5 Steps to Increase Your Metabolism After 50

Stop believing that after age 50 your metabolism is shot. I hear this from women all the time and it is simply not true. If you are healthy with no underlying conditions, you CAN boost your metabolism after the age of 50. Yes, our metabolism slows down with age (approximately 10 percent per decade after age 20) but you can still rev it up. Good news, right?! It takes work but trust me, you can get toned and fit and have a midsection again. But it takes work! If you follow these 5 steps consistently, you will see your metabolism increase within 12 weeks. Yes it takes that long…it’s a process you have to stick with. Step One: Strength train 4x a week. I know you have heard this a billion times but that’s because it is true. When you consistently strength train, you increase your lean muscle mass. When you have more lean muscle, your body has to increase its metabolism to burn calories. And you must lift heavy enough to challenge your muscles to grow. You must start to learn to love strength training in order to boost your metabolism. And when you are lifting you have to lift heavy. No 5lb bicep curls (unless you’re doing a barre class)…go pick up the 15 & 20lbs. Get yourself a trainer if you don’t know where to start. (I know a great one!) Step Two: Increase your protein intake. Every meal should have a protein source in it. Protein takes more work for the body to digest and in order to do so, increases it’s heat production. Increasing...

5 Weight Loss Myths You Might Be Buying Into

If weight loss or fat loss is a goal of yours, I invite you to keep reading this email.Now, I get it…there is an overwhelm of information out there on how to lose weight. Especially now after the pandemic everyone is capitalizing on the whole ‘lose the pandemic 15’. With all that information, it is easy to lose sight of your goal and to not know where to start.So let me help you!First, it’s okay to want to lose weight. You do you, sis (as the kids like to say).The reality is, carrying extra weight around creates health issues. It’s hard on the joints, it’s hard on the heart and it increases your chances of developing a lot of other health issues. Also, it just doesn’t feel good! We all come in different shapes and sizes and I’m a big believer in rocking what your momma gave you BUT you also have to strive to be healthy. And extra weight is not healthy. So that being said, let’s bust down some weight loss myths, shall we?Myth #1 – To lose weight you need to drastically decrease your calories.Not always true. The simple equation is ‘eat less, move more’ and you will lose weight. Science shows that if you create a caloric deficit you will lose weight, and yes you will BUT you don’t have to create a crazy deficit. It also depends on what type of calories you’re putting in your body. If you’re eating 1200 calories of Tim Hortons donuts and you’re expending 1500 calories, you may lose weight but not that much. And you’re going to feel like shit. Decreasing calories drastically can act in...

How to Not Stuff Your Face this Thanksiving:)

Turkey and dressing and gravy…oh my! Oh, how I do love a great stuffing. Err….Thanksgiving stuffing that is;) Like most of us, I tend to overeat at Thanksgiving and then end up feeling guilty and try to make up for it by working out extra hard the next day or two. How smart would it be if instead of repeating that pattern (or making the same decisions over and over as I’ve written about previously), we create new patterns? Let’s focus on enjoying Thanksgiving dinner WITHOUT overeating and feeling guilty? I’ve devised some simple tips we can all utilize right away. Tip #1. Stay hydrated. Simple, right? One would think. A great way to not overindulge in food is to simply drink more water the day before the dinner and the day of. Often we overeat simply because we are actually thirsty. I know that sounds weird but our body can mix up the ‘thirsty’ and ‘hungry’ signals causing us to eat more when what we actually need is more water. So drink up! Water, that is. And remember, if you’re drinking alcohol, to counter the dehydrating effects you need a 2:1 ratio….2 glasses water for 1 glass of booze (not the other way around;) Tip #2. Plan a big workout the day after. This works like a charm around any big ‘eating’ event. Organize a hike or workout or a barre workout class the morning AFTER the eating event. And then, book it in with a friend as well. A friend that won’t cancel on you. Don’t pick the wishy-washy friend….maybe find your die-hard friend and organize something with them....

There is no secret.

I wish there was a simple easy way to lose fat and to keep it off. Trust me. I truly wish there was because if there was, I’d be all over it. I’d love to lose that last 5-10lbs on my body by simply taking a pill or getting rid of my cellulite by rubbing some cream on it. I’d buy that shit in a heartbeat. But the reality is, there is no such thing. If there was, why is obesity such a major issue in our society? Science has proven time and time again, that in order to lose fat & to keep it off, you need to do 3 things: exercise daily eat a diet rich in whole foods practice mindfulness That’s it folks. Now, within each of those 3 points are variables. For instance, there is debate as to what type of exercise is best for fat loss. But all agree that daily exercise is needed. Within the ‘diet’ world, there is debate as to which way to eat is healthiest but all can agree that we need WAY more veggies & fruits and foods that are real and whole and not processed. Mindfulness is a newer topic but again, all agree that in order to lose fat & to keep it off, people need to change their habits. And that is done through a mindfulness practice of some sort. Whether it be meditation or journalling or seeking the help of a counselor or all of the above. You can’t change your outside until you change your inside:) I’d also like to add to that list...

Green Eggs & Avocado Scramble

First, I have to tell you there’s not going to be a million pictures of me making this dish. OMG I can’t stand those recipe blogs where you have to scroll down the page for approximately 1 whole day to get to the actual recipe & directions. Just give me the goods! I don’t need a picture of an avocado. I know what they look like! Also, I’m not a pretty cook. Wait! I’m pretty, it’s just my cooking is not. (LOL;) It’s messy and I use a lot of dishes and I get stuff all over the place. Nobody  needs to see that mess. Another reason I don’t add a gazillion pictures is I get this major feeling of ‘fail’ when I see how pretty someone else has made a dish look and mine, although always yummy, does not look like that at all! I don’t want you to feel that way so you get a real picture, in real time, of what I’ve made. In my recipe blogs, you’ll get 1 picture of the dish I make and if you’re lucky, it will look pretty. Deal? K, good. But seriously, be your own creative chef…it does not have to look exactly like mine. One of my go-to every-day breakfast meals is Green Eggs & Avocado Scramble. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dish and seriously eat it almost daily when I don’t have to rush (on my rushing days it’s usually 2 hard-boiled eggs). Not only is this recipe friggin delicious, it’s super easy to make and pretty economical as well if you don’t use the avocado. This...