November tends to bring the stress of eating ‘healthy’ and the guilt associated with it to an all time high. With Thanksgiving and Holiday Parties on the calendar, it can become increasingly challenging to avoid the bad foods. That should not be an excuse. At the end of the day, you have control over what goes into your mouth. Although that is easy to say (and easier to write), it is not ‘easy’ to implement. The secret – find healthier versions of the things you love.
You like Mash Potatoes – find a recipe that uses Cauliflower instead – like this
You like Pumpkin Pie – this one ROCKS!
You need other GREAT Thanksgiving Recipes – check out these sites:
Don’t let excuse of ‘It’s the holiday’ or ‘I’ll start in the new year’ or ‘I’ll just do it at this one party’ (there will be MANY parties this time of year). If you don’t know what foods will be at the event you are headed to – BRING YOUR OWN and share. Yeah, it will cost a little more than you normally would spend. Yes, you will have to make a LOT because everyone around you will be SCARFING down YOUR food. Yes, YOU WILL HAVE BETTER OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM when you do this…
We are heading into that time of year where people tend to indulge on all of the super tasty (and horribly bad) foods in MASSIVE portions. Then, we finish out the year with resolutions on how to get ‘Healthier’. Often, these resolutions fade away quicker than they appeared, only to start the cycle all over again.
If any of this sounds familiar, then do something about it. Buck the trend. Reverse the effects. Find the balance between having an enjoyable life AND being healthy (they can go hand in hand, believe it or not :)).
I am not advocating a diet without great tasting foods.
I am not expecting you to count your calories.
I am not suggesting that you ‘suffer’ your way to health.
It is hard to give 1 direction on what to do – everyone requires different attention and different details/tweaks. The Paleo Diet is very good – it addresses 99% of everything one would need to get on track to ideal health. Most people need help and guidance through this change. Many people need help and suggestions on how to adjust their food choices while on the road, working, traveling, odd schedules, busy lives, etc… This is where I come in.
I have worked with all sorts of clients and have helped them adjust their diets to gain the results they need to get healthier. The priority is TRUE HEALTH – not the number on the scale. The aesthetics piece will fall into place over time and as the body becomes healthier. There is a lot to it…
Not only do I work with you on Food Choices, but I work with you on the emotional attachment that comes with Food Choices – the addictions and cravings – the guilt and negative associations. Learn how to take control over your food and food choices.
If you want more details or have any questions – please feel free to contact me.
Save your New Year’s Resolution for something more exciting like ‘TRAVEL MORE’ rather than ‘Lose Weight’.
Finding a balance in health, performance, work, and social life can be a challenge. The clients I work with regularly tend to have the most difficult time knowing when to buckle down and be super strict and when to let loose.
At the end of the day, it all depends on where you are on the overall health spectrum. The closer you are to ULTIMATE HEALTH, the more leeway you have with your food choices (for a short period of time). The closer your are to SICK, the less room for error you have and the more strict you need to be.
When a client asks me if they can have Ice Cream, Beer, or Pizza (for example) – my response is always the same… “It Depends”.
It Depends on a bunch of things:
1. How strict/compliant have you been?
2. How is your digestion, poop (ha! he said poop), sleep, and recovery from workouts?
3. Is it going to be the BEST Friggen Ice Cream, Beer, or Pizza in the world?!?!
4. Are you going to savor every morsel?
These are just some of the things to consider.
As I mentioned, your digestion and poop (giggle) need to be dialed in before you consider any off course food options. The negative impacts can be pretty rough if you indulge too frequently or too BIG.
This week there is a free Gut Health Webinar launching.
Check out this link to sign up.
It should be very insightful – so if your POOP is anything but PERFECT, you should prioritize this opportunity to gain some knowledge.
It is important to know how food impacts you – inside and out.
Here is a new Video!
This week, Caramelized Beets and Eggs w/ Avocado
I was traveling a ton over the last couple of days.
I always hunt out a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods for my meals.
I look for Chipotle for many of my lunches.
In a pinch, I get a burger at either The Habit or In n Out – Protein style, no cheese/no sauce
The Aidell’s sausages are pretty clean. Nothing funny in them.
The Nut mix could easily be swapped out with an avocado.
The carrots were tasty.
It meets all of the basic criteria’s
What are your Emergency/Travel foods?
Here is the first video of a Weekly series I plan on putting up.
It has some bugs to work out – but I promise, Video 2 (next week) is already much better!
They will improve as I get my flow down. For now, enjoy!
Click the image above to go to the video…
A Quick (~15min) recipe that is super tasty. Easy to make, quick to prepare. Ingredients:
1/2lb Ground Turkey
3 Slices of Bacon
1 small Sweet Potato
1 small Scallop (or 1/2 onion)
Seasonings – Olive Oil, Vinegar, Cumin, Paprika, Chipotle Pepper, Cinnamon, Salt and Pepper – and Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Blend
Ok – so it might have seemed like this website and blog was DEAD. No activity since July. Well, I don’t have any excuses… I have been super BUSY. It wasn’t a priority at the time.
Things have changed. It’s not that I have more time, but it has been moved up my priority list. I am excited about some of the options I am going to bring to this site and some of the direction I plan on going in… For starters:
1. Weekly I will be posting a video on how to create a different meal. The focus will be ‘Simple, Quick, Easy’. The ingredients are going to be almost all Paleo (sometimes I like a little rice or cheese). The intent of the project is to show you how easy it is to throw together a nutritious meal quickly – as long as you have a good variety of items in your fridge.
2. I will regularly post articles about Paleo and other health impacts to encourage you to grow your awareness of how FOOD impacts your LIFE.
If you have any questions – need any ‘accountability’ around food/habits/routines – or are looking for a ‘coach’ to help keep you on track with fitness and an overall Healthy Life Style – just let me know!
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Have you been wanting to change your diet?
Are you lost on how to start?
Do you have that feeling that something is just not working right?
Don’t wait for January 1st to commit to a new diet – let’s prepare NOW.
Here is what I am offering, effective November 1st I will lead a group of people (maximum 10 people) for 21 days. During this time, I will work with you to clean up your diet and help you start your improved lifestyle tailored to your goals. (weight loss, improved health, performance, etc)
In the 21 days that we are working together, you will be responsible for a Daily Food Log that I will have access to. I will leave comments and recommendations throughout the week to support your progress.
Each week, we will schedule a 15 min phone consultation to discuss progress and plans for the upcoming week.
Throughout the 21 days, I will send you articles to read – this ‘homework’ will help explain the ‘why’s’ behind why your food choices and lifestyle changes are so important.
Now, because I am looking for serious people only, this program will be limited to 10 people and will cost $50 per person.
What you can expect:
Reduced (potentially eliminated) Allergy symptoms
Reduced (potentially eliminated) medicinal requirments
and so much more…
If you are interested in this opportunity – email me directly.
Genetic Roulette—The Gamble of Our Lives has audiences rushing home to clear out their cupboards of dangerous genetically modified (GM) foods. The evidence presented in the film makes the best case yet for why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are linked to disorders such as allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, infertility, autism, and cancer, to name a few. One health practitioner, Mary Tobin, L.Ac., said the film “provides abundant evidence that eating a GMO-free diet is the single most important change Americans can make for their health.”
That evidence not only includes doctors and patients testimonials, but also veterinarians and farmers who describe dramatic health improvements in animals that switched to non-GMO feed. The categories of diseases that improve in humans and animals are the ones found in lab animals fed GMOs. And these are many of the same categories, e.g. immune, reproductive, and gastrointestinal disorders that have been on the rise in the US population since GMOs were introduced.
Exposing the Dark Side
This 85 minute documentary reveals, what author John Robbins calls, “the bullying and deceit of the biotech industry,”— including manipulation of research, attacks on independent scientists and their findings, and infiltration and control of government regulators.
The film also reveals for the first time to horrific impact among workers on a South Africa farm, who were consuming a higher amount of GMO corn than probably any other group in the world.
Upbeat, Empowering and World Changing
Although this film’s eye-opening evidence in the film is sometimes shocking, it is by no means a downer. According to Robbins, it “shines a bright light of hope that we can reclaim our health and our food systems.” Smith explains that as little as 5% of the US population switching to non-GMO foods should deliver a tipping point, inspiring food companies to kick out GM ingredients. It was such a consumer rejection that already kicked GMOs out of Europe.
The film is being released right in the throes of the California campaign for Prop 37. If it passes in November, food companies will have to label products made with GM ingredients (like they do in nearly 50 other countries). Not only will this make it far easier for people to buy healthier non-GMO choices, the expected migration away from labeled GM products will probably accelerate the tipping point.
Watch the movie here: http://geneticroulettemovie.com/