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25 12, 2014

Foods to Help Pull You Out Of the Winter Blues

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By Kim Cooper, Special Contributor

The chilly winter months are kind of a challenge for a lot of people. It gets dark earlier, there is less time in the day, and the weather is biting in much of the country, so we can’t just go for a nice jaunt outside when we feel blue. It’s a time when those grumpy feelings can really hit hard, leading us to snap at our loved ones, burrow into the couch, and feel like burying ourselves under the blankets until the warmth returns.

However tempting it may be, that behavior is not particularly practical. Instead, we could try a natural antidote to our dreary feelings: eating foods that can cheer us up instead of dragging us down.

Navigating the world of mood-boosting foods isn’t necessarily an easy task. We asked Michael Torchia, president and founder of Operation Fitness, a large-scale health and wellness conglomerate, to give us some tips on how to combat the winter blues.

As it turns out, there are a ton of options that can help combat depression, if the problem is that serious, and improve your overall mood even if you’re just a little blue. Sometimes depression isn’t just about feeling sad; you can also be stressed, angry, or anxious. And when those feelings hit, there are definitely certain foods that can help. For example, if you are feeling sluggish and can’t quite concentrate, something leafy, like a spinach salad, will do the trick.

If you’ve got a case of the blues, click through this slideshow and try one of our suggestions to help lift your spirits.

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It’s no secret that chocolate can be a miracle cure-all, at least in our heads. But using chocolate as a food to beat stress and depression might actually work. According to Torchia, “Experts say that chocolate — particularly dark chocolate — may help reduce the stress hormones that are swarming in your body.” So grab that chocolate bar and don’t be shy.


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Feelings of sluggishness can also go hand in hand with depression and the blues. Instead of reaching for the coffee, try a spinach salad. “The best way to get a boost? Eat folate-rich foods like spinach and other leafy green vegetables as well as potatoes, fortified breads and cereals, beans, peas, and mushrooms.”

14 11, 2013

Hollywood Trainer has Solution for Fighting Holiday Pounds

By |2016-12-15T19:51:55+00:00November 14th, 2013|Fitness, health, Tips|0 Comments

holiday-poundsLos Angeles – The holiday season brings family gatherings, office parties, and lots of enjoyable food.  Great tasting food usually brings unwanted holiday pounds, and Mike Torchia, trainer to some of Hollywood’s hottest stars, brings his successful and effective program to consumers throughout the Los Angeles area.

Torchia’s unique style of fitness conditioning will help you easily melt away holiday pounds and establish beneficial lifelong habits of proper nutrition and daily exercise.

Torchia’s clients include: Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Roseanne Barr, Kim Cattrall, Matt Damon, Ralph Lauren, and Joe Mantegna as well as the elite clientele of the Hotel Bel-Air and Beverly Hills Hotel.  Torchia’s fitness techniques and dietary program consultations have led thousands to a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle.

Torchia understands that not everyone has the time to train like a Hollywood star preparing for their next role, especially with the stress of the holiday season, so he works with each client to establish personal fitness goals that fit their busy life and gets them through all the holiday parties. His personal touch begins with examining each individual’s fitness needs, utilizing the best training method, dietary plan, and exercise frequency in order to achieve optimal results in the shortest period of time.

There are hundreds of fitness methods in practice today, and Torchia works with each client to determine which technique best meets their physiology.  A fitness regiment is not complete without a proper diet, and Torchia will design a dietary strategy that does not leave you feeling hungry all the time, yet let’s you enjoy still be able to enjoy the holiday festivities.  A gourmet cook as well as a trainer, he redesigns holiday recipes for foods that are not typically considered diet food.  Roseanne Barr fell in love with his chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake. She couldn’t believe that this decadent dessert could fit into her new lifestyle.  Developing greater fitness levels and rapid weight-loss requires frequency, and Torchia understands that a busy lifestyle can make consistent workouts difficult.  That’s why Torchia conducts home and work calls to meet his clients personal needs. With 25 years of proven fitness expertise, Torchia has been featured on NBC Today Show, Dateline, Extra, Fox News, CBS News, and ABC News.  He has authored articles for, Newsweek, Men’s Health, In-Style, Allure and Muscle & Fitness Magazine.

In addition, Torchia proudly introduces the Operation Fitness Kid’s program which is designed to combat obesity & inactivity in young children and teens.  Operation Fitness will teach kids how to easily integrate health and fitness routines into their daily activities.  Torchia created this program to help kids become more motivated and improve their self-esteem in a “dynamic Kid-inspired way.”  Children will develop crucial social skills and learn how to be a team player through sports specific training, self-defense instruction, obstacle course challenges, and gym etiquette lessons.  The holidays bring cheer and happiness to many, but also can be the beginning of a happy, healthy and fit lifestyle for the entire family.


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