Happy Friday, fitness friends!! Wanted to do a post today on something that I’ve been receiving lots of requests in yoga classes for lately: AB WORK! Hm, summer must be around the corner…(wouldn’t know it by the weather in DC). Instead of giving you a list of “The best ab exercises!”, I’m gonna tell it to you straight and save you a whole lot of unnecessary crunches: a flat stomach is made in the kitchen. (Sidenote, if you want a STRONG core, crunches still don’t win…but the exercise in the video above does!) And I’m also not going to give you a list of “Foods to eat (or not eat) to get a flat stomach!” I’m guessing you probably know that doughnuts, starchy carbs, pastries, alcohol, and Chipotle burritos will not get you there. Get on the “eat clean” wagon: make organic veggies and healthy protein the primary foods for every meal and snack, and supplement with fruit and whole grains. Most important tip as you work on cleaning up that diet: PLAN AHEAD to avoid being starving at any one point in the day. That’s the fastest way to fall right back off the clean eating wagon.
Who’s with me?? And ps, if you’re going to try the Turkish Get Up, start with 5lbs, not 53 :)
Homemade seafood soup! Clams, bluefish from the market, homemade stock from the boiled fish bones, lots of veggies (bonus = baby bok choy), spices. With fresh rye bread from Whole Foods, I’m in HEAVEN.
The epitome of healthy eating on a budget: safeway sells these huge 2lb bags of chopped kale for $1.99! I see a lot of green smoothies in my future. But I started by sauteing onions and garlic in a big pan, then filling it up with kale (barely used a quarter of the bag), adding a little chicken broth, and letting it simmer for a good 20 minutes with lots of black pepper, a dash of sea salt, and cracked red pepper. Perfect as a side dish with dinner, and I especially love it mixed up with scrambled eggs.
Neat design-inspired idea for portion control! Integrating a public health nutrition message that is straightforward and effective: half your plate for veggies, one quarter for protein, one quarter for whole grains. www.slimandsage.com