Blogs about Nutrition Coaching

Hierarchy to Kick Starting and Optimizing Weight Loss

Looking at our statistics it seems that we as a society have a weight loss problem, but in reality its NOT a weight loss problem, its a SUSTAINABILITY problem. Every day people go on “diets” and loose weight, what they can’t do is maintain that weight loss.

Give the Gift of Health and Fitness

Do you want to encourage a loved one to get healthy this season, or do you have a fitnessgoal that you want to achieve? Your loved ones will be more motivated to start an exercise program when given a gift that helps them immediately take action. A gift that supports the balance of body, mind and soul will be appreciated for years to come and may even turn someone’s life around.

100 ingredients in a Twinkie...not true...but useful

30 ingredients in a grilled chicken breast from McDonald's. Doritos just celebrated their 1 millionth ingredient! Are these sound bites entirely true? No, but they are worth thinking about. Even as a trainer, I am sometimes tempted by America's #1 french fry, being cool, and living on a ranch (cool ranch). And a 100-calorie snack pack of the standard nacho cheese flavor probably isn't the end of the world as far as my health goals are concerned. 

What do haircuts, exercise and coffee have in common?

Answer: Our action or inaction is based on belief which is mostly influenced by our confirmation bias. Term of the month: confirmation bias. It's amazing the lenses we wear and the lengths we'll go to comfirm a pre-existing idea that we have. 

Change Starts Here...

My fitness and coaching philosophy is straightforward: Completing your fitness journey well is made impossible by striving to end with perfection as your goal. So, let us work together to strive for gradual improvements through small daily habit changes in your nutrition and exercise activity.

3500

 That's the magic number. But, that’s not how many pushups or burprees I want you to do. This is the number of calories that equal 1 pound. If you take in 3500 calories you just took on 1 pound. Of course, this means, if you put your body in a deficit of 3500 calories, that's 1 pound you’ve lost.  

How looking through the lens of our eyes has lead you to a never ending “yo-yo” diet affect of portion distortion

When you pull out a box of cereal, gallon of milk and your favorite bowl that you swear is a serving size because after all it’s a bowl made for cereal and should resemble a serving. I mean why else would they sell a bowl this size if it wasn’t?

Answers to "Nourishing" Questions

Recently I had the honor of teaching a "Simple Food Tools and Strategies" course at the Older Adult Institute in Albuquerque

How to find the right diet?

Human genome is extremely complex and so unique that each persons blue print on dieting along with psychological perception of stress, emotions and food can NOT be summed up in a meal plan or a diet. What may seem to be an "optimal " diet approach that works for most is not looking into the outliers (we all have our own unique outliers) and what's worse the prevalence of obesity in US (36% obese adults and 17% obese youth - CDC 2015 statistics).

The Principle of Specificity: Unstable surface training with Swiss/Stability/Bosu Ball and what is the point?

Swiss ball which is also called the Stability ball was originally created in 1960's as a means to provide instability and resistance by challenging and engaging "CORE" muscles, therefore, improving balance, strength and flexibility. The use of stability balls started out in a clinical setting as a tool to rehab patients from injuries. Unstable surface training merged its way into gym settings and quickly gained popularity in the fitness world, as a means to build strength, flexibility, improve posture along with the excitement of exercise selection.