Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Cleaning & Cleansing

How's your Spring Cleaning going?   I know, "Spring Cleaning" typically means changing your closet from Winter attire to Summer, and dusting off the flip flops and t-shirts and shorts to enjoy the warmer weather.  And that's all good~but what about your Spring Cleansing?  Have you considered changing your eating habits so that you feel lighter and happier?  Do you want to have more energy (to workout more, right?!) or just look and feel better about yourself.

You know what they say, "Getting healthy starts at Moirasfitness studio, but losing weight starts in the kitchen!"

Changing eating habits is hard -- because sweet and salty food tastes good!  I hear ya!  And remember: we are all a work in progress.  Just because you make a decision to make better food choices doesn't mean you will live the rest of your life without another brownie….  But I do believe that the more you eat healthy the less you crave those sweet and salty foods.   When I eat at Life-A-Live restaurant, where they serve up all organic produce with fresh vegetables and hummus and it tastes soooo good and somehow, you simply feel satisfied with your meal, to the point where you don't think about dessert.

To be honest with you, I have never done a cleanse.  This is because I love coffee and wine too much, plus I have a busy life outside of my fitness business cooking for my family.  However, I do try to stay away from processed foods and sugar.  Plus I try to go "gluten-free" although I absolutely love a good piece of multigrain toast!!   And because I have to constantly cook for a family of six, I am always tempted to make the bad choice.  Here's what I do: stock my kitchen and fridge with GOOD STUFF!

For example, typically on Sunday afternoons, I grocery shop and power cook~I line cookie trays full of fresh kale, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, chopped onions and drizzle with olive oil, kosher salt and ground pepper.  (400 for 12 minutes)  Then after it cools, I mix it all together in little containers and throw it in the freezer.  That way, when I cook spaghetti and meatballs for my kids, I have a healthier "go to" option for me.:)

There's always so many healthy "to go" items at Trader Joes as well, so give it a try either way!  Every day is a new day to make a good food choice!

Bon Appetit

PS:  Check out the entire recipe PLUS cranberry compote on my recipes section!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fitness Goals

While you perhaps may be re-assessing your fitness and overall goals for 2015…remember that you are a work in progress!  If you need to get motivated, inspired, fit & focused~write down your goals and read them aloud each night before you go to sleep.  Visualize, listen and feel yourself striving to attain those goals.  Change doesn't happen overnight.  We all need to figure out what works best for us.

Your Goals should be "SMART" ~ Specific, Measurable, Active, Realistic, Timed

  • Maybe it's changing up or adding on to your workouts during a long, cold & snowy Winter.
  • Maybe it's watching your food intake, or making better choices.
  • Maybe it's creating a happy & positive work environment for you.  Standing desk anyone?
  • Maybe it's simply working on a daily list of gratitude

We all interact with coworkers, family members, neighbors, people big and small who can frankly bring us down.  Try not to take in their negative energy!   Stay positive and review that list, right?!

"Keep the Peace" in YOU!
xo Moira

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has many healing qualities and keeps your food-intake pH-balanced.  It's so good for you, that it's truly necessary to share this information:

Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar around 400 BC because of its health properties.  It's made from fresh apples which are later fermented and contains pectin, a fiber that regulates blood pressure.  Apple cider vinegar also helps extract calcium from certain foods, therefore strengthening bones.  It's rich in potassium, which removes toxic waste from the body.  It helps to break up fat and supports natural weight loss.  Apple cider vinegar contains malice acid, which dissolves uric acid built up around the joints, thus reducing joint pain.

It's good stuff!  Buy the unfiltered kind (see photo).
Try some today in a cup of tea with a little lemon and honey.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Long & Lean in 2015?

Happy New Year!
How are those resolutions coming along?  Aaah…"New Year's resolutions" are similar to fitness~it's a personal decision, your prerogative, you need to figure out what works for you and what doesn't.

Resolutions are goals, really.  If you are serious and determined about them, write them down and post it on your dresser or (if it's weight loss-related especially;)) your refrigerator.  'Best thing to do is share your resolutions with friends so you can stick with the plan.   Strive to attain those goals but take it day by day!  Give yourself little rewards along the way~life is short, but the days can be long….

Here are my 2015 resolutions:

1.  Walk my dog every day in the woods.  I want more fresh air and vitamin D, and being around pretty landscapes helps me relax.
2.  Speak calmly to my children.  (enough said)
3.  Stop saying, "I'm tired."  Everyone's tired~get over it!
4.  Cut down on carbs at night.  I could live forever without another brownie, but I love a good piece of toast!  (or two)  stick with the crunch of an apple, or handful of almonds.
5.  Try to write down the 3 best things that happen each day~YAY!
6.  Letting a bad or slow day ride itself out~no more overanalyzing big picture.
7.  Finally, taking deep breathes.  This may sound a title crazy for a Pilates instructor, right?  Yes, but I am the one talking and cueing quickly so others inhale & exhale.  We're all in this together!!

Now if you're resolutions are to get "long & lean in 2015," you must know by now, that I can help you with that.  If you are looking for accountability, motivation, talking through a busy day by moving & stretching & conditioning to feel better about you~then schedule a free Personal Training appointment with me this month.

After all, resolutions don't have to start on January 1st.  They can start whenever you are ready.