Robbie is not only an internationally known fitness instructor; she is also a registered nurse and holistic nutritionist. She recently launched a DVD series featuring her signature workouts: Raw Cuts, Raw NRG Kickboxing, Raw Truth Yoga, Raw Extreme Interval Training. They can be found at www.Robbieraugh.com.
Since I live to eat, I have always been an avid exercise proponent. In 1990, I lost 35 pounds and was determined to keep it off, but there were times when I thought I could hit the treadmill and eat whatever I wanted. After I met Robbie and took her Transitions course, I realized that my healthy diet needed a little re-shaping of its own. I also decided to take her kick box classes instead of my own solo routine at the gym. What a difference the two approaches have made! I have enough energy to get through busy days and I don’t hit that dreaded 3 p.m. wall and reach for sugary or caffeinated foods to pull me through. My weight is normal, but I have many lapses when I cheat. If I can generally behave, I will allow myself some of those off days.
Keeping a balance is key. To help with that strategy, I asked Robbie to provide her top foods and drinks for good health in 2013. I’m still looking for the red wine on that list!
Here are Robbie’s recommendations:
1) Almonds and Unsweetened Almond Milk - Almond milk is nutrient-fortified, and a good source of several important fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A and E. Taken regularly – an adequate source of calcium.
2) Coconut Oil –Helps our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Fights off yeast, fungus, and candida. Can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood sugar control. Good for energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Can increase the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels.
3) Sprouted Grain Bread – Great tasting, flourless, nutrient dense, low glycemic, unrefined, high in fiber, vitamins and enzymes grain. A complete protein containing all essential amino acids equal to eating an egg!
4) Raw Cacao (dark coco) - Raw Cacao contains the highest source of magnesium and chromium of any food! All of the compounds found in raw cacao benefits longevity in humans. And get this, out of all the whole foods that contain antioxidants, raw
5) Chocolate is the highest in the world! And to top it off it is a “feel good food!”. Greatly benefits the cardiovascular system.
6) Quinoa – Quinoa, a complex carb, is one of the most protein-rich plant foods we can eat. Containing all nine essential amino acids, high in fiber, Vitamin B, Iron, Magnesium and Anti-oxidants. It is also a good source of plant derived Calcium.