How to Quit Harmful Pre-Workout Supplements and Drastically Reduce Coffee by Going Green (Matcha)

I went WAY overboard with caffeinated pre-workout powders, energy drinks, and coffee for a few years in my life.

Since I have a strong background in nutritional supplements, I know my way around the industry and I’ve experienced many products. Any product that contains caffeine is something you’ll feel very quickly and that is a huge selling point.

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My first ever pre-workout powder that I used was N.O. Xplode. The caffeine boost made my workouts super fun for a period of time. Then I realized that I could just take a scoop of N.O. Xplode before I went to work and then I had energy for my customers. Unfortunately, there was always the inevitable crash.

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Why Green Superfood Powders are the Most Underrated for Fat Loss and Health

Green Superfood powders are #1 underrated fitness and fat loss supplement.

Everybody should know about Omega-3, Vitamin D, whey protein, etc by now but how many people are RAGING about green superfood powders? You should know about this, especially if you’re on a calorie restricted diet.

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I’ve come to love chlorella

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Brief insight into Dre’s Nutrition Philosophy

Let’s start with a brief overview and then we’ll dig deeper in the upcoming weeks and months.

When I was younger, I took a physical health class at a local college that changed my life. I learned about the basics of calories in vs calories out and then with the guidance of the instructor, I set physical goals for myself. I started out by walking a single mile in the neighborhood, over the next days, I would run the mile, then I would run/walk two miles and so on. At my peak, I could go out and run a half marathon anytime, no big deal — I slimmed down dramatically.

Over time, I’ve learned and come to appreciate so much more about food. I love food. Loving food is not an excuse to eat poorly! Take a quick look at my background over the last decade or so. We’ll be posting about more in depth topics soon (less about me, more about you).

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Three Must-Eat Foods for Fitness, Fat Loss, Health, and Disease Prevention

The Science of Nutrition continues to make advances in discovering the keys to a fat loss lifestyle.

When it comes to burning fat, there is one thing we all have in common: IT’S NEVER EASY. Okay, well maybe it’s easy for a short period of time, but for sustainable fat loss and lean lifestyle it will definitely take some effort. 

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Why you should only have ONE drink or less per day per week

This article is about the benefits of not consuming alcohol on six of out seven days in the week.

Or never drinking. Here’s why.

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You should have one drink or less so that you can make progress towards your fitness no matter what your age.

If you are making zero progress on your fitness goals the FIRST thing you should do is cut booze.

Does drinking alcohol have benefits?

Research indicates moderate consumption of alcohol may improve cardiovascular health.

  1. That doesn’t necessarily mean it burns fat.
  2. Moderate consumption means 1 serving of wine at a time.
  3. Cardiovascular health can be improved more effectively through other nutritional intervention (such as pomegranate, mangosteen, goji, or sea buckthorn fruit juices)

If you’re having trouble burning fat and if you’re drinking more than two drinks at a time in any consumption session, then that is the first thing you should drop in order to reach your goals.

IS alcohol holding you back from elite fitness?

Your body weight is related to your entire history of eating including what your mom fed you. It is also related to genetics, but really we can only control our habits if we are diligent and caring of our bodies. It’s not that you can change your genes, it’s that you can optimize your genes.

Seriously, keeping that DNA healthy is Anti-Aging 101 folks.

Step 1. Consume nutrient rich foods.

Step 2. Reduce toxins.

Step 3. Do an INTENSE workout.

Step 4. Recover and repeat with progression.

Check out this infographic:

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Feeling better is a pretty cool part of fitness.

A very fit person on most occasion will be between 8-18% body-fat.

For guys, 10% body-fat or less is usually the threshold for a truly aesthetic midsection.

For gals… 12-16% is a great goal to aim for — because it is reserved for only the dedicated.

Alternative to Alcohol!?

I’m not saying don’t go out and enjoy some alcohol. We all respond differently to environments and I have known some people who can go to a bar and not even drink alcohol. Personally, I would feel very attracted to a cold beverage in a HOT environment and you know what I mean.

Drinks that have low alcohol or no alcohol:

  • Kombucha – comes in many flavours, probiotic, gut health, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory.
  • Ginger beer – (I would only drink if it contained actual ginger as opposed to just ginger flavoring) anti-inflammatory, possible gut health benefits which also contributes to inflammatory regulation.
  • Maybe just avoid high risk situations – that means not spending time in the alcohol aisle, and to save your alcohol consumption for slow enjoyment, not binge drinking.

Find your reason and have your moment. If you can’t do that, at least you read this.

If you feel amazing with your life and you drink lots of alcohol — then by all means enjoy yourself. I’m not here to tell you what to do with your body, just to share this viewpoint that there are means available in which we can all work towards genuine wellness.

It’s not like I’m on this journey because it ever came easy to me. The struggle is real and for myself it’s personal. I’m not so much the guru as I am the one on the path next to you. Hopefully, it’s me… carrying the heavier load.

Stay tuned.

 

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What I ate today and why it matters

I’m mostly mindful with my food.

It matters that I think about food a lot. Even though I still enjoy the pleasures of some foods more than others, consuming balanced nutrition is not easy to do.

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One of the best carne asada I have had in the Puget Sound area, but I couldn’t eat like this every day — or could I.

Just look around at the actions of people and you will notice that it really is difficult to keep the healthy eating patterns.

It all begins in the morning.

I don’t really have a lot of time in the morning, whether I’m tweaking the playlists or twerking in the shower (not true).

Today, I woke up and mixed a whey protein isolate shake with water. I like that particular brand of powder because it mixes easily and digests well. This gave me some revitalizing and so I got ready to head to the studio.

I also sipped on some pomegranate juice because lately the QFC has had a two-for-one deal on the big POM juices. Even though there is the sugar content, I do feel that some antioxidants like pomegranates are the real pharmacy – you know what I’m saying.

Fortunate for an afternoon meal.

I finished a block of morning work and was able to reach my apartment with ease even though the wind was blowing like crazy. Today’s lunch was around 2:00 PM and included two pieces of baked trout and a pound of asparagus.

With the asparagus, I either steam or satay it so that it finishes before the Steelhead. Once the asparagus finishes, I eat as much as I can because I haven’t had a solid meal since before this and hungry enough to appreciate bitter foods.

I am practical about this meal and realize that I probably won’t be making more vegetables later on, so I’m just going to eat them all. As long as I get enough greens for the day, it really doesn’t matter when.

I’m about halfway through my plate of asparagus when I take the fish out of the oven. It is flaky perfection. The oily goodness and soft textures make this protein delicious as it is fresh out of the oven. I don’t even care about the bones.

Kombucha to top it off and then I don’t eat for a while.

Breakfast for dinner.

Eggs are a protein source that I used to eat often but haven’t eaten much lately and of course there was a sale on the eggs I like today. Since I had some fresh eggs, I decided to prepare them for my last meal of the day.

I turn on the stove top to medium, get my pan ready and scoop a tablespoon of coconut oil onto the hot pan. The eggs go in, and today I ate eight eggs and make it four whole eggs and four egg whites.

Why today did I decide not to eat all the whole eggs?

Because, avocado. Since the avocados are a great source of healthy fats, I was able to reduce the fat content of my protein by taking out some of the yolks.

Not to mention, with pepper, herbs, and/or seasoning, it is delicious again! Taste my favorite of the senses.

People who drink a lot of water, I’m proud of you.

People who drink a lot of water are doing it right. It’s a relatively simple habit and largely possibly thing to do that helps fitness. Make the habit of drinking water over the day and it will help the body head to toe.

Thank you and stay tuned all!

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