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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 Grow Your Glutes (Booty) FASTER

When you are trying to improve the shape of your glutes, whether for aesthetics or or functional purposes, it can be very frustrating not to see the results you’d like. You put in the work in the gym and don’t see a difference, right? While there are multiple variables to consider when it comes to muscle hypertrophy (hy-PER-truh-phee, or muscle growth in mass), today I’d like to focus on body mechanics. I confess. I have always had pretty good build of a booty.  I’ve been complimented on it for years, chased out of gyms with girls begging me to teach them what I do, and even had pretty trashy (and some just respecting) comments about it from men. I was embarrassed of it when I was younger, but once I got into bodybuilding, I realized this was an ass-et. ha.   While this is not to discredit the insane amount of...

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...

5 Ways to Soothe Symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Do you experience frequent abdominal discomfort, pain associated with digestion, and frequent trips to the bathroom? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). IBS (Irritabel Bowel Syndrome) is a category that many digestive distress conditions are thrown into–this includes changes in bowel movements, abdominal pain, and digestive distress.  This is not a disease, yet pharmaceutical companies are capitalizing on the discomfort of the American people. After all, there are over 300 different medications for IBS. Yikes! Interestingly enough, IBS is the #1 reason for worker absenteeism in the United States. It is estimated that 10-15% of the adult population experiences symptoms, and is the most common reason for presenting to one’s primary care physician. This is a huge topic of focus when I am presenting at companies and conventions for wellness in the workplace. While I don’t feel that diagnosing yourself or labeling yourself as...

How to Improve Your Personal Accountability in a Lifestyle Change

If you have ever struggled with accountability to nutrition changes, a fitness challenge, or simple health improvements, it’s time to learn a more efficient system that will help you reach (and sustain!) your health goals. I’ll never forget the day it donned on me that my Body Buddies needed to learn the system I used to make my own lifestyle changes. I was at my parents’ home in Santa Clara, Utah for a holiday weekend. Most of our festivities had come to an end and, as usual, my mind was on all of the people I am so blessed to interact with online. The thought seemed to enlarge in my mind until I could not wait another moment. I excused myself from the family activities, went into the basement, and stayed up the remainder of the evening working on this new 8-week Accountability workbook. This book, simple in design, but...

Thyroid Discussion (Q&A) with Dr. Randy Lundell

“Food is medicine. Food speaks to your DNA. The right kinds of food can down-regulate disease, risk of cancer, improve hormone production, improve mood. . . it’s amazing when you can get people to change the way they eat, they’re always surprised how much better they feel.” -Dr. Randy Lundell In this blog post, I will summarize the Questions and Answers that I asked in my interview with Dr. Randy Lundell of Spanish Fork, Utah. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and believes in taking a personal and Functional Medicine approach to treatment. He has completed a Fellowship in Functional Medicine. I was honored to have him do the interview on Facebook Live on the Body Buddies Page. If you’d like to watch that interview, click here. Or you can listen to the audio version here. Q. Is there a test I should run to rule something out or...

Trishia Fights Symptoms of MS with the Power Foods Lifestyle

“I was so tired, to the point it took everything I had to get out of bed, my feet hurt at first, and my hands were swollen it hurt to bend my fingers. It started to progress. My legs began to have severe shooting, sharp and burning pain, my fatigue was worsening.” Receiving letters like the following are the sole reason that I continue to do what I do here at Body Buddies. My eyes are filled with tears and gratitude to Trishia for sharing her story, and I hope this will inspire even one person to stand up for their health (and their life). *This letter is shared with permission. Dear Kristy Jo, I started reading your book, The Power Foods Lifestyle, back in August 2017. A friend recommended you to me. I was not well at all in health, and I was emotionally sick. It started back in...

Fasted Cardio: Will It Help You Burn More Fat?

Fasted Cardio. You may have heard it will help you lose weight faster. How much of this is fact vs. fiction, and what do you need to know to make the right decision for your situation? I’ll address all of that in this blog post. In case we haven’t met before, call me KJ or #CoachKristyJo. I’m a Mind and Body Strategist with over 20 years combined experience in teaching the body mechanics of dance, coaching bodybuilders, fitness models, and every day people who want to tone up, lose fat, and feel amazing. The body is my passion, and I love even more to help you understand it. It’s not as complex as you think! (okay, actually it is–and far beyond our mortal understanding–but for our purpose today, let’s simplify the process. Kapeesh?) Why Do You Want To Do Fasted Cardio? Do you believe that by spending time doing fasted cardio, first...

Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Body Buddies and the Health Conscious

Tis the season for gifting, so here’s what I’ll do I’ll list all my favorites for my health-minded crew! I’ll show pics and link them to where you can buy– on Amazon (where else) since Prime is so fly! Christmas is most definitely a wonderful time of year, though I’ll be honest–I will take the summer and the beach any day! As I get older each year (don’t we all, haha), I think life and seasons are truly about enjoying all times of the year and living in the present. When we stop  looking to tomorrow for pleasure and we stop reliving the past to conjure up memories of days gone by, we get to experience true bliss and presence. So as of right now, I’m HAPPY to be in December, to have fresh snow on the lawn, to be walking over icy crystals on the front walk and the...

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Hypothyroidism and Weight Loss: A Case Study

Do you have Hypothyroidism, and are experiencing weight gain, brain fog, fatigue, and  wishing you could feel like YOU again? Many people find it  increasingly difficult to lose weight while experiencing Hypothyroidism. This condition extends to include those with partial thyroid removal, full thyroid removal, and Hashimoto’s. However, with the right nutrition strategy using REAL food and proper portions, combinations, and timing, I’m seeing women  everywhere losing weight and feeling GREAT!! It’s so exciting!!! I’d like to share with you the story of Cheryl, 48, from California. The Power Foods Lifestyle helped her lose 25 pounds in 8 weeks.  My jaw literally dropped when I got her transformation photos after she had been living the Power Foods Lifestyle. Before the Power Foods Lifestyle, she didn’t feel healthy, had endometriosis, had no energy, and felt so overwhelmed that something needed to change. She used to do 3 meals a day with...