Fuel Your Body, Don’t Feed It

Part of the struggle with being healthy and losing weight is a poor relationship with food. Many of us have experimented with fad diets or what we believed were healthy food trends. These trends are still being debated and everyone will freely share with you what worked for them. If it didn’t work for you, it shifts your attitude about food and your body. The truth is, only YOU can know what your body will respond to. Let’s take a closer look at the nutrition you put in your body. Tracking and Awareness The easiest way to track what you’re eating is to write it down. There are numerous phone apps available for convenient tracking including recipes, restaurant foods and even bar code scanning of what you’re cooking at home. Once you start to get a clearer picture of what nutrition you’re getting versus what you’re lacking, you will know what foods you’d like to add or subtract. Even tracking what you eat for a limited time can yield results. As well as your meals and snacks, track your energy levels and how you feel after ingesting these items. You may find that you have glucose, gluten or other sensitivities. Your doctor can help determine these intolerances with a simple blood test. Often, you may notice that removing these items dramatically improves the way you feel. Variety and Moderation Low fat, low calorie or low carb does not equal healthy. Sticking with a 1500 calorie/day diet of fast food or processed foods is not fueling your body. With many of these diets, we feel deprived and still crave the things we’re told we can’t have....

5 Stages of Your Personal Fitness Plan

You have probably tried fitness programs and wondered why they didn’t work for you. In many cases, it’s the simple challenge of planning or lack of focus on your goal. We’re all “too busy” or distracted. It’s time to drop the excuses and make your fitness plan a priority. Only you know what goals you want to accomplish and only you can do the work to get there. Here are 5 stages of a personal fitness plan. Dream Your dream is distinctly that, YOUR dream. A fitness dream can be anything from losing 10 lbs to losing 100 lbs. Your dream may not be about losing weight at all. Is your dream to be a triathlete? Is your dream to be in a fitness competition? Is your dream to find health, without pain, and live a long, balanced and healthy life? Start there, with the big picture. Write it down. Goal Once you’ve decided on your big picture dream, set a goal for yourself. If your dream is to get healthy, your goal may start with changing your nutrition, getting to your doctor for a physical, or starting physical therapy to relieve pain. If you want to run a marathon, your next step will be to start running! Your goals could be “Run a 5K by this date. Run a 10K by this date. Run a half marathon by this date.” This will push you toward your goal date for your marathon. Your goals need not be big goals. Every smaller goal you accomplish is a step on the way to your dream. Plan With every goal there are...

Why Warrior Elements?

Some of you may be asking, “Why Warrior Elements?” Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Gail Warrior. While many of us may not be defined by their name, I actually do consider myself a warrior. I am a fitness and health driven warrior, mom and entrepreneur. Every single day I make decisions to support this way of life. I wake up early. I get to bed early. I exercise as often as I can, particularly in the mornings when I can bring my son. I shop the perimeter of the grocery store and choose whole, organic foods to nourish my body. I cook most of my meals at home so that my son and I can eat well and stay healthy within a budget. I make time to play, relax, and find balance from an otherwise hectic schedule. I run marathons, compete in fitness competitions and have been every size of clothing from a size 2 to a 12. Fitness and nutrition have given me a sense of body awareness that I never had before. The way I see it, everything we do or put in our bodies eventually shows up on our bodies. Making the best decisions now, whether they’re popular or supported by others in my life, means saving the pain of injury or illness later. Besides, I plan on running a marathon at age 100! I have also always had a keen eye for fashion. As a busy entrepreneur and mom, I know that it is often difficult to maintain a healthy way of life. But I do believe that it IS possible and that...