Newsletter Archives - August 2009

You are what you eat... and more!

During exercise training, I am asked a lot of questions about nutrition. I welcome these questions.  Before moving into any diet, I recommend you read a very good book: Michael Pollen's In Defense of Food.  This book is a great way to get back in touch with the basics of good nutrition and healthy eating, rather than specifically how to lose weight.  A client referred me to this book, and I have referred it ever since!

The most basic, and important, message the book sends is to eat more food from its natural source.  Our country has removed itself from the origin of its food as processed/convenience food has sold itself to help us keep up with our fast paced lives.  But this is hurting our health, our environment, and our waistline!

It is wise to be in control of how, and what, you want to eat.  For example, purchasing organic versus non-organic foods is undergoing enormous controversy, as well as the issue of animal treatment from the dairy and meat product sources.  For more on this, I recommend reading the article "The Real Cost of Cheap Food," in the August 31 edition of Time magazine,


proper crunch formAbdominal work is important, but it is equally important to eat well to reduce the fat that may settle in the belly.  Performing 300 crunches is not time effective.  If abdominal work or any other exercise is done correctly and with focus, a small number of repetitions is more productive. While crunches are one of many ways to tone and strengthen the abs, spot reducing is not completely possible. To get more out of your abdominal crunches, start by taking a look at -- and feeling -- your mid- to lower-back region during a traditional crunch.  The head should rest in the hands, the hands clasped behind the head, the shoulders raised slightly off the ground.  This is the starting point of the traditional crunch. By keeping the shoulders raised slightly in the up and down phase of this crunch, you eliminate the painful arch, or space, in the back -- thus, protecting the back. This also emphasizes work in the central abdominal region and helps lessen neck tension.  Once you've mastered this, you can take crunches in many directions!  And, that is what I am here for!

Eat well, and be active!

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