Getting real about good eats.

Getting real about good eats.

This spring, we’ve dropped “Eat clean” from our credo. The short story is:  We want to get real about the vital role food plays in our wellbeing. Food is as important as fitness (if not MORE!). Real food rocks…especially veggies. Most of us need to up our intake. The term “eating clean” implies some foods are “dirty” or wrong, and maybe it’s time to get real about that, too. But there is a little more to the story. Since the beginning, Ange and I believed that a healthy lifestyle starts in the kitchen. We developed our company’s credo to help our members understand that a healthy lifestyle is about more than crushing the bands: Work out. Eat clean. Live fully. As the years went on, something about eating clean wasn’t feeling right. Over-the-top voices like Food Babe had us believing that “if you can’t pronounce it, it’s poison.” I won’t pretend we weren’t on-board with this concept, and am embarrassed that - based on this thinking - the graphic in this post would take bananas off the table as a “chemical-free food”. While detoxes and cleanses continued to soar in popularity, the science community was speaking up.  One day, my buddy Alex Cibiri of Element CrossFit posted this article featuring the headline, “Clean Eating is Useless”.  It hit my guts like a bowl of (delicious) chemical-laden mac and cheese.  I’d been feeling for months that we needed to ditch “Eat Clean”, but this article highlighted reasons we couldn’t ignore.  Based on the ways marketers were selling the concept, clean-eating started to to imply a food lifestyle that can be perceived...
Week-One Reality Check

Week-One Reality Check

Should we get real about what’s standing in our way? If we’re taking it back, there’s no holds barred! How can we get out of our own way to find amped up results and the healthy lifestyle we want? A Rebel’s Week-One Reality Check. We’re throwin’ down the top eight ways we stand in the way of our own goal-crushing, and we’re willing to bet some of these hit home with you too. Ready to face it head-on, together? Success Sabotage: Face it head-on. 1. I can eat what I want because I work out like a machine! Maybe you can, pizza-monster!  But for most, this isn’t the case. There’s no dodging the impact of healthy, balanced meals. The sooner we get really real about the HUGE role food plays in our health, the sooner we’ll see and feel the results we’re looking for.  We can do all the workouts we want, but for most people with the average metabolism, food plays a bigger role in determining our weight, plain and simple. Food is everything! 2. I deserve it. It’s been a long day. We didn’t have an afternoon snack, and maybe we missed dinner altogether, racing around with errands or last minute work projects. After a day like that, don’t we deserve a big glass of wine with a huge bowl of extra-cheesy lasagna and garlic bread?  Actually, we deserve food that will nourish us, and a workout to help get the blood flowing!  Don’t fall into the indulgent trap, it’s a vicious cycle that’s tough to break. Odds are you’re tackling this one right now - use your Rev...
How to stop.

How to stop.

When being strong means doing nothing at all. Twice each year we launch an 8 week challenge in our studios.  With the Rebellion, there’s no goal outfit, or tracking of pounds and inches, and certainly no going hungry.  Instead, we follow an 8 step coaching process designed to help us think more positively, set goals more effectively, and create healthy habits that can sustain us far beyond the 8 weeks. Most of us don’t realize how conditioned we’ve been to have a love-hate relationship with food and fitness, two things which should bring us so much joy! Here’s the hardest part. We might think that the most demanding part of a challenge like this is being diligent about meal prep, learning how to do some pretty tough fitness moves, or staying the course over a girl’s weekend or trip south. It’s not. There’s one thing that so many of our new Rebels struggle with, but our returning challengers even more.  Once we’ve created this gutsy, unstoppable Rebel lifestyle, what happens when we need to STOP? Sometimes real life happens, right?  Sometimes it’s something simple that slows us down, like a cold or an achy knee from an old injury. And sometimes it’s not simple one bit.  Real life includes losses, divorces, ups and downs with health, or attending to someone else’s needs. These things can throw us right off our game, so it’s vital that we remember this: We’re creating a healthy life.  Our bodies and our wellbeing need to be with us for the long-haul.  Sometimes the healthiest thing we can do is stop to heal, rest, and...
HP Curl Fries + Egg Breakkie!

HP Curl Fries + Egg Breakkie!

HP Curl Fries + Egg Breakkie You’ve gotta be a Korboarder to get it ;). Give your guns the dream recovery breakfast!  WABAM. Recipe and photo from Lavinia Todor MAKE IT HAPPEN Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp olive oil 1 tsp sea salt ⅛ tsp garlic powder ⅛ tsp onion powder Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Use spiralizer to create the sweet potato curls (you can often buy sweet potato noodles in the produce section now! Booyah!) Mix together seasoning ingredients in large bowl and toss with sweet potato. Spread evenly on baking sheet. Bake for  about 15 minutes, remove from oven and flip, then place back in the oven for 15 minutes, or until they start to become crispy in places. Serve with a fried fresh egg - we love a duck egg!  Load the plate up with fresh chopped veggies and WABAM! A killer weekend breakfast after a hard-core morning...
Taking back meal prep!

Taking back meal prep!

Tackling the kitchen like we mean it. If setting yourself up for success in the kitchen feels like a grind, you need to read this.  We’re way more likely to crush something when we feel great about it! Revvers always tell us that they continue to work out at the bands because they love it.  Instead of dreading workouts, you actually found a workout you love - a place to come sweat that’s fun and lifts you up.  So how can we bring that same feeling to our kitchens? Here are our top ways to LOVE and crush meal prep. We’re sharing these because we know that when you LOVE to do something, it’s far easier to turn it into a habit that sticks, and healthy habits are what it’s all about. Take it Back!  Just like the first step of the Rebellion, take back meal prep! Planning meals shouldn’t feel like an obligation, and we should never feel like we’re dieting.  Preparing food is one of the most simple, fundamentally enjoyable things we can do.  Let’s put all the positivity we’ve got into it and LOVE that we’re taking time to nourish ourselves! Crank the tunes!  There’s nothing we love more than a killer playlist at the bands, and it’s no different in the kitchen!  Turn it up and enjoy the process. Plan.  Knowing exactly what you want to make in advance, shopping for ingredients, and being prepared makes it all come together easily.  be sure to have enough clean jars and containers on hand to store all your stuff! Be real.  There’s no need to make elaborate...
She Runs the World Choco-PB Smoothie!

She Runs the World Choco-PB Smoothie!

An easy snack at school, or before or after sports and workouts! Store this smoothie in an insulated thermos or water bottle to keep it icy-cold.  Packed with energy, protein, and deliciousness!  Make it peanut-free by switching out the peanut butter for almond butter. MAKE IT HAPPEN! In your blender: 1 peeled banana (we like to peel and freeze bananas in baggies, makes your smoothie taste like ice cream!) 1 cup of ice cubes 1 big handful of greens, whatever is fresh in your fridge (lettuce, spinach, etc. Avoid arugula as it has a strong flavour) 1 big tablespoon of peanut butter 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa (use real cocoa and avoid hot chocolate mix or sweetened chocolate) 1 date (makes it sweet!) 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (good for fibre and energy, but you can omit if you don’t have it or coconut isn’t your thing!) 1 scoop of protein powder. We love using Manitoba Harvest hemp protein because it’s the most natural, unprocessed product we can find….and it’s Canadian!  You can buy this at most grocery stores in the natural foods section. About 3/4 cup of almond milk and 1/4 cup of water Big spoon of plain or vanilla greek yoghurt for protein and energy Run your blender until your drink is smooth and all the date and greens are fully blended....