Quick little nugget to ponder....

Hello! Here is a piece from Paul Chek that I want you all to really slow down, read, and ponder for a moment. 

"What becomes obvious to professionals with as much experience as Bill and me, or anyone with an open mind who has been paying attention to the diet craze over time, are these truths:

  • There is no optimal diet for everyone!
  • There is no optimal diet for anyone for any period of time, which may be as short as one meal depending on stress factors and environmental influences. (I have found metabolic types can change from meal to meal and that there is no replacement for constant communication with, and careful observation of, one’s body-mind for essential guidance!)
  • A diet that “cures” you may eventually harm you if you don’t pay attention to what your body-mind is telling you. One man’s cure is another man’s disease! Diet dogma is very dangerous.
  • Diet quality is more important than diet quantity."

Now, not here to debate on if this is 100% true or not but regardless it makes sense. Everyday is a new day, a new environment, a new chance to adapt through time. We must pull our heads out of the "camp spectrum" and start to look into the "real food - real nutrients spectrum". This gives you the chance to really find what foods support YOU and when they support YOU best. 

If you'd like to chat about your nutrition simply drop me a message and we can get that going. 

Lucius 

Burn YOUR Fat - Not The Fat

Bulletproof coffee is a hot topic today. I am not here to say the claims scientifically work or don't work. I am here to provide one quick reminder that may be helpful to some of you out there. 

First, let's say your using the complete bulletproof recommendation of butter and MCT oil. That roughly will come out to about 400 total calories. Many people tell me they are drinking butter/oil coffee in order to become fat adapted and burn body fat for fuel as they Intermittent fast or just skip their breakfast. True, you're burning fat alright - just not the fat initially I think most were after. You see your body is going to utilize and burn off the 400 calories of fat first before ever taping into its own fat storage for energy. Again, this isn't saying the butter/oil coffee is bad, wrong, doesn't work or have benefits, etc.. This is just letting you know that if your in need of a plateu buster and lose a few lbs don't forget that maybe dropping the butter/oil would;

a - apply a 400 cal total calorie reduction to your day (400 x 7 = 2800 cals. Thats close to the 3500 calorie defect to lose a pound)

b - allow your body to utilize its OWN fat for fuel vs. the fat provided from the butter/oil

Now, like me you may love the taste, or the cognitive feeling you get from the fats. Many need them because the hunger is real and the fats help satiate you and keep things zen. However if black coffee treats you just fine then don't be afraid to give it a go, your physique may thank you in the end.

Weight Management

Let's make this brief here. Exercise, especially intense does help you manage your weight as it is another tool of many that can be used. But the most important one, the most overlooked one, the most obvious one is - drum roll please - WHAT YOU CONSUME DAY TO DAY. Why am I ranting about this today? Simply because I see to many people trying to out train their shitty nutritional decisions. Not to say it cant be done but for practicality sake it doesn't last. Your body will adapt to the demands placed upon it therefore making you have do more and more to maintain in the end. Exercise in excess doesn't mean "healthy", in fact it usually brings upon an injury, or at least a bout of fatigue or depression like feelings. Do your health, your body, and your mind a favor by letting your nutritional choices be the majority owner to managing your weight. Exercise can then be about skills, and really training for an objective. Or it can still certainly be the "icing on your cake". 

Q&A - Paleo Diet For BJJ Athletes?

In the video I ranted for a bit but realize I may have missed the overall point of the question. The question was "What are your opinions on the Paleo diet for BJJ athletes"?

I support the Paleo diet and for the most part think it would be great for BJJ athletes. It advocates real, whole, natural, 1 ingredient foods. A diet made up of meats, veggies, fruits, healthy fats, berries, etc is a HUMAN BEING diet, and last time I checked a BJJ Athlete is a human being. Depending on the person and situation, I might add dairy, starches, or even grains, but again, this is dependent on many other factors. This would make it the "modern" Paleo diet which is known as "Paleo + Starch", also known as the "Paleo diet for athletes". Everyone is different, so to say what is good and bad is hard to pin point. But a diet that advocates REAL FOOD, count me in as a fan. 

Weak Patterns? | Mindful Practice Is Needed!

Here is a great post on www.strengthsenei.com – Click to read entire article

I wanted to post a few lines from this article as I feel it answers a ton of questions. I know for fact many of my guys are going to really understand why I always talk about being mindful during training, and the major differences between what I/We/#Greenstrength and others constantly preach. Again, we do the same exercises, same correctives, same food choices as everyone else blah blah – the difference is we mindfully encourage you to search for the ‘perfect practice’ as mentioned below. So enjoy and let these lines sink in and you’ll understand one of the many #Greenstrength differences from the rest of the modern fitness world.

“Just for a second, let’s say your athlete presents with postural imbalances. His right shoulder is low, his pelvis is rotated and his left knee buckles in.

Considering that an individual’s postural response is involuntary, in that context, performing corrective exercises means compensation will be a component of every repetition.

Performing a corrective exercise incorrectly does not make much sense. As they say, practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.

Proprioception is derived from the muscle’s capacity to inform the nervous system where a limb is at all times. When muscles are shortened and some are lengthened as a result of these postural imbalances, the sensitivity of the muscle receptors decreases. This results in a loss of feedback for where the limbs are positioned. This is what a reduction in proprioception comes down to.

Less proprioception = less sensation = less performance! It’s very difficult to control and move what you don’t feel.”

Be Mindful in your practice and movement! 

Lucius C. Tirey IV