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1. No Pain, No Gain
Founder and CEO of YAS Fitness Centers Kim Fowler says that fitness gurus used to preach that you couldn't be physically fit without feeling pain. But in reality, to benefit from exercise, you just need to break a sweat and keep your blood circulating, which boosts your immune system.

2. Never Skip a Workout
Kim says that mixing cardiovascular-boosting activities like spinning, with the strength and flexibility elements of yoga, make for a complete and well-rounded workout. You don't have to stick to one workout such as cardio or weight training to see results.

3. Eat Salads to Lose Weight
Christine Avanti, author of Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salads, says that in her 20s, she was a low-carb dieter, which caused her to lose weight and gain even more back. "Finally, I learned some things about nutrition and lost 30 pounds getting away from salad," she says.

4. Always Skip Dessert
Eating dessert is OK, as long as you make the right choices. Try Christine's recipe for healthy coconut ice cream!

Don't Skip Dessert!
Eating dessert is OK, as long as you make the right choices. Try Christine's recipe for healthy coconut ice cream.

Christine's Coconut Ice Cream
- 1 14 ounce can coconut milk
- 2 14 ounce cans light coconut milk
- 1/2 cup Zsweet (or coconut palm sugar)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

In a medium sauce pan, combine one can of full-fat coconut milk, plus enough of the light coconut milk to make 4 cups. Stir over medium heat for about five minutes. Next, stir in Zsweet or coconut palm sugar until dissolved (about two minutes). Add salt, vanilla, and coconut flakes. Remove from heat and transfer mixture into an ice cream maker. Spin coconut mixture in an ice cream maker for about 20 to 30, minutes or until desired consistency is reached.

Serves 10 1/2 cup servings.

Nutritional Facts: Calories: 130. Fat: 13g, Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 1g Protein 1g

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