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Category: Strategic Eating

Tiers of the Power Foods Lifestyle | Ditch the All-Or-Nothing Thinking!

Do you have all-or-nothing thinking when it comes to Dieting and Nutrition? Are you guilty of jumping on the latest bandwagon for nutrition and dieting, done well for a time, then felt completely disappointed in yourself as life happened and you weren’t able to finish strong? If so, you’re not alone. A recent study found that only 20% of people who start a diet make it to the one week mark, and of those people, only 20% make it to the 3-month mark. Is there any wonder there is SUCH a big business for diets, nutritional dogmas, weight loss products, and supplements? I cringe and shake my head as I observe what’s happening in our society. Simultaneously, my heart fills with gratitude that I was able to exit the pool of frustration I personally was swimming in, and “dry off.” Now, I’m being the “lifeguard” trying to pull YOU out...

Recipe Book Macros and Portions | The Power Foods Lifestyle

If you have purchased the Power Foods Lifestyle Recipe Books and wondered about how to adapt the macros and portion sizes, this blog post is for you. In the beginning of each volume of recipes, there is a full page that describes how portion sizes work. Note the words “guidelines” in the first paragraph. These are not, nor can they be, absolutes. The complexities of such nuanced information such as caloric expenditure, Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), energy levels, insulin resistance, digestive capacity, and hormone fluctuation renders it a nearly impossible task to give everyone that ever reads my books exact numbers. With that said, I do my best to give you a starting point. If you are serious about accelerating to your goals, decreasing your overwhelm, and just being told what to do, I encourage you to utilize my discounted Introductory Coaching Call.  Let’s now look at the page that discusses portions: Let’s...

WHY We Like Sweet Treats and Non-Strategic Food | Abolition of Failures

It’s time to release your failures. Your nutrition choices are really a matter of who are you. What do you want? What would you like to accomplish? If you could remove all doubt, all fear, all past failures or past programming that has led you to believe and think and act the way you are right now, if we could wipe that out clean, what would you say is possible? What would you like to do?” I recently had the privilege of being interviewed on the “Essential Oil Revolution” Podcast, the #1 Essential Oils podcast in the world with Samantha Wright. I had a great time discussing multiple topics with her including the Coconut Oil Scandal of 2017,  what really raises cholesterol, and how we can start to make a difference in our health with Power Foods Lifestyle principles. While you can listen to the entire interview below, I have transcribed the...

How to Track Your Macros | The Power Foods Lifestyle

When you’re ready to hit the ground running with your weight loss, muscle gains, or health correction goals, tracking your macros  in My Fitness Pal can be one of the best places to start and heighten your awareness. In this blog post, I will explain to you what macronutrients (macros) are,  how they are more important to track than calories,  and  some other great tips to help you accelerate into those exciting “oh my gosh, what have you been doing?!s. “Being aware of my body and what it truly needs to function as an athlete has helped me to trust the Power Foods Lifestyle even more. Kristy helped me learn about tracking my macros and the power it has given me is unreal! I am so much more aware of how food affects my energy and fuels my workouts and I know exactly what nutrients I’m getting from each meal. There...

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Muscle Cramps and Electrolytes

Do you experience muscle cramps at night? Or perhaps during or after a workout? Perhaps you’re experiencing one of the following symptoms of imbalanced electrolytes: Headaches, dry skin, dizziness, or irregular heartbeat. The good news is these symptoms can be easily remedied. The bad news is that many people do not remedy them, and experience these symptoms that lead to a less-than-optimal life, and even early death. Learn more in Body Buddies Podcast Episode #173: Imbalanced Electrolytes. What are Electrolytes? Electrolytes are a substance that produces an electronically conducting solution when dissolved in water. Electrolytes are essential for managing the body’s fluid balance. The main four electrolytes include magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium. Who Is at Risk for Imbalanced Electrolytes? Those who use diuretics Those who exert themselves a lot Those who are sick and vomiting Those who are sick and have diarrhea Those who have experienced trauma Those with excessive...

Got Cravings? Try These Power Foods Cravings Killers | Power Foods Lifestyle

So you’re eating healthy and weight loss is occurring, but what do you do when cravings come out of nowhere and threaten to overhaul your strategic nutrition lifestyle? When you are trying to lose weight, it can be very frustrating to have those sugar cravings kick in! Whether it’s a physiological reason (like a nutritional deficiency) that triggers the cravings, or a response to stress in your life (code SUGAR FIX), the end-game is always the same when you give in: FRUSTRATION WITH YOURSELF. You know better. You know that sugar is the enemy to weight loss as it raises your blood sugar. You have done the Power Foods Lifestyle basic training by reading the book and making some of the recipes. Yet . . . you feel so weak! Well here is the fact, my friend. You’re not weak. But there are strategies to help you overcome the Sugar Cravings! I discuss these...

How to Avoid the Holiday Weight Gain (October-December)

Have you been hi-jacking the holiday goodies by the handful, loving on the sugar high and convincing yourself that you don’t need to be disciplined just yet? If so, let me provide you with a few fun statistics that might help you think differently. Listen to the Audio Version of this Article (audio version of the video below) Watch the Video Version of this Article (deeper explanations than this blog) Chances are you have been eating some of the sugar that comes on the scene of every grocery store every October 1st. Whether you’ve been wise in your portion sizes or you have already thrown the white flag of surrender and are hoarding candy, I want you to think about this: Studies show that there is no answer to just how much weight gain an individual will experience during the Holidays. They do show, however, that if you are already overweight or have formerly...

5 Reasons Saturated Fat is ESSENTIAL in your Nutrition Strategy

Saturated fat has often been demonized by the food industry, animal lovers, and even doctors. But is the recommendation to severely limit the amount of saturated fat you eat each day actually based on substantial evidence? In this article, I wish to share 5 Reasons Saturated Fat is an essential part of your nutrition strategy. You will also find a video below of me teaching the practical application of how to do this — each Wednesday I do a short, special topic training for members of the Power Foods Lifestyle Champions Facebook Group (click here to request being added). Though I prefer you to have before joining, you are welcome to come join, watch, listen, and learn. Animal fats have their place in a strategic eating lifestyle. They should not be glamorized, but then again, I don’t believe any one variable should be positioned as the end-all solution to “why you’re not achieving your best...

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Episode #161: The Coconut Oil Scandal

USA Today recently put out an article stating that “COCONUT OIL IS BAD FOR YOU.” The article claimed that people should stop eating coconut oil immediately, that everyone should start using hydrogenated vegetable oil again, and that this “darling” of the health food industry should immediately be called out. When you see headlines like this, it can be easy to jump to conclusions, right? Totally. And I saw the confusion that happened for my Body Buddies as they tried to make sense. I was grateful to be clued in early on this sensationalism so I could calm the fears of my Body Buds and continue teaching proper nutrition science as the true evidence states. Is coconut oil a saturated fat? Yes. Is saturated fat bad for you? It depends.  You see, here at the Power Foods Lifestyle, I try to train you to think critically, and to realize there is never any...

5 Ways to Stop Gaining Weight When You Travel

‘I’m on vacation,‘ you think as you dive headfirst into a large entrée followed by a succulent dessert. ‘I’ll do better when I’m not traveling. I want to enjoy this now.’ While these thoughts are the norm for most people while traveling, camping, or even stay-cationing, studies show that the majority of people also experience physical discomfort due to the more lax mindset. Non-strategic eating (also known as eat-whatever-you-want-whenever-you-want-it) brings them more enjoyment of an expanded pallet, interesting tastes, and a satisfaction in the overall experience. However, choosing to be a strategic eater while traveling can alleviate many of the physical discomforts that come when traveling. Strategic eating can be defined as following a simple formula of pairing certain nutrient-containing foods together to stabilize blood sugar and provide proper nourishment to the brain and other chemical systems in the body. While strategic eating in the Power Foods Lifestyle has four...