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About pallavisharma

Welcome to my blog! Apart from being a health and fitness freak, I love writing, and this blog is a perfect outlet for it. I am not a professional writer by any means, but would like to be someday, so I can inspire people far and wide. I am a project manager by day, and go to business school at night. I am happily married to the love of my life, and thoroughly enjoy being a stepmom to two of the most wonderful kids I know. The goal of my blog is just one word – INSPIRE. If I was able to help even one person enough to get them to change their life around for the better, I would consider myself extremely fortunate. I am super thankful to all my readers who have given me so much love and encouragement through the years. You guys rock! I will leave you with one quote – “Monotony is the awful reward of the careful. If you want to change and grow, you need to take risk” – John C. Maxwell

Metabolic Cooking – Eat Your Way to Fat Loss


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I was browsing around the web for workout exercises and inspirations, when I stumbled upon the following link-

Although I do not agree with their advertising tactics by running down an internationally acclaimed workout program, I do agree with their point that a fit body is attained by three things – right diet, right workout and lots of discipline. The term “metabolic cooking” was a foreign concept for me until I started researching about it, and realized that it is simply eating foods that are going to push your body to burn more calories even while eating, or otherwise.

Dave Ruel and Lorine Losier, the creators of Metabolic Cooking, claim that their recipes basically “torch the fat in record time”, and help you lose weight after while eating great tasting food. They claim that they use ingredients that are high in metabolic thermo-charge, that help in loosening up and getting rid of fat from within.

Watch this video to know more-

In this video, it is very clearly pointed out the type of food items to incorporate and the ones that should be totally discarded. None of these tricks are new, but they are a great reminder for cleaning up our kitchen and revamp it with healthy foods.

Their facebook page also provided a number of recipes and ideas, which might give you a good idea as to how one should cook and what the ingredients they emphasize on.

Hope this helps in your weight loss journey and gives you some insight and motivation into picking the right foods for your system.

Stay healthy, stay happy!
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Blogging – How To Stick With It?


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The only reason I have ever stuck with blogging, because in those times I have found myself in these phases of extreme motivation and love for staying fit and writing. Yes I do have times when I am not at all focused. The reasons for distraction could be anywhere from a demanding job, family responsibilities or just simply laziness. And those are the times when I feel that ones has to push themselves the most.

But for some bizarre reason, my workouts don’t really experience the same amount of laziness as my blogging does. Yes I have said it- I love working out more, and I am totally addicted to it. If I did not work out, I would probably drive everyone around me crazy along with myself. MY family knows that very well, and hence they ensure I get my workout in. They are willing to change up their schedule, so I can get a workout in – they are awesome like that!

Currently my life has been seeing a tonne of changes and loads more that are coming up. Next few months are going to be extremely challenging for me to stick with blogging. So I started researching on how I could create a blogging regimen this time (instead of a workout one). I came across this article that quite fantastically lists a number of great ideas that a lazy blogger like me could implement and see some success!

Hopefully all you bloggers out there might find it helpful. If you have ideas apart from what’s mentioned in this article, please go ahead and leave a comment. I would love to get some ideas and inspiration!

Stay happy, stay healthy…always!

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Guest Post by Cat Smiley: Tips on Reducing Dietary Fat


Here’s yet another guest blog post. I am actually quite excited about this one, as we all would love to know how to get rid of the excess fat we all accumulated from the winter time and get into extraordinary shape for the summer! Meet Cat Smiley!

Tips on reducing Dietary Fat

Fat is an essential food group, vital to healthy functioning of your body. Although given a bad rap as a major contributor to obesity and undesirable weight gain, truth is, when you know what kind of fats to choose and how to include them, they can be used as a valuable weight loss tool. Not only do they make you feel fuller, they add flavour and satisfaction to your meals which in theory should make you want to eat less.


Earlier this year, the Food Standards Agency launched a campaign to reduce saturated fat intake to eleven percent of a healthy diet (foods such as crisps, fries, coconut oil, full fat milk and burgers). Animal fats are the main culprit for societies increase in obesity related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Previously healthy eating guidelines have pounded home the reduction of overall fat intake, these days the focus has shifted to a more specific and achievable recommendation to replace the ‘bad’ fats with the ‘good’.

It doesn’t take long to wolf down a thousand calories of fast fat but it sure does take some motivation to burn that off on the trails. If you are serious about cleaning up your diet, take the time to learn your options. Learn that a portion of cheese is about the size of your thumb (30g), ten nuts is a serving, and happy meals might not be all that happy in the long term. Find recipes that include avocadoes, seeds, nuts, low fat yogurt and aim to stick to the suggested serving size. Guideline amounts are appearing on most (if not all) packaged foods in Canada.

Since fat-free foods came into play, society has ballooned into varying degree of obesity. Let’s get back to basics with our food smarts – include fat, but just learn how to do it right.

Top tips

  • Use lower fat varieties of dairy products – yogurt, milk and cheese. Soft cheeses have less fat than hard cheeses. If skim milk is too watery for you, try 1 or 2%. Enjoy hard cheeses on occasion, and grate it instead of slicing. You will likely eat less.
  • Simply stop eating cakes, pastries a nd cookies!!! Unless it’s your birthday….but that only happens once a year. Cut the habit and you’ll slim down fast.
  • Eat burgers and sausages only on occasion. These are the worst for saturated fats, and high in salt. Grill fish instead, find some recipes and get creative. You might rekindle your love of cooking, beyond the great fry up!
  • Stay away from pastries – sausage rolls, pies.
  • Buy meats without the skin (the whiter it is, the fattier it is).
  • Lighten up on red meats and chicken – try to eat fish as your main meat dish.
  • Grill meat and vegetables instead of frying them. Get the barbeque fired up and invite your friends!


Cat Smiley is a renowned fitness personality and has been named Canada’s top trainer three times by the International Sports Science Association. She is the owner of Canada’s leading fitness vacations for women, located in Whistler, B.C.
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Hope you all benefit from these tips, and make small incremental changes in your diet and exercise routine, to see big results! Good luck!

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Guest Post by Henry Croft: 5 Top Tips To Keeping Motivated In The Gym


Henry Croft
Henry Croft is a UK based fitness blogger who reached out to me last week and was kind enough to write a guest blog post for me. I was quite excited about the idea of him writing a post for my readers as I know how greatly we all could benefit from it. When he asked me what is it that my readers would love to know more about, or will be interested in, the first topic that came to mind was “Motivation”.

Please welcome, Henry Croft!
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Managing Fitness While Travelling


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It is that time of the year again – family vacations, road trips and other types of vacations. These will be at their highest starting now until the end of summer. Since its warmer out, it’s easier to think that getting a workout in should be relatively easier. But that is sadly not the case. It is much tougher to get into a rhythm in the summer, when every other day a get-together or a travelling plan is thrown in. So how does one find time for a workout in all this craziness? Here are 3 easy steps that will help with staying prepared and fit-
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Guest Post by Kendra Thornton: Energize Your Vacation With These Fun Fitness Tips


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When Kendra first reached out to me, I was pleasantly surprised and quite excited! We spoke about our passion for fitness and with her travelling background, she was willing to share some of her tips on staying healthy and fit while travelling. With the summer around the corner, I guess we all could benefit from her advice. So please welcome Kendra Thornton!
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Body Beast Review


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If it was any great body building workout, this one would be it. This program fulfills all the requirements of a great weight training program –

  • Challenging
  • Variety (Working every muscle group)
  • Scalable (Can be made as tough as one would want)

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