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6 Ways to Get Your Man to Eat Healthy Without Him Knowing

My husband is an Ohio guy through and through. He loves meat and potatoes and has little to no concept of portion control. If you would have told me four years ago  last year that he would be eating quinoa, kale and black bean burgers I would have thought you were N-U-T-S. These days, he still likes to indulge, but he is  more dedicated to his health and wellness than ever before and I could not be more proud!

Today, I have six tips to help get your man living a healthier lifestyle…Without him really knowing it.

Pre-Make a Healthy Breakfast or Keep a Fruit Bowl Front and Center: I love making overnight oats or breakfast burritos that Cory can warm up or eat on-the-go. If he has healthy options available to him first thing in the morning he is more likely to make healthier decisions throughout the day.

Lighten Up his Favorites: Does he like fried buffalo wings? Yea mine too! Opt for lighter options that still have the same flair. For example: Grill a chicken breast, slather it in buffalo sauce and top it with diced celery, red onion and a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles.

Just Add Bacon: Think salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy and savory when you create a dish and your man will never be dissappointed!  If I am making a kale salad with avocado, mango, red, onion, quinoa and pumpkin seeds; a sprinkle of bacon takes this salad from good to great with the added salty crunch! If you tell your man it has bacon in it. I guarantee they will go back for more.

Send Him Articles Here and There: I could not get Cory to even think of quitting soda for the longest time. I would explain how bad it was for him and how diet soda was even worse for his body. He was addicted and I had to give up! That was until he read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the health hazards of soda. he quit cold turkey that day! Let’s face it. Some of the stuff we say is fluff, but if there is hard evidence from a publication he knows and loves. There is no more denying it!

Take Him to Your Favorite Local Healthy Spot: Miami Squeeze is a local dive juice and health food spot here in North Miami. I love going there during the week for a veggie wrap, grain bowl or a ginger shot. Cory used to come with me reluctantly and order the only unhealthy thing on the menu….a chicken or tuna melt. Now, he gets a large ginger shot and a vegetarian platter or Wrap Me Wrap (a mediterranean wrap). The waiter even knew his order yesterday before he said it! He now goes there right after the gym and is making healthier choices every day! (I am one proud wifey)

Positive Reinforcement: It may sound silly, but telling your man you appreciate them making an effort or that they look  “hot” when they drop a few lbs. really helps makes all the difference!  We feel good when they tell us we are beautiful; so why not place the shoe on the other foot?!

If you have any more tips to add make sure to write them below!

 

5 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy and Fit While Traveling

Where in the world is Taylor Walker Fit?! [sung to the ‘Carmen San Diego’ theme song] Every week it is a guessing game as to where in world I will be. Is it exciting? Yes, but it can also be exhausting and leave you sick with a wicked sinus infection like this week.

I left for California last Tuesday only to have my four day trip turn into a seven day trip.  I was left to search for a laundromat and a place to get a fresh blow out in LV, and it was an good ‘ol fashion adventure to say the least. That my friends is the less than glamorous part of the modeling industry. You have to be flexible and OK with throwing your schedule out the window. You also have to be flexible and comfortable with keeping your health and fitness your number one priority. It takes a little bit of work, but once you get the habit of it. Living this life becomes second nature.

In my early years of hustle and bustle I did not give much thought into what I put into my body. Food was portrayed as food, not fuel, and any drive through would suffice. These days, processed food leaves me feeling just as low as an alcohol induced hangover; so I wanted to share a few health tips for all of my road warriors out there.

Remember…Small changes can yield large rewards!

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Running for the Health of it

I hope everyone celebrated #GlobalRunningDay this week! The weather is warming up around the country which means there is more time to enjoy the great outdoors. You know what that means. More hours to fit in your fitness! I loved this article from my friends over at Baptist Health South Florida because it talks all about the benefits of moderate physical activity. I learned that recreational runners actually have healthier hips and knees than competitive runners and people who live sedentary lifestyles. Which may not come as a shock to you, but it just solidifies the importance of moving in any capacity.

Learning all about the benefits of leisurely jogging was great news for me because I am an interval runner through and through. I do not run for distance, but I do like to alternate running and slow jogging for 15-20 minutes a few times a week. It helps cut through stubborn belly fat, increase my heart rate and work up a sweat! In fact, this article recommends running 51 minutes per week to help you lose weight, decrease your risk for developing arthritis and decrease your risk for cardiovascular related disease. How awesome is that?

My husband is all about maintenance workouts. He loves the elliptical or to go for 20 minute runs. Now the proof is in the pudding; the most important takeaway is that you move your bodies! We all can put one foot in front of the other. It does not cost money and it can be fun to explore your community! In fact, Baptist Health South Florida offers free run clubs and other fitness activities all over Miami. There is strength in numbers. So if you are looking for a friend to jog or a community to move with make sure to check out the schedule today and read the full article on “Running for the Health of it” today!

Love and Sweat,

Workout Wednesday Leg Day!



#WorkoutWednesday Leg Day on TaylorWalker Fit

Happy Humpday Everyone! It’s #WorkoutWednesday LEG DAY here at TWF! This quick-fire workout can be done anywhere. It focuses on lower body strength and endurance and can help tighten and tone all the major muscles in the lower half to include the: quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, calves and core .

When performing a squat make sure to:

Keep you spine long and neutral with little to no arch in low back.

Keep your head neutral.

Abdominals should be engaged.

Track your hips over your knees over your feet

Weight should be pressing through your heels.

Pretend you are sitting in a chair.

Perform each exercise for 45 seconds with a 15 second rest or 1 minute with a 30 second rest 4 times!

Love and Legs,

3 Days in LA LA Land

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About to Touch Down in LA LA Land

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Hotel Views From The Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

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Morning Walks Through Santa Monica

Morning Walks Through Santa Monica.

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One Way to the beach!

Happy Monday Everyone! I know the blog was a little light last week, but if you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was in California shooting a social media campaign for my friends at Old Navy. When the e-mail came through to participate in the shoot I was beyond excited. There are so many incredible bloggers out there with a much bigger following than I have,  but when these opportunities present themselves I always remember the words of my uncle who said to me the week before I won the Wilhelmina Fitness Model Search: Why not you? So, if there is something you want to do, but are afraid to do; look in the mirror today and ask yourself the same question. Why not you?

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Views on Views Over L.A.

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Worked up a sweat, but we made it to the top!

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Zappos Meets Wilhelmina Family

Over my five days on the left coast I completely fell in L-O-V-E with everything about L.A. and the surrounding areas. I was able to spend time wandering around the streets Santa Monica, spent time with family friends including personal trainer and rockstar Blake O’Brian  in Manhattan Beach, went to hike Runyon Canyon and drove through Beverly Hills,  past Grumman’s Chinese Theatre and every lust-worthy, insta-worthy backdrop you could imagine with my childhood friend!

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Santa Monica Community Garden

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There is Beauty Everywhere

Taylor Walker Fit Does LA LA Land

Taylor Walker Fit Does LA LA Land

Taylor Walker Fit Does LA LA Land

I must have walked to the Santa Monica Pier and back ten times during my trip, but every time I left the hotel I found myself taking the “scenic route”! If you fine yourself in Santa Monica make sure to stroll to the pier and the Third Street Promenade.  There are gardens and farmers market restaurants where even your comfort food is locally sourced and nutrient dense!

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Yes to every bite!

Making my way to the pier!

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Santa Monica Pier at Sunset

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Odell Beckham Jr Pier Side Hard at Work

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It is even beautiful at night!

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KALE me crazy, but I cannot wait to come back!

California is really the mecca of healthy living! With nearly perfect weather most of the year and organic farm to table food on every corner; I almost intentionally missed my flight to Vegas. I will be back in August for the final Propel event and I seriously cannot wait! I got a new camera, and I absolutely adore it (clearly), so today’s post is simply a photo diary of my time in beautiful Southern California! [Mom…I hope you are proud of my shots LOL]

Comment below with  your can’t mis spots in L.A. so I can make sure to visit at the end of the summer!

Diet Soda and Your Health

DIET SODA AND YOUR HEALTH

Diet Soda…it is low in calories right? It must be healthy right? Wrong. According to this article from Baptist Health South Florida, Cathy Clarke-Reyes, R.D. Says:  “When it comes to sugar, you’re better off with simply less of the real stuff (sugar) than a lot of the fake stuff”. When you consume artificial sweetener, which is a thousand times sweeter than sugar, you actually trick the brain into thinking you are giving it the sugar which in turn will make sugar cravings worse.

When it comes to marketing, consumers like you and me can fall hard and fast for light colored packaging and unhealthy foods with labels that state “gluten-free”, “Non-GMO” and my favorite “natural” on the packaging. These claims can be completely unrelated to what you are eating, misleading and can actually aide in packing on pounds which ultimately increase your risk of acquiring diabetes, heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s . For example, potatoes are naturally gluten-free. Slapping a “gluten-free” label on the package does not automatically make potato chips healthy. Are you picking up what I’m putting down?

Soda and Your Health

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Workout Wednesday: Quick-Fire Mobility and Stability Workout

Video by Catarcione Productions

Happy Humpday Everyone! It’s #WorkoutWednesday and I have created a quick-fire video for you that will help improve and enhance both stability (core-strength) and mobility (functional flexibility) in the shoulders, thoracic spine (mid-back), hips, low back, hamstrings and booty! Improving mobility is often overlooked, but has many benefits including:

Decreased Recovery Time

Increased Range of Motion in Joints and Muscles

More Fluidity in Movements

Decreased Risk of Injury

You can do each exercise back to back for ONE minute. Followed by a 30-second child’s pose. REPEAT 3x for a 12 minute workout or 4x for a 16 minute workout. Do this workout first thing in the morning to get your blood pumping, in the afternoon to beat the afternoon slump or try it right before your evening bath or shower. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Make sure to subscribe to the TWF Newsletter on the sidebar for exclusive workouts, meal plans and more!

Propel CO:LABS Miami Featuring The Vixen Workout, Fast Twitch & Gunnar Peterson

Miami CO:LABS went off without a hitch thanks to Propel Water! Thank you for sponsoring this content and allowing me the opportunity to share all of the “ugly” with my readers! As always, all opinions are my own.

The “Iron Twins” are creating “Iron Baby Boys”

Welcome to Miami. Bienvenidos a Miami. Propel CO:LABS kicked off last week, and to say that we had F-U-N would be an understatement. I was able to bring my favorite fit-friends to the CO:LABS and experience the Miami fitness community in a whole new way! We started the afternoon listening to a jam-packed panel that included creative directors, trainers and creators of: Fly Wheel Sports , Green Monkey Yoga,  The Vixen Workout and Fast Twitch!

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Your Body Shape and Your Health With Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida

Apple. Banana. Pear.  I am not talking about your favorite fruit. In today’s post, I am talking about body shape and your health. According to this article from Baptist Health South Florida, overweight or obese people with a concentration of belly-fat are are at higher risk for obesity related diseases such as: diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.

Abdominal obesity or “apple shape” can elevate your potential disease risk and can be calculated by measuring your waist circumference. If you are a man whose waist circumference is more than 40 inches; or a non-pregnant woman whose waist circumference is more than 35 inches, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you may be at risk of encountering one or more of these diseases.

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The lululemon Enlite Bra: HIIT Tested. Taylor Approved.

The Enlite Bra: HIIT Tested. Taylor Approved.

Photo by Judy Walker Photography

 

The Enlite Bra: HIIT Tested. Taylor Approved.

Photo by Judy Walker Photography

 

The Enlite Bra: HIIT Tested. Taylor Approved.

Photo by Judy Walker Photography

I have a secret to tell you. The only sports bra I wore last week was the Enlite bra. I did barre one day, went for a run another day, taught a “lower half” class  and rounded out the week with a BBG session that left me weak in the knees. I have to say, the Enlite bra kept me supported and comfortable the entire time! Have you ever gone to a class and had your natural boobs look like they are frowning at you in the mirror while you are trying to squat, tuck or burpee? Well, I have and honestly, it is one of my biggest fit-fashion pet peeves. I am a 32 year old woman, who lives on a planet with gravity, do I really have to be reminded about this fact during every single workout? I. THINK. NOT.

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