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Best Meditation Apps As Featured on Today Show

Have you tried to meditate but find it really challenging? Are you looking for an easy way to meditate? Or, are you looking for meditations for weight loss? My latest article for the Today Show highlights the different aspects of the most popular meditation apps. And, if you’re looking for me to walk you through some Step It Up with Steph meditations, check out all of my video meditations for the Today Show here.


Are you looking for ways to meditate in Chicago? If you can’t make it to a Chicago meditation studio, or to a yoga class in Chicago, try out these meditation apps! And, no matter where you live in the country, these meditation apps are available to be downloaded right to your phone. I have personally used all of these meditation apps, and as a women’s health and fitness expert and a women’s weight loss coach, I inspect everything before I recommend things. I really liked these meditation apps to use throughout the day and also as a nighttime meditation and a morning meditation.

For my weight loss clients, I suggest meditating at least once a day with a meditation app. It’s important to feel connected to yourself (to your mind, body, and spirit) because this will help you to relax and unwind. When we are stressed, we’re more receptive to storing fat around the mid-section. As a weight loss coach for women, it’s my goal to help women feel more in charge and in control of their choices, bodies, and weight.

Stephanie Mansour is a women’s weight loss coach and the best health and fitness expert in Chicago. She’s a contributor for the Today Show and is a health and fitness expert on TV. She’s also a women’s weight loss expert. As a women’s weight loss coach, she helps women lose weight fast and make it last. She’s also a confidence coach and her wellness programs in Chicago are for women everywhere!

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

Hunger Vs. Emotional Eating As Seen On Fox Chicago

Life Coach & Health Expert Stephanie Mansour is here with ways to tell if your body is hungry or if you’re just looking for comfort food, and how to stop it so you don’t sabotage your goals.

First, you’ve got a new TV show for women working on this issue, right?! YES, we have the Step It Up with Steph TV Show that airs every Saturday at 10am on WTTW PBS. Step It Up with Steph is the women’s weekly dose of health, fitness, lifestyle, and entertainment where we delve into a new topic each week, ranging from anxiety, being a workaholic, and having lower back pain.

It’s hard to know a lot of the time if we are eating out of pure hunger, or if we are eating because we have crazy emotions taking over our minds! So what are the 5 signs to know if you’re eating out of emotions or out of hunger?

1. Mindless Eating: the first way to tell if you’re eating from emotions or if you’re actually hungry, is if you’re eating mindlessly. When you get home from work, do you sit down and eat a whole box of crackers while reading or watching TV, before you even realize it?! This is likely from your emotions because you are used to doing this. Hence, this is only a habit that we are able to break. A tip for this is portion control. Pour some of The Daily Crave’s healthy lentil chips into a bowl or into a plastic bag and then put the rest of the bag away! If you are going to splurge, make sure it is with a healthy choice. The Daily Crave’s lentil chips are a healthy option to satisfy your chip cravings.

2. Rewarding Yourself: Having a food reward that you are looking forward to all day long is a key sign that you are eating out of emotions. Instead, make reading a chapter of a book, taking a walk to a park, or doing 20 minutes of yoga your reward for after a long day. You will slowly be able to break yourself from this habit and have less emotional eating!

3. Eating a Whole Candy Bar: Even if you are going through some emotional times, eating a whole candy bar will continue to sabotage your weight loss goals. Instead, break off a piece of the bar and put it on a plate. Then, you are making it known to yourself that you are only eating a portion of it, and you won’t drown your emotions in the candy.

4. Bored: When you’re bored, you want to reach for something that is going to spike your energy. To avoid this emotional eating, KNOW when the last time you ate protein was. If you haven’t eaten in 3-4 hours, then you are actually are hungry and need protein.

5. Lonely: When you’re lonely, you begin to use food as COMFORT. Instead of reaching for unhealthy options, pick healthier, individually portioned foods that will allow you to stay within the amount you need to eat.

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

Valentine’s Day Partner Workout

Workout on Valentine’s Day with your significant other by doing the Crunch n Kiss, arm raises with weights, and the Crunch n Punch!

Stephanie Mansour is a Health and Fitness Expert based in Chicago. She films weekly workouts with Jenny Milkowski in Chicago to inspire women to work out in the most effective way possible! Stephanie has the best workouts for women and also serves as a confidence coach for women. Steph has been called the best personal trainer in Chicago.

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

Weight Loss Workouts for Women: Park Workout Using a Slide

Did you know that the slide at your local park can be used to assist you in push ups, tricep dips and planks? Watch Jenny Milk and Stephanie Mansour show you how you can get fit using the slide!

Stephanie Mansour is a Health and Fitness Expert based in Chicago. She films weekly workouts with Jenny Milkowski in Chicago to inspire women to work out in the most effective way possible! Stephanie has the best workouts for women and also serves as a confidence coach for women. Steph has been called the best personal trainer in Chicago.

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join the FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

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On Hand Fitness Remedies As Seen on WNEM TV 5

Do you ever run into a problem when you’re on the go, whether it’s an injury slowing down your workout, lack of energy, or you’re craving a snack? We’ve got some solutions on today’s Step It Up with Steph!

First, let’s talk about injuries. This is the last thing you want to get in the way of your healthy eating and working out! It would be great to prevent an injury by proper stretching, warming up, etc., but if you’re having joint issues, I’ve got a solution. Try a band around your joint. The Zamst JK-bands are great for stabilizing your knee if you’re feeling some pain, and will help to prevent a full-blown injury. You can barely feel you’re wearing the product and they help support and reinforce the knee. They are great for patellar tendonitis and don’t slip once you put them on.

Next, if you’re looking for some quick protein that you can pack with you in your purse, try a little packet of almond butter. Nuttzo makes to-go packets that are made from 7 nuts and seeds with no added oils or sugar. There is significantly less sugar in the Nuttzo packets than in other flavored spreads, plus tons of protein which will keep you fuller longer. Having a snack available will help you to not avoid the gym because you’re hungry!

If you have cravings but don’t want to blow your healthy eating plan, look for something low in calories with a little protein, and some fiber or carbs to help keep you fuller. The Wild Garden snack box to go is great because it gives you a pre-portioned serving of hummus along with some veggie chips.

If you’re looking for easy to do workouts at home, check out my workout DVD, even if you only have 5 minutes to spare! Remember to always have a solution ready to go to save you time when you’re running throughout your day!

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

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Post-Thanksgiving Detox As Seen on FOX New York

You may have tried detox programs, like juice cleanses, soup detoxes, or even a diet that consists of only eating grapefruit! However, our Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour is here to show us that we not only need to detox our diet (and in a healthy way!), but also our mind and body.

1. Mentally: It is important to get rid of self-shaming and guilt!
Create a finger-touching exercise to do to compliment yourself before important events and regularly throughout each day. Remind yourself that you are strong and powerful and make healthy choices because you will feel better!

2. Physically: Sweat it out! If you missed your pre-Thanksgiving workout, it’s not too late. Schedule in 1 or 2 workouts over the long weekend, and for throughout the month of December.

3. Nutritionally: those cleanses do not work! If you’re looking for a cleanse, I recommend a smoothie cleanse with protein powder. You want to keep your protein and fiber count up so that you can burn fat faster. Here are some other tips for eating and drinking:
Drink more water! I like Eternal water because it is a naturally alkaline spring water.
Adding this new Vega vitamin powder adds flavor, fiber, and vegetables to your water.
Harmless Harvest coconut water is another great substitute for plain water.
Green, leafy vegetables added to protein shakes will help reduce inflammation in your body.
When cooking dinner, make an extra side of vegetables for yourself.
Salmon and healthy fats, like flax seed, are great sources of protein.

4. Thanksgiving leftovers to help us detox? Is that possible?!

Yes! Use your turkey as your protein: make lettuce cups for leftover turkey, make a turkey stirfry with leftover turkey and add leftover sweet potatoes to make a vegetable bowl. Use leftover fruit from fruit salad to add into your smoothies. The extra pie crusts can come in handy to make egg cups for a breakfast on the go! Sprinkle the pie crust into a muffin pan and add beaten eggs, spinach, and turkey on top of the crust.

5. Alcoholic Beverages: ALWAYS add in a glass of water before and after each alcoholic beverage that you have. This will help keep you hydrated. Cut your juice or soda with half water or sparkling water to cut down on sugar, too.

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Workout As Seen on FOX Chicago

Have you bought your turkey yet? We’ve got some ways for you to step it up and work out with your frozen turkey this week! Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour from Step It Up with Steph is here to show us how!

Turkey Squats: Hold the turkey and squat down, then press it up. This works the quads, shoulders, and arm muscles.

Turkey Twist: Lunge forward, abs in, twist with the turkey, then back to standing. Repeat on both sides.

Flying Turkey: Balance on one leg, hold the turkey in your hands, and bring one leg up to your chest, then slowly balance and reach it towards the back, switch sides and do 10 repetitions on each side

Turkey Toss: Partner exercise – stand across from each other, squat, jump, and toss the turkey. Bend your knees while catching the turkey to absorb the shock of the turkey.

Turkey Abs: Laying on your back on the ground, straighten your legs in the air, hold the turkey above your stomach and reach towards your toes with your abs in.

This full-body workout gets your heart rate up, builds your quads, works stability in your joints, and tightens your core! Remember to focus on your workouts first so that you don’t feel bad about eating a little extra on Thanksgiving!

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

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How to Workout Outside this Fall As Seen on WNEM TV 5

Wearing a lot of layers doesn’t need to prevent you from getting in a workout outside this Fall. We’re sharing some great ideas with the best health and fitness expert, Stephanie Mansour.

I’ve got some easy tips that you can start using with your kids after school today!

First, obviously raking the leaves or shoveling snow will burn X number of calories. The average sized person can burn up to 200 calories in 30 minutes by shoveling snow!

Do more strength training outside to warm up faster. You can go in your front yard and do a circuit workout: Squats, push ups, and then repeat.

Finally, take your pet (or child) on a walk and speed up the pace for a block, then slow it down. If you’re wearing snow boots and walking in the snow, it makes this even more challenging!

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

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