We walked about the first building block of success on Wednesday. How to find a successful exercise plan for you as an individual.
Today is all about nutrition. Eating correctly for your body is THE most important part of changing how your body looks. Period. Exercise can help build muscle, make you feel better, your body start moving better but if you want to SEE results you need to pick your game up in the kitchen.
The problem is there are so many nutrition plans out there, which one is the best? Paleo? Raw Food? Mediterranean? Seafood Diet? See Food Diet?
I recommend the Pale Joe diet. 6 simple steps to better nutrition. That says simple, not easy. Here they are:
1. Just Eat Real Food
If you did nothing else on this list, you could cure a lot of problems if you just followed this one thing. Cutting processed and fast food out of your diet and eating things that come from the Earth is exactly what your body needs.
Crazy stat from Dr. Mark Hyman- There 600,000 processed food items in our environment. 80% of them contain added sugar.
More on sugar later.
2. Don't fear fat
Fat has a bad reputation because it is high in calories, but it is also very beneficial too. Food like fish, nuts, avocado, and coconut oil (yeah I think we’re still good here) are all excellent examples of beneficial fats to have in your food plan.
Trans fats (man made fats) should be avoided at all opportunities. Shortening, fried foods, canned biscuits, margarine are all chock full of trans fats that will lower your good cholesterol and raise your bad cholesterol.
3. Shake the sugar habit
Sugar is absolutely killing America, especially our children. It is extremely addictive and has a vicious cycle that is very destructive to our bodies.
The end result? Your hormones get out of wack, you gain weight (among other side effects), and then you crave even more sugar!
Because of this threat, I've got some resources on getting rid of sugar addiction for good. If you are interested, just e-mail me at HuntsvilleBootCamp@gmail.com and I can tell you more.
Not So Fun fact- Having 1 soda per day increases a child's chances of becoming obese by 60%. And 90% of kids have at least 1 soda per day. That is a big reason experts are predicting that be 2050 obesity rates will sky rocket from 36% where we are now, to 50%.
4. Read the articles
If you read nothing else today, start reading your food labels. The package on the outside, is 100% marketing. The true story is told in the food label.
If nothing else, look at the first 3 ingredients (they are listed from the largest amount to the smallest). And if it has a bunch of stuff you don't recognize or can't pronounce, don't eat it.
5. Upgrade your carbs
Carbs have been demonized over the past few years. Carbs are not the devil. The simple starches (chips, fries, aka junk food) are the real problem and should be avoided for sure.
Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are all excellent sources of carbohydrates. It all gets back to the first step we discussed. Eat carbs that are not processed.
6. H2O you didn't!
I hate you can't see me say this with my sassy attitude face and voice on. It is beautiful.
More water, less liquid calories is the key here. I went to Starbucks yesterday and got a look at the calorie count on some of their coffees. Crazy! And the calories come from sugars and creamers.
Drinking alcohol, sweet tea, soft drinks, and other liquid forms of calories can completely throw you off. You don’t have to quit cold turkey, but you do need to cut down.
Which one do you need to start with? Pick the one you think will be the easiest for you to conquer, then start working your way down the list. The simpler you keep things the better.
We are wrapping up our Lean and Clean Challenge this week and I wanted to share something with you. It is about how to keep perspective when you "mess up".
The object of the Lean and Clean Challenge was to eat whole, natural foods with no additives all day, every day. As you can imagine that is very hard, so people would sometimes find themselves feeling like a failure. That is not the case at all! It is about progress not perfection.
See if the Popped Tire Image can help you keep some perspective next time you aren't feeling so perfect.
Imagine you are riding down the road, you lose control of the car, hit a curb, and pop a tire. You get out, inspect the damage, and then pull out a knife and pop the remaining tires. I mean one got popped, why not pop the rest of them???
That sounds really silly doesn't it? But what about when you find yourself eating a fast food meal that was nowhere near your eating plan. Then you tell yourself you screwed that up, so what's the use? I might as well just eat terrible the rest of the day.
Don't slip into that mindset. If you have one bad meal, one bad day, one bad week even, it is not the end of the world. Assess why it happened (usually a like of time and/or planning), make a plan to prevent it in the future, and get on with your life. This does not mean beating up on yourself and feeling bad. It means you are human and still a work in progress like the rest of us.
This will be a life long journey where you will make tons of mistakes, that is a given. The important part is how you respond. Skip the pity party, have a planning party, and enjoy the "bad" foods that cause us to think we are messing up.
Just make sure those "bad" foods are something you truly enjoy, not just the "last person at the bar at last call" kind of foods that hang around until you have a weak moment. Food is meant to be enjoyed and healthy foods are not meant to be punishment.
Find the healthy balance that works for you and keep on keeping on.
I've been working on a few different courses to help people with their biggest struggles. These are struggles that I hear about most often.
But I wanted to make sure I am on the right track. So it would be extremely helpful if you could do me a favor and take this quick survey.
Click here for the survey -->Your opinion survey
It is just one question and you can remain anonymous. Thank you in advance for helping me out!
There is a phenomenon called information blindness that is caused by too much information. When people are faces with too much information, they just shut down and will now act.
Think about a restaurant with an overwhelming menu. What do you do? I just choose something that has a picture.
Or have you ever walked into a library or got onto Netflix with no idea what you wanted to choose? It can cause you to just give up.
Information blindness often happens with diet plans as well. People get presented with all the information for the whole plan up front, they get overwhelmed, and it paralyzes them. I've been there myself.
The idea behind the Lean and Clean Challenge is to give you the information slowly and help you build habits. All of the information is there for people who like a peak ahead, but it is not necessary.
Build the habit, make it stick, and then you will have it long term. There are still spots available if you want to join.
You can join here -->Lean and Clean Challenge
The challenge starts on Monday, February 20 and I would love for you to be a part of it. Join us today!
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” -Jim Rohn
“I can predict the long-term outcome of your success if you show me your daily habit.” -John Maxwell
If you can’t tell, I’m a quote guy. I believe they can motivate and inspire, but like the first quote hints at, it is temporary. To be successful, we have to develop good habits. That is especially true with exercise and eating right.
That is why I am so excited to launch the 2017 HABC Lean and Clean Challenge. Fancy name, awesome program.
It is a 6-week program that will give you all the resources you need to develop the habit of eating clean and healthy foods.
Here is what is included:
-Weekly Check-Ins/Progress Tracking to keep you accountable
-Clean Eating Guide (everything you need to know)
-Meal Mapping Template (teaches you how to create healthy meals)
-Ultimate Shake Guide
-Ultimate Breakfast Guide
-Bulk Cooking Guide (great for busy people)
-Meal Portion Guide
-Access to a free app so all the info can come straight to your phone
-Access to the Private Facebook group specifically created for this challenge to give you extra support and accountability
-Pinterest recipe page
I truly think this has included everything you need physically, mentally, and emotionally to form those all-important habits for long-term success. Two hyphens in one sentence, crazy!
The challenge will start on Monday, February 20, 2017. The cost for everything I’ve listed above is only $39. I guarantee your results or you get a full refund.
Reserve your spot here -->Lean and Clean
PS-The challenge is actually 7 weeks. The first week is to give you the tools and training to prep you for the challenge.
Something I preach about constantly is the importance of a lifestyle change, rather than just the “I need to lose X amount of pounds” goal. When all you are focused on is that number on the scale, you let a lot of things fall by the wayside.
Not every pound is created equally. You want to carry as much lean muscle mass on your body as possible. That way you will burn more calories at rest and your goals will be easier to reach.
If you are doing strength training as part of your workout (and you should be), you could add a pound of muscle and lose a pound of fat. On the scale it looks like nothing! But in reality, you are doing awesome.
When you are only focused on weight loss, it makes you more susceptible to fad diets. Here is a hint- if a diet tells you to completely give up proteins, fats, or carbs stay away. Your body needs all 3 of those macronutrients to function properly.
You can fall into the trap of starving yourself to get the weight down. You don’t have to starve to get results! You can eat meals that nourish your body, made up of foods you actually like, and you don’t have to be hungry all the time.
The key is to make your meals more nutrient dense. This will provide you with the energy you need without making you take in more calories than you need.
Focus on the making fitness and health a way of life. Move more (especially outside of your workouts), eat healthier, take care of your muscles, get plenty of rest, and enjoy yourself! Life is too short to walk around feeling unhappy and unwell all the time.
PS- if you want to take the guess work out of what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat I have spots left for my new Weight Management System. You can go to this link below to learn more and to reserve your spot.
We all know that we should be eating better, but do you realize just how important it is for your results? It is estimated that 70-80% of your results come from what you eat and drink.
That is why proper nutrition is so crucial, but it is also the hardest part to figure out. What do I need to eat? When do I need to eat? How much do I need to eat?
Those are all questions that need to be answered to dial in your eating plan. It used to be a matter of trial and error, which usually becomes heartbreak and frustration.
But now you can have the solution right at your fingertips.
This is where Pro Diets Weight Management Software comes in. You are guaranteed to get results with this.
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All you have to do is answer a few questions, choose what meal plan you would like, and then it sends you 7 days of exactly what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You will also get a grocery shopping list, so you know what to get ahead of time.
If you don’t like something on the list, you swap it out with something you do like. This is not about denying yourself, this is about eating foods that will give you sustained energy and that you will actually enjoy.
One of the coolest features, is that it comes with a free, mobile app. Anything you can do on your computer can be done just as easily from your phone. This app is awesome!
Every meal of every day… Individually customized so that you will eat foods you like and STILL reach your fitness goals.
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Last Friday I challenged you to keep a food journal for one week. You were supposed to record everything you ate/drank, what time, and also how you felt. The whole point was to see if you had any established patterns we can work on breaking.
Some common things that I see are:
-eating out of boredom -eating habits change based on who you are eating with -the afternoon vending machine trip -the nightly glass of wine or 2. Or 3. Or 4. -mindless eating -eating more than you thought -that maybe you don’t eat as many vegetables as you thought -the calories from liquid calories (soft drinks, coffees, juices, alcohol, etc…)
Do any of those look familiar? The first step is identifying that this is happening on a regular basis. The next step is a plan of action.
It is almost always easier to gradually take something out of your routine, rather than quitting cold turkey. So let’s start with the nightly glass of wine. Sorry if that is a sore point, I enjoy having a nightcap myself. Mainly so I can call it a nightcap.
With wine, the first thing we need to address is the size of the glass. An actual glass of wine serving size is 5 ounces. Most wine glasses are 12-14 ounces. If you are drinking a nightly 14 ounce glass, your first step is to find a 9 ounce glass. Your mind will still perceive that you have a full glass of wine.
Then if you are having a glass of wine 5 nights a week, you cut back to 4 glasses per week. You continue working your way down until you are at a level that you are happy with.
What patterns did you see develop or that you struggle with? Please e-mail me at HuntsvilleBootCamp@gmail.com and I will help however I can.
Had one of those days yesterday. We had been out of town all weekend, got back in town, had a meeting at church, and then went straight to a football coaches’ meeting. A lot of running around and not much meal planning.
We ended up eating a broccoli and cheese casserole with chicken cordon bleu. Sounds fancy right? All stuff from the freezer section my friend.
I ended up eating way more of that stuff that I probably should have. Seemed like I just could not get full! That is an issue with processed foods like the stuff you find in the freezer section.
A great start to cleaning up your eating habits is to start cutting down on processed foods and drinks. The more you can eat, whole, natural foods (stuff that comes from the earth not a factory) the better off you will be.
In fact the lead researcher in a study printed in Journal of the World Public Health Nutrition Association claimed: “The rapid rise in consumption of ultra-processed food and drink products, especially since the 1980’s, is the main dietary cause of the concurrent rapid rise in obesity and related diseases throughout the world.”
That’s motivation enough for me to do better. Your action step for today is to replace one processed food you were going to eat today with a whole, natural food item. Can’t get it in today? Start tomorrow! The main goal is to start. After that you can slowly start replacing more and more of the processed foods in your life.