Delicious Holiday Recipes Made Right!

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Holiday Recipes Made Right!

Hey FitFam, the holiday season is here and with it comes all of that fatty delicious food we love so much. We know you’ve been trying your very best to keep that winter weight under control but some times we can’t help it when everything smells so good!

Here are 2 equally delicious and quick recipes that will help you stay fit and not miss out of that holiday feast. Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Chocolate-Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Raspberry Sauce. 

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

1.5 pounds unpeeled red potatoes, cubed

3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced thin

1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk

4-5 tbsp chopped Fresh dill leaves / parsley leaves

2 tbsp butter

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  1. Put potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, uncover (about 20 minutes). Drain; return to pot over low heat.
  2. Add butter, garlic, milk, salt, and pepper. Mash potatoes with a potato masher to preferred consistency. Mix in fresh herbs (Dill leaves / Parsley Leaves)

Chocolate-Cinnamon Bread Pudding With Raspberry Sauce:

Ingredients:

Cooking Spray

1 cup sugar

3/4 tsp cinnamon

2 large eggs

2 large egg whites

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk

6 cups multigrain bread cubed

1/3 cup chopped chocolate

1 10oz package frozen raspberries in light syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray
  3. Pour sugar and cinnamon in large bowl; Stir and let stand 5 minutes. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Puree thawed raspberries with syrup in food processor. Transfer mix to a strainer over a bowl. Press on solids with wooden spoons;throw away seeds. Save sauce. Spoon 1/8 pudding into bowls. Serve with raspberry sauce.
There you have it. 2 great treats to keep your Winter Holidays yummy and healthy. Check back with us through out the month for more great recipes to stay on track to reach our goals!! Also Fitfam, nothing is better than gifting yourself, or loved one,  with fitness and health. Check out our incredible holiday special for our fitness retreat!
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5 Ways To Help You Stay Fit During Winter!

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It’s getting colder and colder outside. Christmas is right around the corner and your town may already be getting some snow. Feeling the temperature drop can make us all feel a little lazy. Before you break out the hot cocoa and snuggle up we have some great tips to help you stay motivated and keep fit this winter.

1. Avoid sugary coffees. It’s tempting to head to your local coffee shop day after day for the extra boost and warm sugary goodness. But instead of taking in all that sugar and caffein try a hot tea. Tea is cheaper and much healthier and it does a great job warming you up on a particularly cold day.

2. Eat the occasional sweet. It seems counter productive but lets be honest with ourselves: It’s the holidays and we are going to eat sweet treats. It’s just how it is. Instead of torturing yourself and eventually binging at a holiday party on snacks, pace yourself. Allow yourself a treat every once in awhile. Candy canes are low in calories and dark chocolate is much better for you than milk chocolate.

3. Ice Skating Getting out and going for a jog can be particularly tough when it’s cold outside. But if you make your outdoor cardio part of a funner, winter based sport, it can be extremely rewarding. Get your loved ones out of the house, bundle up and head to the local ice rink. Focusing on sports you can only enjoy during winter can help motivate you to get out and get active.

4. Work out videos. Live in Fitness, as well as running a world class weight loss camp, we have great online videos via FitClub.tv. We have great motivational, nutrition, and work out vids covering a wide range of exercises you can do at home with little to no equipment. Check out our YouTube channel for more information.

5. Swim If you have a local gym or YMCA that has a pool, swimming is another great form of cardio when jogging isn’t an option. It’s refreshing and gets you out of the house and back in the gym. If you manage to make it a weekly part of your exercise routine you can develop a great habit to carry into the warmer months.

As difficult as it can be, cold weather isn’t an excuse to be lazy. Save those snuggles for when the work is done. Get up, get out, and get going. Be person out of your friends and family who didn’t put on winter weight and looks better than ever.

 

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5 Misconceptions About “Fat Camps”

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The term Fat Camp has been around a long time. In recent years it’s become a taboo term. In reality there isn’t much difference in Fat Camps vs Fitness Camps. So you shouldn’t let the name scare you off. Most modern camps serve the same function: achieve the body you desire in the healthiest way possible. Here are 5 misconceptions about Fat Camps.

1. Fat Camps are for kids. Though the term “Fat Camp” or “Fat Farm” once referred to camps for over weight children this is no longer the case. The majority of people choosing to travel and stay in fitness camps are adults. Adults are making the choice to get healthier in a controlled setting together in record numbers.

2. Fat Camps focus on beauty rather than health. In the 1970s this was very much the case. Children and adults signed up for camps that focused on how to make you as skinny as possible in the least about of time while many of the time sacrificing the clients health and mental well being. This is not how modern camps work. Camps pride themselves on finding the best, healthiest solution for getting each person the help they need to lose weight.

3. It’s only about exercise. This is also not true. Though a large percentage of the time spent at camp is to exercise a big portion of your time will be devoted to nutrition and behavioral development. You have to get your mind and your eating right if you’re going to keep the weight off.

4. It’s like boot camp for civilians. Though it is important to push you to your absolute limits at times to get to that next level we will never shame you or bring you down as a attempt to motivate you. Our job is to inspire and encourage you to do your best.

5. It’s only for people who are over weight. Fat Camp doesn’t mean FAT PEOPLE CAMP. It’s for people who have weight they want to lose and to become a healthier human being. People who aren’t necessarily over weight still frequent fitness camps to get healthier, stronger, and get the body they envision themselves having.

Remember the most important thing about choosing a camp isn’t what it’s called but that it helps you reach your goals in a productive, healthy, and satisfying way. Live In Fitness prides itself on doing that and much much more. Check out our testimonials and Youtube for more information on what we have to offer!!

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The Gift of Fitness & Health!

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The Gift of Fitness & Health

It is Important that we don’t let ourselves go. We focus lots of our time and energy on keeping our families happy, keeping up with our social lives, keeping up with our bills and not losing our jobs. It seems as though we forget that in order to keep all those things in track, we must pay a lot more attention than we do on our physical and mental health.

This holiday we suggest you treat yourself or a loved one who may need this more than anything, to the gift of fitness and health! At Live in Fitness weight loss camp, we provide you with the steps you need to lead a healthier and fitter life. What better way to get started on such an important part of your life, than doing it at a state of the art weight loss fitness camp retreat at Hilton Head island. No better way to get up and be motivated every morning than at our islands retreat.

Our programs are designed and customized to your body type, level and age. After our complete assessments and testing, we make sure to give each person the exact amount of attention their body needs and has been craving.

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Food Science & Facts!

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Once you have a purpose, an understanding of your behavior, motivation, a goal and a strong comprehensive plan, it’s time to think about the role nutrition plays in your success. The first thing to know is that it’s no small part; in fact, it’s 70 percent of the game. No matter what else you do, you will fail unless you eat the right foods in the right portions. It is much easier to have a good diet and a little exercise to lose weight. The other is an uphill battle eating a lot and doing a ton of cardio. Take the easy road. – Boot Camp

Let’s face it⎯food is awesome!  It tastes good, smells good, fuels our bodies, is something to enjoy with friends and family, and makes us happy when only moments before we were cranky.  It’s one of the purest joys in our lives, and there’s absolutely no reason to deprive yourself of it.  In fact, it’s okay to love it.  That’s right, I said it.  There’s nothing wrong with loving food…as long as we understand that it can’t love you back⎯it’s food.  It’s there to give us power, not make us powerless.  It’s there to help us, not make us feel helpless.  It’s there to serve us, but we are responsible for choosing the servings.

I don’t like to say there are certain hard fast rules you have to follow when it comes to food, because everyone enjoys food, especially different foods, in their own way. Instead, I’m going to share some vital information about how certain macronutrients affect your body, as well as a group of principles you can use as a guide when you’re faced with making healthy (both physical and emotional) decisions.   

Macronutrients

Macronutrients is an umbrella term for the nutrients that provide calories or energy. Macronutrients are Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat.  Like everything else we’ve talked about so far, balancing these and eating them in the right proportions is imperative to your fitness, health, and weight-loss success.  Optimally, your diet should consist of:

  • Carbohydrates (4 calories per gram)– 20-40%
  • Protein (4 calories per gram) – 20-40%
  • Fat (9 calories per gram) – 20%-35%

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the kings of the macronutrient jungle,  because they are your body’s main source of fuel⎯your body easily uses them for energy. Every tissue and cell in your body can use glucose for energy!  Carbohydrates are also needed if you want your important stuff to function properly: the brain, the central nervous system, the kidneys, and the muscles (including the heart).  Wait…there’s still more⎯they also can be stored in the muscles and liver for later use, as well as playing a vital role in intestinal health and waste elimination.

For Our Science : Carbs Raise blood sugar level this will help with the balancing of the Macronutrients later and is the Principle 1. Why we Eat all Macro’s together every sitting.Carbs raise blood sugar. Gives you Energy!

Protein

Protein, the stabilizer of blood sugar, has many other roles in the body.  It’s important for growth (especially for children, teens, and pregnant women), tissue repair, immune function, production of essential enzymes and hormones, energy when no carbohydrates are available, and last but not least, preserving and Building lean muscle mass.

Fat 

Hey, wait…isn’t this what we’re trying to get rid of?  Yes, but we’re going to remove it from our bellies, backsides, etc….not from our diet⎯it is essential for survival.  Fat has become the villain in our battle against weight gain because, as we stated earlier, one gram of fat has 9 calories, as opposed to the 4 calories in carbohydrates and protein.  But fat definitely plays some very important roles in our body: it aids in normal growth and development, is a great source of energy, absorbs certain vitamins, maintains cell membranes, provides cushion for the organs, and provides taste and stability to food.

If you enjoyed reading this, stay tuned! More fun food facts to come weekly from our top nutritionists.

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