Sabotage series part III – Put down that protein bar and listen up!
The vast majority of "healthy" protein bars are glorified Snickers. Photo by Joshua Fernandez

Sabotage series part III – Put down that protein bar and listen up!

The nutrition industry has definitely evolved. You can find protein bars in all different flavors – cinnamon bun, chocolate chip cookie dough, red velvet cake, chocolate brownie.  There are even protein COOKIES and protein BROWNIES and there is even high protein ice cream you can buy.  Go to any GNC and you will even see protein chips, popcorn, and the entire assortment of any flavor of protein bar. Plus, you can have protein powders in cool flavors like vanilla ice cream and strawberry cheesecake. What is not to love? A LOT.

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How to stay fit in a COVID world
The world is now your gym. Photo by Big Dodzy

How to stay fit in a COVID world

The “new normal”

 Our worlds, once so big, have gotten very small since March of 2020. 

Gyms and workout studios are closed (or closed, reopened, closed and kind of reopened).  Peloton sales have gone UP.  App sales have gone through the roof – the fitness industry, besides the toilet paper industry, is a real winner in these “uncertain times”.

There also have been winners and losers in the fitness sphere on the consumer side. I hear binary feedback from my audience – either they got in the best shape of their lives, or suffered from the “COVID 19” weight gain.

There is still time to change your fate.

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Saboteur Series Part II – How to stop stress eating once and for all
Stress or hunger? How an apple can be the key to telling the difference. Photo by Matt Seymour

Saboteur Series Part II – How to stop stress eating once and for all

It’s not what you are eating, it’s what’s eating you! UPDATED WITH MORE JOURNAL OPTIONS.

I don’t have a Ph.D. in psychology, but I do have a Ph.D. in stress eating. And I know enough to know, a demanding and crazy job is certainly a contributing factor to ignite that reach for comfort food. So hear me out.

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Saboteur Series Part I: Condiment Caloriebombs
Learn about one of the most sneaky diet saboteurs you can't even see. Photo by Frank Zhang

Saboteur Series Part I: Condiment Caloriebombs

This and the next few articles will consider saboteurs that are sneaking into your eating and exercise habits. Like an actual person who is a saboteur, these habitual diet saboteurs often conceal their identities as something positive, when in fact there are anything but. This first article in the saboteur series will focus on Saboteur#1 – Caloriebombs in healthy food.

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Unlocking the mystery of intermittent fasting: Fad or phenomenon?
You certainly will become a clockwatcher on some forms of the IF approach. After a while, will time fly? Photo by Malvestida Magazine

Unlocking the mystery of intermittent fasting: Fad or phenomenon?

If I were to compare intermittent fasting to a celebrity, I would go with Lady Gaga. It seemed to explode on the scene out of nowhere, but didn’t succumb to being a fad or a one-hit wonder. It’s been timeless  – but it has attracted a lot of controversy. It has experienced waves of popularity, but it had a resurgence after the pandemic. People have more control over their home environment and therefore when they eat. The “COVID-19” weight gain and the convenience of a home-bound lifestyle has reignited interest in intermittent fasting.

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The DAO of crushing fitness while traveling
You can be fit in any country. This is me stretching while going on a run in Tokyo. Photo by anonymous.

The DAO of crushing fitness while traveling

You guys, it is REALLY tricky writing a fitness blog during a pandemic, especially while there is a vaccine being circulated. Should I even bother to write a post about traveling, especially for work. The eternal optimist in me says, absolutely. We will fly again, both for business and for pleasure, sooner rather than later.

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Executive summary of Whole30 diet
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Executive summary of Whole30 diet

The Whole30 is a popular diet to start in the first quarter of the year, so you may be thinking of doing it right NOW. It is a reset, a new chance, a way to “cleanse” the system and purify your approach to food. The question is, is the Whole30 a “challenge” or a “fad” diet? Let’s break down the basics.

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Executive summary of the Paleo diet
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Executive summary of the Paleo diet

The Paleo diet is the “sexy diet.” Definitely would be Samantha, if it were a Sex and the City character. The Paleo diet evokes images of ravenously devouring meat – sexy, right? I have been to Paleo-land and will definitely visit again. Here is what you need to know.

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The DAO of pimping your salad
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The DAO of pimping your salad

We all associate salads with diet food or a boring meal. It doesn’t have to be that way. With the right ingredients, your salad will go from boring to badass. But you do have to watch out – attempts to make salads less boring can detonate unintended calorie bombs.

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The DAO of ordering in like a boss
Your boo will appreciate your #fitprofessioanl hacks, and your new abs!

The DAO of ordering in like a boss

You know how it is. You are just coming back from a long trip, ending an insanely hard day, out of groceries, or just not. in. the. mood. All you want to do is flop on the couch and Netflix with your boo (chill optional).

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The DAO of eating like a boss
Shopping and meal planning don't have to be stressful. Follow the DAOfitlife plan to have more time for work, love, and family!

The DAO of eating like a boss

You can still kill it at work and eat healthy throughout the day. Food will give you energy and calmness to deal with all the stress. All you need is a framework designed for #busyAF #fitprofessional women.

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The DAO of meal planning
Can you get the hubs to pitch in? A flexible and sustainable methodology, rather than an inflexible and onerous meal prep schedule, is what works for #fitprofessionals. Photo by Jason Briscoe

The DAO of meal planning

You need a guide to planning meals that won’t be a second full-time job? You are in the right place.

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Why metrics are important and why you can’t ignore them*
Even the most basic smoothie bowls can pack up to 900 calories. Metrics will help you make intelligent decisions about ingredients.

Why metrics are important and why you can’t ignore them*


In business, accountability and metrics are important. How is a company supposed to know if it is meeting its goals and gains if there is no understanding of daily, weekly, quarterly sales? Similarly, fitness goals also need measurable metrics. But what are the right ones, and how should you track them? The #fitprofessional is here to help.

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The 80/20 approach to a sustainable life
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The 80/20 approach to a sustainable life

The 80/20 principle is often used in a business context, to dictate that the most results can come from a minority of inputs. It’s not just for business – it is a principle that we an apply to many areas of life, including an activity we dedicate an average of 10 percent of our annual income towards: eating.

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The DAO approach to food
An apple is an instant snack that takes time to chew and keeps you full.

The DAO approach to food


In the DAO, the action follows from the Decision. The decision is not to “diet.” The decision is to embrace a principled, sustainable approach to food.

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Kind of always knew you’d end up my ex-diet
Imagine explaining to this monkey that bananas are not keto and could be paleo depending on who you ask! Photo by Jeremy Bishop

Kind of always knew you’d end up my ex-diet

Let’s begin by addressing the elephant in the room. “Diet.” Google the word “weight loss diet” and you will see no less than 1.38 billion hits. Clearly, diet is top of mind for anyone wanting to get fit. Anyone who says they have never dieted is not to be trusted. So let’s address diets, then. This article will provide an overview of the different diets with links to more posts about each individual one.

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