Nutrition Simplified

Nutrition Simplified
70 Healthy Ingredients. 1 Glass

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Shake It Up with Shakeology


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Shakeology! = Get In My Belly!


Starting Up a New Workout

Getting past the first two weeks of a new fitness program is tough! We check with Tony Horton for tips that'll help you stay on the express train to success.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Shakeology Review

If you haven't hear about this amazing product, Just click on the glass above to find out more info on this amazing super food. Beachbody has hit the ball out of the park with Shakeology

It comes in 2 flavors Greenberry and Chocolate. I ordered the Greenberry and mixed it with 8oz's of orange juice. I have been supplementing my nutrition with this product for only 2 days and I can honestly say that once you put this in your body, your body will thank you. I take my shake as my first meal after my morning workout.

I gave my wife a glass yesterday for breakfast and she has now given me a new task in the mornings!  I have been placed in charge of making sure she gets her morning glass of Shakeology!! Of course, I am more than happy to do this new job assignment for her since I now know she is now getting a great nutritional start to her day now instead of her favorite run out the door breakfast of toast and maybe a glass of juice. 8)

I will get in a few more days of working out and then tell you how I feel from that side of the house.  Even though I have been eating healthy and clean for the past 4 months, I feel even better knowing that my body is getting some really good nutrition with the addition to shakeology to my meal plan.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Recession-Proof Ingredients

Cooking meals at home is a healthy way to save money in these tough economic times, but which ingredients should you buy? Watch today's BNN to find out which common groceries will support your budget and your fitness goals.



This was posted in one of the Beachbody forums I belong too. It is a quote from Tony Horton on one of his laws for success.

Posted 03-23-09 03:06 AM Hide Post
WEEKLY CHALLENGE: This weeks challenge comes directly from Tony Horton, law #2: Consistency.

Improvement and change occur when you do things often. Stopping and starting all the time will kill any momentum you need to succeed. You must find ways to stay in the game. Moderate forms of exercise, done consistently, provide far better results than the occasional full-body pummeling. A lifestyle that includes multiple forms of exercise five to six days a week guarantees results.

There are certain things that rise to the surface when it comes to staying consistent. One of them is staying motivated. How does anyone sustain anything without motivation? You bought one of my programs because you're committed to making huge changes in your life. Being consistent is critical. Sustaining it and staying motivated at times can be difficult. It's easy to create reasons not to do Power 90®, especially when you're feeling weak and puny, and my jokes aren't funny anymore. We travel, get sick, get tired, and often get discouraged. We work too hard, we under-sleep, and get stressed out. So what do we do about it? It can be overwhelming. What about the people who don't quit? Who are they? Are they super-android-robots from a galaxy far, far away? What the hell makes them so special? Why are these robot-people consistent and others not? The answer is that successful, consistent, and motivated folk have tricks . . . Aha! They have found a way to do it anyway.

Here's my list of tricks that will help you stay motivated and consistent.

1. Stop beating yourself up if you can't sustain and/or maintain your "perfect" plan. It's okay to miss a workout once in a while. It doesn't mean that your process has gone to hell in a handcart. It doesn't mean you have to start over. Life happens. Priorities shift. So what? Big deal. Just start up where you left off. If you're doing Power 90 or P90X®, just add the missed days to the back end. I decree the burden lifted! Of course you must recognize the difference between a missed workout or two and a missed week or two. If you miss two weeks of exercise, it will take at least that long to get back where you left off. If you miss one workout once in a while, you lose nothing. The extra day off can even do the body good.

2. Don't freak out if you don't see results in the first 45 days. "What?! No results in the first month and a half?!" See, I knew you'd freak out. The reality is that we all have different starting points. The 90 in Power 90 and P90X stands for 90 days, not 90 minutes. Some folks will see results the first week—bastards! Others will have to wait a little longer, based on age, body weight, how out of shape they are when they start the program, flexibility, balance, athletic background, etc.—this is normal. The variety of workouts in P90X purposely plays into your strengths and weaknesses. Both programs were created to have a 30-to-50-day "adaptive phase." This phase is shorter for some and longer for others. Be patient. Your body will adapt, and you will be amazed at how you look and feel.

Tony H.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Shakeology FAQ

This was posted by Steve Edwards Beachbody Fitness Advisor

Hey Everyone,

At the Team Beachbody Summit this weekend we launched a product we’ve been working on for a few years. It’s called Shakeology. I think it’s better served by its tag line, The Healthiest Meal of the Day.

It’s a protein shake, greens formulation, pre and probiotic supplement, anti-oxidant, phytonutrient, adaptogen, enzyme formulation all rolled into something that tastes like dessert. In short, it’s the smartest 140 calories you can put into your body.

It’s not officially out yet, unless you’re a Beachbody coach, but you’ll be hearing a lot about it soon enough. Today I’m going to beat you to the punch by answering the top 20 questions we had this weekend. If you have more questions, we’ll be holding a series of chats and webinars about it over the next few weeks. You can also read about it on my blog:

And you can read more about the product at

Now on to the FAQs.


Should I continue to take Activit, Peak Health, or other multi-vitamins along with Shakeology?

While Shakeology contains a lot of vitamins and minerals it’s still recommended that you take a multi-vitamin, especially if you’re working out. In fact, Shakeology will help increase the bioavailability of your vitamin if taken together. If you skip your vitamin your nutrient bases will still be covered but an active person—especially doing a workout like P90X—will always be struggling to meet the nutrients requirements placed on the body. Combining Peak Health Formula and Shakeology can keep you charging through even the most intense exercise program.

I already have some Meal Replacement. Should I throw it out and switch to Shakeology?

You shouldn’t throw it out but Shakeology is a far more thorough formulation. Use your old Meal Replacement at times when you’re active or as a “poor man’s Recovery Formula”. The higher sugar and lower fiber content of Meal Replacement make it better around the time you are exercising.

Can I take this and Results and Recovery Formula?

Yes but not together! Recovery Formula should only be taken during or after exercise when you’ve been exhausting your body’s blood sugar. At any other time Shakeology would be your preferred option.

Should I still take an omega supplement?

Yes as there is no EPA/DHA (the two omega fatty acids in fish oil) in Shakeology.

How about Cal/Mag?

One serving of Shakeology has 500 milligrams of calcium, meaning that you can cut your dosage of Cal/Mag in half. It’s recommended that you take your Cal/Mag with Shakeology as it will help your body absorb its nutrients.

There is no food coloring. How is one green and the other brown?

The ingredients (herbal powders, grass powders, vegetable powders, and some fruit and berry powders) make color green. The base of chocolate blend is also green, but the chocolate and cocoa powders turn the color "chocolate".

Why does the chocolate have more protein?

The serving size for chocolate is 8 grams higher than for greenberry. The extra ingredients added for the chocolate blend (mostly chocolate powder and cocoa powder) add an additional 2 grams of protein for the serving size.

Does this mean I don’t have to eat any more veggies?

Not that we recommend it but, yes, you could get away with skipping your veggies if your drink Shakeology daily. Keep in mind that you still need to fill out the rest of your caloric needs and veggies are the best source of both nutrients and fiber you can eat. The healthiest diets will still contain vegetables.

What kind of protein is it made with?

The primary source of protein is from whey, which comes from milk. Whey is one of the most bioavailable protein sources. Translation: it speeds to its work of repairing your muscles and its amino acids are readily used by your body.

Is it a good source of fiber?

At 3 grams per 140 calories Shakeology is a balanced source of fiber. More importantly, its fiber sources are varied, coming from apple pectin, flax, chia meal, and yacon. The latter also happens to be one of the best prebiotic sources known to man.

Can I drink this right before a workout?

Shakeology would be much better than a meal prior to working out. If it’s immediately before, however, you’d be better served by something with more sugar and less fiber for rapid absorption, such as Recovery Formula or Meal Replacement.

Can I drink this right after a workout?

Again, it’s better than many other options available but less perfect than something designed primarily for this purpose, such as Recovery Formula.

Does it contain caffeine?

Shakeology contains no caffeine. It does contain green tea extract but the caffeine has been removed.

Is it vegetarian?

The only non-vegetarian ingredient is whey protein, which comes from milk.

I am a diabetic. How will it affect me?

We aren’t your doctor so we can’t give you an official word on this but we’re working on trying to get Shakeology approved by the American Diabetes Association.

Can I give it to my kids?

Once again, we’re in a legal realm, which we’re working on. But considering that kids are “approved” to eat Ding Dongs and Cocoa Puffs and whatever other godforsaken junk we’re pretty certain that it will clear the regulatory radar.

What about pregnant and nursing mothers?

And, again, we may run into legal stumbles but c’mon, this stuff is nothing but healthy natural foods.

Can I mix this in with food I'm cooking/baking?

While possible, cooking would upset the nutrient balance of Shakeology’s ingredients and it’s highly recommended that you drink it at room temperature or cooler.

Will it mix OK in my shaker cup?

Shakeology mixes at least as well as most meal replacement shakes and can be hand mixed easily. For a drive-in style creamy shake, however, a blender is preferred.

Do you have any recipes for Shakeology?

We sure do! The web site at should be up and running soon.

That’s all for this week. Until next time, don’t just train hard, train smart,



The "Fios Forty"

This is a condition that can happen to you while at work! The symptoms can look like many others, i.e eating, sitting in front of a computer followed my the snacks in the break room, followed my more sitting at the desk and yes....more empty calorie snacking which will slowing turn into the condition known at my workplace as the "Fios Forty".

I'm sure you know by now that this condition is the weight that is gained by being in active throughout the day. I have good news! This condition can be reversed with just a few modifications in your day.

1. Move your body! ( walk, workout, do something for about 30 mins to 1 hour a day)

2. Replace empty snacking with good wholesome fresh foods and whole grains.

3. Replace soda's and beer's with water to help flush your system of toxins.

4. Rest - Start by trying to get 1 extra hour of sleep than you are currently use to getting.

These little steps will help you fight the "Fios Forty" no matter what is going on in your life, you can find the time to take care of you!


The Journey of 1000 miles begins with 1 step.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nutrition Redefined - Shakeology!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Decide, Commit, Succeed

Got this poem from a fellow beachbody coach and thought I would share it with you...

"If there were ever a time to dare,
to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing,
it is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily-
but for something that tugs at your heart,
something that's your aspiration,
something that's your dream.

You owe it to yourself
to make your days here count.
Have fun.
Dig Deep.

Dream big.

Know, though, that things worth doing
seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
There will be times when you want to turn around,
pack it up,
and call it quits.
those times tell you
that you are pushing yourself,
that you are not afraid to learn by trying.


Because with an idea,
and the right tools,
you can do great things.
Let your instincts,
your intellect,
and your heart
guide you.


Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.

The start of something new
brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible.
There is only one you.
And you will pass this way only once.
Do it right."


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tiffany Meier lost 102 lbs!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Health --- The Whole Package

From the blog of Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler.

has always been about a comprehensive approach to health, fitness and weight loss.

We've created breakthroughs like Power 90, Slim in 6, Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs and P90X. We made easting easier to decipher with the aid of Michi's Ladder. And now we're making great nutrition simpler than ever to achieve with the launch of Shakeology, a true state-of-the-art breakthrough in nutrition.

There's less than a month before we launch our premium health shake at Team and its coaches. And I've been using it for over a year now, every day. And it is literally my favorite meal of the day.

Every time I drink Shakeology I enjoy a rich delicious shake filled with whole food sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, not some high-priced juice where the antioxidants have long since been destroyed. And because I am getting those antioxidants with a generous dose of protein and phyto-nutrients, my blood sugar doesn't spike and my body has what it needs to rebuild and clear out toxins.

Beachbody is making fitness accessible and fun. We're making weight loss easier to achieve. Now for anyone who wants to eat healthy, lose or maintain their weight, and feed themselves the kind of nutrition which maximizes cellular health and function, get ready... Shakeology is coming soon at and through our fantastic Beachbody coaches.



Lots of sweat on this one. Here is a shot of me doing the "Hot Foot"


Monday, March 9, 2009

Round 2 Chest and Back

Great to get the new round started! Following the nutrition plan as close as I can for max results.

Here is a pic of Me finishing up today with Dive Bombers showing the dog who is pack leader!


Sunday, March 8, 2009


Friday, March 6, 2009

Quote of the Day

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words.

It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time, year after year.

Commitment is the stuff character is made of: the power to change the face of things.
It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.

-Author Unknown


Thursday, March 5, 2009

1st 90 Day Pics

I started out 250lbs wearing 42" waist pants. Now I am 233lbs wearing size 36" pants. After doing the math, it turns out I lost the weight the right way.....1lb a week. It's funny, because I was not weighting myself everyday trying to get to a certain weight. The plan was to get into the best shape I could in 90 days and take what I have learned and continue for the rest of my life.

As you can see, I was not a happy camper having my Son take my before picture. The 90 day shot has a certain glow about it. 8)

I start my next round of P90x on 9 March. I am looking forward to the adventure and all that is in store for me as I continue my journey.


What is P90X all about?

Here are the basics of P90X, it is Tony Horton’s 90 day home fitness challenge, that involves 12 intense DVD’s that are designed to workout each and every part of your body. It does not require a lot of fitness equipment, just dumbbells, exercise bands, and a chin-up bar. Power 90X is actually relatively cheap, once you factor in that there is not much fitness gear to purchase, and you do not have to pay for a personal trainer at a gym. These DVD’s provided you with a huge variety of workouts, not only focusing on building muscle, but also providing flexibility routines with Yoga X, and cardiovascular routines like Kenpo X and Cardio X, that will push you to your limit. A personal trainer, Tony Horton himself will also be pushing and guiding you for successful results. The P90X DVD’s are interactive, give great music to motivate you, and also supply many different training techniques, so you do not get bored with doing the same workout over and over again. Just view the P90X calendar to see how many different workout routines you will through during your 90 day training.

How does P90X work?

P90X prides itself on its groundbreaking system called “Muscle Confusion.” The concept of muscle confusion is basically not allowing your body to get familiar with doing the same fitness routines again and again cause a plateau effect. P90X is always introducing new moves, new techniques, like different styles of push-ups, to insure that your muscles will never get used to doing just one routine.

P90X Nutrition

To every great workout plan there is a great nutritional guide. When you buy P90X you will receive a 3-phase nutrition plan. This nutritional plan is just as critical to your success as doing the exercises themselves. The three phases are specifically calculated to correspond with your workout. Phase one is fat shredding, eating high-protein foods that will provide strength to your muscles, while your body is burning fat. Phase two, will boost your energy by integrating carbohydrates and foods with low fat but high in protein to ensure your body is performing at its energy peak. Phase three, will introduce more complex carbohydrates so that your body will have the endurance to complete the P90X DVD’s. Each phase will act as fuel for your body, allowing your body to perform at its maximum ability.

What else can you do to achieve maximum performance?

Power 90x also has a variety of supplements called P90X Peak performance. There is a recovery formula, to help reduce muscle soreness. A health formula, multi-vitamins to help your strength and energy, and protein bars to maximize your performance.

**As always, please consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

**P90X does not guarantee results, results will vary based on individuals effort and time put into getting fit using the p90x extreme home workout system.


P90X Jan $1K Winner


Day 90!

I know this post is a day late, but whats that saying...better late than never! I am so filled with so many different emotions that I don't know where to begin. P90X Graduate!....taking a brief moment to let that sink in....

90 days ago, I was not very happy with myself and feeling not inspired to do anything about my health. After seeing the changes in my brother Chris, I knew I had to do something to take back control of my life and the things that were in my power to control. I asked my brother the question that so many people are asking me now. "What are you doing!"

Which gives me a chance to share this wonderful gift and unlocking the key to empowerment and truly understanding how the body is an amazing creation and if given the chance, it will perform and adapt to change.

The best advice I can give anyone ready to make a change is to submit to the process and take out all negative speak! Saying things like..."I can't eat that" or "I wish I had the discipline to do what you did" these are all examples of not seeing yourself in a light or position of achieving and doing great things! "Positive attitudes attracts positive outcomes"

What's next..

I will start another round of P90x next week and continue to put my knowledge in action to help and share with anyone that will listen or has a desire to change their life.

Finally, I would like to thank my wife, and my two sons for their help and support while dad was going through the early days of my transformation. I will post some pictures so that you can see what has happened so far in this journey. Also the many folks at Verizon that have been giving me words of encouragement and support.


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