Why can’t I lose weight?!

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By Jen Langlois of TruFit Training

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I’ve Tried EVERYTHING!! Why can’t I lose weight?!

I seem to hear these cries for help a lot lately. Trust me! I’ve been there too!

We cut calories. We start exercising more. We do our research on the latest fad diets and supplements. And search our Facebook feed for the newest workout moves! When really, we just need to stop making weight loss harder than it needs to be.

Needless to say. There are a slew of reasons that you might be having trouble losing those pesky LBs. But here are my top 3.

There isn’t a simple one size fits all for diet and training. You’re unique. And so should be your diet and training program. I wish it were just as easy as a math equation of less calories in than calories out. Fad diets aren’t sustainable. And you need ALL your macros. (Protein, Fat and Carbs). Focus on portion control instead. And make sure you have the right ratio of cardio vs. strength training.

Stop sabotaging your gains with excessive exercise. More isn’t always better. What’s better is being more efficient in your training. Not giving our body time to rest and recover can also be detrimental to our goals. Its when we rest that our muscle grows. And the more muscle we have – the faster we burn calories while we train and rest. It comes full circle. On the flip side – you need to question… Am I exercising hard enough?? Is that 3 hours a week sufficient in comparison to my sedentary lifestyle?? HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is one of my favorite forms of training for efficient weight loss.

Remember…this is a marathon. Not a sprint! Don’t expect to see changes in your body after a couple of weeks of training. Especially if it’s taken you years to gain the weight. I know we love that immediate gratification. But stop beating yourself up so much. You might not SEE your results straight away. But you’ll FEEL them straight away! Bench markers don’t always need to be weight loss. I prefer to focus on quality of life. And weight loss is a bonus side product of bettering our life by becoming more healthy!

But above all…MOVE!



Try This! 3 Natural Product Swaps

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By Tristan Cablay

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Are you a creature of habit? I reluctantly have to say that I really (really) am! I find something that I like and I stick with it. I will swap out scents and fragrances according to the season or occasion. But, on a whole, I am a pretty loyal customer.

That’s what makes switching out products so fun for me! (Now, remember. I said I was a loyal customer, so I don’t get too crazy.) But, what I have started to do within the last several years was be a more conscious consumer. I try swapping out some of my normal products for more healthy choices. Effective natural products are sitting on the shelf right next to our traditional favorites. These swaps made it very easy to choose a better option without having to visit a specialty store.

Here are three items that started out as easy swaps and now have found their way into my grocery cart on a regular basis:

Tom’s Toothpaste
Why? I love that you can click on a product from their website and learn the ingredient, purpose, and source. Knowing what you are putting into your body is key to healthy living.

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal
Why? Hypoallergenic, Paraben/ PG Free, and Fragrance-Free calls to me. If you have sensitive skin, are concerned with cancer research linked to parabens, this might be a great option.

Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Body Oil
Why? This is product is a Godsend for dehydrated skin! Also Paraben and Phthalate free, this is a great addition to your moisturizing routine!

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Try mine! I’d love to try yours too! What are your favorite health-conscious swaps and why?



Easy Breakfast Ideas

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By Tristan Cablay

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Breakfast is the most difficult meal of the day for me! In the midst of the crazy, sometimes it’s hard to remember to feed myself. If you are like me, easy breakfast ideas sound like heaven! Because in my household, when I don’t plan breakfast beforehand… cereal or granola bar on the go it is!

 

Here are some easy breakfast ideas that work:

 

1) I am a fan of slow cooker prep ahead meals. Why not bring that process into your morning routine? Steel-cut oats are fabulous in the slow cooker! Prep and set. The bonus here is that you will wake up to a fantastic smelling kitchen! I toss in apples, cinnamon, and pecans. Literally, it is hard to go wrong. YUM!

Mix the following together, and set your slow cooker at low. It is roughly 6 hours for firm oats and 8 for a softer texture.

Try this:

• 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats

• 3 ½ Cups of Water

• 1 Cup Peeled and Chopped Apple

• 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

• ½ Cup of Pecans

• 1 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

• 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

• 2 Tablespoon of Butter

 

2) With all of this gorgeous summer fruit out in the grocery store, I can’t stop buying fruits in bulk. Sometimes we do plow through a ginormous watermelon in one day, but a lot of times we have various fruits left over from one of my many grocery store binges that need to be used ASAP before they go bad! Like I said, I’m in a prep ahead kind of mode this season! I have been freezing all of my extra fruits and using it as snacks (Have you ever had frozen grapes? DELISH!), but the majority of the time I use the frozen fruits into make quick breakfast smoothies!

Blend your frozen fruit with Greek yogurt, your favorite juice (milk, coconut water, or infused water work well too) and blend.

Try this:

• 1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries

• ½ Cup of Greek Yogurt

• 1 Banana

• ½ Cup of Orange Juice

 

What are you into right now? What helps you get breakfast on the table- hassle free? Tips? Tricks? The iGoPink girls would love to try your suggestions!



5 Sun Safety Tips for Summer

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By Tristan Fernandez-Cablay

Are you ready for summer? I sure am! As the summer gets into full swing, I crave the scent of a good SPF 50! Now, that is saying something coming from a gal that was raised to worship the sun. So, why the SPF obsession? Simple, skin damage is real. From wrinkles to increased prepotency for skin cancer, the sun can cause longer lasting effects than a few days of pink tender skin screaming beneath globs of aloe vera gel.

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I’ve learned many of these lessons the hard way! So let me share my tried and true top five sun safety tips for summer:

  • Always apply sunscreen to your face! I use a BB cream with broad spectrum SPF 30 all year round. In the summer, I amp it up a bit with some SPF 50 over my nose and checks when heading outdoors. There are many foundations and base creams that serve two purposes. Your flawless complexion will thank you later, I promise. If you are not a makeup person, opt for a lotion sunscreen formulated for the face in place of your normal morning moisturizing routine.
  • 10am to 4pm are generally the peak sun hours. This is the time frame in which the sun is at its highest point. Remember to take extra precautions during this window. Apply and re-apply sunscreens!
  • Shade yourself! Grab a fabulous wide-brimmed hat, some cute sunglasses, and an extra layer of clothing. Be sure that you come ready to protect your skin. When outdoors, shade may not always be readily available.
  • Don’t forget your lips! Did you know lips can have sun damage? Because lips have a low amount of melanin they are very susceptible to damage. Again, a product with SPF is fantastic for the summer months. I absolutely love lip balms that come in limited or seasonal additions like pina colada!
  • Stay hydrated! The sun drains you! Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Water is the best choice on a hot day! If you are tired of plain old “H20”, try mixing it up with infused water! Our iGoPink girls swear by watermelon and basil infused water. Go ahead. Give it a try!

 

 



5 Healthy Habits for Memorial Day

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Celebrate Memorial Day and the start of summer with these 5 healthy habits.

1. Plan Ahead! Make healthy meal plans, grocery lists, and check restaurant menus and nutrition before you arrive at the table. Be sure to download the iGoPink Shopping List

2. Have a Potluck! Bring a homemade
dish so you know all the ingredients in at least one item. Easy Dish Idea: Fruit or veggie kabobs

3. Stay Hydrated! Skip or limit the sugary cocktails and sodas. Instead drink plenty of water and enjoy water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers and bell peppers.

4. Eat Before the Party. Don’t show up hungry! Have a healthy snack or fruit about 30 minutes before the gathering to help you avoid overeating.

5. Move around! By just sitting around the food table, you will most likely indulge on more food and sweets. Start up a frisbee game, talk with friends and relatives, and get moving!

Making wise nutritional choices is one of the best defenses against breast cancer. Download our Healthy Eating Grocery List to help you at the store! You will also receive our quick, easy, and delicious Watermelon Tomato Salad recipe.
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Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend!



16 Turmeric Health Benefits and Recipes

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Turmeric, the yellow-orange spice, not only is a great addition to your favorite curry, rice or tofu recipes, but also offers many amazing health benefits! Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor, and a light orange and ginger fragrance.

Here are 16 health benefits of Turmeric:

  1. Natural Anti-inflammatory
  2. Can help to prevent many types of cancer and inhibits cancer cell growth
  3. Antibacterial
  4. Helps relieve Rheumatoid arthritis
  5. Protects and improves liver function
  6. Lowers cholesterol
  7. Helps lower risk of heart disease
  8. Protects against Alzheimer’s disease
  9. Increases anti-oxidant capacity
  10. Anti-depressant
  11. Treat symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
  12. Anti-oxidant
  13. Anti-diabetic and antioxidant in diabetes
  14. Antibacterial
  15. Wound healing
  16. Weight Loss

WOW! That’s one incredible spice! Now how do you enjoy Turmeric?

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Add turmeric to…

  • egg or tofu scrambles
  • omelets
  • frittatas
  • rice
  • greens
  • roasted vegetables
  • soups
  • chili
  • curry
  • stews
  • stir-fry
  • dressing and sauces
  • seasonings and rubs
  • smoothies
  • tea
  • and so much more!

Have a favorite recipe or tip of how to use turmeric? Share your advice in the comments below!



Week 3 #iGoPinkChallenge Check-In

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Get ready for the week ahead with new FUN challenges! If you are joining us for the #iGoPinkChallenge, this is what you have to look forward to.

Day 10 – Sunday, January 10th

Get ready for the week! Pre-make healthy meals

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Day 11 – Monday, January 11th

Stretch at home, work, or where ever you are. Sign up for our email newsletter to learn 5 Easy Stretches

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Day 12 – Tuesday, January 12th

Tell a friend about Breast Cancer prevention! Get the facts at the iGoPink Blog!

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Day 13 – Wednesday, January 13th

Are you drinking enough water? Drink 8 glasses of water every day.

Day 14 – Thursday, January 14th

DIY – Make your own all purpose cleaner!

Day 15 – Friday, January 15th

PIZZA TIME! Make our favorite gluten free pizza at home.

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Day 16 – Saturday, January 16th 

Make your own trail mix to take on a hike, long walk, or run outdoors.

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Join us for the #iGoPinkChallenge during the month of January! Learn more here and take the challenge with us!

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January 2016: Take the 31 Day #iGoPinkChallenge

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This January join us and take the #iGoPinkChallenge! Complete the challenge of the day by making healthy choices with the help of the #iGoPinkChallenge January guide. On social media we will also share daily tips, recipes, and workouts – so be sure to follow us on Facebook and online!

Ready to take on the #iGoPinkChallenge? Click HERE to download the FREE iGoPinkChallenge January Guide.

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This January you can also join BCCA’s Jen by going Vegan! Take the #iGoVeganChallenge by eating a plant-based diet without meat or animal products. Click here to download the FREE #iGoVeganChallenge guide.

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Get Inspired and Involved!

1. Print and post the guide on the fridge, wall, office or a visible location that will remind you to keep on track! Complete the guide by checking off your daily challenge, writing down what you ate and drank, and documenting your workout.

2. Check in online! Share a picture or video with a description of what you ate, recipes, workouts and healthy tips on social media with hashtags #iGoPinkChallenge #iGoVeganChallenge and mention @iGoPink (Facebook and Twitter) or @_iGoPink (Instagram)! We will be announcing a winner every week who will receive an iGoPink bracelet and shirt PLUS we will share your post on our iGoPink social media accounts!

3. Check back daily! Follow us on social media and the iGoPink blog for more healthy tips, recipes, workouts and inspiration!

4. Subscribe to receive weekly emails! Get motivated and become part of the #iGoPinkChallenge group. Sign up here below:





December On-The-Go! Quick Fitness Tips

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Feeling swamped during the holidays? Between the Holiday Parties, family get togethers, shopping needs and added temptations for treats it’s easy to find yourself losing motivation and time in the day to fit in your normal routine.

 

Here’s a few quick tips [with a Pure Barre twist] to feel like you’re keeping your strength and balance during the holiday rush.

 

Strong corechallenge your abs virtually anywhere! [2 min series and repeat as many times as you’d like]
     *need a semi-soft surface like a mat or carpet

 

Take your hands lightly behind your thighs, take your feet hip width apart, round down to where you feel your waist line engage, and make your movements sharp. Maybe you go back and inch up an inch, you lower down slow and come up quick, maybe you extend your arms and maybe you reach overhead and do the same series. For a deeper challenge add a soft ball in between your hands and add squeezes on it for every movement. Just work make sure your abs are the focus, not your low back or momentum.

 

To work your lower abs after you’ve already done the above series – lie down on your back and do your best to zip your legs together so they’re nice and tight. [you could even place that same ball in between your legs for bonus inner thigh work] and try to tuck your hips up toward this ceiling. Avoid the conventional habit of swinging to get a big range of movement: instead press your low abs into the floor. This will shift all the focus to your lowest abdominal section. As you get stronger you’ll really feel this change and won’t feel like your upper body is engaged. Switch up your movements and leg spacing for 1 minute each. The last 15 seconds of each series should be tough but remember to breathe! Repeat as many times as you can!

 

This is a great option to do even while watching TV or during the commercial breaks!

 

Happy Holidays to all!

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Jaimee is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board and the co-owner of Pure Barre in The Woodlands, Texas and Hughes Landing in The Woodlands, TX. She has been an athlete all her life – from competitive ski racing to collegiate soccer to Ironman triathlons – and spreads the Pure Barre technique to clients, who see results while having a great time. While living in the Seattle area a few years back, she decided to give Pure Barre a try to put a change in her fitness routine. From the first class she was thoroughly humbled by the fatigue in my muscles and that good deep soreness the next day. She decided to get involved and spread the Pure Barre technique with her friends and family – she believes in it and the sense of community it brings to everyone who takes a class. Pure Barre is all about small, isometric movements that anyone can benefit from – it strengthens, arms, abs and legs without creating bulk.

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Skin Care Tips for Winter

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Just because temperatures are dropping and we are less likely to spend a day at the beach doesn’t mean you need to stop taking care of your skin! Here are 5 tips on how to take care of your skin during the cold winter months:

 

  • Keep Hydrated! Just because it’s not hot out, doesn’t mean you should drink less water. Hydrate your skin from the inside, out by drinking plenty of water and fluids.
  • Use a heavier face cream. Winter skin is more fragile, so be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Moisturize right after you wash to help seal in dampness and moisture into the skin.
  • Don’t forget the sun screen! Winter sun can be just as damaging. Apply a lotion thats 30 SPF or higher to protect your skin from direct or indirect sunlight.
  • Exfoliate. Moisture can soak in properly if you have too many dead skin cells. Try a nighttime retinol treatment which acts as an exfoliant and works to remove dead skin. Chemical or laser peels also are beneficial to removing dead skin.
  • Eat water based foods. Stay away from salty, processed foods and instead fill up on water packed fruits and vegetables like spinach, alfalfa, lima beans, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots.

 

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Lychelle Jomsky
 is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board and a RN, Advanced Injector, and Senior Certified Laser Technician at Seychelles Med & Laser Spa in The Woodlands, Texas. Seychelles Med & Laser Spa’s mission is to provide the most advanced aesthetic and cosmetic procedures in a comfortable and relaxing setting. Seychelles uses the most advanced treatment techniques and equipment to maximize results and to ensure the safety of their clients. To learn more, visit SeychellesMedSpa.com