Daily SlimKicker Blog

Strength Training without Gimmicks (with Vic Magary)

There's a lot of misinformation when it comes to strength training. How many days should you work out? What exercises should you focus on? Should you exercise to failure, or focus more on endurance? Vic Magary, creator of the 40 Days Fit Program has been helping people with questions such as these since 2001. We had the opportunity to ask him some basic questions about how beginners can start intr...

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Strength Training for Beginners (With Lisa Johnson)

For those who have not done any regular strength training, starting a routine can be daunting. What exercises should you do? How many days, and should you focus on low reps and high weight, or high reps and low weight? We were luckily able to get ahold of Lisa Johnson, a fitness/pilates expert, and get her tips and strategies on how people should best start a strength training program. Here is her...

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The Basics of Mindful Eating (With Dr. Rossy)

Between a 9-5 job, a family, errands, and social events, most of us lead busy, chaotic lives. Which often means we rush through our meals without being mindful of what we're eating. We had the opportunity to interview with Dr. Lynn Rossy, who is an expert in mindful eating (having taught mindful-based interventions since 1999). She was kind enough to share her tips and advice on how we can incorp...

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Healthy Eating for Busy People (with Janel Ovrut Funk)

Eating healthy can be a challenge when you're juggling a 9-5 job, or raising a family. Janel Orvut Funk is a dietitian who works in corporate wellness, so she knows a thing or 2 about eating healthy, and living a busy lifestyle. Here is an interview we did with her, where she shares some of helpful tips: SlimKicker: 1. What made you choose a career as a dietitian, working in corporate welln...

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Intuitive Eating Success Stories (with Kath Younger)

Kath Younger is a registered dietitian, and was kind to share her experience with losing weight, and advice about intuitive eating with us. She enjoys sharing her recipes, and healthy living tips through her blog KathEats.com. Here is an interview we did with her. Short, but to the point. SlimKicker: What sparked you to lose weight, and start a healthier lifestyle? ...

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A Weight Watchers Success Story: Katy Widrick

Happy Monday, SlimKickers! We usually interview people who are experts in a specific field in nutrition or fitness. But today, we decided to talk with someone more down-to-earth to give you some inspiration. Her name is Katy Widrick, and she's an executive producer for a production company. During 2008, she lost 40 lbs on Weight Watchers, and has continued her passion for healthy living by being a ...

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How to Revive Your Metabolism (with Dr. Cate Shanahan)

We recently had a chance to interview with Cate Shanahan, physician and author. We were interested in hearing her opinion on the obesity epidemic, common mistakes people make when dieting, as well as answers to several nutrition questions. If you're trying to lose weight, and wondering whether we should limit eggs to 1-2 a week, or if we can eat as much fruit as we want, I highly recommend hearing...

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An Inspirational Weight Watchers Story (with Roni Noone)

Today, we're going to interview Roni Noone, blogger, and web publisher who lost 45 lbs with Weight Watchers. After reading her story, we wanted to pick her brain to see what motivated her to change her lifestyle. Here is the interview we did with her: SlimKicker: What inspired you to start your blog, and your community BlogToLose? Roni: Well, in 2004 I started a family blog as I wai...

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South Beach Diet Success Tips (with Kalyn Denny)

Here at SlimKicker, we realize that different diets work for different people. Paleo, and low carb are two diets we have covered a lot recently, and we wanted to learn about people's experiences with other diets. Today, we bring you an interview we did with Kalyn Denny, who lost over 40 lbs with the South Beach Diet many years ago. SlimKicker: First, tell us about how you discovered the So...

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Building Strength with the Hillfit Program (with Chris Highcock)

If you're thinking of investing in an exercise regimen, there are many choices to choose from: P90X, Insanity, or a 5 X 5 bodybuilding routine... I'm a big fan of what our ancestor hunter gatherers did the majority of the time: which is hiking, climbing, and walking. Which brings us to Hillfit. Hillfit is a simple and safe program that seeks to increase your strength, so you can better enjoy your ...

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Is the Perfect Health Diet for you? (with Paul Jaminet)

We came across "The Perfect Health Diet" a few weeks ago. "The Perfect Health Diet" is a diet/program created by Paul Jaminet. It excludes grains, bread, and pasta, and recommends allocating 2/3 of our diet to plant foods, and 1/3 to animal. On the surface, it sounds a lot like the Paleo diet. In fact, Paul describes it as "Gourmet Paleo". But there are also some distinctions such as excluding le...

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How to Avoid Low Carb Pitfalls (with Jimmy Moore)

If you're thinking about starting a low-carb diet, you're likely to encounter a few potholes along the way. Whether it's plateaus, avoiding good fats, or eating too much protein. We had a chance to talk with Jimmy Moore, and get his advice on how to handle these obstacles. Since switching to a low-carb diet, Jimmy has lost over 200 lbs, started a low carb blog, and has helped spread the message o...

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Cooking for Food Sensitivities (with Nutritionist Amie Valpone)

If you suffer from food allergies of any kind, especially to gluten, it can be challenge cooking, and adopting a healthy diet. But it doesn't have to be that way. Amie Valpone, a nutritionist was kind enough to chat with us, and share her advice on how to deal with food sensitivities. SlimKicker: Briefly tell us how you adopted a clean eating lifestyle, and your mission with The Healthy App...

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Reaching your Healthy Tipping Point (with Caitlin Boyle)

If you ever reach the book "Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell, you know that that small things, over time can eventually lead to a critical threshold. This is the same idea behind Caitlin Boyle's book "Healthy Tipping Point". We had a chance to talk with her, and learn more about her mission with her book/blog. SlimKicker: Can you briefly tell me the mission of your blog and Operation Beau...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas are rolled tortillas that are filled with meat or beans and baked in a delicious tomato sauce. This recipe uses a home-made sauce rather than store-bought. Although it will take a little more time to prepare, you'll be able to control the calories and sodium in the final dish. Chicken Enchiladas (Serves 8—one enchilada per serving) ...

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Primal Lifestyle: Tips and Advice from Richard Nikoley

Adopting the primal way of life is a topic we're passionate about. But if you've been eating the sad American diet for your whole life, it can be daunting trying to figure out what really constitutes healthy living. "Free the Animal" by Richard Nikoley is one of the few books that introduces Primal way of life in a straightforward, easy to understand format. We were fortunate to interview Richard...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Grilled Chipotle Shrimp

This recipe takes nearly no time to put together and the flavors are absolutely delicious. Shrimp are an excellent food choice because it is very high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids; and very low in total fat. Shrimp has been shown to improve mood and overall cardiovascular health. It is even thought to offer protection against Alzheimer's disease. ...

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Stop Eating Due To Stress: Tips From Holly Mosier

Losing weight isn't just about eating right, and exercising. There's also a mind-body component. Holly Mosier (author, speaker, and former actress) knows all about this. She wrote a book called Stress Less, Eat Less, which introduces readers to practical stress-relieving tools, and techniques for finding mental peace. We caught up with her to learn more about her philosophy, as well as specific rec...

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Does Fast Food Contribute to Obesity: An Interview with Tom Naughton

Most of you have probably heard of the documentary "Super Size Me". It received a lot of press and attention, as the creator Morgan Spurlock explored the consequences of eating fast food. "Fat Head", produced by Tom Naughton, challenges the assertions made in Super Size Me. Like SuperSize Me, he also goes on a fast-food diet, but the results are much different: he ended up losing 12 lbs, decreasin...

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How To Eat More Sanely: An Interview with Dr. Katz

I think most of us would agree that eating sanely is something to strive for. But how exactly do we eat in a way where we don't feel guilt, anxiety, or worry? This is something Dr. Terese Katz has studied, and worked extensively with others on, and she was kind enough to give us this interview and share her insights with us. SlimKicker Team: First, can you tell our readers your background, ...

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Practical Paleo: An Interview with Adam Farrah

Good morning, SlimKickers! We're long-time readers and fans of Adam Farrah, who blogs about the Paleo lifestyle, and wanted to pick his brain on the best way to ease into Paleo, and many other questions. Here is the interview we did with him recently. Enjoy! SlimKicker Team: Tell us how you discovered the Paleo diet, what your blog's mission is about and what you do. ...

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Three Tops Tips For Keeping Yourself Hydrated

Tip 1: If you are exercising moderately for less than an hour, water is your best option for keeping yourself hydrated – no question. Water is absorbed faster than any other liquid; once you start adding stuff to the water, the absorption rate slows down. Tip 2: Before exercising, make sure you are well hydrated; this will improve your performance. Drink enough water during exercising to keep y...

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How To Plan the Paleo Diet: Interview With Neely Quinn of PaleoPlan.com

Happy Monday, SlimKickers! We've received a lot of questions from people on how to start doing Paleo, so we did an interview with Neely Quinn, the CEO of Paleo Plan to get her thoughts on how beginners should start living the Paleo lifestyle. Here it is: SlimKicker Team: Tell us about the Paleo Plan - what you get when you sign up? In particular, how c...

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Interview with Craig Engler, the man behind Weight Hacking

Happy Friday, SlimKickers. This past week, we had the chance to catch up with Craig Engler (who goes by the handle WeightHacker). Craig is developing a how-to guide called "Weight Hacking" for geeks who want to lose weight. He is currently raising funds for this project through an Indi...

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Vitamin C Foods

Vitamin C is best known for its immune strengthening abilities. The good news is it doesn't stop there; sufficient vitamin C in your diet has been shown to help detoxify your body, promote cell healing, neutralise harmful free radicals, protect you from pollution and help you deal with stress. It also supports your good gut bacteria whilst destroying bad bacteria and viruses. The bad news is orthom...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Chicken And Vegetable Stir-Fry

Stir-fries are very quick and easy to prepare. They are an excellent—and colorful—way to increase the amount of vegetables you're eating; and can be incredibly versatile. This recipe includes onion, carrot, bell peppers and eggplant; but feel free to substitute any vegetables you have on hand. Chicken And Vegetable Stir-Fry: Although this recipe requires a little bit of prep-work, the actua...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Pork Kebabs with Apple Salsa

Barbeque season is amongst us! Instead of the typical BBQ food—hotdogs, brats and burgers—which can very quickly take me over my calorie allowances, I love to grill chunks of meat or vegetables on sticks and make kebabs. Kebabs are great because you can portion out your meal into individual servings, so you'll be less tempted to eat more than you should. ...

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Seasonal Eating

The four seasons form a natural guideline for eating. Ignoring these guidelines means we miss out on many of the benefits Mother Nature offers us such as nutritional value and flavour. Opting for seasonal foods helps stimulate our natural healing processes by encouraging bodily cleansing, promoting a range of health benefits. Depending on where you live the foods available to you throughout the se...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Simple And Healthy Frittata

Eggs, available year-round, are an excellent source of protein and other essential nutrients. They're inexpensive, versatile and make for a fantastic meal when you're short of time. One egg is equal to approximately 68 calories and provides a little over 13% of the daily value for protein. They are also a great source of choline, a very important nutrient for maintaining optimal brain health. ...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Pomegranate And Ginger Glazed Salmon

Wild caught salmon, fresh ginger and ruby-red pomegranate seeds are combined to make a stunning dish jam-packed with protein, vitamins and important nutrients. One serving of salmon—alone—satisfies over 60% of your protein requirements for the day; but protein isn't the only health perk salmon has to offer. This pink-fleshed fish is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins ...

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