Posts tagged ‘fit and fun lifestyle’

April 29, 2014

The Tough Questions

Have you tried…? Have you heard about…? Did you know…? Thank goodness people everywhere are talking more about health and wellness. It’s becoming “cool” to shop at the Farmer’s Market and to add greens to your meal. At happy hours, I see organic drink specials and skinny versions of some traditional favorites. I appreciate that there’s a serious focus on self-care reform. With healthcare costs rising, and people having less time to get sick, a laser focus on self-care is inevitable.

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Two books by Rusty Gregory, I’d take a look at for a holistic health perspective. http://www.rustygregory.com

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I love the discussions I have with my girlfriends about health and wellness strategies. Building each other up is one of my favorite past times.

I had the opportunity to read: Self Care Reform, by Rusty Gregory. This author, out of Austin, Texas, asks the questions that go a step further from, “have you tried…?” I relate to his perspective that traditional medicine and strategies aren’t reaping the long-standing benefit of improved health. Too often, Americans are losing weight and inches, only to gain it back or expose new medical issues. Product A may help you lose inches and sustain your energy, but your liver is over-taxed or your colon is toxic. Too often, we attack a surface issue only to unveil a chronic issue limiting absorption of our fuel. As Rusty mentions in his book, even after decades of scientific research and study, Americans are getting bigger and sicker. Why? And, even more, why don’t more people ask this question of medical doctors? If you do, please let me know what they say. I am genuinely interested. (Email: info@laceypruett.com)

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With more Americans choosing natural remedies over prescription drugs for healing, I’m excited to see people doing what they can from where they are today. Resources are popping up everywhere, and you only have to go to your neighborhood bookstore to find reputable resources of instruction and encouragement. As a Holistic Wellness Coach, I am happy to be a resource to my detoxification clients, and I proudly suggest reading Rusty’s book, Self-Care Reform.

Within the book, you’ll ask yourself questions like the following:

  • What has derailed your past health goals, resolutions?
  • Which areas of wellness are most important to you?
  • How can you pull yourself out of a negative (un-motivated) slump?
  • What strengths do you have to draw upon during your workouts?
  • What would it take to change some negative habits you have?

Throughout the book, the reader has the opportunity to dig inward and identify some areas of strength and some challenging areas. With Rusty’s help, you’ll identify your wellness story; whether or not you’re alive and well and what exactly that means; identify enemies and goals, and you’ll build routines and strategies for lifelong change. What a gift! Check out Self-Care Reform today and start asking yourself the tough questions; the questions that matter most. Doing so, will take your wellness to another level. –Lacey Pruett

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Asking myself thought-provoking questions is therapeutic exercise for me. It’s healthy to check in with your mind and spirit from time-to-time.

Learn more about Rusty Gregory at: www.rustygregory.com or Tweet him @MaximumWellness

 

December 4, 2013

Keep It Moving…

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Where’s the healthy options tray?

We hosted some of my family over the Thanksgiving holiday, and although I spend majority of the year coaching clients on best nutrition and exercise practices, I enjoy sharing meals filled with holiday favorites. Everything in moderation–even candied yams.

So, how do I emerge on New Year’s Day without weight gain or illness? I supplement. Say what you want about nutritional supplementation, but America’s disease stats aren’t selling me on the whole “you can get all your nutrition from food” practice of the past.

Before Thanksgiving week, I had just completed a 30 Days to Better Health detox program. Heading into the holidays, I knew my body’s systems were functioning optimally, so I enjoyed a few of my holiday favorites throughout the weekend.

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Be sure you know what is in your supplements and how they are made.

One of my favorite (and most beneficial) supplements is fiber. Your quality of health begins and ends in the digestive tract. Furthermore, the higher the quality of input, the higher performance you’ll receive from your body’s systems. Around holiday time, I commit to a daily fiber drink that contains 10 grams of a blend of soluble and insoluble fiber. This convenient packet travels with me, can be mixed on-the-go, and tastes great at any hour. You want a mix of both types of fiber in your system, and here’s why:

            Soluble fiber. This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.

            Insoluble fiber. This type of fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts, beans and vegetables, such as cauliflower, green beans and potatoes, are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Now I know most of you just made a mental note of certain foods listed above that you can’t eat. The reason I choose to supplement for health elements such as fiber, is because I rarely have the chance to consume high fiber foods. My life moves at a speed more conducive to nourishment on-the-go, and on those rare occasions we gather around the dinner table for a well-planned meal, most people don’t make recipes with high-fiber ingredients. Go figure.

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My advice for navigating through the holiday season? Supplement with quality fiber (and I don’t mean one mixed with a bunch of synthetic nonsense) and a probiotic for the duration to keep yourself satisfied and to keep the not-so-healthy-options (and toxic debris) moving through your digestive tract before they cause damage.

Here’s my usual morning meal during the holiday season:

Advocare’s Meal Replacement Shake (berry) mixed with Advocare’s Fiber drink (peach). Drinking this, post-workout, makes me feel like I can take on anything the day brings me.

Here are some other benefits of a high-fiber diet that nobody will discuss at the cocktail party:

            Normalizes bowel movements. Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. If you have loose, watery stools, fiber may also help to solidify the stool because it absorbs water and adds bulk to stool.

            Helps maintain bowel health. A high-fiber diet may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and small pouches in your colon (diverticular disease). Some fiber is fermented in the colon. Researchers are looking at how this may play a role in preventing diseases of the colon.

            Lowers cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or “bad,” cholesterol levels. Studies also have shown that fiber may have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.

            Helps control blood sugar levels. In people with diabetes, fiber — particularly soluble fiber — can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that includes insoluble fiber may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

            Aids in achieving healthy weight. High-fiber foods generally require more chewing time, which gives your body time to register when you’re no longer hungry, so you’re less likely to overeat. Also, a high-fiber diet tends to make a meal feel larger and linger longer, so you stay full for a greater amount of time. And high-fiber diets also tend to be less “energy dense,” which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.

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I took a separate piece of luggage to the Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas for my supplemental nourishment and workout gear.

I know fiber isn’t a glamorous topic, but neither is disease, obesity, and low self-esteem. There is a way to stay on track with your health goals, and enjoy your holiday season.

A final thought for you… based on several different studies I’ve researched, the average daily fiber recommendation for adults is 35 grams for males and 25 for females. With all the processed foods and drinks out these days, a little extra wouldn’t hurt us.

March 20, 2013

ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL EATER?

 

Are you an emotional eater?

Are you an emotional eater?

 

“Are you an emotional eater?” No, I said, in a 21-year old, annoyed, eager to leave, definitely not opening up to a stranger sort of way. I couldn’t explain the twenty pound weight gain my senior year of college, and my doctor suggested a visit with a specialist for further analysis. In this case, my second opinion was requested from a Nutritionist. Up to now, I’d never seen a Nutritionist, since I got more than enough diet suggestions, advice, and tips from People and Cosmopolitan Magazines, 90210, my circle of girlfriends, and my boyfriend. The weight gain didn’t make sense because I was eating the way I always did, maintained a moderate jogging schedule. I even became recently interested in Yoga, although I wasn’t very patient with my practice. Still, my clothes kept getting tighter, and I constantly felt sluggish, both of which made me moodier than usual.

Do you eat mindlessly?

Do you eat mindlessly?

In traditional form, the Nutritionist asked that I write down everything I ate for a week. Despite the lack of amusement on my part, I was committed to getting better and agreed to carrying a journal around everywhere I went. I was honest and thorough with listing out my foods, and I’m still amused at one day’s list: coffee with cream… bagel with cream cheese and a banana… two egg and potato tacos… chips and salsa… a bag of Chex Mix… Twizzlers… two beers… chips and salsa… two more beers… a chicken sandwich and one tater tot… another beer… and a half of a hamburger. I’m certain this was a day where I went from my internship (producing the morning show at the CBS affiliate in my college town), to class, and out with friends—obviously to a patio for live music. The hamburger was surely one I split with someone in the car on the way home from where ever we went out that night. Ah college life!

As the Nutritionist and I reviewed my week’s-worth of nourishment, I tried to explain the decisions I made, feeling justified with each one. She listened but never looked up from my list and her note-taking. After all, this is how I ate for years and managed to maintain my figure and weight up until now. I’m sure she internally scoffed at the alcoholic drinks, but I drank light beer, and I drank less than most people I knew. I was convinced I was eating fine and that food wasn’t the culprit to my health woes. After all, it’s just food. It goes in our bodies, leaves our bodies, and life goes on. I. Was. Wrong.

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The years of food and drink decisions I’d made up into that day had finally caught up with me. The damaging effects of processed carbohydrates, chemical-laden foods, natural resources altered with poisonous preservatives had finally clogged me up and created a backwash of toxicity and lifelessness. “How depressing! At 21, my equipment is broken?” As I sat in the Nutritionist’s office, mentally ordering a wheelchair for myself, she pulled me out of my slump and said it’s all reversible, fixable, and preventable. We went to work, and I found my new relationship with nourishment and hydration. Food and drink were no longer good and/or bad; I had control over what I put into my body; I still had fun. After detoxing via juicing, a gentle herbal cleanse (from Advocare), and journaling, I felt my body return to its flourishing, youthful, healthy state. I also witnessed my return into my favorite jeans! Would you believe that the journaling was my favorite part of the journey? It turns out, I did mistaken emotion and stress for hunger and thirst. After I started listening to my body to identify true feelings of hunger and true emotions that life brings, I felt more in control at meal times. Once I started seeing food as fuel and not entertainment, comfort, or companionship, I found wellness. Most importantly, I haven’t felt deprived, sluggish, or moody with my new fit and fun lifestyle.

Change your outlook on life and you change your relationship with food!

Change your outlook on life and you change your relationship with food!

Maybe you’re aware of some of these eye-opening statistics, but just in case:

9 out of 10 women are unhappy with their weight, shape, or looks
8 out of 10 women are on a diet
40% of 9 year-old females have been on a diet
Over 98% of people who lose weight by dieting gain it back within a year
Over 65% of people complain of digestive issues
Over 50% of people complain of constant fatigue

Why do we keep struggling like this? Because I was an uneducated, deceived, irritated 21-year old once, I can answer my rhetorical question: because the truth is not perceived as fun or easy. As a Healthy Housewife, I’d like to challenge this worldwide, long-standing opinion that fitness and health is dull, lifeless, and difficult and shout from the rooftops that it is simple and fun to live a lifestyle of health and wellness. Let’s join hands with the other sassy, fun, and flourishing women in our lives and start using food as your medicine, fuel, and greatest health resource!

***Special thanks to The Institute for the Psychology of Eating and to The Institute of Integrative Nutrition for being resources in my life and leading me into my current holistic perspective of nourishment. Also, thank you to Advocare for providing me products that supplement my life and passion!

Thank you for reading my blog!

Lacey Pruett

www.LaceyPruett.com

March 13, 2013

Energize Your Cells, Energize Your World

EnerChi System

EnerChi System

A year ago, I wouldn’t have known the words Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), and today, it’s a technology I use daily to maintain great health and wellness, and stay on my “A game” despite my hectic, stressful, chaotic schedule. Through my travel as Mrs. Texas United States, I visited Lectro Life Technologies in Lubbock, Texas, and experienced both low-level laser technology and ionic detoxification. I’d like to share a little about what I learned and why I believe this technology is a necessary component in a well-rounded health and wellness regime.

The Lectro Life Technologies founders recognized a need in the health and wellness field for nutraceuticals, natural detoxification, and innovative technology. They strive to meet the expectations of everyday consumers by providing a simple approach to healthy living through natural detoxification and the convenient use of integrated technology. Their products include: EnerChi Laser Systems (LLLT), ionic cleansing foot spas, and a line of nutraceuticals providing premium results for cell repair and immunity strength.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a light source treatment that generates light of a single wavelength. LLLT emits no heat, sound, or vibration. Instead of producing a thermal effect, LLLT may act via nonthermal or photochemical reactions in the cells, also referred to as photobiology or biostimulation. Without getting too scientific with you, this type of technology may alter cell and tissue function. Why do you can about this? If your cells are repaired, nourished, and vibrant, YOU are the same. Your body (made up of cells) will feel, look, and perform its best. Who doesn’t want that?

Low Level Lase Therapy

Low Level Lase Therapy

Ongoing research is suggesting that LLLT stimulates collagen production, alters DNA synthesis, and improves the function of damaged neurological tissue. This means that our skin will be vibrant, chronic pain will subside, and injuries will heal quicker. The same goes for the ionic cleansing treatments. Detox your cells and you’re left with more vibrant, optimally-performing cells. Also, when your body is cleansed and workingproperly, you’re digesting your foods better. Chances are that you’re feeling better and are motivated to continue making better diet choices.

Plus, the list of studies conducted on the benefits of LLLT and ionic cleansing is ever-growing. So far, there are proven improvements in patients suffering from pain, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, migraines and tension headaches, low-back pain, tennis elbow, and even menstrual cramps.

Helps repair tissue and inflammation

Helps repair tissue and inflammation

Do you see the full circle we’re creating to better health and wellness? Take care of your “inner terrain” and you’ll start to notice a difference in the way you look, feel, and perform. To begin your journey toward pain-free living, efficient cell rejuvenation, and overall better health and wellness, message me. I’d love to get you started on the path to a fit and fun lifestyle.

For more information on Lectro Life, folks can go to: http://www.lectrochi.com.

Lacey Pruett

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