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Best healthy recipe guide for Thanksgiving and holiday season

11/14/2018

 

While some of us may not celebrate Thanksgiving, we cannot ignore this time of the year when the air gets crisp and fresh in the morning, when you see lots of turkeys in the meat section of a supermarket, when malls start getting crowded and decorated... That time of the year is upon us and we start looking for some new recipes to put on Thanksgiving table to impress friends. You can agree that just regular roasted turkey recipe gets old, even so it is a tradition for some. But what if I gave you healthy, yummy and calorie-smart options for tasty Thanksgiving dishes? This idea was a hit in my Get.Reinvented FB fitness group when i suggested it. Therefore, I am sharing it with the world, if you are not in my GR Club yet!

 

This year I decided to dig the online library and hand pick some healthy options that will definitely make an impression on your friends, not break your budget and not make you a kitchen slave overnight LOL While the web is overfilled with a variety of menu selections, catchy photos of styled meals and mouthwatering recipes, I am going to cover just a few to put together a nutrient-dense meal on your holiday table. So let’s indulge!

 

1. Queen of the menu and lean protein must have - TURKEY dish

The one I picked is herb roasted turkey with a variety of aromatics. Why? Because it is rather simple to cook, yet it will give you that juicy and tender turkey you want for Thanksgiving! It will not dry out and be dense. Check out this delish recipe here

 

2. I cannot imagine any table without a good green SALAD on it. Salads make everything just so much better and healthier! Check out this pomegranate chickpea salad from Occasionally Eggs. I modify and add goat cheese crumbs to this yumminess! This will make it non-vegan though.

 

 

3. Now moving onto GARNISHES and SIDE DISHES. We need healthy carbs that will make your menu nutritious and exciting. And what Thanksgiving menu will possibly omit green beans? None! And we are used to green beans casserole under a heavy cream sauce. Not this time! Not under my watch! You absolutely need to give this alternative recipe a TRY and cook it this year! To die for! Blistered Green Beans with Tomato-Almond Pesto - OMG!

 

4. I do not know about you, but I love orange colors of Thanksgiving holiday and fall in general and cannot imagine my colorful table without…. CARROTS! So enjoy this easy to make and tasty to eat Shaved carrots and charred dates recipe.

 

5. Alright, alright, people! I hear you, MORE meat…. Here you go! But how about an alternative to a whole roasted turkey? You cannot go wrong with this Tart Cherry Chestnut Stuffed Turkey Roulade. Now, this will put a big impressed smile on your guests’ faces!

 

6. One more VEGGIE RECIPE to add to your menu (for those who love yams with marshmallows, but want a healthier slightly less sweet option) - Squash with Dates and Thyme dish will not leave your friends indifferent, that’s for sure!

 

7. To finish off this feast of multi tastes we need DESSERT, right? But, again, I wanted to select something on a healthier side with no frosting like carrot cake for example. So I found this Apple and Almond cake recipe that made me want to COOK this!

 

 

So, what’s on your holiday MENU card for this year and what will YOU choose to cook from my healthy Thanksgiving guide?

Let me know in the comments!

 

Stay healthy and fit,

 

Katia KITA

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BEST FITNESS VACATION IDEAS

11/12/2018

 

Holidays are approaching and many of us are looking for the next quick getaway or an all-inclusive vacation. The first thing I always look for in ANY vacation is a GYM or a sports program that is available. While I am always looking forward to having a break on my vacation, I also understand the challenge that comes with it - risk of disrupting the fitness routine you’ve worked so hard to develop! One of the main reasons why I created Get.Reinvented, ultimate fat burning online program is because I wanted YOU to have access to the online workouts from anywhere in the world. So regardless of a location you can have me as your personal trainer on demand! This is the BEST and RISK-FREE option to stay in shape while you travel!

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So I decided to reveal some world’s best-renowned vacay spots that will help you get more FIT and inspire you!

 

 

Keep reading, as in this blog post I will share with you how to plan a relaxing vacation that also helps you with your fitness and wellness goals through spiritual tranquility, sports and weight loss motivation. It is so great to tone up, get fit and fabulous, build muscle, burn fat and relax at the same time, right??? Just imagine getting a body conditioning training on a beach where sun kisses the water.

 

Here are SOME FITNESS-INSPIRED vacation destinations for you where you can enjoy your holiday risk-free of disrupting your fitness routine:

1. If you want to improve your physical and emotional well-being and reinvigorate your health by gaining the benefits that YOGA offers from improving your posture and breathing to flexibility and stress relief. Here are some luxurious spots for you that’ll replenish you and you will return home with a new relaxed you.

 

Another cool idea would be to join your YOGINI celebrity trainer who offers yoga retreats somewhere next to the ocean and enjoy the scenery as you work out on the coastline. Check out Dashama with her yoga retreats schedule and pick yours!

 

 2. If you want to a kick start your metabolism and start living a healthy lifestyle, find a vacation spot that offers a wide range of fitness activities starting from everything outdoors like hiking and mountain biking to group classes like boxing, total body workout, crossfit, etc.

 

 

Catch a list of some all-inclusive FITNESS destinations that you can choose as your next vacations spot where you can easily combine HIIT  workouts with spa treatments to get fitter, healthier and RELAXED!  You will not be able to say goodbye :-)

3.  Learning to manage stress is really challenging, especially in our busy 21st century life. But guess what? You have a chance to recuperate and regain focus through simple stress relieving fitness activities. So if that’s what your heart and body desires, plan a getaway to a remote DESTRESS spot where you can detach yourself from daily stress and achieve deep mind and soul relaxation. Here is your list for such destinations.

 

 4.  Do you want some mental, physical and spiritual development? Believe me, all you need is a holistic approach to wellness while you get away from demanding job, crazy life and heavy schedules! An AYURVEDA holiday will provide quick healing for an emotional imbalance while your heart will be in peace and soul - in harmony. You will definitely experience sensation of rejuvenation benefits from such getaway. Shall we take you to a recharging vacation spot? Here is your list for such destinations.

 

 5. If you are looking for a complete experience of nutrition and exercising to escape reality, then a HEALTHY BREAK is exactly what you need to relax and revitalize your body and mind. Some fun fitness activities, nutritious cuisine and a luxurious spa treatment will just be a perfect short relaxing holiday. Here is your list for this ultimate getaway:

 

6. Trip Tribe is growing and you can definitely utilize technology power combined with group training when you choose this source for a fitness getaway. It is simple: go to www.triptribe.com browse through trainers and featured destinations to choose the one you want! You will connect with same minded people during this getaway and share the value of group training and accountability for sure!

 

 

Apart from this you can also plan a trip to the world’s best fitness destinations that will combine plenty of travel adventures with the world’s best workouts…

- Bahamas (a perfect place for multiple yoga retreats)

- Fontainebleau, France (why not do some mountain climbing and give your arms back and core muscles an unforgettable trip?)

- Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast (cycling is great for firming up your leg muscles and is also an excellent cardio workout so why not plan a cycling trip this vacation? Don’t you think it’ll be fun coming back home feeling healthy with millions of stories to share?)

- Chand Baori, India (with thousands of stairs to climb give your legs a perfect workout)

- Patagonia (world’s best place for ice trekking...with vast sheets of ice go challenge yourself and your major muscle groups)

- Costa Rica (an ultimate destination for those who love running. Jogging along hundreds of miles of coastline will be an amazing trip with treasure trove stories and best workout to keep you in shape)

 

 

No more waiting! Let’s pack your passports along with the sneakers and let’s plan the next big getaway!

If you do not have enough money to travel abroad and would much rather stay here, explore RETREATS - another great option to disconnect from the everyday hustle and stressful job schedule. You will be asked to go to the woods where there is no reception, wifi, and the only thing you will enjoy is actual self-discovery through mind and soul searching and connecting with what your heart really wants.

 

Okay, I am off to pack for our trip to… for Thanksgiving LOL In the meantime comment your ideal vacation spot!

 

Stay healthy and fit!

 

Katia KITA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 steps to healthy hair

07/16/2018

Weather, genes, lifestyle, stress, nutrition, work and many other factors play a huge role in your overall health and the way your body fights the internal and external stress factors.

 

Beautiful luscious hair is a dream for every woman and I used to have long, shiny and thick hair… Back in high school… Before the first highlights took place... Aha, you hear me!

 

Anyway, being in fitness full time, having demanding work hours and caring for a family left me with no “me time” for healthy hair regimen or so I thought… Until problems really started to happen.

 

 

You see, the more you wash your hair, the more oil your is being produced in your scalp, as this is a natural way for your body to prevent oil loss (when you wash your hair too often). So you end up playing this constant vicious circle where you wash your hair every day now and it still looks greasy!! I bet this sounds familiar.

 

A year ago I started getting bald patches in the front part of my scalp. Vitamins did not help, shampoos and special hair care systems did not help. I seeked doctor’s help and was advised that I am experiencing male baldness pattern where women start losing hair in the front and these bald patches become more and more persistent and consistent… Ugh! I was heavily in fitness teaching classes and working out on my own as well daily. Thus, sweating every day left my hair greasy and unhealthy with less and less chance for natural recovery. In addition, I had personal training clients every day so needless to say I needed to look presentable. So I ended up being in this trap of washing my hair daily as I was watching it thin out completely and fall out in large quantity…

 

 

The treatment that my doctor suggested first was Nioxin hair care treatment system – it did not work for me! The leave-in treatment did not make my hair look healthy or full, in contrary still greasy and very fine. I tried different masks off Amazon that had good reviews. In addition to taking biotin and hair/nails/skin vitamins. I guess I was beyond that stage already. Nothing was saving my hair.

So the next step suggested to me by the doctor was PRP Hair treatment. The procedure is rather simple, but a bit complex when it comes to timing it right.

 

Step #1 – PRP Hair Treatment

What it is? It is very simple: your blood gets drawn and then spun. During the spinning process the protein enriched blood cells get separated and contained in a vial. The doctor then takes this protein enriched blood and injects it into your scalp where the bald patches are present.

What makes it time consuming is the fact that you need to pretty much block off the entire day for the procedure. Get to the doctor, wait for your turn, the staff draws blood, then wait for it to be processed, then get injected and then after about 20 minutes once the procedure is done, you get to go home. But let me warn you: the doctor will put some lidocaine cream on your scalp where the injections will happen so be ready to look the greasiest ever… for the next 24 hours… while you cannot wash your hair.

However, this is so worth going through. In about 3-4 weeks I started noticing this little hairs come through and it worked! It was like a miracle – so unbelievable and amazing at the same time. The hair got thicker and stronger. You do need to repeat the procedure up to several times per year until the effect hold in place. However, I only did it once (truly, guys, could not find time for a second procedure LOL).

 

 

Step 2 – HIF

Right after I did my PRP, the doctor recommended buying this miracle shampoo that was new on the market. HIF = hair is fabric, a Canadian brand that is quite reputable already and tracks a lot of excellent reviews! So I gave it a try and simply enjoyed this product so much that had to stay on it to upkeep my hair regrowth. What this shampoo does (I got the volume shampoo) is clears your scalp really well, thus leaving no flakes and dirt that blocks your pores. This process allows the follicles to stay free of any debris to produce healthy hair. So for a small bottle that lasted me for about a month I paid $28 at my doctor’s office.

 

Step 3 – Keratin treatment

I got express. I wanted to try it and did not want to do the advanced treatment that lasted 3 months. What can I say? The results were great and I loved it. My hair is frizzy and unruly the way it is. Now after the little hairs started to come in, it totally looked like I have a halo around my head LOL Keratin sealed it all nicely and helped a lot to flaunt a sleek, polished shiny look. Almost like I spent several hours at the stylist. Beware: no sulfates allowed. So when you have keratin treatment, make sure you are not using products with sulfates.

 

 

Step 4 – Shea Moisture Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner

Seriously, one of the best finds! The hydration power! The shampoo and conditioner are sulfates and parabens free, so keratin treatment can last! The products nourish my hair and leave it looking healthy and lustrous for a few days! And the price tag is a nice bonus. Available at any local drug store like CVS or Walgreens.

 

Step 5 – Moroccan Oil

Oh yes! Must have! Anytime I put hot air on my hair I use Moroccan oil beforehand to ensure the hair is protected from heat and will not break or split. Just a few drops of this rich product and you are covered!

 

Now let’s talk nutrition. What does your hair need in order to be lustrous and beautiful? It needs iron, zinc, vitamins A, E, B, D, water and a lot of protein! So you can do all kinds of treatment to your hair and partially restore it temporarily, BUT it is super important to eat healthy and smart in order to provide best nutrition for your body, organs and hair. So I started eating Eat.Reinvented meal plan recipes that are not only quick and tasty, but provide essential nutrients for humans to function and thrive! This meal plan was created specifically for fit-inspired and active people on the go. I am proud to say that for a year now my hair has been growing steadily and does not break but shines! This meal plan comes with a large variety of interesting and wholesome recipes that do not require any fancy ingredients. It will leave your belly happy and your hair healthy! Here is one of the recipes for you to enjoy! And can you believe it burger can be healthy??

 

 

This guide is based on my personal experience when it comes to battling hair loss and breaking. It helped me and I am sure it can help you as well! Especially for those of us who are short on time trying to be moms and super women at the same time.

 

 

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10 FUN EXERCISES TO DO WITH YOUR BABY

05/23/2018

Sheduling fitness in your regular routine should be a MUST, as living an active lifestyle and being physically active will ensure your overall health and prolonged life! But do you find it difficult to get that workout in as you are busy making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or watching cartoon with your kid? Most often I hear parents complaining of kids being an excuse to their exercise routine. But why not to include the kiddos into your WORKOUT routine? Wouldn’t they love to be a part of something mommy is doing? Being a parent myself I feel kids can be a part of lot of exercises (think: center weight stabilization, increased weight resistance or simply chasing after them - hello!).

 

 

All you need to do is to pick the right approach keeping in mind their age and personality. Safety is the primary concern! I know it can be challenging but even though when you’re short on time, you still can get in a great workout. Let’s see how...

 

I usually suggest people to get in short, intense intervals mixed with cardio and strength...Yes I am talking about HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout LOL. So all if you are a mom and scramble for time, believe me when I say, HIIT training is a way to go! You get the benefit of a full body workout in a short time with the prolonged calorie burning effect. Who does not want that?

 

So, let’s get started:

 

     1. SQUATS: stand hip distance apart and ensure you are keeping your toes, ankles and knees in 1 line pointing forward. Sit low and bring your booty and hips back as your knees ARE NOT passing your toes. Now let’s involve the baby! For small kids and infants, you can easily secure the baby in a baby carrier and perform squats with this extra weight on your chest (just ensure you are keeping your chest and maintaining spine in neutral position on your squat - do not bend down. Remember squat is performed through driving the power from your quads and hamstrings. Each time you come up, squeeze the buns! For older kids simply hold their hands in yours and perform squats together. And give it a small jump as you come up - trust me, kiddos love that extra excitement! Here is how we do it!

     2. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS: babies love lying on the floor and looking at your funny face and this gives you another reason to smile for a minute (or two LOL). So get on the floor in a push-up position and place the baby under your chest. Now, start bringing your knees to your chest one at time. Kind of like a slow run on a floor! Just mind the baby and do not kick him/her!

 

 

     3. JUMPING JACKS: it’s a great exercise that builds your cardio base and elevates your heart rate. I am sure your kids will love to jump or dance with you...so why not make some giggles to a soundtrack you love? For advanced moms out there, perform weighted jumps instead - oh yeah! Watch us do it!

     4. PUSH UPS: target your upper body and chest by doing this simple workout. Stand on your fours and place the child beneath your chest. Every kid loves being pampered with some lovely kisses and there you include your kid in the workout while you get down give them a kiss.

     5. SHADOW BOXING: in this workout, you simply have to stand firm on your feet and punch the air performing corner crosses or straight jabs.  Engage the abdominal muscles and rotate through your hips while you punch the air (stomp your feet as you perform punches, thus, protecting your knees). This is a great workout that engages your kid without involving them actively in your workout. Thinking how? Simple. Toddlers love to copy and mimic and they’ll definitely mirror you when you do this move.

     6. BRIDGES: don’t you think it’ll be fun giving your kiddo a ride when they straddle your hips...Yes it’s very much possible with this workout. You simply gotta lie on your back with your arms across your chest and then you need to engage your core and lift your pelvis into the air while you squeeze your glutes.

     7. PLANKS: ok, this one is for my advanced moms out there. If your core is strong enough, your shoulders are trained and you have no lower back issues - PLANK it for me, ladies, with your toddler on your back. Take it to a push up if you are up for it! *For babies 2 years old and up.

 

Modifications:

Beginners: simply stand in a downward dog position and send kisses to the little one! Older kids can stand in a downward dog with ya!

 

 

Advanced: forehand plank position with the baby (make sure the baby is old enough to hold on to you and maintain the balance!) sitting on your back. And I mean this is for advanced moms out there, as your lower back will be taking major stress on this onw, therefore, assess your fitness level properly! Now for an extra kick, keep one leg elevated and alternate.

 

     8. STROLLER RUN: This one is the simply reminder for NO excuses. Have no time for a real workout, well, you have to take the child outside anyway to get in some air, so run… and push the stroller. Even better, put some heavier stuff in the stroller tray to increase the weight resistance. For those of you having older kids, how about running after your toddler as she rides a bike?? Can you catch up with Sonya?

    9. STRETCHING: Okay, we start each morning from light stretching on the floor and I have to tell you IT FEELS SOOO GOOD! Simply sit on the floor and reach to the sky by taking a deep breath and exhaling to the floor as you reach for your toes. You can place the infant on the floor next to your toes and each time wave at the baby, as you are reaching for the toes. To watch Sonya’s version of pre-ballet stretching with mama she put together as the instructor, click here

    10. WARMUP: When winter and cold weather is over, do yourself a favor, get outside and do some warmup with your toddler or have your infant sit in a stroller and watch. Kids love to absorb everything around them and copy what mama is doing. For our version of the warmup, watch it here

 

Pick just 3-4 of this activities every day and this will be enough to get you going on your fitness path. Meanwhile you should even feel proud of yourself once you are done with it as you are being a good role model for your kid. Engaging them in your workouts will teach them the importance and value of workout and active lifestyle from the very beginning. Nurture love for healthy lifestyle and fitness from early on!

 

I was a new mom 5 years ago and was struggling to find time for a workout. Surely, I ran, I went to the park several times per day, but…. I was missing that fun atmosphere that the gym gives you with the classes and the music… add the nutrition plan on top of that so that you do not have to search for calorie savvy recipes and top it off with a supportive community of moms across the globe who are going through the same challenge and want to lose that stubborn belly fat and pregnancy weight…. Ahhh! Doesn’t that sound like a dream? Nope! I made this dream into a reality called Get.Reinvented fitness program - your ultimate solution on the way to lose extra weight and stubborn pounds, to get your pre-pregnancy body back and to look hot again! Especially, knowing the troubles that a new mom faces with little to no time she has caring for that infant and trying to be a super woman at the same time, I put all my knowledge into Get.Reinvented program which allows you to work out on your time and on your terms! Get back into shape while the baby naps during the day! Guess what with moms from around the world and a very active online community support, you will simply NOT have a single excuse why you skipped a training. Imagine a program where you have the trainings at your fingertips and all that is needed just 2 dumbbells and a mat; where calorie savvy and nutrient dense menu is put together for you and this is the menu you can safely eat when still breastfeeding! WHAT? Yes! Reality! Welcome to my world, the world of Get.Reinvented - where I will transform your BODY and reinvent your LIFE. For good!

 

 

So no more excuses for skipping the workout!  I know you might find it hard in the beginning, but as soon as you get into a habit of working out together, it will become one more reasons for bonding time and a fun-healthy one!

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