Supplement of The Month: Nopalea

December 21 , 2009 | | In: Supplement of The Month

NopaleaYou know the old saying, save the best for last… well, I am going to throw that philosophy right out the window. Each month I will be featuring a supplement that I think will add tremendous value to your health and fitness journey. Forget saving the best for last, I am going to start with the Best.

The supplement I hold in the highest regard is Nopalea.

What is it?
Nopalea is a deliciously unique concentrated wellness drink that blends antioxidant-rich Nopal cactus, naturally sweet Agave nectar and an array of beneficial nutrients.

Of all known sources for the rare and potent class of antioxidants called betalains, the Nopal cactus fruit supplies some of the highest amounts found in all of nature.

And Nopalea uses only the freshest Nopal cactus fruit. The nopal cactus figs are carefully harvested using sustainable wildcrafting techniques that have been practiced in the Sonoran Desert for thousands of years. Finally, the purity and antioxidant potency are preserved through preparation in a state-of-the-art facility.

Nopalea Juice helps improve cellular health through detoxification and by lowering inflammation. The benefits of this, less pain, more flexibility, increased energy and improved overall health.*
*With the new FTC regulations out there, I have to watch my words carefully so just remember that these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

MY TESTIMONIAL
Ok, now I have the legal stuff out of the way, I want to share with you my experience with the product. As some of you know I am a proud affiliate member with TriVita, and back in March of 2009 I got introduced to TriVita’s newest product. So I got my first bottle and sipped it here and there. Didn’t notice much except I slept a whole lot better, it made a noticeable difference in that area just with an ounce every few days or so. Anyway, after leaving my job I started a training regimen. And I made a stupid mistake… I let my ego dictate the pace I would progress with training (YES, I know better, ego vs what I know…. Ego won this time.) so what happened was, I went too heavy on the weights too fast and injured my shoulder. I mean to the point I could hardly move it. Well my friend Fred Gondzar, told me I should try a loading dose with Nopalea instead of my occasional sips… WOW!!!! Did that make a HUGE difference, not only did I bounce back, but I thrived in my training. Not only that, any minor aches and pains caused by the intense training completely disappeared. Now I just do a maintenance dose of 2 oz per day… and feel great. You don’t have to be training intensely to receive the benefits of Nopalea… I believe everyone’s body carries some inflammation and Nopalea can help.

Here are some of the Scientifically Proven Health Benefits:

Detoxifying your body
Nopalea combines betalain antioxidants with other anti-toxic ingredients to combat air, water, food and naturally occurring toxins and poisons where they strike us first: right inside the trillions of cells in our bodies.

By increasing the activity of CYP-2E1, a special enzyme that neutralizes daily toxins, Nopalea protects your cells and vital organs—especially your liver—against the carcinogens, hormone disruptors, respiratory toxins, developmental toxins and neurotoxins that are responsible for one-quarter of all the world’s diseases.

Reducing inflammation
Nopalea specifically targets signs of inflammation in your body and reduces them quickly (Wiese J, McPherson S, Odden MC, Shlipak MG. Arch Intern Med. 2004 Jun 28;164(12):1334-40 ).

Its betalains and other anti-inflammatory ingredients work directly on the fluid surrounding your cells. There, they draw off the toxins and excess water to reduce inflammation and rebalance the cellular environment.

Protecting against premature aging
One of the first signs of aging is thin, sagging, withered skin that is easily damaged.

Nopalea rushes to these damaged areas to shore up your protective layer. The betalains in Nopalea fill in the gaps of your cells (including the cells in your skin) and return them to the firm, robust nature of young cells — at any age. By providing a healthy environment for the cell, betalains keep it from withering.

Additional health benefits include
Increased energy, stronger immune system, protection against fluid retention, protection from free radicals

crazy-personOK, here is what I am going to do. Call me crazy but I know just reading this might not make you realize just how much conviction I have in this product so what I am going to do is buy you a bottle. Yep, you heard me… I don’t want anything from you other than you to experience the amazing benefits. How is that for belief, I told you I believe this is the best supplement out there and I meant it. Just shoot me an email and I will order you a bottle… no catch! :-)

You can also order Nopalea on your own right here:
1 Bottle or 4 Bottles

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Before I start writing about this topic. I want to be the first to admit that time management isn’t one of my strengths. I tend to be very spontaneous, and dislike schedules. One thing that defines me as a person, is how much I value freedom and dislike being tied down. I am an entrepreneur by nature and don’t do well punching clocks. With that being said, I still study the subject of time management for my own self-growth and here is an effective strategy that anyone can follow. Its worked well for me in the past, and not just for fitness.

I believe it is an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY to learn to manage time if you are holding down a demanding career and want to make fitness a part of your life.

There are three main categories we place our time in:

Work Time: This is the time you are at your job. There is no way around this, this time is your employers and is usually not negotiable.

Committed Time: Things that go in this category are things we commit to when we are not at work. Examples of this could be community activities, a bible study for church, watching kids, dart league, part-time work, volunteer work, etc. Also, activities like commuting, eating, sleeping, and getting dressed and showered are all in the committed time category.

Free Time: This is pretty easy to figure out. This is the time you have left on anything that is not in the above two categories. Some people have very little free time because they have over extended themselves and have committed to everything. Even if you are one of those people, this strategy will still help.

Step 1: Keep Track of Your Time
The best way to get a grasp on your time is to see how you spend it. Keeping track for a couple days will help you do this. Go ahead and write down what you do each day, include when you are at work, when you sleep and eat, activities like TV, and computer time. Record it all. You could break it down using the three categories above (Work,Committed,Free). Do this for 2 or 3 days and you will probably surprise yourself… For example, someone who says they dont have time might find that they forgot that they spend an hour watching the news every night.

Step 2: Analyze Your Time
This is time to review everything and determine how much time you spend in each of the 3 categories. You will determine exactly how you spend your Free and Committed time, and decide if you are using each effectively. (I didnt mention work time because its probably non negotiable anyway.)

Step 3: Take Control Over Your Time
Figure out what activities you spend more time than you need to on. Then determine how to cut back on the time with those activities. You can do vice versa on activities you would like to spend more time on.

Step 4: Schedule
Now you have a clear picture of your time. You can easily see where you can place fitness into your life.

Being Healthy… Even Through The Holidays!

December 14 , 2009 | | In: Motivation, Nutrition

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I know you know this.

You know you know this.

Fail to plan, plan to fail.

You can’t just HOPE you’re going to behave yourself at holiday parties. You can’t just do the same old things you’ve been doing. You can’t just miss breakfast. have a light lunch and then go to a party filled with temptation and not go a little insane on the cheese platter ;-)

You have to plan your meals.

You have to plan your workouts.

You have to set your goals in stone.

You don’t want to be the person that comes out of the holidays 5 to 10 pounds heavier, do you?

If you don’t plan your strategy from preventing it, well, you can PLAN on getting some new clothes that fit your new size.

This is far from doom and gloom. You can still enjoy your favorite foods at parties. You can still have a great time.

But what you can’t do is just free-for-all it and stuff your face with everything put in front of you. You know that.

Tell you what: Plan on taking a nice 30 minute walk this week and do some solid thinking about what your plan will be. And when you get back home, put it on paper and commit to it.

And think about how great you’ll feel about yourself when January comes after you’ve followed your plan. Oh, and be sure to reward yourself to by doing something special for yourself.

~Chad

P.S. Here is a thought… Start NEW Traditions. I know most of us after the holiday meal will sit around and watch the big game on Thanksgiving, or maybe we sit down and watch the TV Marathon of ‘A Christmas Story’ that the network is airing. Why not create a new tradition of walking around the neighborhood to decide which neighbor has the best Christmas lights, or instead of watching the big game, why not play your own game outside. Incorporate being active in a fun activity, and you wont even realize your burning some of those holiday calories.

How to get enough Fruits and Vegetables.

December 11 , 2009 | | In: Nutrition

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I thought I would take a little break from the mini-series, and give 3 tips to help you get enough fruits and veggies in your diet.

It’s recommended that we eat 6-10 fruits and vegetables a day. Here in the States it is reported the actual average of fruits and veggies eaten each day is just 2.

Yeah, just 2!

Now, I don’t know where you stand on this, but overall, it really is a sad state of nutritional affairs.

But don’t worry! It’s not that tough to get more fruits and veggies in each day.

Here are some super simple tips to get you started:

1. Buy them pre-chopped

Look, I can be lazy, too ;-) There’s nothing wrong with not wanting to go through the hassle of having to chop up fruits and veggies. If you want to buy them pre-chopped go ahead. It’s much better for you than not eating them… and I find I am more likely to eat them when they are pre-chopped.

2. Carry them with you

Load up a plastic baggie with your pre-chopped veggies and bring them to work. Seriously, see how easy this can be!

3. Add real fruit to your yogurt

Have some yogurt for breakfast and add some fresh blueberries, raspberries or blackberries. It’s that simple!

Bonus tip: A great way to provide your body with the nutritional foundation you need each day is with Whole Foods based products. I’m partners with two awesome nutrition companies; TriVita and Prograde Nutrition and they both have a great product that fits the bill.

Prograde: VGF 25+ that is made from 25 veggies, greens and fruits.

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TriVita: NutraFruits (This is the product I personally use.)
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I hope you have an awesome weekend. Be sure to use these tips and let me know how they help you out. Or drop me an email with some of your own tips!

mindsetWhen you enter into the world of fitness, fat-loss, muscle building, or whatever your goal is; you need to be mentally prepared. There is more to getting results than just finding the right diet and exercise program. To really get long-term results you have a strong mindset before even starting, or else your first setback will leave you destroyed and defeated.

A successful person must have a healthy mix of desire, determination, patience, and willingness if they want to transform their body. So lets look at the components of having the right mindset.

1. Have Strong Desire
This is the most important one; because anything that you want in life begins with desire. Be sure that you are very clear about what it is you want to achieve. The more clear you are, the better your chances of obtaining it. Write it down, find a picture that motivates you… and then ask yourself why. Focus on building a few strong reasons behind the question “Why?”

2. Build Conviction
This is a defining trait of the most successful athletes in the world. The real super star athletes are mainly in two categories. One group has very strong religious beliefs and believes in a higher power. (That’s the group I would be in) The other group is ego-centric and believes in themselves so much that they believe they already are the superstar. Point being is both groups have such a strong conviction, that it will carry them through.

An example of the first group might be:
All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
So no matter what happens, it was meant to happen! (You can see how having conviction in this belief will carry someone through a trial.)

Focus on being open to building conviction in beliefs that support your fitness goals.

3. Be Committed
Keeping commitment strong is vital to your fitness success. Here is a little tip that I learned from Jerry Seinfeld of all people! He didn’t use this for fitness but it does apply. Take a calendar, (The type where you can see all months on one page) mark an “X” for each day you follow through. What this creates is a “chain link,” and has a very powerful psychological aspect to it. By not wanting to break the chain link, this can hold us accountable. Try it!

4. Be Flexible
The world is not going to revolve around your fitness efforts, so you must be ready to adapt when things don’t happen exactly as planned.

Ultimately you have the ability to make this next year your best by starting today. When you get in the proper mindset, your perspective of “today” changes. When this occurs, things happen naturally without much effort. It all starts in your mind, and is why its important to have the correct mindset.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” -S. Covey

Finding Fitness in The Corporate World. Part 1

December 7 , 2009 | | In: Mini Series

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In today’s most ever demanding world, we find ourselves with a million of responsibilities and not enough time. We are over worked and in most cases underpaid, which causes its own kind of stress. Making fitness a part of your life, could literally save your life!

If you are anything like I was, I never fully appreciated my health and physique until it was gone. I have been through some things these last few years, and it cost my physique. Too often health is overshadowed by everything else that preoccupies us… a big part of that for all of us is probably our careers.

So how do we get back on track? I am going to draw inspiration from the business strategists. To continue to be successful in business, having strategic planning in place serves as the framework and foundation for getting results. I believe you should take the same approach to your fitness especially if you have a busy career.

To keep things simple for you: The Corporate To Cut strategic plan is 6 steps. (I will be going in depth on each of these steps in upcoming posts)

1. Develop The Correct Mindset
2. Determine how much time you can devote solely to fitness
3. Make short term (Realistic) Goals
4. Tell people what you are doing. (The psychology behind this is awesome!)
5. Find one person that will keep you accountable: (i.e. Spouse, Friend, Trainer, Me- I will!)
6. Putting it all together, and taking action. Training and Nutrition programs.

There it is… stay tuned for the upcoming posts in this series.

Short on time… Try Tabata!

December 4 , 2009 | | In: Training

My kids slept in one morning (something that doesn’t happen often) which allowed me to sleep in as well. I don’t use an alarm clock for this reason… because if anyone is up, whether my wife, or the kids, I can’t stay asleep.

So this particular morning I had scheduled steep hill sprints, followed by walking across the top of the hill to the other side of the neighborhood to do 50 yard sprint/ 50 yard walk until I make it back home. The actual workout itself only takes 17 -18 minutes, but getting dressed for the weather outside (Its cold here in Wisconsin this time of year) then do my warm up, then light jog down to the hill. This could be more like 30 minutes all together.  I didn’t have 30 minutes on this morning. So what did I do?

(I am not going to miss a workout, especially morning… this is a great time to boost your HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Levels because your body is in a fasted state, and add high intensity to this fasted state; you just created the perfect storm for your body to produce HGH.)

Well lucky for me, I am prepared for this situation. I stayed inside… threw on a pair of workout pants, warmed up and did my Tabata routine. This method of conditioning was invented by Dr. Izumi Tabata and his team at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo. If you want to read up on it, check it out on Wikipedia… I dont want to bore you with the science.  I will say this though… for a workout that is done in only 9 minutes time, it will kick your butt!

climbers_FullThe Tabata works like this:
- Warm up first  (of course!)
- 20 seconds High Intensity
- 10 seconds Rest
- You will perform 8 sets of this.
- Rest one minute
- Go through it a second time with a different exercise

I said I wouldn’t bore you to death with science (I won’t) but here are three benefits without getting too technical. If you want to talk shop, email me and I will be glad to share more on the technical side.

1. Its awesome for reducing body fat levels. This is due to the energy your body is burning hours after this short workout… THE AFTERBURN EFFECT!

2. It helps you step up your game, and increase mental toughness, while preparing the body to handle high intensity.

3. TIME SAVER! (I know there are mornings in which everything is behind schedule and you have to get to the office! Skip the ironing, throw the shirt in the drier on wrinkle rid setting, and take the 9 extra minutes to do this workout)

So here is exactly what my Tabata Routine Looks like…  you can chose your own exercises, but I do this one because it is full body workout.

Jump Squats 8 sets of 20 seconds

Push-ups 8 sets of 20 seconds

In writing, it looks easy…  Wait until you try it! LOL

If doing the Tabata workout… I HIGHLY recommend you get GymBoss, its only around $20 through Amazon, and its awesome! It will not let you cheat on time. (Remember… ten seconds rest goes fast, especially when exhausted!) I love mine and use it for my HIIT, Hill Training, Sprints, Tabata, etc. Its awesome. I placed a link below for you.

The 3 year old in my head

December 2 , 2009 | | In: Nutrition

For those that know me, know I am a proud father of two. My daughter is 3 and my son will turn 1 just after Christmas. Well for those out there that are parents… you know how persistent and unreasonable a 3 year old can be at times! My daughter is clever in her own little ways. Over time she has figured out how to get my wife and me to say yes to her requests more often.

I will give you an example. After halloween, we came back with a bag full of candy. My daughter knows that she doesn’t get open access to that bag but must go through my wife and I for access. At first she would ask me like this, “Daddy, I want to have some candy… can I have some M & M’s?” I would often answer “no” because it was often at times like right before dinner, or before bedtime. After awhile, she began to ask… “Daddy, I would like some M&M’s please… but only just a few of them… can I have just two please?” Well of course two M & M’s seem harmless so my wife and I would say yes to her request, after all a couple M&M’s is harmless! Well thats how she gets her hand in the bag so to speak!

bratAnyway… where I am going with this is, anyone who has ever tried to eat healthier, control their portion sizes, and stick to a plan has to battle the voice in their head that says… “Have one more piece, its not going to kill you! Go ahead, do it!” You know what I mean… our internal thinking that often throws us off our goal.

Well what if you imagine that little voice as being a 3 year old… and equate it to that 3 year old making a request to have M&M’s before bed time! Does that 3 year old know whats best for you? I think not! Remember, you are in charge… don’t give in to the subtle, yet unreasonable requests. Remember YOU are the parent, and you should have the final say in your eating… by thinking of that voice as a three year old being unreasonable, it helps.

Try this tip the next time you here that voice, you will be amazed how well it works.

Are you missing the point?

November 30 , 2009 | | In: Nutrition

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Going to work is like visiting a human zoo… the thought,  “This place would make for some good reality TV!” has probably crossed your mind. At work you come across a large variety of personality types… each person has their own reasons for being there, and we all fall into the mix someway as well. I am not saying we all belong in cages, I am just saying a work environment is very dynamic, and add stress to that, it can sometimes brew drama. It often drains us of everything we got…  So how do typical corporate employees fuel themselves for the day? Lets look at a few that are also dedicated to working out.

Before I get into that, I want to define what they all have in common:

- Their working schedule is high pressure and full of meetings, conference calls, deadlines, phone calls, etc.
- They all are consistent with working out 3 – 4 times per week.

Person A: This person wakes up in the morning, skips breakfast to save time only to still rush to work to catch that mandatory morning meaning that starts each day. Lunch may consist of cookies that are left out in lobby for guests, and a cup of coffee. This is just enough to get by until the end of the day. Once home has a huge meal.

Person B: This person wakes up gets out the door and makes a usual stop at the fast food joint for breakfast. Then orders out for lunch with his buddies, and finally gets home for a good size dinner.

Person C: This person never skips breakfast, has a mid morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack, post workout meal, late dinner. The meals are made up of fruits, veggies, high quality proteins, and quality whole grains.

Here is the thing, with all things being equal training wise… only the person in example C is going to see any progress. Its good they are all training but what is most likely to happen is the first two people are going to give up due to lack of results compounded by the fact that life already has too many responsibilities for them.

It becomes harder to stay motivated when you are not getting results.

If this is you… don’t worry. This is the very reason I started Corporate To Cut — to help.

What I will be covering in future posts:

- How to make eating right fit your corporate lifestyle
- Top 3 workout routines for the busy lifestyle
- Information Overload. Who and what can you trust?
- Why being underpaid and high stressed keeps you fat.

If you have any other suggestions, email me.

Frustrations of the corporate life

November 27 , 2009 | | In: Rants

This post is revisiting my past. I originally posted this in the TSL forum that I own, it was written December 7th last year, after a long day and night at work.  If you are curious about why I started Corporate to Cut, you will have a glimpse into the mindset I was feeling during that time I had that job. If you want a hint before beginning to read… that picture below says it all!

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(Originally Posted, December 2008)

I have been thinking about life a little. I had a frustrating day working. When I got home tonight it caused me to reflect a little, and I asked myself would you rather… So this post is me just venting a little.

Would you rather be locked in a room running on a treadmill for the rest of your life, all the while give so much effort and determination yet not going anywhere? OR…

Throw a dart on the map… drive cross country to get there, all the while stopping and smelling the roses, experiences life, meeting new people and making memories at your own pace.

This is an easy answer right????

Well then why do so many people (including me for the time being) choose answer 1!?

Nobody wants to go through life and have nothing to show for it. But that is how most people end up living. We wake up and spend way to much time driving to work, once there we spend way too much time and energy working very hard for SOMEONE ELSE, leaving our own self unfulfilled and empty!

Why do we work so hard for corporations that care nothing about the people working for them and only about their bottom line. Thankless bosses who care nothing about our future, rather their own pocket book and personal satisfaction.

Life waits for no one, and often we get hints of how we can waste away our most precious resource when we work 14 hour days, and our dinner is cold when we get home, our kids are already in bed, and our wives (or husbands) are just getting ready to turn in for the night. We can miss out on so much!

We only have one shot at this life. Days like this make my realize more than ever that I MUST get out of there- I hate it there. The corporate treadmill is getting me nowhere! I must stay in the mindset of prosperity, and abundance and begin a new path. Feeding my dreams and ambitions with healthy thoughts of positive thinking, prayer, and non stop determination is going to be the key for this.  Rather than feeding the fears and self doubt.

I believe that is what keeps everyone on the treadmill – FEAR, AND SELF-DOUBT.