Thinking Without Thinking

"Blink" is a book my Malcolm Gladwell. The subtitle is "The Art of Thinking Without Thinking". I recently read this book (it's only about 95 pages) in one sitting, after watching a Ted Talk presentation by him. His manner of speaking, the absolute clarity and his wonderful way of explaining concepts with stories and everyday situations made his topic fascinating, not to mention … [Read more...]

Cutting, Bulking, and the Fear of Gaining Weight: A Woman’s Perspective

  Why This Matters Women: Have you been trying to lose those last 10 lbs. for months or years? Stop cutting, start eating a little more, and start lifting weight. [Read time: 12 minutes]   This topic has been on my mind for awhile now, and moreso because of quite a few private messages and posts from different women. I wanted to discuss cutting and … [Read more...]

What You SHOULD Know About Plateaus

I have had this post bouncing around in my head since last week, and if I don't get it out I'm gonna go crazy. Occasionally at work (the prison), I am assigned to construction watch. This is great for me  because it means babysitting two non-inmate maintenance guys = I can catch up on reading!!! I print out some Alan Aragon Research Reviews, grab a highlighter and get paid to … [Read more...]

Food-for-Thought Before Starting a Diet or Weight Loss Plan

I sincerely sympathize with people who struggle with their diet. Having known the confusion of bouncing from one fad to another, getting your hopes up when you hear of a new "method", feeling the rush of losing 5 lbs (water weight dear) and then having the hunger and frustration set in. The thoughts that you should be stronger than this. That willpower is all it takes. The … [Read more...]

Diet Guidance for Highschool Athletes

In this post, I want to share the start of me helping some of my athletes have a better understanding of their nutrition for performance and get them started on the basics of diet. This is as much a learning experience for me as it is for them, and we are in the beginning stages of me helping them be aware of this important factor WITHOUT getting them caught up in specifics … [Read more...]

Why Protein?

I recently suscribed to Alan Aragon's monthly research review publication. For anyone in the fitness/nutrition industry its very interesting and reliable reading from a respected source. He breaks down/compares/analyzes recent research articles and also writes on other interesting topics like an interview with a world record-holding competitive eater (who CrossFits and is not … [Read more...]

Let’s Make Fun of Nutrition – No Really

Ok, I came across the website for these, and posted the link in another post, but I know how links are. People don't like clicking them. They want it all right away in front of them. So I just copied a bunch of my faves for a post. There's more of course. I only got through to the 6th page or something.  I know I used to be super uptight regarding nutrition, depending on what … [Read more...]

Why anything works……at first

Being in the fitness industry is hard. Its hard because you gotta wade through a lot of bullshit. And while wading through that bullshit, you have other people that have gotten stuck in it, sticking their hands out to pull you under. I ve tripped and submerged myself in the cesspool numerous times. And I m not completely on the other side yet. There's still alot to learn. But … [Read more...]

Savory vs Sweet to Prevent Overeating

Came across this quick study on pubmed and had to share. "Susceptibility to Overeating Affects the Impact of Savory or Sweet Drinks on Satiation, Reward, and Food Intake in Nonobese Women." I have a tendency to overeat. I am NOT a "take one cookie and leave the rest" kind of person. Its all or nothing. When I eat, I like to eat a lot at once. The tendency to overeat isnt … [Read more...]