Our own MBS trainers were asked: What is the one healthy habit your do every day?
Our own MBS trainers were asked: What is the one healthy habit your do every day?
Kimberly Aubuchon: I get up and start drinkin'! First thing I do when I get up in the morning is drink a large glass of cold water. It fires up my metabolism, keeps me hydrated, flushes out them toxins, gives my brain some wake-up fuel, and even helps me eat less in the morning. Nothing tastes better than a cold refreshing drink of water - especially on these hot and humid days - I feel focused and my entire body feels ready to start the day. After that, I try to consume 70+ ounces throughout the rest of the day. Water does a body good!
Josh Levine, MBS Owner and Founder: Each day I do five Sun Salutation A's and five Sun Salutation B's. This keeps my body toned when I'm not able to add other components to my regimen. Also, it only takes 15 minutes so it allows me the opportunity to do some focused breathing when I don't have time to get in my meditation practice. Strength, flexibility, and mindfulness are all incorporated in this one block of time.
Claudia Ramirez: The one health habit that I practice every day is eating breakfast. I believe starting the day with a good hearty breakfast helps get me on the right path for the day. It boosts my metabolism and provides the steady energy that I need to train clients and fuel my own workouts.
Tatum Rebelle: My health habit is that I do something for my health and fitness every single day. Some days I have the time, energy and motivation to get to the gym and do a tough workout, but more often I walk on my home treadmill while I work, or play with the dogs, or do a few minutes of squats or pushups. On days when I don't work out my 'something' becomes making a large salad for dinner or drinking an extra tall glass of water. The consistent small healthy habits are enough for me to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Tom Trevino: There are a couple of healthy habits I try to do every day, but the one thing I don't miss is my daily walk - it is my personal time, my relaxation, my meditation, and my chance to get outside and connect just a bit with nature. The health benefits from a simple 30 minute walk are tremendous, so regardless of weather, or how busy I am, I make sure to do it every day as a personal ritual. Few things go perfect on a daily basis, but keeping up this positive health habit makes me feel like at least I've done one thing right, even on the worst days.
Since beginning training he has noticed improvement in proper alignment which helps him work harder and safer supporting his activities. He works effectively using his body as a whole, engaging muscles that are usually not targeted and has found he has increased his overall endurance.
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Do you fall asleep or wake up thinking about food? I know I do. But is that because we're food obsessed? Health conscious? Or both? (And yes, that's a thing.)
As someone who has been on both ends of the extreme (and you can read more about that here), it's a question that's been rattling around in my brain lately. When I was closing in on 300 pounds, all I thought about was the next Snickers bar, the next order of super nachos, or the next piece of cake. As a 160 pound marathoner, all I thought about was avoiding butter, not eating anything fatty, and how to get through the next family dinner without ordering any 'tainted' food, while gulping down endless glasses of water.
Neither of those options were ideal. They weren't healthy or optimal. But above all, they didn't make me happy.
The result of constantly overeating was being obese and overweight, and carrying around all that extra fat did not make me happy. On the other side of the equation, following such a restrictive diet kept me lean, but obsessing over every meal and morsel crushed my ability to completely engage in normal, everyday interactions, and that didn't make me happy either.
For a while, I bounced between the two extremes until I finally found something that works for me. Something simple and easy that helps keep me focused on the big picture and my long term goals. Something that's eradicated my food anxiety and brought me a lot more peace.
Simply put: I choose food that makes me happy and healthy.
And as easy as that sounds, it's been incredibly liberating in practice and something I don't think I've ever done before - as I was either too caught up in nutritional minutiae, or instant gratification.
But eating for happiness and long term health? Well, that's different. It opens the door to everything, and closes the door on nothing. And since I plan to pretty much live forever and be around for a very, very long time, it puts in perspective just how important those M&Ms are at any given moment.
It reminds me that I genuinely like to cook and eat real, organic, whole foods, as doing so makes me feel good and energized and connected to the world in a way that constantly consuming processed food does not.
So there it is: Happiness as a guiding principle to food choice. Happiness as the latest food trend, the newest food rule, the panacea for the masses.
I think I can live with that.
by: Tom Trevino
Tom Trevino is s personal trainer and wellness coach based out of San Antonio. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, multiple certifications from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, and is currently pursuing his Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification. He can be found at our Alamo Heights location, or aimlessly wandering the aisles of Central Market.
First of all let's be clear: I love breakfast. I mean love breakfast. That goofy, tail-wagging dance your oversized Labrador does in the morning just before the kibble hits the bowl? That's pretty much me.
I think about it all night, and make sure to get up early enough in the morning to prepare and fully enjoy it without having to rush out the door. And all that makes a huge difference, and often sets the tone for the rest of the day. Bottom line: a solid, tasty, nutrient rich breakfast makes me happy, and gives me everything I need for my extra-early, super-busy mornings.
That's not to say you have to eat breakfast. You can skip it entirely and still meet all your caloric, nutritional, and body composition goals. It's really a preference thing, as this recent article pointed out.
That aside, if you love morning eats and have a busy day ahead, then I've got an awesome recipe for you. I've actually got several, but this is one of my current faves which I tend to rotate in several times a week. It's simple, sweet, savory, filling, and so nutrient rich it will make you and your body happy.
So, grab a medium bowl, and throw in the following in the order listed below:
So, why is this such a potent breakfast (or snack)? Because aside from just looking good, nearly every ingredient serves a purpose and packs a punch. And several of the ingredients are straight up superfoods in their own right!
Strawberries (and most berries in general) are high in vitamin C, low in sugar, nutrient dense while calorically light, and among the top 20 foods in antioxidant capacity. In fact, you can eat two full pounds of strawberries for less than 300 calories. Seriously! Think about that next time you're actually hungry and reach for one of those tiny little food bars.
Cacao nibs (the raw, potent, unprocessed origins of chocolate) are pretty much the superfood of the year, high in fiber and magnesium with more antioxidants and flavonoids than you can shake a stick at. They also naturally contain a bit of caffeine and theobromine - both of which are stimulants - so they can give you a bit of a kick if you need it in the morning. They're nutty, crunch texture is also a nice plus.
Pistachios (and most nuts in general) pack in a hearty dose of positive fats, along with some fiber. Pistachios also pack in B vitamins, trace elements of minerals like copper and manganese, and are also higher in protein than most other nuts. They're striking green color also adds a nice visual touch to anything you put them in.
The cinnamon and toasted coconut chips add in a little flavor, color and texture without corrupting the recipe. And the cheeses sticks are an excellent protein source - you'll get 14 grams of the stuff for only 100 calories - and add a nice, savory touch to compliment the berries.
Even better, you can toss this recipe together in just a few minutes, and easily pack it in your own little bento box to take to work and enjoy later.
So, if you're having trouble getting your day started right, give this powerful recipe a try. It will leave you fueled up, satisfied, and fired up for whatever lies ahead!
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