Ingredients for Life #70: Lifestyle Challenges: Bonnie’s Update

This week, Bonnie returns with an update on her progress since she was a guest on the show a year ago.

2011 has presented a new physical challenge for her, and the steps she’s taking to continue to manage this and help herself by helping her doctors understand better what’s going on with her.

Ingredients for Life #69: Encouraging Success with Realistic Goals

This week, Romy and Michael talk about how many people may be self-sabotaging their lifestyle changes by setting unrealistic goals, such as losing a large amount of weight in a short period of time.

The best way to achieve sustained progress is to make small changes and give them enough time to become habit, then move on to the next set of small changes.

Romy’s Top Ten Tips for “BE LEAN” Success

How to drop the inches and keep them off — forever!

Ingredients for Life #68: Maintaining Metabolism

This week, Romy, Michael and Lorrie talk about the importance of the mind-body connection, and some of the things you can do to focus your mind on the goal you want to achieve, be it muscle gain, fat loss, or some combination of both.

Ingredients for Life #67: Talking Probiotics and Dairy

Listener Questions: Christine from MI asks how milk and cheese can fit into a healthy diet, which leads to a discussion on whether or not cheese can be addictive.

Ingredients for Life #66: Road-Testing Coconut Water

Listener Questions: C.H. reports that she loves the 5 small meals per day and the changes she’s seeing, and she asks Romy’s opinion on the benefits of coconut water; how much damage does microwaving really do to food and veggies; and if the rule of thumb is for protein consumption really is half your bodyweight in grams.

Ingredients for Life #65: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Listener Questions: Christine, a former student of Romy’s, wants to know more about the “omnivore’s dilemma” and the difference in Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils in farm-raised fish, and wonders if quinoa is a complete plant protein.

Ingredients for Life #64: Tracking Food and Exercise

Romy explains what information needs to go on a food log to be able to effectively adjust your eating habits to get the best results.

Listener Questions: Mike from Minnesota calls in to ask if perhaps our “bad” food habits might stem from societal changes, from back when most people were working more physically demanding jobs.

Ingredients for Life #63: Starting Good Habits All Over Again

Romy and Michael talk about the different types of training and eating that can affect weight loss and body composition, and some ways to find out what works best for you and your goals.

Listener Questions: Jeffrey calls in to ask a question about falling out of the good habits he’d begun, and how to control stress-influenced eating.

Ingredients for Life #62: Food and Fitness Resources

Romy then outlines the challenges facing people when trying to lose fat, since height, weight and metabolism will cause different people to lose different amounts doing the same amount of exercise.

Romy talks about the ebook edition of her book Be Lean!, which will be available for Kindle and ePub soon!

Next, Romy talks about the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables that have the highest concentrations of pesticide residues — the ones you should try hardest to buy organic whenever possible — and the “clean 15” produce foods, the ones that have the least amount of residue on them.