5 Ways to Manage Time for Your Health

Have you ever been inspired to make healthier changes but just wasn’t sure where to start? I’ve been there, too.

Throughout my sophomore year in college, I told myself I’d make time for my workouts. You see, I was really determined with my workouts during my freshman year. Then, I injured my knee and took a break to allow it to heal. After that, it was really hard for me to get back in the habit of working out 5-6 days a week.

The commitment was hard…I fell back into my old, teenage habits of “putting it off until tomorrow”. I’d try to work out in between classes and science labs, but then I’d quickly talk myself out of it…a nap sounded better instead.

After gaining a few unwanted pounds, developing a poor relationship with food & self, and having a hard time fitting into my clothes, I decided things needed to change…I needed to change…I needed to get my mind right so I could be happy with myself again.

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But how?? How did I manage my time for my health?

  1. I changed my outlook

    While at the time my motivation was how my clothes fit, it didn’t take long for me to remember the “exercise high” from endorphin release–and I fell in love with exercising again. I quit looking at exercise and health as a chore and just made smaller decisions along the way that now last me a lifetime. I put a priority on my health, and eventually, my “healthy habits” became a part of my daily life.

  2. I scheduled time

    We are all busy! We all work, have families, school functions, socialization…it all adds up! My biggest advice to you (and myself!) is to schedule time in your day for your health. If you want to meal plan, pick one day and dedicate one hour to prepping all of your fruits + veggies for the week. Schedule time for your workouts. If you know your busy in the evenings, try waking up early to get your workout in. Allow yourself to take an hour daily for you to find joyful movement to help you reach your health promoting goals.

  3. I prayed

    I’m a very spiritual person, and I look to God daily for guidance. When I was struggling prioritizing my health, I prayed to Him. I reached out to Him to help motivate me. Exercising was important for my mental health, and I looked to God’s support to guide me. I even started going on walks in the evenings just to talk to Him–I looked forward to those walks because I knew I’d feel enriched after.

  4. I found an accountability partner

    Luckily, I have some great friends! Friends that encouraged me to wake up early to go for a morning run. Friends that had the same goals as I did. Friends that motivated me to drink more water. Friends that helped me normalize foods! Friends that supported me. We were able to lean on each other, talk about our struggles and learn from one another. I highly suggest finding someone that can keep you accountable for both gentle nutrition & joyful movement–and it may be two different people!

  5. I gave myself grace

    Sometimes life gets in the way, and you can’t complete your workout. Sometimes you really want to eat french fries instead of a side salad at your favorite restaurant. Sometimes your muscles are sore and your body is telling you it needs rest. And you know what?? That is totally and completely OKAY…and normal! That is part of making sustainable lifestyle changes–allowing yourself to take a rest day, allowing yourself to eat foods that may not be the most nourishing–that IS part of a healthy lifestyle! Food flexibility, food freedom, joyful movement, gentle nutrition, rest days–all of that makes up a mindful & intuitive eating lifestyle. It can be hard in the beginning to give yourself that grace, but eventually, your life will be transformed and you will truly enjoy all aspects of a well-rounded life.

    My hope for you is that you can apply at least one of these time management strategies to prioritize your health.

    **Challenge for the week? Focus on one of these areas to help you prioritize your health.

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
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10 Easy Summer-Friendly Snacks

Summer is near! That means there so will be tons of pool parties, beach days, and outdoor fun ahead. Many people ask what kind of snacks they can keep on hand for summer, and today I will share 10 snack ideas to keep you and your family fueled for summer fun!

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  1. Watermelon Chunks

One of the things I look forward to most during the summer season! Watermelon is a great item to bring to a party or cook-out, and easily transported. You can cut it up ahead of time or simply take the whole watermelon and a knife to the party and eat on the spot.

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Got a bunch of leftovers? Pop those babies in the freezer for a cool, refreshing “pop-sickle”. 🙂

    2. Berry Salad

Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries–they all make their appearance known this time of the year, and oftentimes go on sale at the grocery store! Wash all your fruit (and slice strawberries if desired) and add to a big bowl. Another great option to take to the beach or pool party because it does not require refrigeration and will taste super refreshing!

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You could even use a skewer and alternate berries for something a little extra fun for the kids. It’ll be colorful and pretty, too!

    3. Apple Nachos

I know apples are not in season, but apples are one of those fruits that are available all year long in most US stores…what better way to celebrate a family fun day than with apple nachos?

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One of my favorite snack recipes found here–go check it out! I guarantee you’re kids will love it! If you have any peanut allergies–feel free to use almond, cashew, or soy butter.

   4. Homemade Trail Mix

Easy, portable, flavorful, and a complete snack! You can really add whatever you want in this trail mix, but here are some of my favorite options: almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries/raisins, dried mango/pineapple, pretzels, etc.

There are endless options and various combinations that can be made here based on your family’s preferences. This is another great on-the-go, outdoor-safe snack!

   5. Fruit Pops

There are several 100% fruit juice pops you can buy in the store for convenience, but it would be so easy to make these at home, too! All you need is a pop-sickle mold container, freezer space, and a really good fruit mixture!

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Pinterest has several great recipes, or you can create one yourself! Basically blend up your favorite fruit combo (you can add veggies, too!), nut butter if desired, and some milk or yogurt for creaminess then add to your pop-sickle mold. Freeze for at least 4 hours to make sure pop-sickles are frozen all the way through. Enjoy on a hot day by the pool!

Check out my banana pop recipe here for more inspiration 🙂

   6. Smoothies/Smoothie Bowls

One of my favorite things to eat all.year.long but especially in the hot summer months. Linked down below is one of my favorite smoothie recipes, and I have several on my instagram page, too 🙂 @mindful.eating.dietitian

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Green Smoothie Bowl

   7. Veggie Sticks with Dip

Fresh cut veggies either from your garden or the Farmers market screams summertime! Carrots, celery,  broccoli, cucumber, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes…so many to choose from! I’m looking forward to fresh garden veggies this year.

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I love to pair my veggies with a fun dip like homemade Greek yogurt ranch, hummus, tzaziki sauce, yogurt-dill dip, or a simple vinaigrette. Great way to get those micronutrients in!

   8. Greek Yogurt Parfait

These can even be made ahead of time if you know you’re gonna be on the road all day, need some quick on the go meal ideas, or are just hungry and need something quick! Be sure to keep this snack cooled either in a refrigerator or cooler for food safety!

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Here is my favorite parfait recipe idea topped with homemade granola. Top with fresh berries or other seasonal fruit you love!

    9. Fresh Pico de Gallo

Using all your fresh herbs, tomatoes, and jalepenos from the garden, the only other ingredient you need is lime/lemon juice! Crowd favorite, too! See my recipe here.

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Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or fresh veggies for a refreshing, nourishing snack.

  10. Protein Energy Bites

A year-round staple at my house, but its something you can make ahead of time, non perishable, and nutritious! Check out the full recipe here. 

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You could even transform those energy bites into granola bars–recipe found here. 

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What is your family’s go-to summer snack? Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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“Git Up” Challenge Dance

Our version of the “Git Up” Challenge by Blanco Brown–Dance Fitness style! Feel free to use this dance as a warm up, cool down, or breather song in between sets…and most of all, have fun!

Special thanks to my dancers!! If you are in the Morganton, NC area and LOVE dance fitness type classes, come join us at Peak Performance on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 6pm.

**I DO NOT OWN RIGHTS TO THIS MUSIC: Used for instructional purposes only.

 

6 Things that are Damaging for Your Health

Have you ever chased a smaller body? Felt like your worth was dependent on your weight?

Most people try to lose weight at some point in their life…and unfortunately, diet culture promotes quick fixes that do not last a lifetime. Did you know that within 2-5 years of dieting, 95% of people gain weight lost back, plus more pounds? It’s time we stopped chasing diet culture’s lies and started choosing health promoting behaviors > weight loss for good. Here are the 6 things that are damaging for your health.

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    1. You’re not eating foods that make your body physically feel good

What foods make your body feel good physically? Think about it – foods that contain micronutrients – vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Those are found in nutrient dense foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. If you are constantly fatigued, constipated, low energy, or you “don’t feel good”, re-assess your food choices and see where you can add in some of those nutrient dense foods. Does that mean that other foods are “bad”? Absolutely not.

With mindful & intuitive eating, choosing food that make your body physically feel good is key…but honoring your food cravings are equally important. You’ll find out why later in this blog post!

 3. You’re not drinking enough water

Our bodies are literally made up of mostly water–meaning we thrive off of water. My college anatomy and physiology professor said if you’re actually “thirsty” then you’re already dehydrated…so be sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. Enough fluids also aids in digestion to help build that healthy colon and keep you regular, if you know what I mean. Set small goals for yourself – for example: I will drink 4 water bottles by the time I leave work for the day.

   4. You’re restricting foods

A popular diet culture belief–restriction. If you eliminate carbs, you’ll lose weight. If you avoid fat, you’ll lose weight. If you eliminate gluten, you’ll lose weight. If you eat only protein, you’ll lose weight. If you fast, you’ll lose weight. And you know what? Many people do lose weight from restriction–however, when restricted foods are reintroduced into their life, it likely leads to a “binge”, and a food guilt session follows. That is why it is so important to eat balanced meals including all, yes all, foods at each consistent meal. Eating consistently is more sustainable for life, and you get to enjoy all foods.

With a life of mindful & intuitive eating, kales & cookies can coexist!

   5. You’re only doing cardio.

Trust me, I’ve been here! I am a cardio queen-running, dancing, swimming, biking–my favorites! Cardio burns the most calories and makes you sweat-and back when I was in the height of my disordered eating, that is all I cared about. Cardio is important for cardiovascular health…but strength training is just as important. Sculpting exercises builds muscles so we can be strong, complete activities of daily living, improve body mechanics and protect bone health.

  6. Poor relationship with food

Have you ever beaten yourself up over eating a food you consider “bad”? What about feeling good about yourself for eating something deemed “good”? That is the problem. Labeling foods as “good” and “bad”. With mindful & intuitive eating, all foods can fit as long as you’re enjoying balanced nutrition. Labeling foods is not good for mental clarity. Foods do not hold moral value. Part of life is enjoyment, and if that means eating your favorite food, then do it! You will have more food freedom if you get out of the “good food-bad food” mentality.

   7. Self Doubt

Is this something you struggle with? I do too. But hunny, remember – you are beautifully and wonderfully made! This is my favorite positive affirmation to remember. God designed you to be YOU. Unfortunately, we live in a society that glorifies weight loss…and when we aren’t successful with keeping weight off from diet culture, we feel like a failure…but I’m here to tell you that you do not need to give into the lies of wellness culture. You do you, boo!

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter
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“WOW” Dance Fitness Choreography

Y’all know I LOVE all forms of exercise from running to HIIT to DANCE!

I’ve been instructing Zumba (instructor since 2014) and involved in dance fitness aerobics classes for 8 years. Dancing is honestly one of my favorite forms of cardio, so I hope you like the dance!

I  choreographed this warm up dance to “WOW” by Post Malone. **I DO NOT OWN RIGHTS TO THIS MUSIC. Used for instructional uses only.**

In my classes, I typically use this dance as a warm up, “breather” dance, or cool down. Feel free to use it in your classes, too OR dance on your own at home before your workout.

 

Special thanks to my friend, Bre, for dancing with me 🙂

If you’re in the Morganton, NC area and would like to try my Dance Fitness/Zumba class, come check out Peak Performance (150 Fiddlers Run Blvd, Morganton, NC 28655).

 

What’s your favorite form of cardio? Let me know!

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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10 Minute Ab Workout

We all have fitness goals–and building a strong core is one of mine.

Below you will find a demonstration of 5 different ab workouts with modifications. See instructions for workout below:

**Go your own pace, take breaks when you need it, and feel free to do the modification step.  Even if you’re just starting out, the modifications STILL engage the core and you can still achieve results.

Complete 2 rounds of each exercise for 1 minute each–resulting in a 10 minute workout. Try to complete ab workouts 3-4 times a week for maximum results!

  1. PLANK:

    • Engage the core and try to keep a straight line form (hips are not hanging toward the ground, butt is not up in the air). You may complete these with straight arms (working on the shoulders as well) or with your elbows down (focusing more on core)
    • MODIFICATION: Place knees on the ground, but still engage core (you will still get a great workout)
  2. SUPERMANS:

    • With your body lying front-side, flat on the floor, lift upper and lower halves of body (kind of like you are flying like superman). You may bend arms or keeps arms straight.
    • MODIFICATION: I find bending arms is a little easier, make sure you continue squeezing those muscles!
  3. BICYCLES:

    • Lying on your back, bring opposite elbow to opposite knee while keeping your belly button in and core engaged.
    • MODIFICATION: The higher you raise your legs, the easier the exercise will be, but still effective!
  4. LEG RAISES:

    • A little advanced, this exercise works the full abdominal region. In a back-lying position, keeping your legs straight, simply raise them slow and controlled up and down–really engage the core and try not to lose form.
    • MODIFICATION: Place your hands under the small of your back (this will help control the core easier).
  5. PENGUINS:

    • Lying on your back with knees bent, use your hand to reach to the back of your heels (working the oblique muscles).
    • MODIFICATION: The closer you bring your heels in to your butt, the easier this exercise will be.

 

 

I hope you all enjoy this workout! Make sure to tag me @livebetterwithkatdetter or #livebetterwithkatdetter if you try it.

 

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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Total Body Interval Training

Anyone stuck in a rut with workouts?
Here are some exercise ideas to incorporate into your workouts—whether they be at home, at the gym, or at a park!
Now that spring is here and the weather is nice, I love to go running but want to get a total body workout in as well…here are a few ideas to get a great total body workout in at your local park or greenway: ***i show modifications to most exercises in video so the workout is friendly for all fitness levels 😊

 

Interval Running/Jogging + Exercises:

•go to your local green-way/park and run/jog/walk (whatever your fitness level may be). Every time you pass a bench, stop and complete one round of 30 seconds work: 10 seconds rest of the exercises shown above. Complete as many rounds as desired, aim between 3-5 rounds. ***modify as needed!
•instead of doing exercises for 30 seconds work:10 second rest, you could choose repetitions instead. For example, when you come to a bench, do 12-15 reps of each exercise, 3-5 rounds.
These are just a couple of examples and the options are endless! The most important thing is that you MOVE your body and do something you love. Get out, enjoy the sunshine and build those vitamin D stores ☀️

What are your favorite types of workouts?

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

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My Fitness Journey

I wasn’t always a fitness enthusiast. In fact, I used to use exercise as “punishment” for eating what I deemed “bad”.

 

I don’t categorize food as good and bad anymore–food is fuel…but that is a topic of discussion we will save for a later time.  Today, I want to share my fitness journey.

 

By now, you all know my struggles with  body image and properly fueling my body without feeling guilt. One thing I have not elaborated on is how I started exercising in the first place.

 

I can remember being a young girl, maybe 8 or 9, and my mom encouraging me to walk down the road and back with her. At the time, I did not know why she wanted me to walk with her so badly. It wasn’t fun. It was a battle. Nothing good came from it (or so I thought)–so why did she keep trying?

I’d fight and beg her not to make me…and usually she would give up and go walk by herself. Now, as an adult, I know that she was trying to instill the importance of activity to me at a young age so hopefully when I am older, I will see activity as a part of my normal-everyday routine.

 

It wasn’t until I was in middle school that I became obsessed with my body image that I started actually exercising…my brother and I would go running together, and he would literally have to push me so I’d keep going. Was it enjoyable? No…but the post-run high was completely worth it. That is when I started noticing how exercise made my mind feel good.

 

It never lasted…we would run every day together for a week, then go a month or two without consciously doing anything physically active.  Forcing myself to do certain exercises was not enjoyable for me.

 

As a freshman in high school, my mom got us a family YMCA membership so we could all work out together. She heard they were teaching Zumba Fitness classes and dragged me to one. After the first class, I said I was never going back.

 

I absolutely hated it. Crowds of people watching you dance, mirrors in front of you, no privacy…I was convinced it wasn’t for me.
However, my mom kept taking me and encouraging me to go with her. After attending for a few weeks, I loved it! I never wanted to miss a class. It was my “gateway” to other forms of group fitness classes like spin, weight lifting, and aerobics.

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After a few years of attending Zumba Fitness classes, I was given the opportunity to start teaching my own dance fitness classes as a 16 year old and loved it. Not only did it help my fitness journey grow but my personality grew as well. It became a social outlet for me and is still to this day!

 

By the time I was 17 I was working out in the gym regularly and running on days I didn’t teach dance fitness. When I moved away to college, I started training for run-races and completed several during my time in Tennessee and California. At 19, I obtained my Zumba Fitness license and continued teaching group fitness classes. I even completed 2 half marathons and my first triathlon last year.

Since then, I’ve taught at several gyms and even had my own studio going for a while.

 

At one point last year, I got stuck in a rut with my workouts and it became so frustrating that I forgot why I loved exercising in the first place. I was running on treadmills and riding stationary bikes because I didn’t know what else to do…I was burnt out from being the gym-rat I used to be…what was I supposed to do?

I then joined a group fitness challenge group where I was taught how to build HIIT workouts using only body weight–no gym or equipment required, and I saw great results. Since then, I dedicate 1-2 workouts per week solely for HIIT workouts, and try to strength train 1-2 days per week in addition to my cardio sessions. These workouts are fun for me!  For access to a FREE fitness HIIT workout demo with full workout instructions, click here.

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You see, I was not always a fitness fanatic. It took me 10 years to get where I am today, and I plan on growing even more on my fitness journey in the years to come.

 

What inspired you on your fitness journey? It’s important to know where you started for motivation to keep growing…

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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Kat’s Fitness: Total Body HIIT Workout

Make sure you check out my video tutorial of these exercises. While I typically repeat each round 3 times each and then do 30 minutes-1 hour of cardio (usually dance classes), you can most definitely do 3-5 times per round to get a complete workout.

 

 

See full workout instructions in image below.

 

 

30 Minute HIIT Workout

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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What It Means To Be Healthy

“It’s called the South Beach Fat Flush, and all you drink is cranberry juice for 72 hours.” – Regina George from Mean Girls

This is the world we live in. People going on fad diets, cleanses, detoxes, and fasts to look a certain way. This is what people think it means to be healthy.

As I have mentioned before, being healthy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. What I do on a daily basis may not work for you, and vice versa. However, there are healthy living practices that we can use as a guide to help inspire us to live a better life.

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  • Be active most days of the week

This is kind of vague, but it goes back to my point of every body being different, and we all have different goals. A person beginning their fitness journey may not run as far as the person training for their first half marathon. The body builder working toward a competition likely works out hours a day while the person wanting to tone works out for an hour…all of that is irrelevant. Do what works for you and your goals. The most important thing is that you are active.

  • Eat your veggies

…or all plants for that matter. Plants are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and water, making them BEST for your body. Strive to get the majority of your diet from plants, making half of your plate non-starchy veggies at meals. Not only will it be kind to your waistline, but the fiber will help you feel full for longer periods of time AND will help keep your digestion regular.

  • Stay hydrated

This is so vital. Our bodies are 55-60% water, so it is important that we replace what is lost. Water can be lost in the obvious ways–urine, sweat, and bowel movements…but we also lose water when we breathe and stress! When we are dehydrated, our body’s cortisol (the stress hormone) levels increase–making it another good idea to drink water consistently throughout the day to decrease stress levels.

  • Limit added sugars

Women should truly be consuming 25 grams or less of added sugars daily, while the recommendation for men is 36 grams per day. On average, one 12 ounce can of soda contains 39 grams of added sugar–that is over a days worth! Added sugar can also wreck your immune system, making it easier for you to get sick. While I am not saying you can never splurge and have sugar, be mindful of where your added sugars are coming from and limit them most of the time.

  • Engage in healthy relationships

We were made to communicate with each other–as much of an introvert I am…I realize how important it is to be part of a community. Spend time with your family and friends–go out of your way to be kind to others. Socialize with people you’ve just met. Get to know someone new. You will be more fulfilled, create new relationships, and grow as a person.

  • Grow spiritually

Regardless of your religious preferences, take time for your spiritual life daily. It can be so easy getting caught up in the chaos of every day, but make time for your devotions. As a Christian, I talk to God throughout the day, multiple times a day. Writing in my prayer journal is another way I feel connected with Him, and it is neat to look back on past entries to see what He has done to help me overcome past issues.

 

What other guides do you use to stay healthy?  Remember, healthy living is individualized to your own personal needs. If you’d like help meeting those needs and want to jump on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon, send me a message!

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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