Health and Wellness Articles

3 Cardio Workouts to Help Burn Fat!

cardio
© Magen Petit If you’re bored with your current cardio routine which includes a long, steady, easy-to-moderate pace on the elliptical, treadmill, or even the bike, and you feel you’ve hit a plateau then it’s time to spice things up a bit! The next time you hop on the treadmill, try this: Interval. Jog for 1 minute and sprint for 30 seconds. Repeat this 10 times. Want something more challenging?…
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To Stretch or Not to Stretch?

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© Magen Petit I’ll be honest; I used to be one of those people who rarely ever stretched before or after her training sessions. Why? I probably avoided it for the same excuses you might have: takes too long, I just want to start my workout already, what’s the point, who cares, etc. Am I right or am I right? Unfortunately, I was ignorant. I wasn’t properly educated on the…
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You Don’t Have Time to Work Out? No Problem!

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&photo; Magen Petit These days everyone seems to be on time restraints – a meeting here, a conference call there, a kid’s dance recital, a favorite TV show, a boyfriend’s baseball game, a family outing, etc. Whatever commitment you’re tied down to, there is just not enough time in 24 hours to exercise… are these time restraints or really just excuses?! Why wouldn’t you want to put aside some time…
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Nutritious AND Delicious – Can It Be?!

chicken scampi
  © Magen Petit I was on a cooking and baking binge last night where I made dinner followed by dessert – Chicken Scampi and protein cookies! Both are low calorie, low carb, low fat, and high protein – and guess what? They taste DELICIOUS! Chicken Scampi Here’s what you’ll need: 1.25lbs chicken (I got boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders) ¼ cup white cooking wine 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive…
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Use Your Phone to Help You Get Fit!

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&photo; Magen Petit Since the majority of us can’t live without technology, especially our cell phones, I figured I’d blog about how using our phones can help us get fit! Your phone has a camera – use it for progress photos. You’d be surprised how motivating photos of yourself can be! Find a photo on your phone’s internet and save it. Set it as your wallpaper to inspire you. Looking…
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Calorie-Cutting Tips for the Already Diet-Conscious Person

This article is dedicated to “those” people. I am one of “those” people.  I’m the person who orders dressing on the side.  I don’t drink soda, my fridge is full of produce, and I haven’t eaten a King size candy bar in….well, ever. I’m the person who’s conscious of what I eat and try to make good healthy decisions… most of the time.  If you are like me, one of…
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Coconut Flour for Low Carb Baking

Following a low-carb diet can be hard, and at times leave you feeling deprived of some of your favorite comfort foods.  I have always had a sweet tooth, so for me, finding lower carbohydrate/sugar alternatives to my favorite baked goods has been a down-right mission!  After carousing a few Paleo-friendly cooking websites, I started to notice that many of the baking recipes shared a common ingredient: coconut flour.  I had…
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Get Motivated and Stay Motivated!

Motivation
photo © Magen Petit Whether you are a newbie at working out or you’re an old pro, sometimes finding the motivation to get yourself to the gym can be challenging. I’ve been there plenty of times, but I’ve learned to dig deep and find it in me to get my butt over to the gym. Here are some things that work for me when I find myself in a little…
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Want to Eat Healthier? Consider Buying These Groceries!

Groceries for Eating Clean
Photo © Magen Petit If you’re looking to make some changes to your poor eating habits, but are unsure with where you should start or even what you should be eating, I’ve provided a “grocery list” for you. Before you even enter a grocery store, know that sticking to the outside perimeter of the store contains most of the healthier, non-processed, clean-eating foods. The only types of food I get…
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Quick-N-Simple High Protein Breakfast: Apple-Blueberry Mug Muffins

Don’t you hate it when you eat breakfast and two hours later you’re stomach is rumbling?   I’ve found the best way to stay satisfied through the morning is to include both fiber-rich whole grains and lean protein to my breakfast.  When egg whites and wheat toast start to bore me, I gravitate towards oatmeal.  While I sometimes add peanut butter/nuts to my oatmeal, until recently I couldn’t think of another…
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What’s In Season Now: June

Like a good parent should, my Mom always told me to eat my vegetables. I never disliked vegetables, and now as an adult I have learned to appreciate a wide variety and love learning new ways to prepare them. Living in Hawaii, I have a new found appreciation for Farmer’s markets and eating locally. If you are eating more than one serving of vegetables daily, you are one-step ahead of…
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My Gluten-free, Dairy-free Journey: Wrapping Up

Aloha tweakfit.com followers. I am checking in to update you with my gluten-free, dairy-free personal challenge. I am actually currently finished my journey, it just took a little while for me to update my blog. Although I did have some slip-ups, I am willing to forgive myself for being human and a whole new-found sympathy goes out to the food allergy sufferers out there, because this journey was not easy…
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Heart-healthy Mother’s Day Breakfast Ideas~

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and also happens to be one of the busiest restaurant days of the year. This year, instead of calorie-laden pancakes and pastries, treat the special mothers in your life to a home-cooked breakfast made with love and warm your mother’s heart with these heart-healthy dishes. Spinach & Sun-dried Tomato Frittata: The frittata is similar to an omelet, but is more filling and dense, like a quiche.…
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My Gluten-free, Dairy-free Journey: Week 2

  Hello tweakfit.com followers. For those of you who read my previous article, you know that I have begun a thirty day personal challenge to go gluten and dairy free. I am well into week two, but wanted to recap for you all how my journey went throughout my first seven days of changing my diet. Slip-ups: I jumped into this challenge head-first I knew it would be difficult at…
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Combating a Cold While Training and Eating Clean

Navy Workout
Photo © By U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class William R. Goodwin. I think we can all agree on one thing: being sick sucks. Personally, I hate getting a cold (and not just a couple sniffles with a cough, I’m talking about sinuses all jacked up, you can’t hear out of both ears, and you’re lucky to go 10 minutes without coughing or sneezing… and don’t forget your…
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My Gluten-free, Dairy-Free 4 week journey: Getting started~

Millions of Americans are affected by food allergies and intolerances.  While I feel lucky to not have many digestive issues, I know that the food we eat affects other parts of our well-being like mood, energy levels, and our appearance.  While I learned about food allergies in college, and as a nutrition consultant helped clients handle their food allergies and autoimmune disorders like celiac disease, I was surprised when I…
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$5 Fast Food Deals: What’s the Real Value of What Your Eating?

Let’s face it, going out to eat can get expensive, especially if you’re like me & live in Hawaii! It doesn’t really matter which part of the country you live in, we all share one dining similarity in common…cheap and easy fast food restaurants. If it seems like there is one on every corner, it’s probably because there actually is one on every corner. Even if you never stepped foot…
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Study Says: Read Label To Make Better Choices

A recent study published in The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, proves once again, how important it is to read food labels and be an educated consumer when it comes to the food we eat. The study analyzed the diets of over 1,000 college students and gathered information regarding the frequency the students either read or did not read nutrition labels. The data revealed that those who…
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New Gamma Labs Pre-Training Formula (PTF) Giveaway Contest to TweakFit Readers [ENDED]

New Gamma Labs PTF Bottle
I previously reviewed the the Gamma Labs Pre-Training Formula (PTF) and even though the review was pretty good, one of the bad points was that the pre workout supplement was a bit on the pricey side. Gamma Labs took my feedback quite seriously and now they have just released a new revamped packaging to include 33% more PTF per bottle for the same price. Priced competitively, now the price works…
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Can Honey Boost Exercise Performance?

The health benefits of honey are becoming increasingly documented among nutrition journals and health websites. But did you also know that claims are now being made supporting honey as an ergogenic aid for exercise performance? According to WHFoods, a leading nutrition website, honey helps support optimal blood sugar levels during exercise, as well as replenishes muscle-building glycogen following exercise. Why it May Work Honey is composed entirely of sugar, a…
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