Monday, December 21, 2015

Mighty Metabolism Foods!

We're gonna be eating anyways so why not eat foods that help speed up your metabolism right!?  Here are some of my favorite foods that are your plate's best friends ;)

CHIA SEEDS: These little black seeds absorb up to 10 times their body weight in liquid, meaning they expand in your body keeping you fuller, longer. So you don't need to reach for another snack while you're hanging out with Chia.  Reduce your hunger and sugar cravings as well.

CAYENNE PEPPER: Spice it up baby! Seasonings are an awesome way to add in a ton of flavor without any calories. Not only does cayenne pepper increase your immune system and speed up the duration of colds but the key ingredient, capsaicin boosts your metabolism. So you'll be burning fat faster and kicking up your energy.

CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES: Think brussels, cauli and broccoli...pretty much the ones that make you fart. Ha! But for reals these guys contain the most fiber of all the vegetables and trade a ton of nutrients and vitamins for very little cals or carbs.

THE LEAFIES: Can't forget about the green leafy veggies either. Mom had it right starting us with a salad before dinner. Your ruffage like spinach, kale, collard greens and chard help move toxins out of your body.  Greens are amazing at burning fat and are crazy high in iron and Vitamin K which is great for your bones.

GREEN TEA: Put down the chemical filled, fake sugar energy drinks that will make you fat and treat yourself to metabolism increasing green tea. Buy a fun mug that makes you want to fill it with this antioxidant rich beverage and know you're doing wonders for your body.

COCONUT OIL: Move aside crappy oils and fill your house with the aroma of the tropics. You'll also be filling your hot body with an oil that's been proven to increase fat burning. Coconut oil is comprised of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which digest faster, are used for energy immediately and are not stored in the body like other oils.

Have fun adding more healthy foods into your diet. Then when you do feel like splurging you know what to come back to for the help in burning it off.

Love to hear your favorite ways of incorporating these goodies or if you've got another kick ass metobolism booster to share! Tweet me at @JillAnenberg

Friday, December 18, 2015

Do what with Coconut Oil?!

Yep you hear it right, put that oil in your mouth and become buddies for the next 15 minutes. So you can fit in with your hippie friends, the term is Oil Pulling. It's an Ayurvedic practice with a ton of detox benefits. Plus...a side bonus your teeth will get whitened naturally!

Here's how you do this thing-

1) Make sure to use a quality, unrefined Coconut Oil. You don't wanna put any old crap in your mouth now do ya?!

2) Just as you would swish mouthwash, do the same with the oil. Swirl, push and pull it through your teeth aiming for 5-20 minutes. During winter months your oil might have hardened but within 10 seconds of being in your mouth the oil will liquefy.

3) Use about a Tablespoon

4)  Don't swallow this concoction as it now contains toxins that it pulled out of your mouth! Yuck! Spit don't swallow! Spit in your trash or a sealed bag after, not down the drain as it could clog.

Why Should I do this?
  • Coconut Oil is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and has tons of healthy enzymes.
  • The oil kills bacteria in your mouth, teeth and gums. 
  • Strengthens teeth making them less sensitive.
  • Gives you 15 minutes to take a breather from talking. My husband loves when I oil pull ;) 
  • Relieves congestion in sinuses and throat. You'll hawk up a good one after!
  • Naturally whitens your chompers.
  • Because your pulling toxins out of your body, your skin clears up and becomes brighter.
  • Creates a kick ass immune system!

Some believe it's best to swish first thing in the morning before eating or drinking. But if that doesn't work for you, as with all health habits- I just say do it whenever the hell you feel like it, but just do it.

I'd love to hear about your experience, tweet me @JillAnenberg

Monday, December 7, 2015

Full of Fiber!

We've all heard the phrase you're full of crap.  In my Health Coach world, as long as you're full of FIBER you won't ever be full of crap!  Plus you'll be pounds lighter from not holding onto the toxins that build up inside of you.

                                   Benefits of Fiber:
  • Stay fuller, longer. Aka less mindless snacking.
  • Food digests slower so blood sugar doesn't spike
  • Prebiotic fibers feed healthy gut flora
  • Naturally high fiber foods tend to be way healthier
  • Reduces cardiovascular disease risk
  • Lowers LDL "the bad" cholesterol 

Easy Swaps to Increase Fiber Intake

  1. Whole apple instead of apple juice ( 6 grams)
  2. Replace white bread, pasta and rice with a whole grain alternative ( 4-8 grams)
  3. Chili or soup without beans...add those babies in. ( a whopping 8 grams)
  4. Add to plain oatmeal: Chia, Flax or Hemp Seeds ( 1 TBS= 5 grams) 

I'd love to hear your favorite ways to get fiber! Tweet me at @JillAnenberg

Monday, November 30, 2015

Restaurant Re-Order

So you're going out to dinner, fun! But it seems more people are worried about busting the seems of their pants than their wallet.  A lot of us dine out frequently, with the stats being 48% of our food dollars spent in restaurants.

With as frequently as people are dining out we don't want to let a few misorders or menu confusion blow our health goals.  Here's a few of my favorite tools that I implement when I'm out so I don't leave the restaurant Supersized!

1) Never arrive starving! This leads to destroying the bread basket and slathering tons of butter on that warm delicious bread. Hey I'm down with a slice and enjoying it, or a few chips and salsa to start but we all know the difference between a conscious indulgence and scraping the bottom of the basket.

2) Careful with the Cocktails! Celebrating with a fancy mixed drink can add up to 350 not so fancy calories. You're better off with a glass of red wine, which is high in antioxidants and resveratrol- which is a great anti-aging nutrient. Drinks with simple syrups and liquors are loaded with sugars, so you're safer with a light colored liquor with Club Soda and a lime or a light beer.

If you know it's one of "those nights" make an effort to drink a glass of water in between drinks to prevent dehydration and hanging out with the toilet late night.  My go to is sparkling water with lemon and lime.  No one knows I'm not drinking, I save the unwanted calories for dessert instead and amp up my immune system with the citrus fruits.

3) Watch the Lingo. You're gonna do what with my food?  Descriptions like creamy, fried, crispy, smothered, breaded and stuffed are red flags for high calorie and high fat foods. Ask instead to have those items grilled, steamed, roasted, poached or broiled.

A few other words that will really stick with you are; pan fried, buttery, cheese sauce, scalloped, bisque, au gratin... these types of preparations are loaded with butter, oils and cheese that really pump up the saturated fat.

4) These guys are your friends. The "Low-Calorie" or "Lighter" section of the menu often has awesome choices loaded with flavor that comes from nutrient dense foods. High protein fresh fish and seafood, seasonal produce that's steamed, grilled or roasted.  Toppings that are comprised of salsas, fruit chutneys, citrus vinaigrettes and fresh herbs are key.

5) Have your fling on the side. Anytime a dish comes with a sauce, marinade, or salad with dressing I always ask for it on the side. Then it doesn't come swimming in a pool of excess fat that your fish will likely drown in.  I'm all for sampling delicious sauces but in the quantity that I want it.

Enjoy your meals and celebrations out and remember you are in control of what and how much you eat.  If there's a decadent dish that you just can't pass up, put it in the middle for the table to share. Don't deprive yourself but also don't kill yourself.

I'd love to hear from you! Tweet me your restaurant tips at @JillAnenberg

Monday, October 5, 2015

Toss that Salad....Dressing!

Salad is great for you! But your dressing can be the kiss of death.  Filled with preservatives, food coloring, artificial sugars and a bunch of crap.  

Some pack up to 200 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving.  There goes your healthy salad.  Or if you're dipping your fiber filled celery into ranch dressing it then becomes a vehicle of delivering fat. Fat from olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil or hazelnut are all great choices.  Your body thrives on nutritious fats. It's what helps the fat soluble vitamins: A, D, E and K get absorbed by the body.  Plus it's a beauty food. Thick hair, moisturized skin, tough nails and making your meals more satiating are all benefits of healthy fats.
Watch out for low fat or low calories dressings because where they skimp on fat they make up with crazy high levels of sodium and sugar to compensate.  After eating a healthy salad that's supposed to make you trim and your feet can't even fit into your shoes it because of that damn sodium.  

High fructose corn syrup...avoid it! A major cause of obesity which leads to a variety of preventable diseases. It's processed different than regular sugar, metabolized by the liver and turned into fat. Any food product that contains this ingredient is guaranteed to be nutrient deficient and unhealthy for you.

I have a simple, quick and healthy dressing that will amplify the nutrient value of your salad.  What you put into your body effects everything; mood, productivity, energy levels and of course weight.

Bon Appetite!
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Recipe in the notes :)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mellow the F out!

Did you know when you let that road-raged filled jerk get the best of you and raise your own blood pressure it's detrimental to your heart. I've got 5 tips for you to brush that sh#t off your shoulder to preserve your own heart and fill your life with happiness simultaneously.  I't's crazy important to manage your stress levels and incorporate relaxing activities into your day.  Creating a healthy life with lots of good exhales will keep those damn stress hormones (can you say Cortisol) from inviting all your fat cells to party on your mid section.

1) Exercise:  I'm talkin' even just a 30 min walk a day is awesome for your heart.  If a kick ass boot camp is your thing, go for it. But really all you need to exercise your heart is 30 min of moderate cardio...and yes, gettin down with your honey counts!

2) De-Stress: Whether it's in the moment or long term, stress is awful for our hearts. The main key here is how you deal with it in the moment, instead of letting stress collect and unfold as a meltdown in the middle of Ralph's because you can't reach the cereal on the top shelf.

3) Get Your Ass in Bed: Studies show people who sleep less than 7 hours have a higher level of that damn stress hormone Cortisol which can raise blood pressure and increase weight.  We're also much nicer and happier with a good nights sleep.

4) Brush them chops: If your eyes are the windows to the soul then your mouth is the window to your health! Plus no one's gonna want to make out with you if your teeth aren't brushed!  Teeth hygiene is directly related to overall health and a decrease in cardiovascular disease.

5) Breathe Deep: Inhale for a count of 5, hold it...yep keep holding it then exhale slowly ridding yourself of old toxic air. Breathing diaphragmatically (when you see your belly rise) connects to your parasympathetic nervous system kicking in the relaxation response and immediately reduces stress levels. An added bonus, you're burning calories from your fat cells. Breathe on sistah!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Cheer Up

So you've had a surgery and gotta stay in bed. Boo f#ckin' hoo, enjoy it baby! Think about all the past times your alarm has gone off and you think, "I'd trade anything to sleep in"...well now you can because you're recovering!

                Here are my Top 6 Tips to keep your head up while your ass is stuck in bed!
1. It's temporary! Thank God it's a surgery that will make you feel better and improve the quality of your life. Nothing's been amputated off and you will be back out there before you know it. So...enjoy the down time.  Rest your body. Quiet your mind.  I'm sure you have 1/2 the amount of laundry right now since you're not exercising so less clothes to wash and fold.  It's a built in excuse during recovery to be lazy. Hey- It's what the Doctor ordered right :)  

2. Internet Stalk! Yes Lol you now have the downtime to see what your loser ex is up to, find music to add to your playlists, catch up on what dude the Bachelorette is banging this week on Hulu or just dick around on Facebook.

3. Get your nails did: I'm sure it's uncomfortable bending over to paint those tootsies so go pamper yourself. No need to grow claws during this time. Get a mani/pedi guilt free and enjoy someone doing it for you. 

4. Soak up some D! Take your pup to the park or just sit outside with him and get fresh air and sunshine. Cool people are always wanting to pet a dog and who knows they might end up petting you next! The vit D will help get your endorphins flowing.

5. Cry if you need to.  Sometimes you just gotta get it out.  Maybe alone though because most people have a hideous cry face! The emotional release it very cleansing. Holding it in will only amplify the emotions and they'll tend to come out in public and embarrass the shit out of you. Lol. Like at a grocery store yelling at a kid to stop touching the apples you're looking to buy.

6. Just breathe: Whatever sort of breath work or meditation practice that works best for you, I'd do! Meditation has similar effects to exercise; reducing stress, calming your system and just makes you feel a sense of well being.  This all helps with healing and you'll be less of an uptight asshole.

How do you cheer yourself up? Tweet me at @JillAnenberg

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sucky Sunscreen

The sun is coming out, clothes are coming off and we want to spray on a little sunblock to prevent a burn. Wait! Before you get intimate with your sunscreen, take your products to dinner and ask those tough questions before you allow them to be rubbed all over you!

1. Spray Sunscreen
Not only are they not effective at proper coverage but you also might inhale the destructive, cancer causing properties in the sunblock. Plus the spray is awful on your lungs.  Didn't Mama teach you not to put gross stuff in your mouth!

*On a side note, wouldn't you rather toss the spray and man handle these two hotties with some old school sun lotion. That's the fun part about going to the beach! Get your rub on!
2. Oxybenzone
Usually when we have a tough time pronouncing an ingredient it's the first indication it's bad.  Once absorbed into your skin it then gets into your bloodstream and acts like estrogen in your body. No one wants extra estrogen...especially not guys!  Oh and my men out there...oxybenzone alters your sperm count. Just sayin'.  And you know how your skin was itching and you thought you might have caught something weird...   well it's nothing weird just a side effect of this bitch oxybenzone causing allergic skin reactions.

3. Retinyl Palmitate
It's a form of Vitamin A that when exposed to the sun may cause skin tumors and lesions. Yeah not sexy in a swimsuit.

4. Fragrance
Any personal care items that list a synthetic fragrance are hazardous to your health.  I'm sure you don't stink that bad you'd jeopardize your safety. Fragrance refers to a bunch of chemicals inlcuding Parabens, Phthalates and synthetic musks. These interfere with hormone production, carcinogenics linked to reproductive problems  and liver/kidney damage. Not worth it! In the end fragrance could kill you while a bit of B-O just stings the nostrils. You're fine.

*Ok here's what to look for! :) 
Mineral based sunscreen including Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. This 2some protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. The Environmental Working Group has a great list of SAFE Sunblocks. Click Here.  

Or try one of these...

What's your favorite safe Sunblock and who do you like to put it on? Tweet me @JillAneneberg 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Suck it up, Be Happy!

You've heard the phrase, "If everywhere you go someone is an @sshole...YOU are the @sshole."  I definitely can be that asshole sometimes so here's my Top 5 favorite ways to stay happy and nice.

1. Hang with happy, positive people who want the best for youScrew the others. You don't literally have to tell 'em to go f#ck themselves...just sift them out of your life. Your mouth will move into a smile instead of a place shit talking comes out. What you think and believe will change the chemistry of your body.

2. Enjoy the right now. Believe me when I say I miss my college days or can't stop thinking of fun upcoming events in my life. But in doing that, I'm not fully present in what I'm currently doing. Live in the moment and be content with the here and now. Put down the phone, well not until you're finished reading this blog and tweeting it to your friends ;) and live.

3. Be a Kid. I love being immature! Keep moving and stay active. Have meaning in your life. What I find particularly helpful is to not think of yourself as an age. Who gives a shit! Play "make believe"...even if it's just in the bedroom ;) Don’t let the child in you die, it will make life more interesting, humorous and keep you young.

4. Rest. Put your feet up...without someone under or behind you. It's necessary to have some alone time to restore our energy so we don't turn into that above mentioned prick. We get stressed and exhausted way faster than we notice.

5. Ok now get off your ass.  Move your sexy body. A runner's high will last longer that a druggy high and is better for you. Elevate your mood and release endorphins naturally. You'll be nicer to everyone else and most importantly to yourself. Choose healthier foods which in turn will nourish you from the inside.

*And one more...just fake it. Yep like you do in bed sometimes. Lol So the person in line behind you has 4 kids that are totally misbehaved and all you want to do is put them in a timeout with a hungry lion.  Just smile, take a breath and be thankful you're only dealing with that for 5 minutes and leaving the store with just groceries that don't talk. Faking your way into peace is a lot easier than a Mom fight at Trader Joe's!

I'd love to hear any tips from you! Tweet me: @JillAneneberg

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gimme That Nut!

Ain't nothing like a handful of nuts to brighten your day.  Bust open a sac and fill your body with all their high protein nutritional benefits. An easy way to add in good quality fat, fiber that curbs your appetite and keeps you regular so your toilet doesn't feel neglected. Who knew nuts could even assist in maintaining healthy gut bacteria.

A handful of nuts reduce chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, strokes and heart attacks.  It's much more fun to make dirty nut jokes and have a cheekful of salty nuts than be laying dead on the floor right?!
What do you call nuts on a wall? Walnuts
What do you call nuts on your chest? Chestnuts
What you call nuts on your chin? A penis in your mouth! Ha!

Often times you hear to eat a handful of nuts, but you might notice hand sizes vary (think about your ex's...Lol)  so here's a number to go by based on the individual size of each nut.
  • 10 Brazil Nuts
  • 20 Almonds
  • 15 Cashews
  •  4 Chestnuts
  • 20 Hazelnuts (Filberts)
  • 15 Macadamias
  • 15 Pecans
  • 60 Pistachios
  • 10 Whole Walnuts or 20 Halves
  •  2 Tablespoons Pine Nuts
  • Small Handful – Mixed Nuts

My Top 3 ways to eat nuts.

1) Cream them into a spread. Use on toast, in smoothies, blend into "healthy wanna be ice cream." You can even add some nut love into your salad dressing recipe to give it the nutritional balls it needs.

2) I have a sweet tooth like a mothaf#cka! Using nuts to make delicious homemade granola without hidden corn syrup and hydrogenated oils to kill me, look I just wanted something sweet not a death sentence. Blend your favorite variety of nuts with dates, cranberries, figs- whatever and roll into yummy dessert balls.  Also try swapping out some of your jerk white flour that offers your body nothing and add your fave nut flour.

3) Let your nuts play in your salad. Gives you an excuse to say, "Can I toss your salad with my delicious nuts?" Candied walnuts/pecans, slivered almonds and pine nuts are killer additions to your greens.

Got a nut joke for me? Or a favorite way you eat your nuts? Tweet me: @JillAnenberg

Thursday, March 19, 2015

You're putting THAT in your mouth?

What's wet most of the time and something you put in your mouth twice a day...uh your toothbrush. Why what was on your mind? Many people don't think about cleaning the item that they use for cleaning. Our toothbrushes can be a feeding ground for bacteria, E.Coli and flu viruses. It's best to store that sucker in the medicine cabinet upright or loosely covered to protect it from germs. Possibly in some form of a safe toothbrush condom.

If you are putting your toothbrush in a holder, let me suggest cleaning the inside. It might just be the tip...but your toothbrush is resting in filth. All good health starts from the inside of everything.

Have you thought about how close your toothbrush lives to your toilet? Guaranteed that brush does not want to be neighbors.  I'm sure what you're flushing down, you don't want spraying onto your brush and then going in your mouth. And you wonder why your spouse says your morning breath smells like shit!  Close the lid or if you can relocate your toothbrush to a new covered home.

Ok so now that you're grossed out, here's how to keep your mouth free from bacteria and germs.  Store your toothbrush upright so it can dry in between use. Sure it's fun to be drenched in water, covered in a jelly like substance and shoved in and out a bunch of times but everyone including your toothbrush needs some alone time to relax and dry off.

Try sanitizing your toothbrush. Let it spend the night with your mouthwash. They've been eyeing each other for a while now, so pour a small cup and finally let your brush penetrate that slutty Listerine. I also love squirting a few drops of high antioxidant disease fighting Grapefruit Seed Extract in water too. Hey your brush might wanna find a new sanitizer every now and again to dip his bristles in. Grapefruit seed extract has amazing anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-viral, name it and the anti is there! You could even dip part of you in there...seriously!

Also if you've been sick... aside from your friends not wanting to be around you, well guess who else is over you.  Replace your toothbrush after your illness and in general every 3-4 months.

Where does your toothbrush live? Tweet me at @JillAnenberg