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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

  • Protein, Protein, Protein!

     

    Too many times, as a CrossFit coach and fitness entrepreneur, I see too many people talking about a lack of energy or just a plain misunderstanding of nutrition.  Each macronutrient has it's purpose, but protein is the most important of all and perhaps the most overlooked macro in our universe.  With the evolution of young children having type II diabetes, an increase in access to processed foods (if you want to call it that), and a generalized lack of health, it is time that we focus in on one thing, PROTEIN!

     

    Let's break this down with 3 major tips about why you should eat more protein:

     

    1. Consume as a healthy snack for steady energy throughout your day. Without a doubt, too many of us either just don't eat enough or just don't get enough protein in your daily life.  Protein is an essential building block for your muscles and you must have it!  You should have some sort of protein every 2-3 hours.

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    A nutritious, clean, and overwhelmingly delicious bar to help provide a boost in energy and maintenance of your physical wellbeing without the spike in insulin or crash that comes with it!!

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    2.  Use protein as your #1 recovery product after exercise.  You have a 15-20 minute window after exercise where you should replenish with protein.  As glycogen stores become depleted, carbohydrates are necessary for replenishment as well, but protein remains king of them all.

    3. Proteins are also used to make enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and various tiny molecules that serve important functions. Without protein, life as we know it would not be possible. The best way to consume the purest of proteins is by eating Paleo.  This means that you stick to lean meats, veggies, some fruit, nuts, seeds and zero sugar!  MHP has developed a delicious protein that implements the Paleo lifestyle!

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