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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 19: Switch up dessert with something healthy

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

Dessert can be a pain point for anyone with a sweet tooth who’s also trying to cut back on the calories. But it doesn’t have to be. Which brings us to today’s challenge: Switch up dessert with something healthy.

To help you along with this challenge, here are two great adaptable recipe from Chef Jessica Albertson, who previously provided us with our Day 9 healthy recipe.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 19: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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5 Tips to Prevent Weight-Gain Weekends

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Lauren headshot smallLauren Slayton is the author of The Little Book of Thin and created the Foodtrainers blog. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and appeared on Allure, In Style, Cooking Light and more. She previously wrote about 10 Ways Busy Moms Can Stay Healthy and Common Mother’s Day Mistakes.

Let’s say a person (perhaps you) develops a stellar eating routine that involves cooking, hydrating and eating lots of green things. By Friday that person (perhaps you) feels accomplished, clothes are looser, energy is through the roof…you get the picture.

Then, person (you?) goes on a weekend getaway­—after all, it’s summer—and things are carefree. Person enjoys the weekend (a little too much) with extra cocktails and barbeques and fun, fun, fun. What’s the big deal, you say? No big deal if your weight loss from Monday to Friday is erased and you’re good with bloat and more.

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Believe it or not, there’s a way to balance cocktails with consciousness, even a way to make progress over the summer. Sure it’s nice out now but weekends are tricky all year round, so let’s sort them out. read more

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 15: Foam roll for 5 minutes

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

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After today, we’re half-way through our challenge. Congratulations to everyone who’s been keeping up each day! If you’ve felt sore after any of your workouts these past two weeks, then today’s challenge is for you: Foam roll for 5 minutes. This challenge comes to you from personal trainer Erica Steinz of Barry’s Bootcamp, who writes:

I’m committing to a minimum of 5 minutes of foam rolling every day. It’s important to roll out your muscles with a foam roller to prevent injury to keep you doing the activities you love. Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique that is used to relax the muscles and improve soft tissue extensibility.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 15: Stretch it out

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Maria Menounos’ Everyday Weight Loss Tips

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We have a special guest blog today from actress and TV personality, Maria Menounos! In her new book The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet & Fitness, out today, she highlights Fitbit as one of her faves! Below is an excerpt from the book.

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MY EVERYGIRL WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNEY

Steps that helped me drop 40 pounds—and keep them off for good.

 

Set a Deadline
You can’t just say, “I want to lose weight . . . someday.” It’s that kind of loose talk, without a guideline, that discourages you from getting started and undermines success. My goal was to stop overeating, make healthier choices and lose weight slowly over the course of one year. Trying to rush or do crazy crash diets does not give you sustainable results. And I never focused on losing a specific number of pounds. I just knew by the end of a year I wanted to look and feel great, whatever my weight was.

 

Keep It to Yourself
When you tell others you’re trying to lose weight, you’re just putting pressure on yourself. Weight loss is tough enough—why make it any harder?

 

Tie It to an Event
If you have a specific event in mind, it gives you extra motivation. Maybe you want to get in shape for an upcoming class or family reunion. Maybe you’re going on vacation or just want to look good on the beach in the summer. My event was the Miss Massachusetts USA Beauty Pageant. I knew there was a swimsuit portion of the show and if I was going to be in a bathing suit in front of thousands of people, I wanted to be in the best possible shape.

 

Cut Back Slowly
Now that you know what you’re eating, it’s time to deal with some of those problem areas. I used to be able to eat seven slices of pizza in one sitting. I decided to make this one of the first things I cut back on. So instead of seven slices I would eat six. A week later I cut back to five slices. When I was finally down to three slices, I incorporated a healthy salad. By cutting back slowly, it was easier!

 

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 12: Make a healthy substitution to a meal

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

Summer is looming and Father’s Day weekend is right around the corner. That means the season for picnics, BBQs, and other traditionally-unhealthy outings.

With that in mind, here’s today’s challenge: Make a healthy substitution to a meal. Whether you take more steps while cooking or go for salad instead of fries, do something today to make your diet a little healthier.

If taking your meal outdoors for a barbecue is on your radar, here are some easy ways to step up your grilling technique and get ready for some healthy summer cooking.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 12: Make a healthy substitution to a meal

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 11: No eating past 9 PM

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

Here at Fitbit, we’re all about making small changes to your everyday life. Whether you’re swapping in some healthy snacks or finding ways to fit more steps in throughout the day, it can add up to big changes over time. So today’s challenge, coming to you from Erica Steinz of Barry’s Bootcamp, is a simple one: No eating past 9 PM. Erica writes:

This is a big challenge for me, but it’s important to give your body a rest at night with your last meal ending by 9pm at the latest. This gives your body 10-12 hours of rest until breakfast in order to produce the proper hormones that help you sleep and metabolize food for energy instead of storing most of it as fat.

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 9: Shake up your diet

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

It’s day 9, and hopefully you’ve worked up a few sweats by now. But being healthy doesn’t just mean burning calories; it’s also about eating right. So we’re shaking it up for today’s challenge: shake up your diet. Whether you do this by switching out your snacking with something healthy, trying a new healthy recipe, or master your fridge, try something new today!

To get things started we’ve turned to Chef Jessica Albertson to share one of her favorite recipes.

I have done many many odd jobs in the frenzied restaurant/cooking world and this one thing has become my greatest pet peeve along the way. Here it goes… divine inspiration will strike for that evening’s meal, the craving and longing for the smells from the oven will set in, but my refrigerator and pantry will not have half the ingredients I need. Alas, as a new mom, a typical day does not usually allow for an extra trip to the grocery store, bodega, or even a fruit stand, unless they sell diapers too. How have I escaped from the delivery menus and cereal for dinner cycle? Find, practice and cherish adaptable recipes.

These are recipes that give you guidelines, a method or a simple technique you can use over and over again with all the ingredient substitutions your pantry will allow. Below is one of my favorite weeknight, weekend, every day, all day recipes that is easy enough I can make it while the baby finishes his bottle.

Day 9: Shake up your diet

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 4: 5 Simple Yoga Moves You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

Today we’ve asked guest-author Jenny Blake to share tips on introducing yoga to your life. So today’s challenge is a quick one: Take 5 minutes to do these 5 simple moves.

When it comes to yoga, you’ve heard about the countless benefits: improved circulation, strength and flexibility, reduced stress, improved mood, the list goes on! You’ve seen the droves of Lululemon-wearing, mat-toting women looking fit and radiant. You’re feeling stiff and a bit creaky, and yet something is keeping you from actually taking class (or at least as frequently as you’d like).

You might even be plagued by any of the following excuses:

  • I’m not flexible
  • I don’t have time
  • I have no interest in hippy-dippy granola practices

If that’s the case, have no fear! Today we’re sharing five incredibly simple moves that can be done right from the comfort of your desk, each in 60-seconds or less.

Money-back guarantee: if you try all five and DON’T feel at least a little bit (if not a whole lot) better afterward, you have my permission for a get-out-jail-free card for all future yoga classes.*

*Caveat: I do recommend beginners suffer through stick with at least 5-10 classes before declaring it’s not for them—even the veterans among us feel bored, antsy, annoyed and impatient from time-to-time! Focus on how you feel afterward, and the subtle changes it initiates within your body and mind.

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 3: Healthy Snacks to Fuel Your Day

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

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It’s day three of our summer challenge, and hopefully you’ve tried a few new workouts by now. But today we’re shaking things up with a new type of challenge, one that goes beyond being active: snack healthy.

We’ve written before about how to master your fridge, which is a great start along the healthy-eating path. And if you’ve ever tried tracking your food or searched for healthy recipes on your web browser of choice, there’s a lot out there to help you out. But even the best-laid meal plans can succumb to unhealthy snacking habits. So today, and hopefully moving forward until summer begins, the goal is to check the nutritional info whenever you reach for a snack and try to make the healthiest choice you can.

100 Calorie snack attack

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Food Revolution Day Recipe: Veggie Chili by Jamie Oliver

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This month, we’re featuring recipes and tips from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, a global day of change for kids to learn about food and how to cook from scratch.

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Photo credit: Matt Russell www.foodrevolutionday.com

This is a lovely alternative to traditional chilli con carne. It’s packed with good stuff so is a great choice for veggies and meat eaters alike. I like to serve it with soured cream, guacamole and either rice or tortilla chips, but it’s totally up to you.

When you get the hang of this recipe, keep things interesting by varying the types of beans you use or swapping the chillies for some hotter varieties, if you like.

Serves 4 – 6

What You’ll Need

  • Potato/vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking tray
  • Large saucepan
  • Tin opener
  • Sieve
  • Wooden spoon

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