Coach Greg Glassman once said, “The greatest adaptation to CrossFit takes place between the ears.” I recently posted a transformation post on instagram, showing what my body looked like with an 8 lb. increase on the scale. I know what it’s like to be fixated with the number on the scale, it can really mess with your mind as we tend to believe that a heavier weight on the scale is indicative of body fat. Of course, that’s not always true (see 11 Ways the Scale Lies). Sometimes being heavier on the scale might be exactly what your body needs! Whether that’s for health reasons, to achieve a certain physique or perform better in activities and sports that you enjoy. Gaining muscle is a vital component of that and that will inevitably lead to weight gain at some point.
Ahhh protein. We know it’s good for us because, well pretty much everyone says so! In the overwhelming amount of nutrition research that exists, there truthfully isn’t any dispute about the importance of protein in our diets to keep our bodies healthy. Protein keeps us satiated, helps us stay lean and strong and plays a vital role at a cellular level sending signals between cells and tissues. So, if we already know how good protein is for us, then why is it that we often struggle to eat enough of it? Your meal prep game might be weak or non-existent, but the good news is there are some simple ways to rectify this without adding hours or to your day.
Starting your day with a bulletproof coffee is like the adult equivalent of a chocolate milkshake for breakfast – without the disastrous effects of a sugar crash! Not only is this creamy and highly caffeinated cocktail delicious, but it energizes you, stimulates metabolism, boosts focus & improves your brain function! No wonder it’s called “bulletproof coffee”. In today’s world, everyone is trying the next big thing or some sweet hack that will make your life better. Well we have found it when it comes to coffee. This caffeinated concoction of butter, MCT oil, and espresso gives you a decent dose of healthy fats and a slow roll of caffeine that will keep you energized and your mood boosted all morning long. There are some claims that putting butter in your coffee can even lead to weight loss.
Is the keto diet worthy of all its hype? Keto (or the ketogenic diet) is a high fat, moderate protein and very low-carb diet, which has gained huge popularity amongst those seeking to lose weight in quick and dramatic fashion. Even though the diet originated as a means to combat certain medical conditions, and in spite of its strict dietary restrictions, we are often faced with requests from clients to help them get into ketosis by implementing the Keto diet. Of course, usually with the goal of dropping some weight.
Every month we choose one client out of hundreds who deserves some special recognition for their outstanding commitment and effort demonstrated in following our program. We are beyond excited to announce that our Lifestyle Member of the Month for April 2019 is Nikki Beecher!
Nikki has been following the Own Your Eating program on our Essential Lifestyle membership plan and working with Coach Mags. Nikki admits to trying different diets through the years including Paleo, but was fed up with short term results and weight fluctuations. Read on to found out more about Nikki’s experience with OYE.
Everyone knows that being a mom is a full-time job. Finding the perfect balance between life and work can be a struggle for us all. But it becomes even more challenging as a mother caring for her children and trying to maintain her own goals & vision for her life as an individual. Things can get out of balance quickly and it is very easy to lose focus in our lives. They say life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother, but where’s the manual on motherhood?! As far as we know, the volumes are still being written! So we thought we’d turn to our matriarchal figurehead and only Mom on the team, for her wisdom and insights on life as a mom of three children under the age of 6!
Ashley Gonzalez started her weight loss journey in January by kicking things off with the Ketogenic diet. Things were going well, until her weight loss came to a halt even though she still hadn’t reached her weight loss goals. If you’re no longer losing weight following Keto, or you’re finding it impossible to sustain, then it’s time to come off it. But that doesn’t mean you can immediately start eating bread again! Sorry. The reintroduction of carbohydrates to your diet should be done slowly so that you can successfully transition off Keto without gaining weight.
Eating food prepared by others outside of your kitchen is one of the most common challenges we face when trying to keep our nutrition dialed in. Whether you’re eating out at a restaurant, or even going round to your parents or friend’s house, if you’re eating food outside of your kitchen then it’s normal to feel like the guard rails are down and that everything might go to crap! I mean here you find yourself suddenly contending with the the unknown and that’s hard!
If you’re like most people out there, then you want to know THE secret to the burning question, “How do I lose body fat and gain muscle at the same time?!” Well, newsflash!!! You don’t need to eat twice your weight in protein or commit to the “Navy SEAL-esque” bootcamp training program at your local gym. We know these two goals are seemingly contradictory: with fat loss you’re trying to decrease your body’s mass, while with gaining muscle you’re trying to do the opposite. But contrary to popular belief, it is possible to lose fat and put on muscle at the same time.
Being a Mom or Dad isn’t an easy job, now throw into the mix that you’re a CrossFit affiliate owner, have a full-time job and your husband’s on deployment! To say that staying on top of your nutrition is a challenge is an understatement! We catch up with Tribe member Corey Olofson to find out what’s happening in her world.