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Fat Loss Law #3

Fat Loss Law 3

I know yesterday’s post may not have had the sizzle you were looking for when it comes to accelerating your fat loss and your weight- loss journey but it really can make a difference. Especially if you plan on being active for a long time and preventing yourself from getting injured. Also, if you have not already set your SMART goals, like we talked about in Fat Loss Law #1. Go back and read that post and set your goals.

Alright, so now let’s present fat loss law #3 to you.

Fat Loss Law #3 “You Need To Get Enough Sleep If You Ever Want To See Your Abs”

There’s a saying: lean bodies are built in the gym and kitchen.  And although you need to follow a proper nutrition and exercise regimen… if you don’t allow your body to recover, you’re going to set your results back up to 50%.

Fat Loss Law 3So what is it about sleep and recovery that makes it important to fat loss?

Well, anytime we undergo any type of stress like working out, pulling an all nighter or helping a friend move heavy furniture; the insides of our bodies end up looking like a Walmart after a black Friday sale (cellularly speaking)!

It’s only during our sleep cycles that our cells are able to clean up the mess, rebalance our hormones, sweep up our digestion system and build new cells (like skin, hair, nails and muscles).

When we don’t give our bodies enough time to recover and repair, we actually end up with greater stress hormone levels (cortisone) and inflammation – causing diseases, weight gain and extremely low energy levels.

Hormonal imbalance and inflammation are the root of all illnesses such as cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease… Scary stuff to look forward to if you neglect your health.

I used to give a stress management lecture and one question I would always ask the group to raise their hands and keep them raised as I called out how many hours of sleep they typically get a night. I would start with 4 hours and everyones hand stayed raised. Then I would say 5 and still pretty much everyone had their hand raised. But when I called out 6 hours a night half the room lowered their hand. By the time I got to 8 most everyone lowered their hand and maybe one or two people still had their hand raised. It was really said to see but it goes pretty much with what is happening in our society today. We are sleep deprived and in my opinion a good reason for most of our problems can be traced back to lack of sleep.

Getting more sleep is the simplest way to not only improve your health but also contribute to a shrinking waist size! If you want to change start by getting more sleep!

In the next post you will learn the law that is 90% of the battle.

In health,

Coach Dave

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21 Laws of Fat Loss

The 21 Laws of Fat Loss is a compilation of the top 21 rules that will govern your results. This list is not conclusive and is not presented in any particular order. It is my goal to provide you these 21 laws over the next 21 days.

The Laws presented to you are the very same habits and actions that are responsible for helping thousands of others, just like you, completely revamp their bodies and change their  lives.

What you will notice most, when reading through the 21 Laws Of Fat Loss is that much of the advice counters what you’ve always believed.

The purpose of this book was never to debunk myths and beliefs… The purpose is to just give it to you straight, without any fluff.

You have to realize that the fitness industry is enormous and growing month by month. And because people are spending money trying to improve their health and fitness, there are a lot of ‘charlatans and snake oil salesmen’ that use pseudoscience and misinformation to sell you their products and programs.

It’s my goal to give you the straight answers. Not my opinion. Not some made up science. But real facts as we know them today. Of course as time passes and science advances, it’s possible that the Laws Of Fat Loss may need changing to.  But for now, each day, for the next 21 days, I will post a law that will get you the results you want… all you have to do is follow them.

Fat Loss Law #1 You Must Have Crystal Clear Goals

The most common reason for people not reaching their desired destination is… they don’t really know where they’re going.

 Seems kinda obvious right?

goalsThe truth is, if you’ve been unsuccessful at attaining and sustaining your goals, it’s because you’ve probably never actually set clear, powerful and meaningful goals.

“But isn’t wanting to lose weight a goal?”

Kinda, but not really…

Imagine you wanted to leave your house and go visit a friend in the next town and all you had was the name of the street they lived on.  No house number.  No cross streets.  No point of reference.  No signs knowing if you went too far.

You’d never get there right? You may come close, by accident. But arrive at your desired location; nope.

This is exactly what happens if you don’t set clear goals.

What does a clear goal look like?

Here’s an example of a clear goal:

I want to be a size 6 and fit into my favorite jeans and feel comfortable and confident wearing them by February 1st, 2017.

You see how specific and measurable it needs to be?  If this was one of your goals, you could try them on at the end of each week and see your progress.

Try setting your own SMART goals. Remember the acronym SMART stands for:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Time-bound

One more thing I want to add to this is really focus on the time frame. Around last year (early 2016) I came across a book called, “The 12 Week Year,” which really changed how I approach goal setting. Instead of saying,” I want to lose 10 lbs and weigh ___ by Dec 31st (insert end of year) I know focus my goal setting in a 12 week or 90 day time period.

Once you have your goals share them with me and others so we can help keep you accountable. You can do that by doing our group www.allabouthealthandfitness.com.

Tomorrow I will share with you Fat Loss Law #2. If you neglect this law it could really set you back on your fat loss journey!

In health,

Coach Dave

3 Biggest Core Strength Myths

3 Core Strength Myths

Over the years potential clients or my coaching clients at some point have either asked me how they could get 6 pack Abs or asked how can they get a stronger core because they either have back issues or want to prevent it. Now, unfortunately in the fitness industry their is a ton of information out there and some if it is just not accurate. So today my goal is to debunk 3 Core Strength Myths that I commonly hear and see posted on the web!

Myth #1 – The Core is just your abdominal muscles 

When you hear someone mention or reference the core do you think they are referring to the abdominals? Most people I speak with think that the core consists of only the abdominals. And although you would be correct somewhat, the core consists of much more than your abs. Now not to get too scientific with you but the core consists of a lot more. Major muscles included are Core strength myths the pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominismultifidusinternal and external obliquesrectus abdominiserector spinae(sacrospinalis) especially the longissimus thoracis, and the diaphragm. Minor core muscles include the latissimus dorsigluteus maximus, and trapezius.

So you can see that the core is much more than just your abs!

Myth #2 – If I have a Strong Core, I’ll Have a Flat Stomach or 6 Pack Abs

Sorry to disappoint you but you could do crunches all day long 7 days a week and you still might not have the 6 pack ab look you are shooting for. The reason is because actually how lean your stomach is and the showing of your abdominal muscles has much more to do with your nutrition thanks the strength of your abdominals.

You may have heard it before but sound nutritional habits and diet have a much greater impact on you looking lean and losing weight than the actually performing of the exercise.

The funny thing is I once had a client that told me I don’t care what exercises we do throughout the 50 minutes of our session but the last 5 -10 all I want us to focus on is my abs. Well, after several weeks she said to me that she was upset because she was not seeing results and getting the cut look with her abs. She told me this was unsatisfactory to her and she was going to quit. I asked her if she had changed her diet like we talked about and she said, “not really!” Well we had a heart to heart and after me finally convincing her and telling her  that we could do ab exercises all day long and but unless you change your diet your not going to see the results you want. Finally she changed and eventually saw some results but again it came down to her nutrition more than the doing of the exercises.

Myth #3 – A Strong Core Helps Prevent and Reduce Lower Back Pain 

I have to admit that earlier in my coaching career I believed this to be true. However, after working with some chiropractors and me always conning my education I began to understand more about the movement and function of the body and how low back pain can be more than just a weak core. In honesty there could be a million different reasons for lower back pain. And although this may seem counterintuitive actually doing more exercises like crunches can lead to a higher risk of back pain. In the video below Dr. Stuart McGill does a really good job of explaining how flexing the spine repeatedly can lead or eventually cause a disk bulge. I love this quote from him in the video, “Optimal back health doesn’t come from doing nothing, it comes from doing the perfect optimal amount, not too much and not too little.”

 

Now if you are looking to get a leaner, healthier and stronger core I have a solution for you. It is what I call the “6 Days to a Stronger Core Challenge.” All you have to do is click on the image below and sign up to get you started on a strong and leaner core!

Core ChallengeIn Health,

Coach Dave

 

4 Simple Mind Tricks

4 simple mind tricks for fat loss

Are you struggling with self motivation? Having a hard time getting yourself to your regularly scheduled workouts? Finding more and more reasons to cheat on your healthy diet?

You are not alone and today in this episode of Fit Over 40 Challenge I’ve got 4 Self Motivating Mind Tricks that will help you lock onto your goals and finally get the results you want.

Show Notes

Are you struggling with self motivation? Having a hard time getting yourself to your regularly scheduled workouts? Finding more and more reasons to cheat on your healthy diet?

You’re not alone and today I’ve got just the 4 Self-Motivating Mind Tricks that you need to lock onto your goals…

A healthy dose of motivation coupled with determination will get you almost anything in life. So how do you know if you’re genuinely motivated?
* Motivation will tell you to get out of bed for an early workout.
* Motivation will nag you to put down the doughnut.
* Motivation makes passing on fries a reflex.
* Motivation makes a sweat drenched workout exciting.
* Motivation constantly reminds you why you do what you do.
4 simple mind tricks for fat lossSelf-Motivating Mind Trick #1: Pinpoint Your Motivator.

Motivation stems from having a goal. What is your goal? Why do you want to get into great shape?

Once you uncover your personal motivator you’ll find that motivation flows quickly your way.

Take a minute to really uncover the reason that you want to lose the weight. Don’t say something vague like you want to ‘Be thinner’ or ‘Look more attractive.’ Dig deeper – there is a very specific motivator in your life, you simply need to uncover it.

Here are some possible motivators…
* I want to have more energy to keep up with the kids.
* I want to improve my health through weight loss to extend and improve my life.
* I want to lose 15 pounds before my vacation.
* I want to restore my confidence to wear sleeveless shirts.
* I want to regain my figure to impress and attract my significant other.
Self-Motivating Mind Trick #2: Make It Official.

When you write something down it suddenly feels official, doesn’t it? Write down your motivator for getting into great shape, and post it where you will see it often—next to your alarm clock, on the bathroom mirror, or in your car.

Each time you see your written motivator take a moment to visualize yourself accomplishing your goal. Try to make the scene as clear in your mind as possible. This is a powerful tool for maintaining your focus and direction.

Self-Motivating Mind Trick #3: Be Practical.

It’s game plan time. You know what you want, and now you need to map out exactly how you’ll achieve it. It is important to be practical in your planning, rather than throwing out ideas that you know you won’t stick with.

With any weight loss goal it is important to 1) maintain a healthy low-calorie diet, and 2) participate in a consistent and challenging exercise program.

Plan a routine that will fit into your schedule and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Also choose an exercise program that you enjoy—don’t force yourself to jog everyday if you hate jogging.

Self-Motivating Mind Trick #4: Call For Backup.

Enlist the support of your friends, family and co-workers. Tell everyone about your goal to lose weight and get fit, you’ll be surprised how supportive most people will be. By being open about your goals you’ll likely be an encouragement to others to make healthy changes in their own lives.

The most effective way to ensure that you meet your goal is to enlist my support, your personal trainer. Together we will identify what really motivates you. Together we will design a workout routine that fits into your schedule and into your life. And together we will see it through until your goal is met.

Get started on the program that will transform your life. Start today with the 7 Day Fat Loss Jump Start Program. Just enter your info below and you can get started changing your life today!

21 Reasons You Need to Listen to This

21 reasons to Listen to This Podcast

In this episode of the Fit Over 40 Challenge I acknowledge the frustrations that people have when it comes to their body and I talk about my weight loss journey struggle as a boy and adult however, I give 21 reasons and rewards that exercise can give you. My whole goal with this episode is to light a fire under you and get you to take action on becoming fit and healthy.

Below you will find the list of 21 reasons and rewards that you can print out and look at them to keep you motivated.

1. You’ll reset your body: Exercise has been described as a giant reset button. A good workout will block appetite swings, improve your mood and even help you sleep.

2. Your clothes will fit better: Consistent exercise will tone and tighten your body, causing your clothes to not only fit better but to also look nicer. Also exercise ensures that soon you’ll be trading your clothes in for smaller sizes.

3. You’ll be less stressed: You have enough stress in your life—it’s time for a break. A good workout invigorates your muscles, leaving you relaxed and less stressed.

4. You’ll have more energy: WebMD tallied research studies and concluded that 90% prove exercise increases energy levels in sedentary patients. Next time you feel fatigued, fight it with the most powerful tool available: exercise.

5. You’ll be stronger: Exercise improves muscle strength and endurance, two things that you use throughout each day. When you exercise consistently you’ll be pleasantly surprised when difficult tasks begin to seem easy.

6. You’ll be less likely to binge: Exercise has a powerful anti-binge effect on the body. This is due in part by an increase in sensitivity to leptin, a protein hormone, which has an appetite-taming effect.

7. You’ll burn calories: You know that excess body fat is made up of stored and unused calories. Fight back by burning loads of calories with fat-blasting workouts.

8. You’ll be more confident: Who doesn’t wish they walked and talked with more confidence? A consistent exercise program will do just that. As your body becomes more fit, watch as your confidence sky-rockets.

9. You’ll have fun: Believe it or not, exercise can be extremely enjoyable. Remember how fun it was to run around as a child? Tap into your inner child as you find a mode of exercise that gets you excited.

10. You’ll reduce your blood pressure: Exercise has been proven more effective than medication in reducing blood pressure to normal levels. A single workout has been shown to reduce blood pressure for the day and regular exercise reduces overall blood pressure in the long run.

11. You’ll lose the jiggles: Regular exercise tightens flabby arms, legs and waistlines. So wave goodbye to the jiggles with a solid exercise program.

12. You’ll increase insulin sensitivity: Researchers at Laval University in Quebec discovered that exercise improved insulin sensitivity dramatically. Peak after-meal insulin levels dropped by more than 20 percent after as little as 3 weeks of consistent exercise.

13. You’ll sleep better: Do you toss and turn for hours before falling asleep? Exercise is a powerful sleep aid. Your tired muscles encourage your body to quickly fall asleep so they can get their overnight repair work done.

14. You’ll lower your risk of heart disease: Regular exercise strengthens your heart and makes it more resilient against disease. A sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for heart disease, so rest assured that consistent exercise is your ally against disease.

15. You’ll feel great: Vigorous exercise releases natural endorphins (happy hormones) into your blood stream that dissolve pain and anxiety. You’ve probably heard of ‘runner’s high’, this can be achieved by any great workout.

16. You’ll lower your risk of diabetes: Studies show that exercising as little as half an hour each day can dramatically reduce your risk of diabetes. If you are at risk of diabetes, or already have diabetes, regular exercise is the most effective treatment for reversing the disease.

17. You’ll meet cool people: You could benefit from a group of new, energetic friends, right? Gyms, bootcamps, workout centers and even the jogging trail are all great places to connect with fun new friends.

18. You’ll improve your BMI: You know that maintaining a healthy BMI is key in disease prevention. Exercise is the best way to keep your BMI under control.

19. You’ll increase your endurance: Do you ever get out of breath when walking up stairs or through the mall? Regular exercise builds your endurance for everyday activities.

20. Your doctor will be impressed: How many times has your doctor given you the lecture about losing weight and exercising more? Exercise regularly and get your MD off your back!

21. You’ll look amazing: Are you happy with the shape and size of your body? Regular exercise works wonders on your physique. Within a few weeks you’ll see shape and tone in all the right places.

In health,

Coach Dave

P.S. If you are looking to take a challenge to get you jump started on your fat loss then you can get the “7 Day Fat Loss Jump Start program that I use with my new clients below. Let me know how I can help!

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47 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Get Fit

41 motivational quotes

47 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Get Fit!!

41 motivational quotesI can remember when I was a kid my mom would throw out different motivational sayings to pump me up or for me to bounce back when I was feeling down. Also, I know it is not the best trait to have, although some people like myself, seem to think it is ok but I hate to lose! Yes, I don’t like to lose and my friends who play weekend sports like volleyball know it!!

Anyway, I guess that is whey I love motivation quotes so much because it helps me process the loss. So, since I always share a motivational quote with my OTF members I thought I would share some of my all time favorite ones with you! Why 41? I don’t know maybe I will continue to add to this list! Here are the 41 fitness motivational quotes I love!

 

1.)  Mohammed Ali

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.” 

2.) Michael Jordan 

“Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, others make it happen!”

3.) Dan Gable

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and hard to find alloy called guts.”

motivational fitness quote4.) Michael Phelps

” You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get.”

[Tweet “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get. @michaelphelps”]

5.) Arthur Ashe

“One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation.”

6.) Jimmy Valvano 

“Don’t give up…don’t ever give up!”

7.) Vince Lombardi

“Winners never quit and quitters never win!”

8.) Evander Holyfield 

“It’s not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.”

9.) Babe Ruth

“It is hard to beat a person who never gives up!”

10.) Dara Torres 

“You don’t have to put an age limit on your dreams!”

[Tweet “”You don’t have to put an age limit on your dreams!””]

11.) Lindsey Vonn

“When you fall get right back up.”

12.) Derek Jeter

“There may be people that have more talent then you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”

13.) Serena Williams

“When you lose you get up, you make it better, you try again.”

14.) Charles Barkley

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful.”

 15.) Tom Landry

“Today, you have 100% of your life left.”

16.) Unknown 

“Get Fit in the gym, lose weight in the kitchen.” 

17.) Manny Pacquiao

“With God, hard work and focus, I can accomplish what is ahead of me.” 

Rondo Rasey18.) Ronda Rousy

“To be the best in the world you can’t cut any corners. Every little thing counts.” 

19.) Ray Lewis

“Everyday of my life, I’m trying to find a different way to get better.” h

20.) Emmitt Smith

“I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated.”

21.) Peyton Manning

“It’s not wanting to win that makes you a winner, its refusing to fail.” 

22.) Don Mattingly

“If you don’t second guess yourself, then you aren’t trying to get better.”

23.) Mia Hamm

“A winner is a person that gets up one more time than she is knocked down.” 

[Tweet “A winner is a person that gets up one more time than she is knocked down @miahamm.”]

24.) Magic Johnson

“You’re the only one who can who can make the make the difference. What ever your dream is, go for it.” 

25.) Steffi Graff

“You can’t measure success if you’ve never failed.”

26.) Tim Tebow

“Along the way, there’s going to be a lot of obstacles, a lot of adversity, a lot of people telling you you’re not good enough. I’ m here to tell you that you are!” 

27.) Terry Fox

“Dreams are made possible if you try.” 

28.) Walter Payton

“Remember tomorrow is promised to No One.” 

29.)Cal Ripken Jr.

When things happen to you in the worst way, you live with it, you go over it, you think what else could I have done.” 

30.) Dan Marino 

“You can do more, you can always do more.” 

31.) Jillian Michaels 

“When you have less time to workout, how you workout becomes significantly more important.” 

[Tweet “When you have less time to workout, how you workout becomes significantly more important. @jillianmichaels”]

Fitness Quote by Carly Patterson32.) Carly Patterson

“Who ever you are, whatever your dream, you have to be strong in your head and strong in your heart. Be strong. There is no quitting in the person who wants it bad enough.” 

33.) Jim Rohn

“The body achieves what the mind believes.” 

34.) Danica Patrick

“Sometimes the easiest person to fix is yourself.” 

35.) Maria Sharapova 

“My family and I built my whole career from scratch.” 

[Tweet “My family and I built my whole career from scratch @mariasharapova”]

36.) Jordy Wieber

“It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication and sacrifice. You will need to push your body but, I promise you when you reach your goal it is all worth it.” 

37.) Nike

“Just do it.” 

38.) Rocky Balboa

“Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.”

39.) Dr. Kenneth Cooper

“If you cannot find the time to exercise, you better find the time to be sick.” 

[Tweet “If you cannot find the time to exercise, you better find the time to be sick @cooperinstitue.”]

40.) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It is about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” 

41.) Arnold Schwarzenegger

“For me, life is consistently being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”

[Tweet “For me, life is consistently being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. @schwarzenegger”]

42.) Audrey Hepburn

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.”

43.) Gary Keller

“Success is a short race – a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for a habit to kick in and take over.” 

44.) ESPN

“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”

45.) William Sprague

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

46.) Wayne Gretzky

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on
success and happiness is heavy.” 

47.) Gabby Douglas 

Fitness Quotes

“The hard days are the best days because that’s where champions are made.”  

 

Bonus

“The only bad workout is the one you didn’t do!” 

 

I hope you enjoyed these quotes! After going through them I know I left some good ones out so please comment below and let me know your favorite quote and I will add to this post.

In health,

Coach Dave

P.S. If you are needing a jump start to get back on track then I encourage you to take a look at my “7 Day Fat Loss Jump Start Challenge.”

Fat Loss Challenge You can join for FREE by filling in your info and clicking the button to Join. 

22 Minute Hard Corps 8 Week Challenge with Tony Horton

22 Minute Hard Corps with Tony Horton

As Tony would like to say “come get you some” of this new 22 Minute Hard Corps workout!

I am excited about taking on the 22 minute Hard Corps 8 week Challenge with Tony Horton.

I like most people have a tendency to get into the habit and routine of doing the same old thing over and over again. I mean let’s face it we hate change and resist it at all levels. So, I decided that I was going to take this challenge and change up what I have been doing for the past year. Now don’t get me wrong the current workouts that I am doing are great workouts and I have sen results

Throughout the next 8 weeks I am going to journal about my experience that I will embarking on.

First, I shot a quick video on what comes with the 22 Minute Hard Corps Kit. I have to admit I am like a kid in the candy store when it comes to getting physical products in the mail these days. Oh, and I was hoping to have a solid video shoot but when you work from home and have kids 10 and under you see what happens when you try to do this when they are home. Actually, when I watch it now I laugh but I was frustrated at the time 🙂

Click here to watch the 22 Minute Hard Corp Workout.

 

If you are interested in taking the 8 week challenge and want to learn more about the 22 Minute Hard Corps Workout then click here. 

In Health,

Coach Dave

P.S. If you are looking to surround yourself around highly motivating people and need some accountability I would love for you to join me over at my FREE Facebook Group. Go to www.allabouthealthandfitness.com 

From Couch To Spartan Race – Fit Over 40 Challenge Podcast Episode #9

Eat Real and Move

In this episode of the Fit Over 40 Challenge Show I had the pleasure of speaking with a very good friend and long term colleague of mine Morris Brossette!

Eat Real and MoveMorris is an expert in adventure training/ obstacle course training as well as a leading expert with sports nutrition.

We talk about several different topics but the story about his sister going from couch to Spartan Race is really cool and inspiring.

 

 

You can find out more about Morris at www.eatrealandmove.com

You Know You’re A Health Nut When…

It is funny how the older I get the more concerned I have become about my health. Now I can’t say that I subscribe to all of these but I found myself reflecting back on how bad I used to be about my health and nutrition! And I can’t tell you how many of #2 I ate in my 20’s!

1. It’s not a meal unless it has something green in it.

Even your breakfast contains kale. Especially kale. In fact, you’re probably eating kale right now.

2. And you don’t consider processed goods a food source anymore.

What is this shit?

3. Life before almond milk is unimaginable.

Remember when you used to drink soy?

4. And you can’t believe people are still drinking this:

And you have to count to 10 every time someone tells you milk is essential for calcium. Because cows specifically produce milk to nourish people, right?

5. Ani Phyo, Kris Carr, Kathryn Budig, Brendan Brasier, among others, are demi-gods in your eyes.

The kings and queens of the health world, to which you can only aspire. I mean, look at Kris Carr – the woman has cancer and she looks better than you do.

6. And you recognize Gwyneth for being a healthy living guru…

…more than an actress.

7. Your friends surprise you on your birthday with this:

Decadent super chocolate-candy birthday day with whipped cream and extra icing…

8. But you would genuinely prefer this:

Raw cacao, avocado, coconut oil, lucuma and maca cake with an almond base. Mmmm…

9. You personal library looks like this:

You might not be certified, but, let’s face it, you’re basically a nutritionist. You’re pretty sure you know more than most health professionals. You’ve probably read more books on health than you did for your degree. And this time, because you actually wanted to.

10. You know the ‘Clean Fifteen’ and ‘Dirty Dozen’ off by heart…

…so you can have your organic produce and save money too.

11. And in the supermarket you eye what people are buying, and judge them for it.

All that processed meat and sugar… really?

12. You don’t know how you ever got through the day before you started practicing yoga/ meditation

… and you wish sun salutations were more acceptable in public spaces, like the middle of the office, classroom, train, bus, supermarket, shop floor, family gathering…

13. And if you don’t already teach yoga…

… then you’re probably thinking about it, whether day dreaming about a career change, or as a straight up life path.

14. You positively make sure that you eat chocolate everyday.

Because theobroma cacao is a superfood, after all, so you absolutely HAVE to have it. Every. Single. Day.

It’s for your health, okay?

15. You get stressed when you can’t sleep, because you’ve read about how bad sleep deprivation is for your body.

This is one of the worst possible things that can happen.

And then you get stressed because your stressed, which is even worse, so you’re basically just going to die now, regardless of diet and exercise.

16. Saturated fat doesn’t faze you.

You’ve heard the latest studies and are positively in love with coconut. Cook with coconut oil? Of course! A spoonful of coconut oil in smoothies? Yes please!

17. You rarely get colds…

.. with all your green juices/immuni-teas/raw ginger/other healthy techniques, you have a superhuman ability to fight off winter illnesses.

18. Though you have, at some point, realized that you suffer from Candida.

Long, long list of ambiguous symptoms, of which you have three, pertaining to many possible disorders/causes…
… but it must be Candida!

19. Whole Foods/Planet Organic is your personal mecca.

You still remember the first time you went in one, and you were like, there’s an entire supermarket dedicated to food like this?! You still walk around it in awe and can’t believe some of the things you can pick up there.

20. You would rather spend money on organic food/ yoga classes than new clothes.

And can also justify this spending in ‘I don’t smoke/ binge drink/ eat fast food, but if I did, I would spend this much, therefore it’s okay to buy this fresh juice/mochi/umeboshi plum/raw food anything”

C’mon. You know you’ve done this.

21. These look better to you

Crispy dehydrated kale. YUM!

22. …than these:

Reconstituted potato deep fried in rancid oil with added chemicals? I think I’ll pass.

23. You would infinitely rather hang out at this bar…

24. …than this bar.

Delicious nutritious drinks that will give you a healthy glow and not lead to decisions you regret, and looking like hell the next day, please.

25. Your friends think your crazy.

If you don’t live in California (so I believe), your health obsession can make you feel pretty lonely. But you don’t care because you feel and look fabulous. And those special people in your life love you anyway.

26. You have strong opinions on Raw Foodism, Paleo, Veganism, 80/10/10.

And you get agitated when people don’t see eye to eye with you.

27. No matter how healthy you think you are…

… there’ll always be someone, online or not, telling you you’re diet is appalling for still eating carbohydrates/animal protein/fat/sugar/raw/cooked/gluten/dairy/vegan/processed foods.

You’ve seen far too many show downs on forums and MindBodyGreen. Best just to listen to your own body, for a change.

28. But ultimately, it’s a blessing to experience this beautiful world…

… and whatever healthy means to you, you want to honor your body, regardless of its physical shape, ability or size, that allows you live in it.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/gracegrayling/you-know-youre-health-obsessed-when-jryh

15 Reasons Coconut Oil Is Your New Best Friend

15 Reasons Coconut Oil is Your New Best Friend

I am sure by now you have heard the benefits to using coconut oil. Well, here are some reasons that will show you why it is your new best friend 🙂

Let me know which one you like best in the comment section below!

1. The Problem: You were dumped.

Her Solution: Fixing your raccoon eyes. Dip a cotton ball in coconut oil and use it to wipe away mascara streaks and smudged eyeliner.

2. The Problem: You fell in front of everyone.

Her Solution: Removing the evidence from your knees, elbows, and so on. After a cut has healed over, rub coconut oil on the scar to gradually lighten it over time. This also works for stretch marks.

3. The Problem: Your hangnails are out of control.

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Her Solution: Nourishing your cuticles. Coconut oil promotes nail growth and provides the perfect canvas for nail art.

4. The Problem: You rely on fast food.

Her Solution: Boosting your immune system and aiding weight loss. Vlogger Jenna Marbles swears by blending a spoonful of coconut oil into her breakfast smoothies.

5. The Problem: You’re trying to cook more.

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Her Solution: Coconut oil can replace the vegetable oil or butter in most recipes. It’s also dairy free.

6. The Problem: You frequently heat style your hair.

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Her Solution: Strengthening weak and dry hair. Rub melted coconut oil onto your scalp and roots, then let it soak in for three hours. It may take a few lather-rinse-repeats to wash all the oil out, but you’ll know it’s gone once your shampoo starts lathering up normally.

7. The Problem: Your hair won’t behave.

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Her Solution: If you don’t have three hours to kill, try taming your flyaways with a small dab instead.

8. The Problem: You over-plucked your eyebrows.

Her Solution: Possibly encouraging hair growth. Apply coconut oil to your eyebrows and let it absorb overnight. Castor oil works for this as well.

9. The Problem: Winter dries you out.

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Her Solution: Moisturizing dry patches. Rub coconut oil directly onto your dry skin for a few days and watch the flakes disappear.

10. The Problem: Your skin feels a little rough.

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Her Solution: Exfoliating. Mix coconut oil with sugar or salt for an effective body scrub.

11. The Problem: You pulled an all-nighter.

Her Solution: Improving dark circles and bags. Applying a tiny amount of coconut oil around your eyes can even ward off wrinkles.

12. The Problem: Your smile isn’t sparkling.

Her Solution: Oil pulling, an Ayurvedic technique that involves rinsing your mouth with coconut oil. Supposedly it whitens your teeth and removes harmful bacteria.

13. The Problem: Your new boots are too stiff.

Her Solution: Softening the leather. Wipe your boots with coconut oil to help break them in. To be safe, test the oil on a small patch first.

14. The Problem: You forgot the bug spray.

Her Solution: Relieving itchy bug bites. Prevent hours of scratching by applying coconut oil directly to the bites. You can also combine it with peppermint oil extract to create homemade insect repellent.

15. The Problem: You’re broke.

Her Solution: Being dirt cheap. A 16-ounce jar of coconut oil costs around $8 or $9, and its uses are endless. Find it online or at your local health store.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/deepalakshmin/x-reasons-coconut-oil-is-your-best-friend-dmdm

 

I hope you enjoy your new best friend!

In health,

Coach Dave