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Mark, do you find that living in the age of information can be empowering and also maddening at the same time?
When seeking to master a new skill, we’ve largely replaced 1:1 mentorship or apprenticeship with Google.
We read well-intended self-help books, scan blogs by writers whose credentials we don’t consider, watch the ever-so-biased news, and allow highly controlled algorithms to dictate our perception of reality.
While this can be helpful for short-term solutions, it can be overwhelming to find a bio-individual solution for complex challenges.
Those who are successful and satisfied in this lifetime haven’t forgotten the power of a quality mentor… someone who has been in your shoes and can help light up the path so you’re not searching endlessly in the dark.
How long will you stay caught in the...
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Test, if you've been following us long enough, you know that we're not big on new year's resolutions. Even if they're made with great intentions, they usually fall flat in terms of execution and true transformation.
Why is that?
James Clear, author of one of our favorite books, Atomic Habits, shares that up to 92% of resolutions fail due to the following reasons:
And here are the solutions that he recommends:
All great performers, athletes, leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries understand the power of their thoughts, feelings, and visualizations.
They know that what they think and how they feel impact not only their day-to-day reality but also the achievement of their long-term goals and lifestyle.
How can you harness the techniques of these pros to bring more abundance, health and happiness into your own life?
How can you embody and visualize the life you want before it even happens?
How can you drop importance and attachment to what you want while still practicing the emotional feeling of having it, which magnetizes the experience into your life?
That's exactly why we're hosting a workshop tonight at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time to answer these questions!
Test, if you feel called to take ownership of how your life is playing out and/or want to learn how to attract more of what you want (and less of what you don't), then this free virtual workshop is for...
Let's face it, the winter season for many turns into one run-on event after another from holiday parties to traditional family dinners. And more than ever, we're hearing from clients that it feels nearly impossible to drop the glass (or bottle) of red wine.
If you've been working with us for some time, you know that we are all about bringing awareness into every situation, not eating or drinking anything you don't truly want to, and making an informed full body "hell yes" otherwise, it's a no. Sometimes that means no alcohol and sometimes that means choosing the time, place, set, and setting for a ritual elixir.
So how do we personally find balance? You may think that as nutrition coaches, we don't enjoy any desserts, alcohol or other "treats", but that actually couldn't be further from the truth! Our members know that pizza is a regular weekly staple, for example, and continue to bust myths about what it means to eat healthy and balanced.
Learning the true nutrition...
We're going to let you in on one of the biggest "secrets" that industry experts know when it comes to overall health and a strong, lean physique: you must balance these two "tier 1" hormones, cortisol and insulin.
While cortisol is produced in your adrenal glands and insulin is produced in your pancreas, both glands are controlled by the master pituitary gland.
So why is this important?
Let's say you eat "clean", mostly unprocessed foods, organic, non-GMO, as close to nature as possible, super balanced at each meal (i.e. your carb intake is not excessive at any given time and you're not over-consuming alcohol)...
Even with all that in place, if you are experiencing chronic stress from living through unhealed trauma, a soul-sucking job, fear of catching something, or because your basic needs aren't being met, your sympathetic nervous system is constantly activated and you will see not only negative impacts on your...
Sometimes we feel like we're on a lonely island out there encouraging people to eat food in a world that promotes skipping meals and cutting out entire macronutrient groups, like carbs. While the nutrition fads come and go, the end result remains the same: it gets people to eat less.
But is eating less really the solution?
We say, NO.
In fact, almost every new client who is struggling and signs up for our program practices this common behavior: skipping breakfast. And possibly other meals.
Some people have had success with fasting. Good for them!
Most people we meet are stressed to the max. Skipping breakfast and going over four hours in between meals is only adding to that stress, which has a reverse impact on overall health and eating habits.
You know why it can feel good skipping meals? Because your cortisol starts ramping up and your adrenaline goes into overdrive. Your body is literally giving you more energy to go look for food. No joke.
Macronutrient Break Down (serves 2)
Maple syrup, jam, or sliced berries, for serving
there is a bell curve of effectiveness to everything, and it’s no different when it comes to nutrition and training.
too little calories especially that of quality, nourishing food is problematic
too many calories especially that of processed food stores excess body fat while the body is technically malnourished
And the same goes for working out:
too much exercise, especially cardio, can throw the body into chronic inflammation, stress, & muscle catabolism
too little exercise can lead to poor metabolic health and early onset sarcopenia (muscle atrophy)
Most clients we work with are eating too little of the right macronutrients and quality of food while over-exercising with a type of training that does not match their primary goals.
In short, more is not always better.
Getting intentional about what you’re consuming in all areas and how you are moving is key for a low stress, healthy, happy body.
We start with food because it’s the...
If you've been following us for some time, you may have heard us talk about N.E.A.T., or non-exercise activity thermogenesis.
Why are we bringing this up now?
N.E.A.T. is essentially all the movement that you perform in a day outside of your dedicated exercise routine.
This includes activities like gardening, walking up and down your stairs, cooking, cleaning, bending over to pick things up, walking from your car to the store, playing with your kids, walking your dog, etc.
And, N.E.A.T. is one of the first things to wane as we head into the cold season.
It's not surprising to know that for most modern humans working desk jobs, N.E.A.T. is already on the lower side anyway since we've outsourced so many basic human needs that originally required a hefty amount of movement (and thus, calorie burn).
But even if you're intentionally active and walk / move often, it's likely that your N.E.A.T decreases as the seasons change and colder weather ensues.