What “diet” is best | A look at the top fads of 2017

Mamalifts diet

The 21st century has produced some clever and creative diets — paleo diet; raw food diet; Whole30; the Mediterranean diet; no sugar; no gluten; toxin cleansing; the list goes on. Heck, I think at one point there was a tapeworm diet.

This year has been no different in its offering of suggested diets and lifestyles.

Here, we break down this year’s trending diets.

But first, I’ll offer a disclaimer before delving into today’s post.

I’m for any diet or lifestyle change that challenges a person to think critically about the food they are consuming. We all have different preferences, expectations, budgets, and daily regimens that affect our dietary choices. What works for one person, may not work for another.

The main criteria I use when evaluating a diet plan:

  • Is it affordable?
  • Is it sustainable?
  • Will I enjoy life while on this diet?

If the answer isn’t “yes” to all three questions, it’s not the right plan for me. Other folks may have different set of criteria. Continue reading “What “diet” is best | A look at the top fads of 2017″

Impact of diet on exercise | Don’t derail your hard work

More and more studies are finding that diet may have a bigger impact on a person’s weight and overall health than exercise.

According to a LiveStrong blog post, the American Dietetic Association determined that “moderate physical activity by itself has minimal effects on weight loss in most cases, simply because it’s difficult for most Americans to produce an energy deficit of 500 to 1,000 calories per day using exercise without a calorie reduction.”

In a 2015 blog post, The New York Times reported that cutting daily calories will have a much greater impact on on weight loss than exercise. The author sites studies that show that exercise can increase a person’s appetite and lower metabolism.

This isn’t to say that a person should not exercise. They should.

But you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.

Here, we offer our tips on curtailing bad diet habits and offer suggestions for positive lifestyle changes. Continue reading “Impact of diet on exercise | Don’t derail your hard work”

How to make significant lifestyle changes after children

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Everyone knows kids change everything. Before kiddos, you may have been able to hit the gym five times per week and eat gourmet salads from your favorite restaurant. Not anymore.

Now, you may be lucky to get to the gym twice a month and your lunch is an assortment of Goldfish crackers and the rest of your toddler’s apple juice.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Here, we reveal lifestyle changes that can help your family live a healthy and practical existence. Continue reading “How to make significant lifestyle changes after children”

Mama climbs mountains

Summit of Quandary Peak

Last weekend my husband and I got to reconnect at 14,265 feet above sea level. We skipped our weightlifting workout and ditched the kiddos with Nana and Papa to climb Quandary Peak, one of the tallest mountains in Colorado.

And it was glorious.

And important.

We’ve had our rocky moments. Not too long ago, he told me I looked “fatter” when I asked if I looked stronger. We also nitpick each other’s cooking (and in his case, my plating), grooming (his toe nails are gnarly), and driving.

But we are making it through these trials, but sometimes we need to get back to the people we were when we first met to truly appreciate the people we’ve become.

Warning: the following is a cheesy metaphor of how life is like climbing a mountain. Proceed with caution. Continue reading “Mama climbs mountains”