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Diet and Nutrition

As  spring activities will start to line up, many people begin to reengage with their exercise program and get serious about getting back into shape. When it comes to healthy habits, this “off and on again” cycle is very common and nothing to feel bad about. It is very difficult, if not impossible, for most people to be intensely focused on being their absolute healthiest year round.
Recently (and much to my happiness!) there’s been a lot of talk about buying organic. It wasn’t until after WWII (prior to which all food was grown organically) that we began to use pesticides and later genetic modifications to farm (now referred to as “conventional farming”).
Every day is a new day and it’s a chance to start over with a clean the slate.  It doesn’t matter if you haven’t exercised in five months or five years.  If you feel like you’re over an extra few pounds, don’t let anything keep you from starting a new lifestyle. Success doesn’t come by taking things on all at once on a large scale but by making small, real changes that stick.
Dieting is hard enough; you never know what will work for you and what will not.  However, doing small, simple things can really help you achieve large results.  Here is a list to get you started.  1.  Don’t skip breakfast. 2.  Eat for your body type.  Figure out which way (high protein, 50-50, or more veggies) makes you feel good.
One of the most contagious aspects of working out with Gabby and Laird is watching the engagement with their children.  Both Gabby and Laird have this unique ability to make every workout seem like some type of large group game that we are all lucky to be part of, and that approach spills over to their children who almost always want to join in.
Most kids eat more sugar than their parents recognize. Like most moms, I would never feed my children a plate of candy for breakfast. Not even on Halloween. I would, however feed them yogurt. I would feel good about the yogurt. I would smile as I placed it in front of them, confident about their healthy start to the day. Well guess what?
From the Editor: Laird fans worldwide have been loyally following Laird's infamous body-shredding workouts. Take for example, Laird's favorite, no-gym abdominal workout with a video guide here. This one is sure to leave you sore!
When you eat makes big difference
“Fat” is one of those words in our jargon that’s gotten a really bad stigma over the decades. Understandably so – as a society we have become so fat that heart disease is now the leading cause of death in the United States, far surpassing all other causes.
When you’re trying to count your calories, it might be tempting to focus on the numbers instead of the nutrients.  After all, if losing weight (or maintaining a healthy weight) is just a numbers game, then it shouldn’t matter WHAT you eat, so long as you meet your caloric goals, right?  Not quite.  Though calories are certainly important, the quality of your food is essential to your overall h


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