Tag Archives: Health

Weighing In: The Fitbit Aria Scale

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I finally made the jump to the Fitbit and I’ve become obsessed with my Fitbit Alta fitness tracker. I’m aiming to get 10,000+ steps a day and have started making these small changes. I know I don’t hit it everyday, but it’s important to me that I’m trying.

The next step was investing into a scale that I was excited about and was accurate about my progress. Which is why I chose the Fitbit Aria Scale. If you’re already an active Fitbit user, the scale might be a great next step (pun intended). Here’s what I thought of the scale: (more…)

5 Ways to Get Back into Shape

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I have been traveling the past 25 of the last 30 days.

Which means I haven’t been eating well, my sleep patterns are off, I’ve been indulging in heavy restaurant meals and I have completely forgotten what working out is. In my attempt to get back in the saddle again, I’ve set a few goals to get myself back into shape and feeling healthy by the end of this year.

 

1) Walk 10,000+ steps a day – One of the biggest changes I will be making will be hitting a daily goal of 10,000 steps a day. It’s the minimum amount experts think we need to stay healthy and can decrease your risk for disease. I work from home and I sit at a desk all day. I thought going to the gym for an hour a day would be enough – it’s not. I logged a sad 3,500 steps on one of my ‘regular days’, which made me realize that I need to take action!

Action Plan – I have invested in this activity monitor (from $100) to track my steps. I’ve started to take walking conference calls, I walk to coffee, I check the mail, I take out the garbage, I go for an after dinner walk to help with digestion. I even park at the end of the parking lot, so I can get in my steps. If I could be walking, I am. My flight home was delayed for 5.5 hours and I walked around the airport, usually I would just sit there on my laptop. It’s these small changes I hope will make a difference.

 

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My Top 3 Health + Fitness Apps

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By: Lisa Ng

Trying to get back into shape? Not sure you how to finally ditch those last five pounds?

When I decided to give food blogging a try, I started writing full-time from home. Which meant the minimal walking that I did was eliminated. Since I was writing about food and events, I was eating out almost 3-4 nights a week, usually at multi-course tastings.

I felt sluggish, tired all the time and my clothes were too tight. Even though I’m a go-getter and incredibly ambitious, I’m lazy when it comes to working out and getting to the gym.

So what’s actually working for me?

I downloaded these three smart phone apps to start keeping me in check. Now these apps may not work for everyone, but because I’m hyper-organized and very goal oriented – I do see results when I fall off the healthy wagon and need a hand getting back on. (more…)

6 Nutrition Myths Wrecking Your Diet

Raw-PizzaBy: April + Michelle of GetRealGurls Nutrition

I dare say that there are more nutrition myths out there than facts these days thanks to non-credible sources and the average joe or celebrity claiming to be nutrition experts. Here are some of our favourite (as in frustrating) nutrition myths:

1) Sea salt is better for your health than table salt. Sea salt still has sodium! Sodium is bad for your health period.

 

2) Detox diets cleanse my body. This is a personal favourite – if you eat healthy why would you ever have the need to “cleanse” your body in the first place?? Ahem, fibre? And if our bodies were meant to only eat one food for an entire week then why on earth wouldn’t we have figured that out by now?

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10 Foods You’re Probably Not Eating Enough Of

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By: April + Michelle of GetRealGurls Nutrition

 

We all love top ten lists, am I right?

But why do nutrition lists always seem to feature crazy “superfoods” that you’ve never heard of, don’t know how to prepare or can’t find at your local grocery store? Frustrating.

So in the spirit of gettin’ real, we’ve comprised our list of the top ten common, everyday, healthy foods, you probably aren’t eating enough of, but should. In no particular order – we don’t discriminate when it comes to healthy foods – here they are:

 

1. Beans – like kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, white beans, navy beans, lentils – we don’t care, they’re all healthy. Full of soluble fibre, magnesium, folate and potassium- all important nutrients the average person doesn’t get enough of. Try this Minestrone Soup recipe.

 

2. Leafy greens – like kale or collards – nutritional superstars compared to their other leafy counterparts like iceberg or even romaine lettuce. And you can eat them as a “chip.” Ever make kale chips? Yum. Here’s a recipe for Kale Quinoa Fritters + 5 Healthy Salad Recipes.

 

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5 Low-Calorie Beverages

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Cutting back after the holidays with low-calorie food and drink?

With my New Year’s Eve hangover still lingering and cries of, “I’m never drinking again” echo from every sofa across the country, This Beautiful Day brings to you our liquid detox guide. Check out these 5 low-calorie beverage ideas from The GetReal Gurls to get you back on the healthy wagon once again:

Bad beverage choices could bust your healthy eating plan in a snap. Don’t fall sucker to this common diet blunder by sticking to healthy liquid choices like the ones listed below.

1) Water – Yes I know, water is so boring right?! I’m sorry to break it to you but water is still and forever will be (yes I can say this without doubt) the best beverage choice. It’s thirst quenching, hydrating and calorie cost-free. Choose water at least six times a day and please skip the plastic. Try these water variations for fun and flare:

– water + lime slices or a splash of lime juice

– water + cucumber slices

– water + fruit slices

– drinking water from a wine glass (makes it fun dontcha think?)

– hot water with lemon

-or my favorite….sparkling water (aka Perrier, etc). Just choose a low sodium option. (more…)