Archive for November, 2010

THE TURKEY-DAY SURVIVAL GUIDE

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Thanksgiving can be a tough time for many health conscious individuals, so follow these simple guidelines and you’ll survive the holiday like a champ!
Imagine all the savory smells that permeate the house during the holiday season: roasted turkey, baked ham, seasoned stuffing, sweet yams smothered in brown sugar and covered in a blanket of lightly toasted marshmallow. The tantalizing aromas of warm apple, peach, pecan and pumpkin pies tickle our senses, as they adorn the desert table just waiting for everyone to unbuckle their belts and make room. Oh yea, Thanksgiving feast can be tough, especially when everyone around you is gorging themselves in this food-fest of reckless gluttony, all the while encouraging you to do the same. “C’mon, it’s once a year! Relax and enjoy yourself! You look great, live a little!” Believe me, I’ve heard them all. If you give in, rest assured you’ll make everyone feel a whole lot better. Why is that? I’ll tell you why…it’s because misery loves company. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to do as I do each holiday season and stick to the plan.

Just in the nick of time – I give you the Turkey-Day Survival Guide! Follow these 5 simple rules and you’ll enjoy this holiday season without losing your game in the gym, or around your waist.

RULE #1: DON’T COME TO THE BUFFET TABLE STARVING
I always eat a healthy meal about 3 hours before the holiday feast. If I’m heading to the scene of the crime, the in-laws house where all these delectable treats will be in my face, I make sure to arm myself with a Muscle Chow worthy meal just before heading out the door. This allows me to keep my eyeballs in my head and my portions within reason. If you don’t have time, drink a protein shake or munch a protein bar. (more…)

TUNA: THE FOOD OF CHAMPIONS

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

The 1970’s was the heyday of bodybuilding’s unsung heroes – when men pushed rusted steel for the pure love of the sport. These misunderstood giants forged ahead during a time when nobody outside the musty gym walls really gave a damn. They carved their own path that would set the precedence even for today’s standards.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was the ring leader to these misfits, with iconic names like Zane, Columbu, Robinson, Katz, Mentzer, Corney, Draper, Padilla, Dickerson, Beckles, Ferrigno, Waller, Oliva, and Platz. These were the giants, the men that took bodybuilding and made it a household name. They stood on the foundation for which men like Eugen Sandow, Charles Atlas, John Grimek, Reg Park, Bill Pearl, and Steve Reeves built. They had a greater understanding about nutrition and the importance of dietary protein than their predecessors, and took the sport to the next level.

At that time beef was a bodybuilder’s favorite muscle building food, but when it came to contest prep, there wasn’t anything greater or more convenient than canned tuna. It’s funny to think that whey protein wasn’t even in the picture for these guys back then. They just knew they needed to eat lots of good foods, and supplement with a solid source of low-fat protein. (more…)