When to Detox

When to Detox

Detoxing has become very popular in recent years. There are now probably as many detox diets as there are Gumbo recipes. Almost as important as how to detox is when to detox as there is often a lot of confusion about when to do this. After the holidays is a very popular time for detox diets. This is understandable because at no other time of the year do we feel so ready for a change as after the holidays. All that heavy eating, meat, pie, pastries galore leave many of us feeling the need to lighten the load. A cleaner eating diet is not a bad idea after the holidays but a detox diet is actually out of sync with our body’s natural rhythms. Clean eating can mean different things but after the holidays it really is nothing more than consuming whatever whole foods make you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

In the winter months we move less, spend less time outdoors and although we do not actually hibernate I like to think of this time of year as our period of...

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Episode 25 - How to Get More Vegetables on Your Plate and Make Them Taste Great

This week Christa meets with Certified Health and Nutrition Coach, Monica Metz, to discuss how to get more vegetables onto your plate while making them taste great. They’ll be providing some helpful tips and tricks about how to prep your produce and make healthy eating easy for anyone.

Motivated by Health Concerns

As most people would attest to, a plate full of steamed broccoli doesn’t quite get the mouth watering and doesn’t seem to satisfy most. No different than the rest of us, Monica was an occasional salad eater and wasn’t thrilled by filling up her plate with mostly vegetables. After years of struggling with migraines, high cholesterol and a pre-diabetes scare, she started to look into ways to make a change for her and her son.

Monica became curious and starting looking through blogs online. This is when she became mesmerized by raw foods. Not only are raw foods extremely appealing to look at (color is key), but she was also able to follow how...

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Best Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Vegetables

Best Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Vegetables

Looking for veggies with less than 3g of carbs per serving? Check out our list of low-carb, keto-friendly vegetables here!

Recently, I started a ketogenic diet with my good friend and long-time Fitlandia supporter, Dr. Jerome Craig. (Listen to our podcast episode here). He’s one of our Expert Practitioners contributing to our website, but he’s also my personal doctor, helping me with sleep and hormonal issues over the last few years.

When he invited me to join his 7-week Ketogenic Intermittent Fasting Group Program, I jumped at the chance. After all, I love experimenting with new dietary programs out of shear fascination with how my body will be impacted by them. And, because I’m still battling my sleep issues I thought, “It couldn’t hurt.”

What shocked me was that for someone as knowledgeable about macros (fats, carbs and proteins) and a die-hard food-journaler (yes, I made that word up!), I knew very...

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Episode 14 - Stories of Transformation: Caren Marre

This episode of the Fitlandia Podcast Christa talks to Caren Marre who has been a part of Fitlandia since before the platform’s official launch. Caren has long been conscious of health and fitness, but (like so many of us) life got in the way and her self-care ended up taking a backseat. After a long period of feeling sluggish following a series of surgeries she started gaining weight and ended up in a spot ready for change. She was ready for a new start and eager to get her first step going. At that time Christa came to Caren with Fitlandia and offered the guidance, structure, and healthy path she needed.

Mindfulness

When first starting out the single word that helped Caren was “mindfulness,” keeping track of what foods went in, and how your body felt after that. When Caren started out, it was a simple two-second filter to ask herself if she should eat something, and now it’s become a habit and she barely has to think. Just by paying attention she started...

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Why You Should Eat Fermented Foods

Why You Should Eat Fermented Foods

By Megan Thompson

Gut bacteria has been a trending topic. It wasn’t long ago when the only way you could get your hands on Kombucha was to brew your own. Today, it can be found on the shelves of nearly every major grocery store. Adding fermented foods is a wonderful way to help get over stomach disorders and boost your overall immune system.

Before you slam the door on the idea thinking these foods smell strong and are an acquired taste, you might want to get the scoop on just how beneficial they can be!

Fermented Foods 101

If you’re wondering what exactly fermented foods are, there’s a simple explanation:

Natural bacteria found in food feed on the starch and sugar content of food, which then creates a byproduct called lactic acid. This process is referred to as lacto-fermentation.

During this time, a lot of good-for-you substances are created in the food, including b-vitamins, probiotics (in various strains), and...

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Food Journaling

Food Journaling

Food journaling is exactly what it sounds like but there are a lot of great ideas you may not have thought of that make for some very useful tools.  I personally had been recommended many times to give food journaling a try but I figured I had such a good memory and so in tune with myself that it wasn’t worth the time. The truth is there can be and usually is, a big difference between what we eat and what we may have thought we ate. The memory tends to gloss over and also recreate the past in a more favorable light. Food journaling has actually made me realize, I don’t really have such a great memory after all. At this point with food journaling, I have uncovered a few food sensitivities, foods I don’t digest well, and my energy levels related to excess sugar and carb intake. I have also journaled probiotic use, keeping track of different strains and gaining some very useful info from this as well.

Food Journaling Basics

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Common Dietary Plans

Common Dietary Plans

Below you will find a list of common and current dietary plans. It is important to note that fad or quick weight loss diets are a thing of the past. They have not worked and they never will as any gains (or losses for that matter) quickly disappear inevitably with the conclusion of the diet. Another important concept to note is that the word diet can mean a temporary diet, for example, “I am going on a weight loss diet this month.” The word diet also simply describes what a person or animal eats, for example, “a person living in Greece eats a diet of whole foods.” It is this latter concept in which all of these modern dietary plans have in common and that should be the focus of any dietary plan you hopefully will be able to follow long term.  They have their differences, some of which are dramatic and certainly no one diet is perfect for everyone but they are all based on eating whole foods which are naturally dense with nutrition...

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Episode 8 - New Year's Resolutions Part 2: Harnessing the Power of Intention

On the eighth episode of the Fitlandia Podcast Christa welcomes Andrew Arredondo for a talk about the power of intention. Andrew is a gym owner, personal trainer, and coach with 8 years of experience in the industry. After interning at a physical therapy center he landed a job as a personal trainer at a private gym and he knew instantly that owning a gym was what he wanted to do. A year later he started renting space and building his own clientele as an independent contractor and officially opened his doors by starting his facility FIT.

Resolutions

Moving onto the topic at hand, the two discuss New Year’s Resolutions and the beauty of our culture’s collective intention for change. At the same time, Resolutions feel like something we “need” to have, and as a result, are often something that people go through the motions with. If there’s nothing deep behind it then it will wither away. Andrew says if there’s something deeper then people will be far...

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15 Effortless Ways to Improve Your Well-being Today

15 Effortless Ways to Improve Your Well-being Today

By Carrie Billings, MA, CHWC

Fitlandia isn’t about quick weight-loss. We’re about creating a healthy lifestyle so you can thrive. Here are 15, easy, wellness tips to help kick start your healthy habits.

You might be struggling to figure out where to begin. It can be overwhelming to make sense of all the information out there about how to live a healthy life.

The good news is that you don’t need to have it all figured out before starting.  There are many simple things you can do that will make a difference.  And with each small step you take, you’ll gain confidence to keep moving forward.

Here are 15 effortless ways to get started right now:

Diet:

  1. Switch from margarine to butter or ghee.  Unlike margarine, butter and ghee are all-natural and contain healthy fat.   Products from grass-fed cows have the highest...
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Why Does My Pee Smell After Eating Asparagus?

By Teri Sprouse

Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time for a whole different crop of fruits and vegetables!

One of the vegetables I’m most excited about cooking in the springtime is asparagus.  To my ultimate pleasure, grocery stores and farmers markets are filled with asparagus right now - and it’s often on sale!

Unfortunately, one of the _very_ unpleasant side effects of eating asparagus is “asparagus pee” - a seriously stinky pee which starts within 15–30 minutes of eating asparagus.

I have often wondered if this pungent pee was normal or a sign of faulty digestion.  I was happy to learn that it’s totally normal!  In fact, between 22–50% of people report detecting stinky urine after eating asparagus.

There are competing theories about what causes asparagus pee.  Some researchers believe only some people produce “asparagus pee.” Other experts...

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