Interview and the History of my fitness journey.

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I wrote this piece for a website that posts fitness related interviews. Here is the first part of the interview.

Hello Fitness Fans,

My name is Sharissa Reichert, and I am one of the most popular trainers in Brooklyn, NY for Senior Population.

I am 53 years old and have a 24 year old son, who is a Chef in Upstate New York. I am married to G.F. Newland who is a children’s book illustrator and a musician.

I have been in the Fitness Industry since 2002. I lost my good job after 9/11 and ended up working part time as a babysitter at a gym.

After 6 months working at the gym, I decided to make fitness my new career. I noticed that many of my health problems started to disappear after I started training. I wanted to show others the joys of the gym so I got my Personal Training Certification. When a new client says to me “I am not a gym person” I tell them, “Neither am I. The only difference between you and me is a few years of practice. I was not a gym person at one time too. I know what it’s like to walk into a gym, wonder what all of this equipment is, see all these buff people around and feel out of my element. I have been there.”

Cooking with Essential Oils

We are all home cooking a little more often these days. We might be serving all 3 meals for more than 1 person more often. This is good time to experiment with cooking. Try a new recipe. Cook that thing that you always wanted to cook but had no time to cook it. I am using food grade essential oils in my cooking to add some bolder flavors to my dishes. No preservatives , chemicals food additives, or old dry spices are just a few the good things about cooking with essential oils. I use Young Living oils. They are the superior product in the big world of Essential Oils.

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Milestones

Happy Monday Everyone!

This weekend I celebrated 6 months since I got my hip replaced. I am so happy with the way the scar came out. Many people who have this procedure have a scar that is 8 to 12 inches long along the side of their bodies. I got the latest state of the art procedure.

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My New Live Stream FaceBook Show.

Check out my new live stream show on FaceBook ‘ Gear Head with Sharissa’
I have been streaming every Wednesday and Sunday at 11 am on my FaceBook page for business.

https://www.facebook.com/NY.BeneFitsPT/

The show is all about home exercise equipment. I review home exercise equipment and show you how to use it. I also throw in some philosophy, general health tips, and some fun fitness related stories. Get the benefit of my 20 years of experience in home exercise equipment and exercise programing for free before it is gone. I will be deleting all of the shows when we can all go outside again.

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Appetizers, Whoa!

Who doesn’t love a good mini quiche or a nice mini pig in the blanket? We all do. But…the nutritional value of these foods is​ not so great. They are all mini balls of fat and salt flavored with sugar, hard to resist for any human. One appetizing snack can pack 250 calories each, and as Mom says ‘ spoil your dinner.’
Healthy eating strategies I use at the appetizing hour.

I choose one splurge food per party or event. One party I will just have dessert, the next party I let my self have the chips. I try not to eat chips,dessert​, ​ and wine at any one given event. This can save me from consuming between 500 and 1000 calories per event.

Stick with salsa for a dip
Salsa is low fat, has vitamin C and fiber and feels like a treat! It can have a lot of salt so watch your salt intake with this dip.

Eat the veggies, olives and hummus:
These foods have plenty of nutritional value and fiber to keep you feeling full. Feeling full can keep you from grabbing more food that your body does not need.

Fill up a small plate of snacks: Choose a small plate and fill it up with your snack allowance and don’t eat any more that what is on the plate.

Don’t sit next to the snack table:
Sitting next to the snack table can lead to endless picking at chips and dip. Sit someplace else. Go talk to a friend or relative instead of eating.

6) Drink 3 glasses of water: This can help you feel full and prevent dehydration from alcohol and salt often served at Holiday parties.

7) Cheese Limits: Oh the cheese! So many to choose from, and there is the Almond covered cheese ball that you only get this time of year! Yum. Try and stick with 2 small slices of cheese per party and put it on a whole grain cracker.

Did you have too many snacks any way, despite my wonderful advice? Dance a little! Dancing is fun and will help burn off those snacks.

A Trainers Kitchen: Party Time!

Party time does not have to mean, ” binge out on unhealthy food time.”
For my 52nd Birthday, I made this fun and colorful pasta salad. This salad is a beautiful addition to any party table and it is gluten-free and vegan!
The ingredients are: Rice pasta, 2 different kinds for looks, and well, I had one of those half a box of pasta left situations. Frozen peas and spinach, handmade pesto, Trader Joes red pepper dip, olive, ​ and avocado​ oil, salt a small amount of vegan butter garlic butter, topped with canned Trader Joes artichoke​ hearts and mini heirloom​ tomatoes.

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