1 can (14.5 ounces) fire-roasted, chopped tomatoes
1 can (14.5 ounces) beef broth
1 cup water
Heat a large deep pot over medium-high heat, then add the coconut oil. When the oil is melted, add onions, stir with a wooden spoon and cook until they’re translucent, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and as soon as it’s fragrant, about 30 seconds, crumble the ground meat into the pan with your hands, mixing with a wooden spoon to combine. Continue to cook the meat, stirring often, until it’s no longer pink.
In a small bowl, crush the oregano between your palms to release its flavor, then add the chili powder, cumin, cocoa, allspice, and salt. Combine with a fork, then add to the pot, stirring like you mean it. Add tomato paste and stir until combined, about 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes with their juice, beef broth and water to the pot. Stir well. bring to a boil then reduce the heat so the chili enjoys a gentle simmer. Simmer uncovered for at least 2 hours. Do not skimp on the simmer.
Morning get up and go breakfast shake. Water, protein powder, big handful spinach, frozen acai. (Clients sometimes ask where can they buy frozen acai in Pasadena...I usually get Sambazon frozen acai at Whole Foods.)
Each person will get to select one studio painting and the instructor will walk you through the painting process, step by step. (Don't look to me for any tips or pointers...and no laughing at my lack of painting skills). You can change colors, backgrounds and add whatever creative things you want.
Don't worry if you have never painted before...
Please bring wine or your favorite beverage, and some healthy snacks if you like.
The cost is $25 per person. Please confirm your space with me soon so that we can plan on supplies.
April 1, Monday, Wednesday, Friday Boot Camp Begins
Typical DinnerI often feel that there is a lot I would like to tell you when you first join my boot camp. There are many tips that I have from past experience which I believe can help. Today I'll just discuss a few.
For your first week cut out all liquids except for coffee, tea, and water. Try to drink one icy cold glass of water with 30 grams of protein powder within 30 minutes of waking up.
Remove all sweets/sugar from your diet.
Add vegetables to at least 3 meals/snacks per day.
Eat some form of animal protein (eggs, chicken, fish, meat) at least twice a day.
Preheat griddle or pan to 350. In separate bowls, mix wet and dry ingredient. Combine wet into dry. Spoon mixture onto griddle and cook 2-4 minutes per side. Enjoy as is, smeared with more coconut oil, or topped with pure maple syrup and pecans. Mmmm!
6 Slices Bacon
1 head Romaine Lettuce
2 Tbs Dijon Mustard
2 Tbs Honey
2 Tbs Olive Oil
Mix mustard, honey and oil to make dressing.
Fry bacon then chop. Slice tomato. Chop lettuce. Toss with dressing. Quick, easy and DELISH!
Preheat Oven to 350. Brown beef with 2 Tablespoons Chilli Powder, 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Salt, 1 Tablespoon Cumin, 1/2 Tablespoon Red pepper, 1 Tablespoon Paprika, 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder, and 1 Teaspoon Oregano.
While it is browning, chop the white onion and cilantro. Add onion and cilantro to the beef and saute another 5 minutes. Half and seed the bell peppers. Take one half bell pepper, finely dice it. Add diced bell pepper, canned tomatoes, 6oz can of tomato paste (if you like ‘em creamy), and olives to the meat mixture.
Spray a glass pan with olive oil and place bell peppers open side up. Push the meat mixture to one side for the pan and tilt it so that any access liquid drains to the other side. Spoon out any excess liquid. fill each pepper with the meat mixture. Bake for 30 minutes.
While they are baking, mash up the avocados and 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder. When they are done scoop some guacamole on top and use salsa as desired.
Mash up the flesh of half an avocado, and cut up the other half into half-inch cubes. Then mix both halves together in a bowl to get a nice blend of chunky 'n creamy. Flavor it with a squirt or two of lime juice and a generous pinch of Kosher salt.
If you are joining us for the first time, a big welcome to you.
Today I've listed a day's worth of Paleo style recipes to get you on the right track. I'll discuss later why I choose the Paleo method, but for now just know that these are great examples of what to eat while you are training with us.
Boot Camp Breakfast (Paleo Style)
Spinach Breakfast Shake
12 oz. unsweetened full fat coconut or almond milk
1 frozen banana (add terrific sweetness)
1-2 dried dates
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups raw spinach leaves
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth or desired consistency.
Over the next few days I'll be posting what I learned from over 20 workshops, lectures, and workouts that I participated in this weekend at the huge IDEA World Conference here at the LA Convention Center.
One of the most important main areas that I wanted to gain more knowledge was about eating, and most specifically how I can help my clients lose fat through the latest research and findings on diet.
One of the biggest challenges I see for my client-athletes is information overload and frustration when it comes to what to eat for fat loss and better health.
Dr. Kara MohrLet's start with some "Diet Dilemma" tips from Dr. Kara Mohr.
Dr. Mohr spoke about "riding the urge wave". She mentioned that our cravings for things ride up and down like a wave. If we can get past that "peak" of the wave oftentimes the craving will pass. She suggested substituting another activity for eating. Some good ideas are, painting your nails, taking a bubble bath, or taking a walk.
Eventually you can build up your resistance to these cravings. She gave a great example of a crying kid in the grocery store. You've seen this scene of the crying kid throwing a tantrum trying to get his way. As parents we know that giving in to the kid is most often not the best choice. If we do, the kid continues this pattern and uses it over and over to get his way. Dr. Mohr compared this to our cravings for bad foods. The less often we give in to these cravings, the stronger our will becomes.
Another tip is to have a "DEP". A designated eating place. I love this!
Create a table and a space that is special for you. Focus on your present mind while eating. This means shutting off the TV, the computer, putting down the distractions and focus on your meal and your conversation with your loved ones. Imagine how this one tip alone can transform your health!
Men and women think very differently. Unfortunately women "have a lot of stinkin thinkin", and lot's of negative thoughts.
She also suggests the "90/10 Rule". Meaning 90% of the time you'll want to eat clean, and 10% of the time you can splurge a little. For some clients she suggests this is a simple way to grade yourself on your eating habits.
The 10 dimes tip. For this tip she has clients start out with 10 dimes in their right pocket. For each negative thought the client has to transfer 1 dime to the left pocket. Think a positive thought, and transfer a dime to the left pocket. Then ask yourself "what time did you go bankrupt?"
So there you are...some great tips from Dr. Mohr to help you on your path.
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Most of you who are in the boot camp are here for fat loss and toning.
Continuing with yesterday's theme of focusing on the basics, here are some more tips.
If you "blow it" in one area such as not getting enough sleep, make sure that you do your best in the other two areas, eating clean, and training hard. If you falter in 2 or more areas, your chance of success is slim to none.
Have a look. (Video is about one minute long.)
Each Monday in May - My client, Onil Chibas of Elements Kitchen here in Pasadena, is donating 15% of proceeds when you eat at his restaurant to another great client of mine, Young and Healthy. Pretty simple. Eat on Mondays, get some incredible food, and everyone benefits.
I'm writing this today as I respond to a boot camper who's major goal is "to losethe ever annoying and unhealthy---belly fat."
I'm often asked this question, so here is my exact response to her.
"In looking at this goal, I always come back to the basics.
Train consistently. (Three times a week at boot camp, and one nice long walk, bike ride, etc. on the weekend.)
Supplement to ensure success.
Let's start with eating clean.
The closer you stay to eating lean proteins, vegetables, a little fruit, and some healthy fat...the better off you will be. It's simple...but not easy. The more you stray from this "blueprint" the more you will struggle.
This one is pretty basic too. Plan your schedule so that you fit YOU into your schedule. Our sessions are only 45 minutes, three times a week...so commit. (I realize like in your case, that emergencies do come up...but in general do your best.)
I've written a lot about this on my site. In order to lose the fat, you've got to get good quality sleep, there is no other way of getting around this.
Shut down the electronic stuff at least an hour or more before bed.
Make sure that your room is cool and dark.
Try using a sleep mask...this a life changer in my opinion.
Supplement to ensure success.
There are many supplements out there, but one company that I rely on is Prograde. I know the owners and I trust the products that they put out.
"I would like more info about veggie sources that are high in protein. I currently supplement my diet with whey protein and Greek yogurt, but would like additional information about other sources high in protein, other than nuts/legumes."
P.S. "I guess I'm "pescatarian"--I occasionally eat fish."
Well, unfortunately choices are limited. From a Paleo standpoint eggs (if you do those) are your best bet. Since you do fish I would highly recommend incorporating that as often as you also. Dairy isn't something I normally recommend but it would be much better than soy - so your choices there are unsweetened Greek Yogurt (full fat), Cottage Cheese (full fat), Cheese (real cheese - not processed cheese) or whole milk.
If you have questions for Amy our Registered Dietitian, please contact me.
"Regarding processed meats (ie: sausage, bacon, deli meat, jerky) I'm wondering how 'Paleo' she finds them to be in terms of weight/fat loss. I generally try to stay away from them, because of the salt content, but am wondering if I could start incorporating them more into my diet. As I look up more Paleo recipes, there seems to be a several which incorporate these foods (mostly sausage)... but they seem contrary to the paleo ethos of non-processing."
Less processing is ALWAYS going to be better, as far as being non-paleo - it's kind of a gray area. My best guess is that the cavemen didn't have the luxury of sausage and bacon as we know it, but you can bet they ate the parts of the animal that these meats come from. From fat/weight loss and overall health standpoints I am going to encourage you to stick to lean (unless coming from grass-fed animals, which have higher Omega-3 levels), unprocessed meats. In the event that you do choose to have sausage, bacon or deli-meat choose organic, natural, nitrate free varieties and look for brands like Applegate Farms, etc. There are some really great venison sausages, chicken-apple sausages, etc. out there if you are willing to pay for them. When you start getting into the more fatty meats - like bacon, understand that you are trading a great deal of protein for fat - I would suggest not having bacon/sausage/deli meat on a daily bases, but rather limit it to a couple of times per week and really be mindful of the ingredients that are added to the meat (lots of them have sugar, corn syrup, etc.) Avoid packages that say "Jimmy Dean", "Oscar Mayer", etc. :o)
For those of you who are new to Boot Camp Pasadena, Amy Kubal is our Registered Dietitian. I feel very fortunate in having her on our team. She is very knowledgeable, experienced, and a sweet person too.
As compared to some other so called "boot camps" or personal trainers, who have unqualified meatheads selling you their pills and potions, we here at Boot Camp Pasadena actually encourage you to eat real food. (What a revolutionary idea!)
Paleo Challenge Update
We are at day 4. Some of you sent me your photos...and it was a good thing. You want to make sure that you are showing as much skin as possible (within reason). Meaning short shorts...not long baggy ones, and exercise bras for the women, not t-shirts.
Some of you have sent in specific questions which is great. I will gladly forward them to Amy.
In the comment section, let me know how your eating, sleeping, and training went for yesterday and today.