I’m prepared to take heat from the uneducated for this one. And I’m unapologetic about it.

If you follow the last two or three years worth of “If It Fits Your Macros” junk, aka : IIFYM , you should reconsider your understanding of true nutrition.

Nutrition is far more than “in vs. out” energy expenditure. Fact.

I’m coming from 12 years of combined expertise in nutrition and holistic lifestyle coaching. I’m not just some guy that looks ripped. Actually, I’m not ripped at all. I carry about 12% body fat, and I’m here to explain to everyone that sees those ads and commercials of absolutely jacked humans…Unknown-1.jpegimages.jpeg

These are not the norm, and nor should they be aspired. Do not let “Insta-sadness grip you.

Nutrition is far more.

I’m actually split between two types of nutrition coaching. Metabolic Typing and Precision Nutrition’s standard of behavioural change. Both are incredibly simple to understand, but can pose challenges in implementation. But wow, when you get them down. You feel AH-MAZE-ING!

Here’s the Coles Notes version on both:

Metabolic Typing

Eating to the way your body processes food. Yes, we are all different. So that diet Bob went on with “no (starch) carbs” may not produce the same results for you. Metabolic typing follows this basic principle. Some of us are quite balanced between processing all three macro nutrient groups (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) Eat some food, wait a few hours, notice and name how you feel. Are you sluggish? Are you full of energy? Do you feel like shit? Are you happy? Irritable? You know, the basics. Seems simple enough, right?

Here’s the challenge: This practice is just that: a practice. And while most of us are overrun with social media, distractions and heavy work load, we barely have enough time to eat, let alone sit mindfully and think about how we feel a few hours after said imaginary meal. So we don’t. And we tend to eat food on the go. Food that lacks nutrients., is low in calories (because that’s what the internet says is eating healthy so it must be good) and prepackaged so we can eat it at the desk, or with a quick heat up in the ‘nuker (we’ll save my thoughts on microwaves for another rant…uh, I mean post…) But seriously… tell me that this isn’t all a pretty accurate observation…

So how do you know what metabolic type you are? What the eff is a metabolic type anyway? Well, for starters you gotta figure out what foods your body digs. Carbs? Fats? Proteins? What’s the difference? Do I have to eat meat? All the answers are there in a consultation with me… but if you’re a go-getter I recently came across a super helpful resource (rather they came across me and I’m very happy they did) and would love to share their hard work with you. It’s a database of a kabillion types of protein powders on the market. These fine folks have specifically done the research on which protein powders are the best on the market. Head to reviews.com/protein-powder and check out the invaluable info on some high quality protein supplements to help aid your body through the day without sacrificing convenience. Simple. Go bookmark that site right now and come back and read on…

See, I offer the services that’ll tell you how much of what you should be eating to maintain optimal functionality and performance. You should reach out. A consult is completely confidential and I have packaged a few different options for those of you that are interested in what I can do for you. They range from $50 up to $200, and I offer payment plans. It’s all online, so you could be reading this in the German countryside and I could help you feel better simply by eating better. Fuel the soul properly, ja?! Das ist gut! Send me a note at mike@mikeschwartz.ca and lets get crackin’!

Here’s another way to address your nutrition based lifestyle issues at the core:

Precision Nutrition Habit-Based Nutrition

Enter behavioural change. Habit-based nutrition. Yes. The concept makes sense, right? Do something every day and it’ll become second nature. Eat shitty food and a lot of it, expect to reflect that aesthetically… You’re going to look like a Big Mac. Eat nutrient dense foods, such as avocado, lentils, spinach and the like… expect to feel great, full of energy and ready to take on the world. Which life would you chose?

See, here’s the challenge. When you’ve had practice of more than 10-15 years, the re-learning process of behavioural change is intimidating… to say the least. I get it. I coach folks with hard-to-give up addictions, habits that really perplex the mind and a general lifestyle that doesn’t speak to an abundance of “health”. However, look at it this way. If you’re about 65% of the way to your “ideal self” that means you’re only 35 days away from your ideal self… just take it 1% per day. Simple now, right?

If  you’re struggling with how to lose that last little bit of muff off the top, I’m here to tell you there’s no secret pill. No little magic button. No shortcuts. Move more, eat better food. Make sure the nutrients get to your tissues. Laugh. Love. And be kind to yourself and forgiving. I offer a full curriculum of nutrition and behavioural change coaching for half price until the New Year… only $100 per month. Guaranteed results when you put the work in. Get at me if you’d like a shot at that.

Fire your questions to mike@mikeschwartz.ca, check out what others have said on my results page or if you’re ready, just click below.

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Music-fitness-largeLastly, for those of you in Calgary, musician or not I’m hosting a 3 night interactive workshop at Long-McQuade Calgary North and I’d encourage you to register for that. The cost is only $149 and you get a copy of my book, “The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle”. Considering my regular hourly is $120, this is a smokin’ deal. I will be going through all three pillars of a great lifestyle with my co-founder, Kirsten Toth on how to move better, manage pain, eat better, and manage stress and perform better. Essentially this is a how to come a rad human kind of course and there’s a ton of information packed into 3 nights.

Check it out and register here!

Alright team, quick recap and I’m out.

Diets and fads are ineffective long term, unsustainable and actually quite damaging to your health. There’s no shortcuts to living better. Put the work in and you’ll reap the rewards of accomplishment and a sexier body. Win-win.

Contact me for options to get kickstarted into the New Year before the droves of resolutioners attack the city walls of MusicFit in the next two weeks.

Eat well, be happy and enjoy your week.

Until next time, stay sweet…

Peace!

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Ridiculous, right? Don’t let the instafame gotcha. “I haven’t eaten a carb since 2004.”

 

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There’s so many other ways you could say something like that.

Last night I was working a shift at The Main Dish, a delicatessen down in the heart of Bridgeland when about 3 minutes before close, this dude walks in, poised with arrogance.

Now, I’ve learned never to judge a book by it’s cover, so I thought perhaps the oversized tires on the lifted pickup truck was just a thing…

Nope. I was wrong. This guy was just a straight up prick. Mistreating all our staff, whom the majority of which are younger women in their early twenties. Not that it makes a huge difference, but you can see where I’m going…

This guy just had an ego trip and had to respond to our friendly inquiries with straight up, cold, short answers. He was out to prove his dominance amongst the deli staff, instead of just being like “I’m good…” when the girl asked him if they could help, he decided “I’ll let you know…”

It was just the tone.

Why do some people choose to be upset and choose to make others feel their pain?

Change the attitude. Be the change you wish to see in the world.

That’s my two cents…

Yes. I’m still coaching. Yeah, I have bad days. I get it. But I choose my attitude and can change the outcome purely by how I react.

So we all wished dude a goodnight and hoped he had a good meal. I wonder how he felt after that…

 

Thanks for reading. Til next time – stay sweet.

Ps. Check out my latest drum cover videos if you’re in need of a bit of entertainment. I release a new one every Thursday night. T-Swift tomorrow, just sayin’…

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It’s so true.

Authenticity is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to the mindset of this young singer, songwriter and vocal coach hailing from Calgary, AB. My dear friend, Lisa Anderson is the epitome of finding and embracing one’s true identity.
Having been given the opportunity to work with her to help her achieve her health and fitness goals AND having the pleasure of creating music with her from behind the drum set, I can say in confidence that Lisa is leaps and bounds beyond her peers as far as the world of genuine artistry goes.

Please take a listen to our conversation as my latest Podcast is up and live.lisa-anderson

We hit areas of community, authenticity and of course delve into her very exciting 2017, with all the events planned for a fall release of her hotly anticipated second full-length album.

As some of you know, I have a passion towards affecting -for the positive- as many people within my circle of influence as possible. My skating career, the background cardiac story, my training career and life just in general has a lot to offer those who might be paying attention. In honour of my passion to provide aide and support, I feel obliged to help influence those that are listening by telling my story and my vast mistakes, victories, challenges and successes in the four year fight towards a pursuit of passion I started when the flip switched in my mind last year.
I’m now documenting my story for real. I’m writing a book. Each chapter representative of a certain theme I come across on this wild ride. I am very excited to share my experiences with anyone that is willing to pick up an autobiography-esque self-help, motivation/mindset theory dialogue. This is My Great Work. Add another piece to the four year puzzle.
Thanks for reading.
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