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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Alright folks, it’s about that time of year again. Birds are chirping, sun is shining. And you have a hankerin’ for a whole mess of pancakes, drizzled with syrup and a side of bacon or some sausage links if you fancy. That’s right; Calgary Stampede 2017 is just around the corner, and as a born and raised Calgarian myself, I’m not afraid to admit the very best part. It’s the ten days of what seems to be endless Stampede Pancake Breakfasts around the city. Most of them are FREE too… what a dangerous game!

But, just like any cohort mission, there are tactics and strategy and protocols you should follow in order to successfully accomplish this great endeavour. Whether you’re just out for a “treat meal” or you are part of a workplace pancake eating challenge, these four pro tips will help you to conquer the mighty Stampede Breakfast.

  1. Do some recon – That’s right. A well planned trip around your ideal schedule and/or dietary concerns (yes there are gluten friendly and health-conscious options too! Read below!) will save you tons of time in line at hot spots, help you to avoid politician traps, help you to avoid death or death-like symptoms and may even help you scout out where the best live entertainment is to accompany your morning feast. Heck, if you plan it right you can “Pancake Hop” around two or three separate events per day to tackle many more breakfasts with ease and efficiency. Set a timer, spend enough time to savour the flavours and jump to the next one. Boom. You’re welcome. Here’s the official 2017 Stampede Breakfast Guide to help you out with your strategy.
  2. Take friends! – Not to poo poo your ambitious solo-feasters, but really, whether you’re trying to bulk up ’cause it’s “growing season” or not… maybe you’re actually trying to lose weight and these next ten days are going to be the bane of your existence… if you have a tribe of Stampeders with you, regardless of their goals this will help. Why? Well first off it’s wicked fun, right? Secondly, the folks that are interested in bulking will take care of the leftovers from those of you who might have enough sensibility to stop eating before you see the light… it’s win-win, right!? (I’ll explain more in detail below) Help each other. That’s what friends are for. And leftovers. Good friends are also for cleaning up leftovers.
  3. Stuck in a Pancake Eating Challenge? I got you! Here’s how to win – We are going to use science for this one. Satiety, or the feeling of “fullness” regarding appetite kicks in for most human beings at about the twenty minute mark of eating. That’s right, it takes your body that long to recognize there might be a problem if you do happen to overeat within that window. See where I’m going with this? For those of you who are up for the challenge, I dunno, maybe for a half day off work or something with the office buddies – try this out. Eat as much food as humanly possible within twenty minutes. I think I might have done like 6 of those monster pancakes a couple years ago, but I’m an average guy – six foot, buck eighty. I know there’s some dudes that could take me to the cleaners on that. So, go for it. That’s a pretty consistent way to put on mass outside the Stampede season too, by the way. Eat, eat a lot and eat fast as to trick your brain into how much you’ve actually eaten. Sneaky, right?
  4. Want to enjoy a “treat meal” or two, but don’t want to go off the deep end? I got you! Here’s how to win – Science again. It’s important to be mindful about your eating all the time if you’re watching your waistline. Up for the challenge? Two key habits: Eat slowly. Eat until you’re only 80% full. Why? Satiety again. By the time you feel 80% full, if you’ve eaten slowly you’ll feel satisfied. it’s super neat how that works, even while facing stacks of pancakes! Use your body to your advantage. Often times while coaching clients on their nutrition and behavioural goals I find their biggest struggle is not actually taking the time to eat and only eat. It’s always on the run, generally with no concern to the process. Slow down and enjoy your pancake. I bet you’ll surprise yourself. And I call it “treat” not “cheat” because cheating would imply this is a test. What do people do on tests? Fail them. Your nutrition is not a test. Work away at it one step at a time and know that with 90% effort, you can expect 90% results. 12% effort… see what I mean? Eat what you want but understand the outcomes.

So, as you can see there are a lot of ways you can conquer the challenges of Stampede Breakfasts. Whether your goal is to eat 3 pancakes at every single one this year or if you would rather just participate without losing the awesome progress you’ve made so far this year, I’ve got you covered. Keep in mind as I mentioned earlier, there’s also gluten friendly and health conscious options out there for “all y’all” that want to have a guilt-free ten days… one in particular Tuesday, July 12 Amber Approved Stampede Breakfast seems like a good bet for most of you leaning that way.

In any case, know that it’s only ten days and you can choose to do what you like. Enjoy life, enjoy food and enjoy the greatest show on earth. Calgary Stampede 2017 doesn’t stand a chance on your Stampede Breakfast skills now.

For more exercise and nutrition tips and tricks, or if you have questions regarding your fitness plan or maybe you’d like to inquire about our studio or remote training services, please feel free to reach out to me at schwartzm@inliv.com or leave a note below. 

If we don’t take that step, that shot, that jump… we’ll never have to worry about where we land. Right?

That featured picture was when I was on track, haha… long track… for an entirely different career. I was an aspiring speed skater, sights set on representing Canada in long track. Things changed. Imagine had I not been able to change with them…

So many times this past week I’ve had the same conversation with different people in my life; clients, friends, strangers… all about the fear of taking action. It’s a theme I’ve visited before, but I even addressed it in my The Symposium this week. (You can listen to it below if you’re into the audio kind of thing…)

Fact is – life throws you curveballs. And it’s up to you how you handle them. You can swing for the fences, play it conservative down the line or you can watch life pass you by because you were expecting a “heater”. Baseball analogies aside (Can you tell I’m a Jays fan?), you are in complete control of your reaction. That’s it. That’s all.

Take a listen to the podcast if you’d like to hear how I recently overcame  adversity when everything that could have gone wrong, did at the L&M “Fitness For Musicians” workshop I hosted last week. Heck, the podcast itself is undergoing format changes. If I weren’t able to switch my game plan up on the fly, adapt and cater to the situation that clinic could have been an absolute train wreck. I’m working on producing a video to capture some of the highlights and you’ll see soon enough that what was made out of that adversity was a thing of pure, raw passion to help others and really make a difference in their lives right there on the spot.

Also tune in if you’d like to learn more about losing weight. Here are two pro tips to losing weight that I discuss on this week’s episode.

  1. Eat slow
  2. Eat only until you’re 80% full

And I’m featuring local talent. So, if you happen to be a creative – especially a musician – that would like to give a little plug about your upcoming show, events or the like – drop me a line. I’m into closing my podcasts out with a piece from the local talent we have in this beautiful city. Heck, even if you’re not local, let’s bring you on and do it up too.

Lastly, shout out to all my fellow speed skaters competing in Calgary for the Finale this weekend. Huge competition to cap off another wonderful season. Go out and kick ass and leave it all out there. If you happen to have time and want to share your experience, please – drop me a line. I’m hosting interviews to add to my podcast lineup, share your story and expose your super crazy work ethic and drive for success.

 

Check it all out here.