I had N.Y. State Certifications in the Following starting in 1982-2001
*Certified Nurses Aide
*Certified Home Health Aide
*Certified Personal Care Aide
*Certified First Responder
Fitness Certifications: 2001 on.
*Certified Pilates Mat and Reformer
*Certified Specialized Personal Trainer
Eastern and Energetic Healing Modalities 2001 on.
*Physical Therapy Aide
*Certified Medications Dispensing
*Certified B.E.S.T. Technique
I basically massively dived into the world of Western and Eastern medicine in 1982 and then after Running my Preschool I created called, "Learning, Playing and Growing Inc.", for 3 years I started working in Nursing Homes, Day Treatment Programs for the disabled, Hospice, ER, ICU, CCU and Rehabilitation Centers for people recovering from Strokes and Paralysis and various Gyms on Private Duty assignments.
I have always been massively curious about the Mind, Body, Spirit Connection and Health, Wellness, and Fitness, because of my health challenges growing up from being birthed from a Mom who had German Measles when she was pregnant with me in her first trimester. They told her to abort me, she didn't and here I am still standing, regardless of all of the challenges tossed my way throughout my life.
I can also say having experienced being very anorexic and then bulimic and having been 90 lbs. and having been 200 lbs. I can appreciate and understand what challenges there are for people Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually with body image, the diet roller coaster, and figuring out what is healthy and what is not. Ultimately, arriving at what is a healthy balance within and without and finding peace within your Mind, Body, and Spirit-Physically, Mentally, Spiritually and Emotionally. There is NO magic pill and it does take Willingness, Effort, Action, and constant pro-action as society is filled with pot holes so to speak attempting to lure you down the hole. Fashion Magazines, Fast Food, Crazy work schedules, family relationships, partnerships, friends etc... Massive distractions everywhere IF, you let them take you out.
This was me in 1986, and the beginning of my fitness modeling days, I barely ate, worked out beyond excessively up to two hours a day at Jack La Lanne's Gym and then would also dance for hours etc... Most would say I looked awesome in this photo, yet I know what I did to get like that and it was NOT healthy.
The pictures of me even thinner, I literally shredded years back because they were so horrible to look at, I just couldn't bare to look at them and they would just bring back not so fun memories. I did do one stint in the hospital for 6 months for the anorexia, not at all FUN... repeat NOT fun... And... a blessing because, what it did do for me, I was able to trace the issue back to my origins of much past abuse that I had never really dealt with. I have written other articles about that, this is NOT that...
For some more tips on the How I did see this below Link
Carly Alyssa Thorne's Journey from 200 lbs. to 125 lbs.
Here is what I can I tell you about Health, Wellness and Fitness. First, I truly do not like the word, "diet", it doesn't sound fun at all and the terminology of "losing weight", seriously; the whole concept of losing weight to me is I lost something and my intention if I lose something is- I am looking to find it; so why would I want the weight back. I truly find that using words that are inspiring and empowering is one way to truly stick to something. Health, Wellness and Fitness isn't a FAD it truly must become a lifestyle choice for it to become a main factor in your daily life. The terminology of "RELEASING" weight is actually quite powerful because most weight and food issues are tied to Emotions and or holding onto feelings and issues...
*Make sure to have a support system in place, find a buddy to do it with you, or make it a family project.
*Find at least TWO people who are totally willing to support you while you are going thru the shift that you can call when you need to.
*Join online support groups, there are so many free support groups for exercise and healthy eating.
Honestly a lot of it is common sense seriously...
-VERY IMPORTANT: any exercise -it is all about quality and form, body alignment... it is NOT about EGO and doing more reps and or weight with bad form and body alignment. Think of it as a dance, a dancer has to hit certain poses and their body is in alignment when doing so, they are also FLUID, not jerky, well okay hip hop or other dance forms might have some jerky movements in there... You get my point. You want your hips, shoulders, head all facing forward and in alignment when exercising, even when you are walking.
I STRONGLY suggest EVERYONE get a QUALIFIED person to walk them thru some routines where they are educating you on body alignment and form etc...
wise, just truly commit to doing it for at least 30 minutes at least 5x a week.
We make it Soooo Complicated, it truly doesn't have to be. The more complicated you make it the less chances you have of having a successful outcome that you will be happy with and can sustain.
YOUR KITCHEN AND FOOD:
So- depending on your living environment, if they are NOT willing to participate or help, sometimes it might mean making choices. You might want to live with people that do care about what they eat etc.... It might mean you being the parent and adult and choosing to also get your kids and partner eating healthy.
ALL FOOD, Preferably: No pesticides, Organic if possible and NO Additives.
Fast food places, white flour, sugar, corn syrup, processed, pre- packaged foods, TV dinners, etc...etc...etc... Come on folks we all know that fake sugars, all of the additives, candy, and all of the crap food is NOT good for us, so WHY eat it.
If you eat Whole Grain, Alive Food, you will have a ton of more energy and not crave the crap food.
Sugar is addictive and once you start eating that piece of cake it sends a signal to your brain with endorphins and you start craving more sweets. Trust me when you start to eat cleaner and cleaner your taste buds truly do shift. And... Nobody said your food has to taste bland. There are so many amazing seasonings cumin, dill, pepper, oregano, parsley, garlic etc... etc... etc....
Think about this, if you had a friend that was an alcoholic you wouldn't hand that person a beer would you ? So knowing that sugar is addictive and truly an out of control addiction for many, why would you knowingly give yourself let alone a person with eating issues something that was 100% Crap sugar like a processed artificial cookie and or piece of cake ?
HONOR and LOVE your body it is the ONLY one you have for this Lifetime if you believe in multiple lifes, like I do.
*First basic math you must expend more energy or calories if you will, than you are eating... So honestly we all have our personal dogma when it comes to food, so again here are some basics:
*Eat 5-6 meals a day and don't skip to keep your metabolism active, when you skip meals your body freaks out and goes back to the OLD AGE times and stores your next meal because it doesn't know when you might or might not feed it so to speak, there is more to this scientifically involving sugars dropping and then when you finally eat blood sugar levels going up way too fast etc... etc... etc... however again... I don't want to make this complicated... Simple is KEY....
In the morning when you get up or the night before pack some snacks in baggies to make things easier. I will get into the Glycemic Index and sugar levels a bit below.
Your 5- 6 meals:
*Make sure to have 3 well balanced meals and 2-3 small snacks.
What do I mean by snacks: one apple, 1 large carrot cut up or 6-8 mini carrots with almond butter or peanut butter, 2 Large stalks of celery with almond butter or peanut butter, 1/4 raw almonds. Almond butter is healthier for you because it is alkaline.
Meals depending on your dietary preference:
Again basic common sense: Eat whole, alive, whole grains foods, tons of vegetables, and some fruit and if you eat meat, make it LEAN meats...
And here is ANOTHER TIP... Eat meats and or foods that Don't have the Growth hormones and or antibiotics etc in them... WHY... Believe it or not all of those hormones makes your body STORE more fat and creates other issues...
Enough food that you feel satisfied, not Stuffed, bloated...
SOME BASIC DIGESTION TIPS:
*Do not drink while you are actively eating, drink before a meal or after.
WHY ? because our body is a LAB so to speak and your mouth has natural digestive enzymes that when we CHEW help break down the food to make it is easier to digest. When we drink while we eat, we dilute those enzymes.
*It is best to eat FRUIT by itself, as when you mix it with other foods it tends to get fermented and sit in your belly. You can eat Fruit it will be totally digested within 2 hours. Also the most beneficial time for Fruit is mornings.
WATER first thing in the morning with lemon juice helps get your organs hydrated and jump started for the day and... Lemons are alkalizing to your system. Which I will get into that a bit later too. Lemons act as a blood sugar stabilizer and helps boost your metabolism and aids in digestion. Great for your skin and lemons do contain some calcium.
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