Lifestyle

Do You Have A New Year Resolution? We Do!

We asked some of the CF 416 coaches if they have any resolutions for 2018.  Check out their answers below.
Make sure you keep them accountable this year!
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DK

In 2018 I plan to meditate every single day!

DANIELE

My goal is to complete the Rx+ workouts without scaling weight or reps!

RACHEL

It’s been a lifelong dream to compete in a hotdog eating contest..joking.  In 2018 I will walk 20m non-stop in a handstand!

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DERYA

I’m going to develop the strength and skill to perform a human flag!

HANNAH

Strict Handstand Push-ups – I’m coming for you!

ROBYN

In 2018, my goal is to write in my journal every day!  I also plan to visit an art gallery once per month!

Have you set your goals for 2018?  Who is going to keep you accountable?  Let us help you.  Book a goal setting session with your favourite coach today!

Lifestyle Challenge 2018: What you need to know

As we near the end of another year, we are getting reading to host our Lifestyle Challenge once again. This is our 5th year doing the challenge and every year it gets a little bit better. This year the challenge is brought to you by BODZii, (our Nutrition and Lifestyle service) that will guide you in focusing on food quality and building a healthy relationship with food. Our main goal remains the same – to introduce you to an individualized nutrition program that will support and promote active and healthy lifestyles. We truly believe that nutrition plays a critical role in your fitness, and proper nutrition can help amplify your training and overall lifestyle.

 

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. Sign up! Registration is $65 and will be open from December 18th to January 6th, and available by going to the Bodzii Website

2. Seminar Day January 7th. Dietitian, Emilie and BODZii Head Coach, Robyn will be hosting a seminar to kick-off the Lifestyle Challenge! We will be covering all things nutrition and lifestyle including the basics (am I eating the right things?), expectations, tips & tricks to tracking food and ultimately how to find the most success during the challenge. Attendance is STRONGLY recommended.

3. Prep-Week January 7th to 14th. We have included a prep week to ensure each member starts this challenge off on the right foot. 7 days to clear out your kitchen, go grocery shopping, and making sure you know how to set yourself up for the most success come kick-off day.

4. Kick-Off Day January 15th. The official start date of the challenge! The 4-weeks begins here – good luck!

5. Final Day February 11th. The Lifestyle Challenge end date, just in time for you to kick some ass in the CrossFit Open with the new and improved you.

6. End of Challenge Party February 15th. We’re hosting a party to celebrate all your victories over the past 4 weeks. Food, drink, and lots of fun. Hours/Location TBD.

 

New to the Challenge

Included in the challenge this year will be an InBody Scan. This system is a body composition analysis machine that will give you all the information about what you’re made of. This 30 second test will provide you information on your Muscle – Fat ratio including lean body mass, body fat mass, visceral fat areas etc. It will also give you your basal metabolic rate and obesity analysis along with much more information. This scan will be done once at the beginning of the challenge and once at the end of the challenge for you to see your progress laid out for you!

If you’re wondering what the Lifestyle Challenge can do for you, take a look at the before and after photos that are posted on Instagram each Thursday in December. The results speak for themselves! This challenge is a commitment to yourself. You will learn not only how to dial in your nutrition, but you will have a network of others doing the exact same thing, motivating you every step of the way.

We are so excited to get into this year’s lifestyle challenge, and hope you are too!!

If you have any questions email robyn@crossfit416.ca or ask any of your coaches in class!

 

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I Want You to Keep Sugar In Your Diet

Now that you’ve almost completed our No sugar, More Sleep September challenge, I’m sure a lot of you at this point are  ready to go pile your face into a box of powdered donuts. Or maybe you’re feeling absolutely fantastic, have never felt better and are ready to go 100% sugar free for the rest of your life because you’ve finally realized that sugar is the devil… right?

In order to make sure that you don’t regret any drastic decisions come Monday morning, I’ve put together 6 great reasons to keep sugar in your diet and feel good about it. Whether you find yourself feeling guilty from eating too much sugar all the time, or you think that sugar is going to kill you at first contact with the lips, here’s some middle ground.

1 – Sugar in it’s natural form.

Sugar addicts – Sugar naturally occurs in fruits, vegetables and dairy. Curb your sweet tooth with some raspberries or blueberries (natures candy) or add in some Stevia to your yogurt. There are tons of ways to curb that sweet tooth without resorting to processed, refined sugars.

Anti-Sugar – Sugar’s contribution to conditions like obesity and heart disease has more to do with it’s abundance in diets filled with highly processed foods. It also includes many other factors like physical activity, smoking etc. It’s not black and white. If you’re trying to eat foods in their natural forms (whole fruits instead of juice), you’re exposing yourself to tons of amazing vitamins.

 

2- Make it a minority

Sugar Addicts – Crave something sweet every morning? Instead of reaching for a donut and some coffee with your sugar, try making some overnight oats with a little brown sugar and dried fruit.

Anti-Sugar – Adding a little honey to your tea or maple syrup to your coffee might just do more good than harm. If you’re thinking that sugars and sweeteners will make you fat, think of it this way – a warm beverage like coffee or tea is known to suppress hunger.  If you’re one of those people who seem like they’re hungry all the time, drink a little sweet tea or coffee. Your caloric intake will decrease even though you’ve added a sweetener to your diet.

3 – It makes things taste better.

Sugar Addicts – So you hear that vegetables are good for you, but you can’t bring yourself to eat any ‘cause… gross. Add honey to your dressing for your salad. Add some dates to a veggie green smoothie or make a brown sugar balsamic glaze for your baked green beans or asparagus.

Anti-Sugar – If it makes you eat your kale and raw broccoli a little less reluctantly (because I don’t care how healthy you are, no one likes a dry kale and raw broccoli salad and I care about your happiness and well-being) add those dried cranberries and honey balsamic glaze.

4- Great quick fuel.

Sugar Addicts – Maybe eating that chocolate chip muffin with the sugar crystals on top (you know which one’s I’m talking about…mmm) isn’t the best choice for a boost mid workout or pre-workout. But having some coconut, cashew date balls that you made in 5 minutes at home are a better option!

Anti-Sugar – Any modern-day folk who engage in physical activity, whether it be a marathon or a family bike ride for a couple hours, need something quick and easily digestible for some energy. You want things that are easily digestible while staying active. Chicken and carrots are going to sit in your stomach and even some fruits can be too fibrous to digest comfortably. No ones bringing a packet of dry oats and boiled water with them on a hike.

5 – You had a bad day

Both Sugar addicts and the Anti-sugar – No one is reaching for a boiled potato when they feel sad. Practice mindful eating and realize why you’re eating that cookie or cupcake. Knowing when to stop is a great way to stay consistent and practise healthy portion control. A cupcake a day isn’t the answer. And purposely making yourself sad for a slice of pity pie isn’t the answer either.

6 – Enjoy the experience, make a memory

Sugar addicts – Structure your lifestyle so that you can enjoy weekends away with friends while you indulge on sundaes and strawberry rhubarb pie without feeling the guilt. If 80% of your life is filled with nutritious whole foods, save the 20% to create memories. When you feel guilty for eating an extra slice of Mom’s pie at thanksgiving, it’s probably because you did the same thing 3 days earlier.

Anti-Sugar – Licking an ice cream cone with your kid at the beach, going to Ribfest with some co-workers, eating that delicious cinnamon raisin bread your roommate made you. These are things that will give you a healthy, joyful life with meaningful relationships. Isn’t that why you decided to become so healthy in the first place – to enjoy life more?

Hopefully through reading this, you realize that there’s a nice, happy, manageable middle ground when it comes to sugar. I know you’re heard the term “everything in moderation” and that really couldn’t be more true when it comes to sugar in the diet. Keep it in there to create some happiness, balance and a positive relationship with food. If this challenge has done anything, I hope it’s created some awareness about how much sugar (or how little sugar) you ate before and how you can make some adjustments moving forward to become more happy and healthy.

Sugar Free Recipe: Sweet Potato Banana Toast

Really, this couldn’t be easier.

What You’ll Need

2 slices about 1/4 inch thick sweet potato, cut lengthwise

All natural peanut butter

1/2 banana

What to do:

Toast sweet potato slices for about 10-15 minutes on high, flipping every 4-5 seconds until tender in the centre

Top it up!!

That’s Peachy

There’s still time to take advantage of our fresh Ontario produce and pick up some ripe peaches. Their natural sweetness will replace the usual sugary culprits found in a fruity dessert.

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 peach – cut up into slices
  • 1 tsp butter or fat equivalent
  • ¾ cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • dash cinnamon

 

Directions

  1. Melt butter in frying pan over medium heat
  2. Place slices of peach in pan. Lightly pan fry until golden brown.
  3. Place yogurt in bowl and blend in vanilla extract
  4. Place peaches on top of yogurt. Add dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Facts

Calories 185

Carbohydrates 20g

Sugar 10g

Protein 19 g

Fat 3g

Are carbs “bad” for me?

Sugar is a main component of the food we consume. However, too much sugar can negatively impact our physique, stress, cravings and overall health. What is sugar? Sugar is the simplest form of carbohydrate and occurs naturally in foods such as fruit, vegetables and dairy products. Despite the accusations, carbohydrates are vital to your health for several reasons. They are your body’s main fuel source, fibre (also in the carbohydrate family) protects against disease, and carbs can help with weight control. The selection of carbohydrates is important as you should eat plenty of fibre-rich fruits and vegetables along with whole grains. The issue is surrounding refined carbohydrates such as pastries, sodas, and other highly processed foods. These items contain easily digested carbohydrates that may contribute to overeating, weight gain and promote diabetes and other diseases. Refined carbs have almost all their fibre and vitamins removed thus being considered “empty” calories. However, it is crucial to understand the importance of quality carbohydrates. The controversies surrounding carbohydrates arise from added sugars and artificial sweeteners.

In times of stress, we typically favour food high in sugar content such as snacks and fast food. These comfort foods may act as a form of self-medication to avoid unwanted stress. During stress, we release a hormone called cortisol. High cortisol levels, in combination with increased blood sugar and insulin may be responsible for increased intake of foods high in sugar. This is because sugar is associated with dopamine release in the reward areas of our brain. Dopamine is a “feel good” hormone, which counteracts stress and promotes further consumption of these foods. Since fruits and vegetables don’t cause the brain to release as much dopamine, your brain starts to want more sugar in the form of junk food to receive the same feelings of pleasure. Stress not only causes over-eating but also is associated with fatigue, less exercise, and more alcohol consumption, all of which contributes to excess weight gain.

Research reveals that significant amounts of sugar, specifically high fructose can interfere with feelings of satiety. This means that you will still feel hungry, which will contribute to increased food intake. This can cause possible weight gain and risk of type two diabetes.

The concerns of excess sugar intake have translated into an attraction to low-calorie artificial sweeteners. These sugar substitutes are food additives that duplicate the effect of sugar in taste but are often low-calorie. There are some benefits to using artificial sweeteners. They give people the opportunity to eat the same foods they would normally consume, while allowing them to lose weight due to a low-calorie intake. In relation to overall health, those with diabetes often substitute for these sweeteners to avoid difficult regulating their blood sugar. However, there is controversy on whether the usage poses health risks. Research has shown that sweeteners cause increased body weight because they contribute to increased food intake as a response to the sweet taste without the contribution of calories to reduce hunger. Ultimately, the goal is a well-balanced diet. These controversies prove that excessive intake of sugar or artificial sweeteners can contribute to weight gain and pose health risks.

Exercise is one of the best treatments for stress. A long-term commitment to exercise reduces cortisol levels over time. Meditation in the form of exercise, such as yoga, may help to reduce stress and help people become more mindful of food choices. Frequent exercise helps regulate body weight, reduce stress, avoid cravings and contributes to a reduction in disease risk. Overall, it is essential to know the importance of carbohydrates in a balanced diet and to be informed of the difference between refined carbohydrates along with sugar and artificial sweeteners.