Health & Nutrition
Diet (from the Latin word, diaeta meaning “a way of life”)
Carla and her CORE fitness team will share their knowledge and information about healthy, nutritious and balanced eating (high in protein and low in fat) that is sure to keep you looking and feeling fantastic. Confused about how to eat? The benefits of good nutrition include: improved resistance to colds and infections; reduced risk of developing acute or chronic disease; increased resistance to stress, aiding in the prevention of premature aging; a healthy physical appearance; AND increased energy, aiding in the regulation of a stable emotional and social life.
A balanced diet of wholesome, nutritious, low-fat foods with optimal amounts of nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water) helps you avoid disease and feel your best, physically and emotionally.
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins are essential, non-caloric substances that help promote growth and development. Vitamins are organic compounds, produced from living material only, such as plants and animals. The fresher the food, the colder the storage temperature, and the shorter the cooking and holding time, the higher the vitamin content.
Minerals are also a very important part of one’s diet. Minerals help in the development of bone structure and muscle contraction. Minerals also aid in blood formation, protein building, and energy production, among other bodily processes.
The Recommended Dietary Allowances for Vitamins and Minerals
The RDAs are established by the Food and Nutrition Board and are designed for the “average” man or woman with an average weight, body fat percentage, nutrient absorption and excretion rate, stress level, and hereditary pattern. Therefore, please consult with your health care professional to be sure you are getting what you need.
All new clients receive a booklet with the RDA’s of Vitamins and Minerals, their functions, and food sources.
Alternative (complementary) Medicines
In my two decades as an athlete, personal fitness trainer, pilates instructor and coach, I’ve learned a great deal about the benefits of using Eastern/Alternative medicine. I am a yoga practitioner, and regularly visit a Doctor of Oriental Medicine for acupuncture, acupressure, massage and herbal remedies. I also occasionally visit a chiropractor. In my experience, Western and Eastern Medicine work in concert, and my body and soul have benefitted from both!
I encourage everyone to seek out whatever works best for them individually.