Burn 1000 calories an hour? Doubt it!

curls at World GymCan you really burn off 1000 calories in an intense workout? It’s unlikely. The people that burn 1000 calories in a one-hour exercise session, are typically very overweight, don’t exercise on a regular basis, are extremely tall, or very muscular, and are working very hard, possibly at maximum capacity for the full 60 minutes.

The bigger you are, and how inactive you are,  the more calories you burn. So, if you’re really fit and active, and/or are tiny like me, your body is very efficient, and doesn’t permit you to expend a lot of calories as a safety measure. To get a good idea of how many calories you’re burning, buy a heart rate monitor. With my Polar watch I learned that a 20 minute Classical Stretch Pilates-ballet video only burns between 50-80 calories. I started checking my other workouts and this is what I found: 30 minutes on incline treadmill at 3.3 mph = 105 calories. 35 minute hard hike = 162 calories. 60 minute kickboxing class = 354 calories.

If you’re serious about losing bodyfat, you have to reduce calories in addition to consistent exercise.

Sugar-Free & Dairy-Free Spiced Pudding

spiced pudding recipeI wanted to create a healthy, sugar-free, vegetable-based pudding, and came up with this creamy, filling dessert made with yams. I know that sounds gross, but it tastes like sweet potato pie, but with a lot less calories, very little fat, no sugar, no butter and not one drop of oil. The sweetness comes from the yams, cinnamon, and a little bit of monk fruit from the coconut milk. Make sure to use the brand of coconut milk I suggested below, because it won’t come out quite right with another brand (I tried a few). If you can’t find that brand, use a plain coconut milk and add a little bit of your favorite sweetener. Even though the directions make it appear a lengthy process, it’s actually really easy and I just used one bowl to stir and cook all the ingredients.

Spiced Yam Pudding

  • 31 ounces of yams, peeled and cubed (about 2 yams)
  • 2 cups water, filtered
  • 2 teaspoons each of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups toasted coconut almond milk blend by Califia Farms

Place the yams in a large microwavable glass bowl and add the 2 cups of water. Place bowl in microwave and cover with a paper towel. Cook yams in microwave for 15 minutes. Place a hot pad on the counter. After the yams are cooked, use two hot pads to remove bowl from microwave (because the bowl will be extremely hot) and place on counter to cool. After 5 minutes, remove paper towel from bowl, throw paper towel away, and allow the yams to cool down.

After 20 minutes, the yams and the bowl should be cool enough to handle, if not, let it sit longer. Pour yams carefully into a colander to remove as much water as possible. Wipe out any water and moisture from the glass bowl. Let the yams sit in the colander 5-10 minutes to drain completely. Put the yams back in the glass bowl, and add the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Mash with a potato masher. To make sure there aren’t any vegetable chunks, with a mixer, blend yams on low speed while adding the coconut milk slowly. While it may appear a bit watery, it will thicken up. Place bowl in the refrigerator overnight, covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, making sure the wrap/foil doesn’t touch the pudding. You want the pudding to cool completely to thicken up.

 When the pudding is cool after being in the refrigerator at least 12 hours, use a spoon and mix gently. Pour into 4-6 small bowls, top with dairy-free whipped cream (optional, but much better with it), chopped pecans, and toasted coconut chips.

If you make this dessert, send your photos to me @fitgirlusa to repost.


Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Asian Vinaigrette


Since oils aren’t good for us and neither is excess calories, I created this Asian dressing, with just a touch of sesame oil, for salads. It’s light, flavorful and has a touch of sweetness.

 Fit Girl’s Asian Vinaigrette

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • Few shakes of salt
  • Few twists of ground black pepper


Mix all in a small food processor. Great on salads, rice, and/or over your favorite protein.


Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding


If you want something sweet mid-day, or something tasty to curb that sweet tooth after dinner that’s healthy and lower in carbs, here’s a treat I came up with which takes a few minutes to mix up with zero cooking. I use carob instead of cocoa powder, because cocoa is bitter, and carob imparts sweetness on its own.

Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Low-carb Chocolate Pudding

  • 2 T carob powder, level
  • 4 T creamy peanut butter, or almond butter, level
  • 4 T Toasted Coconut Almond Milk blend by Califia Farms
  • ½ tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract (optional, but much better with it)
  • A sprinkle of monk fruit powder, if you like it sweeter

Place all ingredients in a small food processor and blend until thickened, like a pudding. The end result is more like chocolate frosting than a pudding. If you like it thicker, add 1-2 tablespoons of carob powder. If you want it thinner, add 1-2 tablespoons of vegan milk. Place the pudding/frosting in two small condiment bowls, covered, and keep in the refrigerator, but you can eat it right away like I do. The frosting is also delicious on celery sticks.

Serves 2

Calories: 231       Net Carbs: 10 grams        Fat: 17 grams     Protein: 8 grams



Coconut oil is no longer the healthy oil

coconut oil

In past posts, I’ve discussed how unhealthy processed oils are and that we should limit them, but people are still putting butter in their coffee and adding coconut oil to their smoothies (people drink soda and smoke cigarettes too, though). Some oils are worse than others. “…an adjunct professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health…who is also the “…director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg in Germany” calls coconut oil “pure poison” (1). While that’s a bit of a stretch, coconut oil does have more saturated fat than lard (1). Fat is not bad, but saturated fats are definitely bad for our health (1).

Since avoiding processed oils altogether is unrealistic since most dishes just don’t taste good without a little bit of oil in them, better choices of oils include safflower, sunflower, canola, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil (1). Just limit the amount of oils you consume.

1. Source: May, Ashley. USA today. “Coconut Oil is ‘pure poison’ Harvard professor says in talk on nutrition.” Published and retrieved 22, Aug. 2018. Blog post. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/22/harvard-professor-coconut-oil-pure-poison/1060269002/

Asian Cauliflower Rice

Asian fried cauliflower riceI love fried rice, but the massive amount of carbs and calories moves this side dish into my “not worth it” category. The good news is I recreated it with practically zero carbs and very few calories, and it’s very flavorful even without any meat.

Asian Cauliflower Rice

  • 2 cups cauliflower rice (purchased, or grate cauliflower, leaves and stems removed)
  • 1 cup stock
  • 2 tsps. coconut oil
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 ounces sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 green onions, rinsed and chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, washed and chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • ½ tsp each: powdered ginger, salt, pepper, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder

Optional add-ins: salted, chopped peanuts; sriracha sauce; roasted, salted cashews; sesame seeds

Place uncooked cauliflower rice (frozen is fine) in a pot and add your favorite stock until it covers the “rice.” Cook on medium-high for 5 minutes, covered. While cauliflower is cooking, add coconut oil to a large skillet until warmed. Add white or yellow onions, to pan, stirring, until translucent. Add water chestnuts, onions, and cilantro, and stir.

Drain stock from cauliflower, trying to remove as much liquid as possible. Add cauliflower rice to pan and stir. Add sesame oil, coconut aminos, and spices and stir again until fully-incorporated. Serve on a small plate as a snack, or add large garlic shrimp, or your favorite seasoned protein as a complete meal.

Which diet is best? Paleo, Whole30, Keto or Vegan?

Watch my new YouTube video below by pressing play to learn about these four popular diets, and which one is the best for weight loss and health

How I got rid of plantar fasciitis pain


These exercises got rid of my plantar fasciitis pain in just two weeks! Watch this YouTube video to see which stretches are effective at relieving plantar fasciitis pain. Make sure to do them three times a day.

P.S. If you want to remove dairy from your diet, check out my nutritional program with over 40 dairy-free recipes at http://www.thehighfivediet.com

Who should never do fasted cardio


Fasted cardio is a common practice, but for many people, exercising in a fasted state (not eating beforehand), results in fewer calories burned. This video will let you know if fasted cardio is a good choice for you

P.S. Did you know you can read a few chapters of my diet book for free? Go to http://www.thehighfivediet.com then click order, and you can start reading it before you purchase it.

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