I Never Did Like My Scale…

The awesome and knowledgable personal trainers from Studio Strength on Franklin Ave are back on the blog today! They’re here to give us some fit-spiration {womp, womp} as we enter bathing suit season! With the GC pool now open, the official start of summer is just a few days away….

Don’t Be a Slave to the Scale

Hey you! Get away from that scale! That’s right, I said get away from that scale. When trying to lose weight, the scale is not your friend. 

People who are dieting can become fixated on the number on the scale. But it’s important to know that the scale doesn’t give you a clear picture of your fat loss progress. Notice I said FAT loss and not weight loss. When dieting and exercising, your goal is to maintain or build lean muscle mass while reducing body fat. That will give you the lean, sculpted look everyone wants to achieve. It’s about losing body fat, not just losing “weight”.  Therefore, factors other than weight need to be considered. Those factors include: How do your clothes fit?  A looser waistline or a baggy shirt tell you your body is getting smaller. How do you feel? As you lose body fat, you will have more energy. How do you look? As the body fat decreases and you develop lean muscle mass, you will look leaner and tighter.  Are you getting stronger?  Notice how much easier it is to perform every day tasks or to play your favorite sport?  That means you’re gaining strength. Have you done your body measurements?  Body measurements will change and you will lose inches as you lose body fat.

All this being said, there is a time and a place for weighing in. But before you do, there are some things you need to keep in mind. First of all, muscle weighs more than fat.  You might look leaner and your clothes might fit better because you lost body fat and gained lean muscle  mass, but your weight may not have changed. Also, it’s important not to weigh yourself every day. You can expect daily weight fluctuations base on what you eat and drink, your salt intake or eating right before you get on the scale. A weekly weigh in will give you a clearer picture of your progress. So pick a time each week when you will weigh yourself using the same scale, with an empty stomach and under the same conditions. 

Remember, there are several ways to judge your progress while dieting and working out. Pay attention to how you look and feel and don’t be so tied to that number in the scale. It doesn’t give you the whole picture.

This article was written by the owners of Studio Strength, Juan Mayoral and Christine Inguanta.  Studio Strength is located at 960 Franklin Ave., Garden City.  Please visit our website http://www.studiostrength.com, email studiostrength@aol.com or call (516) 385-8188 with any questions, comments or information about our articles, fitness or training studio.  If you enjoy this article, please like us on Facebook and share. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram.   

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Get Your Smile On {with Cosmetic Dentistry}

Now that summer has {almost} arrived, get your smile on with Dr. Dominique Lizzio of Long Island Family Dentistry in Garden City. Below, Dr. Lizzio tells us how to get the smile we want with cosmetic dentistry. Dr Lizzio has just been featured in the May issue of the Long Island Pulse as a 2015 Doctor of Distinction in the category of Cosmetic Dentistry. So you’re hearing from a real pro folks! Congrats to Dr. Lizzio on that great honor. 

Whether you want to improve your smile for a job interview or have a perfect smile on your wedding day, cosmetic dentistry has quickly become one of the most popular ways to improve your appearance. From subtle changes to overall repair, adults are finding themselves at the dentist discussing more than just preventing cavities. Procedures such as Invisalign or porcelain veneers can dramatically change your smile while sometimes providing added benefits of improving oral problems, such as your bite. Less invasive procedures such as tooth whitening or tooth recontouring can be a quick fix that can have you walking around with better looking teeth in about an hour. 

If it’s whiter teeth you want, tooth whitening is a fast and simple way to get rid of years of stain that have embedded onto your tooth surface. Whitening can be done in two ways, either at home or in the dental office. Both treatments, when supervised by a dentist, can whiten and brighten teeth with no adverse effects to tooth enamel. 

If you are bothered by a few teeth that are slightly misaligned or misshapen, bonding or recontouring can be done easily in just one dental visit. In most cases, even spaces between teeth can be closed easily by bonding tooth colored material onto tooth surfaces. This treatment can last for several years.

Although usually requiring more than one visit, porcelain veneers or crowns offer a strong, color stable alternative to improving your smile. This procedure usually requires the dentist to take an impression of your teeth, which is sent to a dental laboratory to have the desired restoration made. These types of restorations are a great and long lasting way to permanently change the shape and color of your teeth, giving you a picture perfect smile. 

Making time to consult with a dentist that has experience in cosmetic dental care is the best way to begin to understand which option is best for improving your smile. With the right treatment you can increase your self confidence and be comfortable knowing that your smile reflects who you truly are.

Dr. Lizzio can be reached at Long Island Family Dental. 901 Stewart Ave, GC. 516-747-2400

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Healthy Summertime Snack

I’m sure you’ve tasted strawberry milk before, but have you ever tried it from scratch? I’m not just talking about blending some berries in a glass of milk.

I had some about-to-go-bad milk that I had to use fast, so I searched online for recipe ideas calling for milk. Scratch strawberry milk came up. Now, I would never call myself a strawberry milk drinker. I’ve probably only had it once or twice in my life. But fresh strawberry milk is a whole ‘nother ballgame! It was easy, delish and I highly recommend for a healthy snack or treat.

Here’s my photo essay. It’s pretty self explanatory: 

 Fresh, chopped strawberries.

Add sugar and water. Boil. 

 Strain and this beautiful syrup comes through (no seeds!). 

 Pour milk into frosted glasses.

Stir in syrup. It turns light pink (not Pepto Bismol pink like the artificial kind). 

Again, I have to emphasize- I have never been a strawberry milk fan, but this is Da Bomb. Easy to make and if you use reduced fat milk, it becomes a healthy, low fat snack. Great with fresh summer berries! Give it a whirl and let me know what you think:

1 cup chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 1/2 cup whole milk
Chill glasses in freezer for 10 minutes. Combine strawberries, sugar and water in saucepan and boil for 10 minutes. Pour mixture through a strainer into a small bowl. (Save the cooked strawberries and any leftover syrup to add to smoothies, yogurt or pancakes).  Add 3/4 cup milk to each glass and stir 2-3 tablespoons of the strawberry syrup (depending on how sweet you like it) into each glass of milk. Garnish with a fresh strawberry or straw if desired. 
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Who Wears Short Shorts: Diet? or Habits?

Who wears short shorts? Looks like it’s that time of year again… The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer and our winter jackets are being replaced by tank tops, bathing suits, shorts and sundresses. Are you ready for the strip down? Well, if you’re not, Juan and Christine from Studio Strength are here to help you prepare!

Diet? Or Habits?  

Everyone looks forward to Memorial day weekend. It’s the start of summer picnics, going to the beach, pool parties and barbecues. What you do not look forward to is the massive panic that sets in when you know you need to lose 15 to 20 pounds from winter hibernation. In another month, it will be bathing suit season!

So what do you do?  You start going to the gym? Or maybe not. But most importantly, you know you have to lose weight. So you find a good crash diet that promises you a lose 3, 5 or even 10 pounds a week. Hmmm, maybe I’ll do Atkins? Jenny Craig? Nutrisystem?  Maybe I will do a diet shake three times a day. Oh wait! How can I forget about juicing?  (And by the way, I do like juicing, I just find it very impractical with the preparation and the amount of money you spend on fruit). Have you ever noticed people who do all these diets will lose weight but they never seem to keep it off?  They just completely burn out. 

Let me stop right now and tell you that there is no miracle diet. I have been in the fitness business for 25 years and have personally seen myself and my clients yo-yo diet over and over again. You can do any diet that will help you lose weight but I will guarantee you one thing- if you lose 3, 5 or even 10 pounds a week you will put it on faster than it took you to lose it when you stop the diet. 

When you lose weight this rapidly you will slow down your metabolism because you are burning down lean muscle mass. I understand sometimes you don’t care-you just want to see the numbers on the scale come down. But please don’t forget that your metabolism is fueled by the lean muscle mass on your body. The way to preserve your lean muscle mass is by practicing healthy eating HABITS that  include:
1) Proper caloric consumption 
2) Hydrating 
3) Eating lean proteins, fruits and vegetables   
4) Getting on a proper exercise routine 

Did you notice the highlighted word: HABITS? When, where, how much and what you are doing when you are eating are also habits that you need to concern yourself with to prevent yourself from yo-yo dieting. 

Please take this information and start changing your habits before your diets. You’re guaranteed to have success when you change the bad habits. 

This article was written by the owners of StudioStrength, Juan Mayoral and Christine Inguanta. Studio Strength is located at 960 Franklin Ave, Garden City. Please visit  our website www.studiostrength.com, email studiostrength@aol.com or call (516) 385- 8188 for any questions, comments or information about our articles, fitness or training studio. If you enjoy this article, please like us on Facebook and share.

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Moms-To-Be: Take Care!

Let’s not forget that mothers-to-be are mothers as well! Right in time for Mother’s Day, Dr. Dominique Lizzio, DDS speaks to expectant moms about caring for their own oral health.

Of All The Things You Have Given Up While You Are Pregnant, Don’t Let Visiting The Dentist Be One Of Them

Although, you have given up sushi, caffeine and the occasional glass of wine, daily routines don’t come to a halt for 9 months. Daily brushing, flossing and regular dental visits are still very important. Questions around proper care for your teeth and gums during this critical time are common. Here are some frequently asked questions about taking care of your teeth during pregnancy for all of those mothers- to-be out there.

What is the best thing I can do to avoid a problem with my teeth during pregnancy?

The old wives’ tale, “A tooth lost for every child”, may seem extreme, but it does have some validity. If you are planning to become pregnant, make sure you visit your dentist for an examination and have your teeth cleaned. Preventing potential dental problems from occurring during pregnancy is the best thing you can do. Take care of any decayed or cracked teeth and those impacted wisdom teeth you have been ignoring… well, this is the time to make sure everything is looking good!

Is it normal for my gums to bleed?

Hormonal changes during pregnancy affect your teeth and gums just as they do other tissues in your body. Bleeding gums increase beginning in the second or third month. This becomes more severe through the eighth month and then begins to diminish in the ninth month. This condition, called “pregnancy gingivitis,” is caused by an increased progesterone secretion which causes gum tissue to increasingly swell, bleed and redden in response to a very small amount of plaque. If your gums are healthy before pregnancy, you are less likely to have this problem. If you see some “pink in the sink” when you rinse the let the dentist know so that they can determine the best treatment.

Can I have my teeth cleaned while I am pregnant?

There is no risk of having routine dental care while you are pregnant.  It is ideal to have your teeth cleaned every 6 months, or more frequently if you have a history of periodontal disease or gingivitis.

What if I get a toothache?

If you are having pain, it needs to be treated no matter what stage of pregnancy you are in. The risk of infection from an untreated dental problem is far worse for you and your baby, than the procedure itself. X-rays may be important to have in order to diagnose the problem. Since most dentists are using digital x-rays, they are safe especially when used with an abdominal shield and thyroid collar for added protection. Certain local anesthetics are safe to use in order keep you comfortable during your care. Also, certain types of antibiotics can be prescribed that will not be harmful to your baby.

Are there any dental procedures I should avoid?

Non-emergency procedures can be performed, but the best time is from the fourth through sixth month. Elective and cosmetic procedures should be postponed until after the baby is born.

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the moms!

Dr Lizzio practices and resides in Garden City with her family. Her office is located at 901 Stewart Ave. 516-747-2400. You can visit her Facebook page by clicking here and the office website by clicking here

If you have a question for Dr. Lizzio, please email it to insidegardencity@gmail.com

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Are You Working out Hard Enough?

Inside Garden City is happy to say that we have two fitness experts joining us on the blog today- Juan Mayoral and Christine Inguanta from Studio Strength. And just in time for the warmer weather! Read on as they share some of their fitness expertise with us. 

Are you working out hard enough?

How many times have you heard a friend or family member say “I’ve been going to the gym and I have not seen any results! What can I be doing wrong?” So what do they do?  They keep going like a hamster on the treadmill in a laboratory test doing more and more “cardio” to burn fat.  And you keep going to body sculpting classes that push 20 or 30 or even 50 repetitions with those little pink weights to “sculpt”, “tone” or “elongate” your muscles because you are afraid of getting BIG MUSCLES and looking bulky.  Making “big muscles” from lifting weights couldn’t be further from the truth.  The only way for your body to get bigger or bulky is if big calories are coming in.  This rule applies to both men and women.

The object of working out is to get physically stronger.  When you get stronger, you build lean muscle mass.  This lean muscle mass is what helps speed up your metabolism.  For every pound of lean muscle mass you gain, your body will burn an extra 50 calories for the day. The way to create lean muscle mass is to train between 3-4 sets of an exercise with 6-12 repetitions in each set.  If you find yourself doing more than 12 repetitions, the weight isn’t challenging enough.  Please increase the weight. Doing more than 12 repetitions is a waste of time.  You’re not getting stronger and you’re not building lean muscle mass.  If you want to see results, increase the weight and decrease the reps.

So who am I to write this? I am just a guy in the gym. Well, a trainer with about 25 years of experience. I have a crazy passion for fitness and only speak the truth.  I have also been watching people do unproductive workouts because they have been misinformed. So please take this information, put it to work and start seeing results!  

This article was written by the owners of StudioStrength, Juan Mayoral and Christine Inguanta. Studio Strength is located at 960 Franklin Ave, Garden City, NY 11530. For any questions or for more information please visit their website www.studiostrength.com, send an email to studiostrength@aol.com or call (516) 385- 8188. 

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Help Us Choose a Logo!

As http://www.InsideGardenCity.com is approaching our second year anniversary this summer, we thought it was time to develop an official logo! 

After some collaboration and brainstorming with Kathy Daab of Bounce Creative Group, we chose a logo and narrowed down the color options to what you see below:

Now we are asking you, our dedicated readers, to cast your vote and help us choose a color! To make your vote count, please email us at http://www.InsideGardenCity@gmail.com or Facebook message us here. What you think is important to us!

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Spring Bucket List: Guest Blogger Birgitta Mayer

Birgitta Mayer, author of https://parentinglifelessons.wordpress.com is on the blog today. She has shared her spring bucket list with her readers and here it is for you to peruse as well. Maybe there’s something on her list that you can fit into your spring plans this year!

“Spring Bucket List” – 25 Fun Things to Do

A spring wreath
I think spring is finally here! Better late than never….It is fun to create a “Spring Bucket List” and to come up with activities both you and your kids will enjoy. I have created “Bucket Lists” now for all seasons and I have an overall “Life Bucket List” too.
Here is my “Spring Bucket List”: (Might give you some ideas to create own)
  1. Adventureland (Farmingdale, NY) and/or Dutch Wonderland (Lancaster, PA)
  2. Buy some tulips/daffodils
  3. Get a ride on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle (This is on my personal “Life Bucket List”!)
  4. Go on a scavenger hunt with the kids in NYC (or in your local area)
  5. Enjoy the beauty of Brooklyn Botanical Garden or NY Botanical Garden
  6. Make a trip up to the Cloisters (Fort Tyron Park)
  7. Buy some scented candles and soaps at Bath and Body Works (Love, Fresh, Sunshine, Smile, Love, Happy sound like fun scents to me!)
  8. Have a picnic (weather permitting)
  9. Hiking and/or walk around the lake at Bear Mountain State Park
  10. Plan a NY getaway – Iloveny.com
  11. Stay at a hotel with an indoor pool
  12. Take a walk on the Hi-Line in NYC
  13. Travel out east to the Hamptons and the North Fork, LI in the off-season (Pick up some Rose Wine at Croteaux Vineyards – one of our favorites!)
  14. Go to the local park and play basketball
  15. Go to a baseball game
  16. Drive-in Movie Theater (Link to the 5 closest ones to NYC)
  17. Circle Line Cruise or Double Decker Bus (Who says you can’t be a tourist where you live?)
  18. Walk 10,000 steps a day
  19. Stand outside the Today Show with a sign
  20. Have a “Kaffee und Kuchen” (Coffee and Cake) Playdate
  21. Go to the NY Transit Museum
  22. Fly a Kite and sing “Let’s go Fly a Kite” from Mary Poppins
  23. Go Ziplining (Link to The Adventure Park at Long Island)
  24. Go for family bike rides (with helmets of course!)
  25. Go to doggie park with Max and Bella (our dogs)
Mommy Poppins® also has Top 100 Things to Do with your Kids Before They Grow Up inNYC and Long Island . Good stuff…
What is on your Spring Bucket list?

Easter Eve

On Easter Eve, I thought I would post about a few of my Easter traditions that I look forward to every year. I’m sure you have a few of your own. 

One of mine is to enjoy a delicious pizza rustica. This is a classic and traditional Italian Easter treat. It’s basically a type of pie made with ricotta cheese and meat and it is sooo good. My father makes this from scratch every Easter but I’ve yet to make one on my own. Instead, I head to T&F Pork Store on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square to pick up a few of theirs. They make them at the store and they are delish! I can’t eat just one slice. I will serve this with antipasti on Easter but it makes a great simple meal as well. Not exactly low in fat, but hey- everyone deserves to indulge a little. And since I’ve been seeing my trainer regularly, I think I’m okay with a little splurge. Isn’t that the whole purpose of working out anyway?

The next thing I like to make is an Italian cheesecake, also known as ricotta cheesecake. I used this recipe from Martha Stewart this year. All of the recipes for this cheesecake seem to be very similar- heavy on the eggs and the cheese. With those types of ingredients, how could it be bad?  

Homemade chocolate Easter bunnies are also a specialty for this time of year. Chocolate wafers from a chocolate or craft store can be easily melted and poured into molds. Again- a long standing tradition that just makes the typical chocolate bunny a little more special and it’s pretty simple to do. I am not crafty at all and I can do this, so you can too!

I also like to swing by the annual stampede… I mean Easter egg hunt… at Community Park. This year was certainly a classic with children running out before the official go-ahead was given. Maybe the long, cold winter made them a little extra anxious to get out there this year. Whatever it was, it’s all in the name of good fun. Enjoy the day!

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An Easter Basket Sealed With A… Toothbrush?

Inside Garden City is happy to introduce our newest contributor: Dr Dominique Lizzio, DDS. Dr Lizzio practices and resides in Garden City with her family. She will be educating and informing us on all things dentistry and will be happy to take questions from our readers. Without further ado…

Making An Easter Basket That Your Kids And Tooth Fairy Will Love

Ok parents! Another holiday is upon us where candy and sweet treats supersede all else – EASTER!!! 

As a mom and a dentist, I have had to come up with some pretty creative ideas to keep the kids excited to see what the bunny left for them on Easter morning, while still keeping to my oath of promoting good healthy habits. Thought I would share some. Here you go…

Hard boiled eggs- those beautifully decorated eggs are not just for hiding under the dining room table. What better surprise that a genuine egg decorated from the Easter bunny himself?

Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies- my kids love Goldfish crackers. Well, their bunny shaped cousin are made with real cheese. Healthy and perfect for Easter!

Clementines – Sweet, healthy and small enough make a beautiful orange splash of color in the Easter basket.

Plastic eggs filled with dried fruit or nuts. If you don’t need to worry about allergies, this is the perfect surprise made by Mother Nature (a close friend of EB) herself.

Easter basket treats don’t need to always be edible. I always include a copy the latest DVD or video game. Legos, stickers, temporary tattoos, bracelets, lip gloss, nail polish, silly putty and match box cars are also sure to get your little ones excited.

Trust me when I tell you, warmer weather will soon be here. Add some things they can use on the perfect spring days ahead… bubbles, sidewalk chalk, bouncy balls, a jump rope and one of my favorites- packs of seeds to help them create their own little garden.

Now don’t get me wrong… the thought of an Easter basket with out some jelly beans or a chocolate bunny would be, well… sacrilegious. That’s why a new toothbrush and some floss would also be a great addition!


Dr. Lizzio’s office is located at 901 Stewart Ave., GC. 516-747-2400. You can visit her Facebook page by clicking here and the office website by clicking here. If you have a question, please email it to insidegardencity@gmail.com

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