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Thanksgiving Nutrition and Fitness Accountability

The holidays are coming up and everything you may not eat all year is going to be readily available to you…Find a nutrition balance. That doesn’t mean 1 slice of pie per slice of turkey if you get me.

The key is not to overdo it. Also remember, if you over do it one day, its not going to undo all of your progress. When you are eating really focus on your food, eat slowly, leave some on the plate, and drink lots of water.

Find a workout balance as well. There are people who head tot he gym for a 2 hour workout sessions he day after or before Thanksgiving. You do not have to be that person. I REPEAT, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE THAT PERSON. Keep your exercise regular throughout the holidays and eating a few more calories will not hurt you.

Have a plan & Stick to it! Create a plan and stick to it, because we know thats really the hardest part. Make a plan before all of the family chaos starts. Make the plan attainable. If it is not attainable, it isn’t sustainable. If yo have to get up a little early to workout, do it. If you don’t make it to the gym, workout at home. If you are traveling try and make sure your hotel has a gym. If not, workout in your room or outside. Body weight exercises are your best friend.

HAVE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY. HAVE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY. HAVE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY.

Come up with a plan with a family member, fitness tracker, or even join a holiday challenge to keep you on goal. Checkout the shop tab to find the upcoming Holiday Accountability Challenge to help you make it through the holidays!

-Accountability Addict

Nutrition Accountability at the Office

Do you work in an office? Do you make phone calls most of your day? Maybe you are on the computer 90% of your day. Heck, maybe all 3. Are you a “bored eater?” Or maybe you just like to snack. Is there a vending machine near your office or in the building? Its convenient, right?

Convenience isn’t always the best. It IS the best when you planned and prepared your “convenient food.” Yes, its easy to go to the vending machine or store foods in your desk that have a shelf life of 6 months because of all of the added preservatives. (PS did you know theres a Twinkie thats been in the same wrapper for 100 years and hasn’t deteriorated?) Its true. Think of that every time you think of those snacks with a shelf life or desk life of eternity.

Whats the answer to bored eating, snacking, and your snack drawer? Choose healthier snacks, thats it. Theres no magical answer.

Heres a list of 20 snack options with little to no calories, but also are not filled with artificial sugars, etc

  1. Watermelon
  2. Cucumber
  3. Celery
  4. Radishes
  5. Sugar snap peas
  6. Grape or cherry tomatoes
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Berries (natural sugars)
  9. Popcorn
  10. Kale
  11. Apples
  12. Apricots
  13. Broccoli
  14. Watercress
  15. Grapefruit
  16. Green beans
  17. Leeks
  18. Lemons
  19. Lettuce
  20. Rutabaga

Be sure and stay away from that Halloween candy!

-Accountability Addict

Nutritional Discipline – What is it?

We talk about accountability and being consistent being priority, but have you ever heard of nutritional discipline? Are you currently following a “diet lifestyle,” versus simply fad dieting? In order to be successful at the goals you set its important to chose an eating “lifestyle” versus “fad diets” or “yoyo dieting.” You just might be sabotaging all of your progress with bad nutrition choices.

This can also sometimes be called nutritional discipline. Its important to determine what kind of “diet lifestyle” would work best for your lifestyle and busy schedule. Do you make time to meal prep, count macros, count calories, eat intuitively, or focus more on portion control and making healthier decisions utilizing the food around you? No matter what lifestyle you choose its important to be able to be consistent with such in order to have the best chance at getting the best results.

Its also important to make a conscious effort to learn what foods help you recover from a strenuous workout and what foods may not agree with your body or your fitness and nutrition goals. Learning each of these things can help you progress quicker so you don’t feel like you are always starting over or have no true gauge of what does and does not work.

 

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Post Workout Accountability-Are you maximizing your results?

You’ve been hearing for years to “drink protein immediately after your workout,” but is that it? NOPE.

We are here to share with you the real deal. Drinking protein post workout is only a small component of what your body needs for proper recovery and is not even its top priority after your workout. Drinking a protein shake on its own is better than nothing, but if you want the best possible results, not the “better than nothing” results read on…

The truth…drinking only a protein shake after a workout means that your body will very slowly digest the protein, convert most of it into glucose and push it into the cell as glycogen. Why?

Because when you are training, you are actually doing 2 things.

  1. Depleting your glycogen stores. (Glycogen is glucose that is stored in your muscle cells to be used as fuel during stents of intense activity.)
  2. Breaking down your muscle tissue and creating micro-traumas on your muscle fiber.

Done with training? Your body is focused on 2 tasks;

-Replenish your glycogen stores AND repair the micro-trauma in your muscles

Your body will ALWAYS choose to replenish glycogen stores before repairing the trauma. This is how our bodies are programmed. 

 

This is why drinking protein alone is not as effective as Phormula-1 WITH Ignition post-workout.

Whats Ignition?

It is a pure dexanhydrous glucose the has vitamin complex in it to properly replenish your glycogen and replace crucial vitamins your sweated out during training.

Doing post workout correctly  helps in recovering faster, reducing soreness, and retaining more lean muscle. By maintaining more muscle tissue this helps keep your metabolism high and increase fat loss while dieting.

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-Accountability Addict

Accept a Challenge

Are you looking for a way to hold yourself accountable? Have you thought about signing up for a challenge online or even in person at a gym or with a group? Whether it is a challenge to eat healthier, workout more, lose weight, or  just overall live a healthier lifestyle. There are several challenges you can join or even simply create your own.

Accountability is very important when it comes to reaching goals. Whether it is holding yourself accountable or having others help hold you accountable its the best way to help you reach goals. Writing your goals down is very important on top of finding a challenge to really push yourself. Joining an accountability group or online/in person accountability group is very easy if you know where to look. There are several online fitness specialists that run challenges especially during the summer. Some you pay for and others you pay for with the opportunity to win money and gifts. There are also accountability groups you can find via a google search.

Get started now finding an online challenge using Instagram!

-Accountability Addict

Back to School Accountability

School is starting for most of the kiddos and that means added chaos to our mornings and evenings. Maybe you pack lunches, carpool, drop kids at sports after school, and make the time to actually cook dinner. How could we make all of these things just a bit more convenient?

We really can’t, but by planning you could make your life possibly a little easier. Here are some planning tips to kick off those early mornings and hectic evenings.

  1. Pack lunches the night before.
  2. Pre cook any breakfast items you possibly can.
  3. Make sure backpacks are ready before bed.
  4. Teach the kiddos to lay out their outfit for school the night before.
  5. Prepare ingredients for dinner ideas on Sunday for during the week.
  6. Meal prep soups, casseroles, and crockpot dinner meals on Sunday and freeze.
  7. Get up an hour earlier than everyone else to get your workout in.

-Accountability Addict

Dirty Keto Vs Green Keto

Im sure you’ve heard about the Keto diet by now, who hasn’t? But have you heard about “green keto?” Yes, there are various levels of the ketogenic diet and different types. We will not talk about too many details, but lets talk about the basics of the regular keto diet.

The regular ketogenic diet favors acidic foods such as meat and strictly reduced carbs. It also limits fruits to berries. It also has higher potential side effects of the keto flu, dehydration, and nausea. It also is based on eating about 75% of your calories based on fats and not necessarily all healthy fats.

Lets talk “green keto.” This type of keto favors alkaline, proteins and plant foods such as leafy green vegetables and other low carb vegetables. It also favors free range and clean protein sources. Alkaline fats are more favorable her as well like avocados, nuts and olive oil. The ratio and plate image focuses on a ton of low carb veggies, and a higher percentage of high quality proteins and fats. Green keto also encourages ketosis through intermittent fasting and no snacking. Green keto also generally focuses on preventing the “keto flu” by incorporating plenty of plant based alkaline foods and “testing instead of guessing.” It also has a natural detoxifying effect not he body by the consumption of lots of green, low carb veggies. By consuming these leafy greens it helps eliminate the build up of acidity in your cells.

If you are looking for an expert level keto coach to get started check out Cody Myler, owner of NXT Rep Fitness in Dallas, TX. He offers online nutrition & fitness coaching (via his app) as well as in person, and has worked with several professional level athletes.

You can find him on instagram @fitketocowboy and he also hosts a podcast called the “Myler Flex Podcast.” You can also find him on Youtube at Myler Flex n’ Podcast.

-AccountabilityAddict

Easy Accountability-Everyday Functional Beverages w/ Health Benefits

We don’t share many products here, but you will want to know about these functional beverages!

We all want the easiest, quickest way to lose fat and become more healthy. However, thats not necessarily the safest way to get healthier. Losing fat takes time, just as you gain fat over a period of time, it generally takes even longer to lose it.

So, you want to get healthier, stop having swelling in your joints, lose body fat? But not take a pill everyday? Of course, most of us do. Getting healthier the correct way with having supplements available to us in order to help us do this would be ideal, if they tasted good, right?

We’ve found a solution! Supplements/functional beverages that not only taste good, but they aren’t in pill form, are convenient, are all natural, and actually have the correct amount of nutritional formula in them to help your body change. Most people don’t realize having enough nutritional value is very important in order for you to see changes.

Dollar Coffee Club!

They’ve put the health in the habit by creating weight loss coffee for those of us who already drink coffee and want more energy. Why not make the switch? Oh and its delivered right to your door and is only a $1 a cup!

You don’t drink coffee? They have tea as well.

Joint and inflammation problems? Bring on their activeblendz Flex drink that tastes like strawberry lemonade an has 1G of carb!

Sweet cravings? Check out the activeblendz Control that tastes like pomegranate.

Need more fiber in your diet? Bring on the activeblendz Fiber!

There are also a few other products, but one thing that’s great, is they are not trying to be everything to everyone. If you want wellness/functional beverages that offer results and actually taste good Dollar Coffee Club is for you!

 

You can check them out here and even become a DCC lifestyle ambassador/club member yourself!

(Want discounted products & to make easy no-brainer residual income? Join the club!)

http://www.dollarcoffeeclub.com/fitunicorn007

-Accountability Addict

 

To 3 Nutrition Myths When Trying to Lose Weight

We’ve all heard them. The things that people say are true about nutrition and they get repeated over and over so they must be true right? Nope, not exactly. We are here to break down just a few of these.

Frequency of Eating
The frequency of when you eat whether it is every 3-4 hours or not has not been proven to help you lose x amount of weight versus eating 2 meals a day 8 hours apart. As long as you are taking in enough calories, but are still at a deficit you will lose weight. Keep in mind some foods can help you burn more fat than eating candy all day ( ;

Best Time to Eat
It also has not been proven that if you eat at 7AM, Noon, and 6PM that you will lose x amount of weight or that your metabolism will be increased more long term. Not everyone can eat at those exact hours and as long as you are eating in a caloric deficit you will lose weight. (There are certain studies that speak towards intermittent fasting helping you lose weight, but we aren’t getting into that science today.)

Coffee is Unhealthy and Should be Avoided
Coffee hasn’t been proven to be “unhealthy” and it actually helps suppress appetite in most people. Most do not recommend driving coffee later in the day as it may prevent you from getting adequate sleep, but this isn’t true about everyone.

-Accountability Addict

Tracking Your Weight Loss Journey and Plateaus

Whether your are wanting to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain what you are working with tracking your journey can allow you to see exactly how what you are doing is effecting your results. We aren’t going to touch on in detail why tracking is important as we have this post a few weeks ago.

However, if you’ve already started tracking and have found that you are plateauing it may be time to make some changes in order to get the results that you want. One of the first things you should review is are you tracking properly because several individuals do not realize when they are not tracking EVERYTHING including condiments or “eyeballing” their foods. Once you’ve confirmed you are doing this properly it may be time to decrease your macros/calories, but slowly. If you decrease too many calories too fast you may negatively effect your metabolism long term. This can also cause the weight to come back once you start back increasing calories.

Overall make sure you are tracking correctly and gradually decrease your macro/calorie intake. Sometimes its best to hire a coach to help you with this if you are not familiar, someone who has experience doing this.

-Accountability Addict