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  • Let's Talk Health

    Taylor2

     

    After a fun weekend in Austin with my fiance and CrossFit family, it’s time to get serious about health! I have lots of stuff going on right now, with coaching & training & my part-time gigs, it’s been a struggle to stay healthy & on top of my training! With my new GRID training, I’m realizing what this is going to take… and LOVING every minute of it. Lots of hard work ahead, so I’ve been doing my research on how to stay healthy & I want to share it with you!

     

    As I’ve said before- I’m not a nutritionist, or a dietician. I don’t have all of the answers to your health woes, but I do have suggestions for how to get “back on track” or at least how to stay healthier. All of my suggestions are based off of the knowledge of friends, colleagues and industry leaders that I am extremely blessed to be able to learn from! Please, click on the articles I link to for FULL explanations. I’m a resource but I am NOT going into full detail on all of these topics- the articles do!

     

    First off- anyone who is friends with me on Facebook knows that I have been STRUGGLING with my allergies lately. Almost debilitating. A Facebook friend of mine who works for SFH and is extremely forthcoming with advice & opinions responded to my plea for help telling me that I need to invest in Probiotics. So, I did some research, and here’s what I’ve learned so far:

    PROBIOTICS!

    First off, what are probiotics? They are healthy bacteria that live in the gut and in fermented, raw and living foods. They are essential for “gut health,” so they are go-to for people who suffer from IBS and other digestive issues. But what I didn’t know is that they are also important for endurance athletes. According to this article on Active.com, probiotics are essential for endurance athletes because they improve recovery by increasing antioxidant absorption, support immune function by promoting higher levels of interferon (natural virus fighter,) which is decreased in fatigued athletes, and healthy bacteria improves digestion by increasing the bioavailability and absorption of proteins and fats. Basically, what this all means, is that with probiotics you will recover faster, get sick less AND absorb all of that healthy food you’re eating better! This means that your hard work & discipline with your diet will pay off. And we all want that, right? More knowledge here from the Food Doctor.

     

    FISH OILS!

    Specifically, high-quality fish oils. This article on Ascenta Health says that Fish Oils are important, specifically for athletes, because they increase protein synthesis, improve the anabolic effect of exercise, increase muscle strength & performance, reduce exercise-induced muscle damage and DOMS, support your immune system, strengthen bones, and a whole lot of other awesome benefits. Basically- this is the REAL ‘miracle drug’ that everyone has been looking for- and it’s available EVERYWHERE! Check out this article by Coach Calvin at Invictus for details on the amount you should be taking. I’m a big fan of Barleans fish oils, which you can get in our RXClubhouse kiosk!

     

    PROTEIN!

    The market is over-saturated. It’s important that you supplement your diet with protein, but it’s also important to know what you’re putting in your body. Look at the ingredients, study them, and if all else fails, ask a trusted coach. SFH is a great, natural, trusted brand that we also carry in our kiosk- a lot of our coaches swear by their RECOVERY protein! Our MHP Paleo Protein is great for our paleo athletes, and it has a great price point, and FINAFLEX just released a protein blend in a frosted churro flavor that I like to enjoy with my coffee in the morning:)

     

    I could go on & on, but I’ll save the rest for another day…

     

    Until next time, in Christ,

    Taylor Michelle Owens Crossfit Bulletproof

    RxClubhouse Athlete

    RxClubhouse Athlete

  • Fear

    Megan2

    Eleanor Roosevelt said, " you must do the thing that you cannot do"

    This is so good. Living In choice and choosing to rise above your daily challenges is an every day struggle. Consider this: if you wake up, look fear in the eyes and do one thing a day that scares you, how much happier and fulfilled would you be?

    Personally this one hits home. In the world of functional fitness I feel like there is a challenge in a every workout that I don't want to do. Why? Ask myself why all the time! A lot of the time I don't push as hard as I need to because I am scared. Silly right? My biggest fear is myself?! Well when it comes down to it pushing that voice in my head aside and doing has changed the game. What I mean by that is this: when you don't think, and trust your training the results will pay off. If I think I'm going to suck at muscle ups today, well I probably will. But if I say to myself "hey you got this you can always do one more rep" my mindset changes. I am now living in choice. I am choosing to rise above and be better.

    What is the one thing you think you cannot do? Why can't you do it? What if you lived in possibility and nothing could hold you back?

    Go. Be great. Much love,

    Megan Adams Woodward Crossfit

    RxClubhouse Athlete

  • Island

    Justin Adams2

    A wise man once told me, "Motivation is like being on a desert island.  You will only have what you bring with you."

    Motivation is a choice. It does not just magically show up. You choose to bring it every time you go after something.  That something can be training, career, relationships, or anything else you want to go after.

    You make the decision that what you want is more important than sitting back and doing nothing.  You chose that doing work for a purpose is more important than comfort of the moment.  You decide that this is WORTH IT.

    You have to decide to carry that motivation with you wherever you go.  It has to be with you always if you truly want to succeed.

    Everyday you step into a new deserted island.  What do you chose to bring?

    -Justin Adams Woodward Crossfit

    RxClubhouse Athlete

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