Simplifying Your Food & Gut

Stop making eating so complicated.

Complicating your nutrition only leads to a lack of consistency, which then leads to poor choices, poor habits, that may all lead to a wonky gut without you even knowing it. Here is a simple solution that will leave you with even greater results than all the complicated and trendy nutrition tactics.

First - always eat real food. Real food is nutrient dense and has 1 ingredient! (Meats, Nuts, Eggs, Veggies, Fruits, Oils, Tubers, Etc.)

Second - 5 Ingredient Meals will keep your meals simple and effective. Each meal only contains five ingredients!

Examples of a 5 Ingredient Meal:
Steak
Broccoli
White Rice
Salt
Pepper
- -
Wild caught salmon
Brussels sprouts
Avocado
Olive oil
Seasoning
- -
Canned tuna
Green beans
Cashews
Mustard
Seasoning
- -
(A shake)
Whey protein
Spinach
Pineapple
Peanut butter (just ground peanuts)
Mint

PROTEIN: Steak | Salmon | etc.

VEGGIE: Broccoli | Brussels | etc.

STARCH: Rice | Yam | etc.

or

FAT: Avocado | Nuts | etc.

PICK TWO

(FRUIT):

(SEASON):

(GARNISH):

The formula is simple:

-Start with a protein
-Then add a veggie
-Then determine if you want a starch (sweet potato, rice, etc.) or a fat (avocado, nuts, etc.) -For your next two ingredients pick a spice, oil, fruit, herb or garnish

Now another trick to success can be VARIETY. Variety will keep you from getting bored and help your microbiome (your gut health) flourish – but variety sometimes causes stress due to lack of time for prep or learning how to cook something new.

By following the plan above so far we can build out easy 5 ingredient meals and create variety very easily by just rotating our protein, carb, fat, veggie, fruit, choices. Simply start by picking 3 ingredients (proteins, veggies, carbs, fat, fruit, spices) choices at the grocery store. Look at what's in season and what looks good to you. Then have fun with it – start mixing and rotating around the combinations of your 3 choices.

Chances are if you try this for 4-8 weeks you may learn some amazing things about your body, simplify your eating habits, and probably end up leaner. But remember – if you want to lose weight you have to be in a caloric deficit!

Give it a try! Share your combinations to the with us #GreenStrength and share what you've been eating with your workout buddies in the gym – it's a great way to get new ideas and stay accountable and motivated.

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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 

John Lennon Quote - Happiness is the key to life

Take a second and read this....

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Punishing yourself in the gym...
Depriving yourself of good food (medicine)....
Measuring yourself against others on social media.....
Not taking time for yourself daily to just breathe, relax, process, and just be alive....

We are all on a quest to reach some kind of better health or fitness level. If we are not HAPPY with/or during the process the results will not be sustainable, or even as optimal as they could be with more balance and happiness in our lives. Being happy is the ultimate form of health - THE MIND IS PRIMARY! (Shout out to my Gym Jones Crew)

Lucius 

Posture & Joint Health

Posture & Joint Health:


By: GS PCC Greg Morris

In my opinion (which my mother assured me matters), improving posture and the health and range of one’s joints should be one of the primary goals of one’s training, and one of the main metrics used to measure progress in one’s training. A lot of the daily aches and pains we experience as a culture, basically, are usually related to your joints being a bit out of position. All the time. Every day. We are a society of shortened hips and shoulders forward and in our ears. Our body will give us pain to represent that, and our movement will adapt and compensate to represent that.

Think of a movement like this: You and three friends are carrying a VERY large dresser. This dresser is so large and heavy that you could not fathomably lift and carry it without the four of you. Somebody starts to dip and shift; their grip is giving out. The whole dresser shifts and wobbles, and the other three movers scramble to adjust and COMPENSATE for the one who is out of place, inevitably exerting themselves harder and moving much less efficiently.

Conveniently, there are also four major joints (or should I say, movers) to worry about in most movements, being the two hips and the two shoulders. Take the same metaphor of moving the furniture, and apply it to your joints. Pay attention, and intentionally be conscious of your hips and shoulders while performing any movement, be it a squat, a deadlift, a lunge, a press, a sprint, etc etc etc. If something moves out of position, something else is picking UP the slack; That hip gets behind you. That arm refuses to go overhead. it’s only a matter of time until whatever is carrying that extra weight gets sick of that shit, at which point you put yourself at risk of injury.

Posture is a very important topic in this conversation regarding joint health and function, due to the fact that posture is the composition of the joints as a whole. How your joints are aligned, and how they operate with each other during the basic day-to-day operation of the human vehicle we call the body. Whether you’re an everyday person, an athlete, anybody at all; everybody benefits from paying a bit more attention in their daily existence to how they hold and present themselves.

After all, the sad truth of the matter is that even if you do all the corrective work and exercises in the gym, every time, that’s still just an hour a day. You’re still going to get more reps of living in poor posture and position throughout the other 15 hours of your day unless you’re dilligent.

Posture is the perfect measurement. If your posture improves, proprioception improves, making you more able to feel where your body is in space, as well as more able to move and manipulate it in that space. This happens due to the way that the CNS (central nervous system) and the joints communicate. If your joints are out of alignment, you more than likely have underlying hyper/hypotension issues in the tissue around them (and possibly other underlying dysfunction) from large amounts of time compensating for poor movement mechanics and lifestyle. If your tissue is too angry or too lazy, the communication between it and the CNS is weakened, and you cannot ‘feel’ the tissue as well as you normally would be able to; This is decreased proprioception. If the CNS and the tissue can’t communicate well, it will take much more effort, physical expenditure and CNS strain to accomplish the same task than if tissue and joints were in a more healthy, optimal arrangement.

In simple terms, the more comfortable your joints are in the range of motion you’re moving, the less taxing that movement will be.

At the end of the day, our goal in training should be improving one’s performance, yes, but also one’s life in general. Yes, adding 40lbs to a squat is great, but if we’re not focusing on improving the mechanics and posture of our body while we do it, are we not just forcing our body into ‘stronger’ dysfunction?

Now we’re just getting really good at moving really shitty.

Neglecting one’s basic body structure is a fast track to being the old coot who can no longer move in the basic ways a human being moves; hard to move, hard to play, hard to live. The primary goal of one’s training should be to improve the capabilities of their own human vehicle.

Improving Posture:
-Improves joint stability

-Improves joint mobility
-Improves physical endurance of tissue
-Eases strain on CNS and tissue
-Improves movement mechanics

Posture is your baseline, and your golden metric. Stand up tall, and free up those knotted joints. All it takes is a little dedicated, and intentional effort on the daily.

Interested? Or Committed?

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. - Kenneth Blanchard

GreenStrength is about working to achieving a stronger you! In turn this has a byproduct of better performance, longevity, self confidence, and so on. If you're just 'interested' then the road to total human optimization is going to be a bumpy one, non sustainable in many ways. This is why I believe and suggest we must be 'committed' to total human optimization and except nothing less. Our lives, goals, and future truly depends on this. 

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