Athletes of Life

Hey everyone, how is that paid gym subscription going for you? You ever buy a gym subscription? I know they’re getting cheap now, but you buy one and you never go? Are you that person? I know I am. I’ve done that too; a lot of people do that. As we’re cranking through New Year New You I know you guys are hitting your New Year’s resolutions, you’re making your mark, you’re losing weight. And you notice if you’re reading my blogs for January I have not really talked about the exercise portion. The reason is because exercise only makes up about 25% of the game. 75%-80% of your physical health is nutrition. So you notice we’ve been talking about that pretty steadily, but as we hit the end, at least for January, we want to build consistently for the rest of the year. Hopefully you worked through the Incremental Fasting stage. You got your Food Timing down. Now we’re going to discuss the exercise portion. Now, no one goes to the gym one time and looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime. Just wanted you to know. And the other thing is most people, they’re not trying to train for the Olympia. You know Arnold lifting weight getting huge like that was specifically for him trying to win Mr. Olympia like nine times or something. You know? Or Lance Armstrong, give or take some of the stuff that’s come up in the media, he was training to win the Tour de France . When you look at athletes who a lot of people want to idolize, they’re training for pacific events. You guys are Athletes of Life. What you’re training for is, this is what I train for, having fun with my kids, go for walks with my wife, be able to throw a football with my kids, be able to run around the yard without having a heart attack and dyeing.  So we’re training to be Athletes of Life here.

So you got the nutrition, now I recommend you start working out early in the morning. Now, everyone is a little bit different, if you really like lifting weights like I do, do your weights but for most of the human population that I talk about, you don’t need to join a gym membership for this. All you have to do is get up in the morning and go for a walk on an empty stomach. First thing in the morning, when you first get up. Drink your glass of water, no coffee yet and just go for a nice walk for 20 minutes. If you enjoy riding a bike, ride your bike. Whatever you like to do go do it. I know with my wife and I, we walk the dog with the boys. It’s an enjoyable thing. Exercising should be something you like. Go paddle boarding, do something you enjoy doing. You want to keep it up for 20 minutes. You want to keep your heart rate up pretty good while you’re doing it. I’m not talking about dragging, I see people walking the dog while smoking a cigarette, that’s not what we’re talking about here. Talking about getting your metabolism going, getting your exercise thing going, but do something you like. 20 minutes every day and it’ll be beneficial. People say “aw, you’re supposed to exercise three days a week.” But I’ve learned in my practice that if I say three days a week you’re never going to do it. So, exercise every day. And then you’ll get going and you’ll do it 3-4 days a week, that’s what we want. The reason I bring up the gym membership is cause I see so many people spend money on that and then never use it. If you want to save some bucks, cancel that and just get up and start doing what you enjoy doing when you get up in the morning. 20 minutes every day. Now some people say “oh I’ll do it after work” but will you really do it after work? If you were going to do it after work you would use the gym. Life gets in the way. You have to pick the kids up from soccer practice, or there’s an emergency or grandma needs help with something. I want you to do it first thing in the morning, give some time to yourself. The benefit of doing it first thing in the morning, if you exercise on an empty stomach when you first get up your metabolism is 15%-20% higher all day long. So then that initial hit where you get your heart rate up stays with you 15%-20%, so you continue to burn body fat throughout the day.

So, first thing in the morning or never, something you enjoy, stop wasting your money on a gym membership you’re not going to use it because you’re not trying to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. You’re trying to be you for your family and for your kids. I just hope that this really fuels you as the year progresses and you really hit your goals for the year because your health is honestly your most important asset. So, I’m Doctor Christopher Hood. It’s all good in the Hood, God bless you guys.  

Food Timing: Mind Blowing Information on Eating Right

Hey everybody. Are you tired all the time? Like, you get up and you’re tired and you get through your day and you’re tired? And you wake up and you need coffee to revive, then at lunch time you need caffeinated soda to revive? And at dinnertime you hardly have enough energy to be with your family?

If you suffer from that I can help. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic and today I know right now at this stage, as you’re working through the month, you’re like “I’m getting my health back on track. I’m exercising now. I’ve been losing a couple pounds. I’m eating right” It’s January, it’s a new year, we want to be building that. You guys are working through that right now. Now’s the time to implement something that I call, Food Timing. See, I’m going to blow your mind with this information. Cause most of us are taught when growing up that we need to eat and balance carbohydrates, proteins and fats at every meal. Like “if I balance this stuff every day and like at breakfast I need to ratio that and lunch I need to-“  We’ve even heard diets like that, it’s not true. The truth is your body needs different sources of fuel at different times during the day. SO, what we have to do to really maximize our weight lost and our fitness and our bodies changing, we need to actually time what you’re eating at different times. Let me explain, so, food timing. Your body is prominently made out of proteins and fats. So, when you sleep at night, we’ll start with dinner and we’ll work our way through to breakfast. When you’re sleeping at night, you need building blocks to rebuild your health and rebuild our strength. So your last meal of the day should be really high in proteins and really high in good healthy fats. That’s kind of counter to what the Standard American Diet is. You’ve heard me call that sad before. The Standard American Diet is a lot of carbohydrates, lots of pasta, loading up at the end of the day cause you probably haven’t eaten all day long. So, the last meal of the day, if you want to super charge your fitness at this stage of the game, last meal of the day, high in proteins, high in healthy fats like avocado, nuts or seeds and lots and lots of green leafy vegetables. No calories there, that’s your last meal.  Your body’s than rebuilding all night long, it’s been utilizing energy, to use those proteins and fat to build healthy strong cells, muscles, tissues, heart, lungs, whatever. So, your first meal of the day needs to replenish your energy supply. So, that should be good carbohydrates. No proteins no fats, good carbohydrates. What do I mean? No pancakes with butter and syrup, were talking about oatmeal with almond slivers on it, little bit of natural honey, or we could use a sweet potato here. I know it’s not chic right now to be eating a sweet potato for breakfast. But that’s what we’re taking about. First meal of the day we’re replenishing that energy. I prefer the oatmeal, gluten free, steal cut oatmeal. It works really good, you can put some dry fruit in there, like raises, dried cherries, something like that. Then your lunch meal. Your lunch meal should really be the traditional dinner meal. That’s when you’re going to balance your carbohydrates, like some good aromatic rice. I would stay away from the pastas, but some vegetables and proteins. So, the balance of the carbohydrates, proteins and fats are there. Now if you really want to pour kerosene on the fat burning fire here, the other thing you’re going to do is you’re going to snack during the day because the more you eat, I’ve talked about this in a previous blog, but the number one user of energy in the human body is digestion. So, if you’ve gone through the fasting stages we’ve talked about and now you want to start eating more meals to keep that digestion cranking. You’ll do the breakfast meal than you’ll do a snack. You’re going to eat now every two to three hours. So your first snack is going to be high in carbohydrates, that’s where you’re going to have an apple or a fruit. Then the lunch meal is going to be the balance. So, you’re working towards cutting out the carbohydrates and moving towards proteins, fats and vegetables for dinner. So, you’re afternoon snack would be nuts or seed or even broccoli, or pees or green beans, raw vegetables would be fine there, or steamed vegetables for the afternoon snack. And then what we talked about for dinner. And if you’re really still hungry after dinner, that’s when in my family instated the protein shacks. We use protein shakes there, blend it in with a lot of ice, makes it feel like it’s a milkshake. That’s the goal there. Food Timing, it’s key to keeping your weight loss and your health building as we work through the month.

It’s a pleasure to serve you guys, again, Dr. Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic. It’s all good in the hood. God bless you guys and I’ll talk to you again soon.

Intermittent Fasting: A way to lose weight without working out or without trying

Alright quick question for everyone. What if you can lose weight without working out?!

How many people want to lose weight without working out or without trying. Well, I’m here to tell you how to do that. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic and here we go into 2017. New Year New You is the theme for everyone I speak to in the community right now. The number one thing that comes up is “I want to lose weight, I want to get in shape, but I don’t really want to work out. So how do I do that?” First thing we’re going to teach today, which I think is just a blessing to you guys this year is Incremental Fasting. Now, you can go read on this, my good friend, Dr. Joseph Mercola, he talks about this if you want to follow up, but Intermittent fasting is how all the stars that you see in Hollywood lose weight quick for roles. That’s it. I know you say, “well how do lose their baby weight? How do they get thin quicker? How do they get lean and mean?” They do it like this. The last meal you eat during the day is before midnight. Just be with me here. I’m not telling you to fast or starve yourself. When I say, Intermittent fasting people get afraid of it. What I’m telling you to do is that your last meal of the day is like midnight, and you don’t eat again until 11 o’clock the next day, 12 o’clock if you can push it. So, you’re literally going another 12 hours without eating. Now your first meal after you do this needs to be high in protein and fat. So, you don’t want to like, go for a big carbonated smoothie or a go get an egg and cheese biscuit from a fast food restaurant. It needs to be high in protein and fat. The way it works is one of the number one users of energy by the human body is digestion. And so you’re constantly using energy to digest food. And when that happens, think about it like this, your digestive system, your liver, your pancreas, it never gets a brake. So, your pancreas is always producing insulin to break down sugar. So, what happens when you Intermittent fast is your body resets its response called leptin. It’s a hormone, leptin response. And so there for your metabolism starts to pick back up your blood sugar levels starts to stabilize. You don’t have to do this for a long period of time, I recommend something like thirty days. And listen, if you’re a diabetic or you have health challenges you like, the average Joe or Josephine, you want to go to your doctor and just double check that it’ll work for you. But this is what everyone does, this is what stars do, my wife and I entered this phase as of January 1st. Cause we gained a couple extra pounds through the holidays. But it’s called Intermittent fasting. http://www.mercola.com/ has a great article properly if you want some more information. Not that I want to promote someone else’s website, you should be going to mine. http://www.hoodchiropratic.com. but I just want you to know, detailed information is on Joe Mercola’s website. Intermittent fasting the secret to losing weight quickly and healthy and easy, not hard on the body. Everyone says to me, gosh I’m going to be so hungry if I don’t’ eat. First day or two, and then after that when your blood sugar stabilizes, you feel better your energy level goes up, you’re not even hungry when you do it. You can use caffeine in the morning by the way if you are hungry, like coffee or tea, just don’t put any milk or cream in that, I recommend a little bit of coconut oil in the coffee and that kind of cuts the acidity of the coffee and it tastes great, especially if you like coconut. So, I hope that helps, Intermittent fasting. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic. Remember to share this information with your friends. A lot of people right now really want to lose weight, get healthy from the holidays. And we want to help you do that. Again, that’s Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic, it’s all good in the hood, God bless you guys and we will see you all soon.