Ok so I finally decided to crawl from the rock I’ve been under, and actually write a blog post! So much has been happening lately, I can barely find time to collect my thoughts, and I definitely haven’t gotten to the point of writing them down…but hopefully I’ll do better with that in the future.
One exciting thing that has happened is that I started a fitness class! I’ve had so many ideas in my head of what I want to do, that I finally wanted to get in front of people and just do it. So now I have a class a couple of times a week where I do 15 minute workouts on a rolling schedule. I haven’t really seen something like this, but I feel like it could be awesome for people. During that time, we’re doing all types of stuff like full body, cardio, and core workouts. I think it has the potential to be awesome, and can’t wait to see how it grows!
Anyway, one cool outcome of this whole thing is that I’m working out of a really cool gym in Chicago called Lacuna Fitness. This is not your ordinary gym. People go hard when they’re working out, so it’s impossible to not be motivated. Tonight, they held an event called The Healthy Living Experience where they had an expert nutrition panel, Nike promo stuff, and even a DJ to add another element of cool.
I only stayed for part of it, but stayed long enough to hear some great questions on nutrition that I thought I would share. I’ve gotten quite a few of these questions myself, and it’s great to hear answers from some really credible people.
Here’s a snapshot of a few of my favorite questions and answers from a panel led by E. Marie, who is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer.
What are some substitutes for breakfast protein?
People get stuck on eggs and egg whites. Also do Greek Yogurt, and you can choose whether you want to add sugar or not. Also, don’t forget about vegetable protein like edamame and beans. A cup of edamame has like 18 grams of protein. There is also no reason that you have to have breakfast foods for breakfast. Have a salad or some quinoa!
What type of exercise should I do on an empty stomach?
There are studies that show that morning cardio on an empty stomach can be very beneficial. The theory is that your body pulls from your body fat when you don’t eat so its great to do some exercise on an empty stomach. Do cardio on an empty stomach. For lifting, you need to eat!
[My personal opinion on this is mixed, since there’s a lot of conflicting info out there. But, more than anything, I think it makes sense for early morning risers that don’t have time to eat breakfast. So if it works for you to do early morning cardio on an empty stomach, I say do it.]
How do I lose my stomach?
This is something everyone struggles with – it’s hard to lose weight in your trouble zones. Simple answer: do something different. If you’re having a plateau, change something. If you’re not doing dairy, add dairy. If you eat very little, eat more. Add veggies. Eat at a different time of day. Change one of three things: you training, your diet, and your sleeping (your body has to recover). It’s usually one of those areas that are holding you back.
What if I’m not hungry for several hours?
You should be eating every four hours or so (not a full meal every time, of course) If you’re not hungry, try to think about why this is happening. Some common reasons: you may be sick of your food you’re eating and you need to make it more interesting; you also may be stressed; or you may be eating too much in one sitting. Eat frequently to make your body work and keep your metabolism down.
Should I do one of these juice fasts?
It depends on why you’re doing it. Don’t do it because you want a quick fix. You may lose weight, but it will be impossible to maintain and you’ll just keep bringing your weight up and down. One good reason to do it would be to add more nutrients into your body, which could make you feel better and get you on the right path. Juicing helps nutrients get to your cells faster since you’re not digesting anything else, so it can be really beneficial. If you’re lifting heavy weights, your energy will be way down so you either have to reduce the lifting or supplement your diet with something else.
Of course, everything in this discussion can be endlessly debated, but I personally think these were great answers and great info. What other diet and fitness questions do you have in your head?