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Needing to make some changes in your food routine? Are you struggling with finding balance with your health and wellness? The Food Fix is an awesome way to get balance back. Heather Bauer has developed a realistic way for you to have guidelines that are doable and practical for busy lives. BeautyBox411 had the opportunity to interview Heather! Check it out!
–This is such a great concept, how did you develop it?
The Food Fix was developed after nearly two decades working with nutrition clients in my private practice, through corporate seminars and in the media. It’s the healthy eating and weight loss framework I give to all my clients, now available online.
–With so much information out there, how does The Food Fix simplify things?
The Food Fix takes the guesswork out – showing you actually what type of foods you should be eating every day, how much of each type, and giving examples of foods that fit into each category. I also provide my favorite products, a big shopping list for your next trip to the grocery store, tons of easy, healthy recipes and a lot of meal options that you can mix and match to create your meal plans based on what you like. Not only that, but the program is truly for the real world, not for sitting at home day after day, cooking every meal. It shows you how to live your life, not your diet.
–What are 3 must haves to stay motivated and be successful on a weight loss journey?
1-Accountability: food log – I say, if you bite it, write it!
2-A support system: whether that’s a nutritionist, trainer, or just your friends and family, you need people cheering you on
3-A realistic approach: don’t try to eat food out of a box forever, find a system that works with the life you are already living and it will be easier to be successful with it
–What can people expect with your recipe suggestions?
My recipes are easy, healthy AND delicious! There are some for every meal of the day, whether you are cooking for 1 or more. And I include some fast cooking tips for those who are not so comfortable in the kitchen.
-There are always trends happening in diets (ie. Low fat, no fat, gluten free, low cals, no carbs etc.) I feel like right now it’s all about tracking macros. What are your thoughts on trends?
Trends come and go. They don’t set you up for long term success. Some often get blown out of proportion. For instance, I don’t think you have to be gluten free unless you are celiac or not eating gluten makes you feel better. Same with dairy. Also I think moderate amounts of a real thing (like full fat butter) are better than mountains of the fake stuff. Keep it real, keep it simple, keep it clean and you’re more likely to succeed long term.
–What would you recommend as a favorite healthy snack?
I have so many snack favorites! I’m a big believer in snacking within reason (and only if you need it!). Some of my favorites are 2 fiber crackers (I like Fiber Rich and GG brands) with a Laughing Cow or Babybel cheese or a single-serve pack of nut butter. I also love cut up veggies with a single-serve pack of hummus or guacamole. And some of my favorite bars are the RXBAR and KIND bars (the flavors without a chocolate coating).
–How important is exercise compared to diet?
Exercise is important, but I’d say diet is 80% of weight loss success. You should definitely be active, even 20 or 30 minutes, 3 times a week can help to start. Whatever your current activity level, try upping it just one more day a week or another 30 minutes. Anything helps
–What are your thoughts on fasting?
First and foremost, you have to know yourself. I find intermittent fasting to be a good strategy for about half of my clients. If you tend to get “hangry” (hungry and angry) without eating every 2 or 3 hours and the idea of fasting part of the day sounds crazy, it’s probably not a good option for you. If you truly don’t get hungry until lunchtime most days and think this sounds like a great idea, it’s likely worth a try. It also can work for people who find that when they eat too early in the day, they are hungrier for the rest of the day. By eating all your calories in a 6 to 8-hour window — say lunch, afternoon snack and dinner — you’ll probably find that you cut down on your daily calorie intake without even trying.
–Name your favorite dish to make?
I love making my “fish in a package” (a white fish like tilapia rolled up in parchment paper with tomatoes, capers, and lemon) – easy, fun, and delicious!
–Which one are you?
-Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
-Coffee or tea: Coffee
-Baking or Cooking: Cooking
-Pizza or Tacos: Tacos
-Get up early or stay up late: Early
-Cardio or Yoga: Cardio
Thanks so much Heather for taking the time to answer these questions. I love this concept so much because most women know what to do but get caught on the hamster wheel of constantly trying to battle with dieting. Just speaking for myself it is always helpful getting guidance or recipe ideas to stay focused and motivated.
Check out Heather at The Food Fix and get the guidance you have been looking for…with 3 different plans you will be able to find the perfect fit for you and your lifestyle!