How to eat well and supplement when necessary to ensure proper fuel for the fire.

I get this one a lot.

Alike many nutrition questions, not to sound cliche… but it really depends.

First off, we gotta get some more context. What are your goals? Are you trying to lose weight, add muscle or increase your sport performance?

Here are a few quick tips for each of these cases:

Losing Weight

Well, timing is important otherwise you start to devour everything in sight when you finally do eat. You may have been there before. Smaller more frequent meals are commonly taught, but I generally coach the “eat when you’re hungry” approach. The biggest keys are to eat slowly (20-30 minutes) and away from distractions (no TV, texting, Facebook etc…) and only until you’re 80% full. That way your body hits satiety (AKA the feeling of fullness). If you eat too fast, your body doesn’t have time to trigger the “stop eating” button and you’ll tend to overeat.

Gaining Muscle

Eat. Eat often, and when you’re not hungry eat a sandwich. Seriously, timing of large meals is critical when you want to add muscle to your frame. Eating large amounts of food quickly is the takeaway here. Quality protein is most important. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or eating animal protein (which are scientifically proven to be more complete) you must ensure all essential amino acids are being taken into account to maximize the growth of muscle fibres.

Sport Performance

When you’re a performance athlete and need to consider nutrients and calories and performing well, you need to ensure you’re getting the appropriate number of nutrients in your body before every lift. Many meals throughout out the day is the gold standard, while pre and post training nutrition plays a huge role in your success too. Eat good whole food and sleep well to ensure you’re body is ready for the next competition.

Hope this helps get the ball rolling for you. Be sure to reach out if you need some answers! Ciao!

M

xo

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I’ve been asked countless times, “Mike, I’m eating well, I just can’t seem to lose the weight… what am I doing wrong?”

I’m usually quick to ask “What’s eating well look like to you?” As part of my coaching, I like to believe the best in everyone, but honestly, seeing is believing so I generally follow that question up with “Can you show me what each meal has been exactly in the past three days?”

Most often, that person cannot.

More often they say something to the effect of

“Well, it’s just really tough when the boys want to go out for wings and beer after the game… when my wife wants to do pizza and wine night on Friday and the kids are always on the go for band recital, soccer practice and other extra curricular events… I just don’t wanna be that guy, you know?”

I do. However, own it. You get to make that choice to get wings and beer, enjoy the pizza or choose to eat fast food from the drive thru en route to the kids practice… only you get that choice. And to piggyback on this, it’s not only to do with nutrition. If you find yourself in any less than ideal situation, maybe you just lost your job, maybe you’re considering starting your own business, maybe you want to pursue a passion – whatever it is, if you don’t have the social support, the likelihood of you achieving that dream significantly decreases.

It’s amazing how much we are influenced by the social circles that we are in. I found a very interesting article that explain the power of social support very clearly, from my friends and fellow coaches at Precision Nutrition. Take a read if you think you might know someone that’s got the right intentions but the wrong friends. Might be time to cut the line…. [Read the full article here]

Ciao, babes!

Xo

M

 

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Whether it’s coming in and bossing out on the olympic platform, running a sprint for 3 minutes, or maxing out her previous record dead lift, my athlete of the month goes to Karen.

 

It’s crazy to think that this rock star has dropped about 40lbs in a year, started Olympic Lifting and setting Powerlift records nearly every time she touches the bar and – what I think is the most important change – has truly integrated a healthy lifestyle into the daily routine. Day in, day out.

I’m here to write about my experience of working with Karen. I can’t begin to tell you how much I feel as though she has helped me grow as a coach. Not just because I can basically toss any exercise at her and she’ll fine a way to get it done, but because how ridiculously determined she is. This is what it takes to make positive change in your life.

Let’s start with her dedication to getting comfortable in being uncomfortable.

Comfortable

She had never tried Olympic Lifting, let alone even really know what exactly it was one year ago.

I showed her how to throw a barbell over her head… the rest is history.

Just to put it in perspective she clean and jerked 105lbs (that’s shown in the video up there…)

She deadlifts, she runs, she squats, she makes everyone around her happier and she absolutely kills it at work. Sure she might dislike doing the exercise at times, but she puts her head down and goes.

Things sound pretty good, eh? It wasn’t an easy road. Combine daily (sometimes painstaking) lessons and habits to help refocus her relationship with food and her nutrition, overcoming scheduling bumps, vacations, sickness – all the typical excuses… with life’s general random “curveballs” and you’ve still got an individual that never missed a session. A date with herself. A date with change. A date with progress, over perfection.

I’m honoured to get to work with Karen towards her craziest goals. Together with her attitude and what skills I can pass along I really see the sky as the limit. it’s amazing what the power of the mind can do.

Thank you, Karen. Stoked to see what’s next and keep this going.

Stay sweet.

M

 

Holy cow. This dairy debate is still going on. Amazingly. I’ve conducted the research and found supporting evidence for both sides. That’s right. Scholarly research has proven both sides right… and wrong. So with that, my article here could be the shortest summary ever with some sort of headline like this: “EVERYONE WINS, THERE ARE NO LOSERS. RAINBOWS. UNICORNS. DAFFODILS! YAY.”

It’s totally not like that though, so check it out. Here are a few facts that should help you make the call. And disclaimer, I’m all for babies drinking mama’s milk. That makes sense. That’s how we’ve done it since the dawn of time. But after that… well… let’s take a peek:

Top 3 Arguments For Milk As A Part of a Well-Balanced Human Diet

  • Milk contains important fatty acids important

Sort of true. Dairy does. Including some milk products. But it really depends on the process. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which arises as a metabolic by-product of rumen hydrogenation and which is found in foods of animal origin, has been proposed to possess potent health promoting properties, but much of this research has been conducted in experimental animals, not humans. [Read the full article here]

  • Milk is the best source of calcium

This is why mom made us drink calcium, right? Well, again, it’s sort of true. Stats show that calcium absorption from milk isn’t superior or inferior to any other source of calcium. [Get the full scoop and the abstract here]

  • Chocolate Milk is a great post-workout drink

Again, depends on who you talk to. Studies do show us that chocolate milk has resulted in higher mixed muscle postexercise muscle protein fractional synthetic rate with lower whole-body proteolysis and synthesis. In other words, yes, the human body can technically recover faster when  chocolate milk is used as a post-workout beverage as opposed to other drinks. [Get the insider on the chocolate milk study here]

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Top 3 Arguments Against Milk As A Part of a Well-Balanced Human Diet

  • Milk will make you fat

True. Mostly, anyway. There’s a much higher ratio of protein enzymes in cows milk and studies show in early childhood a link between feeding cow milk formula and childhood obesity. Makes sense though, a baby cow grows 4x it’s birth size in the first year. [Read the article here]

  • Milk will make you sick

Again, mostly true. Known as one of Paul Chek’s 4 “White Devils” (Sugar, flour and table salt are the other three for those keeping score at home…) cows milk has an enzyme that isn’t broken down well by a lot of human’s digestive system. It has a lot to do with where you grow up though. If you’re exposed to dairy at a young age, your body will tend to build up an enzyme that can process the lactose. That’s why North Americans have a bit more tolerance to dairy than other populations that aren’t exposed to it right away. Here’s a good explanation of this theory – Check it!

There was an interesting study of oriental subjects and milk digestion in the 60s where the results may or may not shock you… [Check the study out here]

  • Milk will kill you. Or at least cause cancer, heart disease and diabetes and is responsible for a host of other terrible things like cheering for the Oilers or the Leafs. Okay, I’m joking about that last one…well, kinda. 

Well. Sadly, this is a legit concern. Milk has been linked to some of the Here are some of the studies:

Milk & bladder cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer

Milk and diabetes

Milk and heart disease

To sum it up, there’s some evidence that some forms of cancer, diabetes and heart disease are linked to milk consumption. There’s no conclusive evidence it’ll make you loco enough to start cheering for the leafs or the Oilers though…

In conclusion…

Both sides make fairly mild statements about whether or not you should keep dairy in th ediet or not. So, I’m going to take a stance. I like to think of it from a very practical standpoint.

We already discussed how milk is important to growth and development. We touched on the lifecycle of a cow. We haven’t mentioned the fact that humans are the only species in the animal kingdom that drink the growth nectar (milk) of another species well into adulthood, but that says it all right there.

The enzymes in cows milk are suitable for a cow, not a human. Babies should drink their mother’s milk, but after the initial year or so I truly don’t believe that it’s a necessary part of that child’s development. Humans should drink more water. The sugar that is packed in milk is dangerous. Lifestyle concerns have to be addressed when obesity is at such a peak…

So in case you haven’t guessed my stance yet.. no, I don’t believe humans should drink milk. There are plenty of alternatives that won’t promote sickness or worse out there and it’s of my opinion that we happened to let an industry bully us into thinking that we needed something for good strong bones. How about broccoli? Calcium all over. Vitamin D? Well, eat a nice balanced diet of fresh fruits, protein, vegetables and a host of whole foods and we’ve got it made. Milk is unnecessary.

Mooooo-ve on over dairy, we don’t need you any longer.

Thanks for takin’ a rip through this with me.

Ciao,

M

Xo

Ahhh. I know it’s out of schedule for me, but I JUST HAD TO TELL YOU!

My first episode is up. And damn, that was a thrill. I got over my fear of talking to myself in a room and just let things subconsciously flow. Check it out below.

Episode 1 “Thoughts + Action = Reality”

Here’s what we have on the PPLSKLZ Radio feature I’ve dubbed “The Symposium”:

Expect a new topic that’ll keep you a “dope soul” every Monday night.

Then, you can also expect every second Thursday starting up in February a new guest in studio. Not just anyone. These are individuals that are pure magic. I will be hosting athletes, musicians, entrepreneurs, artists and anyone else that is next level shit. These people light me up and inspire the room they’re in to a totally different world. These are true rock stars and my aim is to bring to the forefront these inspiring stories of adversity, challenge and success so we can have a collective of badassery and solid PPLSKLZ.

Again, here’s the pilot…

Episode 1 “Thoughts + Action = Reality”

Check it out! Let me know if you have any particular topics you’d like to discuss or if you have any impactful people in your life that I can get on the show to help others become better humans.

Use the form below or just tag me on social media @coach_schwartzy

 

That’s right.

Well, actually no… but close right? Look:

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I’ve known this guy for years now, and after reconnecting through working together again  I’m super honoured to call him a dear friend. After hearing his story, seeing his drive and determination to best himself, I’m so happy to see how quickly his progression to become the best version of himself has been. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of his change.

That photo up there shows you physically how his body has responded. To check out the work he’s put in and his experience with the program for yourself, click here… left is August, the right is January. Dude’s lost 10lbs, 5cm around the waist, went down a whole pant size, up in confidence and actually became even more hilarious. We’re starting our 8th week together in movement and accountability coaching next week. Pretty amazing results when you dig in and want it. Unfortunately converting him from being a Canucks fan is going to be a bit of an uphill climb, but I believe anything is possible…

So he’s a pretty smart guy. Algebra. Algorithms. Math nerd. Big time brainy dude. He would teach Pythagorean theorem – shortest line travelled and efficiency and that sort of thing…

Ironic too, as Carder found the shortest line travelled in his quest to bettering his health and wellness in order to feel as good (and look as good!) physically as he feels inside.

Carder, man – you’re a true beauty. You light up every room you’re in and it’s only just the beginning. Your strength, both physically but even more so in the less talked about realm of mindset, is truly admirable.

Keep on rockin’, congrats on Athlete of December. I truly can’t wait to see this transformation unfold. The best is yet to come!

 

Alright. This one’s short and sweet. Listed below are three things I learned from my Pro Coaching myself and my clients on nutrition and habit-based accountability. I’ve applied these principle’s this month whole-heartedly and thus, I’ve seen unrivalled results! I wanna share that with you.

  1. Eat slowly!
    • This may seem silly at first, and you might think “I do!” But seriously take a stopwatch out and time yourself, hot shot. I say this ’cause I was that guy. “I do”. Holy shit, no “I don’t”. Or didn’t, anyways.. now I do. It takes 20 minutes for satiety to kick in. That’s nutrition coach code for “You won’t feel full until 20 minutes in”. So unless you’re bulking, bro… slow the eff down. Taste the food. Enjoy the flavours. Put the fork and knife down between bites. You’ll be surprised with the amount of plates you don’t finish.
  2. Eat only until you’re 80% full
    • It can seem like a challenge to leave that little edge of hunger as you still may have food on your plate. But it’ll go away. Embrace that as a challenge. Your new pants -a whole size or two smaller – will thank you. 😉 The science here goes hand-in-hand with the first point. Eat slow, eat ’til 80% so that the brain can regulate properly and you don’t overeat. Boom. Science. By the time you walk away from that luncheon you’ll feel content. It takes practice.
  3. Use your brain.
    • That’s right. I re-learned how to use my brain. When I get mindful about my food, it transpires into ALL of my day-to-day activities. It’s really quite amazing how mindful I’ve been and how that affects for the positive all of my relationships, all of my attitude and my life in general. Stop and think. Breathe. Pause. It’s amazing.

Okay, there you have it. 3 keys to get that body, mind and soul all in working order the way you want and deserve. If you’re looking for that first step (the most important one…) I’ve got a FREE Kitchen Rescue Pak up for grabs. Just click here, tell me where to send it and I’ll fire it out right away. You’ll learn how to make a super shake, you’ll learn how to make a perfect meal for you without any hassles of a meal plan, overpriced certified organic, fair-trade, gluten-free, locally grown and traded BS… (unless you want to of course!)

…But those fads won’t make you happy, fit and full of life. Your behaviours will, and that’s what I coach. Boom. Mindblown, right?

That link again: Free Kitchen Rescue Pak

Make today awesome!

SCHWARTZ