In this video I discuss the numerous ways in which I'm imperfect.
Why did I think it was important to make this video? Put simply a lot of marketing by health and nutrition coaches on the Internet gives the impression that they've never had to struggle and that everything comes so easily to them.
In my case, the exact opposite is true. I'm passionate about what I do and I'm better able to what I do precisely because I've had many health and weight struggles along the way.
One of my favorite sayings from a mentor is "My super power is that I make mistakes faster than anyone else", and that's certainly true of me in the health and wellness space. Making mistakes faster than other people allows me to learn from those mistakes more quickly than others, and then I can pass that knowledge on to those I coach.
Here are just some of the many ways I'm imperfect, and this is only the health and nutrition side of things :)
-I grew up eating more processed foods and fast foods than probably almost anyone watching this video and that continued for about 28 years.
-For most of my adult life, about 10 to 12 years I was about 50 to 60lbs overweight and I had significant struggles losing weight
-About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Graves' disease (autoimmune hyperthyroidism), which took a long time to heal from. That experience was what motivated me to become a health coach for a living.
-To this very day, as I'm writing this (April 2018), I am working with my own functional health practitioner to resolve some lingering health issues that haven't gone away. Why? Because I'm not perfect, and 28 years of eating junk food along in addition to being a Type A stress case will really mess up your health. Additionally, the past three years have probably been the most stressful of my life, which leads me to my next point.
-Stress, and how I deal with it, is my own personal Mount Everest that I've been working on very hard the past couple of years but it's still a MAJOR area of work for me.
-I still eat completely off plan foods (pizza, chocolate chip cookies, etc.) and not always for special occasions (although this has improved dramatically in the past few years)
I think it's important as a health coach to show people that I'm not perfect, and that I've dealt a number of health and weight issues over the years.
We're all at various levels of imperfection, but we can improve. What separates those who stay stuck in their lifelong imperfections from those who change is the willingness to ask for help to learn and grow as a person.
Even though I'm still very much imperfect, the changes I've made have been dramatic from where I used to be, and I'm going to keep trying to improve. You should too.
In this video we sit down with Margaret who signed up for our Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® program.
We talk about her journey in the FDN program, and what improvements she's seen as a result.
Congrats on all your progress Margaret! We're all so proud of you and all that you've accomplished!
Hanger=Being angry because you're hungry
Here's a super important point to recognize about hanger.
Hanger is very common but it is not normal.
Another way to say this is that hanger happens very frequently for a number of people, but in a normal healthy human being it should not happen very frequently if at all.
What causes hanger?
-Many things can cause hanger, but the main cause is chronic blood sugar highs and lows.
Why do blood sugar issues cause hanger ?
-Because when your blood sugar drops too low your body releases cortisol to bring it back up, and cortisol is your master stress hormone.
So, how do you fix this?
-First, focus on eating real whole nutrient dense food like quality protein, veggies, and healthy fat. That will help stabilize your blood sugar.
-Also, make sure you get enough sleep that will help regulate your blood sugar and your cravings.
If you experience hanger on a regular basis, that's your body's way of telling you that something is wrong and that something needs to be done to fix it.
Why is it important to eat fish and seafood?
-We tend to get way too many Omega-6 pro-inflammatory fats from things like canola oil, margarine, and soybean oil and we need to balance that with Omega-3 anti-inflammatory fats from fish and seafood.
-A lot of nutrients like iodine and selenium are hard to get in sufficient quantities without fish and seafood.
What kind should you be getting?
-Wild-caught things like salmon, halibut, and cod and seafood like scallops, mussels, and clams.
How much should we be eating per week?
-About 1lb at least. That equates to roughly three 6oz servings.
Which types of seafood have the most nutrients?
-If you want seafood with highest nutrients things like sardines, anchovies, and shellfish like mussels and clams are all super healthy and fairly cheap compared to something like halibut.
What about toxins in fish and seafood?
-This is a genuine concern, but you can minimize it by buying wild caught fish and buying fish and seafood with lower mercury contents (you can find this out from the marine stewardship council)
What are some simple recipes?
-Salmon filet in a 250 degree oven for 10-15 minutes with butter and lemon zest
-Halibut seared with ghee or butter in a saute pan with some mushrooms
-Scallops seared with avocado oil or ghee
Talk Title: Natural Solutions for Heart Health and High Cholesterol
Where: Any Lab Test Now, Mishawaka (right between Super Target and Best Buy on University Dr.)
When: Tuesday March 20th 2018 at 6:00pm
Cost: Free to the Public
Next Tuesday 3.20.18 at 6pm at Any Lab Test Now in Mishawaka, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and CFSB Head Nutrition Coach Robby Gustin will be giving a free talk on natural solutions to heart health and high cholesterol issues.
Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States. However, many people are confused about the best approaches to optimize heart health and cholesterol levels.
In this talk we will explain how to get to the root cause of heart health and cholesterol issues, naturally. Lifestyle improvements in things like nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress reduction, and temporary natural supplementation can do a tremendous amount to optimize heart health and cholesterol levels without having to be on prescriptions for the rest of one’s life.
Come learn how to optimize your heart and health and cholesterol levels naturally!
Any advice received is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician. It is recommended that you consult your own doctor or other qualified health professional regarding the treatment of any medical condition and that you speak with your doctor before taking action on any nutritional or health recommendations provided. The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. It is offered for educational purposes only, and statements made have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Today I'd like to shout out Sarah Fishburn for being an awesome person who is dedicated and willing to put in the work to achieve her goals.
In our line of work we see lots of people who want to go to heaven, but aren't willing to die to get there, metaphorically speaking. Not Sarah.
She's one of the most dedicated people I've ever worked with. She's committed to her goals, and she sticks with the program even when it involves hard work and effort. On top of it all, she's a super nice and sweet person.
Since signing up for our 6-Month Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program a couple months ago she has:
-Lost 7.5 inches off her waist
-Went from 3 burpees in the open last year to 41 burpees this year
-Strict pressed 85lbs
-Done no push burpees on the floor instead of on a plate
-Shaved 1:00 min off her 55 cal row
-Did 18.1 with a bunch of hanging kneee raises from the bar
-Bench Pressed 105
-Felt the best she has ever felt mind, body, and spirit in the past 2.5 yrs.
-Felt on top of the world.
Congrats on all your progress Sarah, we're all super proud of you!
In this video, we give you a review of Blue Apron Whole30 meals. We also talk about how these meal delivery services can be a great way to try some great new food, get some variety in your meals, and learn some new cooking techniques.
Over the 8 weeks, Blue Apron partnered with the Whole30 to deliver Whole30 meals. I signed up for it because I had been wanting to try Blue Apron, and because I'm a big fan of the Whole30.
Put simply, the meals were great!
I was unexpectedly surprised by how good all the meals were. Initially I thought there would be some good and bad ones, but we didn't have a single bad one. All of them were either good or very good. As I said in the video, I have no financial connection with Blue Apron or any other meal delivery service.
Even better, it introduced some new variety into our normal eating routine with some cool new ways to make meals.
Unfortunately, as of the time of this recording, the partnership between Whole30 and Blue Apron is ending it's 8-week run. However, you can still get healthy meals through a service like Blue Apron or another one like Green Chef, which specifically does all organic Paleo, Keto, and Vegan meals.
Either way, these are great services to try to eat some great food, to get some variety in your meals, and to learn some new cooking techniques.
In this video we talk about making a list of your top 5 special occasion foods.
Why would you do this?
Put simply, to help you avoid food temptation.
Many times when we're dealing with some sort of special occasion (birthday, wedding, party, anniversary, etc.) we have a tendency to have not-so-healthy food just because it's there not because we really care about it.
This list is meant to help you get crystal clear in your mind about which foods are truly worth it to you. Why is that helpful? Because, in the moment, while you're at one of these special occasion events having this list can help you easily determine which foods are truly worth it and which aren't.
It's also especially helpful when you pair it with a special occasion calendar. Those two in combination really help you keep completely off-plan food to a minimum and they help you make sure that that food is something that's really worth it to you and is only for a special occasion.
Does this mean you have to have these foods at a special occasion if they're there?
Of course not, you can still decide in that particular moment that the food isn't worth it if you're just not into it at that moment.
Does making this list mean your top 5 foods will never change?
-No, they can certainly change over time some will fall off the list while others will be added
Are white potatoes healthy? In short, yes!
In order to see whether white potatoes are healthy it's helpful to go through our 5 rules for determining nutritious foods.
1. Are white potatoes nutritious? Yes they are, and they're as nutritious if not more so than sweet potatoes.
2. Are white potatoes good for blood sugar? It depends. It's highly individual. Some individuals get more of a blood sugar spike from sweet potatoes while others get more of one from white potatoes. For more details on the individual nature of blood sugar spikes check out my video on that subject here: Can rice spike your blood sugar more than a cookie?
Post-workout for healthy people white potatoes can be great. Furthermore, white potatoes contain a compound called resistance starch which can help with blood sugar, which sweet potatoes do not contain.
3. Are white potatoes addictive? It depends. They can be if they're French Fries or chips, but roasted potatoes with olive oil aren't really addictive.
4. Do white potatoes promote healthy digestion? They can, it depends on the person. But they're no more or less harmful or helpful than sweet potatoes.
5. Do white potatoes contribute to chronic and systemic inflammation? Generally speaking no, but for people with autoimmunity, white potatoes can cause issues for a very small subset of people.
So overall, potatoes are a real whole nutritious food, and the main reason there's a stigma is due to the fact that we typically have them as fries, hashbrowns, and potato chips.
In this video we sit down with Dave who signed up for six months of one-on-one nutrition coaching at CrossFit South Bend.
Dave's a busy guy. He's a real estate agent (be sure to check him out if you're looking to buy or sell a home). He has a family, and he travels for work. So he has a lot of commitments he needs to balance while he's trying to get healthy and lose weight.
Furthermore, Dave had tried the Whole30 before, and it worked pretty well for a short time. However, it was hard for him to keep it going long term.
In the video we talk about how we made eating healthy manageable with all of Dave's commitments, and how we were able to make this way of eating more of a long-term lifestyle rather than a short-term diet.
In the first half of Dave's program he accomplished the following.
-Dave lost roughly 30lbs during his first part of his nutrition coaching program
-He lost 5 inches off his waist, and 3 inches of his hips
-Putting on clothes that fit well a year or so ago, just don't fit any more because they're too big
-Gym recovery is a lot better
-Cravings are basically gone, and he generally doesn't feel as hungry.
-Used to have a lot of Diet Coke, but hasn't had one for a long time since we started
Congrats on all your progress Dave! You've done a great job thus far! We're super proud of you!
We'll be back in a few months with Part 2 of Dave's Story.