Here's a quick recipe for refried beans to try (although not quick to make!) if you're looking for a different carb source than your usual rice, potatoes, pasta. It can also be beneficial when transitioning to a lower carb diet or avoiding foods that drastically spike your blood sugar.
It's been a minute since I last shared any recipes, so I now would be a great time to clear the videos of my stuffed pork tenderloin from my hard drive. This is a delicious way to prepare an extremely lean and affordable protein source. Try it out the same way I prepared it or combine any ingredients you like.
“I no longer brush my teeth, I just oil pull and I feel amazing. It has changed my life.”
If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’ve heard this sort of statement from someone, or maybe even multiple people, you know pretty well in the past year. Oil pulling has caught mainstream media attention with claims like it can cure cancer and diabetes and that swishing some oil can “pull toxins from your blood to detoxify your body.” Having friends and family close to me jumping on the oil pulling bandwagon had me wanting to do some digging into the research (or lack thereof) to see what the hype was all about. Apart from the outrageous claims or miraculous cures, hearing people say that they no longer have to brush their teeth really had me shaking my head and wanting to get to the bottom of this fad. So is oil pulling really as great as it’s said to be? Let’s find out.
Over this past summer I spent some time working with a local juniour varsity football team and taking some time to educate them on hydration and electrolyte balance for athletic performance. I quickly learned how daunting a task it is to hold the attention of a group of teenaged boys for more than a few minutes, but I digress.
I felt it would be good to adapt the information from my talking points into an article, since proper hydration is important for all athletic endeavours, especially those that take place outdoors during the summer heat. Strongman, Football, Basketball, Soccer, and even Crossfit; regardless of your sport, take a couple minutes to read this and ask yourself if you’re doing everything you can to optimize your performance through proper hydration.
As a strongman or strength athlete, you will almost certainly need to pack on some serious pounds at some point in your training career either to build muscle or simply to move up to the next weight class to pursue a different challenge. If you’ve ever tried to put on weight when you are already the size of a bear, you know that it is a much more daunting beast than cutting weight. As a hard-training athlete I’m sure you’ve experienced the reality that maintaining your current weight takes an enormous effort and you’ll lose weight fairly quickly if you don't wolf down all of your meals each day.
Today I'm going to show you what it takes to gain 10 pounds in a month and why you would want to do it that quickly, based on my clients' experience, personal experience and the advice of professional strength athletes.
Train like an athlete, even if you have no intention of ever competing in your chosen sport. If you want to make greater progress and improve, you should treat yourself more like a competitive athlete.
Being a competitive athlete, whether in strength sports or a more professional sport, takes serious commitment and sacrifice. Not everyone wants to take their fitness and training regime to the level of a competitive athlete, but applying the 5 laws that dictate an athlete’s life to your own life will grant you the results you seek (or beyond) with greater success in less time.
Law 1 - Training
Treating your training and fitness like an athlete consists of one thing. Create goals.
Feeling rushed to make breakfast or need an easy mealto take with you on the go or just between bigger meals? I’ve got an awesome strongman recipe for you today that is super easy to make and is delicious both hot and cold. They are also great for anyone looking avoid carbs like the plague. These are the strongman egg muffins.
Do you take your health and athletic performance seriously? One of the most important things you can do to nutritionally to improve your overall health as well as maximize your athletic performance is to include probiotics in your daily practice, either through fermented foods or a supplement. Amongst many other emerging discoveries, probiotic bacteria found in fermented foods help to optimize your digestive system health.
How addressing this often neglected area of nutrition can help to maximize your athletic potential.
A lot goes into optimizing your nutrition for health and performance. With so many nuanced decisions to make, it’s not surprising that only the top level athletes in the world are dialled in to perfecting every aspect of their diet. Unless you are at the very top level of your game, I don’t believe it necessary for everything food-wise you put in your body to be perfectly suited to your specific nutritional requirements, but striving to be better is always a good goal to have. Because everybody is slightly different, different nutritional strategies and sub-categories of dietary choices will have varying impacts on your results towards your goals. While in the grand scheme of things, total caloric consumption and optimizing you macronutrient ratios to fit your needs will have the greatest impact on your athletic performance, probiotics and enhancing your gut health can have a tremendous impact on your overall health as well as some factors in athletic performance.
Having just come off of a second place finish at the Royal Cities Strongest Man 2016, I felt pretty good about the start of my Strongman 2016 season. Just a few days later I received an invitation to compete at the “Hostyle Takeover - Eastern Canada Natural Strongman National Qualifier.” I was unsure at how I would perform given that by the time I got the invitation I had one weekend to prepare for the competition and then one week to recover prior to the competition, but I knew I had to take the chance…. As I am writing this the ache in my calves is still incredible and has me hobbling around the house like I was donkey kicked in both legs. This past weekend I finished tied for 5th place in the Eastern Canada Natural Strongman National Qualifier, but due to a count-back ended up 6th overall. The following is a recap of what I learned from each event in the competition.