Category: Health

A Fit Chics Guide to the Hangover Cure!

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After a weekend in Vegas this is the perfect blog to follow…

Here are some helpful hints to ease that hangover and not let your day become a total waste!

#1 Drink Plenty of Water – Being dehyrdated plays a major role in your hangover! Water helps to replenish your body and flush out those alcohol toxins. If your stomach is really not happy try drinking some sparkling water.

#2 Physical Activity – When your hangover is here sweat it out! Exercise is a great way to get you off the couch and get you feeling better! You will also get that great endorphin rush, and you can metabolize that liquor much faster too.

#3 SLEEP – Nothing cures a hangover like some good ol fashion zzzz’sss. Alcohol is metabolized at the rate of .015 of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), or roughly one drink every hour, meaning those extra cocktails can quickly add up. Sleep can heal all of those unwanted calories and by metabolizing last night’s happy hour you will feel much better. Just make sure to remember tip number 1 too!

#4 Eat — Eating food will help break down and process the alcohol in your system. It will also provide energy if you’re feeling like a couch potato. A great hangover food is eggs and bacon (grease is great for an upset stomach)!

What are some good hangover cures that have really helped you Fit Ones, and what are some of these on the list that you are going to use?

Post your answer in the comments below…

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Fit Chic

Don’t Feel Tired This Friday ….

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When Friday roles around many of us are feeling the wrath of the week and have nothing left by Friday night. Typically my husband and I keep Friday’s low key because we are so tired from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we have about enough energy to shower and put our jammies on Friday night (sounds super exciting huh) …

Here are some great tips to give you just the surge of energy you need to maybe live it up this Friday night!

Here is a great Energizing Routine and Kit from MINDBODYGREEN: 

Items You Will Need: 

  • A box of tissues
  • A spray bottle of thermal water or a facial mist
  • 1 to 2 bottles of essential oil — I recommend basil or rosemary and grapefruit or lemon.
  • A small, firm rubber ball
  • A bag of raw almonds and/or a bar of good 80 percent cacao dark chocolate

If you don’t have these items, make a note to pick them up and keep them in a little box — your kit will be ready whenever you need it. In fact, if you make this sequence a regular part of your day, you may prevent the energy crash entirely.

Minute #1: Oxygen

1. Blow your nose to clear your nasal passages.

2. Spritz your face with thermal water or a toner.

3. Sit up straight and place your hands on your knees.

Breathe in as deeply as you can, and hold your breath while you say these three words in your head: healthy, able, strong. Release the breath very slowly. Repeat four times.

Why it works: When we forget to take deep breaths, tiny sacs in our lungs, called alveoli, get lazy and deflate, decreasing the amount of surface area available for gas exchange. We take in less O2, and release less CO2. Holding your breath for a few seconds at the top of each breath creates slight pressure in the lungs and pops open the lazy alveoli so they’re ready to work. More oxygen = more energy. Thinking positive thoughts while you’re oxygenating your cells will remind you of your ability to heal yourself. And misting your face provides oxygen — plus two hydrogens (H2O) — to your skin.

Minute #2: Aromatherapy

1. If you’re having trouble concentrating, try rosemary or basil. If you’re feeling glum, try grapefruit or lemon.

2. Put 1 to 2 drops of your oil in a clean tissue, and hold the tissue in your cupped hands.

3. Inhale and exhale normally 10 times. Leave the tissue on your desk for the rest of the routine.

Why it works: You’ve just cleared your airways, so molecules from your essential oil can make their way to your cribriform plate (behind the top of your nose). There, they come in contact with olfactory nerve endings, where messages travel instantaneously to the limbic system. Your limbic system handles memories and emotions and connects with the endocrine and autonomic nervous systems. With basil or rosemary, you’ll notice an immediate feeling of mental clarity, and an enhanced ability to focus after about 10 minutes. With grapefruit or lemon, you should feel happier: Citrus essential oils are antidepressants.

Minute #3: Massage

1. Put the small ball on your desk. Place one forearm on the ball (palm facing down), and roll the ball along the length of your forearm, guiding and pressing down with your free hand. Repeat on the opposite side.

2. Slide your shoes off and roll each foot over the ball with a bit of pressure, covering the entire area from your heel to the ball of your foot.

Why it works: Massage mildly increases levels of serotonin and dopamine, which increase positive feelings. It also decreases cortisol levels, resulting in stress reduction and increased immunity. Here, you’re focusing on two areas that do a massive amount of work. Our forearms control our fingers and thumbs, which do all our writing, typing, texting, and scrolling. The soles of the feet contain thousands of nerve endings and the tendons that move our toes. It’s not quite acupressure, but it’s close.

Minute #4: Stretching

1. Do five seated cat-cow poses with your hands on your knees.

2. Stand up straight and bend your knees as far as you can while keeping your heels on the ground. You should feel your lower calves and Achilles tendons. Hold for 10 seconds.

3. Reach your arms overhead and bend your body to the left, banana-style. Hold for a few breaths and repeat on the other side.

4. Stand up straight and clasp your hands behind your low back. Straighten the arms as you lift and open your chest for several breaths.

5. Keep the hands clasped while you bend forward at the waist, bending the knees slightly. Let the blood go to your head for a few seconds, then stand up slowly.

Why it works: Stretching, like exercise, releases endorphins. Also known as endogenous opioid polypeptides, endorphins are chemicals that decrease pain in the body and increase a feeling of well-being. It’s not crazy talk from your runner friends — it’s real science and it works, even in small doses!

Minute #5: The Smart Snack

1. If you’re bored and prone to snacking, have a small handful of raw almonds.

2. If you have a sugar craving, choose a small square of high-quality dark chocolate, letting it linger on your tongue until it dissolves.

Why it works: Both snacks are very high in manganese, magnesium, and copper, all critical to brain function. They are also rich in antioxidants, great sources of energy, and contain enough fat to leave you satisfied after eating only a small portion.

Remember, this five-minute tool is designed to support you through a mini-slump. It won’t make up for an unbalanced diet, too much alcohol, or not enough sleep and exercise. So make sure you’re doing your best to promote your overall health, and use this routine when you need a boost!

Natural Remedies To Relieve Pain …

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You don’t need to dose yourself with Ibuprofin, excedrin, Ben Gay, or tums to get rid of pain. In fact, you might have the relief you need right in your spice rack or pantry.

Research has found that taking over the counter drugs can lead to gut barrier dysfunction—and may ultimately cause more pain long-term. Here are some tips and tricks to take the pain away with a natural/holistic approach.

# 1 Have Peppermint for Headaches & Migraines – This fresh-smelling leaf has ingredients which help control blood flow in the body. Headaches and migraine pain are often due to poor blood flow, and peppermint oil helps to open and close the vessels that promote flow. Peppermint home remedies also open up the sinuses so that more oxygen can get into the bloodstream.

#2 Vitamin D for Back Pain – Chronic low back pain is a leading cause of disability, often resulting in a reduced quality of life. What if that could all change with a little bit of sunshine and a Vitamin D supplement? Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, so without enough vitamin D, you won’t get enough calcium. Without enough calcium, your bones can weaken, potentially leading to bone and joint pain, or musculoskeletal pain.

#3 Omega 3’s for Joint Pain – Omega 3’s like fish oil and salmon really help reduce inflammation throughout the body and feed your muscle so your muscle and joint pain decreases. It increases blood flow to the muscles, reducing muscle protein breakdown helping with faster recovery.

#4 Spices for Cramps –Cinnamon has antispasmodic, anticlotting and anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve menstrual pain. Plus, cinnamon is an excellent source of dietary fiber, calcium, iron and manganese. Ginger is an herb that can ease menstrual cramps. This herb plays a key role in lowering the levels of the pain-causing prostaglandins. It also helps fight fatigue associated with premenstrual syndrome and can make irregular periods regular.

Now you don’t have to go to your local drug store, you can get the relief you need right in your very own home!

Fit Chic 

Organizing and It Feels So Good ..

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I am currently participating in an amazing  Whole Life Challenge with our gym CPMFITness … It is not a just a nutrition challenge it really focus’s on health and wellness as a whole. There are 7 areas of focus …

Nutirion, Exercise, Sleep, Hydration, Mobility/Flexibility, Reflection, & Lifestyle. The lifestyle task changes from week to week. Our first week was meditation. Each day you had to find 10 minutes in your day to meditate. I was already doing this in my current life and it was actually great because getting into the routine of the challenge was plenty. So this week is Organization and I couldn’t have been more happy to see this! For @ least 10 minutes a day you have to find something in your life to organize, it can be home, business, technology, vehicles, minds etc …

I love to organize (once I start doing it) but it’s the one thing that I don’t prioritize to do. We are neat people but sometimes it feels good to just go through cabinets, closets, desks, etc and purge!

After organizing my pantry and spice cabinet last night, it felt very therapeutic! You fill accomplished, in order, and decluttered. Here are some reasons and strategies to get organized and feel great on the inside and out!

Cleaning Clears the Mind: 

Clutter in your home, car, or garage can have an effect on the brain. Your brain is trying to process too much too fast and clutter can clog your vision. Cleaning and organizing can help reduce stimuli and keep you focused on tasks and goals you would like to accomplish.

Clutter can also cause unwanted and unnecessary stress and anxiety. When clearing your clutter, you can revitalize your mind and reduce stress and gain hidden energy plus its very therapeutic!

Cleaning and DeClutter Creates a Good Workout: 

When undergoing your annual spring cleaning, you also are able to get in a nice all body workout. Lifting heavy things, maneuvering in tight spots, bending down for yard work are all movements for the perfect prescription for a great workout.

You Pay It Forward:

Keep a bag or box to which you can add items you longer want. Instead of allowing drawers and closets to fill up throughout the year with things you don’t need or want, create a place in your home where you can collect these items and then donate them in the spring as part of your regular spring cleaning. Then you can donate to great programs such as “Dress for Success”, Goodwill, Salvation Army etc …

Find a Home for Objects and Have 4 Categories for Possessions. 

Every object must have a home. Store them away so you know exactly where they are when you need them. This will eliminate wasted time and feelings of annoyance when you can’t find what you need, when you need them!
4 Categories:
  • Throw out: First go through and find anything that can be tossed. Include anything worn, broken, chipped, in disrepair, or items you haven’t used in years.
  • Donate: Go on a shopping spree for those that are less fortunate (as talked about in #3)
  • Not ready to part: Place these in a box labeled with the date. If you don’t go back to the box in a year, donate!
  • Find a home: Items you truly love should have a home within your abode. Find a place within your space.

Now you have the tools to clean out the clutter and get clarity for your home and your life!

Fit Chic 

 

5 Ways to Get More Protein Without Eating Meat …

 

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Some don’t like meat, others don’t for religious purposes, etc …

Either way protein is an essential ingredient for your overall health and wellness.

Here are links to five Protein enriched meals that are delicious, healthy, and give you the protein you need without the animal ….

#1 Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice:

#2 Quiche

#3 Protein Muffins

#4 Shitake Broccoli Rabe

#5 Summer Smoothies

Now you have some variety to add more protein into your diet without having to eat any kind of meat. You will feel great and your body will thank you for it!

Fit Chic

 

 

The Top 4 Non-Dairy Ways to Keep Your Bones Strong……

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One of the most common concerns I hear for not giving up dairy is that by doing so, you will put the health of your bones at risk, primarily due to insufficient calcium. I was talking with my friend who is newly pregnant, and one of her biggest fears was getting enough calcium without drinking milk. I explained to her that i have not had milk since I was 6 years old and my bones are stronger than ever.

I get my calcium from other resources and it has paid off big time!

Here are four very simple ways to keep your bones healthy and strong without needing any kind of dairy to do so:

1. Eat your greens! A large part of our bones are composed of calcium, making it an essential mineral for maintaining healthy bones. But there’s much more to bone health than just calcium. According to Michael Murray, ND, there are over 24 bone-building vitamins and minerals that work together to protect us from osteoporosis. For example, vitamin K is needed for osteocalcin (a protein found in the bone matrix) to mineralized bone. Magnesium increases calcium uptake and vitamin D helps it to get deposited into our bones. So, while milk is high in calcium it is incredibly low in magnesium and the other co-factors that allow us to utilize the calcium we consume. Green leafy vegetables on the other hand, are full of these vital nutrients ensuring that we get the calcium from our food. In fact, one study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Heaney RP, Weaver CM.1990; 51:656-657) compared the absorption of calcium from kale with the absorption from milk and found that calcium absorption from kale was 40.9%, compared to only 32.1% from milk. What’s more, just 1 cup of cooked collard greens provides you with more calcium than a cup of cow or goat milk! The following foods are essential for maintaining strong bones: Kale Parsley Sesame seeds Soft shell crab Sardines and anchovies (small fish with edible bones) Bok choy Brocolli Brussels sprouts

2. Get Your Daily Dose of Sunshine Vitamin D is essential for keeping your bones strong. It works to absorb calcium from your digestive tract and escorts it right where it needs to go: your bones. According to health integrationist Layna Burman, if you’re fair-skinned, you need 15-minutes of sun exposure (sans suncreen) between 12pm-2pm every day in order to get your daily requirements. If you’re darker-skinned, you’ll need closer to 30-minutes of sunlight daily. Most of us don’t get enough sun exposure especially during the winter, leaving us with weak vitamin D levels. Concerned about skin damage? Supplement with 2,000-4,000 units of D3. You could also get your vitamin D levels tested with a 25-hydroxy vitamin D test.

3. Incorporate weight training into your current workout regimen –  Just like your muscles become stronger and bigger with regular use, your bones will also become stronger and more dense with exercise. According to the Osteoporosis Foundation, the most effective type of exercise for building and maintaining good bone density is weight-bearing exercises and resistance training. Muscle and bone go hand-in-hand; the more muscle you have on your body, the stronger your bones are!

4. De-Stress When you’re experiencing stress, whether it is good or bad, your adrenals secrete cortisol, your primary stress hormone, to help remedy the situation. While cortisol is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent it can also be catabolic, meaning it breaks down muscle and bone, when it’s elevated around the clock. For example, exercise is a good form of stress that elicits the release of cortisol but when you’re over-trained and don’t give your body time to recover, you wind up doing more harm than good. Chronically high cortisol can also make your blood more acidic, forcing your bones to release calcium, an alkalizing mineral, to buffer the acidity. While I’m on the topic of acid/alkaline balance, I should also mention that certain foods also contribute to an acidic environment. Sodas and carbonated drinks have phosphoric acid which binds to calcium in your digestive tract and stops it from being absorbed. Excess amounts of coffee, alcohol, and sugar can also be acid-forming causing your body to leach out calcium from your bones. High cortisol levels coupled with a highly acidic diet can set you up for some serious bone loss. Be kind to your body by giving it plenty of downtime and feeding it alkalizing foods like fruits and vegetables.

What new tips are you going to use Fit Ones, to keep your bones healthy and strong for many years to come?

Fit Chic

Fit Chic’s Yoga Poses for Runners …

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Many of my clients are participating in some sort of race (i.e 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, spartan etc ..)

Mobility and stretching is the key to keeping you feeling great doing what you love …

What if you could run more efficiently, be pain free, and actual feel better in your sport?

Wouldn’t you want to take 5 minutes a day to add to your routine?

Here are my top 5 favorite poses to keep you feeling great while you run!

#1 Down Dog – 

Runners experience shin splints, knee pain, foot problems, and tight IT bands. Down Dog helps lengthen and stretch your hamstrings, shoulders, and hips. Also it opens up the mid and low back which tend to get tight especially on longer runs. Lift your hip bones straight toward the ceiling and push your heels into the ground for the best overall stretch.

#2. Pigeon
This popular yoga move helps maintain flexibility in your glutes by stretching the extensors and external rotators of the hip, say Baptiste. And loose hips are happy hips—they help take stress off the knees and lower back, making everyday movements effortless.

Do it:

  1. Begin in high plank (pushup position). Drive your right knee to your elbows  and swing your right ankle toward your left wrist. Set the outside of your right foot down behind your left wrist and rest your right shin and knee on the floor. The closer you can get your ankle to your wrist, the deeper your stretch will be.
  2. Keep both hips parallel to the ground to help maintain a neutral spine position. Using your hands for balance, sink your pelvis down and lift your chest to enhance the stretch. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds and repeat on the opposite leg. Perform 5 to 10 reps on each side.

#3 Runner’s Lunge – Has many benefits (hence the name) to offer before and after running.

  • Increases strength of hamstrings, quads and legs.
  • Stretches hips and glutes.
  • Provides instant energy and relaxation.
  • Calms the mind by relieving from tension, anxiety and depression.

For new runners this is beneficial in improving the strength of the legs and their muscles. Runner’s Lunge helps increase speed and endurance when you open your hips up more and more. You may deepen the pose by staying at every point more than the suggested duration. Also make sure that the transition from one movement to the other should is deliberate and with repetition, exudes grace and ease.

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#4 Triangle Pose will stretch the hips, groins, hamstrings, the muscles surrounding the knee, calves, ankle joints, shoulders, chest, and spine. It also strengthens the abdominal muscles, obliques, back, legs, knees, and ankles. This pose includes a light spine strengthening twist. This pose is great for runners because it helps to open the groins and hamstrings and improves balance by strengthening and stretching the ankles allowing for more efficient smooth running technique.
#5 Standing Forward Fold – This pose is a great opener for the calves, hips and hamstrings and helps to strengthen the quadriceps and knees. It’s important for runners to have loose and flexible hamstrings. Tight hamstrings are likely the culprit of back pain and tension which can then transfer to problems with the knees and hips even running down to the knee and shin.

Happy Running …

Fit Chic 

 

 

Fit Chic Top 5 Picks To Relieve Sore Muscles …

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Are you constantly feeling sore after workouts? Have yoiuever wondered if you could have a magic “sore away” pill or potion?

Do you even know why are you are sore?

Here are some common reasons you feel muscle tension/tightness …and what “soreness” actually is …

 General soreness after exertion is typically cause by micro tears in the muscle.  Over time as the muscles rebuilds itself stronger to accommodate the activity, soreness should decrease. A muscle cramp, i.e., “a strong, painful tight muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts much longer than desired, may be linked to a variety of causes:
  • Exercise,
  • Blood flow problems
  • Lack of minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium
  • Dehydration

Here are some easy at home remedies to help turn the muscle soreness into a pain free body!

#1 Hydrating Salts – After a workout you should begin by hydrating within the first 10-15 minutes after. You still sweat a significant amount and you need to replace the fluid loss. The magnesium and some other trace minerals found in salt absorb through the skin to help heal damaged muscle and other soft tissues.  Minerals in salt also work to fortify bones, skin, and connective tissues that may contribute to body soreness in other ways.

# 2 Epson Salts – Baths with warm water are great and relaxing as it is, so when you add epsom salt it makes it even better!  .Epsom Salt  to help with sore muscles after a workout and is often used in a bath. The idea is that soaking in the magnesium sulfate bath helps in the muscle recovery process. It also can aid in stress relief and a good night sleep; a win win to me!

#3 Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is recommended for a wide variety of ailments, so why not spread some over the areas of discomfort. Coconut oil promotes joint circulation and increases joint flexibility. It offers relief to your muscles and joints because it contains a special group of fats known as medium-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids possess important healing properties.

#4 Move It – If you’re just stiff and sore, more of what got you that way may be the answer.  Over time, your muscles will build and strengthen and you’ll be able to do more with less discomfort.  I know if I sit too much I let what I call rigamortis set in. Getting up and moving around works wonders.  Our muscles tend to want to stay doing whatever they’re doing, unless we force them to change.  If you’re tensed up, they’ll stay tensed up.  Stand up, walk, run, and/or stretch. Do whatever you can to be active, so you can stay active and break up the lactic acid in the muscle.

#5 Tart Cherry Juice – The best way to accelerate muscle recovery post workout is to prevent muscle damage from occurring before you exercise. What you do before can help you tremendously after!  And one of the best ways to do prevent muscle damage during exercise is to consume the right nutrients before. Tart cherry juice does just that. It is naturally high in potassium, which conducts electrical impulses throughout the body. This mineral also helps maintain blood pressure, hydration, muscle recovery, nerve impulses, digestion, heart rate, and pH balance.

Now you can live a sore free life!

Fit Chic 

Calling All Wineos!!!

For many of you that know me, you know I love to work hard but have a little fun for my reward. Some people enjoy dessert, cheat meals, fast food etc… I enjoy my wine. There is nothing better than sitting with the one you love or your best friend chatting over a nice glass of vino.

Here is a great article I found on yahoo.com on why wine is not only enjoyable but 7 reasons it is beneficial to your health too!

#1

High-fiber Tempranillo red grapes–which are used to make certain red wines, like Rioja–may actually have a significant effect on cholesterol levels, according to a study from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain.

Healthy study participants who consumed the same grape supplement found in red wine saw their LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” levels decrease by 9% among healthy. Participants with high cholesterol experienced a drop of 12%. What’s the big deal? Excess LDL ends up getting deposited in arterial walls and forming plaque, which causes arteries to stiffen and blood pressure to rise, ultimately leading to heart attacks, says Arthur Agatson, MD, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami and author of The South Beach Heart Program.

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On top of lowering bad cholesterol, polyphenols–the antioxidants in red wine–can help keep blood vessels flexible and reduce the risk of unwanted clotting, says John Folts, PhD, a professor of cardiovascular medicine and nutrition at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

“They’re nearly as effective as aspirin,” says Folts. But be careful: Chronic heavy drinking damages the heart, so, as with most things, moderation is key.

#3

The skin of red grapes–a rich source of red wine’s natural compound resveratrol–may actually help diabetics regulate their blood sugar, finds recent research published in the journal Nutrition. Study participants who took a 250 mg resveratrol supplement once a day for three months had lower blood glucose levels than those who didn’t take the pill. Plus, resveratrol-takers also had significant decreases in total cholesterol and systolic blood pressure. Researchers suspect that resveratrol may help stimulate insulin secretion or activate a protein that helps regulate glucose and insulin sensitivity.

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Resveratrol may also be the key to keeping your memory sharp, says Philippe Marambaud, PhD, a senior research scientist at New York’s Litwin-Zucker Research Center for the Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders. The compound has been shown to hamper the formation of beta-amyloid protein, a key ingredient in the plaque found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. Marambaud suggests flexing your noodle by doing crossword puzzles and brain teasers for an hour then cooling down with a glass of wine.

#5

If you hate getting sick (and who doesn’t?), the antioxidants in red wine may help keep you healthy. A 2010 study in the American Journal of Epidemiologyfound that among 4,000 faculty members at five Spanish universities, those who drank more than 14 weekly glasses of wine for a year were 40% less likely to come down with a common cold. Why? According to the National Institutes of Health, antioxidants are believed to fight infection and protect cells against the effects of free radicals, which may play role in cancer and other diseases.

Another antioxidant boost? They may also lower sex hormone levels to protect against breast cancer, says a study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

#6

According to researchers at the University of Virginia, the resveratrol you get from drinking one glass of red wine three or four times a week may be enough to starve any nascent cancer cells. The scientists dosed human cancer cells with resveratrol and found that the compound inhibited the key action of a cancer-feeding protein

#7

Clearly, resveratrol is a bit of a limelight hog when it comes to the healthful compounds in vino. But research in the Journal of Biological Chemistrysuggests piceatannol, the chemical compound our bodies convert from resveratrol, deserves some credit. This compound was shown to actually prevent the growth of fat cells in a series of lab tests. How? Researchers say that piceatannol binds to the insulin receptors of fat cells, essentially blocking the pathways necessary for immature fat cells to mature and grow.

So wine lovers everywhere now you can really take the time and enjoy that glass of wine and know all the wonderful benefits it has on your health!

Fit Chic

Fit Chic LA’s Favorite Food Picks …

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I feel so many people don’t even know where to begin when they walk into their local grocery store. There are distracting smells, colors, bright lights, etc …

Leading down danger aisles where your will power is over taken by the smells, and colors appealing to the eye.

Here are some great choices to stay on track that I really enjoy for each category!

Favorite Veggies: I really LOVE Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli! I eat them out of the bag like they are chips! You can create so many great combinations with these so that you never get tired of eating the same thing! Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts also have so many wonderful health benefits that keep you feeling great on the inside and out!

Favorite Fruit: Apples you can cart them around in case you are in need of an emergency snack. These also have so many combinations you can dip in almond butter, top with honey and unsweetened coconut flakes etc… Now you feel like you are enjoying dessert without feeling the negative side effects.

Must Have Munchies: Coconut Chips, larabars, raw trail mix, raw cashews, and raw almonds are also great go to snacks. They are also easy to carry around with you in case of an emergency.

Best Proteins: The rule of thumb is that meat should to be grass-fed and free of any antibiotics or hormones. We should try to purchase proteins that come from local farms that way we have more quality control when we buy eggs, chicken, etc. For fish, we primarily stick to wild salmon, ahi tuna steaks, and halibut etc .. Here are some great fish recipes to add to your list.

Killer Condiments: Dijon Mustard, Pickles, Tapatio, Balsamic Vinaigrette and Olive Oil, salsa, and guacamole.

Best “Dairy” Alternative: Almond and Coconut Milks (I like full fat coconut milk in a can), raw cheese or almond cheeses, Almond milk yogurt, kefer (great for smoothies), grass-fed butters,and ghee.

Beverages: Sparkling Waters, Sparkling Flavored Waters (with no additives), Kombucha, Unsweetened teas, black coffee, and fruit water (literally pour water and mix with your favorite fruit).

Always Have in the cabinets: Garlic powder, creole seasoning, unsweetened coconut flakes, coconut oil, franks hot sauce, and having salt and pepper always adds some great flavor too.

Now you have the tips and tricks to keep you focused on your next grocery trip!

Fit Chic