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February 24, 2015

“Graduate” to Building Strength and Health

“Graduate” to Building Strength and Health.

Conversation with a long-time member of IKSC yesterday about goals:  It really brought me to one of the things of which I am most proud.

I feel safe to say that not many are here at IKSC because they are trying to “lose” anything, and there has never been a short-term weight loss challenge or contest.  We do lots of monthly challenges, of course, but they are always centered on building some physical skill or healthy eating pattern.

We are here to build positive things, not focus on a negative. I think you’ll find that in doing so, the negatives kind of go away on their own. Things like weight loss challenges are about focusing on some element of dissatisfaction that is to be reduced, not building a positive. Think about that for a minute.

Some fat or weight loss may occur as a result of training appropriately and following a healthy eating pattern, but most are truly here in order to build rather than reduce.

  • Strength – Because it makes everything in life better. Without this, nothing else is important or possible.
  • Proper Movement Patterns –Because this enables strength to be utilized. Without it, it is like a car with a great engine, but no wheels to travel with.  
  • Low-Risk/High-Yield training  Living pain-free should be your default setting. If you are becoming injured as a result of your training system, you’d better take a long look at it.
  • Health -Through the best nutrition education available, I am happy to say that those that follow our nutrition education guidelines are just as likely to report better skin, hair, energy levels, less inflammation, higher strength levels, and  improved clinical blood test results as they are pounds lost on a scale.
  • Long-term Focus and Lifestyle Change –The goal is never about a few weeks out. It is about what is continuing to happen in 5, 10, or 20 years.

These things are not an accident.

The fitness industry preys on people’s insecurities and self-hatred. This simply does not happen here.

You truly have to enjoy making yourself stronger and healthier to train here. When a new member makes the decision to train, I think of them as a “student” that is here to learn and build something permanent.

This is quite a paradigm shift for many. In a way, I feel that they “graduate” to advanced study at Idaho Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning .

-Jim

Idaho Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning

February 15, 2015

Strategies for Success on Any Nutrition Program.

Strategies for Success on Any Nutrition Program.

1) You must log everything you eat and drink. No exceptions.  If you don’t have an accurate account of what you are taking in, the quantities, and the times you are eating them, failure is very likely.

2) You can’t be afraid of meat, fish, and/or eggs. Protein coming from real food is your 1# priority. This is one thing that pretty much all legitimate nutrition plans agree on.

3) You will have to drink lots of water.

4) Don’t drink calories if you have a weight or fat loss goal. The digestive process begins – and satiety signals are sent -the instant nutrients hit your salivary glands. Drinking calories “short circuits” this process. Your body expects to have to chew to get nutrients. Don’t confuse it.

5) Your logs are tools for your learning process, and they need to include more than carbs, fats, and protein. It is helpful to make notes about sleep, mood, life stressors , energy levels, etc.

6) Develop the mindset that whatever plan you decide to follow is an education program not a diet or short-term weight loss program. This is a process to figure out what makes your body run best.

-Jim Beaumont

Idaho Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning

February 4, 2015

21 Instant and Irresistible Low-Carb/High-Nutrient Snacks


21 Instant and Irresistible Low-Carb/High-Nutrient Snacks

Poor Planning=Poor Eating.

I have found that pre-planning nutritious and irresistible low-carbohydrate meals/snacks is vital in dealing with sugar cravings. Here are a few examples to have on-deck when cutting out the carbs. If I know that one of these yummy and extremely satisfying options are waiting for me, it is way easier to avoid the drive-thru. Some of these are not “perfect” primal options, but they are certainly good, instant options.

All of these can be prepared in about a minute or less. Bacon can be pre-cooked and eaten cold or warmed for about 20 seconds in a microwave. Have a few of these options on hand when time is an issue.

1. Beef jerky and nuts (look for jerky that has less than 5gr of sugar per serving, and paleo-approved nuts).
2. Wild salmon lox and cream cheese (no bagel, and be very sparing on the cream cheese).
3. Bacon and avocado slices on a romaine lettuce leaf, rolled up like a taco.
4. Tanka buffalo meat snacks.
5. 85% or higher dark chocolate with a tablespoon of coconut oil smeared on top.
6. Cucumber slices soaked in a small bowl of white vinegar with salt and pepper.
7. A whole sliced avocado with lime juice, salt and pepper.
8. Related to #6, a whole avocado with lemon juice and cayenne pepper.
9. Sardines (packed in water or olive oil…watch out for soybean oil in many brands). I like mine sprinkled with Tabasco sauce.
10. Dry salami and Kerrygold cheese slices rolled into little burrito thingys.
11. Fried pork skins/Chicharrones.
12. Two words: Bacon Jerky. Lower in sugar than most any jerky. Very satisfying.
13. A scoop of coconut oil and a handful of paleo- approved, raw nuts. Not roasted.
14. Ostrim ostrich sticks.
15. Smoked wild salmon. All by itself.
16. Crispy bacon with slices of avocado made into little bacon and avocado sandwiches.
17. Lettuce wraps with homemade guacamole and bacon strips.
18. Roasted deli meat…you have to be really careful about the ingredients. Look out for wheat and sugars.
19. 88% pure dark chocolate. All by itself.
20. 2 ounces of a hard, dry cheese like parmesan or Romano.
21. Canned smoked herring. Double check the contents for nasty oils like canola or cottonseed oil.

These are all options that are fair game on my 6-Week Nutrition Education Program.
-Jim


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