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get in shape

How long does it take to get OUT of shape?

We obsess about getting INTO shape, but…. We often wonder how long it will take to improve some aspect of our health; to lose fat, to gain muscle, to build a habit.But I think it’s also important to know how long it takes to LOSE the progress we’ve made. It helps to bring into perspective the […]

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self reflection

What I learned from getting my email hacked!

I had a rough weekend It started great Saturday morning with me teaching classes in Encino and then getting the chance to deliver my “5 Pillars of Health” presentation to members. I love getting to present new and (at least to me) exciting ways to improve health and wellness, so I was feeling really good […]

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moderation

The problem with “moderation”

Let’s talk about “moderation” After my “cheat meal” post last week a longtime Arena family member (you know who you are) was telling me about how his general guiding principle when it comes to health is “moderation.” I know this about him because we’ve discussed it in the past, and, although I don’t know exactly […]

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cheat meal

When a “cheat meal” turns into “What-The-Hell!”

Ah…the “cheat meal”… Have you ever been in the process of working on improving your health, and you’re absolutely SMASHING IT…and then you have a “cheat” meal… which turns into a cheat day… which leads to a cheat weekend… and then you fall apart and now you have to start all over again? I think […]

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weight loss mindset

The most important factor in weight loss?

Is your weight loss focus off track? What would you say is the most important factor in long-term weight loss?Nutrition?Exercise?Sleep?I’d argue none of the above, though they are ALL very important.I believe, without a doubt, that the factor that influences weight loss above all else is your mindset, and your mindset is made up of your […]

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evolutionary mismatch

Mismatched: It’s not your fault!

What is “evolutionary mismatch?” If you struggle with your fitness, your health, if you struggle to exercise consistently and eat the right foods, to get enough sleep and manage your weight, it’s not your fault. Consider this question: If you pluck a zebra from it’s natural habitat and relocate it to New England, will it […]

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counting calories

Why counting calories doesn’t work

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably tried counting calories. And if you’re a woman, you’ve probably fixated on consuming 1,200 calories per day. Where did that come from?  Many women I’ve spoken to about how many calories she thinks she should eat per day say 1,200 but can’t really city WHY this is […]

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healthy meals

6 Strategies for Healthy, Quick and Convenient Meals!

Short on time? Strategize! The biggest obstacle I hear from people is that they “just don’t have time.” People are busy today with work, families, managing a house, and the million other things that come up. So it’s too often that they find themselves grabbing food for convenience – food that not only doesn’t serve their bodies […]

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healthy recipe

Simply Scrumptious Southwest Side!

Simply Scrumptious Southwest Side (Calabacitas!) Yields: About 4 cups Ingredients: 1/4 cup Canola Oil 1 Yellow Onion, thinly sliced lengthwise 1 Tbsp. Garlic, minced 1 avg. Jalapeño Pepper, seeded, diced very small 2 cups Roma Tomatoes, chopped 2 avg. Zucchini, halved lengthwise, cut into thin slices 4 avg. ears of Corn, husked and ears carefully […]

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The healthy swap ebook

The Healthy Swap List

Small hinges swing BIG doors! In other words, small actions can create massive change. Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you hit the wall and were so frustrated that you knew you needed to change, NOW! That’s powerful motivation, when your behavior no longer matches your internal values and you […]

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