Category: Supplements

Closing Time

After some long inner battles I decided to close the site down temporarily.. It may or may not be back, I don’t know. I just need to focus my attention on other things at the moment and realign myself to get my mind right and really tackle this weight problem I have.. In the meantime, enjoy the song.

Crispy Kale Chips

Its been a long time since I posted any sort of recipe on the blog. I’ve been on this epic Kale kick lately and have really enjoyed the snack.  Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.  It is high in iron, vitamin K, antioxidants, and many other beneficial nutrients.  The benefits of kale and pretty endless.  The following reciept is very easy to make and tastes delicious. All you need are the following:

  1. Kale (sold as a bag at Walmart as leaves with most of the stalk already removed)
  2. Foil
  3. Cookie Sheet
  4. Olive Oil
  5. Seasoning (Salt, pepper, etc..)
  6. Oven

Below you’ll find instructions with pictures on how to make this snack.  Modify it as you see fit but most of all enjoy!

Revamp in the works

newstuff

So I decided that the current model and direction of the site wasnt what I really intended so as of now its currently being ‘rebuilt’ and revamped to something a bit different. Its not going to be what I had originally planned but something new and a bit more fresh. More informative, more content, more everything. It will take some time but I will still be updating the site every so often.

Just for shits and giggles, for those who actually view my site (not many of you but some) what would you like to see? I’d like to get some input and maybe implement your suggestions. Thanks all

The Paleo ‘Diet’

So I’ve been reading up lately on something called The Paleo Diet or sometimes known as The Caveman diet.  Some people believe it refers to what our ‘ancestors’ or cavemen ate during the dawn of life on earth.  Whatever beliefs you have thats fine but if you look at the jist of it its simple.  Eat foods that are in their most natural state.  Ok, I know that grilling a chicken is no longer in its natural state but then again eating chicken raw is pretty bad for your health.  No, what this means is that you consume the foods without the use of preservatives, additional sugars, nitrates, hormones, etc..  Basically if the animal is wild and the food is wild eat it!  Some call it a fad or a unsustainable but if you take a look at what you can eat its pretty amazing.  

You can have things like chicken, eggs, beef, pork, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, berries, etc.. are all great sources of food and energy for your body. The secret which is no secret at all is that you do not add the ‘artificial elements’ that take it out of its natural state. Adding sugar, or dairy (dairy is a big no no in Paleo) add an element that some nutritionists say is not sustainable for your body. Those ingredients are not needed and your body will thank you once it starts burning off that excess fat revealing the real you.

Paleo has also become almost synonymous with Crossfit.  Many top crossfit athletes follow a strict Paleo that is used to fuel their performance The person who first introduced me was my old Crossfit trainer Laura Dowdey from Crossfit Copperfield. She swears by it and it shows. Many of her students partake in Paleo and they do find that it serves the purpose of leaning out your body and providing the energy needed to perform.

I’ll be making my first Paleo conscience meal today for lunch. The recipe below was taken from http://agymlife.com/butternut-squash-soup/

I’m hoping the flavor of the butternut squash in itself is satisfying as I really only had it doused in butter and brown sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Peeled/chopped butternut squash (frozen works well)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil (or other Paleo-friendly oil)
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP nutmeg
  • 1 TSP sea salt

butternut-squash-soup

  1. Saute Onion in large pot
  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
  3. Add squash to pot and pour in stock
  4. Boil squash until tender
  5. Puree soup until smooth
  6. Garnish options: Fresh herbs, green onions, nuts/seeds, Olive oil

The meal itself looks divine and probably tastes amazing.  We’ll see tomorrow!
 
So in a nutshell (almonds are great for you too!) eating better is actually pretty simple.  There are many exceptions to Paleo so research and see if this is something that you and your family could do.  Paleo can be summed up in a single phrase; “If man made it don’t eat it”

 

Stay Strong!

 

-Adam

 

 

New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolution

New Years Resolution

So its been 14 days into the year 2013 and many of us/you/folks, etc.. have started to fail at your New Years Resolutions. Don’t sweat it because you haven’t sweat in atleast 14 days so why start now. But seriously its never too late to start so if you have started and failed start again.. however! Try something different since your previous resolution was obviously not working. Instead of saying “I want to lose 65 lbs” try “I will give up sodas for 3 months” or “I wont eat carbs past 6pm” etc.. If you start making easier resolutions its more likely that you will achieve success.

So I challenge you to make a list of 5 things you want to accomplish within the next 3 months, and be realistic. Seeing as this is a fitness related blog my goals are fitness related. Here is my list that I compiled, whats yours?

 

  1. Lose 20 lbs
  2. Do not drink any regular sodas
  3. Take a multi vitamin every day for a month
  4. Be able to run 2 miles without rest
  5. Avoid fast food

 

So far so good and on the regular sodas LOL.  It will take some time but its not unrealistic and can easily be done.  Just put some effort into it.  So do it and kick ass!

Meat Slop May Change Your Life

I was doing some recipe searching and came across something strange called ‘Meat Slop.’ I’m sure the name itself doesn’t provide a pretty picture, well you’re right it doesnt. The name implies that its just a big pile of mess and it is but what someone discovered is a recipe that makes an almost perfect macronutrient makeup of a 40/40/20 diet. Thats 40% calories from Protein, 40% calories from Fat and 20% calories from Carbs.

The excerpt below is from Silver Hydras original post:

The main ingredients that must be present for Meat Slop are:

  • Ground meat of some form; lean beef works well. Anything between a pound or a kilogram really.
  • Cabbage of some sort; I prefer red (more anthocyanin content, whoo!) although green tastes less ‘cabbagy’ and might be good to start off with for those who don’t like cabbage. 2 medium sized (18in circumference) are good.
  • Tomato paste or an equivalent flavored paste; I personally use two cans (591mL) of the lowest calorie tomato paste I can get, usually the cheap stuff.

Thats really the base of the ‘slop’ but you can certainly add more ingredients especially if they do not add any major caloric content, such as pickles, peppers, mushrooms, etc..  Additional veggies are never frowned upon for healthy eating.

 

Check Silver Hydras post here for a complete recipe break down and cooking instructions. Try it out and let me know what you guys think. I’ll be making this very soon and will post a review! Thanks to Silver Hydra for the information.

Success for John Burton

Welcome back folks. Todays interview is a bit different. Instead of someone in the fitness industry I contacted John Burton who had an amazing weight loss journey. Below are the questions and answers that were sent which provides us with a first hand look at the struggle and reasoning behind such tremendous weight loss. The pictures also speak for themselves!

 
 

What made you decide that you wanted to be make a change?

I was sat in my local doctor’s office waiting to be seen for something and (to steal a line from one of my favourite movies), I had what alcoholics refer to as a ‘moment of clarity’. I was thinking about my weight (which at that stage was just over 420 pounds), and I realised that unless I changed, I’d be sitting in the doctors waiting room a lot more often with all the health problems I’d start to have. So from then onwards, my mind was made up to become healthier and more active – which of course meant losing a lot of weight.

 

How long did it take for you to achieve your current size, from beginning of your transformation until the end?

I started my weight loss in April 2008, and reached my current weight in November 2011, so 3 and a half years in total.

 

What is your most gratifying aspect of transforming your body?

The fact that I’m no longer limited by my size is incredible. I used to get tired and out-of-breath just by walking the really short distance from my bedroom to the kitchen. Now however, I’m active, I play sports, I walk for miles at a time, and I can travel. Travelling is definitely the thing I’ve discovered a passion for more than anything else, and I would never have been able to do it without transforming my body.

 

What is your favourite feature now?

I’m not sure I can answer that actually. Everything’s just so … different. My brain’s still not quite caught up with just how different my body (and personality) is that I’m still surprised when I look in the mirror and see my collar bones.

 

Briefly take us through a typical day in your life. A few sentences is all I need.

I’m currently studying for a PhD, so during the week, I spend most of the day in the office doing research. I work at a computer pretty much all the time, so I have to find different ways to introduce exercise into my routine. I walk from home to work (that’s about a mile or so), I walk longer routes on my way home, and of course, I play sports whenever I can, usually during lunchtime. I try to play football a couple of times a week, or failing that, I’ll go for a hike around the suburbs near where I live.

 

What foods should I really focus on if my goal is fat loss?

I found that purely counting calories was what worked for me, so in my case, I steered clear of high-fat, high-sugar foods when I was losing weight. I found eating a good balance of protein, carbs and a load of fresh fruit and vegetables gave me the best balance between filling me up and becoming healthier. Things like noodles, stir-fry, salads, beans, all kept me feeling full and made me feel great at the same time.

 

What foods should I avoid if my goal is fat loss?

As I said, high-fat, high-sugar containing foods were what I avoided. Takeaways and fast foods were something I rarely ate once I started losing weight, since the calorie content compared to a home-cooked meal is really high. To be honest though, it’s much more about moderation – at least that’s what I found. If I forbade myself some food, I’d find myself craving it more.

 

In your opinion what are your top 5 fitness tips that you can recommend that worked for you?

  • Monitor calories. This is the biggest one for me. When I started losing weight, I did it just as I would do a maths problem. Calories I take in minus calories I expend equals weight loss or gain. I think it’s because I’m scientifically inclined anyway, I just found this the easiest way to think about what I ate.
  • Start off small. If you start off cutting down to 1200 calories a day and attempt to run 5 miles every evening, you’ll find it so difficult to maintain that. I started off by cutting out certain foods, increasing the amount of walking I did by just a small amount. Once I was used to that, I could increase my exercise levels and slightly reduce my calorie intake. Doing that lets your body adjust to the change.
  • Have days off. Everyone needs a break from a strict regime, so having what people call a ‘cheat day’ really does help. It keeps you sane, and there’s something to look forward to. For example, I rarely go out to restaurants to eat, but when I do, I’ll have a full three courses, and not worry about the calories at all.
  • Ask for help. There’s always a support network available for you, be it your local GP, your friends, family, work colleges. One of my main sources of help during weight loss was the reddit community loseit. With people to give advice and support when it was needed was amazing, and those guys helped me more than they’ll ever know.
  • Have a rough goal weight, but make it flexible. I never really had a ‘goal’ weight in mind, I was always told by the doctor to start maintaining my weight when I felt happy. Your weight will always fluctuate by some amount, plus if you’re building muscle, that’ll also increase your mass. Just make sure that whatever weight you are, you feel comfortable and healthy.

 

What did you do to stay motivated and not slip up, dealing with cravings, sweets, etc..? If you did slip up how did you manage to bounce back and continue on your journey?

I took every day as it’s own challenge. So, for example, if I slipped up and ate 4000 calories one day, I wouldn’t punish myself the next by eating nothing. Conversely, if I ate a relatively small amount one day, I wouldn’t think “Well, since I was good yesterday, I can eat whatever I want today.” I just got back into my routine the following day and resolved to move on and not dwell on any slip-ups.

 

How has your life changed?

It’s changed in so many ways, I can’t begin to describe. Not only is my health improved dramatically, I’ve discovered a love for sports, travelling with friends, wear clothes that I don’t have to go into a speciality store to buy. It’s amazing. Plus, now that I’m not spending loads on money on junk food, I’ve re-discovered my love for comic books. Yes, I am a geek. And proud of it.

 

What are you able to do now that you couldn’t before?

One of the first things I did when I hit my goal weight was to go to a theme park I’d been to about six years prior. Back then, I wasn’t able to ride on a lot of the rollercoasters because of how big I was. When I went back though, I rode every single thing I could. That was, without a doubt, one of the best days of my life. It was such a cathartic experience, going back and thinking ‘I did it, now I’m not limited by my size’. That was a really awesome day.

 

What was the hardest part of your journey?

Getting over the first three weeks or so. During that time, my body was still craving junk food, and it was a case of mind over matter. That initial period of strictly sticking to a new routine was without a doubt the hardest part of becoming healthier.

 

How has this change improved our confidence and general outlook on life?

I’ve become so much more confident now, I don’t think I’d recognise the person that I was, both physically and emotionally. There’s still a lot of time to go before I get used to how different a person I am now, but I’m looking forward to the journey, and I know that every day as my confidence grows, I’ll grab the bull by the horns and take every opportunity life throws my way.

 
 

Alive Vitamins

By now I’m sure that most of you have taken some sort of vitamin atleast once in your life. If you’re like me you’re always on the hunt for any sort of supplement that will provide you with the right amount of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc.. that your body needs on a daily basis. This one a daily multi-vitamin by Natures Way is one of my favorites! I do notice a difference between this multi and others and I firmly stand by Natures Way. If you are looking for an inexpensive multi-vitamin I definitely recommend this one.