What you “need” to know about nutrition; 15+ years in total of personal experiments, education and coaching others

Let me begin this post by telling you what I am not. I’m not an amazing cook (I'm good), dietician (registered or otherwise), wellness or holistic guru (ew) or anything in-between that. I'm a trainer who has also coached nutrition for going on 6 years (I am certified with Precision Nutrition), with varying levels of success for my clients (some of them needed psychotherapy … [Read more...]

“How do I get rid of belly fat?”

A dear friend asked for advice, and this is what I sent her. I get asked this question a lot, and it is a deceptively complicated question to answer, yet the most common one I am asked. One-liners like "Abs are made in the kitchen" or "You can't spot reduce belly fat" are unhelpful, and while those one-liners contain bits of truth, they nevertheless do not enable someone to … [Read more...]

Training strength with hypermobility; 14 year old female

I started training L last year, at the end of October. After several months of unsuccessful physical therapy for her left knee, she was on and off crutches, with her left knee sublaxing consistently and involuntarily. L was very weak and in a highly fatigued state when I met her, struggling with very low energy, low motivation, and multiple complications with unspecific causes … [Read more...]

“Lisa Finds Her Why”; A story

This is a story about a fictional person. I made her up. Lisa was fat. But so was her Mom. Lisa’s sister was skinny, but so was their Dad. Lisa could never be called thin, but she wasn’t really super fat either as a kid. She was chubby. When Lisa was 15, her Mom, who was quite fat, died from complications associated with her Type 2 diabetes. A lot of people in Lisa’s … [Read more...]

Eating “clean”, is dumb

A lot of people identify with the concept of clean eating. I won't mince words, this article is going to talk about how ignorant that is. "Clean eating" doesn't mean anything. That is the point of this article. If that point makes you mad, and you prefer to stay with an idea you have not examined thoroughly, like "clean eating and what that means", then stop reading … [Read more...]

Managing the stress of trying to get fitter: part 1

Stress is, anything that has an influence you and your body, within your self and through your environment. You can see how broad the word "stress" is then. “I am stressed” is usually said as a negative statement. But in the context of exercise “I am stressed” is physically, the point. The point of exercise is to stress you out. Stress your skeletal structure though … [Read more...]

Malnutrition masquerading as health; a modern problem.

There is one thing going wrong with what's happening day to day in peoples eating habits in modern societies, that I will risk speaking out quite adamantly on. My intention is not to criticize anyone's choice of actions for their health, but to describe a problem I see. It would be impossible for me to know all the circumstances under which someone makes their health choices, … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Carbs and sugar are not “junk food”

Why are the words “carbs” and “sugar” synonymous with “junk food”? I talk to people a lot about what they think about nutrition, to see what kinds views they have, but also to find if anything could be a roadblock or very limiting to progress. The belief  that "carbs/sugar = junk food" is one of those. A lot of junk food has sugar. A lot of junk food has carbs. A lot of … [Read more...]

Lessons in ‘Chocolat’: Keeping food a pleasure, for better fat loss and better health

Why this matters Diets normally need structure, but that structure should never include guilt about what you eat or avoidance of the inherent pleasure of food. [Read time: 10-15 minutes]   I came across this research paper the other day and found this statement to be quite powerful. "Attitudes to Food and the Role of Food in Life in the USA, Japan, Flemish … [Read more...]

The Ideal Threesome, And How to Get It: Interview with a Jacked Dude

Yes, this post is about threesomes. But not that kind. This is an interview I did awhile ago with Steve Kleva – friend, bodybuilder, powerlifter, and coach based out of Arizona.  I decided to talk to him about how to get big, lean, and strong all at the same time! And I figured my male readers would appreciate the conversation. (Not that I can't whip a man into shape as … [Read more...]