Today a new client had her second Pilates session.  She is a former dancer and was excited to feel that she had found “those” muscles again, the muscles of the innermost core that dancers use to maintain their center.  Several days later, I was thrilled to hear another client, who had never before danced, describing a feeling in her abdominal area – something that she never before had felt that was “a lot different” from abdominal work she had done before.

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Natural Fiber

Did you know…..Of all of the fruits we eat, apples are the best source of pectin, a natural fiber that has several health benefits. Apples also contain phytochemicals, quercetin, tannins, and antioxidants, all of which have different health benefits. Here’s five the top five reasons to make them a part of your diet.

Apples improve the bowels.
Apples lower cholesterol.
Apples reduce the risk of cancer.
Apples slow the aging process.
Apples help to prevent hair loss.

Quick Tip…. Have some peanut butter on your apple to help with protein and satiety!

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Today, a client who travels frequently for business accomplished a challenging back exercise.  This exercise is one that was tough for him to do at an earlier session.  The exercise requires a side-to-side movement of the spine while using the abdominals.  The client felt victorious and experienced a “free” feeling of movement in the back, while at the same time could feel the abs to do the work.

Kathy Braidhill

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1700: the average person ate 4lbs. of sugar a year

1800: 18lbs of sugar/year

1900: 90lbs of sugar/year

TODAY: more than 1/4 of our population is eating 180lbs of sugar a Year!

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Did you know…..

The nutritional content of a lot of foods now a days is labeled according to serving size?  How much do you really know about the serving size?

One cup should be about the size of your fist, and is typically equal to about two servings of pasta or rice.

Three servings of meat, fish or chicken is about the size of a deck of cards or can be about the size of the palm of your hand

One apple should be about the size of a tennisball.

 Two servings of a bagel (about one half of a bagel) should be about the size of a hockey puck.

One serving of a pancake should be about the size of a CD.

One ounce of cheese should be about the size of a one inch cube.

Quick tip…..

When at home always weigh and measure.  This will help you visualize the correct portion size when you are not eating at home.

-Julia Morichelli at Pro Fitness Network

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