Here are some AMAZING MissFIT resources to jumpstart you on your path to optimum health and wellness. These are just a few of the books and materials that have helped me throughout my personal FITness journey, and I believe that they will help you come closer to your achieving your lifestyle goals as well!
“The Female Body Breakthrough” by Rachel Cosgrove
This book is like.. my bible. Back when I decided that I myself needed a personal trainer, Jennifer gave me an entirely new perspective on what it takes to build the FIT female body we all want. In a nutshell, endless hours on the (insert your cardio machine of choice here) to nowhere is not going to do the trick! Contrary to popular belief, lifting heavy weights will NOT result in “bulkiness” for women! I plan to write a blog post that explains this much more in depth in the near future… Until then, check this book out! It will rock your world, in a good way.
“The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin
This one just makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. If you have the time, you should start your own “happiness project”.
“Nature’s Diet” by Andrew Iverson, N.D.
The title sort-of speaks for itself, but…let me just say, it will blow your mind! Nature heals, man.
“The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolff
Just in case you are interested in all of this talk about “Paleo,” Robb Wolff pretty much invented it. Okay, not really, but he is sort of an expert on the subject, and makes really boring sciency stuff pretty funny as well (which definitely helps). You will learn a ton.
“Everyday Paleo” by Sarah Fragoso
The best thing about this cookbook, is that it is very family-oriented. Most “Paleo” recipes tend to have a list of ingredients that are about twenty pages long..and they take forever to prepare! “Ain’t nobody got time for that!!” Sarah makes Paleo cooking- for the entire family- simple, time efficient and stress free. She even provides a grocery list and 30-day meal planner in the back! I don’t think it gets much easier to eat healthy. There are also some fun snacks and lunchbox meals for the kiddos too!
“Gourmet Nutrition: The Cookbook for the Fit Food Lover” by John Berardi, Ph.D
This cookbook is one of my favorites..it takes nutritious eating to the next level (gourmet, without all of the creamy sauces, fatty cheeses etc)! One of my favorite things about this cookbook is that each recipe is classified as “pre-workout,” “post-workout,” “anytime,” etc so that you can start to become aware of macronutrient timing, and figure out the best way to feul your body- not just for health and body composition purposes, but for athletic performance as well.
“Nature’s Cookbook and Meal Planner” by Andrew Iverson, N.D and Rita Iverson
One of my dearest friends gave me this cookbook (it is the companion to Nature’s Diet, listed above). This book has some killer recipes, and also categorizes each one of them so that you know whether or not you need additional macronutrients to make yourself a complete meal. My two favorites are “Trader John’s Cabbage Salsa” (I make it twice a week and eat it on EVERYTHING), and “Fuscia Fusion,” (written and published by said dearest friend) which is a juice recipe that my husband and I also use religiously. We are slowly becoming what you call “juicers”.
“Paleo Slow-Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple” by Chrissy Gower
Okay, this one is for all of the MOMS out there! What’s better than throwing a bunch of stuff in a pot and having dinner ready by 5pm? Pretty much nothing…except maybe going to the bathroom by yourself..or enjoying a hot cup of coffee without having to nuke it in the microwave 17 times. At any rate, this cookbook is the BEST because it allows you to prep a healthy meal in just a few minutes, and then simply walk away (while it quite literally cooks itself). I have a 2.5 year old and a 9 month old- I am a huge fan!
I know there has been a lot of “talk” out there about juicing and its weight loss benefits (refer to: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, and Hungry for Change above). I’ll admit, I was definitely leery of the hype at first, too (I am ALWAYS leery of anything that people claim is a quick solution to weight loss problems:) However, in my quest to be a conscientious consumer, I did a lot of research on my own, and also had the opportunity to make great friends with some nutrition buffs (one who is an RD, and another who has over 1500 hrs of clinical nutrition experience). I soon realized that juicing isn’t necessarily about weight loss, although it does reduce belly fat (by releasing toxins in the intestine, and flushing them out- juicing also helps break down more fats in the liver and releases toxins from fat cells). Anywho, juicing is moreso about getting all of your micronutrients and phytonutrients like a straight shot to your bloodstream (because it absorbs so quickly). It mostly serves as a simple, tasty and effective way to up your veggie and fruit intake without all that time-consuming prep for every meal. This is the juicer that was recommended to me and I LOVE it. It’s easy to use, fairly easy to clean (there are only really four pieces involved), and it makes delicious juice.
Omron HBF-510W Full Body Composition Monitor with Scale
I am not a fan of scales. Scales do not tell you anything about what is really happening inside your body. This scale, on the other hand, does tell you something about your actual body composition, versus just your weight (these are two completely different things, by the way!!) People will argue back and forth about the “accuracy” of body fat measuring scales, but the truth is that the best way to measure body fat is using some crazy expensive equipment like bod-pods and hydrostatic weighing, which most of us don’t have access to, and couldn’t afford to use even if we did. So, this is what I have found to be the most accurate in terms of how it stands up to body-fat caliper testing (pretty much dead on, and body calipers are not only uncomfortable but also a pain in the you know what!) The benefit of this scale versus just the handheld is that it sends electrical current through your upper AND lower body. At the very least, it gives you some numbers to work with and improve upon. I love mine! Sometimes the weight on the scale just won’t move, but little do you know that you are gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time (ding! ding!) Kudos to that.
TRX Suspension System
This is my on-the-go, no excuses solution to getting a total body workout ANYWHERE. This thing is seriously amazing, simple yet versatile, and super portable. The TRX is easy to figure out once you get the hang of it (tons of videos out there!), and it will definitely give you a run for your money once you learn how to manipulate your bodyweight for full resistance. It challenges your core with every move by forcing you to remain stable and balanced, yet allows you to make each exercise easier or more difficult by simply moving closer to or farther away from the anchor point. The TRX is also great for stretching!
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