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Good Health starts in the kitchen

BY: CAROLINE FOSTER

Healthy living is all about making the right choices. Critical to making healthy decisions is participating in exercise activities, and being mindful of the impact the foods we are eating has on your body.

And if you are trying to shed a few pounds or more, you know that you cannot outrun a bad diet; you get fit in the gym (or wherever you chose to exercise) and you get healthy in the kitchen! At my fitness studio, I see a lot of people who are health conscious and are happy to maintain their fitness levels and body composition, but I also see clients who just can’t seem to drop those extra pounds, no matter how much they exercise and count calories. They struggle and have tried every imaginable program, but they’re still not getting anywhere. That is because most programs do not address the nutritional deficiencies that happen when we focus on single nutrients rather than diet as a whole. We are overfed but malnourished. I like to give the analogy that if you take your car to the gas station and fill it with water, your tank will be full but you’re not going to be getting anywhere. Likewise, your belly can be full but your body will be starving for nutrients so it will send a signal to your brain that you are hungry when you really are nutrient-starved.

The key to regaining your health is to eliminate foods that cause inflammation, remove toxins from the body and to eat foods that will promote alkalinity.

We know that most disease has an inflammatory component so when we eliminate foods that cause inflammation, our body has the ability to heal and repair itself, resulting in a greater feeling of well-being. Foods to avoid are addictive foods like refined and processed sugar, gluten, dairy, and soy products-with the exception of certified non-GMO soy like tofu, tempeh, tamari (a gluten-free soy sauce) and edamames.

It is also imperative to avoid all processed foods because they are loaded with preservatives, artificial ingredients and additives that are toxic to the body.  Toxicity has a huge impact on your health. Every day, we are exposed to toxins that we either ingest, breath in or absorb through our skin. The body has to do something with these toxins so by attempting to protect our organs, it will create new fat cells to store those toxins.  The more toxic you are, the more likely you are to have a weight issue!

Finally, we want to create an alkaline instead of acidic environment in the body in order to prevent disease and premature aging.

A diet that works synergistically to nourish, detoxify and alkalinize the body consists of organic whole foods such as vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains and nutritionals that follow a rigorous ingredient policy that is gluten-free, vegan and formulated with non-GMO ingredients.

Having more energy and vitality, feeling more engaged in life, and being happier can start with making a few small changes in your daily habits and engaging in self-education. Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated. When you finally get healthy, you will be able to live the life you deserve and be more present for your family and community.

Caroline Foster is a group fitness instructor at CardioFit 4 Life, a certified personal trainer and a Physicians Committee Food for Life instructor.

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Good Health starts in the kitchen

BY: CAROLINE FOSTER

Healthy living is all about making the right choices. Critical to making healthy decisions is participating in exercise activities, and being mindful of the impact the foods we are eating has on your body.

And if you are trying to shed a few pounds or more, you know that you cannot outrun a bad diet; you get fit in the gym (or wherever you chose to exercise) and you get healthy in the kitchen! At my fitness studio, I see a lot of people who are health conscious and are happy to maintain their fitness levels and body composition, but I also see clients who just can’t seem to drop those extra pounds, no matter how much they exercise and count calories. They struggle and have tried every imaginable program, but they’re still not getting anywhere. That is because most programs do not address the nutritional deficiencies that happen when we focus on single nutrients rather than diet as a whole. We are overfed but malnourished. I like to give the analogy that if you take your car to the gas station and fill it with water, your tank will be full but you’re not going to be getting anywhere. Likewise, your belly can be full but your body will be starving for nutrients so it will send a signal to your brain that you are hungry when you really are nutrient-starved.

The key to regaining your health is to eliminate foods that cause inflammation, remove toxins from the body and to eat foods that will promote alkalinity.

We know that most disease has an inflammatory component so when we eliminate foods that cause inflammation, our body has the ability to heal and repair itself, resulting in a greater feeling of well-being. Foods to avoid are addictive foods like refined and processed sugar, gluten, dairy, and soy products-with the exception of certified non-GMO soy like tofu, tempeh, tamari (a gluten-free soy sauce) and edamames.

It is also imperative to avoid all processed foods because they are loaded with preservatives, artificial ingredients and additives that are toxic to the body.  Toxicity has a huge impact on your health. Every day, we are exposed to toxins that we either ingest, breath in or absorb through our skin. The body has to do something with these toxins so by attempting to protect our organs, it will create new fat cells to store those toxins.  The more toxic you are, the more likely you are to have a weight issue!

Finally, we want to create an alkaline instead of acidic environment in the body in order to prevent disease and premature aging.

A diet that works synergistically to nourish, detoxify and alkalinize the body consists of organic whole foods such as vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains and nutritionals that follow a rigorous ingredient policy that is gluten-free, vegan and formulated with non-GMO ingredients.

Having more energy and vitality, feeling more engaged in life, and being happier can start with making a few small changes in your daily habits and engaging in self-education. Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated. When you finally get healthy, you will be able to live the life you deserve and be more present for your family and community.

Caroline Foster is a group fitness instructor at CardioFit 4 Life, a certified personal trainer and a Physicians Committee Food for Life instructor.

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