Maybe it’s for a flight, car rental, or even your hotel room.
Everything feels like a treat … better seats, better ride, better sleep.
Well … that’s what your body feels like when you UPGRADE your food choices.
When you STOP feeding it ultra-processed food and START giving it food that’s flooded with benefits (more fiber, vitamins, minerals, etc.), your body feels like it got an upgrade!
Basically, it’s all about SWAPPING out things that block you from your results … and replacing them with foods that move you closer to your goals!
Here are just a few examples of upgrade swaps to try:
Chips → Nuts
Why upgrade? Potato chips contain very little in the way of positive benefits for your results or your health. They’re high in sodium, usually contain unhealthy fats, and their refined carbs can send your blood...
I would like to focus on one of the most important things you can do when it comes to getting results.
And this one thing will also help:
Big stuff, right?!
It has to do with what you EAT.
Because there’s a direct line between your food intake and every one of the things on that list (plus a lot more).
This isn’t groundbreaking news. But …
There might be something specific standing in your way of putting it into action.
FACT: There’s a type of food specifically engineered to make you crave more of it.
And this food product is also crammed with some of the worst things for your body that you can eat: added sugars, unhealthy fats, salt, and loads of extra (empty!!!) calories.
→ It’s “Ultra-Processed...
Here’s a problem that affects a LOT of people … a lack of energy!
Before the pandemic, the number of people who said they often felt tired was around 43% … and during the pandemic that number shot up to 60%.
In keeping with our “clean it up” theme this month, I thought it would be helpful to list some things you can do to cut out a few sneaky drains on your energy.
Because the truth is, many everyday habits can actually leave you feeling tired.
10 Things Draining Your Energy
1. Not getting enough exercise. Not moving your body can make you want to move even LESS! Making time for exercise can get your blood pumping, improve your endurance, and boost your energy. What's the BEST exercise out there? Pilates Equipment training!!
2. Eating processed and refined carbs. These might give you a quick shot of energy thanks to the blood sugar rush … but when your body sends out insulin to remove the sugar, it can...
Hot topic alert today! It’s all about getting a GREAT NIGHT OF SLEEP.
One of the top things that can get in the way of your health and fitness results … is getting enough quality sleep. It can affect your mood, stress, appetite, and recovery … among many other things!
In keeping with our “clean it up” approach to sleep, I want to talk about simple upgrades you can make to streamline your nighttime routine that can actually help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer!
Here are some science-backed tips from the National Institutes of Health:
I just HAD to share this with you, because when I read this, it completely blew my mind.
Have you ever …
It might seem like you’re streamlining your to-do list by tackling several things at once, but you can actually be cluttering your brain.
This can lead to more mistakes, retaining less info, and actually changing how your brain works (not for the better).
In fact, multitasking on projects that require a lot of thought can make your IQ score dip the same way it does for people who stay up all...
Everybody’s talking about doing “detoxes” and “cleanses” … but what does that really MEAN, anyway? And is it even a real thing?
I want to flip the script on that idea as we dive a little deeper into “cleaning it up” this month.
I had a big shift about this a long time ago that completely changed my perspective.
So … a lot of “detoxes” focus on eliminating toxins and getting rid of wastes that are in your body.
Here’s the issue with that: Your body already has a complex and amazing built-in detox system, made up of your skin, lungs, kidneys, colon, and liver.
These organs all work together to filter out toxins and waste, and then help you get rid of them by sweating, through your breath, or when you’re in the bathroom.
FACT: If there’s a breakdown in this system, you probably should see a doctor!
BUT … what if the toxins in the foods you eat, the products you use...
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a bad day and “treated yourself” to sugary or high-fat processed food.
Pizza … ice cream … chips … or whatever other food falls into your “self-soothing” category.
Stress eating is REAL.
BUT … too much stress eating will derail your results. And even more importantly, it’s not good for your health.
It's definitely a pattern I see quite a bit.
They'll be feeling GREAT and amazing making progress, but then BOOM!
They’ll get hammered by a busy time at work, a sleepless night, or a super hectic week.
And if they aren’t prepared ahead of time, the stress flood gates open – and it’s stress-eating central!
I’ve got a quick rundown of why this matters – and what to do about it.
You will probably recognize this stress eating cycle:
You get stressed … your cortisol levels rise ... your metabolism...
A little over a year ago, something happened that stalled a LOT of people’s results.
Yes, it had to do with the lockdown …. but I’m not talking about all the stress-related eating/cooking/baking that happened.
The “something” is a LACK OF DAILY MOVEMENT.
Most of us moved a lot less (and maybe still are). We walked less, stood less, and sometimes even showered less (lol).
All of this regular daily movement is a surprising factor in 1) getting results, 2) keeping those results coming, and 3) maintaining your results. It is responsible for burning a significant amount of fuel each day!
I’ve got some solutions in this email.
First, some background: When it comes to your calorie burn, it can be broken down into three major categories.
Has this ever happened to you?
You’re driving home from work or the grocery store and when you get home, you can’t remember part of the trip …
Or you’re in the middle of a great movie on Netflix – and you look down and have no idea how the entire bowl of popcorn is gone …
Or you go into the kitchen to get something and you can’t remember what or why?
These are all signs you need some MINDFULNESS in your life!
“Mindfulness” is super trendy right now - and for a VERY good reason! It can teach you to get you out of your head and into the present...
Which can have amazing benefits for your health (and results):
Basically, it increases your “chill” factor.
Plus, you probably already know that having too many stress hormones in your system can make it harder for your body to metabolize fat...
This month we’re zeroing in on RESULTS and what you need to do to make your goals a reality.
I have some SERIOUS motivation for you today.
It all starts with a time-tested truth that dates all the way back to the year 350 BC (give or take a year or two!).
That’s when the philosopher Aristotle delivered his famous quote …
“Through discipline comes freedom.”
It sounds like an oxymoron, right? Isn’t the idea of freedom to be FREE of discipline?
But it isn’t.
Example 1: if you want more free time, you have to be disciplined in the way you spend your time.
Example 2: If you want financial freedom, you have to be disciplined with how you handle your finances.
Basically, it’s about taking 100% ownership of your actions AND the results they bring you.
Your actions directly lead to your results – good, bad, and neutral!
When it comes to health and fitness goals, it’s your...