Running Outside Vs. on a Treadmill

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So you may think they are the same and that your burning the same amount of calories and whatnot, but they are very different. Here are the differences, but both are great for whatever kind of workout you decide to do.

Inside:

  • Since the treadmill belt id moving, it takes less to run, making you run faster.
  • Can be great when weather conditions aren’t ideal for running outside (rain, hail, snow etc.. )
  • At night time, if you don’t live in the most ideal neighborhoods. – safety
  • Air conditioning can make it easier to run faster.
  • You can create “hills” using incline. Or using one of the programmed workouts on the treadmill.
  • Reduces impact on knees, ankles, feet and joints.
  • Running on a treadmill you use more of your quad muscle.
  • Can stop any time you want or need too (with the touch of a button)
  • You can watch TV while you do it
  • If you have kids, this might be easier to be able to watch them while you still get in a workout.

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Outside:

  • Natural inclines and weather conditions, make it harder, so you work harder that if you were inside.
  • Engages more muscles and requires more energy.
  • Running outside you use more of your hamstring muscle.
  • You get different sights and views of wherever you are.
  • Burn more calories.
  • Sweat more (usually) since it takes more energy.
  • Cant really stop till you either get to your destination or back to where you started (this is why I mostly run outdoors haha)
  • You can go anywhere pretty much, for as long as you want.
  • More motivating. I like to set goals on either distance or how long I can go without taking a quick rest.
  • You can make fun new routes! (I got the “map my run” app, love it, it tracks distance, how long you go, all kinds of things).

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Bring on the WATER!!

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We are going to start off this with a quote from Leonardo Da Vinci “Water is the Driving Force in Nature”.

Water is what fuels is, it makes up two thirds of our weight and without it we would die. Water helps with everything from memory, digestion, focus and .. well pretty much everything. So were going to talk about how non- water (thinks like soda) can impact that, foods with water in them (you get a twofer), how to make water more fun to drink when it gets boring and even tips on drinking more water in general! YAY! Here we go!

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Dangers of caffeine, coffee, sodas ….. So caffeine is a natural diuretic, whether it comes from soda, tea or coffee its a diuretic. It causes you to go to the restroom more because it caused your body to excrete through urine. This is especially an issue if its super hot outside or your just in a hot environment because it can cause dehydration more easily. While water does the opposite, keeps you hydrated and you can be out in those climates longer.

Foods with water in them – ohhh natures bounty! I’m just going to list a few. Because there is a TON! Holy Moly. Google that shit! =O

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Radishes
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • carrots
  • Peppers
  • Cabbage

Spice up your water- Flavor it or buy flavored kinds. (again stick to more natural – less sugar and fake crap) add orange or lemon slices to it. OR even other fruits like strawberries and blueberries. Mint is good as well.

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Tips on drinking more (water that is ;P ) 

  1. Get a fun re-usable water bottle and make it a goal to drink as many of those suckers you can throughout the day! Put a favorite quote or a fun sticker on there to keep you motivated.
  2. When you go out to eat, make it a goal to drink n entire glass before you place your order, while your waiting for your meal, and then another during your meal.
  3. Having a glass of water before or while your at a family get together or a company party will help pace you for food, plus you’ll eat less because you’ll be more full.
  4. Find different waters. There are tons of vitamin enhanced waters out there. Experiment.  (stick to the more natural kinds, like HINT water, or Smart water)
  5. Put a few rubber bands at the bottom of your water bottle, after you finish one move it to the top.
  6. Make a bet with someone (co-worker, boyfriend, whoever your around) to see who can drink more water throughout the day.
  7. Keep bottles everywhere. (I have one on my night stand, one in the bathroom by the sink, one in my car, one in my gym bag, one in my locker at work…. ohhh where else can I put one lol???)
  8. Try to make it a  challenge to have a glass every hour on the hour. Make it a game.
  9. When you have a food craving, drink a glass of water, more than likely your actually thirsty and NOT hungry.
  10. Drink water while your doing everyday things around the house, after you load a load of laundry, after you do the dishes, While making dinner, While watching tv or a movie. (Sneak water into the movie theatre lol)

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Protein Powder! (How to Pick the Best One)

protein 3  So.. Protein powders are everywhere. Its most commonly known to be a building block for building long, lean muscles but they have all different kinds out there. Ones made specially for men and women, ones geared toward building muscle, meal replacements, nutrition, and ones for people with food intolerances. So how do you know which one to buy? Realistically to build muscle or even loose body fat you need to ideally keep protein intake high. Whether your consuming foods that are naturally high in protein (i.e. meats, dairy, eggs and even things like potatoes and rice) or your getting a lot of your protein from powders the good thing is that your getting a good amount and from a good source. Here are some things to look for when purchasing protein powders:

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  • Is it a “Protein Powder” or is it a “Mass Grainer” – a Mass Grainer is a protein powder that also contains carbs, fats and protein. Whereas, Protein Powders are just strictly protein. And even though you want those nutrients in your diet, if you’re just shooting for more protein than the powders are the way to go that way you avoid unwanted calories and any weight gain. If your looking for more of a meal replacement or to add weight…the Mass Grainer is a way to go.

When picking out a powder look for:

  • High Protein (around 20-30 or more grams)
  • Low Carb – (no more than 5 grams)
  • Low Fat – (No more than 5 grams)
  • Shoot for the lowest sugar you can find.
  • Look for Quality- Always look at the label when picking out a protein and look for ones with the fewest amount of ingredients (this ideally goes for any food too)  Also look for ones with natural ingredients too. . . if you cant pronounce it… its probably not the best bet… just saying.
  • Don’t get suckered in – Don’t believe everything it says on the bottle. Do your own research. Just because one says “Build maximum Muscle with this!” doesn’t mean its the one to choose. Companies like to put things on products so you buy them (this also goes for foods). Look at the brand, its it one that’s popular? What are they known for ? How reliable are they? Have you had success with any of their other products? Compare ingredients to another Protein powder. And look at the companies track record, how long have they been in business? Do they have good reviews?
  • Concentrate, Isolate or casein. – Concentrate is absorbed at a slower pace. This type is good to have in between meals. Isolate- Whey)  Is pretty much absorbed right away, good for right after a workout. Casein – takes longer to digest and has a constant flow of amino acids.

Some of the most popular include:

Syntha- 6

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Myotein

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Sunwarrior (Vegan)

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Gold Standard Whey

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Vega Protein (Vegan)

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Zero Carb Isopure

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Jay Robb ( I like the egg white kind- but he has a whey one too)

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BSN True-Mass

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Plant Fusion (Vegan)

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* If ya’ll find another good one, feel free to add on comments below. =)

Don’t loose your Motivation on Vacation!

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So just because this is supposed to be your “relaxing and calm” time to yourself or with the family doesn’t mean you can’t stay on track with your new and improved healthy lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, relax by all means but where ever you go I’m sure there will be plenty of fun activities you can do that will be  form of exercise so you wont feel like you’ve “fallen off the wagon” when you get back home.

You probably are going to plan some activities anyways, why not make them a fun workout too. =)

  • The Beach– Go for a nice sunrise/sun set run or even walk. Swimming. Paddle boarding. Swimming with dolphins. Deep sea diving, take a surfing lesson. Do some sunrise yoga. Set up a volleyball net and meet some new people. Frisbee. fishing (if allowed). Even building a sand castle will burn calories! Canoeing. Be a kid and go jump some waves.
  • The Mountains– Go for a hike, a run, or walk. Camping. Dirt biking. If its winter, Skiing, snowboarding or even sledding. Zip-lining. rock climbing. Canyoneering. (I like how I’m from Colorado and I can’t think of more….. LOL)
  • The City– Explore, walk, run, jog. If it’s a busy city they might have a race going on the week you’re there.

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Explore online different things in the destination you choose that you and/or family could do the week of your vacation. There is a few sites out there that are geared toward more physical activity and you can usually narrow down what you want to do by location and how many people will be with you.

  • Adventure finder.com
  • Groupon.com
  • afar.com

Plan ahead and look at different resorts. Do you want a resort with a gym? a pool? Some resorts have classes you can even take.

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Tone all over Workout!

  • V- sit : Sitting on the floor with abs tucked in, slowly balance yourself on your butt only lifting your legs into a “v” angle. Hold for about 1 min – or as long as you can. To make it harder and challenge yourself you can always move your arms in a “running motion” back and forth. Or work on lowering your legs up and down without letting your heals touch the floor.

  • Toe taps – Find something that gives you a little step, whether you make your own out of a bench or use an actual step on your porch. As fast as you can your going to alternate legs and only tap your toes on the step. Do as many as you can for 30 seconds, rest for 10 seconds. Do 8 sets!

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  • Plank – basic planks. Balance yourself on your toes and forearms for as long as you can. Try to complete 3 sets. Note: your core should be the only thing holding you up…

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  • Single Leg Squat with a Kick-  you can do this on a step like she is in the picture, but its not necessary. You’re going to do a basic squat, driving your butt back and as you come up, kick out one leg balancing on the other leg. Repeat on other side. That’s one rep. So 3 sets. 15 reps.

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  • Lunges! 3 sets . 20 reps for each leg. (40 total per set)

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  • Mountain Climbers – in push up position, without letting your knee hit the ground, drive knee towards shoulder as fast as you can alternating sides. do as many as you can for 30 seconds. 10 seconds rest. Do 8 sets.

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  • Burpees – oh the basic burpee from grade school… have fun! Do 20

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  • High knees – as fast as you can, this is like a “standing mountain climber”. 30 seconds, 10 seconds rest. do 8 sets.

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The Paleo Diet- Why I LOVE it – And all about it!

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So if you ask me what’s my favorite diet and/or way of eating this is definitely in my top #3 (along with clean eating and veganism) I truly believe that this is the way we were meant to eat, along with a few splurges every once in a while ;). So throughout my weight loss journey, back when I was 210, I was always having stomach aches and wasn’t sleeping well and just all around feeling like shit. The  Dr. said I might have an intolerance to gluten or dairy and I was looking for a diet that basically knocked out those two things. I kept finding vegan books but nothing that still included meat… So I pondered with veganism for a while, I worked with the clean eating stuff, but it was Paleo that kinda set off the light bulb for me. I was able to eat all these healthy foods, without getting sick every time I ate, and I was able to stuff my face until I was full without having to count any fricken calories! What’s better than that?!?! ps. I loath counting calories.

So enough about me. You may be asking well what is Paleo? Let me tell you!

So when I say Paleo, I’m talking about WAY back in the day with what our ancestors ate during the olden age (hunter- gatherer diet) . And if they couldn’t eat it.. neither can you! So say to-da-loo to cereal, bread, pastas, dairy and processed crap! But also say adios to counting calories!!! (sorry count Dracula – ah ah ah )

So when looking at us as humans… we haven’t changed since then. Back then we were lean, fit, happy, energetic and athletic. We had to hunt and gather our foods to be able to survive. Now, look at us now….were tiered, “too busy”, unhappy and possibly depressed, overweight and lethargic.. and all we have to do to get our food is either run to a grocery store where everything is laid out conveniently or pull our happy asses through the drive through that’s closest to home. Sad but true. So what the hell happened? One word: Agriculture! .. YUP… We started farming, and making foods out of other foods, finding fake foods that didn’t cost much to put into other foods and the chaos began! We went from being hunters to farmers.

So lets talk about grains…. they weren’t a part of our diet back then, but they are a majority of our diet now??? Something’s wrong here. The government is still recommending we get 6-11 servings of grains a day… really? Even not eating the paleo way that sounds like a lot. I don’t know about you but I think fruits and veggies should be what we mostly should be consuming because .. well have you ever heard I diet that bans fruits and veggies? Nope!

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So when we look at grains, out bodies aren’t really able to digest them. When we eat grains (carbohydrates), our body’s turn that into glucose, which is a form of sugar that gives us energy to perform throughout the day and in our lives. But here’s the kicker– any glucose that’s NOT used or excreted tough things like exercise or physical activity gets stored as fat. So think about all those times your eating your carb loaded breakfast and then go to work to sit at a desk all day….. No wonder your tiered (sugar high or about an hour and then you experience the crash) and no wonder the pounds started creeping on.

So I’m sure you have heard of gluten by now with all the craze of “gluten free” products out there. Most grains contain either gluten or lectins.. or both. Gluten is most commonly found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. Lectins are natural toxins that exist within those grains and that your consuming every time you eat a form of grain,… can anyone say .. yummm?

So basically there is no sugar in this diet either, as our ancestors didn’t drink tea with sweet N low in it, nor did they eat any processed foods like a twinkie….. So the only form of sugar you will be consuming of from fruits mainly and veggies sometimes.

This is not a “low carb diet” where you basically eat no carbs at all (like Adkins) you’ll still get a good amount of carbs if your eating fruits and veggies still. Yes, our body needs some carbohydrates to function and its a main source of energy (but high carb diets aren’t the answer – which is what the average American is used to). See, with the absence of a crap ton of carbs, our body will take stored fat and burn that INSTEAD of carbs. YAY (Which is called ketogenisis.. if you wanted to know haha) So if your reading right, lower carbs (no grains) = no glucose( sugar) makes the body burn stored fat instead YAY! So when you think of carbs, the obvious fruit comes to mind, but there are things like sweet potatoes too that can curb that “I need starch” feeling. Most of your carbs are going to come from veggies and fruit though.

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Enough about grains, onto the dairy! – I love this topic! Dairy never really phased me as an “unhealthy” food option until I read the book “Skinny Bitch” (I have a review here :  Skinny Bitch )  Never did I think that I would be able to give up things like cheese, ice-cream, Greek yogurt and chocolate! But I did! It was fricken difficult, I will say that, and it did take time but I feel SOOO much better now that I did. OK- enough about me. So what’s wrong with dairy you’re probably asking?? So when looking at dairy, we are the only species in this world that continues to consume dairy through adulthood, every other species only drinks it as a baby and naturally, they wean off of it as toddler ages come along. Also, were the only species that consumes another species milk! …. (hopefully the wheels are turning in your head right now)…. So why are we drinking cows milk? Are we cows? Cows milk is meant for baby cows, not humans. Just like giraffe milk is meant for baby giraffes, cat milk is meant for baby cats. Get where I’m going with this? (hopefully you are). So when a woman gives birth, she naturally produces milk to feed to her young, its full of the vital nutrients that the baby needs to grow into a strong and healthy toddler yes? Its known to be the biggest growth spurt in a persons life… The mother stop breast feeding and her milk glands dry up (hence this is where the weaning is supposed to take place) But nope! We don’t stop there, we feed our kids and even as adults we continue to drink milk. But is it milk that were supposed to be consuming? Is it from humans? nope! Were gonna consume milk from cows….

When a cow is nursing (much like humans, after birth to give her baby calf the nutrients it needs to grow from a 100 lbs calf into a 2000 lb cow) her milk ducts dry up too, and the weaning begins! SO … lets see… mothers milk takes a baby from around 5lbs to 25 lbs where as a cows milk takes a 100lbs calf to 2000lb cow… this doesn’t seem fattening at all right???? Common people! You’d think that if we were consuming milk from another species, we’d be consuming gorilla milk or something (since they are supposed to be the closest thing to us right?!

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NO legumes no beans- why? Because beans ideally need to be “processed” before they are edible. Simple as that, so when looking at a bean, can you just eat a bag of dried beans? ha-ha no. Neither could our ancestors so beans and legumes fall under that category of “processed foods”. You cant eat beans right off the stalk because some of them are toxic too (like soy). They are known for causing inflammation and can throw off your hormonal balance as well. Also beans you have to soak the little sucker, rinse and switch the water, cook the crap out of them for forever for them to be edible… I don’t think our ancestors did all that work for a few beans …

So now your probably thinking well that the hell do I get to eat if your taking away all my pasta, cereal, cheese and milk?!? Well now that we’ve cut out all man-made products and processed crap, lets take a look at what’s left, Oh natural things that were put on this earth to eat. YAY!  And good news! You basically can eat as much as you’d like (my favorite part!)

Ps. I’m not adding everything but I’m sure you can Google different options!

  • Lean meats (grass- fed obviously … remember you are what you eat ate! – meaning if your eating grain fed cattle, your eating grains- and there is study that shows that’s hard for them to digest too…. )
  • Lean Beef- Flank steak, top sirloin, London broil, lean veal,
  • Lean pork, poultry (white meats), organ meats (liver and tongue), turkey, game hen, chicken, duck, goose.
  • Game meats- Bison, elk, deer, bear, pheasant, quail…
  • Fish- bass, trout, salmon, tuna, tilapia, red snapper….
  • Shellfish- shrimp, crab, lobster, oysters, clams…
  • Pretty much any fruits and veggies you want. Limiting starchy veggies like potatoes and legumes.
  • Healthy fats- almonds, cashews, seeds, pine nuts..

Foods you can eat in moderation –

  • Avocados, walnuts, olive, flax seeds, coffee, teas, wine and beer, dried fruits…
  • The reason they are in moderation is because did you see our ancestors lugging around a food dehydrator for their fruit or a beer. No. but its ok to live a little too..

Foods you avoid on Paleo:

  • (DAIRY) All processed foods with/without dairy
  • Butter, cheese, cream, frozen yogurt, milk, powdered milk,
  • (GRAINS) Barley, Corn, Millet, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wild Rice, Wheat, Buckwheat, Quinoa
  • (LEGUMES) All beans, Black eye peas, lentils, miso, snow peas, peanuts, soybeans and soy products, peanut butter
  • (STARCHY VEGGIES) Potatoes and potato products (fries, chips ect..) Limit your sweet potatoes and yams to a minimum.
  • (HIGH SALTED FOODS) – Bacon, pork rinds, cheese, deli meat, pickled foods, sausage, salted nuts, salami, hot dogs, ham, Ketchup…
  • (FATTY MEATS) – Beef Tips, Bacon, Lamb chop, fatty ground beef, skin of turkey and chicken…
  • Soft drink and juices
  • (SWEETS) – doughnuts, cakes, candy, honey, sugar (real and fake)

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Now, Paleo is kind of what set it all off for me personally, but if its not for you, its not for you. Plain and simple, you have to find something that works for you as a person because if you feel like your in a “diet” your most likely going to be miserable. Did I follow Paleo 100% when I was on  it ? nope! I had some beans here and there, I slowly weaned myself off dairy too (which was hard to do) but I made it work for me without messing it up too much.  I also started off with cutting out only gluten in the beginning and I found some “gluten free cereals” and I had oats still…. so I was more of a 80% Paleo do-er.

Try it for 30 days, see if you notice any difference? Are you sleeping better? Are you loosing weight or feeling more energetic? You never know unless you try it.

Benefits of Brussels Sprouts!

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English: Brussel sprouts in grocery store, Cambridge. Massachusetts, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I like to call them “baby cabbages” lol… but here is why they are awesome!

 

  • Very high in vitamin C and K, High amount of protein and fiber with very little fat, calories, and sodium.
  • Packed with phytonutrients that help fight off cancers.
  • Helps with digestion
  • Have an anti-inflammatory effect
  • Cholesterol lowering and cardiovascular support
  •  Help with detoxification

 

They are in season during the fall and winter months but you can ideal get them year around. If not frozen, you can store in fringe for around 2 weeks in just a air sealed plastic bag.

I like them steamed and in a little Earth Balance  (dairy free butter) for taste. Also baking in a little salt and pepper is good too.

Enjoy!

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