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Im jacked only 6 more days! Not that the program is all that bad, but I am “jonesing” for pizza and a good cup of coffee. Energy still is high and my body feels great.
Here is a simple and delicious recipe (credit to M. Saiia)I ate over the weekend.   I put some diced or shredded chicken in a pan w/ cut up potatoes, red and yellow peppers and added a container of Aldi’s southwestern salsa ( yes Aldi’s, it some of the best store bought salsa ive ever eaten).  Let it simmer and then chowed!  Tastey and very hearty!  Since im able to eat chicken now it made a great addition to the meal.

Todays workout:

Supersets (of course)          1 arm dumbbell squat to hi pull 8x L and R w/ Cable pull overs laying on incline bench x 12   (3 sets)

Floor Bench x 6 (see previous post on benefits for floor bench) w/ 2 kettlebell front squats x 8  (3 sets)

Close grip bench x 8 w/ barbell bicep curls x 10  (3 sets)

Fast and effective!      45 – 60  minutes and 447 calories.  Dont forget its the calories burned during recovery that is actually more impressive.

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris

 

 

 

 

TGIF!  Able to add lean protein into the mix which will add some variety and expand my food choice, although I think I,m going to stick w/ beans and just a little chix and fish sparingly.  Luckily I’m one that can eat the same thing over and over.

Firdays consist of a 6:30am workout.  Today I superset :

Hang Clean for 8 w/ Pull ups for 10  (3 sets)

1 arm barbell deadlift using thick gripper 5x each side w/ Inverted shoulder press on total gym for 8-10  (3 sets)

Seated DB curls using grippers w/ Dips w/ knee tucks up/over bar x 12 (3 sets)

Finished w/ a few random ab exercises for good measure and to tone up the midsection that is lean from the purification!

As always followed workout w/ monster fruit smoothie w/ whey protein and cleanse powder.

I must say im pleasantly surprised at how good I feel and the energy I have despite NO caffeine!  Amazing.

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris


I must say, it is going much better than I anticipated. Energy is good and not really missing (physically) the caffeine as I thought I would. Ive only really lost 1 lb which is good b/c im not doing this to lose weight. But co-worker also doing purification w/ me has lost 6 feraking lbs already and he feels great too! (he does want to lose some weight)
Had great work out at 6:30 am.
Triplexed: diagonal stance cable chest press, bent row and leg press for 3 sets. Then, close grip bench, lunge walk and barbell russian twists. Finished off w/ barbell reverse curls and 1 arm cable press downs.
Todays food consisted of post workout monster fruit smoothie w/ protein and cleanse powder. 1 apple, 1 banana, bowl of beets and sauerkraut (yum), bowl brown rice w/ hot sauce, 2nd fruit smoothie w/ protein and cleanse powder, 1 cup baby carrots. Out to eat for dinner…all you can eat salad bar (2 trips) w/ sides of spaghetti squash, grilled zuchinni and baked potato. Oh yeah I killed it!
Drank H20 all day and night.
Now I am gioing to bed to dream about chicken wings and cheez its!
Get Strong! Stay Strong!
Chris

So far so good. Nothing but fruits veggies and some brown rice….and a bunch of pills and shakes. I really like brown rice and sweet potatoes (yes mixed together) w/ a little cinnamon. Got a little hungry today only b/c I waited too long to eat. Just need to eat enough to keep cals up, especially on work out days. Man I was wanting a cup of coffee this afternoon….and this morning….and this evening!

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Everyone enjoys the big Thanksgiving feast and many overindulge to point of practically going face down in their plate! I know ive been there  many times as Thanksgiving is my favorite meal.
Here are a few tips for damage control. So go ahead and feast guilt free!

1. Get a good work out in.  This not only mentally puts you at ease but also boosts the metabolism to burn more calories throughout the day.

2. Start your day with protein.  Helps to boosts metabolism and feed your muscles which are more metabolically active.

3. Drink luke warm water with your meal. This helps keep the digestive fires burning.  Cold drinks dampens digestion.

4. Stay hydrated.  This will help w/ digestion as well as keeping you regular.  Drinking a large glass of water just prior to meal can make you feel full and cut down on how much you eat, maybe!

5.  Take a spoonful of lemon juice before your meal.  This helps blunt the insulin response.

6.  Use a smaller plate and a larger fork.  Actually cuts down on how much you eat.

7.  Chew food thoroughly and take your time!  The turkey is dead and will not fly away! Ha

8. If unable to get full workout in that day, then just prior to eating do 60-90 sec of light exercise ie squats or lunges, wall push up, sit ups.  This activates muscle receptors so the calories consumed are shuttled to the muscles and not the fat cells.

9.  Snack on veggies.  Not only does this provide critical vitamins and minerals, but contains fiber that will help keep you regular.

10.  Take a brisk walk after eating.

11.  Relax and enjoy the day!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Get Strong!  Stay Strong! (and eat hearty!)

Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I often talk to people that ask about nutrition. One of the first things they ask me is what do I eat and how much do I eat? They are often surprised when I tell them I eat 5-6 times per day. Many people especially those trying to lose weight have a hard time with this concept.  It is still common for people to think they need to severely calories, which is true but they often go overboard with this concept.  I will often explain that our bodies are built for survival based on DNA that is millions of years old.  That is why it is hard to lose weight and also to gain (build muscle).  I further explain that the body is smart.  If it believes you are not going to give it adequate calories/nutrition it will store (hold onto) the fat for its energy.  By eating enough calories throughout the day your body will recognize this and “release” the fat.  One of the main reasons eating multiple meals is important is that it regulates the insulin response which influences fat and protein metabolism and helps maintain energy levels evenly throughout the day.  By skipping meals you tend to be hungrier when you do eat and over eat which leads to that food coma feeling and fat accumulation.  Another important factor in eating regularly throughout the day is that if you do not “feed” your body appropriately then the body will take the needed nutrients from your bones, lean muscle mass and other tissues possibly contributing to osteoporosis and loss of lean muscle mass.  It doesn’t have to be over-whelming.  Three nutritious meals and 2-3 healthy snacks is it!  Of course eating the right type of foods like lean proteins, low glycemic carbs and “good” fats need to be coupled with a good exercise program for optimal health.

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris

By Sylvia Anderson, IH Editor — Published: November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving. It’s a day to gather with family, watch some football, and dive face-first into that big, yummy bird (or vegan spaghetti if that’s your preference!).

But it could also be a day where your risk of heart attack has more spikes than the Saints/Cowboys game.

Turns out the months of December and January are the deadliest months for heart disease, and that “season” is kicked off with none other than the Turkey-Day holiday.

Why the increase? A few things are to blame, including rich meals, tons of alcohol, and just a bit of added stress.

But the biggest factor may be denial.

Denial Factor #1: The common symptoms of heart attack can mimic signs of indigestion . . . which, let’s face it, come front and center on holidays that revolve around food.

Denial Factor #2: People are less likely to disrupt a holiday celebration to go to the ER, even if they’re feeling a little under the weather.

Other Factors at Play

Skipping Meds or Supplements: If you’re traveling to a celebration far away from home, or even just so busy planning your own holiday party, you may neglect (or just plain forget) to take your meds or daily supplements.

Heavy Meals: You may say, “But it’s the holidays! I deserve a little cheat.” OK, well you should know that a particularly heavy meal – especially one high in fat – stresses your heart upon digestion. Your blood pressure and heart rate increase, and the lining of your arteries become temporarily more clot-prone.

Salt: Oh yes, the salty goodness of turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy, and all the other holiday goodies causes fluid retention, which in turn makes your heart have to work harder.

Alcohol: A little imbibing is good for you. But too many holiday cocktails can also cause your heart to have to work harder to get blood to your arteries. Not only that, but alcohol can actually irritate the heart muscle and trigger an irregular heartbeat.

No Excuses!

Yes, it’s the holidays. Yes, you want to stuff your face until you literally have to be rolled into the living room. And yes, you want to be able to see your favorite team kick some serious tail on the field. But think of your health.

First off, don’t stuff your face – eat (and drink) responsibly. Second, if you’re having symptoms, don’t wait until the fourth quarter – get to the ER ASAP! And finally, don’t use the holidays as an excuse to go hog-wild and neglect your health. As cool as the afterlife might be, no one knows if it has turkey. Or football.

Get Strong! Stay Strong! (and live another day!)

Chris

By Sylvia Anderson, IH Editor — Published: October 04, 2010By Sylvia Anderson, IH Editor — Published: October 04, 2010

Many health conscious people have shunned beef burgers and choose veggie burgers as a safer alternative to red meat.  If you’re one of them, you may want to rethink your strategy.

According to an investigation conducted by the Cornucopia Institute, some makers of veggie burgers use a dangerous chemical called hexane to reduce the fat in their product.  Hexane is a petroleum byproduct of gasoline refining.  It’s also a neurotoxin meaning it’s toxic to the nervous system.  The EPA lists hexane among its list of hazardous air pollutants.  When you consider all of this, it’s easy to see why hexane is known as “the dirty little secret of the natural soy foods industry.”

Are all veggie burgers potentially dangerous?  Even foods labeled “made with organic ingredients” could contain soy once bathed in hexane.  These include burgers from Boca Burger, Morningstar Farms, Garden Burger, and Amy’s Kitchen. In order to make sure you’re veggie burgers are hexane free, look for products labeled “organic.”  However, Boca Burger and Morningstar products labeled “made with organic soy” are hexane free.

The dangers of hexane.  Hexane is a powerful chemical.  That’s why it’s so useful as a cleaning substance and why it can dissolve glue and varnish.  In the food industry, it’s used to separate the oils from corn, peanuts, and soybeans.  As a matter of fact, grain and soy processors are responsible for more than two-thirds of the United State’s hexane emissions, states Cornucopia.

Most of the research on hexane reports the dangers of exposure from inhalation.  There simply hasn’t been any research to know the effects of eating hexane, even though hexane residues in common soy ingredients can be 10 times higher than what the FDA states as normal.  The fact remains the dangers from inhalation should be cause enough for anyone to avoid hexane-tainted veggie burgers.  These risks include:

Dizziness

Giddiness

Nausea

Headache

Numbness in the extremities

Weakness

Blurred vision

Headache

Fatigue

And it’s not only your veggie burger that could put you at risk for the above symptoms.  Hexane is also found in nutrition bars, protein shakes and even baby formulas that contain soy.

If you’re feeling a little frustrated right now, it’s understandable.  First no beef on your burger, now you can’t even throw a veggie patty on the grill.  What do you have to do to get a healthy and tasty burger?Try tempeh burgers instead.  Tempeh is a fermented soybean cake that carries no risk of hexane contamination, or the other dangerous effects of unfermented soy.  Even though some experts proclaim soy as a miracle food, the truth is unfermented soy, the kind found in most health foods, can lead to a whole host of problems from digestive distress to heart disease and even cancer.

The reason tempeh is an acceptable soy product lies in the fact that is fermented.  The fermentation process reduces the unhealthy properties of soybean products and delivers beneficial substances to your system.

Go ahead and try a tempeh burger at your next cookout.  You may be pleasantly surprised, it’s much safe than the majority of veggie burgers, and your body will sure thank you for it later.

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris