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September 3, 2021

Why not ditch the extra calories in traditional processed bread or crackers and opt for healthier options. Most slices of bread are about 67-92 calories each. Having switched over to gluten and dairy free for many years now I have had to find alternatives to these items. I will share some in this post that I find so that you may save calories and possibly consider switching over or maybe even offering guests alternative options.

To make this easier to digest (pun intended) I will simply list a few brands I like and how I might serve. Rarely do I ever recommend just eating even alternative versions by themselves. You will want to pair with a protein and/or veggies to keep the glycemic load down. That means keep your blood sugar from spiking as well as keeping your body more alkaline.

  • Brown Rice tortillas – my go to choice for wraps with eggs, tuna or veggies. Love some vegan cheese melted with eggs and veggies.
  • Nori sheets – raw or roasted and salted – with tuna, eggs or as snack with protein and veggies
  • Street taco size white or yellow corn tortillas – same as above or use like little pizzas and top with vegan cheese, tofu, seafood, olives, peppers and spinach.
  • Cauliflower or Mixed grain gluten and dairy free pizza crust – same as above ingredients.
  • Multigrain crackers (gluten free) available at Costco – with veggies and protein
  • Lettuce Wraps – tuna, salmon, shrimp, eggs, black bean burger patty, peppers and other veggies with hot sauce or low fat salad dressing.
  • Mary’s Gone Crackers (lot’s of flavor choices) – these are very hearty chips, usually paired with veggies and a protein.
  • Blue Diamond brand Nut Thins – pair with tuna or black bean dip
  • Whole grain Brown Rice Cakes (Lundberg Brand) They come in thin stacks or round size and are great for nut butters. They can be used with guacamole or hummus or eaten as a side plain as a sub for crackers or bread.
  • RuGarcia Lentil & Tumeric Crackers, sweet potato, or beet crackers – great by themselves or with a salad. I love to melt vegan cheese and hot sauce and pair with veggies and protein like eggs, lox or seafood.
  • Simple Mills brand Almond Flour Crackers (only if someone else buys these)
  • Organic Carrot Chips (not my favorite but will do in a pinch) dip with black bean dip from sprouts grocery store

Check out your dairy free and gluten free isles at your local grocery stores or online. Ask any gluten free or healthy eaters you know for other suggestions. I’m sure I am missing something and will think of it after posting. In the past 10 years the food industry has really made some great alternatives and responded with lower calorie & less processed options. Don’t be fooled by the latest KETO trend as if you eat higher carb foods for the rest of your meals and go high fat on Keto foods thinking you are doing great then think again. Calories add up no matter how you stack them. Be sensible and look at ingredients and overall fat, carb, fiber, sodium, sugar, protein and total calories. Be sure you can pronounce ingredients.

UPDATE ON THE PLATFORM FOR EXERCISE VIDEOS ON DEMAND FROM ENERGY FITNESS, MEAL PLANS AND NUTRITION COACHING…………..

Thursday I sent over on USB to Seattle with a whopping 120 videos to the developers to upload batch style to the new online platform to be released in Sept or sooner. You will find many options for your fitness level and what equipment you may or may not have as well as easy on the joint exercises for novices or those of you needed to work around injuries.

I have also created a done for you 12 week transformation plan that includes typed workout programs with videos, etc. You can even track your reps and sets on workout cards.

In the meantime you can find Tonya online with Zoom personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.


July 29, 2021
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What if you could do something good for health and save lives at the same time? Count me in as I like being effective with my time and resources. Every day, about 44,000 units of blood are used to save lives across the United States. This blood is vital for cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, and victims of accidents. Although 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent does so each year. Studies reveal many possible benefits of regular blood donation.

Not sure how YOU like to give back. Personally, I only have so much energy to go around for workouts 6 days a week, healthy nutrition and numerous self-care habits, be involved in my kids life and tote them to different life enriching activities and doctors appointments, household activities, be a good spouse and run a business. I am so appreciative of the many people that volunteer their time and efforts for different organizations, it is a gift of service. This said, I would rather give blood than spend more of my energies volunteering and it makes me feel good that I might be saving 3 lives. Donating blood, especially on a regular basis, can be similar to volunteer work. You give of your time (and your literal blood) to help strangers in need.

An average adult has between 9 and 12 pints of blood in their bodyThe volume in a person’s body will vary according to their size and other factors, but the average quantities are as follows: An average-sized woman has about 9 pints. An average-sized man has about 12 pints.

How much do the blood donor
centers draw
from you? 

1 Pint


Enjoy these benefits from giving blood:

  • Prior to the blood draw it’s like getting a mini-physical in which someone will check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin (iron count) and more. You might even find out your iron levels are too low and you need a supplement. I don’t eat meat and I was anemic during pregnancies so I always take an iron supplement.
  • Giving blood can reduce harmful iron stores – most people don’t even know they have Hemochromatosis which is a disease that causes iron overload. This can develop early in life or at age 40 or 50.  Too much iron can be damaging to blood vessels, and a regular decrease of iron-rich blood and subsequent replenishment due to blood donation can lead to a more beneficial lower iron level. I know 2 clients that routinely have to give blood aka: blood letting.
  • Phlebotomy (the process of drawing blood) was found to be an iron-reduction method that is associated with lower cancer risk and mortality.
  • Donating blood can help your liver stay healthy
  • Giving blood can be good for your mental state as it takes you out of the ME..ME..ME mindset and helps you focus on what you can do to help others. Volunteering has positive effects on happiness.
  • Find out what your blood type is so can try one of my favorite types of diet. The Blood Type Diet is very intuitive and can make a lot of sense or radically change some of your nutrition habits to help you lose weight, have more energy, sleep better or have less digestive issues.

So maybe you are one of those peeps that need to be motivated by fear or the away from something bad to take action.

Here’s What You Want to Avoid!

According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, 88% of blood donors are less likely to suffer a heart attack. With heart attacks to hold the record for most deaths in the US why not try and edge that one down on your list. Numbers aren’t out yet on if Coronavirus is going to be atop of this list at least for 2020. What we do know is that 80% of corona cases don’t become serious, it’s the underlying health causes that add a compound ill health risk and effect.

If you don’t give blood then you may not be giving your body that extra help with blood flow, giving it a lower viscosity (resistance) and thus making it less damaging to blood vessels.

Did you know that men tend to store more iron in their body than women?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a lighter note, I remember my mother giving blood often when I was a kid. She said they loved seeing her and she felt appreciated for giving. If we don’t hear others encouraging us to give blood then most people simply won’t do it or think that someone else will. Consider this post a means of highly encouraging you to make an appointment to give blood. Side note…I was motivated by the Taco Tuesday T-Shirt email. They give gift cards too sometimes and you get points for every donation you give. 800 points each time which you can redeem for prizes or gift cards. Different collectors have different age requirements. South Carolina minimum is age 16 and the upper age limit in some countries is age 65.

The average adult has approximately 10 pints, or 8% of body weight, and it takes a number of weeks to replenish those stores (this is why donors must wait 8 weeks between donations).

Tips  & prior to giving! 

  • hydrate with water and or electrolytes (I pop a nunn electrolyte tab in some water)
  • Fuel up before you go & afterwards! Yesterday there was a woman that said she didn’t eat before giving and they pulled out a cold pack for her neck/chest, plugged in a fan and gave her sodium laced crackers and a sugary drink. With my diet, there’s no way I’m gonna eat crappy processed peanut butter crackers and a soda. Although last time I was served some veggie straws (gluten and dairy free…wohoo!). I usually time it to eat a salted brown rice cake with sunflower nut or cashew nut butter an hour before giving and then have an Aloha protein bar afterwards and water.
  • do your exercise several hours prior to donating
  • bring a jacket or long pants. they may or may not have warm blankets for you.
  • you might feel tired for 2 days post donation.
  • no strenuous activity immediately following – take it easy for 2 days (I lifted and ran on day 2 but easier effort)
  • you might feel lightheaded the day of and for up to 48 hours

I’ll leave you with this a a few pics from yesterday @thebloodconnection in Greenville, SC.

What’s not pictured is the yelp I let out when I get stuck with needles. I mean who loves them right, unless your a junkie and at that point you have bigger problems.

Bloodletting is one of the humanity’s oldest medical practices, dating back thousands of years and linked to many ancient cultures, including the Mayans, Aztecs, Egyptians and Mesopotamians. The typical purpose was to cure a person suffering from some kind of infirmity (leprosy, plague, pneumonia, stroke, inflammation, herpes, acne – pretty much anything). The patient was pierced or cut and then drained of several ounces of blood until they fainted.”  ~Medtech.edu~

I didn’t know until my son (age 15) pointed out that the bag that your blood goes in is slowing swinging back and forth during the process. Cool, it keeps it from clotting. They keep it out of sight, thank goodness as I always look away when they stick me.

 

 

 

 

Find Tonya online with live personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Greenville, South Carolina site to be available this year in the town of Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Stay tuned for more details as we are working on securing a location. Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 is no longer onsite for training, massage and nutrition coaching.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.


May 29, 2021

Don’t think you have the head forward posture? Ask a friend or family member to catch you sitting at your desk or on your phone sometime when you least expect it and take a picture of you. I know during fitness assessments we take pictures against a posture grid when onsite and this is where you can really tell how much an individual’s neck juts forward. You might be able to take a picture of yourself in the mirror standing sideways but likely you will be self correcting.

When looking at reducing pain in one area of the body it’s of course important to look at the body as a whole and any compensatory patterns. Often times when people have weak or painful shoulder muscles they may not lift objects properly and overtime this can erode away the ligaments or muscle caused from grinding against bony structures in the body.

The stretch below may not be fun or sexy but who cares, try it anyway. Create some triggers to make you remember to do them. Maybe when you first sit down to read, type or even sewing and each time you take a break and return.

Results will pay off big and create a more aligned and confident looking posture.

Find Tonya online with live personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Greenville, South Carolina site to be available this year in the town of Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Stay tuned for more details as we are working on securing a location. Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 is no longer onsite for training, massage and nutrition coaching.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87)
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.