Posts Tagged ‘eating healthy’

Salvere Blog: The Diet that “Worked”

October 4, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Who’s heard or said — “That diet worked.”
What exactly does this mean?
Worked???  hmmmmmmm
Worked for What?
for Why?
We say it worked — but what did it really do?

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email or call 410.707.0055

We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Snacking Is Bad…. Or Is It?

February 13, 2017

by Salvere Health and Fitness

I got to thinking about this the other day after listening to someone talk about kids and school and food. Sounds insignificant but the difference in dessert vs snack in today’s world vs decades ago.

When you hear these two words, what do you think? What comes to mind?

For me, dessert brings me back to childhood when we occasionally ate something special at night, after dinner, such as a homemade brownie or cookie or even some ice cream. We were fortunate enough to grow up with a mother who holds an amazing talent and passion for baking so high chances of it being amazing and delicious.

Snack on the other hand, I remember eating after school, between lunch and dinner consisting of foods such as an apple and peanut butter, cheese and crackers or some popcorn. I would say we ate snack pretty much every day. I felt like snack was part of our regular eating whereas dessert felt like something more special not necessarily a daily thing.

What does it mean in today’s world? Well, one example of snack in schools,is something they can buy in the cafeteria and eat immediately following lunch. It may consist of a variety of foods such as cookies, candy bars, chips, ice cream, etc. and is often used as one way for the school to make a little extra money. Even after school snacks often consist of some of these “junk foods.”

Does using snack to describe foods that used to be labeled as dessert confuse the role and choice of what we eat?? Maybe, maybe not??? Do we use the term dessert much anymore with regularity in the home? Restaurants still use it but what about our schools?? Could they get away with calling it the School Dessert Program?

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email

We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: The Anti-Anti Obesity Campaign?

April 6, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

1990-2010 obesity maps us
Do our Anti-Obesity Discussions Contribute to Obesity? So check out the above maps… Zoom in on the first one – All kinds of blue and farily equal throughout the country, aside from the three white areas with no reporting. Check out the last map – Lots of red and pink only one blue and a few purples. How many categories disappear off the map from 1991-2010?? Realize that these are obesity trends – not obesity and overweight.
Okay, okay so without presenting doom and gloom, lets use these maps to show the reality of what happened in our country over the last 20 years (a relatively short time!). This happened during a time when just about every place you went and much advertising focused on “healthy” eating, dieting, the importance of losing weight, being more active, etc. – How we need to FIGHT THIS WAR on obesity.
I point this out because we spend billions and billions money on research, diet “things”, media “promotion” and provide countless resources yet our obesity numbers continue to grow. What happened to make these numbers change in the opposite direction of what we wanted?Our efforts focused quite a bit on education but, seriously, how much more information can we hear on the importance of “losing weight”? And how many of us can continue to feel like we work so hard yet don’t see “results” on the scale?

How can we begin to create a fun, motivating, encouraging community of living healthy, emotionally and physically, and feel good about our efforts with regard to physical activity and nutritious eating? Anyone else ready to take a sledge hammer to that scale, forget the horrible discussions about weight loss and join us on the PRO Fun, Rewarding, Exciting, Eat Real Food Healthy Living campaign??

by Lisa Martin, personal trainer and owner at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

Salvere Blog: Can’t Won’t and Dont

November 18, 2015

by Salvere Health and Fitness

These three little words – Little but powerful in their own way. Sometimes, we get so focused on what we can’t, won’t or don’t do we lose sight of what we can, will and do! Since our blog focuses on fitness and nutrition, lets see how they might be used with regard to exercise and eating.

clear your mind of cantDon’t: “I don’t like to exercise.” “I don’t run.” “I don’t like vegetables.”
Won’t: “I won’t go to a gym.” “I won’t eat breakfast before work.”
Can’t: “I can’t do squats.” “I can’t give up dairy.” “I can’t cook.”

So, now look at how they might be impact taking action. Using these words, it gives great focus on how or what someone is NOT doing. What if we rephrased these —

For instance:

I don’t like vegetables. Think about this — this statement would mean this person does not like ALL vegetables. Now, I imagine we could find one or two vegetables that they eat. Then the statement becomes “I like broccoli and carrots and can include them a few more times a week.”

I won’t go to the gym. Look at the many options for exercise, outside the traditional gym setting. Hiking, walking, dancing, playing games and spending time with friends. We’ve gotten into the mindset that the gym is one of few options! Again, start to think about things you do enjoy and will do on a more regular basis. The most important thing, keep on moving!

I can’t do squats. So, before making this claim, how then would this person get up out of a chair or go to the bathroom??? Then the question becomes why are we making this statement. Does it hurt? Have we worked on using proper form? Was there an injury? Now we work within all the necessary parameters and strengthen/lengthen muscles properly and do other exercises to learn how to squat. The statement then comes “I can strengthen my leg muscles in order to make getting up and down throughout the day more comfortable.”

Using these as a few examples (and yes, there certainly are times where you must use these words!), think about how you say and think about certain topics. Can you say them differently to feel more positive and action oriented??

by Lisa Martin, personal trainer and owner of Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.