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How to Have a Healthy Blood Sugar Level

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In this video we explain: -Why healthy blood sugar levels are so important -The easiest way to get an accurate picture of your blood sugar levels, which is to buy and use a glucometer for a short period of time. -Some tests your doctor can run to give a more complete picture of your blood sugar levels Running short on time? Check out the 90-second preview here: https://youtu.be/hcQzLh0Lbmg P.S. Yes, I misspelled 'your' on the whiteboard. The grammar geek in me feels horrible about it :)

What is the Paleo Diet?

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What is the Paleo Diet?-CFSB Wellness Wednesday In this week’s Wellness Wednesday video we answer the following two questions: 1. What is the Paleo Diet? 2. Is it worth trying? The short answers to those questions are: 1.The Paleo Diet is a nutrient-dense, real whole food diet that focuses on quality protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. 2. The Paleo Diet is absolutely worth giving a try. There are a number of amazing health benefits and very few drawbacks. Running short on time? Check out the 90-second preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N27O1GzUV88 Want to give the Paleo diet a try? Click here to schedule a FREE 30min One-on-One Nutrition meeting with CFSB Head Nutrition Coach Robby Gustin https://crossfitsouthbend.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentType=928667

Jeremy and Heather’s Story-No Excuses

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I can't eat healthy because of my spouse. I can't eat healthy because of my kids. I can't eat healthy because of how much I work, my job, etc. How many times have we used these excuses to avoid changing our health for the better? I know I've done it. Jeremy owns two local businesses, has a lovely wife, Heather, and he has two kids. Jeremy's clearly a busy man. He could have used any one of those facts as an excuse to avoid healthy eating and changing his life for the better. But he didn't. He accepted the challenge of changing his health and life with healthy eating. When Jeremy initially came to see me he was looking to lose weight and get healthy again. After seeing  his first food journal I could clearly see that the main issue was that he was eating processed foods/restaurant foods 80-90% of the time and home cooked meals about 10-20% of the time. I told him that to achieve his goals, he would need to start eating home cooked meals 80-90% of time and having processed/restaurant food 10-20% of the time. He could have easily said: "I run two businesses, there's no way I can do that!" "My wife doesn't currently eat that way, how am I going to?" "I have two kids, they won't eat this way." But he didn't complain, he didn't object, he just gave it a try, and he did an amazing job! He lost 20lbs over the course of 3 months, a healthy, sustainable amount of weight to lose that he won't immediately gain back because he wasn't on a crash diet. He lost 3.75 inches off his waist and 1.75 inches off his hips. Not only that, Jeremy's wife Heather decided to give this way of eating a try as well and she lost 11lbs, 7 inches off her hips 3 inches off her waist! They made it work with two kids and numerous responsibilities and so can you. This is normally the time of year when the motivation for that New Year's Resolution starts to wear off. Don't let it. Don't make excuses for letting your goals get away from you. Make a better decision. Be part of a program that can actually help you achieve your New Year's resolution this year. We can guide you, support you, and hold you accountable on your path to achieving your goals. There are only 2 more days to sign up for our Whole90 nutrition challenge, which starts on January 15th. The gym-wide Whole90 nutrition challenge is something we only do once a year, and it's 60% our normal one-on-one nutrition coaching prices. These discounts will not happen again in 2016. Click here to reserve your spot: https://crossfit-south-bend.myshopify.com/collections/nutrition-coaching/products/2016-whole90-reserve-my-spot-deposit Click here for all the details: http://crossfitsouthbend.com/2016-whole90-gym-nutrition-challenge/

Angie’s Story-13lbs lost while eating MORE food

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"Eat less, workout more." We hear it all the time. It's the simple key to weight loss and health. Or is it? Angie had been told multiple times by her doctor and others to eat less and workout more, and she ended up GAINING 12lbs over the course of a year weight with that approach. When she came to see us we suggested she eat MORE real whole food not less. Over the course of three months of eating more food, but quality real whole food, she lost 13lbs, 2.5 inches off her waist, and 2.25 inches off her hips. Even more importantly, her hair and nails started growing again, her cravings for bad food are gone, and her digestion is a lot better. There are so many people out there who are told "just eat less, and workout more". But that's not always the right answer, and the truth is a lot more nuanced than that. We actually find that most people achieve their health and weight loss goals faster by eating MORE real whole food, and exercising LESS but more intelligently with high intensity interval training and strength work. Want to experience your own transformation by eating real whole food? There are only 10 days left to sign up for our Whole90 nutrition challenge, the very same program that Angie used to achieve all her success. You can reserve your spot in the Whole90 Nutrition Challenge here: https://crossfit-south-bend.myshopify.com/collections/nutrition-coaching/products/2016-whole90-reserve-my-spot-deposit You can get all the details here: http://crossfitsouthbend.com/2016-whole90-gym-nutrition-challenge/ Our  2016Whole90 Nutrition Challenge is 60% off our normal one-on-one nutrition coaching prices, and it won't happen again until next year. Come join us for what is sure to be our biggest and best Whole90 ever.

Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution

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How do you break the yearly cycle of yo-yo dieting? How do you make it so that on Dec. 31st 2016 you're still on track with your new year's resolution from Jan. 1 2016? In this week's edition of Wellness Wednesday we talk about how to successfully stick to your New Year's Resolution. Here are the keys to success:
  1. Come up with a series of small wins over time that you know you can achieve to build up a long-term habit.
  2. Realize that real change doesn't come in a short period of time. Give yourself 2-3 months to really establish a habit.
  3. Find someone who can hold you accountable to your own goals whether it's a friend, family member, or coach.
  4. The same person who's holding you accountable also needs to be a source or support and encouragement. They can't just be a drill sergeant who yells at you and berates you when you don't stick to the plan.
Do you have a health, fitness, or weight loss goal you're looking to accomplish in the new year? Check out our 90-day nutrition challenge here, which incorporates all the tips above to help you succeed at achieving your goal. http://crossfitsouthbend.com/2016-whole90-gym-nutrition-challenge/

Christmas Truffles-Amy’s Treat Corner

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In this month's edition of Amy's Treat Corner Amy whips up some delicious Christmas truffles that you can easily make and bring with you to Christmas gatherings. These truffles require no cooking and take less than 30mins to make. We've included the recipes below. Short on time? Watch the 90-second preview video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8xjbkGsijg Walnut Honey Fig Truffles: - 20 Figs Approximately - 1/2 C Walnuts chopped - 3 Tbsp Cocoa - 1 Tbsp Honey - 1 cap full Vanilla Extract Put all ingredients in blender and mix tell mixture comes together in ball form. Makes approx. 12-15 - roll in crushed walnuts if desired. Pecan Coffee Date Truffles: -  20 Pitted Dates Approximately - 1/2 C Pecans chopped - 1/2 C Strong coffee or Espresso (soak dates in for 10mins to 1 day ahead) - 3 Tbsp Cocoa - 1 Tsp Cinnamon Put all ingredients in blender and mix tell mixture comes together in ball form. Makes approx. 12-15 - roll in cocoa powder and top with chocolate covered espresso beans. Almond Coconut Date Truffles: - 25 Pitted Dates Approximately - 1/2 C Almonds slivered - 1/2 Unsweetened Coconut - 1 pinch Sea Salt - 1 cap full Almond Extract Put all ingredients in blender and mix tell mixture comes together in ball form. Makes approx. 15 - roll in finely shredded coconut if desired.

Are weight loss and health the same thing?

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Are weight loss and health the same thing?-CFSB Wellness Wednesday The number #1 health and fitness goal most people have, especially around this time of year, is weight loss. But what if instead of focusing on weight loss as the primary goal we focused on health first? In this week's video we explain why focusing on health first leads to so many more long-term sustainable results than focusing on weight loss as the primary goal. Short on time? Check out the 90 second preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU36502El00  

Healthy Eating While Traveling

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In this week's edition of Wellness Wednesday we give you a number of go-to healthy food options that do not involve any cooking at all. A lot of people are traveling this time of year, and we wanted to give you a few healthy eating options to take with you when you're traveling.
Most healthy food requires cooking, but sometimes you're traveling or you have those days at work where you're just too tired to cook. For those times, here are some great options for you to choose from.

2016 CFSB Whole90 Nutrition Challenge-Wellness Wednesday

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In this week's Wellness Wednesday video we give you all the details for the 2016 CFSB Whole90 Nutrition challenge. How will the Whole90 help you achieve your goals in 2016? -It wil help you lose weight without calorie counting, carb counting, or point counting -It will help you focus on health first, which leads to long-term sustainable weight loss -It will teach you how to have a healthy relationship with food for the rest of your life Click the link below to reserve your spot for the 2016 Whole90: https://crossfit-south-bend.myshopify.com/collections/nutrition-coaching/products/2016-whole90-reserve-my-spot-deposit Enter discount code "earlybird" at checkout until 12/15/16 to get $10 off for each month of the Whole90.

2016 Whole90 Gym Nutrition Challenge

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Hey guys,
It’s that time of year again! We’re gearing up for our 2016 Whole90.
What’s the Whole90? It’s our yearly gym nutrition challenge.
Year after year, we see so many people finally achieve their health, weight loss, and fitness goals just by changing their nutrition for the better.
We hope you decide to join us this year for what is sure to be our best nutrition challenge yet.
Here’s some basic info about our 2016 Whole90 nutrition challenge.
Why should I do the Whole90 nutrition challenge?
  • Whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain strength, be more healthy, or just look good in a bathing suit proper nutrition is the foundation for achieving all those goals.
  • Here at CrossFit South Bend we have the knowledge and experience to guide you, support you, and keep you accountable in your quest to achieve your goals.
What kind of results can I expect if I sign up? 
  • Check out our testimonials page to see what kind of results you can expect.
    • http://crossfitsouthbend.com/category/testimonials/
  • Depending on how much weight you have to lose, it’s definitely possible to lose 24-36lbs in a healthy and sustainable way over the course of the 3 months (about 8-12lbs per month)
  • Your health and fitness will also dramatically improve as a result of changing your nutrition for the better
When will the challenge take place?
  • Friday January 15th to Tuesday April 15th 2016
How does Whole90 nutrition challenge work? 
  • Month 1: Your coach will help you gradually transition from how you’re currently eating to a way of eating that consists primarily of real whole food
  • Month 2: All challenge participants will complete a Whole30, where you eat completely clean real whole food for 30 days with no exceptions
  • Month 3: After the Whole30 we’ll show you how to reintroduce certain gray-area foods like dairy, rice, and red wine back into your food rotation. We’ll also teach you how to eat healthy for the rest of your life.
What does the Whole90 nutrition challenge include if I sign up?
  • Personal Nutrition Coaching:
    • You will be given a nutrition coach who will be guiding you, supporting you, and holding you accountable to your own goals through the entire 90 day nutrition challenge
    • Weekly food journal review via email by your nutrition coach
    • Unlimited email questions to your nutrition coach
  • Weights, Measurements, and Pictures
    • Every month you will get weights, measurements and pictures taken at the gym to measure your progress and keep you accountable to your goals
  • Weekly how-to guides via email:
    • Each week we will send you how-to guides via email on a number of different topics. Topics include saving money, eating out at restaurants, and dealing with family and friends while eating healthy.
  • Weekly Nutrition Talks:
    • 10 weekly talks at the gym by CFSB Head Nutrition Coach Robby Gustin to help you maximize your success during the 90 day challenge
    • In person Q&A sessions at talks so you can get your most pressing nutrition questions answered in person
  • Whole9 Resource Guide
    • The Whole9 Resource Guide explains all the rules for eating healthy, provides delicious recipes, and offers you ready made grocery lists and tips for your Whole90.
  • Exclusive Facebook Group
    • An exclusive Facebook group only for participants in the challenge to share recipe ideas, travel tips, foods to try, and words of support and encouragement
  • Grocery Store Tour
    • Robby Gustin will be leading a Paleo Grocery Store tour at Whole Foods in early January that is open to all Whole90 participants
How do I sign up?
  • Option 1 (Easiest): Tell a coach at the gym that you’d like to sign up and they’ll swipe your card through the iPad to reserve your spot with a non-refundable deposit (this will also be your first month’s payment for the Whole90)
  • Option 2: Go to crossfit-south-bend.myshopify.com/ reserve your spot online with a non-refundable deposit
How much does it cost?
  • $75 a month for 3 months
    • This is for early birds who sign up from Nov. 30th-Dec.14th
    • Use code "earlybird" if signing up online to change the price from $85 to $75
    • This is 65% off our normal one-on-one nutrition coaching prices per month
  • $85 a month for 3 months
    • This is for anyone who signs up from Dec. 15th 2015 to Jan. 15th 2016
    • This is 60% off our normal one-on-one nutrition coaching prices per month
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at robby@crossfitsouthbend.com.
Best,
Robby