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How to Progress into a Pull-Up

Here at Hilton Head Health, fitness is more than just weight loss. Fitness is about building physical and mental strength. Fitness is about discovering a better you. Fitness is a way to show yourself  “I can.” What better way to show yourself  “I can” than building the strength, stamina, and dedication to complete a pull up?

Progressing to a pull-up varies from person to person depending on body-type and current fitness level. Having said that, the muscles used in a pull-up are the exact same for everybody; Latissimus Dorsi and Biceps being key. A great place to start with this progression are these three exercises below:

Bent Over Row:

The bent over row teaches you to keep proper spinal alignment. It also strengthens the Biceps, Lats, and other upper back muscles.

Lat Pull Down:

This exercise very closely mimics the movement of the shoulder joint in a body weight pull up.

Body Row on TRX:

This row begins to train your body to control itself while working the shoulder joint. This is important for making your nervous system smarter and creating synergy in all the muscles in your body .

There are always more exercises that can be done to build up to and improve the pull-up, but this is a great place to start.


Good Calories vs. Bad Calories

Time to discuss one of the most feared words in diet history… CALORIES.

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If calories had two descriptive words attached the most common I hear are the following: Good or Bad. Why have we done this to ourselves? We have demonized calories in such a way that we have overthought the idea behind calorie counting. We punish ourselves when we go over our calories or we find ourselves paralyzed at the thought of trying to track our food. It’s time to take the fear away from the word calorie. Let’s focus on prioritizing the foods that provide nutritious calories, vitamins, and essential minerals.

Vegetables: Packed with vitamins and minerals like Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C, and more.

  • Asparagus, artichoke, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, leafy greens, leeks, onion, fennel, zucchini, butternut squash, pumpkin, peppers, eggplant, fennel, mushrooms

Fruits: An excellent source for antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin B.

  • berries, bananas, apples, citrus, figs, cherries, pomegranate, watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, papaya, avocado, tomatoes, peaches, plums, apricots, etc.

Animal Protein: Protein is required to strengthen and develop muscles, partnered with Omega Fatty Acids make Animal Protein essential.

  • Salmon, chicken breast, lean cuts of meat, turkey breast, cod, grouper, sea bass, shrimp, crab, oysters, rainbow trout, eggs, dairy, etc.

Healthy Fats: Don’t be scared off by the term “fat.” Healthy fats increase satiation and contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.

  • Olive oil, grape seed oil, nut oils, salmon, nuts, seeds, grass-fed meats, sustainably raised seafood, avocado, etc.

Whole Grains: Whole grains burn slower, unleashing more energy over time without leaving you hungry in a couple hours.

  • Brown rice, farro, millet, amaranth, wheat berries, quinoa, teff, spelt, barley, etc.

Beans & Legumes: All the protein without unnecessary calories.

  • Black beans, white beans, red kidney beans, lentils (all colors), chickpeas, edamame, etc.

Nuts and Seeds: Healthy fats and slowly digestible fibers make these perfect for snacks.

  • Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews, flaxseed, pumpkin seed, chia seed, sunflower seeds, nut butters

Starchy Vegetables: Part of a balanced diet, especially when prepared properly to increase flavor but limit excess calories.

  • Sweet potatoes, red potatoes, rutabaga, winter squash, corn, peas, beets, etc.

Dairy & Dairy Substitute: Protein packed, but also potentially calorie packed. Focus on using dairy as an addition to a well-balanced meal, not the centerpiece.

  • Prioritize yogurt, kefir, organic dairy, soy milk, almond milk, quinoa milk, cheese as a flavor enhancer, etc.

Water: Helps your joints, muscle function, brain function, and energy levels.

  • All day, every day.


  • Red wine in moderation, dark chocolate (85% and above), herbs, vinegars, spices, seasonings, tea, coffee, etc.

All of these healthy foods are flavor and vitamin rich. Let’s reframe our mind on the food versus looking at the calories. At Hilton Head Health, we aren’t afraid of the calories, we don’t try to create a meal that is 300 calories. Instead, we focus on the types of food we want to deliver then make sure we make it happen with proper portions and tons of flavor—while maintaining an appropriate calorie range. Now that is what I call a different mentality that I would recommend all to have at home.


H3 Abuelita’s Cracked Wheat Chili

Fall comfort food recipes are some of our favorite recipes to make, here in the H3 Healthy Kitchen. Hearty, rich flavor shouldn’t be compromised when making healthy comfort food. A perfect warm recipe for the cool fall evenings.

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2 tsp Olive oil

2 cups Onion, chopped

6 each Garlic cloves, minced

1 cup Green bell pepper, chopped

1 cup Red bell pepper, chopped

1 ½ T Chili powder

1 T Oregano, dried

1 T Unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp Cumin, ground

2 cups Water

1 ½ cups Bulgur wheat

1 can (16 ounces )Kidney beans, drained

1 can (15 ounces) Black beans, drained

1 can (14 ½ ounces)Diced tomatoes (undrained, no salt added)

1 can (14 ½ ounces) Vegetable broth or stock

2 pieces Chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, minced

2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded, reduced fat


  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  • Heat oil in saucepot.
  • Add diced onion and the next seven ingredients to the saucepot.
  • Stir and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add water and next six ingredients.
  • Bring this mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat then simmer uncovered for 10 minutes and stir occasionally.
  • Spoon half of bean mixture into the bottom of a 13 X 9 inch baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese.
  • Top with remaining bean mixture.
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes at 375°F.
  • Uncover and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake an additional 10 minutes.


Servings: 12

Serving size: 1 ½ cups

Calories: 214

Fat: 3.3 grams


H3 Fall Fitness Routine by Chris Varano, H3 LOSE Well Coach


Good Weather Supports Good Health

At Hilton Head Health, we are blessed with a beautiful environment to utilize for our outdoor wellness activities. The summer months can prove to be very hot and humid making exercising indoors or in the pool a more comfortable location. Now that fall is upon us, outdoor activities utilizing the expansive landscape is encouraged to fully enjoy all the natural amenities of our ocean-front resort.

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Less grind. More Fun.

Running paths, local parks with exercise equipment,  yoga at the beach or in the park, paddle boarding and kayaking are just a few of the ways to enjoy a different kind of workout that breaks out of the ordinary and challenges muscles and invigorates the senses. The days are cooler, the sun lower in the sky, and the scents of fall are in the air.  The mild Fall season naturally boosts the mind and body, making health and wellness activities more effective.

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Simple Replacements Make Huge Impacts.

If exercising alone is not your thing, there are boot camps, sports teams and group bike rides to join. They are perfect for any fitness level and having a fitness “appointment” helps develop a sense of accountability. These activities reinforce that staying active and healthy doesn’t require a gym membership.

So, get some friends together, swap out the happy hour for a light activity and set those fitness goals into action.

Happy Fall!!!


Chef’s Table Cuisine: A Taste of the Lowcountry


The Chef’s Table is a fine dining experience exclusively held in the H3 Healthy Kitchen.

Healthy Kitchen Executive Chef Karla Williams and Healthy Kitchen Sous Chef Carrie Adams share healthy cooking tips and prepare a delectable, low-fat gourmet dinner as H3 Guests and Islanders sit back, relax and enjoy 4 delicious, low calorie courses.

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Seared Grouper, Herbed Grits with Gouda and Collard Greens


The most recent Chef’s Table Experience, “A Taste of the Low Country,” explored the bold, robust flavors of the Low Country where Hilton Head Health calls home.

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Southern Chicken and Waffles


The menu included southern favorites: Southern Chicken and Waffles; Fried Green Tomatoes drizzled with an Aged Balsamic; Grouper, Herbed Grits with Gouda and Collard Greens with Bacon; and Peach Cobbler topped with scratch-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

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“Fried” Green Tomatoes with an Aged Balsamic


The Chef’s Table  and all the HK Events tour different flavors from all over the world, creating healthy, full-flavored courses. These events are open to current guests or for the general public with a reservation. Come explore the world through cuisine and experience the perfect ways to bring taste and health into your own kitchen!

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Peach Cobbler and House-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


Plan your visit to our next Chef’s Table or Healthy Kitchen Event here.


Read what this past H3 Guest has to say

Making a difference in the lives of our Guests is our highest priority, from their stay to long after they’ve returned home. All our the programs from Hilton Head Health—LIVE Well, PLAY Well, and LOSE Well—have been carefully designed to motivate and inspire.

Offering an inviting, nurturing environment is paramount to rejuvenating and encouraging healthy lives. Our goal is to make every stay at Hilton Head Heath as perfect as this Guest’s:

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Read the full review on TripAdvisor and if you’re a past Guest, leave your own review about your stay at H3.


H3 Healthy Pumpkin Spice Energy Bar

In the H3 Healthy Kitchen, we love creating recipes using the tastes and flavors of the season. Now that fall is here, it is officially pumpkin season! Everything seems to be pumpkin flavored in the fall. However, all of these popular pumpkin recipes also seem to be unhealthy, processed and filled with sugar. They’re sure to leave you feeling tired and groggy. Not our H3 Pumpkin Spiced Energy Bars! These bars prove that Pumpkin Spice can be healthy! This Healthy Pumpkin Spice fall inspired energy bar will keep you feeling good throughout a busy day.

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3 cups Pumpkin, canned

3 scoops Vanilla whey protein powder

3/4 cup Flax seed, ground

3 cups Oats

3 tablespoons Cinnamon, ground

1 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg, ground

1 1/2 teaspoons Clove, ground

1 teaspoon Salt

1/3 cup Honey

¾ cup Dark chocolate chips


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the: protein powder, flax, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and clove.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine the pumpkin and honey.
  • Then combine the dry mixture and the wet pumpkin mixture; fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Lightly spray a ½ sheet tray with non-stick spray then evenly spread batter.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly toasted on top.
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool and cut into 30 servings.
  • Store bars in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, otherwise freeze.

Chef’s Note: 

Serves: 30

Serving Size: 1 bar

Calories: 100

Fat: 3.5 grams

We hope that you enjoy this healthy spin on pumpkin spice! What’s your favorite fall recipe?


Bob’s Healthy Book Review

If you have been to Hilton Head Health in the last few years, and sat in on my Portion Control class, you might remember that I often referred to a book entitled Mindless Eating. This book is incredibly relevant for those focused on weight loss, healthy living and developing a healthy diet plan. Brian Wansink, Ph.D. and the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab Director, wrote this must-read book based on hundreds of studies and experiments he conducted looking at what factors influence what and how much we eat. His research clearly shows how our environment strongly and unconsciously impacts our eating behavior. As a result of your visit to H3, I hope many of you have taken steps to create an environment that helps manage your portions more effectively, such as: getting smaller plates and glasses, keeping ‘less healthy’ treats out of sight and more healthy foods around.

Since then Wansink, dubbed the “Sherlock Holmes of food”, has continued his research and just released his new book entitled, Slim By Design. Wansink suggests that the most effective way to manage weight and maintain weight loss long-term isn’t to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do but to help them set up their living environment in a way that will help them lose weight naturally.  He not only shares new and surprising research, (who would guess that the color of the plate you use could influence how much you serve yourself by almost 20%) but provides specific recommendations as to how you can use that information in the areas where most of our food decisions are made: the home, restaurants, grocery stores, your work place, even your kids’ schools.

I am looking forward to incorporating this new information into the Portion Control class here at H3, but why wait until you come back to get the benefit? Pick up the book and get started creating the environment that will help you become Slim By Design! Do you have a favorite weight loss or wellness related book?

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H3 “No Fat” Pumpkin Spice Latte

In celebration of falls favorite drink and International Coffee Day, the H3 Healthy Kitchen whipped up this H3 “No Fat” Pumpkin Spice Latte, as a special, healthy drink recipe. Everything seems to be pumpkin spiced in the fall. It’s the ever popular, perfect beverage for the crisp fall season! However, typical pumpkin spice latte’s are filled with unnecessary sugars and have little to do with real pumpkin. So in the season of pumpkin spice and indulgence, enjoy this warm, flavorful latte as a treat without the unwanted sacrifice of your healthy diet!

 H3 No Fat Pumpkin Spice Latte


¾ cup Skim Milk

2 tsp Agave Nectar

2 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree (unsweetened)

½ tsp Vanilla extract

¼ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

¾ cup Coffee


  • In a small saucepot, heat while whisking all ingredients together except coffee.
  • When desired temperature is reached- pour into a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
  • In each glass measure 2 ounces of coffee then add 3 ounces of milk mixture.
  • Stir and enjoy!


Serves: 3

Serving Size: 5 ounces

Calories: 40

Fat: 0 grams

We hope you enjoy this healthy twist on pumpkin spice! As coffee is filled with antioxidants, and can be a great healthy beverage when not filled with sugar, we encourage you to treat yourself to this recipe! Happy Fall!


5th Annual Devin’s Dash Memorial 5K

Despite the inclement weather, this year’s Devin’s Dash was a success! With the help of our sponsors, volunteers and race participants we raised almost $6000 for Happiness is Camping. Amazing! The overall race winner and first male was H3’s own Experience Planner Alex Santa, and the first female race was winner Kim Stanziola. The after party included fresh H3 smoothies and healthy snacks compliments of the H3 Culinary Team, great music, a raffle drawing for the amazing prizes donated by our sponsors, and of course, post-race stretching to prevent any injuries. The official Devin’s Dash Page is here http://www.h3daily.com/devinsdash/ to see the prizes, more race results and sponsors. If you missed this year’s Devin’s Dash Memorial 5K Run/Walk held at Hilton Head Health, here’s a quick photo recap.

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Devin’s Dash is one of our favorite races and events on Hilton Head Island, and we’re so proud to host it! We thank all of those who participated, and hope that we see you all again next year!


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