Fit With Fallon: Antigravity Yoga

In this episode "Fit With Fallon" heads to Crunch Gym in Burbank, CA to try a new yoga class.

Alanis Morissette Admits Having Both Anorexia & Bulimia To Oprah

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After struggling for years of bouts of anxiety and depression, a self described people pleaser and perfectionist Alanis Morissette said she suppressed her feelings of anger and despair soothing herself with eating disorders, addictions, work and love.

Alanis admits to Oprah in her recent appearance on Super Soul Sunday that she had a challenging time dealing with both her eating disorders aneroxia and bulimia (yes, you can have both at once). From those experiences she made a profound analogy and statement to Ms. Harpo saying it taught her that;

Women were and still are reduced to objects in a lot of ways, they are sexual pieces of meat to be direct about it. Why I love being percieved as the angry white female on the cover of Rollingstone was because well atleast I am not being percieved as just a sex piece of meat, that’s great…thats an angry woman, atleast a thinking woman. An angry woman is responding to whats going on in the culture around you. And eating disorders for me, food was such ana amazing way for me to calm my anxiety too.. it still is, food, work, and love addiction for a long time.

Now happily married, there was a time that only food seemed to comfort the pain of Alanis heart break. In 2008, Alanis split with then boyfriend Ryan Reynolds and gained what looked like 30 plus pounds or more. The following year she turned to working out and cut out processed and dairy foods, and even started on a vegan diet after reading Dr. Fuhrman’s book “Eat to live”.

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Journaling thru it all also seemed to help this musician, as  past entries can still be found on her blog on ivillage.com, which include snippets like this one making reference to her food related disorders;

‘Being kind toward my fragility in the face of a monolithic message of perfectionism and intolerance has not been an easy path – nor, I’m ashamed to say, a consistent one. Writing about it helps.’

Alanis has found a new sense of self after giving birth to her son. Even though she still has wounds from the past that she is working thru in therapy,  aneroxia and bulimia are no longer one of them.

 

 

 


September 30, 2014

Move over FroYo, Acai Berry Bowls are here!

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Move over Froyo! You have some healthy competition trying to take your place!

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) now comes in a bowl. Acai is a Brazilian berry that is filled with nutritious value, including tons of antioxidants. This “superfruit” when frozen can be turned in a pulp and blended with various fruits and cocounut soy or almond milk. Next, this thick creamy smoothie is then topped with your fave topping of choice, or should I say toppings. You can add some granola, strawberries, bananas or honey. An assortment of nuts, dried fruits (like coconut shavings.. mmmm) and powders can also be added to your bowl of healthy happiness.  If you love chocolate, adding goji berries or dates will give your taste buds a similar flavor they may not be able to distinguish the difference between.

Acai bowls can also be blended into smoothies or served as dessert in a cone. Whatever style you choose to acia berries in, whether it be a bowl, cup, smoothie, or cone. it’s a delicious and refreshing treat that is perfect for a healthy lifestyle. There are also acai Kosher and Vegan options to choose from.

 

My fave Acia bowl concoction include; Acai,bananas, strawberries, blueberries, coconut shavings, goji berries, and granola.

 

Next time your about to grab for the froyo or even parfait, try acai.

Who has had Acia before, do you like it or love it?

 

[Video] Fit With Fallon: Antigravity Yoga

 

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In this episode of  “Fit With Fallon” I headed over to Crunch Gym in Burbank, CA. to try a new yoga class that’s getting all your favorite celebrities high. Anti-gravity yoga is a combination of dance, yoga, pilates, and calisthenics all done while suspended in an air, hanging hammock. It’s a great workout that gets you in shape and helps with realigning your back from the compression of gravity. Watch as I channel my  inner acrobat during a personal session at Crunch gym!

I met with Sahara, Crunch’s anti-gravity yoga instructor, so she could explain to me the benefits of this class as well as show me some of the moves.

Just to brief you, I have taken various yoga classes before such as  regular yoga and bikram yoga but boy was I in for a surprise with this class. As a former competitive gymnast I was definitely up for the challenge and excited to try something new. There were moments during the class where I felt scared, relaxed, and even thought I could fly! Check out the interview I did with Sahara below, followed by step by step breakdown of the moves she taught me.

 FWF: Can you tell us more about this anti-gravity yoga class?

Sahara: Well antigravity is a distinct program that decompresses the spine, that help revitalizes the nervous system, and helps your body move more freely and easier, as opposed to traditional yoga on the floor.

FWF: Some people tend to shy away from yoga because they feel like they’re not going to get a good workout, they’re not going to get their heart rate up, they’re not going to break a sweat.

Sahara: There are various levels of fitness involved in this fitness program. There’s a cardio aspect, a fitness aspect, and a traditional workout aspect.

FWF: Any tips for beginners?

Sahara: There are no beginners, there are no advanced students, the poses are what they are and it’s a matter of trusting yourself and allowing yourself to let go of any judgement and have fun!

 

Cardio: She started me out with a quick cardio routine on the hammock to get my heart rate up. I was instructed to lock my hands into the ropes and quickly do jump squats lifting up my own body weight. After 10 reps, I started to break a sweat.

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Fitness: I asked Sahara if she could show me some of the cool acrobatic type of moves that I have seen circling the web. These moves are called “dual moves” because the first part of the move will help decompress the spine and the second part included more fun, Circus Soleil type moves which stimulates the brain and revitalizes your entire nervous system that releases hormones that make you happy and sexy ;)

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Kendall Jenner ‘Fat-Shamed’ For Having Cellulite

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Being part of the Kardashian Klan, you are going to be known for your curves. Unfortunately, for little sister Kendall Jenner, who is also an aspiring model, is being fat shamed for her cellulite.

An Australian Magazine, posted Kendall on the cover saying she is too fat for runway and needs to lose 17lbs. The magazine was even rumored to “photoshop” some cellulite on the back of her legs to make her appear bigger than what she is.

Now, let’s be honest, most ladies who have curves, have cellulite (I know I do.) Even Kim Kardashian had an episode of her reality show where cameras followed her while she tried to get her cellulite melted away.

Kendall is one of the Kardashians on the more thinner side, but even thin girls get cellulite. What people fail to understand is that cellulite is not about being fat, everyone has fat, you actually need to have some fat in your body because it protects your organs. New York City-based Dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, MD. explains it in detail;

“cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs). Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation,”

 

Unfortunately, genetics also play a role in the unwanted appearance of cellulite on your body. Aging also has an effect, not necessarily because you are getting older, but because as you age the elasticity in your skin diminishes, and therefore more fat deposits are able to be seen, and you have less muscle tone.

 

Now back to Kylie, She looks great, cellulite or no cellulite. Check out this pic below of a back shot of her to die for long legs;

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So, what to do if you are facing some cellulite issues?

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September 24, 2014

Active Escape To Catalina Island

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This weekend I had a fun fit adventure when I arrived on Catalina Island. I wanted a little get away, without packing on the usual vacation pounds. So I made sure to incorporate some fun activities where I could break a sweat, and Catalina Island was the perfect place to do so. With a list of tons of activities to do, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few.

Catalina Island is an island off of the coast of California in the gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is only 22 miles long,  and 8 miles across at its greatist width. The highest point on the only  is 2,097 feet high at the top of Mt. Orizaba, and it is only a hour ferry ride from Long Beach.

 

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Catalina had various choices for land and sea activities. I  always wanted to go ziplining and rock climbing, and luckily for me Eco Tours provided both. The only  zip lining courses in the LA County area, Catalina zip lining  included five separate ziplines 600 feet above sea level, running over 1,100 feet long at speeds of 46 mph, and a cool outdoor rock climbing wall, with a birds eye-view at the top of Descanso beach.

You can climb your way to fit with rock climbing and burn anywhere from 500 – 900 calories per hour. It’s a great upper body workout without having to pick up a dumbbell. Even with the zip lining, although majority of the two hour adventure your are soaring thru the sky, you will have to climb the stairs at the 5 different eco stations between the ziplines. This zip lining and rock climbing adventure has definitely  changed how visitors see the island.

Check out this cool Zip lining video I took with my gopro and experience the ziplininig adventure for yourself;

 

 

I woke up the following day with sore fore-arms from climbing, I made sure to jump in the hot tub at the hotels jacuzzi to help break up the lactid acid.  I then wanted to see what the island looked like on foot. It was perfect weather for my morning run, not

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September 24, 2014

A Drink Your Liver Will Love “My Fit Cocktail”

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I just came across an amazing store called My Fit Foods. It’s perfect for taking the guessing work out of trying to create healthy, portioned sized meals. No need to slave hours in the kitchen trying to food prep, this healthy food take out place has it all mapped out for you.

The store also gives samples of the foods, along with providing you with great additional information on what your eating . I came across this detox shot that has tons of benefits called My Fit Cocktail. It is recommended that you drink it as soon as you  wake up. The My Fit Food experts say that you can even ditch your 3 cups of coffee for the day because this shot alone will definitely get you going;

 

“When we wake up in the morning our bodies are acidic and dehydrated from 8 hours of repair and detoxification. A great way to jumpstart your energy and metabolism is to rehydrate with these all-natural juices that have nutrients to nourish all detox organs: intestines, gall bladder, liver, kidneys, and the lymphatic system.”

 

So what’s in this My Fit cocktail?

8 ounces water

4 ounces of My Fit Foods unsweetened cranberry juice

1 TB Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

½ lemon freshly squeezed

1 oz. B-12 (optional)

 

 

Here is a complete breakdown of why you should indulge in this morning detox shot ritual;

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September 22, 2014

Laila Ali Becomes Chopped Champion & Shares A Healthy Recipe

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Not only is she an undefeated champion in the ring, Laila Ali is now undefeated in the kitchen! Last week, this boxer took her gloves off, and got her hands dirty in the kitchen on Food Network’s cooking competition show “Choppped”.

A self taught cook, Laila has been throwing down in the kitchen longer than she has been in the ring. Laila started making meals at the age of 10, then at 18 she decided to become a boxer. Now at the age of 36 and her passion for cooking still strong, Laila is enrolled in culinary school and prepared to begin a new journey.

Knowing a thing or two about what is required to become a champ, she knew she not only  had to train with the best to the best, she learned she had to eat the best qualities of food to fuel her body to be able perform at her best.

Her main focus when cooking is incorporating a lot of  vegetables in her meals with 80% of vegetables and 20 percent of protein rule.  Realizing she isn’t in the ring burning a lot of calories like she use to, Laila has a low-carb eating regimen.

 

Maintaining a busy schedule, marriage to a retired NFL player, and a house full of kids, she says food prepping is key when trying to save time, sometimes prepping 4 days worth of food all at once, so its easier and faster to cook. She also cooks simple healthy meals that she uses only one pot or sauce pan. When eating out, she asks for steamed or grilled vegetables, and will cheat with her dessert.

Her motto, when it comes to treating herself;

 “If I am going to have my calories, I am going to have it in my dessert”.

 

Not one to participate in fad diets, Laila believes an average person can eat like an athlete and that, “It’s about making your mind up to do so.” If she had to choose between boxing or cooking, right now, she says it would be cooking. Her dream is to have her own cooking show.

 

Try out Laila Ali’s healthy Shrimp Avocado Grape Fruit Salad recipe below;

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Fallon Mercedes is a Celebrity Fitness Reporter.

She is a Certified Personal Trainer who has years of experience in Entertainment Reporting.

Putting her two passions together fitness and celebrity news, she created a unique concept, blog and show called “Fit With Fallon” that educates and inspires individuals to get fit in an entertaining and fun way.
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