RaceStart’s Take on Nutrition

Hello Warriors!

I recently discovered a new love for cooking. Domesticated! The sites listed HERE make cooking easy and enjoyable- They basically make a hectic lifestyle a little less “cray cray”. I feel much more productive mentally as well as physically when I know my body is receiving the fuel it needs. I notice a difference in how I perform at my job, during my workouts, sleep patterns, as well as my social life.

Remember that to be “fit” or “healthy” we must find balance with our workouts as well as our nutrition. It is very important that we feed our bodies the fuel they need to perform at our desired level of intensity during our workouts.

I believe in the Paleo lifestyle, however, I also believe that it is not for everyone…At least not right away. If you already eat fairly clean, then go for it! However, if you’re someone who eats mostly fast-food then you may need to take a different approach. Maybe try eliminating one thing from your diet at a time, and continue to set new monthly goals. I always say give Paleo living a solid 3 weeks to see if it’s for you. Basically, you are feeding your body whole foods, packed with rich nutrients- No processed crap! During this trial period you should pay attention to your performance at the gym, as well as work and home life, and sleep patterns. Eating whole foods, rich in vitamins will give you more energy during your workouts, but also when you’re at work, or home with your significant other, the kids, and out with your friends.

There is definitely more preparation involved, but that’s also called being an adult. Don’t expect your body to change if you aren’t willing to make a change.

*NOTE: The most common fault with the paleo lifestyle is over eating. Most of the food is AMAZING! Make sure to stick to portion control.

Happy cooking!

The Game Changer, Shakeology

Visit our Nutrition page for info on our “slim down shake”. Shakeology has not only helped aid my athletic performance at the gym, but has significantly helped fight my sugar cravings. This has allowed me to be more stress free with my nutrition regimen. Shakeology really takes the guess work out of it. As a result I have more energy to complete every day tasks, without having to leave my desk. If I get stuck working late, or just feel like having a “treat” this is not only a nutrient dense option, but it fills me up and satisfies those cravings! I no longer feel like that “diva” in the snickers commercial (Oh, don’t act like you don’t know what I’m referring to).

It’s quick, fast, easy, and a HEALTHY way to stay on track! 

I will only promote products that I believe in. With that being said, RaceStart now sells sample size packets at the Gym Shop. This will allow you to try out different flavors before making a commitment. Decide for yourself. I challenge you to the taste test 🙂

RaceStart Training is on Pinterest

Over the past few months I’ve been preparing a Pinterest page to help make our shopping/prep work a little easier. This is what I use to prepare my weekly grocery list. Here you will not only find my favorite eats and treats, but I also gathered mobility tips, workouts, and new fitness trends! enjoy!

The Best Summer Slim Down Shake

A  “HOW TO VIDEO” ON ANTONETTE’S FAVORITE SUMMER SLIM DOWN SHAKE…

JUST CLICK ON THE VIDEO BELOW 

To order Shakeology or learn more healthy nutrition tips and quick tricks…

What is Shakeology?

Shakeology IS NOT just a protein powder, it’s so much more! It’s  a meal or snack replacement shake that’s filled with over 70 ingredients in it. That would take up to 7 trips to the salad bar to eat the same amount of nutrients that are inside every Shakeology shake. Shakeology is made from the finest whole-food sources that are available. Shakeology really makes it easy for us by taking the guesswork out of nutrition! Two words: GAME CHANGER!

The ingredients include:

  • Camu-Camu
  • Goji berry
  • Acai berry
  • Acerola cherry
  • Bilberry
  • Barley grass
  • Blue-green algae
  • Chia seeds
  • Wheat grass (just to name few)

Why Drink Shakeology Every Day?

It can help you:

  • Lose weight – especially if you replace a meal with Shakeology every day.
  • Reduce junk food cravings – drink it in the morning to enjoy this benefit throughout the day
  • Increase your energy and feel healthier.
  • Improve your digestion and regularity.
  • Lose Weight—the Healthy Way

Why starve yourself thin, when you can lose weight—and maintain that healthy weight loss—just by drinking one Shakeology shake every day?

It’s the simple recipe for success:

  • You won’t feel deprived, because every delicious shake tastes like a sinful treat.
  • The proteins and healthy fats will help you feel fuller longer, so you’re less likely to snack.
  • Superfoods help your body reduce cravings for junk food.
  • Increased energy means your workouts feel easier.

What better way to take the sting out of your craving for sugary snacks and junk foods, than with a sumptuously delicious shake that feeds your body the nutrients it really craves?

How Shakeology short-circuits your urge to snack:

  • Protein-rich nutrient-dense formula helps you feel full and reduces the tendency to “cheat” throughout the day.
  • Helps you curb junk food cravings while helping you crave healthier choices.
  • You’re feeding your body the nutrients it needs, so it feels more satisfied.
  • So delicious, it tastes like you’re cheating!

Feel New Energy!

Drinking Shakeology every day can dramatically improve your energy levels and overall stamina. Just ask all of our customers who used their newfound energy to take on—and succeed—at a new fitness program!

What more can you do with a little extra daily energy?

  • Power through your day, and cross more off your to-do list.
  • Get your fitness program off to a great new start.
  • Help your body’s internal processes work more efficiently.
  • Enjoy life . . . and get more out of every single moment
  • Help Improve Digestion and Regularity

When you drink Shakeology, you won’t just feel healthier, you can actually be healthier. That’s because it helps all your body’s processes function more efficiently. And what better definition is there for good health?

How Shakeology gets you healthy from the inside out:

  • Fiber and probiotics help you “get regular” so you eliminate toxins built up in your digestive system.
  • Proprietary blend of prebiotics and probiotics help create a healthy intestinal tract which aids digestion.
  • A healthier digestive system makes it easier to absorb key nutrients.
  • Digestive enzymes also help your body to increase the absorption of nutrients

Here’s my 2 cents on Shakeology:

Not everyone needs to lose weight, but everyone DOES need to be healthy and to have sustaining energy throughout the day. When was the last time you tried to lose weight and you were grouchy, tired and unhappy because you were STARVING??? Shakeo is all about nutritional DENSE ingredients that will provide you with all of the vitamins and nutrients that you need in order to feel great, not be starving or to feel deprived while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s my “fast-food”, energy drink that helps me to feel healthy and maintain my weight. It helps to improve my diet by giving me adequate nutrition and energy!!

This is not a weight-loss shake — it IS a NUTRITION shake! 

To order YOUR Shakeology or learn more about healthy nutrition tips and tricks that have helped me…

THE SECRET TO OUR RESULTS

I just LOVE Brene Brown and I thought I’d share this clip with you.

I feel that EVERYONE can connect/relate to this on some level.

I’m curious what you will take from it.

Some of you may wonder why I am blogging about this, or “How this is relevant to health and fitness?”

SO I WILL FILL YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET

No matter how many hours we put in at the gym it won’t matter if we continue with self shaming.

We will not reach our fitness goals if we continue to tell ourselves

“I can’t” or “I’m not _______enough”

We must attack our problems from the root. Don’t place blame on your trainer, coach, husband, kids, work, school. Take accountability and try to understand why you’re not seeing results instead of finding more excuses. I promise, after we’re able to change our perspective we’ll find the results we’re looking for.

Remember the RaceStart Motto,

“You can’t continue to do the same thing and expect different results.”

I feel that so many of us are battling with… I’m not ___________ enough.

This leads to “shaming ourselves”- saying hurtful things that we would never say to someone we love or care about….So why do we say them to ourselves if we know they are hurtful?

“BEING VULNERABLE IS NOT A WEAKNESS”

This is something that really hit home for me. Being a woman and business owner in a male dominated field, the last thing I thought I could feel (or show for that matter) was vulnerability. That terrified me. Recently, I have learned that when I show a more vulnerable side (MY AUTHENTIC SELF) that’s when people seem to REALLY HEAR ME and all of a sudden I become relatable.

I find it interesting how Brene Brown makes us realize that being vulnerable is courage

The courage to be ‘IMPERFECT”…which is a connection to authenticity.

It’s okay to NOT have it ‘all together’.  I can’t tell you how many times I would “freak out” if someone would stop by to visit me at the gym or house (made no difference) and everything didn’t appear to be “perfect”.  Like I said, it becomes exhusting! Believe it or not, it was easier for me take on another task for the day and clean things up, rather than let someone see things out of order. If I was sick as a dog and a family member told me they were going to stop by, I’d pull myself together and clean up the house.

I now realize how rediculious this sounds.

THE POWER OF CREATIVITY

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Art credit goes to Steyr Hardison, age 3. “Guy wearing headphones”. – of course it is 😉 My cousin’s daughter made this picture for us and framed it.

“CREATIVITY IS; the key of how things travel from the head to the heart to hands.”

Unused creativity is dangerous. It turns into greed, rage, and becomes toxic.

“THERE IS NO INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY WITHOUT FAILURE.”

Now, take a minute to think about this and reflect.  

Below is an excellent interview with Brene Brown that digs deeper into this topic. Very interesting! 

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL

I wrote a blog not too long ago that was really more of a self reflection. In this blog I was more vulnerable than normal- I let people see the person who “doesn’t have it all together”- and it felt so good to be able to embrace my “imperfections”.

It was liberating, instead of ALWAYS STRIVING TO HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER …that’s exhausting!

 

I actually wrote my blog before I stumbled across Brene Brown. After I posted my blog, someone had asked if I had heard of her and suggested to look her up. I’m glad that I did.

With that being said I hope you enjoy 🙂

 

Travel Snacks

If you’re always on the go take a min and “chillax”…You know who you are…I am just as guilty! I understand how difficult it can be to find some time to plan out the week in advance. I also know how I feel if I don’t make the time – My week drags on, my energy level is down, my workouts are not as productive, I’m moody, and I have a hard time focusing on every day tasks. To me, it’s just not worth it anymore. I’ve been there done that, and I’m not going back! Give yourself a little challenge…set a goal (make a food plan) for each week for 5 weeks and see how you feel at the end of the 5th week.

It can be challenging to “paleo” while traveling through airports, or whenever life gets busy. Many times in situations like these it’s easy for people to throw their hands up and say “it’s too hard to eat well” and end up eating a bunch of junk they otherwise wouldn’t. You can avoid eating in the airport entirely and avoid stopping at fast food chains because you’re “hangry”…the key is a little planning and preparation.
Below is a list of helpful snacks to keep handy on those “crazy busy” days where you’re stuck at the office or on the road.

NOTE: Always be prepared!

  • Grass-Fed Jerky,
  • Apple+Whole Avocado (eaten with a spoon)
  • Homemade Trail Mix (walnut pieces, cinnamon coated almonds, large coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, dried apple, pecans, macadamia nuts)
  • Dried Organic Apples (no sugar or other ingredients added)
  • Organic Pistachios
  • Assorted Raw nuts and seeds (unsalted)-(Trader Joe has the best prices)
  • Celery+ Almond butter (I really enjoy Martha Natha almond butter- no stir involved : )
  • Apple cut up+Almond butter
  • Protein egg muffins
  • Sweet potato w/cinnamon+cayenne pepper+salt
  • Protein balls
  • Plain paleo pancakes in a baggie (if I have some left over from Sun breakfast I take them to go, Google search “paleo pancakes” and be prepared to be amazed 🙂