Don’t Count Calories! (Part 2) Not all c

Don’t Count Calories! (Part 2)
Not all calories are the same! Just like the label is on average +/- 25%, foods vary too! Will 100 calories of steak be processed the same as 100 calories of cake? No! We will use MORE energy to digest the steak! (Yes, it’s a thing…we use energy to make energy)
AND…the harder to digest the food is, the less energy we will get from it! So what should you do? Practice eating minimally processed foods. Eat slowly. Listen to your self. Experiment with it! (Image borrowed from PN)

Don’t Count Calories! (Part 1) There’s i

Don’t Count Calories! (Part 1)
There’s issues with it! Like how the values on a label can be off by +/- 25%! And that’s the AVERAGE. No-one is testing every single food in a lab! 1 medium apple can give 83 cal or up to 116 cal. A 6 oz filet mignon can give 323 cal or up to 506 cal. So what do you do? Well, your body is designed to regulate itself! Try this: EAT SLOWLY. Are you hungry? Full? Notice how you feel! Make it a game 😀
(Image borrowed from PN)

Workout Wednesdays — Flexibility and Mo

Workout Wednesdays — Flexibility and Mobility!
Feeling stiff? Tight? Or maybe a little inflexible? (We’re not talking about who gets to sit in the center of the couch here…)
Well good news! There’s hope for you! And it’s all free and fairly easy to do. Like stretching. Foam rolling. Dynamic stretches (ex: leg swings).
The article below is primarily about improving the squat, but it can be easily applied to any part of your body! Give it a skim and let me know what you think.

Absorption and Digestion — A Quick Look

Absorption and Digestion — A Quick Look
Last week a client of mine asked me what I think of having a venti Green Tea Latte as a post workout treat. I said, “if you REALLY enjoy it, do it”. I also said it has A LOT of sugar, is EASY to digest, and is easily absorbed — a lot of it will be stored as fat. However, if he enjoys a toasted chicken sandwich just as much, it’ll take more time and effort to digest, leading to less of it being stored as fat. AND, it’ll generally help the body recover better. Of course, we’re just talking concepts here, and everyone has different needs, wants, and preferences.
But which one do you think I recommended overall?

Mindset Mondays — Think About Your Thou

Mindset Mondays — Think About Your Thoughts!
Psychology is quickly becoming a HUGE part of health, exercise, and nutrition. You can use your biggest asset, your mind, to achieve your goals! Identify how you talk to yourself: What are you thinking right now? Do you walk around thinking, “It’s too hard to do ‘x’ “, or “I’ll never be able to get ‘y’ “? These are the “stories” we tell ourselves. So be mindful about your thoughts. If it’s not helpful, acknowledge the thought and think about what YOU WANT. Say to yourself, “It may not be easy, but I’m gonna do my best.” It takes practice, but you can do it!

Protein Powders Awhile back an old cowor

Protein Powders
Awhile back an old coworker friend of mine messaged me asking what kind of protein powder I recommend. My first impulse was to say that “eating” your protein is better, but being a good coach/friend, I answered her question. Research shows that in some ways, drinking protein is not as beneficial because “eating” protein will often break down slower, absorb better, and provide more nutrients. Then again, if a person doesn’t eat meat, has a small appetite, and/or is having trouble getting enough protein in their diet, powders/bars work great.
To answer her question, I said Vega! It tastes decent, is as “natural” as you can get, and is not terribly expensive! (at least this version from Costco/Target) (I’m not associated in any way with Vega/Costco/Target FYI ;))