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22 Foods to Help Keep You Hydrated
Sharing Some of the Best Kept Training Secrets
Superfoods for 2012 (pt.2)
How to Beat Heat-Related Illnesses
Does grape juice offer the same heart benefits as red wine?


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22 Foods to Help Keep You Hydrated

    Hey everybody, it's another beautiful day in our neighborhood.  With that sun shining bright out there, I hope we're all remembering to keep ourselves sufficiently hydrated. While most of us know that water and other sports drinks can help, I'm betting that not enough of us know that many foods serve as great sources of water too.  The following blog will highlight a great selection of foods that can play a vital role in helping keep our bodies properly hydrated this summer season.

Superfoods for 2012 (pt.2)

Hey everyone, I hope this reaches all of you maintaining your cool on this VERY hot first day of Summer.  As promised, here is the 2nd installment of the blog I published last week regarding Superfood choices for 2012.  There's a lot of good choices here, and I'm hopeful this information affords you the opportunity now to introduce some of these into your diets.  As is always the case, please feel free to share with any and all whom you feel would benefit from reading this.

Does grape juice offer the same heart benefits as red wine?

    Possibly. Some research studies suggest that red and purple grape juices may provide some of the same heart benefits of red wine, including:
  • Reducing the risk of blood clots
  • Reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol
  • Preventing damage to blood vessels in your heart
  • Helping maintain a healthy blood pressure
    Grapes are rich in health-protecting antioxidants, including resveratrol and flavonoids. These antioxidants are found mainly in the skin, stem, leaf and seeds of grapes, rather than in their pulp.

Superfoods for 2012 (pt.1)

    Hey everybody, hope you're all enjoying a beautiful Thursday today!  In my never ending search to identify healthier options for all of us I have discovered some superfoods we should all be trying to incorporate onto our plates and into our diets.  What I'd really like to accomplish by providing this information is to make eating clean easier and tastier by adding a variety of new proteins, carbs, and healthy fats to your meal plan. The foods below are packed with disease-fighting nutrients and unique flavors from around the world.

Is Everything at the Salad Bar Good for Me?

    Hi everybody, hope you are all winding down what was a wonderful Tuesday.  The following blog is important for many of you as you continue to try and identify healthier options to compliment your new and improved diet.  One of the options many of us enjoy are salads, but with so many things out there to dress them up who's to know what choices are healthy and which ones we should try to avoid.  The foods listed below are some of the choices better left out of your salad bowl.

Food for Thought - What is Fruition?

    Hey everybody, I've got an exciting announcement to share with all of you.  Starting next week, METropolitan Fitness will start carrying Fruition bars.  What I wanted to accomplish by writing this blog was to ensure that all of you understand precisely why I chose to make the decision to make them available to all of you.  I hope you enjoy reading this and find it helpful in deciding whether or not Fruition bars are right for you.

What is Fruition?
Fruition is the latest addition to the PROBAR family.

Is it OK to train on an empty stomach?

    For many of you, early morning training is a necessary evil.  More challenging than getting to the gym though, is getting something to eat that will properly fuel you through that training session.  I hope that this next blog will finally put to rest any doubt regarding the following question:

Q: Is it OK to train on an empty stomach every morning?

My answer: If you don't eat before you train, your performance will suffer at higher intensities and longer durations.

7 Must-Eat Fruits and Veggies for the Spring Season

    With spring here and summer right around the corner, I wanted to share a few very healthy examples of things you can be enjoying with a leaner and healthier you in mind. Enjoy!

1. Strawberries                                    

The Stats: A cup of whole strawberries has 45 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 140 percent of the daily value for Vitamin C.

Energy Boosting Snacks to Overcome Your Mid-Afternoon Slump

    Hey all, hope you're enjoying a wonderful Saturday so far.  What a gorgeous day it was!  For many of you, trying to identify healthy, energy boosting snacks to get through your day has been a challenge.  As much as we talk about how important it is to make healthier eating decisions, it's understandable as to why those choices can be so taxing.  With the following blog, I wanted to be able to provide a few options to consider when faced with those mid-day energy slumps.

Is your body under attack?

    Hey everybody, hope this blog reaches you all doing better than ever!  As we continue pushing forward in our efforts to seek self improvement and boost our health and wellness, I want to reiterate how vital it is to our success that we don't overlook the importance of allowing for proper rest and recovery time.  Why is it so important to allow time to heal? It is inevitable, regardless of how young or old we are as we make this journey that we will all have to combat the issue of inflammation.