No, No, GMOs!

I had heard of the term, “GMO,” seen “Non-GMO” on various food labels, and even read articles that referred to “GMOs.” But, I never really KNEW what a GMO was until I did some research.

 

What are GMOs?

GMO stands for “genetically-modified organism.” Sounds delicious, right? According to the World Health Organization, GMOs are organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been changed in a way that does not occur naturally in the world. They are found in animals and plants that have been genetically altered through the addition of bacteria, viruses, or DNA from other animals and plants of different species. In fact, they were first used by pharmaceutical and medical research companies. Now, they are most prevalent in the agricultural industry. Eek.

 

Are GMOs Harmful?

Now, keep in mind, this is what I’ve read. My intent is not to make anyone completely paranoid on his or her next grocery shopping trip. In the book, The Athlete’s Plate (Kellinson, 2009), it was stated that the danger lies in having those modified food genes transferred into our own bodies and genetic make-up. Also, there is a potential risk that the DNA from GMOs can be transferred into a developing fetus via the placenta. Plain and simple: Avoid these foods as much as you possibly can. Eat whole foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, organic meats, eggs, and milk, and stay away from processed foods. Think of processed food as food that can’t be found in nature. They don’t occur naturally. You can’t pick them off a tree. So, just to name a few, Oreos, hot dogs, many cereals, and, yes, potato chips should be crossed off the grocery list! No crying. They’re not healthy anyway.

 

Why are people on a “Non-GMO” mission?

Even though surveys have shown that Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing has GMOs, biotech lobbyists have succeeded in keeping the public blind to this information. Basically, lobbyists are preventing the FDA from requiring companies to put labels on their food products that contain GMOs. Talk about unethical. Because of this, groups like the Non-GMO Project were created to provide consumers with the information they need and deserve to make healthy choices. Companies are now joining the movement and giving you peace-of-mind when purchasing quality food for you and your family. Lists of participating retailers in your city/state can be found on the Non-GMO project website.

 

How do I find products that are Non-GMO? How do I know if a certain food has them?

I’m not going to lie; avoiding GMO foods is time-consuming and will definitely be challenging at times. I’ve found that if you eliminate processed foods, you lower your chances of consuming food with GMOs. What is an easy way to find food without GMOs? Choose USDA certified organic products- GMOs are prohibited, so there is no guessing. If you go to the Non-GMO Project’s website, www.nongmoproject.org, you can enter products and brands into the “Find Non-GMO Choices” generator to see if they are verified Non-GMO products. On their site is also a list of verified Non-GMO grocery stores and even an iPhone app which helps you determine if a product has GMOs. Here’s the amazing part- People are so passionate about keeping GMOs out of food that the Non-GMO Project is completely non-profit. Its funding comes from donations and fundraising. So, all of these resources, research, and tech tools have been provided to consumers for free.

Here’s my thing: I always say, the more obsessed people get about certain foods, the more stringent they are about straying even a hair away from their standards, and the less they enjoy life and food. When you go to your grandma’s house, are you really going to tell her you refuse to eat the food she has slaved over to cook for the past 5 hours? I think not. Our society is very social, and usually those gatherings revolve around food. Make recommendations or ask if the group wants to go to a restaurant that you know serves Non-GMO verified food. However, I think it’s overkill if you refuse to go out to a restaurant and spend quality time with friends or family once in a while. That’s just how I feel about it. Live and love your life. In order to do that, you have to take care of your WHOLE being, which means making sure you fulfill the human need for love, support, conversation, and honestly, human contact!

I get it, organic products are expensive, trust me. But, fresh fruits, vegetables, even bread or pasta can be purchased for much less at a farmer’s market. Try to buy locally! Also, keep in mind foods with these ingredients almost ALWAYS have GMOS: soybeans, canola oil, corn oil, and sugar made from sugar beets. So, by avoiding those foods, you are taking the first step towards living a GMO-free life.

Gain Muscle to Lose Fat~ Become a Leaner You!

You need to gain if you want to lose…. Talk about an oxymoron!  When someone asks me, “What is the most effective way to lose weight and get into shape?” My answer is not what you might be thinking. It’s not by doing three hours of intense cardio everyday, but by lifting weights and strength training. That lovely yellow mass in the picture above is fat. It’s 5 pounds of fat, to be exact, and is about the same size as 2 footballs! Think about this, if a person is 50 pounds overweight, multiply that fat mass by 10. 20 footballs! In the battle of muscle vs. fat, it’s the density, not the weight that matters. 5 pounds is 5 pounds. BUT, because muscle is so much more dense, about 18% more, than fat, it takes up less space in your body. The more muscle, the smaller/leaner the person! I’m not talking about lifting light weights, but weights that will challenge your muscles. That is how you BUILD muscle. So, despite hesitation and hype and rumors, if you can lift heavier weight, go for it! You’ll be stronger, less prone to injury, and have a leaner body by dropping inches!

A woman who weighs 160 pounds and has 35% body fat will be larger (in inches measured) than a person who weighs exactly the same, but only has 20% body fat. How crazy amazing is that? So, those two women may wear different sized clothing, yet weigh the same! This is why STRENGTH training is so incredibly important. I can’t say it enough. The more muscle, the leaner you become (with proper nutrition and exercise). This is exactly why lifting weights will NOT make you bulkier or bigger. In fact, it will not only cut inches, it will help your body burn more fat. Muscles use/need more energy and burn more calories, even when you’re not working out. Talk about boosting your metabolism! That is something a 3-digit number on the scale won’t tell you. Throw the scale away and go lift some weights. 😉

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Working It Out on “Live on Lakeside”

On the set of “Live On Lakeside” this afternoon with Jaime Brenkus, Hollie Strano, and Michael Cardamone! I demonstrated the “Fit Fab Four” exercises to shed those couple of winter pounds and get ready for summer! ☀️What an amazing first live show with such great people. Click the link below to see these fun and effective exercises you can do right at home:

http://www.wkyc.com/local/live-on-lakeside.com

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Weight Training: Get Lean, Not Bulky

This is the first; but far from the last 🙂 Amazing experience today- working it doing the Fit Fab Four! Check out the video link below~ From the segment we taped this morning on “Live on Lakeside!” Great muscle-building exercises to kick-off a healthy new you this spring and summer!

I think a predominant misconception with women is that lifting heavy weights will create bulkiness and a bigger frame (the opposite of what they want!). On the contrary, lifting weights that challenge your muscles helps your body build more muscle. Without the challenge and the burn, new muscles are less likely to develop. Muscle burns fat. So, the more muscle you have, the less fat. Since (as you’ll see in the video), 5 pounds of body fat is much larger, takes up more room in your body, and is less dense than muscle. With muscle, which is about 10 times more dense than fat, you’re not only toning, but you are getting more LEAN. Essentially, your body is shrinking, not bulking-up. Bodybuilding involves purposeful weight-gain and weight progression training. However, if you eat healthy and live a lean lifestyle, you won’t gain weight!

fat vs. muscle density

http://www.wkyc.com/story/entertainment/television/lakeside-live/2014/04/17/jaime-brenkus–fitness-expert-41714/7827045/

 

 1. Lunges back with chest fly

2. Squats with an overhead press

3. Side step out/ triceps pushback

4. Sumo squats with biceps curls

Dual movements, working multiple muscle groups at once! That’s effective training! Muscle burns fat, plain and simple. To get lean, strength training is an absolute must! Can’t wait to launch the pilot to my new workout soon! 

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Teriyaki Luau Tuna Steaks

Well, Good Friday is soon approaching, and just like every other Friday during Lent, that means no meat! So, if your family has lived on some not-so-healthy fried fish sandwiches every Friday, surprise them with this delicious (and easy!) meal idea.

Ingredients:

2-4 tuna steaks (depending on family size)

1 plastic Ziploc gallon bag

1 packet McCormick Hawaiian Luau marinade mix

¼ cup water

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

4 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

3 tablespoons hoisin sauce

(*quinoa or sweet potatoes and steamfresh vegetables of your choice on the side)


 

  1. Take tuna steaks (about 4 ounces each) and place in a plastic bag (note: I get my tuna steaks at Trader Joe’s. They are waaaay less expensive than going to a fish market, and are wild caught without any additives. So, if there’s a Trader Joe’s nearby, it’s a good way to save some money!)
  2. Mix marinade packet with water and apple cider vinegar. Add to the bag with tuna steaks
  3. Add teriyaki and hoisin sauces to bag.
  4. Sit and let marinate on a plate in the fridge for at least a half hour.
  5. Meanwhile, whip up some quinoa or sweet potatoes and cook the vegetables in the microwave.
  6. Heat a non-stick skillet at medium on the stove top.  Add spray oil if needed.
  7. After 30 minutes, take out tuna and place in skillet.
  8. Tuna is typically cooked to taste:
    1. Some people like it seared on the top and bottom and uncooked on the inside. Others like it cooked all the way through.
    2. So, cooking times will vary from about 30-45 seconds on each side to about 4-5 minutes on each side. Cook the tuna how you like it. *pay attention to the warning about eating uncooked meat and seafood, however!
  9. Serve on plates with a small portion of quinoa.  Fill the rest of the plate with vegetables. Enjoy!

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