Can I Party and Still Lose Weight? (The Effects of Drinking Alcohol on Weight Loss)

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Time to nip this one in the butt!  I've been asked questions similar to this one quite a few times around the holiday season: Is it ok if I drink over the weekends or party when I want to lose weight? I usually follow this with a slight smirk when I deliver the news that it's not.  While a glass of wine has been shown to contain a wealth of antioxidants and increase "good cholesterol" (High Density Lipoproteins or HDL) it dosen't mean that multiple glasses is better!  Note the following: … [Read more...]

90 Day Challenge Week 8: Why We Eat What We Eat

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When you have the knowledge, but lack the power to use it It was suggested a while ago that maybe I should talk to a dietician during this 90 day challenge, in order to help me with my eating. Great idea in theory, but the truth is, I know what I should eat. I know how much I should eat. The issue is making that happen. I was a bit dismissive of the suggestion, but when Robin Anderson from Revive Wellness suggested we just have a conversation on the phone, I was totally open to it. Robin … [Read more...]

Men’s Health Month: Nutrition and Fitness Info You Need to Know to About Prostate Cancer

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According to the World Cancer Research Fund, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and the 6th most common cancer overall. Your diet and exercise choices can play a large role in these statistics. Here, Revive Wellness and Blitz Conditioning show you how. Nutrition It is important to look at the quality of the research studies completed before we can make bold statements about what we should and shouldn’t eat. While more research needs to be done, the evidence is strong … [Read more...]

My Grocery Store Game Plan

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I get asked so often by clients about what they should be eating in order to maximize the benefits of their workouts. When it comes to a training plan and seeing results what you are putting in your body is more than half of the equation. This all starts when you hit the grocery store- which in and of itself can be a daunting place. I’ve decided to put together a series of blogs on a couple rules of thumb that I have come to follow when I am at the grocery store each week, that contribute to me … [Read more...]

3 Keys to Sport Success

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Kelsey, (Dietitian at Revive Wellness and avid athlete) sums up the keys to sport success in the following formula: You need good (if not great) nutrition, strong training and adequate sleep if you want that competitive edge.  These 3 components work synergistically to allow your body to achieve its goals. Tailored training is needed to help grow your muscles and take your body to the next level.  The trainers at Blitz are experts in this area and can show you how to maximize your … [Read more...]

Nature’s Super-Foods: Part 4 of 4

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  Full of nutritious value and disease fighting properties, these super-foods have many potential benefits when we incorporate them into our diets.  Optimize your health by incorporating them into your daily routine: Quinoa: This ancient grain stands out as one of the few complete vegetarian sources of protein. It’s great for weight loss as it is low-carb, as well as providing your recommended daily dose of iron. Sweet Potatoes: One sweet potato contains the recommended daily dose … [Read more...]

Keys to creating a training diet

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We often hear athletes discussing what they eat before their training session or event, but spend little time thinking about what they eat the rest of the time. If you find your endurance or energy isn’t consistent during your workout, game  or event, you need to fine tune your ‘training diet’ because after 15 minutes into an activity,  your body is running on the food you ate up to 2 weeks ago (not what you ate 2 hours ago.) *A good training diet is going to be different for each person … [Read more...]

Nature’s Super-Foods: Part 3 of 4

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Full of nutritious value, disease fighting properties, and healthy qualities - superfoods have many potential benefits when we incorporate them into our diets.  Optimize your health by incorporating them into your daily routine: Black Molasses: Jam-packed with antioxidant-rich polyphenols and iron, black molasses may also reduce body fat and levels of leptin (the hunger hormone). Try adding a tablespoon of this thick, tasty syrup drizzled on your morning oatmeal or mixed into your coffee, tea … [Read more...]

Summer = Berry Season

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Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries to name a few. But did you also know the berry family includes grapes and kiwifruit? And that the red flesh of the strawberry isn’t technically the fruit, the tiny seeds are. While determining whether a fruit is a berry may be difficult, versatility is more transparent. Eat berries raw; reduce into a sauce, coulis or syrup; preserve into jams or jellies; or bake into cake, muffins or breads. Berries are a rich source or anthocyanins – a potent … [Read more...]

Nature’s Super Foods: Part 2 of 4

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 Blueberries: Pure antioxidant Heaven! Antioxidants work by chomping through free radicals in the body, meaning major immune-boosting, cancer-fighting and anti-aging capabilities. Toss a handful on top of your morning oatmeal, mix with plain yogurt and nuts or blend in a healthy protein shake. Cottage Cheese: Want to build lean muscle while shredding fat? Not only is cottage cheese low in fat and high in protein, (14g per serving!) but many varieties have the added bonus of digestive … [Read more...]