Meal plans don’t work. Well, I guess it depends on what your definition of “work” is, actually.

For me and my clients, friends, family and anyone I have some sort of influence over or some sort of vested interest in, this is what my definition of “work” is in the context of aiming to correct or give aide to something, namely: lifestyle goals.

An attainable strategy in not only achieving and maintaining outcome based goals, but inspiring progress towards reaching for new, even more rad goals.

Cool, huh? That’s what I thought anyway. So here is my number one beef with folks that ask for a diet, or a meal plan or another form of quick fixings on a much deeper-roosted behavioural issue. Expect to only put a bandage on the wound when you fail to address the root of the problem.

Let’s look at diet for example: When we cut starch carbs, dairy and sugar out of our lives cold turkey, the success rate of maintaining that without any habit based practice in changing the lifestyle that is associated with one making those choices is significantly reduced.

Here’s a video that gives you my three pro tips to overcome the New Years funk…

In order for it to “stick”. We need to first address the behaviours that will get us on the right track. More on that below…

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As a Precision Nutrition coach, I find myself talking about this extensively so I wanted to put together a super informative info session that you and your friends can learn and interact with me on this upcoming Sunday, January 28th.

I just ran a great session tonight on how to beat post holiday, haven’t started my New Years Resolutions epidemic that runs wild every January…

Check the replay out here so you can get a taste of my presentation…

https://musicfit.yondo.com/r/1990/WxTuSsB0

Join in for tips on how to pick the right foods for your body type, how to make tiny, slowchanges that will get and keep that unwanted body weight off, and most importantly, learn how to feel and perform better at life.

Here is your private link: https://musicfit.yondo.com/webinar/what-s-a-macro-a-4-step-process-to-start-eating/3469

I hope to see you there.

Comment below, What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to food choices and your diet?

 

Until next time, stay sweet!

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A lot of folks don’t know the natural benefits of raw foods. So let’s open up discussion on one of them; beets.

Historically, these bad boys have been described as medicine, not just food. A true testament to their full potency. Here are my Top 11 points that should encourage you to pour a glass of natural beet juice every once in awhile.

11 Reasons To Drink Beet Juice

  1. Beets contain betalains. Two of which, betanin and vulgaxanthin contain loads of goodness, including antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties.
  2. 1 Cup of raw beets contains just 58 calories and 2g of Protein
  3. 1 cup of raw beets contain 6% DV of iron
  4. Lower blood pressure! Beets contain nitrates. Research shows that the high number of nitrates will immediately lower your blood pressure.
  5. Detox! Beet juice will help detoxify your liver, dump toxins and rebuild liver cells. Boom. Rad.
  6. Prevent premature aging! Lycoprene will help keep your skin elastic, so beets help prevent aging
  7. Energy! That nitric oxide produced from the nitrates will help you boost energy
  8. Lower blood sugar! Those dang soluble fibres found in beets help aide in reducing glucose in the blood stream.
  9. Improve sexual performance! Those nitrates are back at it. When they get converted to nitric oxide that stimulates blood flow. Bow chicka bow wow!
  10. May help arthritis and joint pain
  11. Helps to improve cognitive function. You will reduce your chances of dementia due to increased blood flow from the high amounts of nitrates found in beet juice.

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I hear you. I bet you are exercising as our program outlines. Could you just show me?

I believe that you are eating as according to your meal plan, but can you show me?

I bet you are getting to bed at 10 and you’re not playing on your phone before bed. Can you show me that though.

Regardless of the pillar of health, be it movement, nutrition or mindset – accountability is key. I’ve adopted a principle from Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition that really puts the onus on you, the client. And that, is a very good thing.

We can’t manage what we fail to track, so write things down. Having problems losing body fat? Track your workouts and track your meals. You’ll likely be surprised, but I bet it’ll become clear why that waistline isn’t shrinking…

I coach self-accounttability. So, if you’re interested in “learning how to fish” rather than just be “given the fish”, please reach out.

I am now accepting 4 new online athletes and if you’re in Calgary, my HQ is just amidst a facelift and will be ready to go by September 5th. I’m very excited. I will have room for 5 new private and semi-private athletes. Just so we’re clear, an athlete is anyone that’s interested in keeping fit and eating well, and striving to improve personally and professionally. As long as you have goals you want to accomplish, you’re an athlete in my books. Contact me if you’d like to learn more about how my education, experience and tools will help you reach your goals.

I believe you want to achieve your goals, now show me!

mike@armyofharmony.com

 

Remember, you don’t have to be a rock star to start, but you have to start in order to become a rock star.

Stay sweet, folks!

Mike

There is much to learn about the world of healthy living. It seems as though there is a new article published each day that dismisses everything you believed in last week, right? That kind of content can be friggin’ impossible to try to navigate without a bunch of background on credible sources and published articles without an MO.
I’m here to try to provide a bit of an alternate approach on one specific debate I’ve had with a number of different professionals in the industry: the debate on the cause and effect of Soy in the diet.

I have been on both sides of the spectrum myself. I have hated soy. I have loved soy. I thought it was all bad for women. I thought it was only good for women. I heard it caused cancer. Everything under the sun. Turns out, there’s enough evidence to put it quite simply. It really depends what source of soy and the process, climate and a host of other elements that really determines soys worth to each individual. And that’s why I would encourage you to do your own recon. Right now, I’ll just put up a few common things I have heard in the past and link you some sources to come to terms on your own, cool? Cool. Here goes:

  •  Soy causes cancer
    Well, that’s an absolute blanket statement if I’ve ever heard one. I think anytime I hear “always”, “never” or any type of absolute statement I’m immediately more intrigued and skeptical all at once. So here’s some interesting facts I’ve pulled. Pay attention, dudes.

A recent analysis of eight studies conclude that regular consumption of soy foods was associated with 30% lower risk of prostate cancer (International Journal of Cancer November 20, 2005)

For more info on soy and cancer click here

  • Whey vs. Soy: The Battle of the Protein Source

Well, for a long long time I was firm in belief of whey. However, there’s great argument on the health implications especially linked to cancer causing agents in casein protein, the primary source of protein in milk byproduct i.e. whey. So take a look for yourself if you’re into that.

I found some recommended reads from my friends over at Juice Plus+ in a bit of research I have been conducting if you want to learn more. A. The China Study and B. Whole both written by Prof T. Colin Campbell (the father of nutritional biochemistry) Pick them up at chapters here!

With over 7 years of experience now in the fitness industry, I completely understand the difficulties with nutrition and our busy lifestyles. I’m pumped to announce I have the answers for you now. I have partnered with the fantastic organization, Juice Plus+  and in doing so, this has landed me the ability to help you get your nutrition dialled in holistically, without meds or a gruelling diet plan and without breaking the bank to do so. I can show you how to incorporate whole foods by means of fruits and vegetables into your daily lifestyle, regardless of how busy you may be. Yes. I have shakes. And yes, it’s all GMO and whole food certified. Check out the products here!

If you want to start addressing the lifestyle challenges you’re facing, start with the fuel sources you’re throwing in the tank. Contact me here for more info or email me at mike@armyofharmony.com to request a complimentary nutritional consultation.

Thanks for sharing!

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