose beyond starvation...which, lest we forget, is the common lot"--Abraham Verghese in Cutting For Stone It is difficult to imagine starvation as a worldwide problem when food is literally at our fingertips in America.  We are lucky to have the opportunity to be so picky as to choose where and what we eat, much less have difficulty in finding REAL food among the myriad of available sources.  Since the advent of the 'supermarket' in 1946 (yes, supermarkets are a mid-20th century phenomenon), we have separated ourselves from where and how food is actually grown...in the earth, and from animals that eat food naturally … [Read more...]

Are You Under-Minding Your Training?

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Pressure makes diamonds. Train hard win easy. Never surrender. These are some of the motivational motto's that Americans thrive on.  With the Olympic trials in full swing we are even more aware of how hard we strive to become 'the best we can be'. So how do you know how much of a good thing is too much?  Are you over-training?  Are you over-working? Over-working is similar to when an athlete over-trains.  When they exercise, practice, drill, rehearse and compete too much.  When they over do it, their mind dulls and their body weakens with fatigue.  They get stuck.  They feel slow, stagnant and beat. When exercise, work, etc., is done in moderation it is healthy, but when you over do … [Read more...]

Simple Is Smart

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Change. It is simple but it may not be easy.  Sometimes it is difficult to even know where to start, and when you figure that out, taking that first step toward your goal can be the hardest. Whether it is going back to college, getting married, switching careers, or simply that first step out the door to exercise.  When it comes to changing your eating habits, the choices for that first step may have you so confused you simply want to give up before you even learn how to walk.  Then, if you muster up the courage, that first step off the plank leads to an ocean of information.  As you flail around in the sea, the ocean gets deeper and you start getting into lonely water where the … [Read more...]

The Truth Will Piss You Off

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This post is an apology to all my past clients who have suffered because of the low fat, calorie counting, diet I recommended for years.  I was wrong.  I received a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition and it was all wrong.  It really pisses me off, and I'm not the only one. What really upsets me is that I taught this information to my clients for 20+ years.  It is embarrassing that I fell for it. I'd say, "Stay hungry, hunger is your friend because you know you are burning bodyfat, eat less, do more, keep your fat intake below 10 percent/day because it is too calorie dense."  Yes, they saw results.  It may work when you count calories and exercise yourself into oblivion, but you're … [Read more...]

Paleo Bumper Sticker

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                          Tell The World You Speak Paleo                   Choose Your Characters and Order Here. I dislike labels. They are confining.  When a label is attached to a person, place or thing it becomes too restrictive and close minded.  With nutrition it is no different.  Especially with the onslaught of nutrition research that is coming at us at lightning speed, with the advent of computers, in the new millennium. For those reasons I don't like to label my approach to nutrition as "Paleo", but for many other reasons it is the only label I embrace.  It has transformed my health and the health of hundreds of my clients.  I have … [Read more...]

Paleo vs Vegan

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Religion, politics, and 'diet'.  There is a social rule to never bring up politics or religion at a dinner party, and we need to add 'diet' to that list.  It seems a lot of people have their own strong opinion of what works best.  However, It never fails, when I go out in public and someone finds out what I do for a living, they want to know my opinion of what they should eat (sometimes bringing up the subject to simply try to prove their opinion is right).  Not that I mind helping a neighbor out, but I always warn them up front, "Don't get me started!".  From the beginning, I tell inquiring minds, that no one really knows for sure that they are right, and if they say they are, run for … [Read more...]