Author: Linda Gilbert

Fit Foodie’s Guide to Dining Out

Recently, a challenge group participant posted “How do I know that I’m making the right choices when I’m eating out?” I thought for a moment and realized that most of the fit-work I do when I have a night out actually happens before I get to the restaurant. Once there, I sit back, have fun, and let my plan guide my actions. Know Before you Go — Research! Depending on where we’re going, my approach changes slightly. But the general  principle is that I know what I will be eating before I get to the restaurant. This way, I won’t be persuaded by what others are choosing (“if she’s getting fries, I can have fries”), my decision is made before I’ve had any wine to make me think the “one night doesn’t matter” argument seems reasonable, and it also it gives me time to do some “research. ” If I’ve made my mind before I get there, I focus on conversation and not thinking about the food I’m not eating. Research comes in three categories: …

Meal Prep: the picture book edition

After seeing my post, Meal Prep is the Key to Clean Eating Success, a friend asked for more details about HOW I do it (“it” being the process I follow to prep for a week’s worth of meals in a couple of hours). So I took some pictures of a recent meal prep session from Fresh Direct box to various stages of preparedness for eating or cooking during the week. Here it is!  My family loves grocery delivery day almost as much as Christmas morning! Seriously, my son runs around the house with cucumbers shouting “look everyone! we got cucumbers!!” Next, as I unpack everything and begin to put away the pantry and refrigerated items, I wash all produce. I use a giant bowl in the sink where I triple wash just about everything and set it out on towels to dry on the counter top. While each item soaks and dries, I prepare a list of my prep needs. This list may include breakfast, snack, or lunch items for the week as well as …

Doubling the Penny

Weekends, especially around the holidays, tend to take me off my routine which makes it harder to have the will power that I might have in  my “normal” weekday life. Even though I’m a finance person by trade, I was first introduced to the concept of “doubling the penny” as an application I could use in my every day life in one of the first challenge groups I participated in with my coach, Jillian. The key question is: would you rather take the the sum of a penny doubled over 30 days or $1M? Of course the million dollars right? How can a penny possibly add up to anything significant in 30 days?! Check out this Bloomberg Video for the mathematical explanation, but the “answer” is that a penny doubled every day for 30 days becomes $10.7M on the 31st day. The overall idea is the fact that small incremental activities add up to big progress — even more so than the instant gratification of a one-time windfall. Mathematics aside, the big takeaway here is …

21 Days to Healthy Habits – a sneak peek into a challenge group

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi I write a lot about challenge groups both from the perspective of organizing and leading and also my experiences participant. As I’ve mentioned in my prior posts, participating in challenge groups for almost a year was a truly transformational experience. In that time, I developed healthy habits including: 6-day a week workout schedule, increased water intake, clean eating nutrition plan, breaking a late night snacking habit, breaking a stress-eating cycle that included the chocolate drawer at my office, switched my coffee to green tea (at work, still have 2 cups at home before I start my day), creating a healthy bed-time and night-time routine, making healthier choices while dining out, and healthier choices/preparing for weekend temptations.  These huge lifestyle changes didn’t happen over night –  but each month when I participated in a 21-day challenge group, I chose a new area of …

The inside scoop on the 3-Day Refresh

I have never done a cleanse before. The idea of not eating, losing weight only to bust up my metabolism and gain it right back seemed like a certain way to mess up the healthy fitness and eating habits I’ve worked so hard to adopt.  When I heard about Beachbody’s 3- Day Refresh and how it was specifically designed to keep your metabolism stable while cleansing your body of toxins and giving a fresh start /regular tune up  – it seemed like this could be the cleanse for me. I can’t describe the overall premise any better than Beachbody: The 3-Day Refresh is a scientifically designed program that helps you fast-track your weight loss, kick-start healthy eating, and get a clean break from bad nutrition habits. 3-Day Refresh is a simple, straightforward program that will help cleanse your body and improve the way you feel— without starving yourself. Unlike juice cleanses or liquid fasts which tend to be high in sugar and low in protein (leaving you feeling weak, hungry, and sluggish), this easy-to-follow program …