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Youth National Championship Recap

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Yesterday was my third time coaching at a weightlifting national championship. It was Taylor's first national meet, and only her 5th meet ever. Taylor has been competing in weightlifting for almost a year, after coming to the sport from a gymnastics background. From day 1, I could tell that Taylor was a strong competitor. Her first national championship was no exception.

Taylor's strength as a competitor showed right away when she found herself further from her weight class than expected. After checking her weight on meet scales Thursday, we knew that Taylor was going to have to follow a very specific nutrition and hydration routine to compete in her weight class on Sunday. Over those 4 days she was incredibly disciplined, and it payed off. Taylor successfully made weight in what I can only describe as the most impressive attempt I have seen. And, she did it the right way, staying healthy and safe.

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Asparagus Avocado Guacamole


Written by Allison Sappington

Avocado. Mhhm Mhhm Mhhhhhm. Yea, delicious. But what makes them so good for us?

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Top 5 Tips for Surviving Holiday Meals

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The holiday season is here. With today being Thanksgiving, I thought I would address one of the most common questions I get this time of year. How do I survive the holiday meals? The thing to remember is that Thanksgiving is just one day. There’s no harm in indulging some, but try not to overindulge. It’s just that simple, right? I understand that it’s not, which is why I have included my top 5 tips for staying healthy on the holiday.

#1           Start the day with exercise. The biggest benefit here is that you will feel better all day long. Yes, you may burn some calories to help counter the meal that’s coming, but don’t make that your primary focus. Try to do something that you enjoy. It’s a holiday after all. Run a Turkey Trot 5K, take a group class with family or friends, hop on the elliptical, lift some weights. As long as you’re moving, you’re good. If you’re looking for a convenient workout to do at home, check out our holiday routine.

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It's Chili Season!

Turkey Chili

This is my favorite time of year.  The weather is perfect for outside activity.  Football is well underway.  Hunting is right around the corner.  And let's not forget, IT'S CHILI SEASON!  Try this great recipe and let us know what you think.  We would love to hear how you make chili.  Post your recipes in the comments below.

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Best Black Bean Burgers

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Want a healthy alternative to high-fat beef burgers? This black bean burger recipe from the Food Network is easy, nutritious and delicious! Check out our slightly modified recipe and nutritional facts below. Once you’ve tried these, let us know what you think in the comments below.

Nutritional Facts (Per Patty):

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Introducing AdvoCare

 

If you had asked me about nutritional supplements when I was brand new to the field, I would have told you that I didn't think they were necessary. My mantra had long been, "just eat well." Five years later my opinion hadn't changed much. I might have told you a little bit more about the favorable evidence for supplementing with whey protein. I would have talked about the benefits of fish oil and explained that supplements are an option if you can't get enough omega-3 in your diet. I didn't, however, have any good recommendations on quality, trustworthy sources for supplements. I believed then, and still believe, that you can end up with a lot of junk that you don't need by going to your local supplement store. No supplements, from your multivitamin to your protein powder, are FDA regulated. This means that the consumer is at the mercy of the manufacturer. There are thousands of products that make wild claims that haven't been substantiated. There are numerous companies that disappear as quickly as they arrived on the market. This has always been my biggest criticism of the supplement industry.

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My 24 Day Challenge

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One month ago, I embarked on a personal challenge. After being introduced to AdvoCare products and researching them at length, I decided to take the 24 Day Challenge, a healthy eating and nutritional supplement plan. As my clients know, I never recommend an exercise or give nutritional advice unless it is something that I have done first and agree with. The evidence behind the AdcoCare nutrition challenge was convincing, but I needed to experience it for myself. During my challenge, I didn’t change my exercise routine. I followed the nutritional recommendations that AdcoCare provided but didn’t change my eating habits much. I simply controlled portion sizes, made sure that I ate breakfast daily, and focused on clean eating. Below is a snapshot of the success that I experienced.

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The High-Powered Plant Smoothie

Broccoli Carrot

It can be difficult to get your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.  While I don't encourage drinking most of your nutrients, smoothies are a convenient way to increase your plant intake.  Below are two of my recipes, for veggie and fruit lovers alike.  Both smoothies contain whey powder for added protein, but could easily be made without.  Simply chop ingredients and blend to your desired consistency.  Enjoy!

Broccoli Carrot

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