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Best Apps to Fire Up Your Fitness Motivation

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Everywhere you go, fitness is as trendy as the girl in front of you at the coffee shop with her multi-color yoga pants on. But while we know we need to get fit and healthy, sometimes even the cutest yoga pants, or the greatest of intentions when trying to eat better, don’t always cut it.

But rather than drowning in your lack of motivation, pull yourself up out of that Debbie Downer mood and download one (or more), of our top five favorite fitness motivation apps!

Healthy Holiday Survival Guide

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While the holidays are a fabulous time to be with family, relive traditions and be merry, they can also create extra stress in our lives. From mid-November to the New Year we are often rushing, eating and trying to do too much. With the financial stress, nutritional stress (eating things that are hard on our bodies) and dealing with extra emotions that can be stirred up, it is the most important time of the year to stay grounded, workout and take care of our selves. Below we’ve given you a few tools to not just survive the holidays but also really enjoy them.

10 Healthy Recipes to Make This Halloween a Hauntingly Good Time!

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Halloween is often a time when truck loads of Halloween candy magically appears in your houshold and sometimes even haunts you from the freezer weeks later. But this year is going to be all about finding a better balance between healthy bites and sweet treats! Kick your fall off on a healthy note by getting friends and family into the kitchen for these Halloween-inspired recipes!

1. Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls 

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As the leaves start to tumble, a flavorful fall soup is just what you need to get into the season! This yummy soup is just what the fam needs to warm your insides, make your taste buds dance, and get a healthy dose of vitamin C and A, fiber, potassium, and folate!

2. Darkly Delicious Apples 

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What’s Halloween without a little chocolate? Make your candied apples healthier this year by dipping them in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Not only will you save the kids a few empty calories, they’ll be a sweet treat you can make together!

3. Ghoulish Skeleton Quesadilla for Halloween

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As kids run in and out of the house all day, it can be hard to get them to sit down even for a snack! Luckily this fun recipe only has three ingredients and takes less than five minutes to make! Swap flour tortillas for spinach or sprout tortillas for an even healthier variation!

4. Saucy Spider with Hairy Leg Sticks

 

Suit Up & Let's Get Summer Sexy!

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Summer is one of my favorite times of the year...sunshine, fresh air, tank tops, hiking, [you get the picture]. But it's also full of BBQ's, travel, kids, and less routine, which can make it easy to 'fall off the wagon.' 

Three Recipes to Help Involve Your Family in Your Healthy Eating Habits

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As we all know, your overall health and fitness lifestyle starts and ends with nutrition – we can exercise to the max, but if we don’t stick to a healthy diet full of nutrient dense whole foods then we’re really not doing our body much good. Did you know that your family can act as your accountability partner outside of BRIK? You can include your family in your healthy habits without scaring them away by starting with some yummy recipes and exercise (Bike riding is a great option to get some fresh air, increased heart rate, and quality family time). To get your family started with healthy habits, here are 3 delicious AND healthy clean eating recipes (Inspired by our Kaia Cookbook) that your family, kids and all, will love and beg for! Remember that it’s okay to customize your dinner by substituting other healthy and nutrient dense foods to make it kid-friendly. Make it work for you and your family!

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Siesta Taco Soup (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (28 oz.)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 fresh jalapenos
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced into large pieces
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. Braggs soy sauce
  • 2 ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. hot sauce
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • ¼ cup Daiya vegan cheddar, shredded
  • black olives, sliced
  • fresh cilantro, diced
  • ½ cup quinoa (optional)
  • lean meat, chicken breast (optional)
  • hot sau

The Secrets to Understanding Emotional Eating

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Do you ever find that you eat more than you planned? Do you eat until you feel stuffed? Do you try diet after diet only to ultimately gain weight back?  This might begin to make you think that there is something wrong with you and that you are doomed to struggle with food and your weight forever.

I want to help you see that this is not a moral issue, and you are not lacking willpower or the ability to change the way you deal with food. What you could be missing is the key to changing your relationship with food. By handling your relationship with food, you can put food in its place as nourishment only.

The key can be recognizing how your emotions are playing a part in your overeating. The emotional component is not helped by dieting or limiting food. Actually the opposite happens: you could ultimately eat even more by trying to limit food when you are eating for emotional reasons.

Doesn’t everyone eat for emotional reasons? Yes, at some point everyone does. The question is - does it bother you? Eating to manage emotions is a challenge for many people because it can lead to weight issues that cause many other problems. Food can become a way to nurture yourself, when its actual purpose is to nourish your body.  If we look to food to satisfy our feelings this may result in an endless cycle of diet/restrict-binge-guilt.  

To help you determine if emotional eating is problem for you, ask yourself these questions. Do you: 

  1. Eat large amounts when you are not hungry?
  2. Eat so much you feel uncomfortably full?
  3. Eat in isolation to avoid feeling embarrassed?
  4. Eat and feel guilty, upset, or depressed afterward?
  5. Eat more rapidly than others?
  6. Eat to make you feel better?

Does the way that you eat cause you problems? Emotional eating can keep you stuck because it has a component that actually makes you feel good.  However, the positive feelings (relief, calm) are only temporary (one minute to many hours) and there is a turning point where it becomes negative and you might find yourself feeling angry and guilty that you overate (again).

The conclusion is emotional eating does not work. It does not satisfy your emotions, and can actually hurt you. The way to begin to deal with your emotions rather than overeating is to:

  • Notice when you are eating for emotional reasons: for reasons other than hunger.
  • Acknowledge it to yourself. You cannot change anything until you recognize it and acknowledge it.
  • Give yourself praise that you are now “getting it” and willing to do something different.

As you begin to notice and acknowledge emotional eating you can then start figuring out what to do next. Some ideas are:

  • Begin to identify the emotions that are leading you to eat: sad, mad, anxious, bored, or lonely.
  • After you notice the emotions then you can address them. You can develop a “toolbox” which you can draw upon. I have many items in my toolbox to help me take care of my emotions such as; journaling, taking a walk, talking to a friend, meditating, or working out.
  • Develop more mindfulness in relationship to your emotions by doing a physical check in. Try taking a deep breath and feel the connection to your body, then ask yourself how you are feeling, and what you really need. I find this mindfulness keeps me in touch with my feelings and a positive way to address them.

 

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