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Four Foods That Are Sabotaging Your Metabolism w/ Elizabeth Girouard

written by Elizabeth of Pure Simple Wellness

Are you dreaming about special foods that you only enjoy during the holidays – like cookies, pies, or cheesy mashed potatoes? If you eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep, your metabolism is probably running well, leaving a bit of extra room for indulgences.

A good goal during the holiday season is to choose your indulgences wisely and truly savor them.

Did you know that certain foods can slow down your metabolism and sabotage your efforts?  Hi, I’m Elizabeth, Health Coach and Emotional Eating expert from @PureSimpleWellness honored to be with you to share these 4 foods that could be sabotaging your metabolism and set you up for failure when these special occasions roll around!

Do you regularly eat these potential metabolism-busters?

  1. Refined grains
    There’s a difference between whole grains that fuel your body and refined grains. Refined grains are stripped of the nutrients and fiber your body needs. These grains are refined to last longer and to have a softer texture and taste, but they can slow your metabolism. Your best bet is to choose whole grains, like brown rice and quinoa, that haven’t gone through the refining process. Limit your intake of processed sugars and flours that can cause blood sugar spikes, inflammation and gut damage.
  2. Sugary drinks
    Sugar can wreak havoc in your body, especially in liquid form. Sodas, energy drinks, and even sports drinks can slow down your metabolism. If you want to make sure your efforts at the gym aren’t wasted, stop drinking your calories. Instead, save the sugar for a special treat, like a little slice of Grandma’s apple pie or special ginger bread cookies. It’s a much better tradeoff!
  3. Artificial sweeteners
    Believe it or not, artificial sweeteners can be worse than sugar. You may think you’re making a healthier choice, but choosing sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin have all be linked to health issues. They can also mess with the good bacteria in your gut, which could hinder your weight loss efforts. If you need a sweetener, use something natural such as stevia, pure maple syrup or raw honey – but use it sparingly. Another option is sweetening with fresh fruit and berries, like on top of almond meal pancakes instead of syrup!
  4. Granola
    It’s marketed as a healthy choice, but the granola you find in your supermarket often contains hidden sugars and added ingredients that don’t do you any favors. Excess sugar can lead to a condition called leptin resistance. This makes you hungrier while slowing your metabolism to a crawl. If you love granola, you can make your own by selecting fresh seeds, nuts, and oats to enjoy the taste and get true health benefits.

Now that you know what foods might be impacting your metabolism, you can be more conscious of what you are eating. Did you notice they all have one thing in common?  All four of these foods either cause blood sugar spikes or are filled with added sugar!

Research has proven that sugar can be as addictive as cocaine – so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t ditch sugar cold turkey. As an Emotional Eating Coach, I’ve seen clients struggle with both physical and emotional sugar cravings.

There are different strategies to end your sugar addiction. If you have tried to do it before and struggled, don’t worry we can do it together. Starting January 17th, you can ditch your sugar cravings with our guided group 21 Day Sugar Detox Program!

Imagine feeling in control of your sugar habits and making choices that make you feel good, rather than tired and lethargic! Become aware of your sugar consumption, learn tool to manage your sugar cravings and get off the endless sugar addiction cycle. Leave the program feeling empowered, lighter, more in control of your cravings, and armed with heathy recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way.

Join now and get support to help manage your sugar cravings throughout the holiday season. Let’s finish the year strong and start 2022 even stronger!  Join today:

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Katie is a passionate mover who was brought to Pilates through dance. After a professional dance career, Katie discovered her love of teaching-connecting the mind and body, and working with students of all ages and levels. Her appreciation and understanding of everyone’s ever changing body and needs only became greater as her own body went through pre and post natal stages, an experience which has helped Katie navigate problem solving, and bring a freshness to each session making them feel personal and specific to each body’s needs. Her sessions are full of flow and aim to challenge clients with a sense of comfort, and often a little humor, all of which she has brought to Pure Pilates since 2016. Katie thinks the gift of movement and self care is one of the best things one can do for overall wellness, and is thrilled to seek and fulfill milestones and goals with each of her clients. When she’s not at the studio, Katie is taking care of her three little humans- another job that also makes her smile, laugh, and challenges her on the daily.
Eighteen years ago I discovered my love for Pilates. After having my two children, I felt the need to move my body again. At the time I was living in North Carolina, and worked through many different exercise and training programs. I discovered Pilates, and instantly knew it was right for me. Forteen years later, and a move to New Jersey, I decided to share my love of Pilates with other people looking for some way to move their bodies. Pilates has also been a way for me to keep me strong and flexible to continue many activities. My family loves to be active, and I often find when we are all together (mostly vacations) our days consist of activity and movement such as hiking, kayaking, or skiing(more on this later). As I have gotten older I find it even more imperative now that I keep my body strong. Recently I was in a skiing accident that left me with many knee injuries and ultimately having to go into surgery. I found being able to do light Pilates a few weeks after surgery kept me sane and ultimately helped with recovery time. Pilates has not only helped me be able to keep up with my children, but has also provided me with a body that is able to function at peak performance. My approach to Pilates can be described in one, simple word: movement. Movement can help you, both physically and mentally. Movement, and Pilates, is ultimately about self care. Having a built in time to focus on your body and movement can help relieve yourself of feeling tired, anxious, and stressed. Movement awakens you. Even after one session you can leave feeling calmer and energized.
Enjoyment of life through movement is a vital part of Kathy’s philosophy. When not in the studio she leads an active lifestyle trail running, cycling, skiing and hiking. She also loves connecting with people while traveling with family and friends. One of her favorite cycling trips was riding along the coast of northern California. Learning new things and sharing knowledge is also important to Kathy. She has a passion for food, likes to cook for her family and experiment with new recipes. She is currently trying to achieve the perfect pizza. She is also an avid reader of historical fiction and biographies. Her latest endeavor is learning to play golf.
Carol M. Crincoli, owner Pure Pilates studio, has been in the fitness industry since 1990, with experience in corporate and commercial fitness, recreational programming and teaching as an adjunct professor. She began practicing Pilates in 2003 and received Pilates training through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York, NY. She holds certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant. She was also accepted into the IDEA-PFT Recognition System as an Elite Level Personal Fitness Trainer. She is the only trainer in the NY-metro area for Trent McEntire’s Arcus equipment. Carol graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in dance. Opening Pure Pilates is the culmination of a lifetime dream, and her mission to "inspire life from the core" is a holistic approach to health and wellness—from exercise and nutrition, to stress management and self-care. Carol is also the inventor of 8th Avenue Rail, an organizing solution for Tower springs.