So, I have shared our family's experiences with food sensitivities with you in the previous post. By ELIMINATING foods that cause troublesome issues, and looking at our food as fuel, our game has changed. Have you considered looking at your FOOD as FUEL? Do you have the will power and the DRIVE to live a better life? When you can get your mind around the "Food is Fuel" concept, all of the clouds and confusion are suddenly GONE! The advertisements, coupons, and freebies are no longer a temptation, and your kitchen is packed with foods that make you and your family feel more fit, active, strong, energetic, and ALIVE!
Would you put diesel fuel into your luxury car's engine? NO WAY!!!!! Then why are you putting the wrong fuel into your body's fuel tank? Think of your body as a luxury car! Treat it as such! You have all heard that comparison before, right? Now, is your chance to officially wrap your brain around this concept and DO SOMETHING.
Have you ever considered buying EXCLUSIVELY what is right for you and your family? Why continue falling for the ridiculous marketing schemes offering freebies and BOGOS? I talk to so many clients on a daily basis who say, "Well, they were on sale, so I had to buy them." As they say this, they are standing there, red in the face, justifying their purchase of a GINORMOUS barrel of cheese puffs. Really? Was someone holding a gun to your head at the grocery store forcing you to buy them? Did I miss something? Is the store circular your nutritionist/meal planner???
By the way, this same client just expressed to me how drained, overweight, and unhappy they feel. Could those feelings have anything to do with the garbage that they are eating day in and day out? At this point I usually ask, "have you considered how difficult it is for your body to process "cheese" puffs, and other chemical laden foods?" Most people are quickly silenced by my bold remark, and they shake their heads with a barely audible "no." For the people that know me, personally, you know that I am a very sensitive person. I am only bold when ABSOLUTELY necessary. This is a time that I HAVE to be bold. When conversing with clients about their food, it is so difficult. People are VERY emotionally attached to their food. 9 out of 10 people just tune out during our food conversation. Keep in mind, these are the very same people who hired me to help them, and I can see them just glaze over during our appointment. Most people truly aren't ready for real CHANGE. It is only the people who are truly SERIOUS about wanting to get healthy, that lean forward, tune-in, and begin to make positive changes for themselves and their family. It's OK that you don't know everything about food, just open your mind. I don't know everything about building a house, cutting hair, or programming a computer. That is why I turn to the experts when I need something in that area of my life; when they talk, I listen. When they tell me what I need to do, I do it.
OK, so let's head back to cheese puffs. Do I think there should never EVER be another cheese puff in your house ever again? NO! Just make better, cleaner, and healthier choices when you buy foods that are not technically "FUEL." For example, I buy Pirate's Booty for the kids. They get a treat and it is not sabotaging their health. I don't care if it costs $2 more. I will spend more money on high quality foods. It is a no-brainer!!! If you don't spend your money on good quality foods, mark my words, you WILL spend it at the doctor's office and the pharmacy later.
Your call to action:
1. Look at what you are eating. ASK yourself this question: "Is this Fuel?"
2. For one week, consider buying ONLY the foods that FUEL you.
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I have also attached a video to this post because this woman's experience is thought provoking! Did you know there was such a thing as ALCAT testing? Do you think if you had an ALCAT test, you would be more equipped to make better choices when it comes to nutrition?
So many people ask me where I get all of my energy! I have always been a pretty energetic person, but after I had my kids, I noticed how run down, dragged out, and tired I was. I didn't feel like myself. Yes, I was in the process of embracing my new role as a busy mom, but I was still me and I wasn't feeling like me.
It wasn't until 2008, that I started thinking more about my diet. At this time whole wheat was ALL THE RAGE. I was adding more whole wheat into my diet like EVERY health expert recommended, and I found that I couldn't sincerely jump on the bandwagon to support this whole wheat movement. I was so sluggish, my seasonal allergies were out of control, and my belly was constantly bloated. As a fitness professional, I was so frustrated! I began to wonder, who wants to take a class from a tired woman with a bloated belly? As a woman, I was devastated! My jeans were too tight, and I did not feel very attractive! It was so difficult!
I started to read up on nutrition, and started exploring the world of whole grains. I knew I had to do SOMETHING different. I started looking at rice, quinoa, gluten free oats, buckwheat, and teff. Once I cut back wheat, and added these other grains to my diet, I started to feel better! People started to ask me if I lost weight! I had! I lost 5 pounds almost instantly! On a 5'2 person, 5 pounds is VERY noticeable!!!!
In 2012, I removed gluten and wheat COMPLETELY from my diet when my son Will was diagnosed with Latent Celiac Disease. Before his diagnosis, he was experiencing some of the same issues I was having, AND he had fallen off the growth chart. This was DEVASTATING to us. We pride ourselves on being a healthy family, and our son was not getting the proper nourishment he needed to grow. Celiac Disease damages the small intestine and it does not allow it to absorb nutrients properly. He is also a Type 1 Diabetic and a staggering 10% of all Type 1 Diabetics end up with Ceilac! Crazy, right?! So, I went to the doctor too and had inconclusive blood work regarding Celiac. Personally, I think I have more of an intolerance to wheat and gluten. I fix that intolerance by eliminating them from my diet.
I am now Will's accountability buddy! We both have to skip the cake at b-day parties, and weddings. We stick together. Sometimes we bring our own treats, and other times family will make something GF so we can have it! I ask and model all the questions that need to be asked at restaurants, gatherings, and friends houses for him to get him comfortable in this lifestyle.
One product that works so well in our lifestyle is Shakeology. It is Gluten FREE, and it is packed with probiotics ( very important for all people, but especially important for those who have gluten intolerance or Celiac.) It also acts as a meal or snack replacement, and more importantly, a multivitamin! All four of us drink shakes in our house. It REVS our engines every day with these ENERGIZING ingredients:
I have found that my kids prefer the texture of spinach salads over romaine or iceberg lettuce. They also prefer to eat food that they have a hand in making. We have taught both of our kids how to safely use knives, and while we still supervise, our boys are more than capable of chopping snow peas and strawberries in to bite sized salad toppers! However, carrots and onions, are another story; they are much too hard texture/odd shaped for kids with knives.
Our boys also like to choose their own dressings. We have a variety of choices available to them when we make a salad bar like this. Pour them into small bowls so they can spoon it on themselves, or give them a dish to dip!
Isn't the final product beautiful? Both boys had 2 big bowls! Will eats everything, and Brady is a little more reserved, but is willing to try anything. They both loved the freedom to create their own custom salad. It was delicious, easy, and fun!
Hi, Fitness friend!
Here is the crockpot chicken taco recipe! SO EASY!
*4-6 chicken breasts (frozen or fresh)
*one jar of good quality salsa
*one can of black beans
*organic extra sharp cheddar (tip: you don't need as much when you use extra sharp cheddar!)
Put the chicken breasts in the crockpot in the morning and put it on the lowest setting. Pour the salsa over the top and allow it to slow cook until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
Shred the chicken with two forks.
Drain and rinse the can of black beans and mix in with the shredded chicken.
Serve in a small bowl and top with lettuce, cilantro, diced avocado and a squeeze of lime!
Dinner will be ready for you when you get home from work! Simple, healthy and DELISH!!!
Lisé Freking is our resident Warehouse member blog writer. When she isn’t in the “member trenches” in Zumba, Bootcamp, Insanity, Tank Top Arms and more, Lisé enjoys time with her husband and their three children. Lisé has been involved in sports as long as she can remember: tennis, swimming, track (including shot and discus) and softball. Most recently, in addition to Warehouse classes, Lisé enjoys at least one good mud run obstacle course challenge a year! Lisé also enjoys a hot beach, a good book, and a cold drink in her spare time. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) and her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She currently is an attorney-turned-marketing strategist at Thomson Reuters (25 years and counting). Look for Lisé’s monthly blog articles: “The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth: Tales From the Warehouse Member Trenches” on www.nickiecarriganfitness.com.