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Beat the Bloat!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Summer is officially here, and with it comes beer bellies and bikinis — two things that don’t belong in the same sentence. Take some time to plan ahead this summer for get-togethers, cookouts and lazy beach days, and you’ll feel good no matter if you wear a swimsuit or not. To avoid the dreaded bulge, belly or bloat (or all three), adopt some of these tips: Have healthy snacks handy: Do this, and when temptation comes your way, you won’t even think twice about reaching for your healthy fare. I suggest loading up on good-for-you-treats that ... Read More »

How Healthy is Your Skin?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Quick, check yourself out in the mirror. Take a good look at your face, neck and décolleté area. Do a once-over on your arms and hands as well. What do you see? Smooth skin or rough and patchy? Hydrated or dry? Clear or blemished? What about your hair? Is it thick, lustrous and shiny, or limp, lackluster and full of dandruff? What you look like on the outside is a direct reflection of what’s going on on the inside. Now, I’m not talking about aging — we’re all on the same boat heading in the ... Read More »

Do You Suffer From Sugar Hangovers?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With the holidays behind and in front of us, I’m sure we have thrown our willpower to the wind on one occasion or the other. Whether it was Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, Memorial Day, or the upcoming Father’s Day, most of us have succumbed to evil spell of sugar. If you eat clean the majority of the time and can have one cheat treat and get back on the wagon, then this message is most likely not as crucial as it is for the occasional binge eater – you know the type: where one ... Read More »

Let the Countdown Begin!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com The third trimester is officially here! I cannot believe how quickly time is flying; I’ve heard that it will only go faster and faster—almost like an out of control merry-go-round with lots of fun, and no signs of slowing down. As we begin to plow through April, I am about to enter my 30th week of pregnancy! There is still so much to do! In addition to running a business, we also have a host of other little projects we are working on for the business and the baby. There are literally not enough hours ... Read More »

Second Trimester Bliss!

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By Crystal Manjarres - Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I just wanted to say that there is nothing better than living on Marco Island—except being pregnant in paradise! I have to say that life just doesn’t seem to be able to get any better than this (and yet I know that the best is still yet to come). I am blessed with a loving family, wonderful clientele and awesome readers. Thank you to all who have shared their blessings with me and my family—it is truly appreciated and will not be forgotten. As my second trimester began, I got an amazing surge of energy! I went ... Read More »

Hello Marco! Big Announcement!

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Crystal Manjarres - Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Wow! It truly feels like forever since I have penned an article! The time has raced by at an alarming speed as we are plowing through March already. I wanted to let all you faithful readers know that my husband and I are PREGNANT! We are super excited and have been wanting to share the great news but have been slammed with clients during this busy time of year in addition to doing other numerous projects that involve planning for baby. We found out at Christmas that we are having a BOY!! We are so completely ... Read More »

Turn that keg into a six pack! Part II

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com   This is Part II of how to turn your keg into a six pack. Enjoy!  Tip #3: Cut your carbs. We as a society are crazy about carbs—either we avoid them like the plague or consume them in excess. If you are overweight (or even obese), chances are, you enjoy a high-carb diet. If you were to simply cut down on your carbohydrate consumption, you’d be surprised at how quickly the pounds would fall off (and reveal that washboard hidden beneath). Try eliminating the heaviest carbs first: pasta, bread (including bagels), ... Read More »

Healthy Foods: The Affordable Choice

By USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon Fresh fruits and vegetables? Key elements of a healthy diet, for sure. But many people of modest means, including those served by USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, wonder if they can afford to buy healthy foods like the wonderful fresh produce that can be found in summer abundance at America’s farmers’ markets. As USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, I find that perception a source of concern because we work hard to encourage all Americans to make healthy food choices – particularly those participating in USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, from kids in school to ... Read More »