Hydration and the importance in our everyday lives Many people may not think about hydration when they think about nutrition. This is an important topic as the weather has made a drastic change in the last few weeks. The human body’s make-up is about 50-70% […]
Month: May 2018
Tracking Your Macros
Let’s get into the bulk of your diet and talk Macronutrients. Macros are made up of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. This is what makes up your daily caloric intake and provides you with energy not only to tackle your workouts, but also to fuel your basic daily functional needs. Tracking your macros is an effective way to make sure you are staying on track to achieve your nutrition goals.
To build an appropriate diet, we need to find out what your macronutrient needs are. Body type, activity level, age, and your goals will all help shape how many of each macro you need. Different people need different amounts of each macro to help either build muscle and mass, or reduce overall body weight. Working with your nutrition coach will help dial in these numbers to a tight range you want to achieve each and every day. The My Fitness Pal App is perfect for entering your daily intake. Here are a few tips now that you have your macro count and a place to track them;
*Be honest! Track everything even if its just a few bites off your kids plate or a quick snack you didn’t plan on having.
*Don’t guess. Measure your food. Portion sizes are tough to judge just based on looks, and this can lead to a massively inaccurate count. A digital scale is the best way to measure your food. They are just $20 at Target!
*Track your food throughout the day. Its easy to wait until 9pm before entering your meals. Its too late now when you realize you over ate or under ate all day.
*Share your macro count with your coach. Giving feedback can help expedite the learning process to figure out YOUR best macro count.
Move well. Eat well. Be Well.
Dane Schneider, Pn1
Blood Flow Restriction Training article by Core Health intern Daniel Hounjet What is blood flow restriction training (BFRT) you ask? BFRT is when you place a cuff similar to a blood pressure cuff around your arm or leg and perform certain exercises. Once the cuff […]
Now that our hibernation is over and summer is right around the corner there have been a few things on my mind. One, I need to do some spring cleaning. Two, I am pumped for all the time I get to spend in the backyard having bonfires and watching the pups run around. And three, it’s farmer’s market season so I will be cleaning up my diet and adding a ton of fresh veggies to my meals! Fresh fruits, veggies, and flowers galore! If this sunshine and warmth doesn’t motivate you to clean up your diet and replace some of the rich, heavy comfort food with crisp, colorful, local fruits and veggies I don’t know what will. Here are some pro tips to help clean up your plate as the sunny summertime becomes a reality
- Visit your local farmer’s market weekly to stock up on some fresh fruits and veggies for your meals
- Sign up for a CSA share or split with a friend. Fresh produce delivered to your door
- Wash, cut up, and place all those veggies or fruits in containers right away to have ready for snacking or throwing in a pan to cook.
- Make vegetables a priority with your meals and build your plate around them. Roasted, raw, steamed, grilled, in a salad, in a smoothie, sauteed, or scrambled with eggs
- Get protein in at every meal to help keep you satisfied (eggs, beef, chicken, fish, seafood, dairy sources, greek yogurt, beans, legumes, etc.)
- Nix the pasta and warm, buttered bread at dinner and replace it with roasted potatoes or root vegetables drizzled with olive oil
- Pick some of the seasonal fruit to have with breakfast, for snacks, or a healthier dessert option topped with coconut cream
- If your fruits or veggies are nearing the end of their freshness, cut up and place in a freezer bag to use later in a smoothie or cooked up as a side
- Stock up on some good spices and herbs to season your veggies
- Break out that grill and bring your cooking outside! Get a vegetable basket for easy grilled veggies
- Balance meals and snacks with protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Examples: Grilled pork chop, roasted golden potatoes and broccoli both drizzled in olive oil; Mixed greens salad topped with fresh peppers, onions, tomato, cilantro, avocado, salsa, greek yogurt, grilled chicken, and a handful of corn tortilla chips; Greek yogurt or cottage cheese topped with fresh fruit and a small handful of chopped nuts and shaved coconut
- Keep it simple. Don’t overthink it and make meals more complicated than they need to be
I hope these tips motivate you to do some spring cleaning to your own plate and start your summer off feeling well-nourished and energized.