As a self-proclaimed foodie, I get A LOT of enjoyment from trying new foods and cuisines. But sometimes it seems like people have nothing better to do than going out to eat! Whether you’re going on a date or just hanging out with your friends, collaborating in something active together has been shown to make a much more lasting impression. Some of you may dread the idea of breaking a sweat on a date, but research shows that working out with a partner not only helps to boost your mood, it strengthens your bond.
Feeling healthy all year round takes more than a fleeting commitment to get fit on January 1st. Sure, the initial motivation to “do something” along with the discount gym pass might propel you forwards for a few weeks, but what do you do when that motivation starts to wane? When your kids are sick, or you’re pulling all-nighters at work? When your alarm clock obnoxiously beeps in your ear at some hideous hour and its pouring outside, or your friends spontaneously decide to get drinks after work.
Intensity is a bit of a buzz word and has become somewhat overused…this was intense, that was intense. Really? Was it? Was your 2 mile stroll around the neighborhood intense because it was sunny out? Or was it just hot?
Intensity should not be used just because you sweat, got your heart rate elevated, or became tired. Your intensity is a direct result of your power output.
Let’s dive deeper.
Fitness for so many of us is a buzz word, we work out simply because we think we are supposed to.
If you’ve already mastered your sleep ritual but you’re still not getting good quality sleep, you may be suffering from low levels of serotonin. By making some simple adjustments to your nutrition & lifestyle you can naturally elevate serotonin to help regulate your body’s sleep cycle and and achieve a restful night’s sleep.
Sugar, somewhat unfairly, has a bit of a bad rep. But it’s not too surprising why. With little redeeming nutritional value (other than providing us with energy) it’s the perfect dietary villain. But just because a food group isn’t abundant in micronutrients & minerals does not necessarily make it bad. Sugar actually makes up the backbone of our DNA; it powers our cells, stores energy for later and feeds our good bacteria. We can’t blame one chemical or food for all the health problems we have, and yet that’s exactly what we’ve done.
What are Net Carbs?
When you eat foods that contain carbs, your body’s enzymes break them down into individual sugar molecules to then be used as energy by the body. Net carbs, or digestible carbs as they’re also known, refers to all carbs that are absorbed by the body.
Sodium is a mineral that plays an important role in our health. In fact, even minor fluctuations can have a major impact on our bodies, so concentrations of sodium are tightly regulated by the body.
There’s one really essential component of nutrition & health that often goes overlooked. Any ideas? It’s what most of us are not drinking enough of. WATER! Reports suggest that up to 75% of the American population fall short of their daily hydration requirement so we’ll hazard a guess and say that you’re probably not drinking enough either. Don’t worry, we weren’t drinking nearly enough in the beginning either!
What is the 800 gram challenge? Well unlike most macro coaches out there, we strive to teach people practical nutrition habits that they can use to maintain their health and body composition, even when they’re not able to weigh & measure or track. If you’ve read our last few blog posts, you’ll know that we’ve been focusing on balancing the notion that “you can eat anything you want,” with ensuring that your body still gets all the essential vitamins & minerals it needs.