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Why Would Someone Hire a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner?

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Why Would Someone Hire a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner?-CFSB Wellness Wednesday In last month's installment of "What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®?" we announced the availability of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® services here at CrossFit South Bend, and how Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® differs from conventional medicine. In this second installment we explain why someone might hire a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® practitioner. There are many reasons why one might do so, but we discuss 5 reasons in particular.
  1. You're eating well, you're exercising, you're sleeping well, but you still don't feel your best, you still have symptoms, or you're still dealing with a chronic health condition.
  2. You're going with through the cycle of trial and error with supplements to try to fix your symptoms. "Oh I'm taking licorice root for my 2pm slump, I'm taking fish oil for my inflammation, I'm taking antacids for my heartburn, and melatonin to go to sleep." A normal healthy functioning human being does not need all these things to control symptoms.
  3. You don't feel well or you still have symptoms even though your doctor says your blood work is "normal".
  4. You understand that there is no such thing as a "normal" symptom.
  5. You want to fix the root cause of your health issues not just the symptoms.

Do I need to buy grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish?

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Have you ever wondered, “Is it worth the money to buy grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish?”
 
This video answers that question and many more about which types of protein you should buy.
 
Today in the supermarket there are so many terms surrounding certain foods like “nitrate-free”, “antibiotic-free”, “omega-3 enriched”, “pasture raised”, etc. We talk about and explain all of these terms in this video and more.
 
Here’s the headline on quality protein: from a health perspective it’s always best to get your protein as close to nature as possible. Ideally that means from a local family farm, but it can mean organic food as well when a local family farm isn’t available.

How to Easily Make Restaurant Quality Food at Home

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Is it possible to have restaurant quality food at home -that is almost fool-proof to cook? -that is ridiculously simple to prepare? -that you can leave cooking in the morning while you're at work, and then when you get back home it's ready? The answer is yes. It's called sous-vide cooking. It allows you to cook all of your food to the exact right temperature, and it's basically fool-proof. If you have don't have a lot of time to cook, if you have a big family to feed, or if you're looking to turn cheap cuts of meat like chuck roasts and pork roasts into something amazingly delicious you might want to look into sous vide cooking. For more details on sous-vide cooking check out the following article: http://www.seriouseats.com/2016/01/first-thing-to-cook-with-sous-vide-immersion-circulator-essential-recipes.html DISCLAIMER: I don't get any money from any sous vide company to talk about sous vide. There are lots of different sous vide devices and I'm not endorsing any particular one.

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®-Now Available at CrossFit South Bend!

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What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®?-CFSB Wellness Wednesday Over the past year, I've been pursuing my Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® certification, and I'm very happy to say that we now officially offer Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® services here at CrossFit South Bend! What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®? Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® is a type of detective work that seeks to identify the underlying causes of disease instead of treating symptoms. Using functional lab work, we identify healing opportunities and engage each client in a health building process using the potent, proven, professional protocols in our D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® program. This includes Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress Reduction, and Supplements. This natural, holistic approach yields the highest level of positive clinical outcomes. We don’t medicate, we educate! Over the coming weeks and months, we'll be introducing you to the different ways that Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® can help you get back to the point where you're kicking ass at life (i.e., optimal health), as I put it in a previous video. In this week's video, we're talking about the difference between conventional medicine and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®. We explain how, for acute conditions, conventional medicine is the absolute best approach. However, we'll also talk about how conventional medicine tends to not do so well at dealing with long term chronic health issues. Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® excels, in a way in which conventional medicine does not, at restoring your body to optimal health.

Lauren’s Story-17lbs lost while driving 500 miles a week for work

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Lauren's Story-17lbs lost while driving 500 miles a week for work-CFSB Wellness Wednesday In this video Lauren tells us about her journey during the CrossFit South Bend 90-day nutrition coaching program. Over the course of 90 days here's what happened -Lauren lost 17lbs, a healthy, sustainable amount of weight to lose. -She lost an inch off her waist, and 3.5 inches off her hips. -She also did all of this while being a vegetarian and someone who drives at least 500 miles a week for work. -She reduced her cravings, increased her energy, improved her mood, and cleared up her skin. Lauren did an awesome job with our 90 day nutrition coaching program, and she's living proof that driving a lot for work is not an excuse for not eating healthy. Congrats Lauren on all your amazing success!! If you're interested in learning more about our 90-day nutrition program you can email me at robby@crossfitsouthbend.com You can also set up a free 30 min one-on-one nutrition consultation with the following link: https://crossfitsouthbend.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentType=928667  

Are you kicking ass at life or is life kicking your ass?

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In this video we ask the question "Are you kicking ass at life or is life kicking your ass?" The essential point of the video is that the standard medical definition of health as "no symptoms or not sick" is a bad one. Most of us don't just want to survive life and go through the motions. We want to thrive. Optimal health is not just lack of symptoms or a lack of disease. Instead, it's kicking ass at life. Your energy, mood, sleep, and recovery from workouts shouldn't just be okay. They should be great, if you're optimally healthy. Of course, we all have times in our lives where stressors have the upper hand. However, that shouldn't be the norm. A normal healthy functioning human being shouldn't just have so-so sleep or energy. Instead their sleep and their energy are great. On the other hand, if you don't feel like your energy, mood, libido, recovery from workouts, etc. is great and/or you're having symptoms that's a sure sign that something has gone wrong with your health. When it comes to health, your birthright is to kick ass at life. Don't settle for less.

Amy’s Treat Corner-Mini Lime Cheesecakes

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Amy's Treat Corner-Mini Lime Cheesecakes In this edition of Amy's Treat Corner Amy shows you how to make some delicious Mini Lime Cheesecakes. Here is the recipe for these delicious treats: Key Lime / Lime Cheesecakes CRUST: 1 1/2 C Almonds 10-12 Dates soaked in warm water for 10 mins FILLING: 2 1/2 C Cashews soaked in cold water overnight 1/2 C coconut milk 1/4 C coconut oil 1/2 C Honey 3 limes or 6 key limes juiced and zested **prepare the crust in the blender and place a spoon full in a cupcake liner of a muffin tin. Press down firmly to cover bottom and a little of the sides.  Place in freezer while you make the filling. **for the filling-put all ingredients into blender until the mixture is creamy.  Depending on your blender this could take around 3-4 minutes (the creamier the better) **pour filling on top of crusts and put back in freezer for at least 30mins Options- I sprinkled with date sugar in the video Trying adding lemon juice or bananas ---Experiment, have fun and enjoy :)---  

An Introduction to Food Allergies, Food Sensitivities, and Food Intolerances

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An Introduction to Food Allergies, Food Sensitivities, and Food Intolerances-CFSB Wellness Wednesday In this video we give you an introduction to Food Allergies, Food Sensitivities, and Food Intolerances. The first and most important thing to recognize is that even though these three sound like the same thing, they are importantly different from one another. Food Allergies: -Are immune-mediated IgE reactions that affect 1-2% of the population -Their effects are usually fairly immediate and severe. -They usually affect the airways, the skin, and the gastrointestinal tract Food Sensitivities: -Are immune-mediated IgG and IgM reactions (there are also other types of food sensitivity reactions) that affect 20-30% of the population, a way higher percentage of the population than food allergies -In contrast to a food allergy, food sensitivity reactions can occur anywhere from 45 minutes to up to 3 days after ingesting a food. -In contrast to a food allergy, food sensitivities can affect almost any organ in the body including the brain, the adrenal glands, the thyroid, etc. -Celiac disease, for example, is not a wheat allergy! It is an extreme form of a food sensitivity that comes in the form of an autoimmune attack on the small intestine as a result of eating wheat. Food Intolerances: -Are not immune mediated reactions, but rather they are typically reactions that occur as the result of a digestive inability to break down a particular type of food molecule, typically carbohydrates. Lactose intolerance is the most famous type of food intolerance. Running short on time? Check out the 90-second preview here: https://youtu.be/oeZk2OzCgcY

LaSalle Grill

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CFSB Wellness Wednesday-Special Edition: LaSalle Grill In this special edition of Wellness Wednesday we take you on a tour of one of the best restaurants in South Bend, LaSalle Grill. Laurel, one of our awesome members, was nice enough to let us take a tour of LaSalle Grill. -We got to take a tour of the kitchen where we saw all the fresh ingredients LaSalle uses to make their food. -We got to sit in on queue time with Chef Rob where the entire staff goes over the daily menu with the head chef. -Lastly, I took a look at their menu and talked about which healthy food options you could order there. LaSalle grill is the perfect type of restaurant to have a healthy meal that is absolutely delicious. -They make their meals from fresh, real whole food ingredients. -Every day the menu is different. Why? Because they use seasonal and local ingredients which not only taste much better but are healthier for you. -They cook everything in either butter or olive oil, which are both much healthier than the seed oils used in most restaurants. If you're looking for healthy eating in South Bend that is absolutely delicious you need to check out LaSalle Grill.

Amy’s Treat Corner: Banana Smoothie, Banana Ice Cream, and Bananas Foster Sauce

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Amy's Treat Corner-Banana Smoothie, Banana Ice Cream, and Bananas Foster Sauce In this month's edition of Amy's Treat Corner Amy shows you how to make a banana smoothie, banana ice cream, and how to make a delicious bananas foster sauce for the ice cream. Running short on time? Check out the 90 second preview here: https://youtu.be/ZJKTUJw8Rxo Here are the recipes: ------Banana Breakfast shake----- 1 Frozen banana - partially thawed 1 C coconut milk or almond milk 2-3 dates 1 Tbsp cocoa 1 Tbsp Maple syrup 4-5 ice cubes Add ins: 2 Tbsp Peanut butter, almond butter, sunbutter 1 scoop protein powder * put all in blender and enjoy :) ------ Banana ice cream------ 4 Partially frozen bananas pretty ripe 1/2 C coconut cream 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla Optional vanilla bean * put in blender and place in container then cover ice cream with plastic wrap * put in freezer till frozen and enjoy   Bananas Foster Sauce 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 Tbsp coconut sugar 2 Tbsp coconut cream (make sure it's just the cream and not the liquid) In a sauce pan melt the butter and sugar. Add the cream and stir till hot and bubbly. Pour in jar and put in fridge! * I made a double batch *