Abs are made in the kitchen

Abs are made in the kitchen, and sculpted in the gym!graphics_six_pack_abs_couple

So, you’ve been getting into the studio and rocking on your HIIT classes, BBB groups, TRX, and the like.  We love that and it’s a GREAT piece to the healthy LIFESTYLE puzzle.  It’s only a piece of that puzzle, though.

Now that you’ve established a good exercise routine (and by good we mean at least 3 days of strength/cardio training a week) it’s time to speak about the BIGGEST piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle: NUTRITION.

Most people like to fool themselves that the act of working out is the hardest to overcome.  We at HB believe that the mental hang-up most people have over food and nutrition happens to be their biggest road block.  You see, many people will eventually get themselves into the gym/studio/outdoors to burn those calories to ‘maintain’, but what are you putting into your body?  What if all of a sudden you had an injury and very little lean muscle (see cardio Vs. Weights blog here) and still ate like your stomach was a waste basket?  What do you think the long term health issues are for eating fatty, highly processed foods? What do you think would happen?

We are so misinformed about what is healthy.  We are so over marketed to ‘buy’ into the emotional connections that the advertisers ‘sell’ us.  Most people actually believe that what the ads tell us are true…why would they lie to us?  Or maybe we do know they are lying, but it gives us that excuse to ‘reward’ ourselves for a hard day at work.  Let’s us give into our fears instead of face them for what they are.

Continue to look for blog posts about nutrition as we push and challenge you to take a closer look at ways you can add to your healthy lifestyle.  We will slowly give you bits and pieces, as with anything new taking baby steps is what will create permanent change.  HB Fitness is about creating a healthy lifestyle for your whole family for a really long time…not just a quick-fix, band-aid solution.  Here’s a first step.  Where is your food coming from?  Take a look at the dirty dozen list below.  These are the foods you’ll want to buy organic as they carry the highest pesticide amounts.  Pesticides mess with our hormones which in turn screws up your metabolism.  The clean list has foods that you can get away with buying conventional, if you want to save some green!

EAT CLEAN TO STAY LEAN…pesticide free is a first step to clean eating!

Dirty Dozen (most Contaminated)

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

Least Contaminated

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cantaloupe