Eat clean to get lean


The next step in the process of releasing my 6 pack from the depths of my body fat is to eat really clean. I eat pretty healthily anyways but I’m ramping things up now as I need to shed some body fat (not necessarily weight) to show off the muscles I’m trying to sculpt. I don’t want people to read this and think “oh here’s another girl who just wants to be skinny and lose weight”. No. That is not me. I fully agree with posts I’m seeing on instagram and pinterest that say stuff like:

Be Strong


skinny is not sexy

Eat good food, exercise regularly and respect that body. You’re only going to get one so make it the best you can. So yeah, I do eat pretty healthily anyways but I usually don’t say no to a bit of cake or some biscuits if they’re about so for the next two weeks…

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The Low-Carb Diet Myth

The Low Carb Diet Myth 5-29-2014

Myth: To lose weight, you should avoid carbohydrates and load up on proteins.

Fact: This may not be an effective way to lose weight over the long term. Pounds lost quickly on a low-carb diet tend to be mostly water. Such weight loss is usually temporary. And you may be missing out on key nutrients found in certain types of foods. This diet plan may also overwork your kidneys and can lead to:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Bad breath

In addition, this diet can lead to a buildup of a certain type of chemical called ketones in your blood. If you build up too many ketones, you go into a state of ketosis. Ketosis can cause kidney stones and a painful swelling of the joints.

Many of these diets let you eat a lot of high-fat foods. Diets with this much saturated fat can raise your blood cholesterol levels…

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Nutrition is a full time job

Tri for Dad

My training planImage today was to swim at Oakland University then run about 3 mi through the campus. Problem was I didn’t fuel correctly. I know better. I just didn’t have the time to get it all together before I ran out the door. During my swim I could feel my motor running out. Instead of 14 – 50m laps, I reduced down to 10. When my body started shaking I knew the run was out of the question. Once out of the pool I was happy that I had my protein shake with me to get some calories into my system! At home, I pulled out my salmon, rice and veggies (prepared ahead of time) and ate away!

I’m realizing more and more that nutrition is a full time job! My trainer likes to say you have to give your fitness 100% and your nutrition 100%. (it’s not the…

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Future Business of CrossFit

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After a long day of work I was vegging out browsing through the interwebz and noticed, well at least on my Facebook feed, another spike of commotion about CrossFit. Articles praising it and articles damning it all at the same time.

Then you got all these people on social media posting pictures and clips of themselves doing compound lifts and showing their blisters from doing crazy amounts of pull-ups. There is definitely a feud going on within the fitness industry between professionals about CrossFit.

You have two sides:

“CrossFit is the best thing ever so Fuck You!” and “CrossFit is the worst thing ever so Fuck You!”

I’ve held my neutrality as a professional for a while but if you know me on a very personal level you would know that I have a strong disdain for the common CrossFit mentality. Note that I said mentality.

It’s pretty stupid and…

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Does Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Exist?

Science Life


Gluten free diets have become widespread over the past few years, from people with celiac disease, who have a true medical reason for avoiding gluten, to people who mistakenly believe it will help them stay healthy or lose weight. There is also a group of people in the middle of the spectrum: those who haven’t been formally diagnosed with celiac disease, but suffer from similar symptoms and believe their bodies are sensitive to gluten nonetheless.

Stefano Guandalini, MD Stefano Guandalini, MD The existence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, as it’s called, has been under debate recently in the medical community. Last week researchers from Australia published a study in which people who didn’t have celiac disease but self-reported sensitivity to gluten were placed on diets containing low or high amounts of gluten, or a placebo. Those on the placebo diet–meaning no gluten at all–still reported a worsening of their symptoms. The culprit, researchers believe…

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Blender Babes 21-Day Green Smoothie Challenge

Beautiful Health


A few weeks ago, I stumbled across this 21-day green smoothie challenge and as I had already decided to start having smoothies for breakfast, I thought I might as well do something structured and with the support of over 2,000 others who had signed up for the challenge.

I was very excited about this because there’s a Facebook group where I could communicate with others and receive support and advice during the challenge, and there was a structured schedule with free shopping lists and recipes to follow.

Best of all, I managed to complete the full challenge and finished it on Friday. I’ve certainly noticed differences in my health, including clearer, softer skin and a flatter stomach.


The above image, from the Blender Babes website, summarises the benefits of the smoothie challenge. While on this challenge I noticed I didn’t crave sugary foods at all. While I don’t think I…

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