Pure Barre Adventures!

Pure Barre Adventures!

  It’s Teacher Feature Tuesday again! Pure Barre Walnut Creek would like to introduce you to…Alix! Growing up in Orange County, CA, Alix actively participated in competitive sports. She went on to play Division I soccer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where her passion for health and wellness lead her to major in Food and Nutrition. After college, she moved to Washington State to complete her dietetic internship, and is now a licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. At her private practice, Honest Nutrition, Alix provides clients with science-based nutrition information to empower them to improve their relationship with food and achieve their health goals. Alix discovered Pure Barre after suffering several knee injuries. Looking for a low impact workout that would challenge her both mind and body, she was instantly hooked on Pure Barre and addicted to how strong and accomplished it made her feel. Alix is excited about being a Pure Barre instructor and having another avenue to help clients reach their health and fitness goals. In her free time Alix enjoys blogging about food, nutrition, and fitnesshttp://alixandrardn.com/blog/....
Pre- and Post-Workout Nutrition Guide

Pre- and Post-Workout Nutrition Guide

Making smart choices about how you fuel your body before and after activity can have a significant impact on your performance and recovery. I’m always surprised when clients tell me how little they eat before a workout or how long they wait until refueling after a workout.  There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about how to properly fuel an active body, so l want to simplify it for you all.  No fancy or expensive supplements needed, just real food!  While individual needs differ based on age, gender, and intensity of workout; here are some basic nutrition guidelines that apply to most. Fueling up before a workout is essential to the quality of your workout. The belief that exercising on an empty stomach will increase fat loss is completely false. If your body has proper energy on board pre-workout you will be able to perform with greater intensity, endurance, and strength.  It also helps prevent hypoglycemia (ever feel light-headed during a workout?), settles  your stomach (absorbs gastric juices),  and spares your muscles.  It is important to experiment with food and beverages to determine what works best for you. Pre-Workout Nutrition Tips Focus on easily digestible carbohydrates Lower fat foods for easy digestion Whole foods are best Hydrate with water Cardio: mostly carbohydrates 30-60 minutes prior to activity Strength: carbohydrates with some protein 1-2 hours prior to activity Pre-Workout Fuel Ideas Banana ¼ c dried fruit Oatmeal + berries Greek yogurt Whole grain cereal + milk Whole grain crackers or apple + cheese stick Carrots + hummus Fruit smoothie: 1 piece fresh fruit or 1/2 to 1 cup frozen fruit + 6 oz plain...
Day in the Life at Honest Nutrition

Day in the Life at Honest Nutrition

Hi guys!  I have seen some other nutrition bloggers post “WIAW” (What I Ate Wednesday) or “Day in the Life” posts that are so fun, so I thought I would give it a shot!  I’m going to give you a glimpse into a typical  Honest Nutrition day for me including what I ate.  I set the intention to take a picture of everything I ate throughout the day and it was much more difficult than I expected.  So I’m missing a few pics because I forgot!  Oops! 5:40am- Alarm goes off.  Jump out of bed,  get my workout clothes on, fill up water bottle, grab 2 shot bloks and run out the door.  My friend Sarah is picking me up for another round at Orange Theory Fitness (OTF) 6:00-7:00am- We get our butts kicked by Jessica at OTF.  I have been loving these classes lately since they opened up a studio right by my house.   I love getting my day started with a sweat sesh.  It truly energizes me for the rest of the day (or at least until about 7pm!) 7:30-9:00am- I shower and make myself a bomb breakfast! I’m pretty hungry after my AM workout, so I take the time to prepare a nutrient dense breakfast.  Breakfast today consists of whole wheat english muffin topped with 1/2 avocado and 2 eggs.  I also have a side of raspberries and some green juice.  Before I run out the door I take a Good Belly probiotic shot and make myself a Nespresso coffee with almond milk foam for the road. 9:30-11:00am Arrive at my office and have my first Honest Nutrition client. 11:00am- Administration...
5 Myths about Eating Disorders

5 Myths about Eating Disorders

In the five years I have spent specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, I have encountered so much misinformation about what eating disorders are and what causes them. It’s time to help set the record straight. Myth #1: Eating disorders are a choice or lifestyle. Eating disorders are not fads or a choice. They are a damaging mental illness that should be viewed and treated as such. Yes, many eating disorders may start as a desire for weight loss, but, for some individuals, an innocent diet can quickly turn into an unhealthy obsession. This requires appropriate treatment to address the complex medical and psychiatric symptoms, as well as treatment for the underlying cause. Myth #2: People who are normal weight cannot have an eating disorder. Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. Eating disorders are not always detectable simply from physical appearance. There is a range of eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors; therefore, it is not appropriate to make an assumption based on an observation. It breaks my heart when clients tell me that they do not need or deserve treatment because they aren’t thin enough to have an eating disorder. Myth #3: It’s just about food. “Just eat!” may seem like an intuitive response to someone who refuses to eat. On the other hand, “Stop eating!” may seem like an appropriate response to someone who is bingeing. However, comments like these are extremely unhelpful and disregard the complexity of an eating disorder. While it is true that those suffering from eating disorders misuse food as a coping tool, food is not the core issue. The first step I take in treating any eating disorder...

Eat Well + Travel Often

Summer is just around the corner and if you’re anything like me your calendar is packed with weddings, tropical vacations, work trips, and long weekend trips visiting friends who live too far away! I love to travel, but being away from my kitchen and my local Whole Foods can make it tricky to eat well on the road. I’m writing this post while flying home from Maui and thought I would share a few tips on how I nourish myself while on the road. Tip # 1: Be prepared. This may be the most important tip of all. It is easy to rush packing and just wing it, but that means you’re at the mercy of overpriced airport food. Don’t get me wrong- I will 100% buy that $7.00 Starbucks latte before boarding my 6:00 am flight, but I would prefer to eat a homemade goji berry oat muffin, an individual packet of Justin’s almond butter, and a banana that I brought with me for breakfast. I always make a point to hit up the grocery store a few days before my trip to stock up on as many non-perishable goodies I can fit into my Lululemon bag (you know the ones they give you at the store when you buy something? They make great travel snack bags!) Not only am I packing snacks for the flight, but I am thinking of things I can have on hand at the hotel or keep in my purse to snack on throughout my trip.  Here is a list of things typically found in my Lulu bag (not all are pictured): trail mix (I make my own), bars (see...

Not That Kind of Dietitian

I have a client who referred his co-worker to see me for weight loss.  The co-worker told my client that she had an appointment with me the following week, and commented that she should eat all her favorite foods now because I would likely tell her she couldn’t eat them anymore.  My client’s response was priceless, “Oh no, she is not that kind of dietitian!”When I meet someone in a social setting for the first time and they ask what I do for a living, I’m sometimes reluctant to say “I’m a Registered Dietitian.”  Why? Because typically the first thing many people say is “Oh! Can you put me on a diet” or “What do you think about (insert fad diet of the month).” Putting people on diets or providing them with a rigid meal plan and a list of foods they should never touch again? Many people believe that is what dietitians do, right? Not this dietitian!   Lets take a step back for a sec.  The definition of a diet is simply the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism.  People follow certain diets for a variety of reasons based on religion, culture, ethical reasons, food tolerances or preferences. Somehow the term ‘diet’ has evolved into a word implying restriction and/or weight loss and these, my friends, are actually fad diets. There are an endless amount of fad diets on the market, that I’m sure most of you are aware of, so I won’t bore you with a long list. Fad diets do not work people…plain and simple.  Not only do they not work, but can...