Category Archives: FAV Nutrition

My Thoughts on Pre-Workout Supplements

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When I first starting lifting, I was still very new to world of pre-workout supplements. My younger brother on the other hand was all about it, and would use some of the heavy hitters like Super Pump, N.O.Xplode, etc. So, I was curious and like the nutrition nerd that I am, I began to do research, and A LOT of it. My favorite starting place: Bodybuilding.com. They have a great pre-workout article here, and supplement forums (#ftw).

The right pre-workout supplements can boost your strength, endurance, focus, and muscle pump.  I personally work out early in the mornings before work (5AM), so I was definitely looking for something that would give me the right amount of energy and endurance to push through my workouts. The two things I went back and forth on the most (in terms of ingredients within pre-workouts) were:

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My Very First Juicing Experience!

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Photo Credit: www.mindbodygreen.com

A few weeks back, I finally watched a documentary that I had heard a lot about: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, where Joe Cross has us follow him on a journey to improve his overall health through a juicing diet for 90 days (while being monitored by a healthcare provider).  The documentary is amazing and inspirational! I definitely recommend watching it (you can currently watch it for free, using the link above).

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My Morning Routine – The Benefits of Warm Lemon Water and Green Superfoods

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Photo Credit: www.mindbodygreen.com

Before I get into my morning routine, I wanted to provide a quick intro to the importance of one’s pH (the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance is its pH). Why is this important? An understanding of how to keep your blood in an alkaline range is important for maintaining good health. Your body continuously strives to find the balance and it works extremely hard to create it. When you make poor lifestyle choices or are burdened by a toxic environment, your body has to work harder to create a peaceful homeostasis.

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Superfood: Chia Seed & Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding Recipe!

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Chia seeds are one of my all-time favorite super foods. I love how versatile they are; you can add them to oatmeal recipes, protein bar recipes, add them to smoothies, make chia pudding (which I’ll get to in a little bit ;)), etc. etc. These tiny seeds are a powerhouse of omega-3’s, protein, antioxidants, and fiber. Their high omega-3 content helps reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol. The fiber in chia seeds assists in removing toxins, regulating bowel function and blood sugar levels.

A few more fun facts:

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My “Almost” Vegan BodyBuilding Adventure

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I wanted to start my first official blog post with a recent nutrition adventure I have been on.  For the last couple months or so, I have been experimenting with being an “almost” vegan.  I considered being a “full” vegan, however, the hardest thing for me was the thought of giving up eggs! Dairy, Meat, Chicken, Seafood – no problem. But eggs??? I use egg whites in all my baking, I love making omelettes, I LOVE sunny side up eggs, etc. etc.  I struggled with this for a little bit, then decided “you know what, I am going to do what’s best for me, and if that means being an “almost” vegan, then so be it :]”.

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