Top 5 Fat Loss Shopping Tips

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Hey guys, I know shopping for groceries is difficult sometimes. What should you buy? What shouldn’t you buy? These questions always seem to plague us when grocery shopping. Here are 5 tips to help you better navigate the grocery store.

1. Have a Plan – that’s right. You should have a plan when you enter the grocer. Don’t just go in blindly and expect to come out with the right things. Remember, failure to plan is like planning to fail. You go into the store and forget what you came for. Some advert catches your attention and you get side tracked.  Have an idea of what you want to prepare for that week and write it down. It’s just like your workouts. Plan it…map your success!

2. Go on a Full Stomach – going to the grocery store on an empty stomach can be lethal. Studies have shown that people will buy more food when hungry. Also, we tend to make the wrong decisions on types of foods. This concept is the same for going out to eat. If you go out with some food already in your stomach, you’re less likely to pig out.

3. Take a basket not a cart – This is an important one. Unless you’re shopping for a large family there is no need for a cart. Filling your fridge is just a waist. You’ll end up throwing most things out. Save some cash and save your waste line.

4. Shop more frequently – go for fresher foods. If you shop more frequently you have less of a tendency to load up on packaged goods. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. I shop 2 or 3 times per week. I pick up some things to last a week and others to last a day or 2. For example I buy enough apples to last a week whereas I buy enough vegetables for 2 days or so.

5. Shop around the outside – stay away from the middle. There’s nothing in there for you worth consuming. Ok, maybe a few things, but they are specific items and should be mapped out on your trusty plan. Browsing the aisles is what gets us into trouble. We’ll see something that looks like a winner, but really it’s not.

Well, those are my top 5 tips. Try them out…Happy Shopping!

Super Size Me Part I

After years of recommendations I finally got around to watching Super Size Me. Well, I must say that America and the rest of the world really haven’t listened to John Banzhaf and his message as the waistlines have continued to increase and people around the world continue to consume large amounts of fast foods and generally unhealthy amounts of food.  Watching this movie really opened my eyes to a pandemic that is directly impacting our way of life. Read more of this post

Going Against The Grain; 10 Reasons to Give Up Grains

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The Battle for food superiority has begun. The debate is on and the fight is in full swing. The funding is behind the big boys…The industry that cultivates, distributes and sells grains versus those of us on the preventative health side of things. I’ve read article after article on both sides of this fence and I have come to the conclusion based on how I feel after cutting grains from my diet. Read more of this post

Flatten your Tummy with these 4 Foods

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Everyone is looking for the miracle product that will flatten out their stomach. Diets and supplements promise you a flatter tummy and often leave you feeling like you wasted your money and time. In the end it’s really about lifestyle. It’s about how you fuel your body that will translate into your body’s overall performance. If you drive a Ferrari, would you put the lowest grade of gasoline in it? I don’t think so, so if you want your body to look and feel like the body you’ve always dreamed of, then why are you filling it with low grade food fuels? For a little upgrade in your body’s fuel source, try out these four foods to help you get that flat tummy. Read more of this post

Spice Up Your Green Tea

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So you don’t really like the taste of Green Tea but you’ve heard about all the health benefits it provides. Well here are a couple of ideas to help you spice up your Green Tea flavor and have you enjoying all the health benefits in no time.

I live in the hot city of Bangkok where having hot drinks just sounds unpleasant. Not to fear! We’ve got an ice cold solution for you. You’ve just come home from a visit with your personal trainer, where he seems to have put you through his own personal Boot Camp and you’re exhausted. Try a cup of iced green tea with a little bit of cinnamon and a dash of lemon to add that extra kick. It’s quite refreshing and delicious and is sure to hit the spot.

Wondering what to have before you hit the gym for some training? Food is often too heavy and your body will spend too much energy for the process of digestion when you really need it to focus blood flow to your muscles and extremities. So try having a pre workout shake with a few fruits, your favorite protein powder and use iced Green Tea as the liquid base. My personal favorite is vanilla protein powder, green tea, a teaspoon of honey and cinnamon; however you can mix whatever you like. The key is to experiment and have fun.

So there you have It folks; just a couple wonderful ideas to assist you along your path to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Drink up!

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By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.

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