As a trainer I get the protein powder question A LOT.
Do I like it? What brands do I recommend? When is the BEST time to consume it? Thoughts on using it as a meal replacement? Should I be baking with it? Mix with water or almond milk or both? Does it help with fat loss? Will it make me bulky?Read More
Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday. Not only is it a fun gathering of friends and family (generally that is, occasional drama flair-ups aside), sweatpants are considered acceptable dinner attire, and there is an abundance of food to be had.
In fact, the whole holiday is essentially centered around food. It’s basically a free-for-all.
What’s not to love about that!?
From your stomach’s perspective, nothing, it’s amazing. But if you want to stay on track with your weight loss goals, going into Thanksgiving with a “free day” or “hall pass” mentality can set you back in your journey.
But staying on track doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy yourself. In fact, we strongly encourage you to indulge and splurge a little on some of your favorite dishes.
Because total deprivation doesn’t generally work for most people. And on a day like Thanksgiving, it can also take away from the experience and enjoyment of the day, which isn’t really the point of a healthy lifestyle.Read More
There are very few downsides to the fall season. The weather is great, the leaves are beautiful, and festive decoration options (and latte flavors) abound. But October in particular can pose a unique challenge to the waistline.
There is candy EVERYWHERE.
As soon as October 1st rolls around, bowls of fun sized everything starts to pop up on desk corners, at grocery store checkouts, and even at the dentist office. While occasional indulging is mostly harmless, it can be easy to form a new snack habit.
Even if you aren’t into the halloween scene, escaping the bite-sized temptations is nearly impossible. Since October 31st is rapidly approaching, be sure to print out our halloween survival guide for tips and tricks on how to treat yourself without going overboard.Read More
Most of us know by now that protein is important. It plays a vital role not only in weight loss and maintaining your desired body composition, but also in achieving optimal (or even basic) levels of health and wellness.
The official daily recommended intake is between 10-35% of total calories, or 0.8 grams per kilogram of body-weight. If that feels unhelpful, we agree. An easier formula is to take 0.36 x your body-weight in pounds. Or you can use this calculator.
But keep in mind this recommendation is only what is needed to prevent deficiency, not to thrive. This baseline also assumes a sedentary lifestyle, not exactly something to strive for either.Read More
When I first became a personal trainer, I was excited to learn how to stick to a healthy lifestyle. I was doing decent-ish on the "healthy" scorecard while at my corporate job, but struggled with consistency.
Once I started at Equinox, I dove into as many trainings and certification programs as I could. I learned new exercises and fell in love with kettlebells. I studied how the digestion system works and learned what macros are and how to measure them.
But I still wasn't great at consistently eating at home. I'd food prep, and have healthy options ready to go, but when it came time for lunch or dinner, chicken, broccoli and sweet potato just seemed way too boring. So I'd compensate with pizza and take-out.Read More
Losing weight can be infuriating. It can feel like no matter how many salads you eat for lunch, or how many times you opt for fruit instead of fries (which, should that even be legal!?), the number on the scale just does not move. What gives??
I had a client in New York a few years back who wanted to lose 20 pounds. She was ready to make changes and put in the work, so we reviewed her food and exercise habits and made a few swaps. I was actually impressed by her willingness to abandon her beloved blueberry muffin breakfast for something more nutrient dense.
(Our connection to food is deep and complicated, and sometimes weird resistance pops up when we feel like we have to give up something we like in order to achieve something we want.)Read More
Most of us have no trouble passing on a sleeve of Oreos for breakfast. I mean, they are delicious, but in the morning it's easy to also recognize that they aren't nutritious.
But as the day goes on, this logic can start to break down.
We start to rationalize why a sleeve of Oreos is a good idea. You didn't punch your annoying boss Larry in the face, that deserves something right? Or maybe it's time for a reward after a long day?
For most people, after dinner eating rituals aren't even directly tied to whether or not Larry was in the office that day. It's simpler (but potentially more challenging) than that.Read More
I am not a morning person, never have been. My mom used to wake me up for school when I was younger, and I'd sit up in bed, say something to her, and then promptly fall back asleep after she left. In college, I perfected the art of getting ready in 15 minutes or less, and used to snooze until the last possible second.
Once I started my professional career, I had to leave slightly more time to get ready in the morning since hoodies and baseball hats were no longer an option. But I still had my routine down to the minute. If I misplaced my keys or had any expected delays, I was screwed. This also meant I had zero time for food prep at home.
I'm one of those weirdos who loves math, numbers, and excel. If you don't believe me, ask to see my ridiculous personal finances spreadsheet, it's pretty next level nerd (I swear I'm fun at parties...).
But you know why I love numbers? They don't lie. There is always a right and wrong answer, and it's not arbitrary or subject to any creative license. This is actually why I pursued finance in college, I liked the black and white nature of the numbers.
When I first dove into the health and fitness world, I was excited about new numbers and technical jargon. I loved learning about the digestion system, how to get stronger using percentages of 1 rep max, and what an optimal macro breakdown might look like.Read More
We all know that we need more vegetables in our diet if we want to lose weight, maintain a healthy body composition, have glowing skin, etc... the list goes on. So "eat veggies" is not exactly ground breaking info.
The hard part is ACTUALLY eating veggies at every meal. Not only do you have to purchaseRead More
Ever see people at the gym with some kool aid looking drink in their shaker bottle and wonder what the heck it is? Or do you see people on Instagram posting selflie's with their BCAA's and wonder if it's just an attempt to look cool or more "hardcore"? (I've admittedly passed judgement before really knowing much about them). I can't vouch for every shaker bottle'sRead More
I LOVE coffee, so it's hard for me to want to venture into a world without those deliciously roasted beans. But there is a limit to the amount of coffee you SHOULD drink per day, and sometimes you want a little more than just plain ol' water. Hence the birth of this ACV concoction.Read More
Last week I was asked for some lunch ideas to bring to work that did not require a microwave or a fridge. At first I thought, what the what?! How does one function without these modern day marvels?? But after I thought about it for a bit, I realized this is actually pretty common, especially if you work for a small or family owned business.Read More
Consistent water consumption is a new thing for me (as in rarely happened until a couple of years ago). In fact, when I was younger I think I only drank water after soccer games, and maybe a sip or two with dinner. Otherwise in high school it was cherry coke, and in college it was diet coke (the "healthier" option...). Also, let's be real, in college there was a fair amount ofRead More