Health and Nutrition Blog

April 19, 2017

Sometimes holiday feasts are a surreal experience. And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the decorations, and the ambiance. It is way too easy (and common) to indulge on those days. The problem is that sometimes it doesn’t always stop there. Sometimes we overeat on regular days. Or at regular meals. Or All. The. Time. Here are three simple strategies to avoid overeating at meals. (Psst, turn these into habits and ditch the willpower!) Tip #1: Start with water When your stomach is growling and you smell amazingly delicious food it’s too easy to fill a plate (or grab some samples with your bare hands) and dive into the food. But did you know that it’s possible to sometimes confuse the feeling of thirst with that of hunger? Your stomach may actually be craving a big glass of water rather than a feast. Some studies have shown that drinking a glass or two of water before a meal can help reduce the amount of food eaten. And this super-simple tip may even help with weight loss (…just sayin’). Not only will the water start to fill up your s

Posted in Healthy Tricks, Recipes by Mari Pizarro
March 2, 2017

Enjoy my celery soup! Main ingredient’s benefits: Celery is very rich in vitamin K and also contains folate, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. Dietary fiber – despite being mainly water, celery also provides a fair amount of dietary fiber. This versatile vegetable it’s refreshing and provides natural sodium and electrolytes to nourish our cells.

Creamy Celery Soup

1 bunch of celery chopped 1 cup of raw cashews 3 garlic cloves Juice of one lime or lemon Sea salt, to taste 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar To serve: olive oil, freshly ground black pe

Posted in Recipes by Mari Pizarro
February 23, 2017

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”—Colin Powell My coaching practice exposes me to a wide variety of people from multiple cultures every day. Generally speaking, they fall into three basic categories: dreamers, risk-takers, and those unmotivated to take any action at all. Dreamers tend to well… dream. They dream about ideas, places, cultures, adventure, and new beginnings. But when obstacles arise that challenge their ability to turn their dreams into reality, they abandon them and move on to the next thing. Maybe someday… Risk-takers don’t stop; they keep going. For them, a dream is a goal with a deadline. They take risks knowing that things will get difficult, and when they do, they tell their “inner tough” to get going! The unmotivated often take some action, move forward, and then stall—usually out of fear. Content with the status quo, they believe that dreams are just dreams that will never come to fruition. Pessimists, they resist change wit

Posted in Mindset by Mari Pizarro
January 25, 2017

Complaining is like gossip – a certain amount of it is inevitable, but when it becomes a hobby, it turns into a destructive force that negatively affects your mood, your health, and that of everyone around you.

Posted in Mindset by Mari Pizarro
January 3, 2017

As many businesses attempt to do more with less, leaders must pick and chose their battles to keep employees productive. When we allow “busy” to take over, reverence for accountability often gets lost in a culture of tolerance. Eventually, all the “little things” contribute to a BIG thing no one wants to handle.  The problem stems from everyone being “too busy” to make time to understand what’s going on. We as leaders put up with inappropriate attitudes every day from someone and if left unaddressed, this tolerance turns into irritation. What do you tolerate? From placing blame on others to not taking the initiative because it’s not in their “job description,” tolerance for carelessness, breeds apathy.

What you tolerate, you feed.

Apathy is contagious. Stand around the corner of any break room! Eventually, the little things turn into big things. Before long a cultural shift has occurred and there’s a bigger problem at hand. Tolerance drains the energy of a team; it allows unhealthy attitudes to disrupt the enthusiasm of those who

Posted in Mindset, Personal Performance by Mari Pizarro
December 20, 2016

If you tend to gain weight during the holidays, you are not alone. Studies show that on average we gain 1.5 pounds over the 8-week period just before Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. This might not sound like a lot but the problem is that we don’t usually lose this weight once we’ve gained it. That can add up to 15 pounds in a decade or more! This doesn’t have to be your reality and it certainly won’t be mine.  Let me share a few proven ideas with you. I give you Mari’s Personal Top 10 Tips to Stay Trim During the Holidays (or at least to avoid gaining weight).

  1. PLEASE do not try to start a weight loss program during this time. I’ve done this more than once in the past only to fail and resent myself in the end.  This is the time to enjoy, not to count calories.
  2. DO NOT sacrifice your workout routine. Don’t try to convince yourself that because it is the holidays it’s OK not to continue with your movement routine.  Whatever it is you are doing at home or at the gym, keep moving; park your car far from the mall entrance, take the

Posted in Health/Fitness by Mari Pizarro
December 6, 2016

A good friend asked me the other day “Why are you doing a race?  What do you need to prove?  Plus, you know running is not the healthiest form of exercise – especially after 50.” Wow!  Great questions!  I don’t consider myself a runner but running somehow has always been very attractive to me.  It’s the one thing I have never been able to accomplish consistently.  Running doesn’t come easy for me, I’m super slow, my legs feel heavy and it’s not even helping me burn fat.  So why the heck did I sign up for a 13.1-mile race? Here’s the selfish part of my WHY:

  • Running is a challenge for me and it’s also a gift. It’s my gift to myself, to my business, to my family and to my soul.
  • Every time I finish a practice run I feel powerful. When I feel powerful everyone around me benefits.
  • I know that increasing my athletic performance well into my 50’s will inspire others to get moving. It has also inspired my second book.
  • To get into my best shape/performance after 50, I had to improve my diet and lifestyle. I finally had a reason

Posted in Health/Fitness, Mindset by Mari Pizarro
November 29, 2016

One of my favorite quotes by Nelson Mandela says: “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” I stumbled on this quote shortly after his death, and I felt as if he were in the room speaking directly to me. You see, at that time I was still holding on to one, just one, noxious miniscule drink of poison. I wanted to hold on to this particular one, this one was personal. However, it hurt, it felt heavy, and it was holding me down. Thankfully my soul was ready to let go when I read this quote. Thank you, Mandela. Are you holding on to negative emotions? How about withholding forgiveness? Is there anybody in your life that you have yet to forgive—a co-worker or ex-boss? Do you harbor resentment toward your spouse or bitterness toward a family member? If you are, identify where that feeling resides in your body. Is it in your gut, in your heart, in your mind or in your chest? Is that area congested, tight or constricted? What physical pain are you holding on to?  What do you have to let go of? I ask these questions because it is difficult to hono

Posted in Mindset by Mari Pizarro

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