Walk down the aisle of any grocery store and you’re bombarded by brightly colored packaging and nutrition labels making all sorts of health claims. From words like “all natural” and “low-fat” to long ingredient lists, it can be difficult for consumers to make sense of the nutrition information provided on the packaging. Here at Own Your Eating we want to help you see through the marketing gimmicks and learn to make informed choices you can feel confident about. Read on for some tips to becoming a more savvy food consumer.
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.
Intuitive Eating is an approach developed to help people heal from the side effects of chronic dieting. An intuitive eater is defined as a person who “makes food choices without experiencing guilt or an ethical dilemma, honors hunger, respects fullness and enjoys the pleasure of eating.” Intuitive eating is not a weight loss technique, however it promotes mindful eating and can teach you how to eat in moderation which ultimately could lead to weight loss.
Whether you’re a CrossFitter, soccer player, gymnast or American ninja warrior, fueling your performance will be a huge part of your ultimate success when your day of competition comes around. Many non-competitive athletes assume that the key difference between themselves and competitors is that competitive athletes train many more hours than them and that’s what sets them apart. Whilst it might be true that plenty more hours are spent practicing, training, honing their athletic skills and improving strength, the biggest differentiator is that competitive athletes include nutrition as a part of their training regimen.
No one – and I mean NO ONE – leaves their house anymore without their phone. As business owners we knew pretty early on that we needed to get with the times and make our nutrition coaching portable prontissimo! So we’re ecstatic to finally be bringing nutrition coaching within your convenient reach on our completely mobile-friendly online coaching platform. What’s that you say? Tell you more? Gladly!