5 Tips for Overcoming Weight Loss Plateaus

5 Tips for Overcoming Weight Loss Plateaus - The Lemon BowlHave you ever hit a weight loss plateau? You know the drill… you’re eating better and staying active but week after week the scale just. won’t. budge. I’ve been there and back many times before so today I’m sharing my top 5 tips for busting through that dreaded weight loss plateau:

Strength Training CircuitTweak Your Fitness Routine: Your body is wicked smaht. So smart, in fact, that it adjusts and adapts to exercise regimes quite quickly. If you find yourself doing the same elliptical workout or kickboxing class week after week with no drop on the scale, it’s time to step back and make some changes. A few simple ideas:
Strength Training Workout Routine - The Lemon Bowl

  1. Add intervals to your cardio routine by boosting the incline or raising the speed/effort level for a 2 minutes on, 2 minutes off. By bringing your heart rate up and then back down and up again, your body will have to work harder.
  2. Increase the amount of weight you are lifting. I always say it is better to do fewer reps of heavier weights than to finish 3 sets feeling like you could have kept going.
  3. Try a new form of exercise. If you normally love to run, try doing a 30 minute yoga DVD once a week or taking a local pilates class. Love group exercise classes? Switch up your routine and try my fun & effective strength training circuit.

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Tart Cherry Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders with Broccoli Slaw by The Lemon Bowl

Your favorite pulled pork sandwiches complete with tart cherry juicy and an Asian twist - you will love these sweet, salty, tart and tangy sliders topped with a crunchy broccoli slaw. I am fully aware that thousands of kids are heading back to school soon (if they haven't already!) but when you live in Michigan, it is still very much summer right now!! The summer weather is ideal for tart cherry … {Read the full article}

Lebanese Chicken Tawook

Chicken Tawook - The Lemon Bowl

Chicken tawook, a traditional Lebanese dish, becomes juicy and tender from a simple marinade of fresh lemon juice and garlic. If I could eat one food every single day for the rest of my life, it would be Lebanese food. People often ask how I came up with "The Lemon Bowl" and ultimately it all goes back to my Middle Eastern roots. Lemon is the star ingredient in almost every Lebanese recipe and I … {Read the full article}

Make-Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Protein Parfaits

Protein Packed Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits - The Lemon Bowl

An easy, make-ahead breakfast packed with plenty of protein and heart-healthy fats to give you all day energy. My husband leaves for work around 6:30am most weekdays so I love coming up with easy, make-ahead breakfast ideas that he can quickly eat before heading out the door. While he loves eating dry cereal (no milk!!),  I would rather push the envelop and get him to eat a more well-rounded meal … {Read the full article}

Fun and Effective Strength Training Workout Routine

Weight Lifting Workout Routine - The Lemon Bowl

I've said it once and I'll say it again, I am a HUGE group exercise junkie. On any given week, I try to attend at least 4 different classes ranging from kickboxing to yoga to zumba to boot camp and everything in between. If Pitbull is blasting and a fit, bubbly instructor is leading the way, you can count me in. However, in an attempt to keep my body guessing and bust through yet another … {Read the full article}

Chilled Cucumber Mint Yogurt Soup

Cucumber Yogurt Mint Soup - The Lemon Bowl

This Lebanese chilled cucumber soup is made with tangy yogurt seasoned with fresh lemon juice, mint and garlic then finished with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. As you've probably noticed, we eat a lot of yogurt in our house every week. My kids love it, I love it and my husband loves it so I was beyond excited when my dear friends at the American Dairy Association asked me to participate in … {Read the full article}

An Evening with Carla Hall, Gail Simmons and Cat Cora {Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff}

Celebrity Chef Cookoff - The Lemon Bowl

A recap of my evening with Carla Hall, Gail Simmons and Cat Cora at the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably noticed that I recently had a major fan girl moment when I spent the evening with Gail Simmons, Carla Hall and Cat Cora. They were here in Grand Rapids just 10 minutes from my house to participate in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity … {Read the full article}

Tart Cherry Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars - The Lemon Bowl

An ideal snack or breakfast on-the-go, these chewy granola bars are filled with tart cherries, dark chocolate chips and protein-packed walnuts. As though I needed one more, reason #9497214758 that I love living in Michigan is because we are the Cherry Capital of the World. In fact, I have been picking and consuming tart cherries my whole life. As a result, I was delighted when the Cherry … {Read the full article}