Mediterranean Diet

chicken and dill

Easy to prepare Chicken and Dill recipe is sure to be a hit with the family.

Everything I’ve read over the years about a healthy diet always leads back to one place, the Mediterranean style of eating. And, quite frankly, it’s not that hard to take part in this healthy way of life. Basically it includes everything I preach about eating on a regular basis to slim down and stay healthy and fit.

“Mediterranean-type diets highlight whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats from fish, nuts, and healthy oils.” – Harvard Medical School

Another fun fact I learned from HealthBeat, Harvard’s on-line medical journal, is that it has been proven to decrease risk of heart disease as well as dementia and Alzheimer’sdisease.

Here’s a recipe I served up tonight from EatingWell.com. Quick, easy, low cal and perfect if you’re trying to follow a Mediterranean style of eating. Chicken breast is a great form of lean protein and lemon is chock full of anti-oxidants. I served this with broccoli but any side of greens is a great addition to round out your meal with nutrient dense foods that will make you stay fuller longer.

Lemon and Dill Chicken

  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, or canola oil, divided
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1½ teaspoons oil to the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth, flour, 1 tablespoon dill and lemon juice in a measuring cup and add to pan. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan; reduce heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill.

Weight Loss tip: Change your attitude.

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I used to get sick of hearing about fitness professionals and fit celebrities thinking of food as fuel. Even though I knew it was the right attitude to have, I thought it was silly and improbable that I could actually make choices based on the idea that I was fueling my body. I love the taste of food and that’s what I based my decisions on most of the time.

Nowadays I’ve completely adopted the attitude that food is meant for nourishing the body, not just for taste. A lot of it has to do with getting older. The effects of what I eat on my mind, body and emotional state are much more obvious than when I was in my twenties.

Mindfulness is another big component of adopting this attitude. I wake up in the morning and instead of not eating (do NOT skip meals!!) or eating an unhealthy breakfast, I realize the importance of starting my day off right. I make conscious decisions like eating whole wheat toast instead of white, or having egg whites instead of the whole egg and including calcium to balance out the meal like a glass of milk or yogurt. And of course adding some sort of fruits and vegetables to all your meals is key. I love avocado for any meal. It’s one of the most nutritious and filling foods you can eat.

Weight loss is not something you can focus on for a few months and then forget about. You need to make eating healthy your lifestyle. This is my mantra that I repeat over and over again to people who ask me how to get fit, stay fit and be healthy. If you struggle with weight loss and keeping it off you probably need to change your attitude about the whole process. Here are a few tips:

  1. Be patient. Whenever I hear someone talking about going on a crash diet it makes me cringe. Crash diets do not work in the long-term! Make a point of eating healthier and making better choices all day everyday and you will see the weight come off. Maybe not as quickly as you would like, but it will result in a lasting change that you can maintain.
  2. Take every opportunity you have to get some exercise. Every little bit counts! So walk to work, take the stairs and park a little further from the entrance than usual. You’ll be amazed at how much these little changes make a big difference. I used to walk to work everyday when I lived in the city, it was the main form of cardio I got and it worked for me.
  3. Get to know your body and what works for you. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. What works for one person may not work for another. Everyone is different so rely on how you feel personally to make healthy decisions regarding diet and weight loss.
  4. Love your body throughout the process. This is most important. Love your body for all it does and has done for you. DO NOT beat up on yourself. You are beautiful just the way you are and need to appreciate your beauty and use that confidence to motivate yourself to be better and take better care of yourself.

xo,

Hil

 

 

My Favorite Weight Loss Tip.

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Keeping with the theme of weight loss, I want to give you the secret to losing weight. It’s not easy but it works. Wait for it… distraction! It may sound crazy to some of you but t works, think about when you eat the worst? It’s usually when you’re bored, depressed or angry. The best way to combat this habit is to create new ones. For me it’s finding healthy ways to occupy my time rather than eating.

Guess what a great way to occupy your time and distract yourself from eating poorly? Exercise! Go to the gym, plan a hike, schedule a cycling class or go for a walk. Brainstorm and write down things you can do when you’re feeling the itch to binge. It doesn’t have to be exercise, read a book, take a warm bath, call a friend, go shopping. Human’s are forgetful so write down the activities that are healthy and fulfilling, they may be difficult to do at first but will become habits and you will find bring you more pleasure in the long run then eating junk food.

Of course this needs to be combined with eating well. Start off your day right with a good breakfast. This is important to maintain sanity  throughout the day so you can make healthy food choices. I’m often not hungry first thing in the morning, but if I don’t eat anything first thing but the afternoon I find myself putting whatever I can find in my mouth. It’s also important to kick start your metabolism for the day.

What is your favorite distraction? (Please refrain from dirty responses :))

Xo,

Hilary

Tips for getting fit in 2017.

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So… it’s that time of year when everyone is making resolutions. Ok, not everyone, about 50% of the of people make them and guess how many keep and maintain them? 8%. And what’s the #1 New Year’s resolution? You got it, lose weight. interestingly, the 5th most popular resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle, which in my opinion, if you make living healthier a priority losing weight will come naturally.

I’m sort of digressing here, the point in writing this post is to give you some practical advice on how to lose weight. Well, here it is… make it your priority and lifestyle to eat well and exercise. I know, brilliant right! Obviously it’s easier said than done, but that’s pretty much the recipe for success. Here are a few ways that you can do this:

  1. Don’t submit to a fad diet or any diet where you lose weight but cannot maintain the same diet as a lifestyle. When you do this the result is that you gain the weight back plus 5 lbs. guaranteed. I’m not saying you have to eat as little as you did during the weight loss stage, but you should be able to maintain a similar, healthy diet post weight loss.
  2. Do your research on how to eat a healthy diet and calculate how many calories you should be consuming a day to both lose and maintaining weight. Shape Magazine has a simple equation on calories and weight loss. As far as nutrition, I will give you some tips in upcoming posts, but fruits, veggies, whole grains are all healthy and filling. You know the food that make you feel good and those that make you feel like crap. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from consuming things that cause fatigue and irritability. Natural foods, rich in nutrients will help you both have more energy and more focus making it easier to consume less, be active and stay on your weight loss path.
  3. Surround yourself with people who have similar goals and plan to workout together and trade diet and nutrition tips. Make a plan to meet with this person or people at least once a week, whether to workout together or just grab coffee and chat about your progress.
  4. Find an exercise class you love. I really enjoy cycling, yoga and Barre. Try out different classes, there are so many out there! If you go often enough you’ll get to know the instructors and patrons and forma little community that you will miss if you stop.
  5. Get a gym membership and use it!!!!! I know many people sign up for a membership and don’t ever go. I’ve been guilty of this practice in the past. Make an appointment for some personal training sessions, these can be expensive but well worth it. These trainers will show you how to use the equipment and give you an exercise regimen. You can simply see a trainer a few times to get the benefit of feeling more comfortable and motivated at the gym.
  6. Last but not least: download some kick ass workout music! Everyone has their own flavor of music that gets them going at the gym or out for a run. Take the time to research and put some great tracks on your iPhone. I personally enjoy EDM, or as we called it in my day, House Music. What’s your favorite music to workout to?

Was this article helpful? What is your game plan to lose weight and keep it off in 2017?

xo,

Hilary

Easy, healthy quiche recipe…

Quiche is so easy to make and a delicious way to eat vegetables. Here’s a recipe I made recently that me and my family truly loved…

quiche

They key to making quiche simple is to buy your crust. The best store bought pie crust that contains no trans fat is from Pillsbury.

pie crust

Ingredients:

– 5 eggs

– 1/3 cup low fat Miracle Whip.

– 1/3 cup low fat milk

– 1 plum tomato chopped

– 1 cup Feta Cheese

– 1 bag baby spinach

– 1 portabella mushrooms

– 1/2 yellow onion chopped

Directions:

Pre heat oven at 375 degrees. Sautee vegetable in a large skillet over medium heat. Spray 9 inch pan with Pam olive oil, then line with pie crust.

Pam Olive Oil

Beat eggs, miracle whip, and milk together and pour in pie crust. When vegetable are soft, place in the eggs and sprinkle the feta cheese on top. Place in oven and cook for 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Please share your recipe with us! Send to: Hilary@ugobabyfitness.com.

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert

8 to Great: Week 5

I’m sorry for slacking on the week 5 update! I went away with my parents and children for some sun and fun. I planned on updating while I was on vacation but decided my time with family was more important. This is a good time to talk about how taking breaks are so important and necessary.

The boys and I vacationing in Florida

The boys and I vacationing in Florida

1) Part one of this weeks challenge is to take  break! And no, not from working out. 🙂

Mental congestion is a real thing … and it’s affecting us all, since our brains need downtime to process, sort and organize the massive amount of information many of us take in every day. Meditation can help, but breaks during the day are important too.”

“In a few days, you should start to notice your stress levels decrease a bit, and also your productivity and creativity increase. When the brain is given time off, it can return to task more efficiently. Research also says that you will make more ethical decisions, and better ones, since your brain will have incubation time, which allows you to be a smarter dot-connector.”

Studies show that those who take lunch  breaks and vacation regularly instead of working at their desk and saving those days off for emergencies only are far more productive, creative and add more value than people who do not take that much-needed time off. This week I would like you to monitor your breaks to see how much down time you are actually giving yourself and then try to improve on it, making sure that A) you are giving yourself enough free time and B) you are using that free time wisely. For example, don’t use that free time to play video games or read depressing news. Do things to actually clear your head like meditate, workout, perform yoga poses, take a walk, or read some uplifting literature. There are lots of books out there on how to think more positively that can be helpful, like Wayne Dyers “The Power of Intention“.

2) Plan for warm weather exercise. Now that the weather is getting nicer think about what you will do for exercise come the summer months. Hiking, biking, swimming in the ocean etc… It’s so much easier staying fit when the weather is nice isn’t it!?? Even going for a jog outside can be enjoyable in the right environment, far better than the treadmill! Plan some cool trails to check out, maybe even plan on healthy picnics along the way.

3) Workout. This weeks HIIT is as follows: (20 seconds on 1o second off for each exercise)

– Skaters with single leg squat. Modification: Step side to side instead of jumping.

skater to single leg squat

– Kick to a punch, right side for 10 seconds and then left for 10 seconds.

kick to a punch

Take a one minute break.

– Plank tucks. Modifications: Jump in and out for more intensity step in and out for less.

plank-tuck

 

– Steam engines. Modifications: Jump side to side to increase intensity, step to decrease.

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Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section or email me at: Hilary@ugobabyfitness.com

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert

8 to Great slim down challenge: Week 4

running buddy

Spring is finally here! I hope you are starting to see results from the weekly diet and workout challenges I’ve been posting. If you are genuinely following along and doing the workout at least 3 times a week you will see results.

Here’s this weeks challenge:

1) Find a workout buddy. Studies show that people who have friends they workout with are much more likely to get themselves to the gym or go for that jog then those who don’t. I even found a couple of applications that helps you find someone in your area with similar workout interests to partner with.

1) SportPartner.com

2) ExerciseFriends.com

If you use one of these sites or have used them please let me know if you had any success and if you have advice or tips on how to get the most out of using these sites.

2) Bag you snacks. Get a box of zip lock bags and portion out your snacks for the day / week. I suggested planning your meals ahead of time, this is a great way to plan your snacks and make sure you aren’t over doing it and a good way to make sure you’re not buying to many packaged good that are full of preservatives and other junk that isn’t good for you. If you are having trouble thinking of healthy snacks here are 100 ideas I found…

100 Healthy Snack Ideas

3) Workout. Here’s this weeks challenge. Again, this is an HIIT workout in Tabata format (2o seconds on, 10 seconds rest for for reps each exercise)

Round 1

1)Squat with medicine ball (if you don’t have a medicine ball substitute with some dumbbells or a few books). For this exercise you are going to squat down as far as you can, holding the medicine ball with both hand in between your legs, arms straight. Come up and swing your arms up over head ball in hands.

sumo-squat-with-medicine-ball

2) Plank with leg raise. Get into standard plank position and raise one leg off the ground then switch. If this is too difficult, knees on the floor and raise.

plank with side taps

Rest for one minute.

Round 2

1) Box jumps. Modification: Step ups.

box-jump

2) Planks with side taps. Again, in standard plank position, tap one foot out then switch. Modification: Bring it to your knees.

plank with taps

And relax…

Repeat this series at least once more, maximum 3 reps.

Let me know how you like this weeks workout and if you would like me to include anything for next weeks workout. I’m open to suggestions so please send them in!

Stay motivated, summers almost here!

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert