Monthly Archives: October 2012

Personal Trainer Portland: Working Out and Coffee!

So you see all of these people drinking all of these energy drinks and you ask yourself, are they healthy? Well, in the news this week one of the major energy drink companies is getting a lot of news when a few kids have died from drinking these beverages. How many individuals have passed away from drinking coffee? We are talking about, plain ol’ coffee! We would have to say, not that many.

When you get into working out, sometimes you need that extra surge of energy and sometimes just a few simple sips of coffee can do the trick, and that is it. You do not need to drink a 10x’s caffeine drink, but just plain coffee with maybe a little bit of sugar or honey in there. The next time you work out with your personal trainer Portland and you need an extra pick me up or are need some extra awakening power, have an apple, a banana or a few sips of regular coffee. You will be surprised on what natural foods and beverages can do.

Portland Fitness Training: Food, Addiction and Personal Training!

There is a fine line of how much a personal trainer can assist someone with their food intake, diet and nutrition. In the scope of practice for a personal trainer, the profession can only look at what the person is eating and offer suggestions if that was a good choice, but they are not to give exact requirements on what to eat, write up a menu plan or give dietary advice. This needs to be handled by a trained and licensed dietitian in their area. It is always good practice to associate or be able to refer a client to an expert when it comes to food and nutrition. Even if someone says they are certified in nutrition, that does not mean anything, they must be a registered dietitian or a medial physician.

The other part is that some clients will have a challenging time with portion control, food addiction and not being able to control this, especially during stressful times. As a Portland personal trainer, it is always okay to refer your client to a licensed therapist of professional who specializes in these types of addiction, because that is not our expertise or focus. We can be there cheerleader, help them with their bodies, but we are not experts when it comes to the psychological factors that are associated with food addiction, etc. Leave that to the experts. If you client is seeing a therapist and training with you, then they are being extremely proactive with both their physical and mental health, which is what we want and we should congratulate them for that, because most people do not want to take themselves on in that capacity.

Personal Training In Portland: Is there a Bad Food?

Is there really a bad food out there? Are french fries really that bad for you? When it comes to junk food, snack food, fried food, meaty food, etc. it all comes down to how much of you it you eat. A great example is when someone is eating small portions for a certain period of time and they have been cooking all of their food at home, and then they  go out to eat. Lets say they eat a basket of fries and some hot wings, they are probably not going to be feeling that great. For one, they are not used to consuming large portions of fat at one sitting. In addition, if they are not used to eating spicy wings, then they might be in for a surprise.
Another example is eating super healthy throughout the week and then splurging on that one day during the weekend. If you body is not used to it, it will let you know. In addition, if you decide to splurge two times during the weekend, then it could ruin any positive results you achieved in weight or body fat loss for that week.
If you want to some extra tips on how to avoid cheating twice during the weekend, ask your local fitness professional. If you live in Portland, Oregon, then I would advise doing a search for your local Portland fitness trainer or if you have a great referral.
When it comes to the types of foods, you have to go back to moderation, but also what feels good in your body. If you know if you have some salami or cured meats and you get bloated, you should probably only eat those once in a great while, because your body does not like it. In addition, if you are always craving salty foods and you need your fix, then try some popcorn with just a dash of salt.
How about candy or snack food? Can you use them to your advantage? Of course you can, especially when you are running or doing endurance types of activities. Whenever you are going longer that one hour in duration, your body is going to need to replace its glycogen and a great way is to increase the carbohydrates for that. If you are running, this can involve some kind of bar, a small bite of a snickers, shot blocks, etc. Whatever you body likes and your stomach can absorb quickly is probably what you want to use.
You probably were looking for the miracle answer, but  eat in moderation, but also listen to your body. If you are craving protein, then have some protein, but don’t eat a large t-bone steak, eat a smaller portion of that.