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Nutrition

Avocados! The Fatty Fruit

You should treat avocados like a fat. Your basic avocado has about 20-30 grams of the succulent stuff, depending on its size. This is handy since that's the correct fat portion for a low carb meal, if you're into that.  Another way to control their portion is to mash it up. Half a cup is 18 grams of fat. They taste great with a bit of salt and pepper, they're amazing on salads, or as a dip. See below for recipes. Their fat profile is very healthy. Kinda like a nut. In terms...

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Quinoa’s Qualities – and Sorry if I Bashed You

If you read my recent blog about quinoa, which was pretty popular, you might have felt like I was bashing it. And I don't mean to get the husk off. So I'm going to write about the benefits of quinoa in more depth, than my previous piece (where the goal was to dispel the myth that quinoa is high-protein). I take your feedback seriously. So this one's for you and for Quinoa. What it is: It's a seed but nutritionally it resembles to a whole grain. The outside is poisonous and is removed...

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BBQ Tips – Flip and Rotate

My Dad’s barbeque was sold to him by a “friend” for $100. Any money we saved was subsequently wasted on burned meat.   This grill has more hot and cold spots than Brett Favre's career. If that metaphor means nothing, try this one: This grill has more hot and cold spot than Tinder (so I've heard).   The only consistent thing about this grill is that it has never been predictable.   One day I took it apart and cleaned the burners with an old ice pick – patiently pushing through the dozens of burner holes...

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Mar 29 2014

Quinoa is Not High Protein

People are surprised when I tell them that quinoa is not high in protein. I don't blame anyone for not knowing correct nutrition science because incorrect advice is ubiquitous. And it's not coming from just scam artists or beauty magazines. It is on the news, from your doctor, or personal trainer, or the labels you see in the grocery store. Every day I hear someone give bad nutrition advice. It used to upset me. Now I spread the truth through this blog. Please share it. Quinoa is mostly carbs and the protein...

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Food Safety 101

I tell all my clients to batch-cook, or at least make enough dinner for leftovers. I'm sure to warn them about food poisoning. Any time you eat leftovers, there is the risk that you end up writhing around on the floor exploding your insides out from both ends. Or worse. In 1999 20 Canadians died of food poisoning, that we know of. More likely were misdiagnosed. Every year 15%-30% of Canadians get food poisoning. Considering it often goes unreported or misdiagnosed, I wonder if it's more like 50%. This article will help...

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What I Learned About Fitness by Painting a Wall

To be a great coach, I have to relate to my clients. I don't struggle (much) with my fitness or nutrition anymore, so it's good to humbled in another arenas. It allows me to feel the frustration of learning, change, and set backs -- since that's part of transforming our health and bodies.   What better way to dish up some humble pie than getting my ass handed to me in a DIY project.     "What could be so difficult?" I thought.   Well, a lot apparently.   Here is what happened and why I think it was...

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How to Manage a Holiday Party

  This article assumes: 1. You are trying to stay in shape or get in shape and 2. You are going to eat some treats and have a few drinks at some parties.   For each party, pick a strategy: Are you going to eat anything you want? or Are you going to use moderation? or Are you going to be strict?       I plan ahead to dictate this. If I have a lot of social events, I make some of them loose, and some of them strict or moderate. I eat the most treats at the parties with the best food.                   Another way...

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My Favourite Motivational Videos

I always tell my clients that I am not immune to struggle. I have my life (and health) pretty much figured out, but I need support from time to time, like anyone else. I sometimes watch motivational videos. They help me train harder, calm down, or they give me perspective. These videos are meaningful to me, and maybe they will spur you along today.   This is a classic. A paratrooper who took a beating, got low, but then made a huge body transformation thanks to an unlikely mentor: a pro wrestler gone...

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Nov 12 2013

Cold Prevention Routine

Is this the cure for the common cold? Try it and see. Before I used it, I would get 2-3 colds per year, and now I get ONE cold every 2-3 years.   I don’t often promote herbal remedies due to the sparse research on them. But this works and there is some data behind it.       At the FIRST sign of a cold, you must act swiftly, and fight on three fronts: Supplements Exercise modification Lifestyle modification   Supplements: 500-2500 mg of Vitamin C (daily total, spread out over 3-5 doses) Echinacea (I use Jamieson brand for these and use as directed) Ginseng...

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What’s a Tough Mudder?

The Tough Mudder is a 16 Km trail run with about 20 obstacles; such as crawling under barbed wire, swimming, and dodging electrical shocks. The Toronto version is held at Mt. St. Louis, which one must traverse six times. It is not a race, but you can approach it that way if you wish. You are encouraged to help those around you (there was plenty of that going on). Below is is the starting "pen" and one of the obstacles. How Did I end up here? I was hired to train a team,...

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