The nutritional world is complicated. There are so many "hands" within determining what is healthy, what ingredients are legal, the development of the food pyramid- that eventually, you research yourself. You read, you seek knowledge and certification to realize so much of what we are told and encouraged to do directly is one BIG FAT LIE.
Aggressive, I know. But really?? Let's start with Aspartame. Is aspartame dangerous? Most likely, it depends who you ask. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is in more than 6,000 products including carbonated and powdered soft drinks, chewing gum, confections, gelatins, dessert mixes, puddings and fillings, frozen desserts, yogurt, tabletop sweeteners, and some pharmaceuticals such as vitamins and sugar-free cough drops. Aspartame is consumed by over 200 million people. "Is aspartame dangerous” is something we should all be asking.
To give aspartame a "fair" chance, I will even send you over to aspartame.org. On their website you will find lots of data that indicates that the artificial sweetener has been through enough “scientific” research to make us feel at ease. You’ll find endorsements by all sorts of experts. But if you take a look at the history books, the facts paint a different picture: Aspartame was initially born out of ACCIDENT.
In the 1960′s a chemist, G.D. Searle accidentally created aspartame in efforts to find a cure for stomach ulcers. Searle initiated testing procedures and it eventually received approval by the FDA. Not long after approval, the dangers of aspartame brought negative accusations towards G.D. Searle and his terrible testing procedures.
In fact, Aspartame was criminally investigated in 1977 by a manufacturer put into place by the FDA. In 1980 the FDA banned aspartame after having multiple scientists student the sweetener. They concluded that aspartame came with a high risk of developing brain tumors.
Brain tumors. The FDA banned Aspartame in 1981. The CEO of Searle, stated in a meeting that he was going to use his well developed channels to help aid in aspartame's approval. That same month Ronald Reagan became President of the United States. His team included Rumsfeld who hand picked Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes Jr. to be the new FDA Commissioner. Not long after the appointing of the new FDA Commissioner, Hayes created a 5-person Scientific Commission to review aspartame. In a 3–2 decision, the panel upheld the original ban, stating that the artificial sweetener was unsafe.
Aspartame was banned TWICE by the FDA. Despite the panel’s decision, Hayes then appointed a sixth member on the commission who voted in favor of the making aspartame legal. Now the vote was tied. So what happened? Hayes personally broke the tie in aspartame’s favor. Hayes officially approved the use of aspartame as an artificial sweetener in dry goods in July of 1981. In 1985 Searle was then taken over by Monsanto.
So is Aspartame dangerous? Keeping hisotry in mind, you are able to now make your own informed decision. However, aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives. Here are some of the different symptoms caused by aspartame:
So what do you think? Is aspartame dangerous? The Triumph Kitchen believes that we should trust real food and it will always win over the industry of mass production for imitation fake-foods.
Now let's look at the Low-Fat Food Theory and why it needs to disappear:
The Triumph Kitchen hopes to help change your outlook in regards to fat. After lots of research about the nutrition behind real fats and learning about the facts behind the low-fat campaign, we hope you will start to get some good fats worked into your diet and we are CONFIDENT you will see the changes. If you research the low-fat campaign yourself- you will find out that the theory is one BIG FAT LIE.
Where did the low-fat idea come from? To put a VERY long story short- a gentleman, Ancel Keys, developed a hypothesis that eating animal fat can lead to heart disease. Unfortunately, his cherry-picked data really did not prove anything especially since he lacked accounting for many other healthy life factors. At that time, he was unable American Heart Association on board but was able to work some magic and convince the general population his hypothesis was fact.
America is experiencing obesity epidemic that began in 1980, and some people believe that it is coincidental that the rise of the low-fat dogma occurred at the same time. The percentage of fat in the American diet has been decreasing for two decades and low-fat weight-loss trials have been a failure for participants.
Food has multiple purposes for function in the body. Food's primary functions provide us with energy AND tissue repair. Food is about cell health and nutritious food helps replenish and heal tissue. REAL FOOD can prevent and guard again disease. Our bodies need the RIGHT type of fuel.
For example, you jaunt to the store pick up one of those “100 calorie packs.” You also try to find a low-fat or no-fat version because the low-fat dogma tells us too. Those 100 calories of processed food offers you little (if any) nutritional value. In other words, you just ate a worthless 100 calories.
Now, think that instead you ate hard-boiled egg for about 70 calories (with GOOD fat). Instead of the empty 100 calories, you will have just consumed some awesome nutrients that can help heal your body.
You see, food producers cannot actually say that food can heal your body- this infringes on the rights of pharmaceutical companies so essentially the information our society is lead to believe is that drugs heal us and food is for fuel only.
Your body craves nutrient dense foods. No matter how many calories you consume, if your body is lacking what it needs- it will trigger hunger and craving for the food you NEED. Currently, our society is an over-fed and undernourished group, but when we supply truly nourishing foods our bodies feel satisfied.
Eat real food. It IS that simple.
Call it what you may. Whatever keeps our interest going is always debate-able. Some call it an obsession. Others call it a habit- going to the gym is a part of their day. It becomes a necessity- a therapy. Some, it is a hobby. They ENJOY it, THRIVE on it, and LOVE the push. In all honesty, in comparing interests, Triumph Fitness is no different than those whose interest is sewing, horseback riding, gardening, cooking, or running. Each person's hook is different. We all gain some sort of satisfaction within the mind and soul when we find that "thing" that we look forward to at the end (or beginning) of our day.
Here are 10 things I have learned since I started Triumph:
1. I eat- a lot. People at work think I am crazy as I munch on my raw broccoli while making copies and sipping my coffee and protein in my blender bottle. Cold chicken breast? Yep. That is how I roll.
2. This morning my collar bone was a tad sore- noticing just a bit of purple and yellow. Tender collar bones and bruising here and there is now just a part of my wardrobe. Wear them proudly as you master Chest to Bars, cleans, etc...
3. Always use the restroom before the workout. ALWAYS. Box jumps, slam ball tosses, double unders-
4. Soft hands? They still exist in this world? Hello callouses!
5. Crossfit is for everyone. Not every workout is a competition, just embrace training. Regardless of what you think- the weight you're lifting doesn't matter, the time it takes you to finish doesn't matter, and how many reps you complete do not matter to anyone else as long as you are doing YOUR best. We are always our own worst enemy. Don't hold YOURSELF back!
6. Bulky? What is bulky? No- we are not bulky; that just isn't Triumph. You have to lift like a body builder to be a body builder. At Triumph, we lift with form, scaled, rx, and everywhere in between. We have muscles- see that body that you are eyeballing? She lifts weights. End of story.
7. Listen to Your Coach. They know best- they program with purpose. It IS their job after all. So, stop the bitching and get to work. Don't like burpees- your coach doesn't care. Drop and do some more!
8. There is reason for mobility. It is to avoid injury. So work on it today, not tomorrow.
9. Be humble. There is a lot to learn at Triumph. Know that in every stage, whether a newbie or a long-timer, we are all still learning and need to be smart knowing when to scale. Be careful in the advice you give because no matter what level you are at- you are still a student. Leave the coaching to the coach.
10. There is no place like your second home. Yep, we practically live there and we consider members to be a part of our family.
Each day I leave the gym sweaty and spent, nutrition pops into my head. Specifically the questions that our lovely members are seeking answers and advice on. A HUGE conversation I have heard/had lately that I have yet to answer wholeheartedly and with complete explanation is that of "I would like to speak with you about nutrition, what do I need to do to reach ________ goal." Every single time, Coach Fonseca and I have answered this question differently based upon individual needs. However, our knowledge in the Triumph Kitchen runs deep about nutrition, specifically sports nutrition, with certification hours and projects and years of creating and writing meal plans that have proven to work for those who have dedicated their time and energy towards meeting their goals.
I want each of you to take a minute and reflect on the different programs you have completed. By this I mean Weight Watchers, 24-Day Challenge, among the hundreds of others offered to us. What has EACH and every program had in common? All come with the small asterisk at the bottom saying "results not typical." Each program also indicates it must be paired with diet and exercise I order to maximize results. Each program is generally a one size fits all program.
I have had wonderful friends and clients get results on programs. What I am going to talk to you about today is not specifically the programs as I have not spent hours researching the specifics of each program. I know they are all similar, backed with doctors and scientists helping nutritionally and safely develop product. I know they each have different absorption rates, some switch stevia for sucralose, some provide only a few products and others replace your meals completely. What do I know, as a sports nutritionist?
First, I instantly ask, after the completion of the program, what comes next? What does continuing to get results look like? Is the program now a replacement for your everyday food in order to maintain? We all need to think past the month of dedication and know what our or the programs maintenance plan is. I also know that people need and crave structure. We crave convenience in our busy lives. If it is easy, others are getting results seemingly effortlessly with minimal sacrifice, we all want a part. Trust me, the magic pill is something we all want. Programs can help us get results quick, but do they TEACH us what to do afterwards? Is there education about balancing your macro-nutrients to aid weight-loss or alter them for muscle gain? Once your results slow down, do you know how to adjust your intake so you can continue to get even MORE results? I know. I am asking a lot of questions because I want our brains to be probed with nutritional thought and awareness. This is where individual nutritional coaching at Triumph comes into play.
As sports nutritionist, we evaluate your body through a scan. We take measurements to see where your physical numbers are and assess healthy weightless within a period of time. For some clients, we have referred them to specific programming to help jump start in reaching goals; to help focus and follow a relatively uncomplicated set of nutritional and exercise expectations. Others, we've talked specifically and only about food. Some- we've talked about additional training paired with food in order to reach goals. We work to meet each of you where you are at and constantly are able to help move you forward through adjusting calories and macro-nutrients so you never peak. We write individual meal plans because we all know that Coach Fonseca and I should not be on the same calories due to body weight/composition and exertion during WODs. We have different outputs, different body fat percentages, different body composition therefore, one size programming does not fit all.
We want to work with you to educate you about food and how to learn your macros. We want to teach you how to fish and build that body you are seeking. Nutritional coaching is the most valuable aspect of Triumph. We already know Coach Fonseca's fitness programming is awesome, so just imagine if we all dedicated ourselves to learning his capabilities of nutritional programming to get you real results from real food (how to choose, when to eat, and how to measure our food) what results we'd get.
SO... how do you start this journey to achieve results with accessing food? Just food and exercise. That simple. First, get signed up for the Clean and Lean Challenge here! It will start you with the basics of intentional meal planning. Plus PRIZES. Yep, we will gift some lucky winners! We are excited to get this series of classes rolling with each and everyone of you! If you need some motivation about WHY the Clean and Lean Challenge- I encourage you to read this post here and then write down YOUR MOTIVATION and your WHY about dedicating time to this challenge.
Then, as you progress forward and need/want adjustments we are available for your individual nutritional coaching!
Since beginning my journey with Triumph Fitness nearly five years ago, much of my life has changed. My view of myself has changed. The scale ruled how I FELT and VIEWED myself. Once a certain number appeared on the scale- I would freak... feeling like I was losing control of my goals. In all honesty, I was one of those girls who viewed beauty as the women in the Victoria's Secret Magazine- craving that figure. My mindset and views of beauty and health have completely transformed since joining Triumph Fitness. I actually find myself quickly browsing through magazines almost HURTING for these women and the editors that work so hard to create this unrealistic image of beauty for the masses.
So the question is WHY do I continue to Triumph? WHY do I refuse to sacrifice my workout and my healthy meals. WHY do I prioritize meal planning with intention instead of purchasing a program? Well my friends, here is where, for the first time in my life, my WHY has combined the three most important aspects of my life.
1. ME. Ultimately, it is for me. No one else. It is my therapy. It is MY time- focused on me. I enjoy building my body to reflect strength and health. I enjoy having muscle definition. I enjoy reaching and SURPASSING the goals I have set for myself. The cooking, the laundry, the dishes, the cleaning, the baths, the homework eats us SO much of my time. But when I walk through those doors at Triumph Fitness- I get to sweat with my friends towards a healthier and happier ME.
2. THEM. I am happier. I am healthier. I get to lead by example of strength. Often, my children workout right next to me, cheer me on, and push me to the limit. I am raising children who believe in staying healthy and developing strong bodies. Lead.
That is simply WHY I TRIUMPH.
So, why would you want to join the Lean and Clean Challenge at Triumph Fitness? Well, take sometime to reflect. What are your reasons for developing a healthier and happier you? What drives you? What motivates you? Where do you see yourself?
The Clean and Lean Challenge is focused on YOU. We want to help you learn how to earn those results. It is going to be pretty plain and simple- how to meal plan with intention. Reach your goals by learning the basics of nutrition and how to use supplementation to aid in gaining real results. All we are asking for is for you to dedicate some time to what is proven to work to get you where you want to be headed! Make sure to RSVP here!
Today is the day we commit. Today is the day we rethink our approaches. Today is the day for change. Today is the day we reach our goals. Today is the day we focus on. Today we Triumph.
In all aspects of our life- how do we achieve in earning real results? Think about your job. How have you gotten results? I find in the areas of my life that I have been successful in reaching and achieving results it is because I started digging into the depths of understanding. I researched, I read, I applied the skills I was learning, I reached out to other professionals for help, information, and ideas. My students get results because I work hard. I have worked hard for the past 13 years to help my students get results. It all started in 2002 when I began my journey through college to earn my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and finally my Masters Degree in Education. Incredibly, the hard work didn't stop when I earned my teaching license and rolled on into my first classroom of 27 third graders. In fact, each year- I have had to work harder, learning new strategies and practices. Everyday, I battle the little brains that have developed in a near effortless childhood, obsessed with technology, and often act impulsively. Everyday, I want a magic learning pill or wand. The fact of the matter is, since no magic wand exists, I had to learn and implement strategies on how to teach these kids about their brains and how they can control their intelligence. Then, I was able to teach them content that we worked with GREAT EFFORT into their long term memory.
You see, our brain has three types of memory. We have our Sensory Memory- it lasts only a millisecond. It is driven by our senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste, feeling) we see something and process it quickly and our brain decides if we keep the new information to process into our working memory or not. Our Working Memory (short-term) can hold information for a couple hours if we practice repetition for information such as phone numbers, road names, people names, etc... Then we have our long-term memory, when we really dive deep and understand the information it can last for months or even years.
When we reflect on our expertise, our jobs require us to function in the long-term memory realm. We have to know, practice and apply those skills daily. We have to divulge information at the drop of a hat. We even have to provide proof of those real results we have become masters in achieving. Now imagine if we could dive into any job or realm without true knowledge, certification or degrees. Need surgery? Sure! Head over to Ms. Comfort's classroom, she's got scissors! Yikes! If we were thrown into positions within our lives, to either sink or swim, our world and minds would be a mess! Or, imagine if we were given all the important and pertinent information for our job success in one afternoon. We wouldn't realistically be able to hold that amount of information within our long-term memory. Our brain would pick and choose what to hold onto, and we would end up missing key pieces of information. We have to learn, practice and apply new information in gradual steps, with someone guiding us along the way- to answer our questions, help us up when fail, and to lead us to the next step when we are showing signs of readiness.
So, what does this have to do with Triumph Fitness? Let's reflect on why we go to Triumph Fitness. I can attest for many members, including myself, that Coach Fonseca knows his fitness programming and how to build muscles, aid in fat loss and help you achieve an overall healthier you. As his members, we don't truly understand his programming and why he chooses to piece exercises together. All we know is dang- that was LEG day. Ouch, my forearms are SORE. MORE pull-ups?? Burpees suck. I am pretty sure that is how we read the board at the gym.
I know... just try to keep following me. Stick with it until the end because my point is going to be a huge OPPORTUNITY for you! One piece of the gym that we all know exists, but don't understand the value is the nutritional coaching. Coach Fonseca has mass information of how food and the intentional meal planning, with macro-nutrients in mind, affects the building of your body. So, why do we keep running and looking for the magic pill or wand that we all truly know does not exist when we have an expert right at the same place we pour sweat? Someone who understands how exercise and food work TOGETHER to get us results. Why do we tend to separate these two programs when they go hand in hand, like coffee and protein, barbecue sauce and chicken, hugs and kisses...
Well, Coach Fonseca has the "magic pill" for you: It is called the Clean and Lean Challenge. Learn about real food, understand how to intentionally meal plan, learn the meaning of "macro-nutrients" and how to properly supplement your diet and exercise program. Truly understanding and creating IS the magic pill. Just as in our careers, we have to truly understand to implement and get real results. We must put forth the hard work and the effort to be successful in reaching goals.
Join us in LEARNING and CREATING an intentional meal plan. Plus, $500 worth of prizes is awesome. Make sure to RSVP below. Be sure to invite your friends and family!