Post Superbowl (or any indulgence) Survival Guide

First off, CONGRATS to the Broncos for the win!

And second…….how are you feeling?

I’m not talking about whether or not your team won. I’m talking about some of the morning/day after indulgence issues that can creep up on you.

Maybe you stayed up late celebrating or lamenting last night. Perhaps you drank a little too much party punch, OR maybe you enjoyed a few too many of the delicious foods associated with Super Bowl.

Any way you slice it, we can sometimes have a bit of a rough time the day after.

So what do you do?

Here are a few short and sweet ways to get over it :) whatever IT may be.

still full snoopy

  1. Forgive and forget. Don’t berate yourself for poor food choices, excessive consumption, or lack of sleep. What’s done is done and making like a certain Disney character and letting it go will serve you far better than feeling poorly about yourself.
  2. Hydrate. While it is best to enter into temptation hydrated, most of us don’t make those preparations. Make sure you get a minimum of 1/2 your body weight in ounces of pure water today to combat dehydration. Remind yourself that signs of dehydration can include trouble focusing and headaches.
  3. Try mindful movement. Instead of beating yourself up on the elliptical or weights, consider putting those excess calories to good use through some mindful movement. What is that? Well, it’s anything that makes your body feel GOOD. For me, it was a nice session with my kettle bells. It can be a long walk, a dance break, a yoga class, a tennis game with a friend, or anything that gets your body moving and blood pumping (woohoo).
  4. Don’t practice deprivation. Drastically cutting calories or refusing to eat can have a backlash effect on your metabolism and result in lack of energy and even worse overall health.
  5. Focus on NUTRIENT density instead of calories. Turn your focus to real foods today and I promise your body will thank you in the end.

Five simple steps that can get you back on track and feeling more like yourself by tomorrow. Take it easy, stay hydrated, get some movement and celebrate a victory for everybody.

Stay healthy,

Michelle

HOW TO bounce back from an overindulgence

So, I’ve noticed something at the gym this week: PEOPLE.

People everywhere……

The gym has expanded in number for 2x what it was when I left Saturday morning, AKA: Halloween.

Gyms and fitness centers see a spike in attendance between Halloween and Thanksgiving, only to be followed by a severe drop until the New Year.

It’s an interesting turn of events usually brought on by one common thread: overindulgence. :)

Guilt by food is fascinating to me because I can now look at from a different vantage point. I too was riddled with guilt following every Reese’s peanut butter cup and loaded cheeseburger, but things have changed as I see things for how they are. Want to join me? Read on for some tips on how to bounce back from any overindulgence.

  1. Realize that 1 meal, or 1 day, or even 1 weekend will not completely derail ALL progress. If you are CONSISTENT with your workouts, you’ll be OK. Treats can even help the fat burning process along if you are in a fat loss stage that requires lower calories (I try to stay away from those personally…).
  2. The more you think about it, the worse it gets. We rarely give the mind credit for how powerful it really is. If all we focus on is a “misstep” in the nutrition game of life, then our body will remain focused on that instead of the all-consuming task of building muscle or burning fat. So, take a deep breath and, like a favorite Disney character….let it go.
  3. Use your overindulgence to your advantage. You have some extra energy stored up now, so use it. Take this opportunity to ramp up your strength training, try out that new class, or test out your endurance. Food is fuel and even treats can be useful when you’re working on your fitness.
  4. If you are like me and follow carefully calculated macros (cause nerds like us dig that), you can usually factor your treats into your macros and move on with life.
  5. Be prepared. Don’t be a statistic of the holidays due to being ill-prepared. Keep foods on hand that give you energy and either limit yourself to a certain number of treats per week OR sprinkle them into your macros throughout the week.

The way I want you to see it is this: health and fitness is a large scale project and any slip up is just a blip on the radar. Dust yourself on and move forward, no tedious cardio sessions required.

If you find that you do have some serious issues with food and feel as though you LOSE CONTROL, consider signing up for the Fall Challenge and learn to live and eat in balance.

 

 

Inflammation and what you can do about it….

INFLAMMATION.

I got it.

Actually, it has come to my painful attention that many people walk around with it.

Don’t get me wrong, inflammation is actually a favorable process and much needed in our bodies. Chronic inflammation and inflammatory disease however, is not so awesome.

For our purposes, we’ll be focusing on the latter.

Over the summer, I was experiencing a hodgepodge of different symptoms. Nothing was really WRONG, but everything felt a bit OFF.

I was instructed to take some time off from lifting since it could be overtraining (I was unconvinced as to that, but what the heck). So, I did bodyweight exercise and PIYO for a month….and it just got worse.

SO…I found a chiropractor and started getting adjustments. My upper body was rocking, but my lower body (lower right quadrant specifically) was getting far worse.

Ultimately, I found myself crying in my docs office begging for some kind of diagnosis. To date, we’re still working on an actual diagnosis, but we are closer and finding that my issues are inflammation related.

Before I move on, I must digress for a moment. It is not my lifestyle or contest prep that caused the inflammation (several doctors have assured me of that), rather it is the past sins I forced on my body that more than most likely contributed (starvation, chronic dieting, over training and WAY too much cardio). So….now that I have cleared that up…

Chronic inflammation and pain is no fun, BUT there is something you can do to help lessen the severity. BTW, I wrote an article on this in GORGO mag, go check it out.

In the interest of taking control of inflammation and the fact that it is finally Fall, here is my BEST Anti-Inflammatory Soup Recipe and it will lead the way for an entire series on inflammation.

 

Weekly Anti-Inflammatory Soup

Seriously, I make this once a week and we eat off of it all week long. Pair it with chicken for more protein OR fish for more inflammation fighting power.

FIRST, please do not boil all your veggies in water or stock for soup…..that’s just nasty. Also, realize you need to wash stuff and I shouldn’t have to tell you that.

INGREDIENTS:

1 onion, diced

1 whole head of garlic, diced

6-10 carrots

4-5 celery stalks

1 container pre-sliced mushrooms (unless you fancy slicing them)

2 diced bell peppers

Small red potatoes to your heart’s content

2-3 tablespoons coconut oil

Hot water, cause it’s soup DUH

Seasonings:

I NEVER Measure seasonings and we have different tastes anyways. Pick and choose what works.

salt

pepper

garlic (yeah, we love garlic in this house)

turmeric

smoked paprika

sage

NOTE: turmeric can be used in small doses and is great for reducing inflammation

THE PROCESS:

Pay attention now……

In a soup pot, place coconut oil, onion, garlic and salt. Listen for it to talk to you.

Then, add your mushrooms and cook a few minutes until they become quite soft and start to cook down a bit.

Next…add everything else EXCEPT water.

Cook down, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

Finally, cover with hot water (seasonings should already be in), bring to a boil, cover with a lid and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

What you have left is a fantastic and extremely tasty vegetable soup, ready to go to work in your body and warm up those Fall woes.

And your family will thank you for not boiling everything in water…..cause that’s nasty ;)

To your health,

Michelle

 

 

RECIPE: Jamie Eason Middleton’s Pumped Up Pancakes:)

I LOVE a healthy recipe makeover!

Furthermore, I love a healthy recipe makeover that tastes GREAT!

These Pumped Up Pancakes from Jamie Eason Middleton provide needed protein without tasting like protein pancakes (you know what I’m talking about!). These can sub for the real deal and make a TON to last through the week. My kids have been noshing on these this week, which makes my mornings much smoother. FIRST, you need to grab some Lean Body for Her Whey, which you can get HERE or at labrada.com

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INGREDIENTS:

4 tablespoons no calorie sweetener (I used Truvia)

3 cups oat flour (just grind up your oats in a coffee grinder)

3 scoops Jamie’s Lean Body for her natural vanilla protein

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 and 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1—-6 oz Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 egg whites (or 9 tablespoons liquid egg whites for most)

1/4 cup un sweetened apple sauce.

DIRECTIONS:

You know the drill here right?

In a large bowl , combine all the dry ingredients. Do the same to the wet ingredients in a slightly smaller bowl……then mix them together just until blended. There is no need to whip your pancake batter to no end and that is often what makes it so gummy.

Preheat griddle to 350 degrees and either use non-stick spray OR butter if you’re throwing caution to the wind ;)

Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to measure the perfect pancake serving. Wait until tiny bubbles form, then flip with all the grace of a samurai warrior! Wha-cha!

Serving: 3 pancakes

Calories: 198

Fat: 3.9g

Carbs: 22.2g

Protein: 17g

I am LOVING this protein powder and Labrada.com has a ton of recipes for it to help calm even the crankiest of sweet tooth(s).

So check it out, add it to your macros, and get ready for results!

Eat, drink and keep moving!

Michelle

 

 

National Nutrition Month: Youth Athletes

Good morning!

I hope all is going well on your side, wherever you may be :)

Since March is National Nutrition Month I thought we could tackle the tough call of youth nutrition.

Our youth athletes nutrition needs differ from that of us old fogies, so we need to address some common concerns and mistakes as well as some thoughtful ways to help our young athletes thrive.

WATER.

Youth athletes (aged 8-18) dehydrate much faster than adults. In fact, they can dehydrate 40% faster than most adults in the same sport. So, it’s very important that we encourage our athletes to stay hydrated in a variety of ways. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Nix the sodas on game and practice days.
  • Pack a bottle of water for lunch.
  • Remind them to get a drink from the fountain EVERY time they pass it.
  • Pack or take water to them for the game and/or practice.
  • On very hot days or practices lasting longer than 60 minutes, make sure they have a beverage to replace electrolytes. I prefer G2 for my athletes, but regular Gatorade is fine and can be watered down to reduce the sugar.

As you can see, it’s not about the time spent practicing. The majority of youth athletes ENTER practice and games already dehydrated! If you have a young athlete in your home, the responsibility is YOURS to educate them on hydration and cut the sugar and sodas out to ensure proper mental focus and muscle repair during periods of training and playing. Encourage them to drink throughout the day and they will begin to feel and see a difference in practice.

Pre-Game/Practice Fuel

Unfortunately, here the schools will not allow student athletes to eat prior to practice or games. Since lunch times often fall before noon and practice can extend past 6, many athletes are under nourished during game time and practice. If the school doesn’t allow it, what can a parent or guardian do? Lucky for us, we have resources to help :)

Many companies such as Gatorade now offer pre-game solutions. Gatorade has a carbohydrate chew that is safe for youth athletes (12 and up) and provides fast digesting carbs to fill the glycogen stores in the liver and muscles. This is precisely where we get energy. Youth can run out of these stores faster than adults simply due to the growth process. The trick with these is to remind your student to drink LOTS of water with the chew, otherwise it can upset the stomach.

A more whole foods approach can be found in certain bars.

My favorite for my guys is the Come Ready Nutrition Bar.

Come Ready Bars

I’ve spoken about this bar before and truly believe in it. It has a very good nutritional profile with ingredients you recognize. The taste is far beyond other bars on the market AND if you get them from your local Costco (mine is in the Galleria area in Houston), you pay less than $1 a bar….that makes it easy to share with the whole team. Go YOU!

If Costco isn’t working for you or nowhere near you, I recommend a virtual trip to Bodybuilding.com

Now, if your athlete has an issue with gluten** you’ll be glad to know that Come Ready Nutrition now has gluten-free kids bars that can help to fuel your athlete without the fuss. Check out more on those bars HERE.

Timing is key, so I have my kids take a bar to school. Before practice they can usually eat 1/2 the bar while dressing and then they eat the other 1/2 after. During games, I take a bar and meet them at the bus. Just last week my daughter had a tennis match and the coach told her she couldn’t eat her bar on the bus, so my daughter ate it with lunch (they love the bars). SIDE NOTE: most coaches have English or Math degrees and know NOTHING about nutrition. You CAN take food to your child pre game or practice….that is YOUR right as a parent or guardian. Moving on…..that match my daughter had a very hard time focusing and her energy was all over the place. THIS week, my husband took a bar to the match and she ate it when she got off the bus….her doubles won and she had focus and energy to spare.

Hydration and nutrition play the largest role in energy output, yet we do nothing to equip our athletes for success. Give them a fighting chance to be the best they can be!

Remember, nutrition matters :)

 

**Another side note here, because as a professional I feel it must be said: IF you think your child has an issue with gluten, PLEASE have them take a simple blood test with their doctor. By preemptively pulling gluten from their diet because you read something on Google, you can actually end up doing more harm in the long run. I know gluten-free is a big deal right now…..but fat-free was big in the 80′s so please proceed with caution. Same goes for yourself. If you think you have an issue, ask for a test from your doc to confirm.

 

 

Supp Thursday! Product Review, News, Views and anything else I can think of :)

Happy Thursday!

Hope ya’ll are feeling fine today.  I’m on very first ISACleanse (is that a thing? That’s what I’ll call it) which I will detail you on BELOW. For now, let’s get to some reviews and tips shall we?

HEADS UP! I’m doing a fat burner review

So, I’m not a HUGE fat burner fan (except for the ones I have sculpted into fat burning furnaces…..AKA, muscles), but it is a question I get asked ALL THE TIME. So let’s tackle it.

Good to know: fat burners were originally created to help competitors and avid body builders garner more energy for workouts while living a low-carbohydrate lifestyle. The body digs carbs for energy and when you eliminate them to shred the body, it can retaliate with LOW energy and even rebel at the gym. SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!!! But it is. While the original intent of fat burners and stimulants was to give a boost to the fit masses, studies now show that more and more average Joe’s (don’t roll your eyes, unless you’re cranking away HOURS in the gym per day then you fall here. Accept it and be proud!) are turning to so-called fat burners for weight loss. Weight loss was not the original intent of fat burners and ANY product that promises HUGE results with little effort should be approached with caution.

So, is there a fat burner I CAN use?

There is one stack (I dig stacks since no ONE supplement works awesome all on its own) I have been trying and totally dig for many reasons. It is the BLISS Weight Loss Stack from 1st Phorm.

Even though I am in the fat loss phase of competition, I still only take 1 pill a day.

What’s so special?

Well, they don’t try to make you believe this is a miracle drug. In this pack you get 3 products:

  1. Thyro-Drive which utilizes a mixture of amino acids and herbs to increase thyroid production. BE CAREFUL HERE: anytime you mess with hormones (like….when you eat) you can set yourself up for success or failure.
  2. Bliss which is a highly functioning thermogenic (what you think of when you think about fat burners) that uses all the heavy hitter in lower doses to decrease the risk of the jitters.
  3. Downtime PM is my FAVORITE since rest and recovery is where I struggle the MOST. With this product you get your melatonin and also your valerian root and black cherry (for soreness), PLUS digestive enzymes and even MACA root (for sexual health). It is magic! I kid….no such thing. It does help to promote more restful and deeper sleep though.

You can check out the links above and read up on the info (they provide EVERYTHING you need) if you’re interested. Men, they have you covered with the Commander pack.

One thing I HAVE to address is the customer service of this company. I have heard from the founders (after entering the athlete search) and after my purchase of the above product I received an email from Kit Kitson just checking up on me and seeing how I liked it. They didn’t know I was a blogger or trainer and were not trying to butter me up (mmmm, butter), but they even offered help with training and meal planning if I needed it :) . That’s a pretty awesome thing to witness…..a company that goes above and beyond.

1st phorm

 

THE CLEANSE!

So, my awesome contest prep coach (Busy Mom Gets Fit) suggested I give Isagenix a try during prep. If you know me then you know I’m a research junkie so I spent the past 4 weeks pulling up everything I could behind the company and ingredients. Most of what I found was super awesome, so here I am on my cleanse day :)

What is it?

It’s a very simple nutritional cleanse backed up with research on intermittent fasting. I am also a huge fan of intermittent fasting and have seen great results. The Isagenix cleanse takes it a step further by taking your fasting day and replenishing the body with nutrients. Fasting itself is highly beneficial and now you can fast and do a great rewire to your entire system.

Since I’m just starting I’ll be giving YOU updates on progress (including some pics you WON’T see on my INstagram) and keeping you up to date on what it’s all about. If you’ve already been doing research and want to cheer me on by completing a cleanse yourself, then jump on it HERE….or you can just get more info.

I mean, if Lori Harder does it, why don’t we ALL do it? LOL

Lori Harder

 

For now, I’m taking my fasted self downstairs to fix a cup of tea :) So far, so good.

Rock on with your day and I’ll see you back here next week!

Michelle

 

It’s Review DAY!!!!!!!

I have been promising product reviews FOREVER! Sorry, real life gets busy sometimes :)

Today I have a LOT of products on hand to review, all of which will fit easily into your fit-friendly lifestyle AND many of which may even make it better.

Let’s start with FOOD!

Come Ready Bars

Come Ready Nutrition

OK, I found these bars just about a week ago and have been so excited I bought lots of boxes and started acting like Santa. These things are the BOMB. Come Ready Nutrition does one thing: BARS. They don’t dabble in lots of other things and spread themselves too thin. They seem to commit to making the BEST tasting bars with the least amount of junk on the market. Taste-wise, I will give a quote from my son who said “I like them way better than Quest bars”. I know I’ll get shot for that one. They really are superior in taste AND texture. I have really well-defined jaw muscles and don’t need a super chewy bar to work them out AFTER my workout. At 190 calories, these bars are great as snacks, pre and post workout nutrition, or an on-the-go breakfast option.

Where can you grab some?

They are just beginning to pop up in your local Costco, where you can get them for cheaper than $1/bar (now you see why I’ve been giving them away). Of course, if your Costco doesn’t have them, check out Bodybuilding.com

Lean Body Whey

Lean Body for Her Whey Protein

Everybody loves some Jamie Eason! She’s super cute, very encouraging, AND a Houston gal at that! She has teamed up with Labrada Nutrition (a Houston based company) to create a line of products specifically for us gals. The whey protein (in chocolate and vanilla) is high quality whey without the HUGE overhead and expense. It blends well with just about anything, including hot coffee. The taste is very clean, with no nasty after taste. I use it post workout, and sometimes pre-workout on very busy days. The Peanut Protein has really been blowing me away and is better taste, texture and mixability than PB2. If you are on a high protein diet (says the figure girl) OR you struggle with getting enough protein in your diet, check it out. No filler, no artificial sweeteners (which can cause bloat) and made with all natural ingredients.

Where do I get some?

Check out Bodybuilding.com for the best deals on this exclusive product.

Labrada Anti Bloat

Lean Body for Her Anti-Bloat

This product was created to take the bloat away for those of us who can suffer with water retention or not-so-smooth gastrointestinal functions. Is that an ok way to put that? :) While the ingredients are good for combatting bloat, it should be noted that this is NOT a probiotic and should only be used on occasion. Also, if you have a big function coming up and need to drop weight FAST…..you should have started a while back. Don’t rely on any pill or potion for quick results. The Anit-Bloat system is created to be gentle on the body, however it should be noted that some of the ingredients (as in MANY anti-bloating products) have been known to cause anal leakage in some individuals. Always test your tolerance.

Where do I get it?

Bodybuilding.com

Theatrim

Purus Labs Theatrim

Let me preface by stating that I do not condone the use of “fat burners” to aid in weight loss. I do, however, know that fat burners are used and have a place in certain stages of contest prep and/or fat loss. I also know that people LOVE fat burners, so I may as well let you know when a decent one hits the market. Please note: NO pill will get you to your goal, that’s all you baby.

Theatrim is created on the base of Theacrine,a compound that has been shown to decrease appetite and increase overall body fat loss. Purus Labs (a Dallas based company) is committed to the research and testing behind each and every product. Persoanlly, I found that this product did help with focus without giving me the fat burner jitters. My appetite seems the same (always on) but who know? Perhaps I could have eaten more…..LOL

Where can I get some?

The Trainers Edge has the BEST prices….and some pretty awesome athletes ;)

LAST THING!!!!!

Better Bodies Tights

Better Bodies Tights

OK, I have been skeptical of Better Bodies clothing since day one (so sorry). I bought my first pair of tights a few weeks ago and I am HOOKED! These are the BEST tights I have ever owned. It feels as though you are wearing nothing, but not in a creepy way. It just feels as though they are a second skin. They move with you during your workout and NEVER go where they are uninvited. I don’t have to pull and tug on them during my workouts and I can always count on them making me feel and look just a little tighter. It may be in my head, but it works! I highly recommend any fitness enthusiast to have a few pair of these tights in their wardrobe. Just so you get a size idea, I wear a Medium and the waist band is a bit loose. I will probably grab some smalls as my prep goes on.

Where can I get them?

Elite 1 has the BEST prices on tights! I got mine on sale for $49 and they are worth every single penny.

I hope you get something out of these reviews!

If you have a product you want me to review, let me know in the comments or my emailing michelle@michellecfitness.com

Keep living fit!

Michelle

What’s SUPP with that? The Beginner Guide to Supplements

Hello again! Today, we’re tackling pill-popping, so strap in for a long ride :)

As a supplementation specialist (cert DotFit via NASM) I have found that supplements are often the most widely misunderstood and misused health and fitness tools. SO….it’s only fair if I impart some supplementation knowledge so YOU can see results. Don’t get overwhelmed! We’ll only be tackling a few supps per post. This inaugural post will cover the BASICS and a very special supplement you may need to add.

Ready for some SUPP knowledge? Let’s get to it!

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SUPPLEMENTS 101

These seemingly small things can cause mass confusion in the health and fitness world. It’s confusing when you walk into a supplements super store, chain store, or even the pharmacy aisle at your local grocer. The MAIN question you need to ask yourself is “What is it I NEED?”.

Your supplementation needs should coincide with your current health and fitness as well as your goals. Chances are, you don’t NEED most of what is on the shelves. For our purposes, we’ll talk about what the average person (beginning or intermediate exerciser) would need to add to their current diet. As we move forward, I must make this very clear: Supplements are meant to supplement a healthy diet……say that 4 times fast. Seriously, don’t rely on pills and powders for health. The supplements you choose should better your health, not confuse the crud out of your body and have you popping more pills than an addict….

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What do we need?

The basics are, well, pretty basic. Check it out:

  1. A whole foods based multi-vitamin. These need to be high quality and capsules are better than horse pills. The one I’m REALLY digging right now is Jaime Eason’s Lean Body for Her Multi. Beverly International Fit Tabs are also very high quality. MOST multi-vitamins are going to contain a bit more than you need, but your body is a highly efficient waste management system and will excrete the extra goodies. Just remember, more is not always better. Multi-vitamins are intended to fill the micronutrients gaps we have in our diet due to stress, poor food choices and/or poor assimilation.
  2. Vitamin C. OK, so you should get some of this in your multi and in your diet (so long as you’re being awesome and eating a variety of brightly colored fruits and veggies), but it has been shown in recent years to be a powerhouse. Vitamin C is the only vitamin to not really show an upper limit (a limit at which it is considered harmful) and many studies have shown that taking 3000mg of vitamin C per day can reduce the risk of certain cancers by regulating free radicals. SWEET! The powders seem to work better within the system than the pills, and you are encouraged to up your intake (3000mg/day) during cold and flu season.
  3. Probiotic. Your gut health makes up over 60% of your immune system, so it’s wise to keep it in check. We don’t all need to pop pills for this, as many of us can get active cultures from foods like yogurt or fermented foods. If you feel like your digestion is a bit sluggish or your energy is just a bit drab, consider adding 1-2 probiotic pills before bed. Note: these do NOT help if you simply over ate, so don’t go there.

The extras, for those of us living a bit of a full life :)

  1. Protein powder. Many of us do not get the required amount of protein, especially if we are quite active. The ADA sets the required amount on a large-scale of 0.6-1.6 grams per pound of bodyweight. Of course, the amount YOU need depends on lifestyle and goals. Women in particular seem to struggle with protein intake. Am all-natural whey protein isolate can help boost your protein intake SAFELY. The 2 I am loving right now are Jaime Eason’s Lean Body for Her (the whole line is really phenomenal) and Isagenix Protein. I do recommend 1 shake per day, preferably post-workout. You may have days where 2 shakes are unavoidable, but be aware of failing into the trap of using protein powders ALL THE TIME just because it is easy…trust me, I’m a recovering addict.
  2. Amino Acids. You can drink these throughout the day to help increase lean muscle mass (assuming you are working out) and beat fatigue. These do come in pills, but I find the powdered forms to be far superior. Amino acids are necessary for cell function and found in proteins. Our bodies break them down and pull the aminos out, sending them to repair damaged tissue. The powdered amino drinks offer the break down already so that you can speed recovery. Recommended dosage is 5-10 grams before, during and after your workout, especially if your workout will last an hour or more OR is quite intense. You can also add 5-10 grams to your afternoon bottle of water for stimulant-free pick me up. I LOVE BSN Amino X, Beverly International Aminos, and Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy (which DOES have a little jolt of caffeine).
  3. Glutamine. This is the most readily available amino acid in our bodies. During training sessions, glutamine levels take a nose dive though which can result in slower recovery, more fatigue, and even a compromised immune system. Many protein powders contain glutamine as part of their profile, so if you are already utilizing those then you may be getting enough. If you find that your recovery is lacking OR you’re sick all of the time, consider adding 5 grams of glutamine pre and post workout. I really like Muscle Pharm (unflavored) and Beverly International.

glutamine

So, now you are armed with the knowledge you need to get started on the road to optimum health and wellness. Remember, You’re only seeking that which you NEED. It is important to know your lifestyle and goals when embarking upon a supplement regimen. If you’re confused, contact a supplement specialist (you can email me through the site) and ask! We’re always happy to help you get healthier.

Tune in for the next SUPP guide as we tackle some supplements that are highly misunderstood.

See you next time!

Michelle

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Fun Friday: weekend warrior circuit

Happy Friday fit peeps!

I have a treat for you today…..a quick, do anywhere circuit and some awesome travel foods. I know my weekend is jam-packed with activities, so it’s always best to be prepared :)

Weekend Warrior full body circuit

What you need: some space, a timer (I LOVE the TABATA pro app), dumbbells, water and towel

Start by warming up dynamically, putting the body through its full range of motion.

Light jog for 2 minutes to complete warm up.

NOTE: if any muscles seem overly tight, take a minute to stretch and/or foam roll them!

The Circuit: 10 moves, 40 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest, 30 seconds to prepare, repeat a total of 3 times

  1. Squat
  2. Pushup
  3. Alternating back lunges
  4. Alternating side lunge, tapping opposite hand to the floor
  5. Imaginary (or real) jump rope
  6. Squat thrust with weights: squat to floor, put weights under shoulders and jump/step back, return back to squat and stand while squeezing glutes
  7. Sumo squat with a narrow bicep curl (elbows in front of rib cage, weights touching)
  8. Plank hold
  9. Stiff legged dead lift with wide (zotman) bicep curl
  10. Squat with overhead press

You’ll notice that we work MULTIPLE body parts in this workout and hit the legs quite a bit. The reason is because you want to BURN serious calories. Work hard during your 40 seconds and attack each move with intensity. The bonus? Awesome, cellulite-free thighs for you :)

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Travel Friendly Foods:

You’ll find me with any combination of these on the weekend.

  • sliced cucumber
  • low-sodium lunch meats
  • tuna packets (flavored is fine)
  • fruits
  • celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, etc.
  • baby foods in pouches (yes! they come in handy and you get your greens)
  • pre-grilled chicken, fish or steak
  • protein bars (Quest bars and the new MetRX bars are best)
  • Kind bars

Be prepared for hunger and crazy cravings while you’re out! Don’t depend on willpower when the Starbuck’s sweets case is staring you down :)

Hopefully, that helps you with your weekend!

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In health,

Michelle

Abs on the ball

WORKIT WEDNESDAY: Stability Ball Circuit…..plus a cookbook review

Got a stability ball?

Check.

Any idea how to use it? Aside from just sitting on it….

I got your back :)

We all know that results TRULY happen in the kitchen (please tell me you know that by now). My colleague and coach, Julie Lohre, has written an AWESOME cook book that will make time spent in the kitchen a breeze.

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You can grab a copy of this cookbook HERE for $9.95 (which is a steal!). Want it for free?!?!?! Sign up for my newsletter because I am sending out a code this Friday :)

What can you expect?

Easy to follow recipes that don’t bog you down with ingredients you have to travel across town to acquire. The cookbook is full of fun, family-friendly treats (Julie gets families!) that will leave you feeling satisfied all while helping you reach your goals.

Check it out for yourself and get to cooking :)

Stay healthy,

Michelle