fitness

Parties, functions, travel and staying in bikini shape!

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I am loving the Summer and enjoying the pool, but staying in shape right now is an extra challenge because there are so many functions lately for me as well as extra travel and it is tough to stick to clean eating all the time. Staying put and sticking to the usual routine are when things are easy, but I find that these functions, parties and travel the are the test.

The key is to find balance. Living a life of complete restriction is not enjoyable. If you are at that function and want a cup cake, then have one. But maybe enjoy just the one. Stick to the other healthier options available - If there are healthier options. Sticking to smaller portions is also very important when keeping your diet in check.

If you are drinking, make sure to alternate a drink with a glass of water. This especaily important if you are out in the sun all day. Becoming dehydrated at a party while out in the sun all day is no fun at all.

If you are at a place where there is no healthy food available, then being super organized and bringing healthy food or snacks could save the day. Alternatively you could eat a healthy meal beforehand so you are less tempted to nibble on all the unhealthy food. I personally always have a Kind bar and a pice of fruit in my bag no matter what.

Feeling good in my own skin in a bikini is important but so is enjoying life in general so finding that balance is the key.

My Home Video Workout Series is available!!!

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These workouts are fun and inventive and they focus on all the different aspects of fitness to get you the body you want. Check out the workouts here and grab your copy.

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There are 7 workouts in total and each workout is unique. There is so much info jammed packed in these workouts that will keep you motivated and inspired to workout. And the best thing is you can do these workouts in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a mat and a pair of dumbbells! Enjoy and send me your feedback!


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WLC article, The benefits of body weight training

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Chck out my article just published on Whole Life Challenge. Here I list the most effective body weight exercises performed with focused attention and the benefits such as increased mobility and reduced risk of injury.

I guide you through an effective workout and recommend the best exercises to get the job done to keep you fit, strong and mobile.

Tips to stay on track with your diet for Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time to enjoy all this delicious food with family and friends. I think it is super important not to deprive yourself of this yummy one-a-year-treat.

However, there is is a difference between enjoying yourself and having a massive splurge to the point where you have blown your diet and consequently you feel like crap for days.

Here are some tips that will help you to stay on track and hep moderate the splurge on Thanksgiving.

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  • Skip the stuffing & gravy

    The stuffing is probably the richest and most calorie laden part of a Thanksgiving meal. It is a bread base that literally sucks up all the fat ad salt like a sponge. If you must have stuffing, limit it to a couple of table spoons at best.

  • For the gravy, if the fat has been scooped off is ok but most gravies are loaded with fat and salt. Limit this too and opt for cranberry sauce to complement your turkey.

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  • Opt for sweet potato or yams over normal potato.

    Sweet potatoes contain more goodness such as potassium, fiber and vitamin B. Additionally they are high in beta-carotene which your body converts into vitamin A. Just watch the added sugar for those sweet yam based dishes with marshmallows. Baked or matches sweet potato is a great option.

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  • Pile our plate high with load of veggies

    Green veggies or salads contain far less calories and a lot of nutrients. They are a great way to fill you up without all breaking the diet. Make sure the veggies are steamed or baked with less fat and steer clear of the cheese, fatty, richer sauces.

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  • Alternate the alcohol with water.

    Another way we break the diet is through drinks, wether it be wine, creamy drinks or sodas. Alternate each alcoholic drink or rich drink with a glass of water and keep the calories in check that way.

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It is also super important to drink loads of water which will help with digestion and help to flush out the excess salt from all the rich foods.

Remember to keep your portions in moderation. Don’t just eat because it is in front of you. Listen to your body. Snack a little before hand so that you don’t arrive to the dinner insanely hungry and then then splurge and eat everything in side and finally, keep your water intake up.

Live workouts on Twitch TV

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Today I went live on twitch. I want to say a big thank you to those who tuned in for my 1st live workout!!! We actually made it to the number one spot for Sports and Fitness!!! 
I will be sharing a lot more on BJJ, fitness workouts, cooking and general health and fitness tips so stay tuned. 
For those who missed it, log in to www.twitch.tv and join me on my channel: SophiaFIT.

Ready, set, go!

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The drive for health and fitness doesn't come easy for everyone, and it's especially hard to find when you’re coming off of a long streak of doing slacking off!! We've all fallen off the health and fitness bandwagon before; whether it’s a busy time in life, or you’re going through something heavy, or even if you’ve simply just lost all drive. They say the hardest part is just getting started, and I couldn't agree more. Do you find yourself always looking for excuse why not to train and eat healthily? And the longer you go without working out, the easier it is usually is for us to continue postponing that sweaty workout!!

I want to help you be the most fittest and healthiest version of yourself! To give you that extra motivation am I offering my Spring into Summer 7 Day Meal Plan at 30% OFF! You can add your details here or shoot me a message for the discount code!

 

 

Hearty Oats

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Protein-packed, full of fiber and low on fat, oats are designed to boost your energy levels and help you lead a healthy lifestyle. Oats contain a wide range of nutrients including vitamin E, essential fatty acids and the list goes on!! They are not only good for the stomach but are interestingly super filling, satisfying and very versatile! Due to their versatility they are super easy to add into your diet whether it be your morning oats, your afternoon snack or even dinner!

One benefit of Oats that may actually surprise you is that oats May Help You Lose Weight!! By delaying the time it takes your stomach to empty of food, the beta-glucan in oats may increase your feeling of fullness. Beta-glucan can also promote the release of peptide YY, a hormone produced in the gut in response to eating. This hormone has been shown to lead to reduced calorie intake and may decrease your risk of obesity! And for those asking what is Beta-glucan.. Beta-glucan is a type of soluble fiber!

Now we all now the everyday uses for oats so I thought I’d share with you a two recipes that include oats that aren’t muesli or porridge!

Oat Burgers (Makes 10)

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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Aminos Sauce or Tamari
  • 1 tablespoon onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic mince
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian season
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups oats
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds

METHOD

1. Preheat oven 400 degrees. Bring water to boil in a saucepan.
2. Add Coconut aminos or Tamari, onion , garlic, Italian seasoning and cayenne pepper.
3. Stir in oats, cooked rice, walnuts, black beans, and flax seeds.
4. Reduce heat and keep on stirring until liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes.
5. Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to handle.
6. Using a large canning jar lid including the rim, form patties placing them on a lightly oiled baking paper.
7. Bake for 30 minutes, turning halfway. You may also cook in a lightly oiled pan on both sides. Top with your favourite toppings!

Banana & Zucchini Oat Muffins
Perfect afternoon snack or breakfast on-the-go.

(MAKES 16)

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water (alternatively, you can use 1 egg)
  • ¼ cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 small-medium over-ripe bananas
  • 2 small zucchinis (2 cups grated, don't squeeze water out)
  • ½ cup almond milk (any milk will work)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups oats (alternatively can use gluten-free)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Optional add-ins: ¼ cup of walnuts

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a muffin tin with coconut oil. 
2. Place flax and water in small bowl. Stir and set aside to “gel." 
3. Place bananas in a large bowl and mash with a fork. Add grated zucchini, almond milk, vanilla extract, almond butter, maple syrup, and flax mixture and combine.
4. Add oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and add-in's of choice. Stir until just combined.
5. Spoon mixture into muffin cups, filling to the top.
6. Bake for 23-28 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean. Store cooled muffins in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. These freeze well, too!

Bananas

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You'll never look at bananas the same way again after discovering the health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet! Did you know Bananas can help to combat depression, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and blindness. Plus they can even cure the itch of a mosquito bite and put a great shine on your shoes. Bet you didn’t know that!!

Facts your probably didn’t know about bananas….

  1. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin -- the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.

  2. Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by simply eating a banana, this regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.

  3. Bananas can act as a prebiotic, helping to stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria your bowel. Plus they also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.

  4. Bananas can make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. TIP: Eat a banana before an exam to boost your level of potassium.

  5. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day. Perfect for Summer!

  6. Last but not least, bananas are the ultimate snack for on the go plus super affordable! They always readily available and can be used for smoothies, fruit salads and baking!

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3 ingredient Protein Banana Pancakes

INGREDIENTS
- 1 banana
- 2 eggs
- 1 scoop of protein powder

METHOD
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Lightly spray a medium non-stick frying pan with oil and heat over medium heat. Spoon 2 tablespoons batter into pan and spread out evenly. Repeat with remaining batter. Cook for 1–2 minutes or until golden. Serve with fresh berries and greek yogurt.