healthy habits

Go to bed hungry, and other tips for optimal health

Hey Guys! I have a bunch of different advice floating around in my big brain today, so instead of sorting through it, I'm going to blog a sort of stream of consciousness with advice. I'd love your feedback if this is too hard to read or if you enjoy the randomness, ha!

Here are some tips for feeling and looking your best. These are things that I not only do, but advise my clients to do, as well:

  • Go to bed hungry

When you stop eating after dinner and don't eat again until the next morning (or lunch if you're fasting), you allow your body's digestion system to rest. And rest is good for our bodies. This rest tells your body to tap into its fat stores. Now, you shouldn't be so hungry that you wake in the middle of the night, that's no fun. But being a bit hungry at bedtime is a good thing. And guys, you're going to sleep SO soundly! Try it!

  • Drink your ACV

Apple cider vinegar is an amazing addition to your health routine. Make sure you buy the "Braggs Brand" because it contains The Mother, which is a community of digestive enzymes that helps improve your gut health, in addition to about a million other benefits. I drink it more frequently when I think I might be getting sick and it helps me kick it faster. It aids in weight loss, it's an appetite suppressant, it improves skin, and the list goes on and on. Here is a video I recorded about it about 6 months ago with my favorite "recipe."

  • Be observant

You are the only expert on your body. Doctors, trainers, coaches, etc. don't know more about YOUR body than you do. Take careful and observant inventory on how you feel when you eat certain foods, calorie levels, during and post workouts, when you wake up, when you go to bed. Be a scientist when it comes to learning about your body and then you can take what you know and use it to make you better. 

  • Fuel your workouts

When you exercise, you should be eating to fuel them so that you 1) feel your best, and 2) get the most benefit from them. I like to eat carbs directly after my more intense workouts because my body will burn them faster. I also like to have a clean source of protein following my workouts to help repair my muscles. Working out fasted is another strategy that I frequently use because I love the energy I have, and doing this allows my body to burn body fat faster because it's not busy burning the food I just ate. 

  • Rest days are important

Overtraining is a real, actual problem. You must have a rest day or two or three each week to allow your body to repair. It's actually during the REST that our muscles grow, not during the workouts. Listen to your body and schedule rest days as needed, or schedule them in advance. I like to schedule them, and then adjust as necessary if I need to make changes.

  • Sleep plentifully 

Just like our bodies need rest days, we also need plenty of sleep to repair those muscles. Think of your body like a machine. It can't work as well if it never gets turned off, right? When you're eating right and getting the proper amount of exercise, sleep will be good! So treat your sleep like a workout: schedule your bedtime and wakeup time and stick to them!

  • Try intermittent fasting

IF is such a great strategy that will improve all areas of your health and fitness, and it's a pretty easy strategy to implement. Not only will it help you burn more fat, but it will allow your body to reset and rest during your fasting window. Intermittent fasting is not calorie restriction; instead, it just reduces your window of eating so that you are only eating for an 8 hour (or less) window of time. Honestly, it simplifies the day! You'll sleep better, have more energy, and burn more fat without changing your diet. Here is a video I recorded about IF.

  • Plan ahead

No matter where I'm at in my fitness journey, one thing is always true: planning ahead makes everything easier. Being good at making a plan, and adding that to your weekly agenda, gets easier with time and practice. But it's always something that you have to make time for. Even 4 years in to this lifestyle I still make time to write out our meals, create our grocery list, and plan my workouts. If you want to improve your health and fitness, you've got to give it your attention.

  • Enjoy your treats

Life is too short not to enjoy treats occasionally! I've spent a lot of time studying treats and how best to enjoy them, and what I've found is that they taste better when they are limited, but not obsolete. Planning regular treats is good for your sanity and your mental resolve with your fitness goals. And planning ahead helps to prevent from binging and ruining progress. Plan your treats, enjoy them, and then move on.

No More Rules!

I have worked with A LOT of clients over the years and I've noticed that the ones who are most successful with changing their health and fitness are FLEXIBLE. They take what I've taught them and they adapt it to their lives. They make tweaks here and there and they build their own plan based on what they've learned. Clients who need a lot of rules often become frustrated because I don't believe that there is a one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness, and I am resistant to posting hard and fast rules.

We all come into programs with different histories, previous experience with dieting, a variety of hormone levels, genetic make-up and disposition, gut health, and more. There is no way to give one set of instructions and have them work the same for everyone. If there was, no one would struggle with their weight! Programs and meal plans are TOOLS to help improve our health. They are not the be all end all. It's up to each individual person to study it, evaluate it, try it out, and then tweak it based on how they feel.

Speaking of how we FEEL, we spend a lot of time in my Carb Cycling 101 program discussing and paying attention to how we feel because it's such a powerful indicator of how things are working on the inside. Another thing we do that is really important is assess and troubleshoot individual concerns and issues. This is one of the most beneficial parts of my program: each woman is able to troubleshoot and not only learn from me, but from each other as well. Are you troubleshooting and assessing your body's response to changes? This is important for knowing how to move forward. Keeping a journal helps, or even talking to a spouse or friend about it.

If you are struggling to find a solution for improved health and wellness, check in with yourself and make sure that you're not looking for a hard set of rules. Those don't typically work, and if they do, they certainly don't work for everyone!

XO,
Katie

P.S. If you're interested in trying a new tool for fat loss, I am opening up round 2 of my carb cycling 101 program on May 8th. For more information and to get registered, click here!

Tips for Enjoying Your Vacation AND the Body You've Been Working On

Hi There! I just got back from an amazing, although quick, trip to Palm Springs, California with my husband. The weather was...exquisite. Don't you just love vacation??  Ahhh, I could talk about vacationing for days. But this blog post is to give you my tips for truly enjoying your vacations while not undoing the progress you've made with your health and fitness goals. 

This is something I take VERY seriously because enjoying life (and vacations) is SUPER important to me. And so is keeping up with my fitness and nutrition. So trust me when I say I've spent A LOT of time practicing this methodology and thinking about it, too. 

Tips for Enjoying Your Vacation AND the Body You've Been Working On:

1. Plan an active vacation.

Look, I LOVE sitting by the pool as much as anyone, but when you're on vacation, it's so fun to experience things with the people you love! Get out and do some exploring! I guarantee that you'll make more memories by DOING something than by napping beside the pool! When you plan your days, plan something active each day and then be sure to include some down time/chill time. I've found that that is THE BEST combo for a happy vacation. Plus, being active (hiking, swimming, golfing, basketball, canoeing, etc. etc.) is a great way to burn some of the extra calories that you'll be consuming. 

In California, we went hiking in the canyons for about 3.5 hours and it was not only a killer workout, but it was my favorite part of our trip because it allowed us 3.5 hours without any distractions to connect and talk. It was lovely! If we had just been laying by the pool for that time, we would have fallen asleep, been on our phones, etc. 

I also love to get a longer, more leisurely workout in on vacation. I think it's fun to check out the gym at the hotel, or try some yoga outside in a new location, or just TAKE MY TIME with my workouts. And because we rarely get to workout together at home, it feels like a treat. Again, it's that quality time together.

2. Plan your treats.

Just like I advise when you're home, a plan makes everything go smoother. Go into each day with some sort of plan for what treats you'll be enjoying. Are you taking the kids for ice cream? Having wine by the fire? Making tacos for dinner? You probably have some idea of what the next day will be like, so take inventory of what indulgences you will have and stay clean the rest of the time. Remember too, the more sugar you have, the more you will want it. So I like to try to keep my dessert treats towards the end of the vacation. If I start out by having dessert and a cocktail on the first night, I find that it's much harder to get back on track because my body is asking for sugar. 

What's a good number of treats per day? Well, that's up to you and your goals, but I personally try to limit it to something that's a bit outside my normal eating (a latte from Starbucks, for example) and then one thing that's REALLY outside of my normal eating. That would include a trip to the dessert bar on our recent vacation (#worthit). But I try really hard not to order a cocktail, deep dish pizza, nachos, and cheesecake in one meal. Know what I mean? Plus, guys, eating all of that crap in one sitting = nausea, indigestion, and tiredness. That's not fun. 

3. Assess, but don't obsess.

Something that was really helpful for me on this trip was the dialogue between my husband and me about how we were enjoying our food, and more specifically, how we felt after each meal. This helped me keep the question "How will I FEEL physically after eating this" in the front of my brain, which helped me make better decisions. When you feel really great, you really don't want to jeopardize that by eating junk, you know? So we were constantly assessing whether a cocktail or dessert or whatever it was would make us FEEL good or not. For example, one day I was by the pool and really wanted an icy sweet cocktail. But I didn't want to FEEL sluggish and tired. So I ordered a virgin version and it was perfect. And I didn't need a nap! 

However, feeling guilty about every treat and misstep you have is just not fun. And it's not fun for the people around you. No one wants to hear you lament about the brownie you had and how guilty you feel about it. So if it's going to give you that much trouble, just say no ;) 

4. Keep doing what you're good at.

In your normal non-vacation life you are really good at some health and fitness habits. Maybe it's that you CRUSH your water every day. Or you get loads of veggies in. Or you are an awesome carb cycler. Whatever it is, KEEP IT UP!!!  There is no reason not to do the things that are working for you just because you're on vacation. Those things help you to FEEL your best, and you certainly want to keep feeling your best while on vacation. 

One of the things I'm really good at is getting up and getting going in the morning. And so while in California, we got up early every morning and got our workout in. Followed by coffee at a leisurely pace. No need to sleep until 9 just because we could, when I know that that doesn't really feel good to me. 

5. Water water water

Water is important ALWAYS, but especially on vacation when you're having more treats than normal (and likely more alcohol too). Water will serve to detox your body and help stave away hangovers. Not to mention that water is a natural appetite suppressant so it can be handy for keeping the treats at bay. Bring a cute water bottle with you and carry it everywhere!

I hope these tips are helpful for you in navigating your health and fitness goals AND enjoying vacation. In my next post I'll talk about what to do when you come home!

XO, 

Katie

Family Wellness Simplified

Get fit and healthy in 2017 and bring your family with you!

family wellness

Ladies, I have a very supportive husband who helps out SO MUCH around the house and with our children.  He is amazing, truly. But let's be honest, even with a great helper, moms run the show.  Getting kids where they need to be, organizing family schedules, shopping for clothes, food, and supplies, planning the meals, keeping our family active, etc. etc. etc. It's A LOT on our shoulders.  And I know firsthand how our own health and wellness can take a backseat to everyone else's needs.  But the thing is, Mommas, if our cup is empty, how can we fill the cups of others?

Do you immediately think "DIET" when I mention health and wellness?  Yuck.  Most diets don't work because they are too restrictive, and are designed in such a way that one person in the family is eating completely differently from the rest of the family.  That is incredibly time-consuming and doesn't allow for long-term success.  What if I told you that I can help you AND your family with better fitness and wellness?   That we can get everyone on the same page, so that everyone is more successful when it comes to changes in health.  I have created a family wellness program that will help you and your entire family create simple heath habits that you can continue long term: Family Wellness-Simplified.  

In this 4 week program, you will receive my weekly meal plan, complete with recipes, a grocery list, and video tutorials with cooking demonstrations. Each day you will work through my personalized workouts, and I will also share some fun exercises to get your kids moving!  During the 4 weeks, you will be part of a support and accountability group, where I will provide daily education and tips for success.  You will get the opportunity to interact with me and ask questions in 2 LIVE group trainings!  And because this program is all about family wellness, I'll even provide snack and lunchbox ideas for your kiddos, and some video messages from my kids to yours.

I want you to be 100% satisfied with this program and your results, so I am offering a complete money back guaranteed if you're not completely thrilled with the changes you experience after 4 weeks of working with me! This takes the risk out of joining, so you can just focus on improving your health and fitness!

If you are ready to feel good in your own skin and AND bring your family along with you, click HERE now.  I have limited space for this BRAND NEW program so that I can provide individual coaching to each of my clients, so don't wait to sign up!  It's a new year, and a new you!!!

XO, Katie