Want to eat healthier, drink more water, add in fitness, lose weight or gain muscle?
Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Instead of just an open ended goal of working out more, make it specific, workout 3 days a week doing weight training for 35 minutes at the gym, which also makes it measurable. Make sure this is attainable, maybe you have kids or work 12 hour night shifts, adjust to make it work, maybe it’s at home workouts before school/work. Make sure it’s relevant to you, why do you want to workout 3x a week? For overall health? Maybe to look and feel you best for a trip? Find your why! Last make it timely. I want to be doing 3 workout a week every week by Easter, or maybe I want to loose 20 pounds by July 4th!
Whatever your goal is I also suggest to take that big goal and break it up into smaller goals and celebrate your wins along the way! Instead of 20 pounds by July 4th, what about 7 pounds by Easter 7 pounds by Memorial Day and...
I’m sure you’ve heard of intermittent fasting at this point and I’m sure if you’ve heard of it you’ve heard of all of the contradictions surrounding it!
So let’s get to the facts:
Intermittent fasting is great because it lets your body have a break in order to break down all the food and toxins your body accumulates from food, air pollution, tap water, alcohol, antibiotics etc. However it comes with a point of diminishing returns. More is not always better. If you fast too much/too long it will slow down your metabolism and put your body in a “stressed” state.
The duration best for everyone varies due to sex, body type. weight, age height etc.
What I recommend is a 12-14 hour nightly fast usually 7pm to 7, 8 or 9am. (The more hours before midnight the better!) The general rule is once you start to deal with stress, getting the kids ready for school, traffic, work stress starting, etc it’s time to eat.
The problem with a longer...
Recently I was asked, ok I've been asked a lot over the past decade, how to know if you're using quality supplements! So here's a little snippet of what I'm teaching on this week in my Restored and Revitalized Course, to help you find the best for you and your family as well as where to find them!
Reputable Quality Supplement Brands:
Hey ya'll! So this one is a more "informal" blog but I've been a bit MIA on the blogging for the past little bit but with good reason!!
"Brea Sharron Estep was crowned Mrs. United States 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada October 7th, 2021.
Brea is an Integrative Health Practitioner, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, business coach and author of the amazon best seller "Holistic Health Clean Eating Cookbook". She was born and raised in Greensboro NC where she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with her bachelor’s in business and became the owner of Foundation Fitness studio for 8.5 years. Brea recently moved to Morehead City NC with her husband Tim and two pups, to enjoy living their best life at the beach. She is proud to represent her home state as Mrs. North Carolina United States and now Mrs. United States, where she promotes her platform, her non profit Youth Fitness Link. Which shares her life’s mission statement “build...
Are you a dog helicopter Mom like me?!
Or just want the best for your best friend?
Hate huge vet bills?!
Check your fur baby’s labels for:
A type of plastic that contains nitrogen, added to dog food to make it look like it contains more protein. It can cause kidney failure, depending on the size of the dog and the dose, and death.
2. BHA and BHT
These are artificial preservatives found in some traditional dog foods and treats, used to extend their shelf life. They can be harmful with long-term exposure and ingestion.
which is used as a fat preservative, is also utilized as a pesticide. It elevates liver enzymes in the blood and raises hemoglobin pigment in the liver.
4. Propylene Glycol
This artificial additive is used to maintain texture, keeping foods soft and moist.
Extracted from red seaweed and used as a thickener to maintain consistency, specifically in wet dog food. Can lead to GI inflammation and possibly cancer.
Through my studies on my road to becoming an Integrative Health Practitioner, a decade in the health and fitness industry, plus all the trial and error I’ve done on the latest and great diets (maybe you remember last year’s #ketofail...) I’ve discovered there really must be something to this whole “eat your greens” thing our parents taught us.
Although I’ve knocked it for years, I’ve seen so much research supporting a plant based diet, specifically the way our bodies are created. However for me, working out 6 days a week, a strictly vegetarian diet would be a struggle (I’m all about animals, insert hamburger emoji here...) so hear me out.
By switching two of my meals to an easier to digest, non animal protein sources (hemp and pea protein, not soy) and doing more eggs and wild caught fish in some of my other meals as well as dropping red meat to only cheat meals, I’ve noticed a HUGE positive impact on my health!
More energy, better...
Let’s keep talking about toxins
The average woman uses 12 beauty or skincare products a day that contain over 168 different toxic chemicals (Environmental Working Group)
The worst place to ingest chemicals is your skin, as it is your largest organ and it only takes 26 seconds to be absorbed
Side effects of cosmetic chemicals that can cause immediate reactions include: allergies, skin rash, headache, mood disturbance, brain fog or fatigue. Not to freak you out but when chemicals are continually compounded they CAN eventually lead to cancer, fertility issues, birth defects, neurological disturbances, and even auto-immune issues.
Don’t get my wrong I LOVE makeup as you can tell by my for real Makeup Arsenal (not pictures my airbrush machine and brush collection...) but if you’re going to be purchasing skincare and beauty products/cosmetics, why not make the extra effort to go as organic and natural as possible?! Ok fine, so I still use some “prestige brands”...
I’ve recently been leaning about the difference in store bought vitamins and REAL quality vitamins.
Make sure your vitamins are:
-GMP certified (good manufacturing practice)
-Third party tested
-Free of pesticides, heavy metals and microbes (mold, yeast etc)
-Dairy free, gluten free, dye free and soy free
-Fresh (a five year shelf life probably doesn’t equal fresh...)
-Fish oils/omegas should not taste fishy or make you burp fishy-yes putting them in the freezer helps but the fishy taste means they’re rancid (oxidized, like you anti-oxidants we talk about for anti-aging..) and doing more harm than good
Moral of the story:
Stop buying your vitamins where you buy your tissues and toilet paper!! (As I throw away my vitamins from Costco...)
Quote of the day: “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” - Ghandi
Jump Around! 90s style!
Benefits of Rebounding
1. Lymphatic drainage:
Aids in venous blood flow allowing our lymphatic system (where our toxins are stored) to flow better, therefore detoxifies better which improves the immune system.
2. Stress reduction:
Light bouncing can help increase blood flow to underused muscles and loosen and release overused ones, plus it helps the body release endorphins which are your brain’s natural calming, feel good aid.
Improves proprioception (ability to sense the orientation and position of your body) which aids in fall/injury reduction. It also stimulates the vestibule in the middle ear to improve balance.
4. Strengthen pelvic floor muscles:
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that effectively form a hammock across the base of your pelvis and support the internal organs above it. Having strong and flexible pelvic floor muscles helps control the bladder, stabilize the hip joints, and connect to the deep core.
5. Improve bone...
New year, new you; new years resolutions; most resolutions are broken by February; and here we are. We’ve all heard the same thing every single January but why should you actually stick to your goal’s of “getting healthy, looking better, and feeling better” this time around?
Exercise releases positive endorphins, and positive endorphins make you feel better about yourself as well as increases energy.
Exercise itself increases energy, stamina as well as mental alertness.
Exercise makes you want to eat better in order to “perform” better, which in turn increases your overall health.
Exercise, whether it is indoors at a local gym/group classes, or outdoors at a park/ trail is a great way to engage with new people with positive life goals.
Exercise has been proven time and time again to decrease and even alleviate depression, anxiety, stress, negative self-esteem and cognitive function.
Exercise is a great way to...