September 26, 2017

Tools To Prevent The Sabotage of Portion (Out of)Control

One of the most consistent acts of self-sabotage is a lack of portion control I wanted to take time and respond to Paul’s recent post about sabotage and share with you my experience with this topic. Portion control, or really the lack thereof, is one of the most common forms of behavior that we allow to sabotage our nutrition efforts. I have a technique that has helped me achieve some plate, bowl and cup (aka, food and nutrition) victories. As we know, physical activity and food are two of the cornerstones to mitigating many chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart […]
September 26, 2017

Mindset… Support or Sabotage?

The mindset that we choose to adopt can serve to either support or sabotage our efforts in life. In my previous post I wrote about how we can be our own worst enemy. At some point in our lives we have done something, or not done something, that derailed our own efforts to achieve a goal. We’re all human. It happens. For many, it happens habitually. Really… we literally form a habit of undermining our own progress. These self-disruptive behaviors can leave us feeling frustrated, discouraged, angry, and sometimes even hopeless. Now, there are whole sections of bookstores and an […]
September 15, 2017

You Can’t “Beet” them…

Beets are nutrition powerhouses… As we continue to explore therapeutic properties of (super)foods and their relevance to quality fuel (or as I like to call it, “nutrition”), one of the first vegetables that comes to mind is the beet…it’s one of foods that I like to call a “twofer”…meaning that you actually get two part of one plant that you can eat (which is budget friendly); but even more important beets (the taproot and the greens/leaves) are powerhouses of nutrients. That’s right, beets are a good source of fiber (a carbohydrate that promotes gut integrity and satiety), folate (a vitamin […]
September 15, 2017

Sabotage! We Are Our Own Worst Enemy…

Too often we are our own worst enemy. Why do we do this to ourselves??? Recently, I was listening to an excellent podcast that I regularly follow, Self Made Man, hosted by Mike Dillard. His guest, a respected author and successful entrepreneur, Alex Charfen, spoke about how successful people are ruthless about eliminating distractions and simplifying their lives to allow them to focus on being optimally productive. They become quirky about some things, such Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs always wearing the same outfit. By eliminating one aspect of their lives that is unimportant to them or which distracts them […]
September 8, 2017

Choose These Foods to Fight Inflammation!

Inflammation Busters: choose these foods to fight inflammation! Inflammation is a protective process you are probably more familiar with than you think. It’s commonly referred to as the body’s method of healing itself as a response to an injury or exposure to a toxic substance. This response is particularly useful when, for example, skin is healing from a wound. However, a continuous inflammatory response can be detrimental to one’s health. Chronic (or ongoing) inflammation occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells leading to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, states of immune deficiency including Crohn’s disease or […]
September 5, 2017

“I’m Just Not Feeling My Best”, Practical Advice

We left off our discussion about exercising when you’re just not feeling your best with my promise to offer some practical advice that might make it more tolerable to get your workouts done when you’re feeling that way. So here are a few ideas for the inevitable circumstances of when we want or need to exercise but we’re not firing on all cylinders… Adjust your plan. Putting your training plan on hold and adjusting your expectations for that day, that workout, or that week might be the smartest thing you can do in these circumstances. Maybe your plan for the […]