Ballantyne Magazine

Winter 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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Registered dietitians Sherri Clarke and Emily Hirsch and personal trainers Bre Leach and Emily Breeze Watson discuss everything from supplements and the latest diets to the best way to eat. Trainers Leach and Watson have big followings on social media, and Clarke, whose Lifexcel Carolina business is based in Ballantyne, is a personal trainer in addition to being a dietitian. Here are highlights of the interviews. WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST WAY TO EAT? Sherri Clarke (SC) Lots of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and limited refined sugar and processed food. The problem is the majority of us cannot eat this way every day when there are so many tempting foods available to us. I am a dietitian who cares more about why you eat and how your food choices make you feel as opposed to saying eat this/don't eat this. At Lifexcel, we work with clients to eliminate emotional eating, all or nothing thinking and sabotaging thoughts like, "I'll start my diet Monday." These things lead to poor choices that make us feel lousy about ourselves. Emily Hirsch (EH) It's best to eat whole foods, foods that don't have an ingredients list. Or when you do eat packaged foods, look for five ingredients or less. We all want our bodies to change overnight. But it doesn't work that way. This is a marathon, not a sprint. We have to look at weight loss holistically. Don't cut out all of your favorite foods, because then you will want them the most. Once you begin to heal your relationship with food, it's much easier to make better, healthier choices. Bre Leach (BL) I'm a foodie, but moderation is key. The 80/20 rule applies to so many things in life. Eighty percent of the time I eat fruits, veggies, whole grains and low-fat meats, and 20 percent of the time I eat anything I want. I enjoy occasional brownies and pizza but also make delicious spinach and cauliflower. Smoothies are a great way to add different foods to your diet. I like the food at (restaurant) b.good and Clean Juice, and I also make my own Superfoods. Supplements. Whole30, ketogenic and other diets. The abundance of nutrition topics and trends can be overwhelming. Ballantyne Magazine invited four local nutrition and fitness experts to share their thoughts and help bring this wide-ranging topic into focus. EXPERTS ADDRESS HEALTHY EATING BY DAWN LILES Courtesy of Emily Breeze Watson Emily Breeze Watson exposes her son to a variety of foods. DECODING NUTRITI N BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 39 Feature

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