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A closer look at what some people claim is a healthy diet and how to improve it.

Are You Healthy?

By Susan Howard

So… are you?  “Of course, I am healthy,” you retort.  I had wheat toast with almond butter for breakfast, a salad for lunch, Cliff bar for a snack, and a bean and cheese burrito for dinner.  To you, I say, “Yes, those are all fairly healthy choices especially if you are working out 4 to 5 days a week.”

I hate thinking of food as the gate keeper and myself as a prisoner in my own dietary life.  If, however, you are not getting the results you desire, you must look more carefully at the choices you make.

Back to that eating day, let’s look and assess…

Although the day’s calories contain a salad, the intake is a bit light on vegetables and has no fruit at all.  On top of that, there are hidden calorie bombs.  Almond butter, although good for you, can be over-served jacking up your calorie and fat count.  A thin layer of something creamy and delicious ..read more

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Some healthy foods might not be good for everyone. Learn to eat what's good for your body.

What’s Good For Ya

By Susan Howard

Recently I was talking to a new client and she said, “I know salad is good for me, but every time I eat it, I get a huge stomach ache.”

“Well, it seems, salad isn’t good for you.”

Nothing is right for everyone.  Yes, fruits and veggies are generally good for fiber and nutrients, but if you have major stomach cramps after eating something you have to think about whether it’s a match for your system or not.

“Try warm vegetables instead of raw salad,” I suggested.

Healthy fats, lean proteins, vegan, carb free diets are all fine for some of you.  If you find yourself bloated or tired after a meal you need to question that.

Some of the mean intruders are the acid levels of citrus foods, coffee, and raw vegetables.

Other people have issues with diary or gluten.  Be mindful, take care of yourself.

You are you, honor that.  You deserve to feel good in your body.

Stay Ready.

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Our thoughts on what's healthy and unhealthy to eat sometimes gets more complicated than need be.

OMG, I ATE RICE

By Susan Howard

Recently I was listening to a health podcast and there was a popular nutritionist talking about food choices. Since I am trying to get my clients to make better choices, I am always looking for new solutions to reaching our best self.

This chick was talking about cheat days and picking between a glass of wine or a dessert when you are out. Agreed, both are high in sugar and are considered treats for anyone, especially those looking to tighten up. Then she goes on to say, “If I have sushi with rice, I can do it on a cheat day, but I just have to find a great yoga class to work through all those carbs.”

Wait, what?!

Since when did sushi become a big splurge? Pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, banana split, a six pack of beer, yes, I get that these are gonna pack on the pounds, but little old sushi rice?

Come on!

I love rice. I actually love grains ..read more

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Tradition

By Susan Howard

I often write about habits and being a fitness professional. The pinnacle quandary to address is, “What are our habits and how can we change them to create a healthier lifestyle?”

I am going to shock you.  Ready?

Some of your habits, you will want to keep.  Yep, even the “bad” ones.

I have a tradition — when I get my car washed I go to a little bakery, grab a coffee and a cookie, and do some work.  It’s got AC, free water, and Top 40 radio pumping.  It also allows me to maximize my free time of which I have little.

I have been off sugar for the last 5 months, so going to the coffee shop was a bit of a challenge.  But it makes sense for me and I love the hang.

So having worked out for over an hour, I knew that I needed to get something besides my earl grey tea.

I paced back and forth, and landed on ..read more

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Personal Trainer Susan Howard shares advice on why we binge eat and assures readers that it's okay.

The Morning After, Stories of Binge Eating

By Susan Howard

“I had a horrible night last night,” my client begins. “I binged.” And so it goes, the tale of the morning after and for my big weight loss clients, this habit is especially a scary one that feels shameful and out of control.  “I am scared,” they continue, “that I am going to put all the weight back on.”

Of course you are.  Even the science thinks so.

Once you lose a large sum of weight, the fat cells remain, but have just shrunk down in size.  You cannot lose the cells. Stinks right?  That’s why it’s best never to get overweight in the first place.  Those little fat cells are hanging out asking to be filled up. “Hey, what’s the story, why am I so small now?  When am I getting filled up again?”

Here are a few causes for binge eating, beyond emotionally charged stress eating and plain old habit:

Taking in too little calories. Anything under 1,500 for an ..read more
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Make sure what you eat is worth it for your overall health and wellness.

Cheater Cheater

By Susan Howard

Growing up in my family we had one very important rule. The rule was that you could eat anything, but it had to be worth it. With this rule, you didn’t have to take into consideration nutritional value — but base the worthiness of the food on taste.

Being the granddaughter of Jack and Eddie Peck, owners of Peck’s Bakery, I had a lot of chances to sample. This became my first of many opportunities to acquire a healthy (not so healthy) sugar addiction.

The one thing my grandparents did religiously was keep their offerings fresh.  They insured this by selling day-old treats at half price.  The customers knew that what they were buying was made that morning.  (Later, upon selling the bakery to a guy who did not practice the same diligence, the store went out of business in 6 months. People knew.)  For herself, Grandma Eddie always had to make sure things were piping hot and just out ..read more

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