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Fast Food Devil

Fast food is a problem for a lot of us in our daily lives. Most of us have incredibly busy schedules and it’s often way easier to grab food on the go then it is to make food. Fast food is linked to increased risk of obesity and should only be eaten in moderation and I learned this the hard way.

When I was in high school, I worked part-time in a fast food restaurant. At first I wouldn’t let myself eat the food but before long I was eating it every time I worked. Not only did I gain 40 pounds from eating it but it also made me feel gross and tired all the time. I quit that job and have rarely eaten fast food since. One thing you should think about when you’re eating food like that is about how much more time and effort it takes to lose the weight later. I gained that 40 pounds very quickly but it took many months more to lose it.

Eating healthy, homemade food is much better for you than any of this other stuff that is premade and served to you through a drive-thru window. If you want a burger, make it yourself. Most likely you can have an equivalent burger for significantly less calories than one from a fast food restaurant.

Think about what you eat and plan ahead if you have to by making meals ahead of time. Food is the first step in managing weight. If you don’t put it in you, then you don’t have to work it off.

 

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! I hope everyone has a healthy and happy day with family and friends 🙂

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Greenhouse Project: Foundation

Now that the weather is a little bit warmer, we decided to get started on the greenhouse today. We started by creating a foundation which we did by digging a trench around where the perimeter of the greenhouse is going to be and put 6″x6″s in the ground, connected it together and backfilled around them. The greenhouse is going to be 8’x12′ when completed. Some pictures below:

More to come when we begin construction in the coming week!

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Paintball

I know that sometimes sports isn’t everyone’s thing and I’m that person with the exception of baseball but I found that paintball is a great alternative. 

I went out today with a bunch of my friends and went to the spring opener at the local paintball field. I’ve been playing paintball for a couple of years and it’s definitely physically exerting and you almost always come home feeling sore but it’s always fun!

Paintball is expensive but if it’s something you’re going to do a lot, I think it’s defiantly worth the money! Give it a try, you never know, you may like it 🙂

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Supplements: BCAA

This supplement is possibly one of the most important ones in my opinion. I currently take this in capsule form but you can also get it in a powder to mix with water.

BCAA helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins and it also helps in tissue formation. BCAA contain the essential amino acids L-Leucine, L-Valine and L-Isoleucine which contribute to building and repairing muscle and body tissues.

This supplement can be taken either before, during or after your workout. I choose to take mine immediately after I finish and I have been getting great results! Remember that this isn’t a magic pill that will make you grow muscle, it just assists you when you put the work in to get the results that you’re looking for.

The sells for around 21.19 Canadian for a 240 capsule  bottle which will last you around a month and roughly the same for the powder. Not the cheapest stuff but well worth it in my opinion!

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Managing Food Intake

Managing food intake is a very important part of being healthy and achieving your fitness goals. In theory it’s very simple to do, just eat appropriate amounts of food and don’t eat unhealthy junk food. It sounds easy but sometimes it’s hard not to give into temptation.

Most of controlling the amount of food that we eat is about controlling our minds. For me, I find it’s best to keep track of what I’m eating throughout the day so that way I actually have to think about what I’m eating and the amount of calories that I’m putting into my body. I use an app called My Fitness Pal to track my food intake but for you, it could be as simple as writing down what you eat in a notebook. Also apps like this one will tell you the amount that you can eat to achieve the goals that you set which is a nice feature.

Temptation is a hard one to handle because sometimes I can’t even resist myself but there is a few things I’ve learned:

  • First of all, get rid of all the junky food that you have at home. if you don’t have it, you can’t eat it.
  • Allow yourself a treat occasionally so that way when you do have the opportunity to eat something bad, you don’t go overboard.
  • Avoid fast food and cook as many of your own meals as possible. This way you know exactly what is in them.
  • When you have no choice on what to eat (like at a business dinner or family get-together) just use moderation and make sure to keep track of what you’re eating. Try and pick whatever is the healthiest choice available.

Remember, we’re human and we’re not perfect so don’t freak out when you cheat. Just do your best to lesson them damage by eating healthy as much as you can!

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Supplements: Fat Burners

Once you start getting seriously into fitness and exercising, you start looking for supplements that will help you improve and reach your fitness goals. One of the supplements that I’m taking currently is CLA 1000 from Evlution Nutrition.

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First off this supplement is categorized as a fat burner. That doesn’t mean that it’s magical and will make you lose weight just by taking it. It supports you by acting as a hunger suppressant and supporting your metabolic rate and should be combined with exercise and good eating habits.

CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a natural trans-fat supplement as it occurs naturally in meat and dairy. This does not mean that you should take this long term though. Your body will eventually adapt to the supplement and negate its effects over time. Currently I’m only taking it for a two month period to support me during my training to tone my core and assist me with getting rid of a bit of fat that I have around my stomach.

The cost per bottle is around 13.99 Canadian and a bottle will last you a month because you take one at every meal. Also be aware that fat burners don’t work the same for everyone. They may work really well for some and not at all for others so don’t go out and buy a whole bunch just to find out that it doesn’t do anything for you.