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Why Exercise Makes You Gain Weight

If you read my post on the pros and cons of weight loss and fitness apps, then you can view this maybe as a bit of a continuation of that post. If you didn’t read it, it’s not pertinent that you go back there first, but I still encourage you to check it out.

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Weight Loss Apps Overview

Today’s post comes, as usual, from what I’ve been experiencing lately with my clients. I have found myself visiting the MyFitnessPal website multiple times each day and have come to both really like it while simultaneously cursing it out. Now this is only one of thousands of health and fitness apps out there (Lose it!, Livestrong, etc), but it’s a really popular one which is why I have chosen to single it out. If you don’t really care what I have to say about it, feel free to scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of nutrition apps I really like. Most are free, so why not have them? So back to MyFitnessPal…

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My Crossfit Experience

Note: I am planning on taking another intro class at at least 1 more CrossFit gym to further my experience with them as only visiting one is clearly not enough. 

Yes, you read the title of the post correctly. You see after I put up my blog titled “In Defense of Crossfit” I got quite a bit of feedback. Some of it positive, some of it not so positive. And for the responses I got that weren’t so positive, I probably owe you an apology. I wrote that piece based on the accounts of other friends and colleagues and articles I’ve read and heard about when it comes to Crossfit. I had never actually experienced it for myself… until this past Saturday that is…

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Consistency, or lack there of…

At my office, which if you weren’t aware, is within my friend’s gym, I have a white board that is titled “The Feel Good Nutrition Nugget”. I change it 2-3 times per week and typically have something on there in regards to nutrition such as a fun fact or how to manage nutrition around a workout. Occasionally I’ll have a motivational quote or saying. And when I’m feeling like there has been a lack of energy in the gym lately, I’ll simply post “Bacon… you’re welcome”.

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“Clean Eating”

If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter or been to a gym lately, then you’ve likely read or overheard someone talking about how they “have been trying to eat really clean.” And as a dietitian, I think I understand what they mean. But for some reason it still kind of irks me. And I think that it’s because “eating clean” doesn’t really have a definition. It’s a made up word, like woozle wuzzle. What does that mean? I don’t know, but I borrowed the term from one of my favorite Simpsons episodes (Bart gets into show business). The point is, it means whatever you want it to mean. In the world of food and nutrition, another similar word would be “super food”. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a blueberry drive the Bat mobile. Nor have I seen kale flying through the air with a cape on. It’s just a made up word marketers use to sell.

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Cleanses and Challenges: Good, Bad, Worthwhile?

I’ve been really busy lately since we started our transformation challenge. It’s an 8 week “kick off” to get folks back on the wagon towards better health. Oh, and the winner gets $600 so I suppose we shouldn’t have been surprised when we got double the participants we were planning for, so I’ve been a bit behind in getting a blog out there. The neat thing though is that by meeting with so many people lately, I’ve had a chance to get a lot of questions thrown my way. And two that popped up probably more than most were the whole cleansing and challenge stuff. The e-mails were pouring in. “Hey, what do you think about the Advocare 24 day challenge?”. “Do you think I should start juicing?”. “Do I need to detox to win this challenge?”.

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In Defense of Crossfit

Okay, if you know me then you know that I am not an advocate for crossfit. And quite frankly, that is putting it very lightly. My beef, believe it or not, doesn’t lie so much with the whole Paleo diet aspect of it. It certainly doesn’t lie in the camaraderie that comes along with everyone’s perspective “box”. And it most definitely does not lie in the fact that all the rage around it has gotten a lot of people off their asses and moving around weights. It really boils down to 2 things that I’ll get off my chest here in a second before I defend the “sport”. You’ve probably heard them before, but I’m gonna tell you again anyways.

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Dealing with Injury and Illness

Not too long ago a friend of mine posted on her blog about how she was dealing with a foot/ankle injury. She’s very active and being sidelined was bumming her out. Anyways, she put up a post that I thought was pretty good and I’m taking a few of the things she said and putting them on here as well as adding in my own comments.

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Sports Nutrition “Rules” That Aren’t

My last post was about nutrition labels, so I thought I’d get back to my true passion and discuss some things about sports nutrition that bother me. I’ve been wanting to do this one for a while now. It is not going to be a series of negative rants on various topics. Rather, I’d like to rearrange your thinking about what we’re told we should do in terms of refueling our bodies post exercise, what fluids we should be taking in, and general sports nutrition information that quite simply, does not apply to most people.

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Nutrition labels: Why so confusing?

Hello again, Feel Good Followers! Today’s subject is from a reader’s request. She was confused about the differences between her cereal’s nutrition label and her husband’s cereal label. It sounded pretty simple at first… until she sent me pictures of both of the labels that is. One label was incredibly long and detailed. The other, more simplified to a certain extent. However, it included information that you don’t normally see on most labels (it was an organic granola cereal). So, why all the confusion?

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