THE BEST (AND WORST) FOODS FOR YOUR MOOD

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By Trevor MacDonald It’s a fact; you are what you eat. The foods you eat steer the direction of your mood. Eating healthy foods gives you a positive state of mind and the opposite when you eat foods that are bad for you. Here’s a roundup of the best and worst type of foods that affect your mood along with …

NEW SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS FOR YOUR WHOLE FAMILY

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School bells are ringing long and hard, and once again parents everywhere are faced with healthy and no-so-healthy lunch choices.  If you are like many, you tend to grab whatever you can easily toss in a plastic bag before walking out the door with kids. CEO’s of your fit family Always try to have a solid plan against the self-proclaimed glory of …

MONSTER COOKIE PROTEIN BALLS

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The awesome thing about the classic Monster Cookie recipe is you can pretty much add anything you want!  In our easy Monster Cookie Protein Balls recipe we add the delicious benefits of protein (cuz that’s what we do here)! Our Fit Mom’s love getting their kids involved with this recipe.  Including your kids (and even your kids friends!) teaches them …

YOUR BRAIN ON EXERCISE

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Your Brain On Exercise: Fighting Mental Illness with Fitness By Trevor MacDonald When we think about tackling mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and even stress, most people think of medications. But in reality, nature is our best source of mental, physical, and emotional health.  Staying active can help fight mental illnesses. Your brain on exercise is a beautiful thing.  …

PROTEIN PUMPKIN SPICE ICE CREAM

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When fall comes around I tend to stock my pantry full of pumpkin puree.  The only problem is my lack of recipes to use my beloved pumpkin! Pumpkin is delicious and packed full of nutrients, but constantly adding it to protein shakes or smoothie bowls can get a bit redundant. That’s why I opted to use it in a (n)ice cream …

HOW TO KEEP YOUR LUNGS HEALTHY & WHY

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October is Healthy Lung Awareness Month   It is officially October, which of course means Breast Care Awareness month, but it is also National Healthy Lung month. Lung Health Day is October 28th, so this is a perfect time to bring awareness. Lung health is important to me because over the course of a year, I watched two very loved …

THE ONE KEY TO SUCCESS OR FAILURE IN FITNESS

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By Melanie Prew THE WOD I look at the WOD (Workout of the Day) and it is: 5 rounds of: 50 Kettlebell Swings 20 Wall Balls The fear settles in a bit. I shake it aside and set my timer. Before thinking twice, I push the start button and hear, “ 3,2,1,Go!” I grab the Kettlebell and start my swings. I …

TOP 5 VITAMINS WOMEN SHOULD BE GETTING

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By Faith Ellis Vitamins are natural compounds in our bodies that are essential for proper growth and function. They are micronutrients that can be found in food and supplements and are necessary to consume since our bodies cannot synthesize them. While there are thirteen different vitamins our bodies need, we have compiled a list of the top 5 vitamins women …

6 TIPS THAT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY ON YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY

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A new pair of workout capris, a cool twisty-back tank, the latest, ‘has-everything’ treadmill… the fitness world is full of spending opportunities.  It is not hard to indulge in the trendy fitness craze and it is super tempting when a product claims it will make you fit and healthy for good!   In the long-term being healthy should actually save you …

FACTS ABOUT YOUR BODY AND HOW TO USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

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By Grace Carter There’s a lot to know about the human body, but most of us will only ever find out a tiny percentage of it. Have you ever been curious as to how your body works?  Read on for some highly useful facts, and how you can use them to get the most out of your health. Fitness facts …

APPLE BACON & EGG FRITTATA

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These past few weeks I have begun to grow bored of the same old recipe for dinner, which was starting to look like monotonous baked chicken and steamed vegetables. My lunch normally consists of baked chicken over leafy greens so I ate the same thing twice a day, every day. Then I remembered that eating healthy does not have to …

CBD OIL 101

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The latest buzz in the health industry is CBD oil, but what is it and what can it do for you? CBD is a cannabinoid. It’s from the cannabis plant however,  it doesn’t get you high like marijuana. “Marijuana contains many chemical compounds that create the different characteristics of the plant. Terpenes provide flavors and aromas, while chlorophyll in the leaves makes …

BREATHE! THE IMPORTANCE OF BREATHING IN FITNESS

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By Jane Sandwood Breathing is the only autonomous mechanism of the body that we can control. How and when we breathe dictates much of our overall health.  In fact, inefficient breathing is linked to not only lung and chest pain, but also upper-body muscle aches and fatigue. Strong breathing practices are especially important for workouts (of any variety), because your body needs to …

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN DAMAGE YOUR FITNESS GOALS

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Social Media and Fitness: How the Online World may Damage our Health and Self-Esteem By Faith Ellis It seems that people exercise on social media as much as they workout in the gym. As you scroll through your newsfeed, how do you feel when you see gym selfies or girls posing flawlessly during a sweat sesh?  Truthfully, your online feed …

S.I.M.P.L.E. – MAKING HEALTHY MEALS SIMPLE

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Simple Innovative Meal Planning – Love Eating By Kathy Lange Making healthy meals from scratch (that everyone likes) while juggling work, kids and other activities can quickly become overwhelming. Plus there is the whole issue of grocery shopping.  Making the list and reading labels can take forever and what are those big long words? Who has time for all of …

BEST WORKOUTS FOR TEENS TO STAY HEALTHY AND SMART

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By Michael Morelli As teenagers, there are a lot of benefits that you can get from regular exercise. Not only does it help you stay physically healthy, it also makes you feel more comfortable about yourself. If you are serious about integrating some exercises in your daily activities, you need to consider the effectiveness of the routine that you will …

MEAL PREP MADE EASY

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By  Tammy Patnode Proper meal prep is essential to the success of your contest diet. It doesn’t have to take an enormous amount of time, if you do it efficiently. The following tips are essential to doing it effortlessly! First I suggest hitting up your local Sams Club, Costco or BJs Wholesale Club for the best prices on your contest staples. Chicken …

10 WARMUP SECRETS TO RAMP UP YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE

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By Ashley Lipman   Want to climb to new heights in your regular exercise session? Effectiveness depends on your warmups a lot more than you probably realize.   Dynamic warmup techniques are now the gold standard when it comes to warming up in the world of sports, cheerleading squads, dance teams, and a host of other high-intensity team efforts.   …

SEVEN FITNESS TIPS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

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If you have been working hard to lose weight and achieve your  fitness goals but still can’t see any positive changes, we may be able to help. Fitness is not only about the obvious things such as exercises and diet. It must be done holistically. It is also important to look at the small details because those can affect your …

GASTRIC BYPASS DIDN’T CHANGE ME, I CHANGED ME

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By Brenda Forsyth My eyes really are bigger than my stomach…sort of I always had a love for food. I remember my dad would say, “Your eye’s are bigger than your stomach” as I loaded up my dinner plate with heaping servings of my mom’s home cooked food. 11 ½ years ago I chose to have the Roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery …

LEMON GLAZED ZUCCHINI PROTEIN BREAD

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ALL THAT ZUCCHINI Recipe from Jessica Allion If you have a ton of zucchini in your garden like we do every year you are always looking for recipes to use them up! I can not waste all that deliciousness.  Zucchini is so versatile and my favorite recipes to use them in are definitely all the different kinds of sweet breads.  …

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PERFECT YOUR POWERLIFTING

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REFINE YOUR POWERLIFTING ROUTINE  By Jane Sandwood The United States is seeing an absolute surge of women in powerlifting, and for good reason. Strength training such as squats, deadlifts and bench pressing builds and works so many different muscles, ramps up metabolism and even protects against diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis. Harvard researchers also found that in a study of 10,500, weight …

HOW EXERCISE CAN HELP ADDICTION RECOVERY

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BREAKING BAD HABITS By Constance Ray Each day millions of Americans suffer with some form of substance dependency. This could be alcohol, nicotine, prescription medications, or illegal drugs. For many addiction is part of a downward spiral that never seems to end. But it does not have to be a life sentence and through counseling, treatment, and self-care, addiction is …

RED WHITE & BLUE CHEESECAKE BITES

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LESS THAN 5 MINUTES TO MAKE By Tammy Patnode If you have a craving for cheesecake these little tasty treats will have your craving satisfied for sure! The delicious taste of cheesecake and the addition of your favorite summer fruits and protein powder combined with NOW Foods Better Stevia is the perfect summer combo.

STEPS TO ACHIEVING OPTIMAL WELLNESS

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BALANCE YOUR HEALTH BALANCE YOUR LIFE By Jane Sandwood When it comes to achieving optimal health, you get exactly what you give your body in return. As humans, we strive to achieve happiness, good health, and overall wellness. We want to become the best versions of ourselves rather than the average Joe.   However, not everyone understands the importance of optimal …

EATING FOR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

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WHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TURNS ON YOU By Tammy Patnode I’ve heard it all too often, people that are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and are never told that their dietary habits can be adding to the problem. We are in a pill popping society. So much can be avoided simply by changing your lifestyle. The typical American diet is …

3 MUST HAVE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE

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ESSENTIAL OILS & YOUR WORKOUT By Jane Sandwood, Guest Blogger One under utilized way to incorporate essential oils into your life is in your pre/post workout routine. When used appropriately, the right essential oils can make your workouts healthier and more effective. The key is knowing which oils to use for your desired results. Explore three ways that essential oils can take …

HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR FITNESS GOALS BY THE END OF THE YEAR

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STILL TIME TO REACH YOUR FITNESS GOALS By Helen Bradford, Guest Blogger Fitness goals – the top priority point of so many New Year’s Resolution lists. However, as it usually goes, most of us somehow forget about the promises we made to ourselves as soon as February takes place. And then we soon realize that the half of the year …

KEEPING YOUR INNER CIRCLE SMALL

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MEASURING UP YOUR INNER CIRCLE By Desiree Hendrickson I’ve been told you are the “average” level of success measured by the 5 people you spend the most time with. If you sat down right now and wrote out the names of those 5 people, where do you stand in that inner circle? How is your time spent with each individual? …

5 REWARDS THAT DO NOT INCLUDE FOOD

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5 NON-FOOD REWARDS By Faith Ellis Nailing your workout and sticking to your healthy meal plan is a major success and a sure way to hit your health and fitness goals. When you meet your goals, you probably have a reward in mind that keeps you motivated to keep going for the goal and treat yourself when you get there. …

YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM & YOUR GUT

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TRUST YOUR GUT By Christine Anne Schmieden Poor digestion affects 70 million people every day. Think about it. Our digestive system manages a number of important processes from the breakdown of our food to nutrient absorption to running a two lane highway for communication to and from the brain. If our digestive system is in order, we feel great. If …

GUIDE TO YOUR PRE AND POST WORKOUT ROUTINE

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THE BEFORE & AFTER  By Scarlet Gratton, Guest Blogger Everyone knows that a successful workout routine is much more than just sweating it out at the gym.  Do you know what really needs to be done before or even after, in order to get the most out of your workout?  

TIPS TO KICKSTART SUMMER FITNESS

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SUMMER FITNESS KICKSTART By Jane Grates, Guest Blogger Now that we’re heading into summer, we can finally safely say that we’re putting a long, cold, and dreary winter and spring behind us.  Soon our days will be packed with abundant amounts of sunshine, lots of toasty warm temperatures, and the lovely sounds of children playing outside all day long.   

3 INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

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CRAZY EASY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES By Tammy Patnode These are by far the easiest, fastest peanut butter cookie recipe you will ever find! In most peanut butter cookie recipes you will find tons of butter, tons of sugar and tons of carbohydrates. The not-so-secret ingredient that binds all that peanuty protein goodness is an… apple!  

GREAT GLUTES WORKOUT | JESSICA ALLION

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EASY EFFECTIVE GLUTES By Jessica Allion Grab your nearest barbell and get to work on those glutes. These glute exercises are going to take you back to the basics. Quick & easy when you just want it…quick and easy.    

WHY YOU ARE NOT LOSING WEIGHT

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OMG WHY ALREADY???  By Tammy Patnode As a weight loss and contest prep coach, I see every shape and size coming to me trying to improve their health and physiques. I hear so often, “I eat healthy! Why am I not losing weight?!” Here’s why…   YOU ARE DRINKING YOUR CALORIES From wine to fancy coffee drinks, and even plain …

5 BEST WORKOUT CHANNELS ON YOUTUBE

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WORKOUT WITH YOUTUBE By Faith Ellis There are so many workout channels to subscribe to on YouTube! And we know our FitGirls out there would love to subscribe to every single one, but all you need are a few really great ones. We have helped you narrow down that list to help you get started. Here are 5 of the …

STRAWBERRY PROTEIN COOKIES

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STRAWBERRY PROTEIN COOKIES Recipe courtesy of Ladies, Lattes and Lifting It’s getting closer to the time of when strawberries are at their best, so why not make a new recipe that incorporates these delicious berries? Especially now that my husband and I are growing our own strawberries. Bonus points: These have protein, are low in calories and carbs, and I mean – …

HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE AT YOUR GOAL WEIGHT

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WHAT IS YOUR GOAL WEIGHT? By Desiree Hendrickson If you’re like a majority of the population, you’ve probably tried some kind of diet or cleanse at one point or another that you believed would help you achieve your goal weight. You  have also possibly gone through extreme highs and lows in search to find that perfect goal weight. That target …

GOING BEYOND THE STRETCH | HEATHYR STANICS

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SWEET INSPIRATION By Heathyr Marie Stanics “How did you get started in yoga?” “I’m not flexible at all. I can’t even touch my toes. Can I still do yoga?” “Can you give me instructional advice? I want to do what you’re doing, but don’t know where to start.”  

FAITH’S FAVORITE MEAL PREP LUNCHES

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EASY, DELICIOUS & HEALTHY Meal prep makes staying on track and making healthier choices quite simpler. You have food already prepared, you just have to heat it up and enjoy! However, I know that eventually we run out of ideas and the things we eat seem to become monotonous. That is why I have compiled a few of my favorite …

HerSUPPZ BUNNY BAIT

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SUPER KID FRIENDLY So this recipe isn’t exactly super healthy but when you make good choices most of the time that leaves room for some indulgences! When you consistently eat healthy and make the right choices your children need to see that you can have the fun stuff too! Moderation is hard and it takes practice. We couldn’t think of …

BUILDING A BODY FROM THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE

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BUILDING TAKES TIME By Tammy Patnode I have been in the gym since I was 15. I picked up my first Muscle & Fitness magazine at age 20 and knew I wanted to look like the athletes they featured. Mind you, there was not many women in the sport then. Cory Everson and Lenda Murray were 2 women I aspired …

PROTEIN PEANUT BUTTER EASTER EGGS

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EASY & HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER EASTER EGGS By Tammy Patnode Easter is just around the corner and with all those wonderful traditional Easter eggs and sweet treats around the house it would be easy to hop on that chocolate bunny trail of calories! We have an egg-cellent alternative to those peanut butter eggs filling all those Easter baskets and grocery …

THE WORST WEIGHT LOSS ADVICE EVER

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WEIGHT LOSS ADVICE YOU WILL WANT TO RECONSIDER By Faith Ellis The unfortunate part about the fitness community is that with all of the studies, data, and myths, it’s hard to determine what is truly fact or fiction. Especially when you are first starting out, it can be overwhelming with all of the contradicting information, for instance, how one day …

TIME TO RETHINK YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION?

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HAVE YOU GIVEN UP ON YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION YET? By Desiree Hendrickson If you are one of the 80% struggling to keep your infamous New Year’s Resolutions, don’t worry.   We are only a quarter of the way through 2018. It is totally okay to take some time to refresh those resolutions! So let’s see how you can get in …

TRENDING NOW: NAKED EXERCISE

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THE NEW FITNESS TREND IN NEW YORK By Faith Engen Ellis If you workout at a gym, you probably have a routine that consists of carrying a gym bag with you, packed with extra clothes to change into after your routine and a shower. With the latest fitness trend taking over New York, you can skip a step…sort of. Instead …

BRENDA AND HER WEIGHT LOSS TRANSFORMATION

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INSPIRING TRANSFORMATION By Brenda Forsyth Growing up I was always a heavy kid, and as I hit my teenage years I managed to gain even more. Everyone would always tell me “oh you are just big boned” or “you are so pretty and wear it well”.  Inside I was like, yeah right.   I didn’t show it, but it really bothered …

SENSUAL ESSENTIAL OILS FOR LOVE, ROMANCE & PASSION

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**CAUTION: WILL CAUSE ROMANCE Out of the basic five senses our sense of smell is often the most under-appreciated and under-utilized. When we smell something it sends a message to and from the brain. You may find a certain scent reminds you of a familiar setting and bring about memories and feelings of another time and place. There are scents …

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SODIUM?

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SALT101 By Tammy Patnode We are always told to avoid sodium for the negative effects it has on the body.   But what about the positive effects? 

5 TIPS TO TRAIN AROUND AN INJURY

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TRAINING WHILE INJURED By Felicia Williams Whether you’re just starting to find your groove in the gym or you’re a competitive bodybuilder, injuries can happen to us all. When you push your body, sometimes you can go too hard and have an injury – like cranking it out on that extra mile run or simply have a minor accident like …