Being overweight hurts your business

Nina and RobinLooking and feeling good is actually very important for business. Studies have shown that leaner people appear smarter even though they aren’t, and are more likely to get hired for a job than someone who is overweight. If a seller has to choose between a smartly-dressed slim real estate agent vs. an overweight agent with baggy clothes, guess which one gets the listing?

People make snap judgments based on how we look. First impressions are important! The healthier you are, the better you are at tackling problems, and you are more effective at handling many tasks. How we look also affects how we feel about ourselves. Confidence is the most important tool to closing a sale!

 

Are prebiotic fibers good or bad?

Jordyn Getz pointing to an appleIf you were wondering what fructans, galacto-oligosaccharides, and inulin are, like my husband and I were pondering, they are fibers that manufacturers add to their products to make their nutritional values appear healthier, since it will increase the fiber content. The problem is that these fibers are not in their natural state, and these added these prebiotic fibers can also cause stomach pain (1).

Just like juicing an apple, which changes it from a healthy fruit to an unhealthy sugar bomb, you don’t want extracted ingredients. You want whole foods. If you’re not sure what an ingredient is, it’s typically best to avoid it.

  1. Source: “Get the Benefits of Prebiotics, Too.” Consumer Reports, On Health. Mar 2017. Page 5. Print.

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Air Pollution Hurts More Than Your Lungs

Fit Girl Tree PoseWhenever I walk by a person smoking a cigarette, I hold my breath and quickly walk past them, not only because it’s stinky, cigarettes contain numerous cancerous ingredients. I no longer run in the park, which is near the freeway, because it triggers an asthma attack.

Air quality is important and hurts everyone. Dirty air causes “…inflammation and damage to blood vessels…” A study publish in June of 2016, showed that those who breathed in more contaminated air, had higher blood sugar, and poorer cholesterol levels (1).

Don’t smoke. Don’t exercise near cars, or when air quality is at unhealthy levels. Close your windows and put your AC on when you drive. Don’t buy products that don’t use renewal resources. Whenever there is smoke from a fire, close your windows tightly, and put on your air conditioner. Buy certified organic foods (to avoid pesticides spraying in the fields and in the air). Don’t wear perfume; it’s full of toxic chemicals. Put on nail polish outside in the shade, and switch to a safer brand like ella+mila. Try to use hair clips instead of hair spray. If you use hair spray, quickly use the warm setting on your hair dryer after spraying it to dry the product. Use tanning lotion instead of spray. If you get a spray tan, wear nose plugs that fit inside the nostrils.

1. Source: “Avoid Air Pollution, Too.” Consumer Reports, On Health. Mar 2017. Page 5. Print.

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Photo: Me, practicing a yoga tree pose outside near the beach

New Drugs are Less Safe Due to New Law

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A law called The 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law in December of 2016, gets new drugs onto the market quicker, but with fewer regulations. This means the new drugs may be dangerous, and may not help the condition it is supposed to treat.

As a safeguard, stick with existing drugs, that have been around for many years, with known side effects and benefits. All drugs carry some risk, and should only be used if diet and exercise will not correct the problem.

 

Source: “Is This New Law Safe? How big changes in FDA rules may affect you.” Consumer Reports, On Health. Mar 2017. Page 2. Print.

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Social Media is making us fat & stressed

FitGirl's top posts on InstagramCell phones are stressing us out because we are constantly being bombarded with text messages and notifications from apps. We feel the need to reply to people right away. We want to see how many likes and comments we get from Instagram and Facebook, which our minds consider rewards, and force us to come back for more, where it becomes an addiction. The techies who create this media designed it this way, because that’s what makes a product great and profitable.

While, at times, social media is fun; it can also be unhealthy. People compare themselves to others, and become depressed that they aren’t as popular as they wish to be, which causes depression, a feeling of low self-worth, and sometimes, body dysmorphia. So, people post more to get more likes and more views, and the cycle continues.

This type of stress causes a hormone called cortisol to be released. Excess cortisol causes weight gain and tears your body down. If you’re not on social media much, you might want to keep it that way. I turn off my iPhone off at night, and only use my mobile phone and social media between certain hours, but I know I need to cut down. I too, feel the strain. I’ve noticed that when I’ve refrained from any social media, and have ignored my phone for four hours or more, I feel more relaxed and content. Sometimes I wish I never signed onto Instagram (my current obsession), but I find cute photos and videos of cats, which make me smile and laugh, new recipes and exercises to try, and get a peek into people’s lives who I barely know.

Source: “60 Minutes.” Episode 29, Season 49. April 9, 2017. Television

Photo: These are my top posts on social media site: Instagram aka IG. The numbers represent how many people viewed those photos/videos.  You can follow me on Instagram @FitGirlUSA where we can get stressed out together.

How to freeze bananas properly

Bananas get ripe quickly so I peel and freeze them so I always have some for a smoothie. Check out my newest YouTube video to see the best method for freezing, and figuring out how many pieces equals one banana so you don’t under-estimate the carbs and calories.

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Win a Free Backpack…super easy!

I’m giving away this backpack (est. value $80). It’s never been used and still has the tags. To be eligible, you must be able to pick it up from World Gym in Pacific Beach MWF between 8-10am.

To enter to win, go to http://www.thehighfivediet.com then go to Contact Me, fill out the info in the four little spaces. That’s it! I’ll pick a random winner next week.

your back pain may be an easy fix

Fit GirlWe know that sitting in front of a computer and looking down at an iPad or iphone is really bad for your back, but, ladies, your back pain may be from your bra, or from a tight top. Those adorable exercise bra tops and racerback bras, make my back hurt if I have it on for more than a few hours. The women in the department stores always pressure me to buy a smaller size, but I know what fits.

Try one with a larger band, without underwire that clasps in the back. If you’re at home and you’re not doing cardio, go braless. Whoo-hoo! Freedom. No matter how cute an outfit or undergarment is, it’s not worth back pain.

Photo: me, flexing those back muscles

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Messy Zesty Dairy&Gluten-Free Chicken Wraps

Fit Girl Chicken Lettuce WrapsI used to make chicken sandwiches, but now I’m all about that gluten-free healthy life, so I transformed a high-calorie, sugary recipe wrapped in bread, to one that’s good for me.

Messy Zesty Chicken Wraps

  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • Red bell pepper, cored, and sliced into strips
  • Green leaf lettuce, washed
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 3 Fuji apples, peeled and diced

 

For the marinade:

  • ½ cup dark sweet pitted cherries (you can find them in the frozen section if out of season)
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red chilies
  • 4 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • ½ bunch cilantro, washed

 For the cilantro-lime sauce:

  • 2/3 cup light vegan mayo
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • ½ bunch cilantro, washed
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 3 T sriracha sauce

Add all the ingredients for the marinade in a food processor, and pour into a large plastic bag. Add the chicken to the bag, zip up, coat the chicken in the marinade, and chill in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Forty-five minutes prior to when you want to eat, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the chicken with sauce from the refrigerator and pour into a large glass baking pan and bake for 35 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, put all of the cilantro-lime sauce ingredients into a food processor until creamy. Pour the sauce into a small bowl.

When chicken is done cooking, slice chicken into thin strips. Place a piece of lettuce on a plate, add a few pieces of chicken, and a few strips of red bell pepper, some nuts and apple pieces. Add a dollop of the cilantro-lime sauce. Repeat this process so that each plate will have several rolls of chicken with bell peppers. Serve with iced tea, and lots of napkins.

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Turn your sandwich into a wrap & save 200 calories

burger and friesWhether you want to lose body fat, go gluten-free, eat fewer processed foods, or just eat healthier, eating less bread is the way to go. I used to make mini pizzas with pepperoni, garlic salt, and butter on white bread in the toaster oven, so delicious and fattening. I used to buy freshly baked bread and tear it off by the handfuls and just eat that by the mouthful, so I’m well aware that giving up bread is a challenge.

Since I stopped eating wheat and gluten, I miss certain sandwiches. As I was looking through my recipe books, I decided to make those sandwiches again, but this time, using lettuce instead of bread, and it was still delicious, albeit, much messier.

Using lettuce as wrap for meals that contain mayonnaise works really well and will reduce the calories by about 200. The next post will be a chicken wrap recipe, that’s healthy, high protein, and low carb. Oh, it’s yummy too!

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