Archive | December, 2011

Know What is In Your Food

25 Dec

Happy Holidays to All!  As we all sit down around the table to celebrate with family and friends, take a minute to think about how the food you are enjoying came to be on your table.  Nature’s Path has provided this great infographic about GMO (genetically modified organisms) food.  It is our belief, here at FIT, that WHAT you eat is more important than HOW MUCH you eat.

GMO infographic

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Holiday Updates

16 Dec

The holidays are here and we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  Just a reminder that FIT will be closed from December 25th – Jan 1st.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!  Below are a few reminders, updates and ideas for your last minute holiday shopping…

– FIT Family Gift Drive:  Ends Tuesday, December 20th.  We will deliver gifts to the Anderson family on Thursday, Dec. 22nd and will post pictures and updates after we surprise them with all of your generous gifts!

Gift Ideas still on the ‘wish list’:  inexpensive jewelry, size 10 athletic shoes, bike helmet (M or L), gas or grocery gift cards, or any other creative and fun items you can think of.  *Lightly used clothing is welcomed.  Donations can be made by writing a check to FIT (or charged to your account).  Email Jen@focusedtrainers.com with questions.

A HUGE THANKS TO OUR FIT FAMILY – I don’t want to spoil the surprise so will wait to fill you in on the specifics after;  but we have received many great gifts for the Anderson family and we look forward to providing them with a great Christmas surprise.  Thank you for making this possible!

– Waygu Beef from Thompson River Ranch:  As many of your know, we are now selling Thompson River Ranch’s Wagyu Beef.  You can read more about the benefits of Waygu Beef here.  You can pick up your dinner or holiday meal at FIT or order online (when ordering, put ‘FIT’ in promo code)

 – Last minute holiday gift ideas from FIT:  Looking for some last minute gift ideas?

Gift Certificates

Personal training

Massage

Crossfit

Cookbooks

Paleo Comfort Foods

Everyday Paleo

PB – Quick & Easy Meals

Healthy Reading

Primal Blueprint

Low Carbohydrate Living

Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill

Younger Next Year

Apparel

Shirts & Socks

Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner – Now Served at FIT

14 Dec

Organic.  Grass Fed.  Free-Range.  These are just some of the words many now use when referring to a cut of meat and what most look for when approaching the butcher.  But are you really aware of the benefits of the above?  Do you know exactly what you are looking for, what to ask for, and most importantly WHY it is good for you?

Starting this week at FIT, we will be selling Thompson’s River Ranch Wagyu Beef.  At FIT, we believe in eating fresh, whole food that is not only good for you, but also taste good, which is why we want to make TRR’s Wagyu Beef readily available for you.

Below are the top 5 reason’s why TRR’s Wagyu Beef should be TOP on your list:

5)  Because you no longer have to wonder if your Butcher is skimping on the details.  Are you aware that Whole Food’s Beef is NOT rated?  Do you know exactly where your Beef comes from?  One of our very own clients at FIT, Clydene Bultman, pursued her passion for eating well and is now bringing us dinner directly from her Ranch.  She will answer ALL your questions and provide you with every detail from ranch to table.

4)  Because it is GRADED well.  The average USDA scale for meat is 3 levels – Select, Choice & Prime.  The Japanese scale has 12 levels.  TRR’s Wagyu beef is routinely graded on a Japanese level of 7-8 and over 90% are Prime cuts.

3)  Because it is not only WHAT the cow is fed but HOW LONG it is fed.  The average cow is slaughtered at 18 months but intense marbling does not take place until later in a cow’s life (28-36 months).  The combination of longevity and TRR’s nutrition program, which consists of a grass-fed/grain-finished regime, produces a slow healthy growth and fat production, intense marbling and incredible taste.

2) Because it’s GOOD for you!  Excellent source of protein, Vitamins B-6 & B-12, Beneficial Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids, 6:1 Ratio of Mono-Unsaturated Fatty Acids to Saturated Fatty Acids.  Still worried that it is Beef and Beef is “fatty”?  Take note:  Wagyu’s Beef fat profile is similar to that of Salmon.

1) Because it TASTE good.  Genetically different from the traditional American breeds, Wagyu (Kobe) beef are world renowned for their marbling abilities far surpassing the traditional American cut in taste and tenderness.

For more information about Thompson River Ranch, please visit their website, http://www.thompsonriverranch.com

Dying Younger from Heart Disease

1 Dec

While I am not really one for scare tactics and fear-mongering, I couldn’t help but share this startling finding: Today’s Teens Will Die Younger of Heart Disease, Study Finds

In the article, the authors point to a study performed by researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine who found that:

-[many] children and adolescents, ages 12 to 19, … have high blood sugar levels, are obese or overweight, have a lousy diet, don’t get enough physical activity and even smoke

-“After four decades of declining deaths from heart disease, we are starting to lose the battle again,” Lloyd-Jones added

The article goes on to enumerate some of the glaringly poor health characteristics that the researchers found, including bad diets, high blood sugar, obesity or overweight, and low physical activity, among others.

These are all things that we at FIT can help to improve, as well as educate about.