August 2019 Newsletter

August Video Tip Clip: Fit Kids

If your kids are like ours, they are full of energy and ambition…but not necessarily the knowledge necessary to avoid injuries while enhancing their athletic abilities and burning off all that energy. In the clip above, Kristin will walk you (and our boys) through a quick, easy and FUN warm-up for your little ones!

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It’s OK to Cheat

Diets suck. That’s the truth! And while my wife and I will certainly teach our kids it’s never OK to cheat in school, sports or even board games…you can bet we cheat on our diets!

The most restrictive diets are often tempting because you see the folks that do them lose a lot of weight really fast. But what’s happening behind the scenes? And what happens a few months down the road? Chances are pretty good that the dieter is probably craving something that they’ve given up. And once they end the diet, they’re very likely to over-indulge their cravings and end up right back where they started!

Whether you’re cutting carbs, fat, dairy, meat, or WHATEVER…completely eliminating something that you enjoy from your diet is likely to cause cravings. Many of us believe that if we give in to our cravings we’re sabotaging our diet. And if you go completely off the rails and shove yourself full of pizza, ice-cream, candy, or WHATEVER…you probably will go a long way toward canceling out all of your hard earned progress!

But what if you strategically plan to cheat? What if instead of holding out as long as you can…only to shoot yourself in the foot…you schedule a cheat meal (or even a cheat day) into your diet? I’d encourage you to avoid the most restrictive diets, and embrace the most effective and sustainable ones instead!

So what’s effective and sustainable? After training hundreds of clients, for thousands of hours over the past 15 years, I believe the most effective and sustainable diets are the ones that you follow closely for three or four days at a time…forget about them for a day…then get back on them, ready and willing to stick to them because you’ve satisfied a few of those pesky cravings. This is the most successful long-term diet format I’ve ever seen because it allows you to admit that you’re human. It allows you to enjoy the yummy things in life (but not too much)!

Planning to quit is planning to fail. Planning to cheat is planning to succeed!

Yours in health,

Robert Kennedy
President & CEO

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Apricot Quinoa Summer Salad


  • 1 cup (180g) quinoa, uncooked

  • 2 cups (475ml) water

  • 4-5 (200g) fresh apricots, halved and then quartered

  • 1 cup (150g) cucumbers, chopped

  • 1/2 cup (75g) zucchini, chopped

  • 1/3 cup (10g) fresh parsley

  • 1/2 cup (75g) almonds, chopped

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • juice of 1 orange

  • 1-2 threads of saffron

  • 1 clove garlic, minced


Bring the water to a boil, add quinoa and seasonings. Cook to simmer for 25 minutes or until quinoa is fluffy.

Using the olive oil, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and saffron whisk until mixed for a dressing.

Take quinoa off the heat, set to cool. Once cool, stir in all ingredients including the dressing and adjust seasonings to taste.

Enjoy at room temperature or cold. Garnish with more fresh parsley and chopped almonds.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 6  |  Serving Size: 1 side salad

Per serving: Calories: 255; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 380mg; Total Carbohydrates: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 5g; Protein: 7g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 229mg; Vitamin A: 17%; Vitamin C: 28%; Calcium: 5%; Iron: 11%

This recipe courtesy of:  MyFitnessPal

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