Bones-bones-7803936-2240-1680Hey everybody hope your week is off to a great start! The month of February is turning into a rather busy one for me. I've got the first round of exams in my courses at school. Kelsey and I found a new place to move to and will be packing up before the end of the month. I think I've finally decided on a date to schedule my GRE so I can apply to graduate school. And for some reason I decide to start working on a top secret project in the middle of it all (don't worry I'll let you in on the secret after a while). Hey when inspiration strikes you got to run with it (kind of like the urge to write).

Any who that's pretty much been the theme of February and it has continued this week. Secretly though I think I like it when life is a bit on the busy side. It keeps me engaged and on top of my game. I feel when my plate gets to empty my attention wanders to much and I lack productivity.

Oh sense I mentioned lack of productivity I might as well tell you about my latest Netflix show that I am binge watching my way through. Ever seen bones? Well if you haven't its about a forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institute and consults with the FBI to catch criminals. It's kind of an interesting take on the whole sequential crime drama. It has me complete hooked.

Netflix is a great service and all, but I'll be willing to bet that it has been the reason for many a college student's poor grades. Don't worry though I am not one of them.

While were on the topic of Netflix shows I'll also recommend that if you do subscribe to Netflix that if you haven't already to check out a great show called House of Cards. It's a political drama starring Kevin Spacey who plays the democratic majority whip in congress. Fantastic storyline and even better acting. I really think you'll enjoy it. The second season premieres this Friday. I am pretty excited about it.

Yes this is a health and fitness website run by a working trainer and we talk about watching Netflix sometimes deal with it!

On a more related note though to training and nutrition, I recently started a personal training log here on the website. It's main purpose is to serve as a place for me to keep record of my training sessions (I am tired of typing them up and print theming out). But as a secondary purpose I want it to serve as a place where people can check their own training against mine to see if their is anything that I am doing that may benefit them. If interested in taking a look here is the link.

How about now we talk about some great health and fitness reading material for the week?

1. The Healthy Foods That Make You Fat by Neghar Fonooni

clif-bar-range1I thought this was a really helpful post for those people who have started to get the concept of food quality and making more focus is placed on the source of the food than the food itself, but might still be struggling with weight loss or body composition changes.

The argument over total calories vs. macronutrient content and food quality is a huge debate in the health and fitness scene. There are two large camps that constantly argue and bicker about it without either side winning any ground. It is a ridiculous conversation and argument because the truth is you have to address both. You have to eat quality food in the proper quantity.

This is the point Neghar makes here.

 

2. Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life by Chris Kresser

This is one of my most recently read books and it is also recently published. Chris Kresser is kind of the go to man in the naturopathic medicine community and has worked wonders with clients in his clinic. He is highly knowledgable and definitely an authority on how to live a whole life in a whole body.

I promise I am not a dogmatic paleo guy. In fact the paleo diet was never suppose to be this restrictive and rule driven diet. Initially it was introduced to be an elimination diet, but large groups of people have decided that they want to turn it into a cult of carb haters. But I do think that a paleoish diet is a great template for most Americans to start with.

I love this particular paleo diet book because Chris Kresser emphasizes a personal approach to finding the right foods to eat for you.

If your looking for a great read and some help with getting your diet on track I highly recommend picking up this book.

3. Strong Curves: A Woman's Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body by Bret Contreras and Kellie Davis

Bret Contreras is the glute specialist. If there is anyone in this world that can take a flat behind and make it into a booty then it's Mr. Contreras. If you are a lady or have a lady who is looking to lift, raise, and sculpt their body on top of getting super strong this book is a must read.

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Happy moving and heavy lifting!

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