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March 12th, 2013 by jody Posted in Healthy Eating, Healthy recipes!
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Did I ever tell you that I love salads? Anyone that knows me will laugh and say, “No kidding salad queen”. It’s something about the fresh, crisp, clean, and invigorating qualities of raw veggies mixed together in beautiful combinations that I just can’t get enough of. In fact when I traveled around India and decided to eat only cooked foods, I missed salad more than anything else. I was pining for it.

Well I’ve switched things up. Not only do I eat salads, but I drink them. I promise you they are DELICIOUS. Green juice. Ahhhh:)

Abs get extra definition in the kitchen. Yes – not just on the reformer. Pilates strengthens and defines the core muscles beautifully, but unless you’re eating like a lean machine, those abs may be hidden under some pudge. Not ideal. Awesome nutrition through whole foods and an emphasis on greens can get you there.

Trust me – drink up. Green juices fight disease, curb appetite, invigorate, alkalinize, help with elimination, and get your skin glowing. And they are positively delicious!

Emerald Summer
1 organic cucumber
1 large handful of organic kale
1 large handful of organic spinach
1 slice of organic watermelon

This green juice blend is summery and delicious. Enjoy!


February 10th, 2011 by jody Posted in Blog
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Focus on your breath.  This is one of the key principles of Pilates.  Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth allowing your ribs to come out to the sides like an accordion.  I think we can all agree that breathing is important.  It oxygenates the body, allows you to relax, helps you to engage the correct muscles, etc.  Let’s move beyond that.

When you focus on your breath you enter the present moment.  Say goodbye to all of the useless mind chatter that is holding you back.  Mind chatter you ask?  Yes, let me give you some examples.  “OMG – Are those my thighs I’m looking at in the mirror?  They look like massive tree trunks. Ugggg”, “What am I going to make for dinner tonight?”, “That was the crappiest day at the office ever.  I can’t stand” etc….. Usually mind chatter veers off to the negative and it puts a real damper on your workout (and your life).  If you can’t stop these thoughts, no worries – just observe them and let them go.  Always come back to your breath.

When you focus on your breath and come into the present moment something wonderful happens.  You can feel your body.  Through focus you will be able to move into more advanced exercises with greater ease and you will be able to engage the correct muscles leading to a much more effective workout.  Through ‘presence’ you will know when to push harder and when to pull back.  A greater sense of ease will appear.

This increased awareness will filter into the rest of your life.  You’ll know when you’re hungry and when you’re full.   You will be more present with your children.  Tasks at work will be completed more effectively etc.

So take a big breath, be an observer of the now, and enjoy.  As they say, ‘Take good care of this moment and life will take good care of itself’.


December 16th, 2010 by jody Posted in Blog
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Get ready for some scissor action!  This one stretches the backs of the legs while delivering a killer ab workout. 

1) Lie on your back.  Pull both knees into your chest.  Lift your head.

2) Grab your right ankle or calf and reach it straight up to the ceiling.  Stretch your left leg out in front of you.

3)  Anchor your chest into the ground and curl up into an ab curl.

4)  Inhale and pull your right leg towards your head with a small double bounce.

5) Exhale and switch legs by scissoring them past each other.

6) Repeat with the left leg grabbing the ankle or calf.

7)  Imagine that your legs are like pistons working very hard.  Keep a steady rhythm!


November 1st, 2010 by jody Posted in Blog, Spotlight on matwork
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The double leg stretch is dynamite for working your powerhouse and stretching the body.

1) Curl up into an abdominal curl with your knees bent and hands resting lightly on the outsides of your shins.  Scoop your belly button deep into the spine.

2) Reach your legs out to a long diagonal while you reach your arms out to a long diagonal in the opposite direction.  Hold your torso steady and keep your shoulders down.  Imagine that you have a heavy weight resting on your stomach.

3) Reach for the side walls and you circle your arms around to meet your shins (starting position).  Imagine that you are backstroking through honey.

4) Repeat, inhaling to reach the arms and legs out and exhaling out all air in the lungs to curl back up into your abdominal curl.  Repeat 5-10 times.

Dynamite.

All the best!

Jody


October 29th, 2010 by jody Posted in Blog
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There’s no doubt about it.  If you do the work, you’ll see the results, and below are some of the results you’ll get to enjoy.  Go abs. Go!

1. Your stomach gets flatter.

2. Your low back pain subsides.

3. You can do the movements with more ease.

4. You can tighten your abdominal wall when you lift heavy objects.

5. Your neck and shoulder strain subsides.

6. You feel like you stand straighter and taller.

7. You sweat doing simple Pilates exercises because you are engaging more muscles and, in effect, working harder!


October 21st, 2010 by jody Posted in Healthy recipes!
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This concludes our three part smoothie extravaganza.  Hello health and hello yum.  Blend, enjoy, and have an AWESOME day!

The Immunity Builder Loaded with boosters like beta-carotene and vitamin C from mango, cantaloupe, and pineapple, this smoothie primes your infection-fighting army for action. “Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells and antibodies,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R. D., author of The F-Factor Diet. Finally, the duo of almonds and almond milk delivers plenty of defense-fortifying zinc.

What You’ll Need

1 c peeled, pitted, cubed mango

1 c chopped cantaloupe

1/2 c cubed pineapple, fresh or canned

1/3 c ground almonds

1/2 c unsweetened almond milk

1 c ice

Garnish with sliced almonds after blending. Makes 3 servings. Per serving: 150 cal, 6.8 g fat (0.5 g sat), 22 g carbs, 41 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein


October 20th, 2010 by jody Posted in Healthy recipes!
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This is #2 is a 3 part series.  No wrinkles and super yum – nice combo!

The Wrinkle Fighter
This berry-based beautifier will get a thumbs-up from your dermatologist for its skin-smoothing combo: anti-aging vitamin E from wheat germ, sun-damage- fighting omega-3 fatty acids from flax seed, and vitamin C from berries. “Vitamin C is essential for making collagen, tissue that literally holds your skin together and reduces the appearance of fine lines,” says certified dietitian Christine Avanti, author of Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads. Plus, the oleic acid (a type of monounsaturated fat) in avocado has been linked to reducing wrinkles.

What You’ll Need
1 c blueberries
1 c pitted cherries
1/2 c strawberries, hulled
1/4 avocado, peeled and pitted
2 Tbsp wheat germ
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
1/2 c plain low-fat yogurt
1 c ice

Makes 3 servings. Per serving: 153 cal, 5.6 g fat(1 g sat), 23 g carbs, 35 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 6 g protein


October 19th, 2010 by jody Posted in Blog, Healthy recipes!
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The Tummy Smoother
You crunch and Pilates your way to a lean, mean middle, and then digestive woes like water retention, bloating, or constipation sabotage your flat-belly dreams. This stomach-friendly smoothie will help: It contains the enzyme papain as well as potassium, both of which calm an angry digestive system, plus four grams of fiber to tame and flatten an upset tummy. Ginger and mint nix nausea, fend off flatulence, and freshen breath. Bonus: The probiotics in yogurt boost friendly bacteria in your digestive tract to lessen gas.

What You’ll Need
1 c peeled, seeded, cubed papaya
1 c frozen sliced peaches
1 medium pear, cubed, skin optional
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp sliced ginger
6 mint leaves
1/2 c low-fat Greek yogurt
6 ice cubes

Garnish with mint after blending.

Makes 3 servings. Per serving: 109 cal, 2 g fat (0.5 g sat), 21 g carbs, 15 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein


October 13th, 2010 by jody Posted in Blog, Philosophies Behind the Man
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Joseph was the man (sorry Steve).  He believed that to be happy you must first gain mastery of your body.  I have to agree.  Fit people seem happier to me.  He believed that if at the age of thirty you are stiff and out of shape then you are ‘old’.  If at sixty you are supple and strong then you are ‘young’.  Yipeeeee.  I don’t know about you but this gives me a real feeling of ‘hurahhhh’.  The clock is ticking and we are all getting older, but who cares when we have the power to feel young!  Strong bodies, good food, lightness, fun, and happiness…roll back the numbers folks!  And smile – let the happiness rise to the surface.

Pilates first began with the exercises but his vision evolved into one of an ‘ideal lifestyle’, than can be attained through proper balance of our physical, mental, and spiritual selves.  Sorry for those of you who wanted to come to a session and then jump on the couch, eat chips, smokes cigarettes, and cuss. haha.  Kidding aside, Joseph’s vision was a wise one.  With Pilates visualizations you will establish a mind body connection.  The physical strengthening will have you feeling as strong as an ox and as sleek as a cat.  The stretching will improve your mobility which feels amazing.  According to Joseph, you will also feel happier.  I’m smiling.

Cheerio cats,

Jody


October 1st, 2010 by jody Posted in Blog, Routines
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Hello abs!

This routine is focused on abs, abs, and abs.  It’s a perfect way to get your core back into shape post baby or post coach potato.  It only takes about 5 minutes or less (so you always have time for it :)) and you will see some great results!  I suggest doing this first thing every morning – roll out of bed and roll on up!  I like to reward myself with a big cuppa joe. 

1)  Roll-up

Tips: glue your legs to the mat, be fluid, chin tucked into chest, use your abs to roll up not your neck and shoulders, articulate one vertebra at a time.  Use a flex band for assistance.

2) Single leg stretch

Tips – stay lifted, stay still in your torso, lift from your abs and the back of your chest, shoulders away from your ears, squeeze your buttocks, don’t lift from the neck, keep your back pressed into the mat, for a bad back extend the straight leg to the ceiling, for a bad knee hold the underside of the knee.

3) Double leg stretch

Tips: stay still in your torso, support your neck by tucking the chin into your chest, squeeze your buttocks and thighs, feel like you are being pulled in two directions.

4) Single straight leg stretch

Tips: stay still in your torso, stretch and scissor your legs, keep your eyes focused on your belly, keep a contant rhythm, don’t sink into your shoulders, don’t hold behind your knee (back of the thigh or calf).

5) Double straight leg stretch

Tips:  stay still in your torso, keep a flat back, press your shoulders down and away from your neck, keep a slight turnout at the hip, press your back into the mat, in the beginning place your hands in a V position under your lower back.

That’s the routine in a nutshell!  Enjoy and keep me posted on the results and your experiences.

Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J.