A Fit Geek’s Year in Review

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'The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.' - Socrates Hello again friends and fellow fit nerds! Can you believe more than a year's passed since I embarked on my fit quest and changed my life for the better? I sure haven't! I wanted to take some time to share my progress and lay out what I plan to do in my 2014-2015 season of nerd fitness with you. So let's get started shall we? Last year, I signed up for Blitz … [Read more...]

Not Starting from the Bottom Anymore

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The highs and lows of a fit quest can be quite interesting. At one point you're flying high and you think that nothing can stop you, and then you hit an emotional wall that makes you feel like packing up your fancy tri-colour shoes. I've always thought of myself as a pretty positive guy so whenever I hit an emotional speed bump, I dug my head in the sand, felt ashamed and thought that I have to start all over again.  I felt like I have no choice but to start back a level one and pick a brand … [Read more...]

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Food Consumption Pattern

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In my last blog I had touched on some connections between specific nutrients and how that can affect mood disorders, like seasonal affective disorders (SAD). What a person eats can affect not just the individual, but it has the potential to expand to an entire society. For example, The trend surrounding the lack of omega-3 consumption and rates of illness can be seen occurring internationally. The relevance of polyunsaturated fatty acids for their effects on mental disorders has been … [Read more...]

Putting on a Happy Plate: How to eat your way through Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Over time technology has made dramatic strides in the way food is processed and prepared. Being able to store foods for weeks at a time without it ever going bad has now become the norm. There is greater emphasis on having foods that compliment a person/family’s busy lifestyle. This has resulted in the increasing popularity of prepackaged foods. However, in the factory production of these meals, nutrients are stripped away and loaded with filler calories to make the foods energy dense but … [Read more...]

Snack Recipe Alert! Vegetarian Protein Balls

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This weekend I had a fun little experiment with extra food in my cupboard. I wanted to make a portable delicious, well-balanced snack for in between workouts or clients, and have searched high and low for recipes. I hadn't found a recipe that was super easy until now... A friend passed along some ingredients that he used to make protein bars, but of course there were no ratios or amounts listed. I decided play around and just try making them with the ingredients listed, and then add and … [Read more...]

Fats: the Good, the Bad and the TRUTH

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Fat. It's a word people really loathe to speak. Most of the time the word "fat" has a negative connotation - especially to women who are constantly scrutinizing themselves about the fat on their bodies. Recently it has also begun to exhibit a good side - the "good" fats we know about. We hear about them all the time in articles: Omega-3's, 6's, and other good fats found in nuts, avocados, fish oils, olive oils, etc. So what does that mean for weight loss or maintenance? It can be so confusing … [Read more...]

Protein 101 – What Is It, and How Much?

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I know there is TONS of information out there about protein. You've probably heard people tell you to eat more protein, or to eat less protein, maybe to eat lean protein, blah blah blah - everyone seems to think they are the expert! It's enough to make anyone want to bury their head in the sand and avoid all the confusion! Basically, protein is an organic macronutrient (meaning it contains carbon and our bodies require it in large amounts (grams vs milligrams). So proteins are comprised … [Read more...]

Eating to Gain (Callie’s 90-Day Challenge)

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“Just eat a couple Big Mac’s.” You’d be surprised at how many times I’ve actually been told that in response to my desire to gain weight! But as someone who is passionate about good nutrition (not to mention works in an office of Dietitians) I know that’s not the best way to go about it. Weight gain requires eating calorie-rich but also nutrient rich foods. Initially I was afraid of the sheer volume I was going to have to eat to reach the calorie goal Kelsey determined for me (around 2200 … [Read more...]

Nutrition Tips for Training for your Finish Line!

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  It's that time of year! Spring is (hopefully) creeping up on us, and many endurance athletes, both those new to the sport and veterans are kicking up their training programs into high gear for the first races of the season. Endurance sports such as marathons, triathlons, cycling etc... require many hours and kilometers on the road, in the pool, on the bike, and in the gym. Energy is key when training for long distances, there is no use trying to run 15km+ no matter how fit you are if … [Read more...]

Stressed Out and Craving Fatty or Sugary Foods? Here’s why!

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As a culture we've become obsessed with food.  It has become a vehicle not only for nutrition but to create community, to explore different cultures, and also to satisfy emotional cues.  We have begun identifying ourselves by what we consume as opposed to who we are.  We fall in line with a labels like Paleo, Veganism, Foodies, sugar fiends, and salt fiends to name a few and all of a sudden it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy that we crave these foods and experiences and tastes.  We defend … [Read more...]