Posts Tagged ‘Nutrition’

Do you have the “Eye of the Tiger”?

Most people you talk to at one time or another have stopped and started a weight loss program. When someone starts a weight loss program, they’re usually very motivated about it. They’ve got the “Eye of the Tiger”. But then, after a few weeks or months, they lose momentum and motivation. They’ve lost their “Eye of the Tiger”. Read the rest of this entry »

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6 om dagen!

Just so you know, “6 om dagen” was the title of a campaign by the Danish government to encourage the consumption of more fibrous, non-starchy vegetables and fruits (“6 om dagen” means “6 a day”). Evidently, it was fairly successful – which comes as no surprise to me. Personally, I think the public service announcement on the right (click to enlarge) is positively inspirational!

Who says you shouldn’t play with your food!? 😉

But I digress… as James and Rick point out in Alpha Male Challenge,

“Fruits and vegetables provide the bulk of the carbs needed to fuel Alpha performance. They have a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, as well as fiber…People who eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily have half the cancer risk compared to to those who eat only two servings.”

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Do organic snacks have less calories?

While shopping at major chain supermarket, I noticed a box of Organic Oreo Cookies in another shopper’s cart.  This is the first time I saw this product and I couldn’t help but talk to the shopper about this product.  There are many junk/snack foods that are made with organic ingredients (and are not necessarily 100% organic) .  The problem is that when people see the word “organic”, they immediately associate it with being healthier, which then leads people to believe it has less calories, making us believe we can eat more of it. Read the rest of this entry »

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – A Look Under the Hood

Under the hoodAs I mentioned yesterday, John’s Challenge is off to a running start. So today I thought I’d cover the logistics. It’s a dull topic, but important… it’s the boring little organizational details that can make – or break – a program like the AMC.  The point is to make it go as smoothly as possible, so that it fits into our lives, vs. taking them over completely. 

The big issue is shopping and food prep. Trying to “wing” this aspect of the AMC – or any nutrition program, for that matter – is a biiiig mistake. There are always times when we’re hungry and want something to eat NOW, so there should be suitable – and appealing – food always within easy reach.  Beyond that, we need to be able to put together workplace meals quickly. John is out the door pretty early in the morning, so there’s little time for preparing office meals from scratch.

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Words of Wisdom From James Villepigue

James Villepigue is one of the top Fitness Professionals in the country.  I had the pleasure of having him as a guest on my Fit Talk Show and during my conversation with James, he said something which really stuck with me.

James said, “the best workout program is the one you’re not following”. Think about that.  There are so many great workout programs you can buy, but if you’re not following the program, what good is it? Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Yogurt a Healthy Treat or Sugary Snack?

The issue of obesity and health issues surrounding it have recently been thrust into the spotlight and rightfully so. The food industry is aware of this, and knows that people are taking more of an interest in diet, health and weight loss. The packaging and advertising of many of the food products you see in the supermarkets claim to be good choices to make as part of a healthy diet or weight loss plan.

Too often, many consumers aren’t looking beyond the advertisements and product packaging to take a close look at the nutrition labels of many of these foods.

I’m going to share with you something about me. A few years ago, despite my efforts in the gym and what I though were good nutritional choices, I was a perpetual “before” picture. I didn’t have a sweet tooth, wasn’t eating fast foods, or drinking soda. What I was eating was lots of yogurt and “healthy” frozen entrees that according to the packaging, would help promote weight loss as part of a healthy diet and took it at face value never once bothering to take an interest in the nutrition or ingredient label. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lessons From the MST3K Vault

Mike and the 'BotsEvery single member of my family is a die-hard “MSTie” – that is, a fan of the now-defunct Sci-Fi Channel comedy show, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K). The first time I watched the show, I thought the premise (a man and two robots forced to watch bad movies on an orbiting space station as part of a mind-control experiment) was totally lame, but I got hooked pretty quickly on the humor. Although the show’s long gone, we still watch our favorite episodes from time-to-time (courtesy of Cheepnis.com).

But as funny as the movies were, the “shorts” that often preceded them were even better. Many of the latter were send-ups of old, black-and-white 1950’s, low-budget “public service announcements” and instructional films that illustrated how folks of that era were expected to behave in various situations. Beyond the laughs, however, one of the things we noticed while watching them, was how “normal” the people looked. The majority of them were relatively lean – even those who were obviously not professional actors.  I wasn’t too surprised, though – these films were in the can long before the current “obesity crisis” got rolling.

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Healthy Dining Tips

Dining out is an unavoidable part of life. We dine out for the convenience of it, when getting together with friends and family, celebrating special moments, or for business purposes.

Recently, there has been a lot of news and information about the excessive amount of calories contained in most of the dishes in your favorite restaurants.  Something as innocent as a salad can have a whopping 824 calories!

If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people watching your weight, dining out can certainly derail your weight loss efforts, if you allow it. Read the rest of this entry »

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“American Ethnic” Food?

“The Great American Diet Disaster” is the name James and Rick gave to their description of the standard American diet in Alpha Male Challenge. While a diet filled with highly processed junk/snack/convenience foods isn’t uniquely American, apparently there are a lot of really awful food products associated with this country in the minds of others… like the managers of the German grocery store depicted in this vid:

Unlike the narrator, however, I have a hard time characterizing this as “pretty awesome” – they’re mostly high-sugar, high-sodium, low-nutrient density products.  While it’s obvious that our food culture needs a tune up, seeing this stuff characterized as “American ethnic” food makes it a little more vivid.

(h/t Gwen at Sociological Images)

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Pre-Packaged Pleasures

If you’re the type that does the grocery shopping, for yourself or for your family, it’s quite the task.  First, you have to overpower your tantalizing belly, remember what you need, and be smart enough to read past advertising superpowers with their bright colors and tricky label claims. 

This my friends, is not an easy task.  You’re lucky if you escape with only a few poor purchases.  Those darn labels are confusing, hard to read and overwhelming.  The frustrating part is that they don’t really tell you anything.  Sure my chicken is free of antibiotics – but that tells me nothing of how they were raised or if they were given hormones. 

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