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...

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...