BEFORE YOU EAT – THINK OF THIS?

“What do I want?”

“What do I need?”

“What do I have?”

In a perfect world, checking yourself, before eating would benefit you and aid in accomplishing your goals.

BUT, there is a loophole when approaching eating this way.

Through the hustle and bustle of extracurricular activities, parent-teacher conferences and homework, making sure we are getting proper nutrition can be difficult.

Preparation Meets Opportunity

The trick is to make sure that you change the way you shop, which, can make choosing a healthy meal or snack

No Longer A Factor

This theory would minimize the struggle even if you have a family, and cant shop just for yourself.

Making healthy choices by setting healthy boundaries.

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DIETARY GUIDELINES

You know, when I began writing these posts I had no clue where I was going to go with this. I had no idea what material I would focus on. I only had one intention.

My intent for these posts, like many others, is to optimize your intelligence on nutritional information that can help you choose a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet – better yet lifestyle.

Take Note

I’m fully aware, the majority, will not take heed of my posts or comments; however,  that’s perfectly okay.

The bigger picture is this, according to Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 in recent years nearly 15 percent of American households have been unable to acquire adequate food to meet their needs.

Likewise, many other Americans consume less than favorable consumption of certain nutrients, despite, having adequate resources for a healthy diet.

One Of A Kind

Most people trying to live a healthier lifestyle, possess the tools needed, however, they just don’t know WHERE to begin. They stay in a status of “paralysis” and usually don’t take ANY action at all.

Nevertheless, the recommendations should be met easily through REAL, delicious and wholesome foods in order to boost metabolism, feel energized, and lose tons of fat at the same time.

Dietary Guidelines recommendations:

• maintain calorie balance over time to achieve and sustain a healthy weight.

• Focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods and beverages.

Despite this fact, many of you are faced with the endless list of hopeless diets.

Diets, assume that anyone can follow their restrictions, which is far from the truth.

You are unique.

Your body is unique.

You are one of a kind!

You want to lose weight? You want a healthier lifestyle? You want more energy? Take it from me there’s something you can do about it.

You don’t have to live your entire life feeling lethargic, mentally fogged, and confused.

From personal experience, it feels GREAT to invest in my own health and well being.

Now it’s YOUR turn.

It’ll literally be the single best thing you will ever do – for YOU!

OUT OF ORDER

In my haste, I ate something which caused a bad reaction.

Without going into grave detail, I needed the pink stuff.

I'm feeling way better now, however, the intellectual juice its on fizz.

Until tomorrow, I'll leave you with this:

Change in life are best when they are small, thereby, easier to implement daily and follow through on as consistent basis.

Like the creation of a snowman – it starts with a single snowflake and grows by you consistently adding more snow.

So as this weekend approaches, start with one new item from the produce aisle to help control your appetite, regulate your blood sugar, and burn body.

Here’s to seeking an efficient, yet demanding, program for fitness and healthy eating.

EYE OF THE TIGER

LIFTING POWER FROM WITHIN

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Dictionary.com defines it as angry fury; violent anger.

LOVE <—-click

Dictionary.com defines as profoundly tender, passionate affection.

As a seasoned athlete and experienced weightlifter, I overheard one of the greatest conversations at the smoothie bar last night that really intrigued me.

By The Power of…

When it comes to working out, and you’re on that last set – the set that epitomizes your intensity, respect, and inner strength for this sport – where does an individual draw that power from?

Is it RAGE, or is it — LOVE?

I, listened in carefully to a man with over 30 years training experience, who shared that his toughest sets (the ones when others in the gym stop and watch him) are only capable because of LOVE.

He shared how, one night prior to this convo, he had to channel in his “source”, while working out with a group of guys.

Big “G”, as we call him, told us as he and the others finished up their barbell incline bench routine with 405 lbs, the majority of guys repped it out for a mere 3 times. Big “G”, on the other hand, gets under the bar, after a quick meditation break, and reps out a clean 10.

Mind you he’s all-natural and 47 years old.

Should age matter? That’s another conversation.

However, Big “G” tickled me, as he sat back on the bar stool, eyelids getting heavy, wearing a weary grin, and uttered, “Not bad for an old guy“.

So, I ask again, where do YOU draw that power from?

THE RIGHT DIET

Have you every asked yourself, what is the right diet?

According to Every Diet there are over 300+ diets!

That’s not a misprint OVER 300 to choose from.

No wonder there’s an uncertainty concerning proper nutrtion.

Plain Facts on Weight Loss Resolutions

Street Articles, report over 95% of those who make this promise will fail to realize their resolution. In fact more than a third will have given up within the first month.

You may ask yourself why is that?

Mr. America has the answer

A good buddy of mine, Butch Nieves, laid out the four factors why most people fail at their new year weight loss resolution.

1. Un-realistic goals. So you’re already setting yourself up for failure.

2. Unprepared. Sure you have a general idea that you want to lose weight. But you most likely do not have a game plan.

3. Unclear goals.

4. Lack of support. Things WILL GET TOUGH and your support system is what will see you though to your goal.

And you don’t need any pills or shakes to drop the excess fat off your body and keep it off for good.

No, I’m not a dietian nor a nutritionists, however, experts all agree the “secret” you need to know in order to successfully lose weight and keep it off is wholesome, natural food…and that’s it!

REAL, delicious and wholesome foods in order to boost metabolism, feel energized, and lose tons of fat at the same time.

Simply put – more fruits and vegetables.

You may be disappointed to read it takes only changing your diet of adding fruits and vegetables, but, that’s the bottom line to creating a fat burning facility.

Until tomorrow!

LOSE YOUR FIRST 5 TO 10 POUNDS…

 in as little as 2 to 3 weeks!

It’s not a farfetched idea, since I already proved it to myself. So, I’m a believer and you must believe you can too. I’ll tell you what I did.

Using a simple 3-step strategy to jump start my metabolism, I, got the results I wanted.

It went like this:

No white foods – white bread, pasta, sugar, white rice, and most milk products.

Purpose: because the nutrition has been depleted from these so by cutting them out and adding other great options you’ll body will rev its engine.

Only drink water – throughout the day, kick back on sodas, juices, and ANY other  drinks 

Purpose: Don’t worry I’m not saying if you’re a coffee drinker you can’t have a serving or two a day. However, ensure your other beverages are only some high qualtiy H20 (in my best Bobby Boucher voice)

Don’t eat ANY wheat products – including whole wheat. Well, research has suggested people tend to struggle more with bodyweight, plus, blood sugar, cravings.

Now hear me out, you WON’T have to eat this way forever. However, it’s a great beginning in jump starting your metabolism and get the results you want.

BETTER THAN YOUR BREAKFAST CEREAL, BAGEL, OR TOAST.

I blog with as purpose.

EXPOSURE.

Exposure of myself – for myself; specifically for YOU.

As I embark on climbing up the ladder of achievement in my life, I realized it comes with a “price tag”.

This tag, requires me to have the ability to keep a laser focus on the target, regardless of the weather, circumstances, or obstacles, neither my focus nor concerns rest on current circumstances.

Come by the gym, and everyday you’ll catch me sporting a grin from internal joy. Behind that joy are ideas, visions, and dreams that need to be walked out and fulfilled, not by myself, on the contrary, by YOU or someone you know.

In the pursuit of reaching my greatest desires, however, I had to understand what the word transparent meant for me. Through lengthy ananlyzing, I soon realized many individuals around me have difficulties with being transparent.

A transparent life, many would agree, is having the ease of being 100% honest, truthful, or like we say in NY “keeping real”. Therefore, when Imeet somebody for the first time they gain a sense of authenticity.

Looking Forward

As I look forward, what’s my goal?

YOU are. One day you’ll come across the blog with exactly the words to draw your attention closer.

Go Time

Now it’s time for us to get SERIOUS.

About what, you say?

About your choices to eat.

Breakfast

Quite often, stove tops across the country are dressed with nothing more than bareness, until rat race ends.

Currently, unless you’re a stay-at-home mom or work-from-home dad, the odds of you serving yourself up with a hearty, healthy meal is less than winning the lottery.

Options are optimal

These suggestions are FAST, healthy, also blood sugar controlling:

Choice A. An apple a day. Seriously grab a piece of fruit: an apple, orange, pear, or bag of berries AND a bag of raw nuts: almonds, pecans, or walnuts. Go with raw nuts if possible to prevent the polyunsaturated fats from oxidizing as can happen in roasted nuts. But even roasted nuts are a better option compared to cereals or bagels.

Supercharge: blend those fruits and nuts with my “Dynamic Duo” (Classic and Innergize) to get the best, tasting and simple prepping supply of vitamins, nurtrients, and more; which means a healthy energy lift, plus more PRODUCTIVE hours in the day, and a better quality of life. Time is precious and so is YOUR health.

Choice B. Another great option for a healthy breakfast is two hard boiled eggs and veggie sticks. You can’t go wrong with this nutrient-rich breakfast as it’s the perfect breakfast to drop the fat and keep your blood sugar and appetite 100% controlled.

Choice C: Want a little extra protein to go with this breakfast too?

One quick scoop of a quality protein – Provantage – meets the nutritional needs, whether you’re in the gym or maintaining your garden, to IMPROVE performance, endurance, recovery and repair. Great for athletes who deal with joint aches from grueling sport injuries. I should know, after 17 years of football I’ve experienced my fair share of visits to trainers table.

Well, that’s all folks. A perfect breakfast menu at your disposal! Rotate all 3 of these ideas if you need variety each week.

CONFUSED ABOUT CARBS?

Majority of homes are scattered with chips, cookies, and other sweets. If you’re reading this because you’re a person or family working towards a healthier LIFESTYLE, you have to get rid of these items first. Your mind and flesh are too weak for avoidance. In doing so, you’re forced to make smarter choices. Thereby, leaving your one cheat day as a means to satisfy your crave.

Speaking from experience:

Once I created my “smart kitchen“, no sweets allowed, that’s when my efforts showed results, a 50 lbs. WEIGHT LOSS.

The Problem

As I merrily walk around the organic and natural section, while grocery shopping, I ventured down one aisle too many.

Just a mere feet, stacked up so neatly, were the cookies, crackers, and bread. Plus, a few aisles away shelved the pastas and cereals. Mostly, if not all, overloaded with refined flour. Many carbs in the supermarkets today do more harm than good.  And that’s one of the biggest reason just about EVERY country’s obesity rate is on the rise.

The Answer

Aren’t I suppose to have some carbs in my diet?”

Yes, you definitely need carbs in your daily life. In fact, carbs are used by your body to produce blood sugar, which your body uses for energy and proper brain function.

Eliminating outright or eating low carbs is outrageous. This will only result in you lacking energy, mental clarity, and focus.

Now What

A great carb source with tons of fiber, vitamins, minerals, AND calorie friendly are fruits (primarily antioxidant packed berries) and green leafy vegetables.

Important Note:

Carbs are SUCH an important part of this entire weight loss process.

Notice earlier I made no specific distinction between carbs like breads and pastas. This wasn’t a mistake because there are acclaimed “healthy foods”, which contribute to NOT losing fat.

Items like:

• Whole wheat bread
• Whole grain pasta
• so called “healthy cereals”
• Whole grain crackers

Unfortunately, these particular items labeled “healthy” when they hit your system turn into sugars and either add to weight gain or impede weight loss.

Likewise, nutrtion experts say, it is impossible to lose fat without eating fat.

Fats needed to lose Fat:

• Real butter
• Whole eggs
• Coconut oil
• Avocados
• Raw nuts

I can promise you one thing: If you pick the “right carbs”, you’ll start to see the weight drop off a lot faster than ANYTHING else you do!

BROCCOLLI – YOUR BESTFRIEND’S SNACK

Yesterday, I layed out:

•problems with EXCESSIVE abdominal fat

two kinds of abdominal fat

•how to BURN BELLY FAT

And of course my blog was based on highly notable experts in the field of fitness.

However, I did leave out one detail –  the problem with losing weight is most people fail to understand the concept of EATING LESS or HEALTHIER.

Once Upon A Time

Many moons ago, if I were served a plate with hearty starches, proteins, plus a cruciferous item, more than likely my plate returned two-thirds eaten.

Just like the majority of westernized  eating habits, I chose only to eat foods which perceived tasteful and I had previously eaten.

Unbeknownst to me, the delectable and savory scraps would enhance my menu selections after one bite.

SuperStalk

Though the often sorted, thrown away, or “give it to the dog” stalky reject, broccoli is now a close ally of mine, and here’s why:

Broccoli is a SUPER food…One small serving of broccoli includes 225% of your daily value of Vitamin C, and 8% of your daily value of Calcium and Iron.

As I conclude this edition, and first week full of blogs, I peer over to the completely cleared plate that once clothed brown rice, chicken breasts, and two cups of broccoli.

SNACK OPTIONS

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Check out Snack Girl’s: Broccoli With Peanut Sauce Is For Everyone (Even The Broccoli Haters)

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LOSE EXCESS ABDOMINAL FAT

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Earlier this week I read an interesting, informative, and insightful email on abdominal fat. It went something like this:

Scientific research has clearly determined that although it is unhealthy in general to have body fat, in EXCESS, throughout your body, likewise, it’s dangerous to have excess abdominal fat – BELLY FAT.

Have you heard about the two kinds of abdominal fat?

Subcutaneous fat covers up your abs from being visible and lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles.

Visceral fat lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle and surrounding your organs.

Both are serious health risk factors, however, researchers shown that having excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat; due to its releases of inflammatory molecules into your system on a consistent basis.

The Fix

In regards to BURNING BELLY FAT and TRAINING ABS, the most EFFECTIVE way to gain control over your body fat for life, REGARDLESS of gender, is to maximize your lean muscle that your body carries, as well as working that muscle hard through intense resistance exercise regularly.

Here’s world reknowned Certified Strength Trainer, Craig Ballantyne, demonstrating a beginners workout routine: