You know not to eat fried foods and ice cream on a regular basis. I’m not here to tell you that. I want to open your eyes to 4 foods that are often mistaken for being harmless yet are frequently consumed during the summer. As always, in moderation you will be fine but don’t make a habit of consuming any of these items as part of your regular balanced diet.

This video is part of my July Mission for the Ford Warriors in Pink. I am helping Ford fight breast cancer by increasing breast health awareness. While genetics play a major role, research has shown that breast cancer may potentially be caused by ingesting toxins through our diets. Take control of your health today by avoiding these foods and sharing this post to help educate your friends and family.

#1. Ketchup, Cocktail & BBQ Sauce

It’s not that ketchup is bad for you, it is the fact that most brands use High Fructose Corn Syrup to sweeten it and it’s pretty much all sugar! A lobster roll for dinner with fries dipped in ketchup, bbq chicken the next night, a quick burger for lunch at the beach snack bar or shrimp cocktail at dinner will give you quite the hefty dose of HFCS on your vacation.

Avoid eating sauces made with high fructose corn syrup! Avoid eating sauces made with high fructose corn syrup!

A tablespoon of ketchup has about 4g of sugar, which means a quarter of an entire bottle is basically sugar. Now, who eats one serving of ketchup!? BBQ sauce is even worse as you can imagine.

HFCS and sugar are different. When used in moderation, it has been shown to potentially cause heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay and more. HFCS is absorbed more rapidly into the blood stream than regular sugar which triggers lipogenesis, the production of fats like cholesterol and spikes your insulin, our bodies major fat storage hormone. It also has been shown to increase metabolic disturbances that drive an increased appetite, weight gain, and diabetes.

How To Avoid: Read the labels on the bottles. Heinz ketchup is typically made with HFCS but they started making a variety that is not carried by B.Good! Trader Joe’s has an affordable HFCS free option as does Whole Foods. Opt for mustard, hot sauce, salsa or vinegar (oysters and french fries only) if there isn’t another option at the restaurant or just avoid ketchup. The least shocking is that a product made with HFCS usually means it is a poor quality food filled with disease promoting compounds. Avoiding HFCS forces you to make better decisions about the foods you put in your body.

#2 Ice Cream

Well, not all ice cream, just the kind that are made with cows treated with rGBH, which is a growth hormone given to cows to increase their milk production. It has been banned by Cananda, New Zealand, Australia and all 27 countries in the European Union but our government thinks we are strong enough to handle it. Blue Bunny, Dreyer’s, Breyer’s, Haagen Daas and Baskin Robbins still use milk for their ice cream that has been treated with rGBH. Unless the label says otherwise, assume it has been used. If that lovely GMO label bill had passed, you would know when it was being used!

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If you are looking for a butt and abs workout without equipment, it is your lucky day. During the summer, I personally focus on my tush and tummy for feeling confident in a bathing suit. This workout features some of my favorite moves that help tone, lift and strengthen my coveted bikini parts. All you need is a timer like a gymboss or download a free interval app on your smartphone or iPad. 

Summer Ready Tummy & Tush

Equipment Needed: Exercise Mat & Interval Timer like a Gymboss 

Body Parts Worked: Lower body and Abdominals (including obliques, glutes, and inner thighs)

This is a timed circuit workout. Do each move for 1 minute without resting in between. After you finish all 7, rest for 1 minute and then repeat 2 to 4 total times through. Do this workout on nonconsecutive days by itself or after a 30 minute cardio session. Try my favorite sweaty interval run that burns more fat than a steady state jog. 

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Move #1 Booty Pulses

Step back your left leg into a reverse lunge until your left knee is 1-2 inches above the ground. Both knees should form a 90-degree angle. With your weight in the right heel, pulse up an inch and down an inch for one minute. Remember to keep your chest up and open, keeping core engaged, belly button pulled in. You should be able to lift up your toes in the right foot. Move right to Move #2 for an added challenge on the same side, then return to Move #1 on the left leg.

Move #2 Lunge Jump

With weight in the front right heel, drive left knee up into the air using your right arm for momentum lifting the right foot off the ground. Gently land back down on the right foot and lower left knee back into a reverse lunge position and repeat. If you have bad knees, modify this move to just a reverse lunge.

Move #3 Drop Squat

Start with heels pressed together and legs zipped up, squeezing glutes. Jump legs out into a sumo squat position, feet 6 inches wider than hip width  distance and toes facing out at 10 and 2 o’clock position. Lower down until thighs are parallel with the ground and then return to starting position quickly by clicking heels together and zipping up inner thighs once again. Hold it at the top clenching your butt cheeks together and then drop back into a sumo squat position. 

Move #4 Boat Pose Hold

Place your mat down on the ground if you have not already. Balance just below your tail bone and lift your legs up towards the sky, pulling your belly button towards your lower back while keeping your back straight. Beginners can keep their legs bent as seen above or you can try to straighten your legs for a greater challenge. Arms extend long towards your knees. Remember to keep chin up. Try to hold this position for a full minute. 

Move #5 C-Curve Arm Walks

After you’ve held your modified boat pose for 1-minute, roll down on your mat just a couple inches and lower your feet. Tuck your hip bones up towards your collar bones creating a C curve from your tail bone to lower back. Move your arms one at a time up by your ears keeping them straight and your belly button pressed down. I like to pretend I’m having a photoshoot and I don’t want my belly to stick out. It works in class and not just in photoshoots! Bring your right bicep up by your right ear and switch arms slowly. You may lift your heels up for a greater challenge. 

Move #6 Plank Booty Leg Lifts

Roll on over into a forearm plank. Try to form a straight line from your heels to the nape of your neck. Lift one leg at a time with your foot flexed. Try to keep your hips tucked so it is hard to lift your leg higher than a few inches off the ground. Alternate which leg lifts up.

Move #7 Knee 2 Elbow Plank Crunch

Without resting, press on up into a high plank position. Bring your right knee towards your left elbow dropping your right hip slightly towards the ground. Return to starting high plank position and repeat on opposite side. Really try your hardest not to drop down in-between these two moves and try to kiss your knees to each elbow. Rotate at the obliques to really feel it working!

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