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Overcoming Binge Eating and Obesity With Baptist Health South Florida

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Remember the big confession I made the other day? Well, I am glad I was able to get that off my chest!  I took my little chapter of unhealthy behaviors and used them as an opportunity to offer solutions for common health and fitness problems we encounter when we cannot find time to make health and fitness a priority.

Today, I have a very healthy relationship with food, but that was not always the case, and it is not the case for many people who battle eating disorders on a daily basis. In today’s post with Baptist Health South Florida we are taking on the connection between binge eating disorder and obesity.

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Confessions of a Fitness Blogger: I Didn’t Work Out For Ten Days


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Hi my name is Taylor Walker and I have a confession to make: I HAVE NOT WORKED OUT IN TEN DAYS. Yup, TEN DAYS! If I am being honest, this is not the first time that life has gotten the best of my workout schedule. I am human. I am busy;  and sometimes, I am exhausted and downright lazy.

[I know, I know…enough with the excuses.]

Over the past week and a half I have taught classes where I do work up a sweat, but that is not enough to get my blood pumping and release the endorphins I rely on to keep me positive and upbeat!   Nutrition and exercise have been at the forefront of my life for the past few years and I am getting back on track as we speak. But today, I wanted to share with you exactly how I felt when I let my health take a backseat to work and play because I know many of you can relate.

 If you have been in a healthy rut this winter, let’s shake off the winter blues and spring ahead together!

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9 Ways to Spring Clean Your Fitness in 2017 With StellaValle

9 Ways to Spring Clean Your Workout

It is that time of year again to dust off your gym bag and get those summer bodies in check! The StellaValle sisters have made me their #WomanWarrior of the week, and I have put a list of my top three tips for you to spring clean your fitness in mind, body and soul! 

Make sure to head over to StellaValle.com to read more on the Women Warriors #BEONE campaign and make sure to follow @StellaValle on Instagram. I will be doing an Insta story takeover and I have a jam-packed fitness fueled day.

9 Ways to Spring Clean Your Workout

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled program. Get ready to spring-clean your fitness! 

Commit to Fit:

Try New Things: This spring, run, jump, lift, dance or step outside your comfort zone. There are so many fun ways to work out nowadays. Find a fitness or movement style you love and watch your commitment to fitness increase tenfold!

Do Not Complicate Fitness: People always think that fitting in fitness means two hours in the gym. It doesn’t. Use online resources like: Youtube, Daily Burn, NTC or my favorite app called: “Sweat” by Kayla Itsines. You can get fit your workout in in thirty minutes or less without ever leaving the comfort and security of your own home.

 Ease On In: Rome was not built in a day and neither was your functional fitness capacity. If you burn yourself out on day one, the chance of you sticking to a workout regimen for the long term is slim to none. Set mini goals and before you know it you will be better, faster and stronger than ever!

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 Healthy Eating Tips

 Lighten Up: With warmer temps comes the tendency to reach for lighter fair. Put the days of heaping bowls of pasta behind you and embrace spring produce items like: peas, greens, asparagus and fennel. Still want pasta? Whip out the spiralizer and swap red meat for lean proteins like turkey, salmon or a sumptuous runny egg.

Start a Habit Loop: Make spring the start to your “new year”. Start a habit loop by consuming something healthy first thing in the morning for at least twenty one days. Consume plain water, warm water with lemon or an adrenal kick-starter drink with water, lemon, cayenne, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and black pepper immediately after you wake up. This will help rev your metabolism and get your digestive juices flowing. This will also help you to put your health first and make healthier choices throughout the day.

Make Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day: I know we have all heard this statement over and over again, but few of us act on it. Recently, I made sure to have more than just my morning java before heading to work or the gym. Not only have my morning workouts gotten more intense, but also, I have more energy to help me get through the day! Skipping breakfast for extended periods of time can actually lead to weight gain and other chronic diseases plaguing this country.

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More Mindfulness This Spring:

 Take a Social Break: As a blogger and fitness model that is sometimes defined and hired based on my social numbers; taking a break from social media can be difficult, but it is necessary. Sometimes I really have to force myself to shut it down and be more present. Even if the only time I get to do it is during my hour-long sweat session. I also try to step away from the screens at least an hour before bed to get a more restful nights sleep.

Define Three words of Affirmation: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Often times during a mentally draining day, tough workout or just because, I need to hear something positive, and I use words of affirmation to help get me through. Write down your mantra or top three phrases that will help you to remain a calm positive patty no matter what the day brings!

Take 15 minutes to do Something Only For You: If I know I have a hectic day I like to set my alarm to wake me up fifteen minutes early to stretch or sip a cup of bulletproof coffee and watch the news in peace. I know finding time for yourself can be extremely difficult, but spending time alone doing something for yourself can yield a happier, healthier you.

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Bloating and Menopause: Helping Women Cope, With Baptist Health South Florida

Beat The Bloat With Baptist Health South Florida

Bloating. What a ‘B’ right? Bloating happens to all of us, at different times, and for all different reasons. For example, if you scarf a large Domino’s pizza you will likely feel bloating. Step onto an airplane for a five hour flight, and POOF, that belly looks like a bag of pop-chips. Even healthy things like kale, broccoli and beans can create a gassy environment that can lead to uncomfortable gut growth. Bloating is natural and normal, but can be uncomfortable and make you self-conscious. Did you know that age and hormones play a key role in the amount, and type of bloat women encounter?

As we age, our bodies begin to change. Bloating is one of the most common symptoms of perimenopause, the period of time when a woman’s hormone production changes as her body begins the transition to menopause. Changes in estrogen levels throw off the body’s production and flow of water and bile, leading to digestive disruptions. Certain dietary habits can also contribute to perimenopause bloating. The main treatment for bloating is practicing good digestive health, including eating healthy, limiting alcohol and caffeine, staying hydrated and exercising. So feel free to read on or click here for more about bloating and menopause from my friends over at Baptist Health South Florida. Also, for anyone who deals with belly bloat, I am sharing my tips for getting your gut back on track in 48 hours or less.

Beat The Bloat With Baptist Health South Florida

Tips to reset bloat in 48 hours or less:

  • Water, Agua, H20: Drink it. Love it and keep it on hand at all times. Feel free to spike it with things like lemon, ginger and mint for an added detoxifying and flavor booting effect!
  • Have a Meal Plan: Do not just grab the first thing you see. Have a plan, and fill your day with whole foods like fruit, vegetables and lean protein.
  • Cut the refined sugar and stick to the sweet stuff that grows naturally: Dates are a great natural source of sugar/carbohydrates.
  • Do The Herbal: Herbal teas can help with everything from energy and bloating to mood and better sleep. Find a blend that works to you and maybe even try to swap your morning java with green tea.

Make sure to head over to Baptist Health South Florida’s website to read tons of great articles on everything from nutrition to community outreach and medical research.

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Beating Acid Reflux: My Collegiate Confession With Baptist Health SF 

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Happy “Friday Eve” my friends. I am back today with Baptist Health South Florida to discuss a condition I struggled with for years….ACID REFLUX. My pre-health and fitness days were spent dancing, enjoying large cheese pizzas and gorging on weekly trips through the drive through. I was popping little white chalky pills almost every day before splurging on two-week packs of Prilosec and trips to the gastroenterologist. After laying on my side, drinking this gross drink and watching acid pour out of my stomach, I knew I was ready for a change.  Up until this point I relied on a fast metabolism and consistent dance training to keep me in tip top condition.

By the time I was twenty five I was working a traditional teaching job, commuting to work at 6:30 AM, no longer dancing or moving my body enough, but one thing remained consistent. My crappy diet! You see, at the time I did not understand that food wasn’t just meant to be tasty. It was meant to be used as fuel. The lethargy, acne, stomach pain and constant dark circles under my eyes were all signs that I needed to make a healthy diet a priority. It took about a year to rid my system of the junk food I constantly craved. Day by day I felt healthier, stronger and my acid reflux eventually disappeared into the abyss. It wasn’t until I read this article from Baptist Health South Florida that it reminded me of how important it is to fuel your body with nutrient dense whole foods. And guess what….when you do indulge it is that much more rewarding! Make sure to read on for more tips from Family Medicine Doctor: Christopher da Fonseca, M.D. on how to rid your acid reflux naturally.

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