Monthly Archives: April 2015

Doctrine VS. Outcome Based Health (podcast)

A new episode of A Mind For Fitness Podcast is now available. In this episode I talk about the dangers of being blinded by diet dogmas. Enjoy!


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A Call to Leave Paleo?

I do not normally re-post an article written by someone else; however, I just ran across an article that I thought was so important that I had to share it with my audience. It is from Body IO and was written by John Kiefer a coach in the indistry whom I highly respect. The article is titled, A Call to Abandon The Paleo Diet. Below is a link to the article. I hope you benefit from it as I did.




Lemon Water

About two years ago, my wife had a gallbladder attack. It was scary. We though she might be having a heart attack. We were moments from going to the hospital when the pain started to subside.

Of course the night of the attack, we were not sure what was happening to her. The next day, she (though research) figured out that it was a gallbladder attack and not a heart attack. The last thing we wanted to do was get her gallbladder removed. Not only could we not afford that, but we thought it was just a bad idea given our philosophy of health. Instead she decided to handle her problem through nutrition.

There are many things my wife began to do as a result of her attack. One of those was to start her day by drinking 1/2 cup of warm lemon water. I also participated in the daily routine.

At the time I did not  know the amazing health benefits I was getting from this practice. I knew a few basics like it turned on my digestive system, and it helps to lose weight. But beyond that I had no idea what warm lemon water was doing to my body. That was until recently.

My wife found an article listing the amazing benefits from starting your day with lemon water. I will not list all of them here; however, I wanted to list a few of the most important.

1. Lemon water reduces joint pain.

This is particularly beneficial for those of us who workout.

2. Lemon water cleanses blood vessels and arteries.

This is vitally important for optimal health.

3. Lemon water helps to stop heart burn.

It is a common mistake to think that heart burn is a result of too much stomach acid. But just the opposite is true. Heart burn is the result of too little stomach acid. Lemon water provides the stomach with the acid necessary to stop heart burn.

If you have not yet added lemon water to your daily regiment, I highly suggest you start. It’s easy to do and takes under a minute to prepare. I simply mix about a table spoon of organic lemon juice with half a cup of water. Then I microwave it for about 30 seconds. After that, drink and enjoy!

Bad Choices That You Think Are Good (Podcast)

A new episode of A Mind For Fitness podcast is now available. In this episode Ian takes about choices that we make that we think are healthy. However, many of the choices that we think are healthy are actually interfering with your weight loss goals. What are those choices and are you making them? Find out by listening to this episode!


Interview With a Client Who Got Results (podcast)!

In this episode, Ean interviews a client who has lost and maintained weight loss for a year!

Sometimes it’s OK to Not Work Out

I recently injured my back. While I am not sure of the extent of the damage, it has caused me to ease up on my workouts. In fact, when I first injured it, I had to take five days off altogether. This really upset me. I am at this point quite a gym rat. I enjoy my time there and was unhappy that I had to give it up for a while.

My recent time off from the gym cased me to think about times when it is OK, and actually beneficial to stop working out. Here are three:

When You Are Injured

I was disappointed when I could not go to the gym. However, it is better to deal with a litter disappointment. Why? Because it actually gave me the time to recover.

The other option that I had( and have seen many people take) is to push through the pain and workout anyway. However, to do that is to risk serious injury.  Because I stopped working out as soon as I hurt myself, I was able to limit my vacation to five days. Many who try to push though the pain hurt themselves severely and have to spend weeks, even months, and sometimes years away from the gym.

When You Cannot Recover

Getting injured is not the only time you need to recover. In fact, you need to recover from every workout. Why? Because every workout is doing damage to your body. In fact, the workout it self does not help you get fit. You get fit by recovering from your workout. The best way to recover from a workout is to rest. And the best rest is sleep.

So here is the situation. If you cannot get an adequate amount of sleep, you are better off to skip your workout.

When It Stops Working 

Finally, there are times when you simply stop getting results from your workout. You can change thing up a bit. For example, If you do cardio two days a week and weights tree days a week, switch. However, even this stops working after a while.

This is due to the fact that our bodies get use to the same workouts or the same types of workouts. Eventually, you just stop seeing results. The best thing to do in order to get out of this slump is take a week off. Then, when you go back to the gym, you body handles it like a new activity.

Closing Remarks

Like I said. I hate missing my gym time. However, I love getting and staying fit. The reality is in order to stay fit, sometimes you have to miss a workout out or a weeks worth of workouts. Don’t be hard on yourself. In the end, you will be in better shape because you did not workout.