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Exercise and Eating Right without the Confusion

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Food, General, Health, Nutrition, Vitamins

Run, no don’t run, walk, no, that is not enough, eat meat no be vegan and eat for the planet. REALLY??? If you are the average hard working person who has little time to find the facts through all the verbiage then I hope to offer you some simple solutions. This is my soap box being a Christian I believe all food is good when set apart by prayer and thanksgiving, but I don’t believe everything you can eat is food! If it is food, truly, unprocessed and real then I believe you can eat everything in moderation. I have an eating plan that has a lists Food Categories: vegetables, proteins, fats, dairy, fruits, legumes and grains. If you familiarize yourself with the things on these lists you know exactly what you should be putting in your shopping basket. I usually suggest my clients go through the lists and highlight the foods they like. There is really no point in memorizing foods you know you will never get past your lips! It is ok to really dislike some foods and never eat them. We all need macronutrients and micronutrients, these are fancy words for proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals and of course WATER. WATER and more good WATER. Then you need to familiarize yourself with serving sizes, which are relatively small compared to what we are used to putting on our plates. Time and effort will be necessary. Personal trainers like myself have some knowledge that can help you with your nutritional program and a good Nutritionist is always a great option.

Exercise is another thing that the hype out there can make you want to throw in the towel before you even start. As I always say, if you don’t enjoy it you will not stick with it. First and most important if you are just starting an exercise program or just restarting one, start slow. We all want to build Rome in a day! Lose an unrealistic amount of weight with ridiculous regimens of exercise and eating that will not last. Consistency is always the number one goal. If you have no history of learning the facts about exercising safely then you would do well to hire a seasoned personal trainer, like myself, or go to a gym where a class is offered for participants that are new to exercise. If you get injured because you do too much too fast or you don’t know how to execute form properly then you will quit~and that would be sad. A personal trainer knows how to fit you for where you are, everyone was a beginner at some point so don’t let that stop you from starting. A fitness program should include something for your cardio respiratory system, strength training and flexibility training. These are the basics and after time you can make changes to increase the challenges.

Couldashouldawoulda is a phrase I just used in a talk I recently shared (need someone to share at your business event, connect with me). We only get so much time and we don’t want to waste what we have and neglect one of the most important commodities we have, our health. Is it time to make you important enough to make some good decisions regarding your health?


Though I attend several of her classes, where Darla truly shines is as a personal trainer and
health coach. She saw where I was, and helped me to get where I wanted to be, even though I
wasn’t sure I was communicating it clearly. After just a year my Dr. was amazed to report my
bone density had improved, and my overall health was enhanced. Darla keeps training fresh,
challenging, and enjoyable; and she is always supportive and encouraging. During this time of
sheltering I have been continuing my training sessions via Skype, and her eagle eye doesn’t
miss a thing…still correcting my form and pushing me to go beyond where I thought I could go.
Thank you doesn’t seem nearly enough for someone who got me back on a positive health track
that has enriched body, mind and spirit. But thank you anyway, Darla.

Laura, Newton New Jersey
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