Low calorie! All natural! Fat free! Sugar free! High protein! If the delicious foods that shout these headlines at us as we push our carts down the grocery aisle are so readily available to those of us who are conscious of both our health and our waistlines, then why is it so darn hard to stay healthy and trim?
As a Registered Dietician I get a lot of questions from friends about what they should be eating, and I’ve heard some pretty crazy things. One friend recently told me that in an effort to lose weight he’s been eating fruits and vegetables exclusively for several weeks. Macronutrients are a vital part of a healthy diet; they alone will not sustain your body. While every body is different in its needs; however, a major component to all balanced diets is protein.
Do work, family or other circumstances have you feeling stressed? Does it bring inconsistency to your mood and energy levels? The root of the issue begins with stress hormones which can sabotage your health efforts when you’re stressed.
My name is Gennaro Ferra. I’m a former NABBA Mr. Australia, world natural professional bodybuilder and more recently placed 3rd in the NPC Atlantic States Championships here in NYC. I’m a fitness and nutrition coach here in NYC and also have a degree in Physical Education. I was born in Naples, Italy but grew up in Melbourne, Australia.
Kale is one hot menu item these days. Everyone from A-list celebrities to athletes and politicians are raving about the health benefits of this dark, leafy, “king of the greens.”
It’s no secret that packaged foods contain a lot of salt. We understand that salty snacks like chips and pretzels are high in sodium, but how many of us know where to look for hidden salt in our everyday food? Foods we believe to be “good” for us may actually have an enormous amount of hidden sodium.
Does it sometimes feel like every little thing interrupts your dream of a perfect night’s sleep? While we know that having a lot on your mind and stress can keep you from getting all of the zzz’s your body needs, did you know that you might be sabotaging your OWN dreamtime?
What do you know about copper? When you think of copper do you think of a shiny penny or perhaps the pretty green patina of the Statue of Liberty? Perhaps you think of electrical wiring or plumbing. Copper is so much more than an industrial metal or a medium for coins and art. Copper is an essential trace mineral that is imperative to life.
The other day I received an email from a reader. She was new to Paleo and struggling to make it fit her family. She asked if I had tips on succeeding with Paleo. Greens were rotting in her vegetable drawer and she was finding herself at 6 PM with no idea what was for dinner. I could completely relate with that struggle!
Weight loss is a hot topic this time of year as people are donning their swimsuits and shedding layers to beat the heat by the pool and at the beach. Why is ‘weight loss’ the important topic of conversation rather than body composition? My personal training clients rarely see dramatic weight loss up front because the focus of my training and nutrition is to build lean muscle mass and create a healthy lifestyle.