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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GreenStrength Sessions Sept 16-21

Monday Sept 16th

Warm up with 10min of general mobility. Rocking, crawling, rolling, etc..

A - DBL KB Front Squat 4x6 31X1 tempo
rest 60sec
A - Staggered Stance DBL KB Suitcase RDL 4x8 31X1 tempo
rest 2min

B - Suitcase KB Reverse Lunge (Bell on front leg side) 3x8/8 3111 Tempo
rest 30sec
B - KB Swing 3x20
rest 2min

C - Conditioning - Simply move from 1 exercise to the next. You will only go through this 1 time
-Row or Ski x3min for max calories
-Goblet Squat Hold at 90 degrees x1min
-DBL KB Farmers Walk x2min
-Crawl x2min
-KB Swing x50 reps

Tuesday Sept 17th

Warm up by picking 5 different mobility exercises
-Scorpion, Leopard Rocks, Sumo Squat, Pump Stretch, Hip Bridge Shoulder Rolls
Do each exercise smoothly for 45sec on - rest 15sec - 2 rounds through (10min)

A - DBL KB Press x5 immediately into 500m Row or Ski
rest 3-4min after - 3 total rounds

B - KB Rack Walk 3x 1min on - 1min off

C - Band Complex 3 rounds
-Goodmorning x20
-Hammer Curl x20
-Face Pull x20

Wednesday Sept 18th

Warm up by doing 10min of mobility work. Move your body!

A - KB Sumo DL 4x6 3111 tempo
rest 1min
A - DB Single Arm Floor Press 4x12/15 each arm (pause each time for 1sec on floor)
rest 2min

B - Barbell Supine Row 3x quality reps
rest 30sec
B - Prowler March 3x lap
rest 2min

C - Cardio Machine of choice - 50 cal achieved fast

Thursday Sept 19th

Warm up with 3 rounds of Pavel Warm Up

A - TGU - 5 per side

B - KB Swing Emom
14min - x10 swings EMOM

C - KB Gorilla Row 3x10/10
rest 30sec
C - KB Clean 3x5
rest 2min

Friday Sept 20th

Warm up with
-50 frog rocks
-50 jumping jacks
-50yds accumulated crawling

A - DB Tall Kneeling Overhead Press 4x8 31X1
rest 30sec
A - Tall Kneeling Band Pull Apart 4x15-20
rest 2min

B - Split Stance Single Arm KB Bent Row 3x8/8 31X1
rest 30sec
B - TRX Strap Fallouts 3x10/10
rest 30sec
B - DB Hammer Curl 3x10
rest 2min

C - Deadbugs 3 x30sec on - 30sec off

Saturday Sept 21st
9am - CARS with Greg
10am - Kettlebells with Marc

GreenStrength Class Sessions sept 9-14

Let’s get to work we’ve done this recently so go back to your notes and look to make small progressions forward!

Monday
A. Warm up block 10min
B. Complex 5 rounds - rest well between rounds
 -goblet squat x10
-kb swing x10
-dbl kb clean x5 + walk x20yds

C. Core / conditioning
5 rounds of 
-crab crawl slowly x10
-lateral med ball slam x10/10
Rest as needed to complete with quality. 

Tuesday
A. Warm up block 
B. Push / pull / carry
4 working rounds. Warm up a round or two to determine working load
-Db single arm bench press x10/10
-supine ring or rope iso row hold x30sec
-single arm rack carry (alternating sides each round) x30sec

C. Slider knee forward hand crawls and backwards 
3x20yds each 

D. Band tricep pressdown x100 accumulated 
D. Deadbug 1/2 homebase hold x20sec each side. These are done every time you rest between pushdowns. 

Wednesday 
A. Warm up block 

B. Push / pull conditioning 
-prowler sprint x40yds
Rest a few minutes 
-ski erg x150m
Rest a few minutes and repeat for 6 total on each. 

C. FLR accumulate 3min hardstyle hold 

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Thursday 
A. Warm up block

B. Db walking lunge + hammer curl to press 
3x5/5 lunges. At the bottom position of each lunge pause and do a curl to press with the db’s. That will be 5 lunges per leg and 10 total curl to press each set. 

C. Core / conditioning
3 rounds of 
-crawl lateral with plate slide x15yds each way 
-plate arm farm carry x30sec 
Rest as needed to complete with quality. 

Friday
A. Warm up block

B. Single arm kb press ladder
3 sets of 4-3-2-1 (4 right. 4 left. 3 right. 3 left...)
B. Rope or ring supine rows
3x8-12

C. Slider hamstring curls 
3x8
C. Side lying glute raise 
3x8/8
C. SB ball jackknife 
3x8

Saturday

9am Mobility Class (Coach Greg)
10am KB Skills Class (Master Coach Marc Howard) 

GreenStrength Monster Mash - Vertical Style

Here is a go to GreenStrength meal, as well as a tip on how you can use this.

First - We have the meal itself..

Grass-fed or High Quality meat of choice
Veggies like - red/green pepper, jalapeños, onion, cauliflower, zucchini, Brussels sprouts
What Jasmine Rice
Bone Broth - flavor of choice

Cook all this up and put it into 1 bowl.. Wham! You’ve got a monster mash made up easily.

Now here is a little trick.. Many people ask me about fasting or when is the best time to eat etc… So here is something I came up with and use on several clients with great success. I try and teach them to be intuitive with fasting. Always listening to their bodies and if their body tells them its time to eat, then eat! So what I have done is make them cook up lets say a giant monster mash of:

1lb beef
2-3 Cups white rice
All the veggies
1 Cup Bone Broth

*Add some avocado like you see in the picture below if you desire.. I desire avocado daily.

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Now, we have ourselves one giant monster mash that can easily be split into 2-3 regular meals or 1-2 larger meals. They feel like fasting then cool, wait it out - BUT AS AN ATHLETE OR PERFORMANCE CONCERNED PERSON we need to make sure we are supporting our activity level. This is a sure fire way because as you can see if we waited and fasted all day the reality of what we need to consume is still in front of us. Break the fast when you like, or keep pushing it back. Regardless we have numbers we need to hit energy wise.

Any questions? Feel free to give me a shout and i’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

Lucius IV.

GreenStrength Class Sessions 9-3 / 9-7-19

Holliday is over, dirt to be moved. What’s eaten and not tracked is gone… It’s history. Leave it there and push forward this week. Accept nothing less from yourself.

of course all sessions in class will begin with a detailed warm up as should you're sessions for those following elsewhere.

The things that truly make this stuff even more effective is
-Intention towards your training, reps, etc..
-Hydraton. It matters, be hydrated..
-Sleep. Don’t argue or make excuses to justify whatever it is you get sleep wise. Just aim to make it a tad better.
-Fuel. Food. You know, our bodies required fuel source for optimal recovery. Don’t eat like a wimp and train like a savage. Fuel your life - Fuel your training.
-Walking. Get out and do 1-2 10min walks per day. Everything from hormones to recovery and even fat loss will thank me.. Seriously..

Tuesday 9-3

Prep 3 Rounds
-1/2 Single Arm Kneeling KB Press x5/5 (press down knee side)
-Prying Goblet Squat x5
-Single Leg Glute Bridge x5 w/ 2-4sec squeeze on each rep

Meat and Potatoes - 4 Rounds
-Goblet Squat: find a load that’s challenging for 15reps.. Or 35% of your BW (round to closest bell size) and do the following: 8 reps - Rest 30sec - Repeat 3 total times (x6 - 30sec - x6, 30sec - x6, set complete/round complete)

-Dbl KB Press: follow the same as above on goblet squats

*rest a min or so between the exercises and rounds. Pick loads appropriately, it should be lighter than you think in this style of training.

Trunk Work - 3 Rounds
-Deadbug Homebase Hold x1min
-Lateral Leopard Crawl w/ KB Pull through x5yds each side

Wednesday 9-4

Prep - 3 Rounds
-Inchworms x5
-Side Kick Throughs x5 each side
-Sidelying Glute Raises x10 each side

The Fundamental Lung Work - 4 Rounds
Do this as a superset - Rest 2min after each round
-Push Up x10 or Plank Hold x15-20sec
-KB Swing 2H x20
-Ski Erg or Row x300m

*Nowhere in here did I mention DESTROY yourself or go ALL OUT. I want you to push this at about 85% of your perceived capacity for the day. That means holding it together and making each round look similar. Not a prototypical Crossfit class we all naturally think of. Prototypical, not all crossfits.. Calm down…

Trunk Work In Motion - 3 Rounds
-DBL KB Rack Walk 3x1min on 1min off

Thursday 9-5

Prep - 3 Rounds
-Single Leg DL Groove That Pattern x10 each side
-Hip Airplane x5 each side. Give it your all folks, don’t skip this move
-Leopard Crawl x5yd forward and backwards slowly

Picking Up Boulders & Building Boulders Together - 4 Rounds
-Traveling DL x5 and GO HEAVY, KEEP TIGHT, LATS, GLAG!!!
-1/2 Kneeling Filly Press: This means rack a kb over the up knee side and press a kb on the down knee side. Slow tempo here 3 sec lowering.
x8 each side
-Band Face Pull x20. Slow eccentrics here as well

Vanity Accessory Work - 3 Rounds
-DB Zottman Curl x10
-KB Side Raise x10
-Band Tricep Pressfdown x20-30
-Plate Arm Farm Carry x30sec
-Standing Calf Raises x20

Friday 9-6

Prep - 5 Rounds
-Tgu x1 each side
-KB Swing x10

It’s Friday.. Some call this FYF - 8 Rounds
-Prowler Sprint x40yds: Rest 90sec at the very least. 2-2:30min is acceptable and okay.

Decompress and Chill Out - 10min
This is the time to ask a question about a stretch that may be appropriate for you if you're in class.
Obvious options are
-Hanging
-Wall Stretch
-Belly Breathing
-Light Walking or Marching or Rocking or Rolling Patterns
-90/90 hip work or just sit in Childs pose even and breathe…..

Saturday 9-7

9am Mobility Class at HQ with Coach Greg
10am KB Skills Class at HQ with Master Level Coach Marc