Month: February 2016

ETT Wrap Show Ep.6

This week’s episode of the ETT Wrap Show was made possible by the majesty that is Skype. Even though we were on opposite sides of Tampa Bay, Tyler and I discussed sugary drinks, the therapeutic benefits of exercise, our goal setting techniques and Ronda Rousey’s recent appearance on the Ellen Show. All that and more on this week’s episode. Your comments make us better so keep them coming!

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ETT Wrap Show Ep.5

Tyler and I start off this week’s episode of the ETT Wrap Show by going over his recent participation in the first ETT benchmark workout. We also discuss how this very website, elementaltampa.com, got mentioned on a very popular fitness & nutrition podcast along with other topics like EPIC meat bars, broaching nutrition topics with family, and who Tyler learned the “birds & the bees” from. Give this week’s ETT Wrap show a listen and let us know what you think. We are loving the feedback we’re getting so keep it coming!

Liquid Diet

Over the past few weeks I’ve been posting pics of the food I eat on a regular basis. This week I decided to mix things up and share a post about my go-to beverages. I’ve done a good job over the past 5 years of limiting my liquid calories to coffee, tea, water, and the occasional adult beverage. I stay away from other beverages because they often deliver a large amount of calories (usually in the form of sugar) without a tremendous amount of beneficial nutrients. Soda, energy drinks, beer, and fruit juice can deliver glucose or fructose in large amounts that can result in a wide array of health problems over time. I know what you’re saying “But fruit juice has beneficial nutrients?” Yes, that’s true, but most fruit juice you purchase can have as much sugar as a can of coke. In fact, I recently heard a podcast that read off the label of a popular all fruit juice, no sugar added, pre-made smoothie that had 58g of sugar and NO fiber in a 16oz bottle. According to the podcast you would have to eat 10 cups of raw carrots or 4 medium bananas to ingest the same amount of sugar contained in that one bottle. The point I’m trying to make is that fruit juice, along with the other beverages on my naughty list, should be enjoyed on a limited basis to prevent the overconsumption of sugar. If you’ve recently cut down on the amount of sugary drinks in your diet let me know. I’d love to hear about the effect its had on your health.

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ETT Wrap Show Ep.4

This week’s episode features a taste test of the somewhat controversial bulletproof coffee. Tyler and I discuss the pros & cons of the concoction while we sip on our own version of the fatten coffee. We also talk about Oprah’s involvement with Weight Watchers along with the lack of effectiveness of similar weight loss programs. All that and more on this week’s episode of the ETT Wrap Show. Don’t forget to comment on the podcast. You can even leave us possible discussion topics for a future episode. ENJOY IT!

Product Review: Countertop Spiralizer

One food item that I feel a lot of people have a hard time giving up when trying to eat a more low-carb diet is pasta, specifically the dry variety. It’s cheap, easy to prepare, and can be used in a multitude of different dishes. However, the glycemic response to most pasta, especially those not cooked al dente, can be higher than non-starchy vegetables not to mention possible inflammation due to gluten sensitivity. What’s the solution to keeping your weekly pasta dish while sticking to your low-carb diet? THE SPIRALIZER! This fantastic kitchen gadget can turn any vegetable into noodles. You got a zucchini? BOOM, ZOODLES! You got a carrot? BOOM, COODLES! You got a, ok I think you get the idea. This product is easy to use and usually comes with several different blades and can spiralize pretty much anything. You can see below it has no problem turning a whole sweet potato into shoe string sweet potatoes (FYI – sweet potatoes and pasta have a similar glycemic load). There is a handheld version, but I would recommend the countertop version because it’s much easier to use and is only about $10 more on Amazon. I think this is a great investment for anyone trying to reduce the amount of processed carbs in their diet. If you have a veggie spiralizer, let me know what your go-to recipes are.

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ETT Wrap Show Ep.3

You may notice that this week’s episode of the ETT Wrap Show is debuting on Sunday instead of Monday. The reason for this is because it’s a special Super Bowl edition where Tyler and I discuss several ways you can be more health conscious on the day of the big game. We give you a pregame workout along with several food options you can use in place of common game-day foods. Give it a listen before, or after, the game and let us know what you think of our suggestions & predictions. WE WANT YOUR COMMENTS! Thanks gang.

Rise & Shine

It seems to me that breakfast is surrounded by controversy nowadays. Is it the most important meal of the day? Should I eat breakfast? What should I eat for breakfast? Regardless of the answers to those questions, I know for sure that it is my favorite meal. Pictured below is the breakfast I enjoy several times a week. Three eggs, scrambled, in a cast iron pan with butter and a variety of veggies. The macronutrient breakdown for this meal is as follows:

  • 1 tbsp. of unsalted butter: 0g of carbs, 12g of fat, 0g of protein
  • 3 eggs: 0g of carbs, 15g of fat, 18g of protein
  • 1 cup of kale: 3g of carbs, 0g of fat, 1g of protein
  • 1/2 cup of tomatoes: 4 g of carbs, 0g of fat, 1g of protein
  • 1/2 cup of bell peppers: 6g of carbs, 0g of fat, 0g of protein
  • Macronutrient totals: 13g of carbs, 27g of fat, 20g of protein

As a individual who in interested in becoming more fat-adapted, this meal provides the macronutrient balance I need to start my day off right. What’s your go-to breakfast? Do you sacrifice your morning meal for a little extra sleep? Let me know!

 

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ETT Wrap Show Ep.2

This week’s episode of the ETT Wrap Show dives into my most profound learning experience as a personal trainer to date. We also discuss Mark Sisson’s recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience and if I would recommend jiu-jitsu to any ETT personal training clients. We are dedicated to putting this podcast out on a consistent basis, but we need your feedback to help us provide the best product possible. Love it or hate it, we want to hear from you! Thanks in advance and don’t forget to make your fitness a priority.