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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

  • What's Next?

     

    "Every year CrossFit athletes from all over the world prepare for the biggest test of fitness, The Open. The five week long test of your fitness showcases your strengths and your weaknesses. Any athlete from your most elite to your everyday soccer mom is allowed to participate.

    The Open is so much more than just a test of your fitness. It is a time to celebrate victories, whether they are small or large. It is a time to learn about yourself as an athlete and also from others. It is a time to gather as a community to encourage, push and have fun together. The Open means something different to everyone. Whether you are happy with your performance or not I encourage you to take a few days if you haven’t already and reevaluate each workout. Why? To become a better athlete. Take a few days and reflect on the “WHY” you do CrossFit. Take some time and breakdown each workout. Look at your scorecard, your pictures and or video if you have one of each workout. What did you do wrong? What needs to improve? How did you feel? How did you prepare? What did you do that was awesome?

    You MUST find something that you did awesome at. Whether it's you kept good form or you Pr’d or you did something more efficient than before. This is very important for your training in the future. You cannot look at The Open in an all negative way for you will set yourself up for frustration and loss of desire in future training. Write these things down, and set some goals small and large. Work on something such as skills, technique, mobility, and or nutrition every single day. You don’t have to spend all of your free time obsessing over this stuff. Enjoy life but when you are in the gym be in the moment and focus on those goals. Be sure to check out RxClubhouse for all of your recovery and nutritional needs at www.rxclubhouse.com"

    -Randi Stevens Crossfit Impressions

    RxClubhouse Athlete

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