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...
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...
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...
The Weekend-Rebel Survival Guide!

The Weekend-Rebel Survival Guide!

Canadian’s love summer weekends. After all, our summer is like 5 seconds long.  Living healthy doesn’t mean we won’t revel in good times.  What does set us apart is that we’ll be among the few people who don’t feel like total sh!t Sunday night - who’s with us? THE HURDLES Knowing what our challenges will be before the weekend rolls up means we’re better prepared to crush. We asked Revvers for their top reasons for falling off the goal train: Peer Pressure: Kids aren’t the only ones who crumble…this was actually the top answer by a landslide.  “I feel lame having a soda water or a single cocktail when everyone else is indulging around the campfire. I don’t want to feel like the odd man out.”  Feel familiar? Temptation: If you’re cottage-bound, odds are friends and family will be firing up the barbecue and with cocktails flowing dock-side.  Hard to resist?  “My brother in law makes the world’s best ribs every May 24, I can’t imagine saying no.” Manners:  No one wants to feel like the annoying health fiend at the party, munching on carrot sticks and seed mix.  “It feels rude bringing my own meals when I’m a guest at someone’s cottage for the weekend.” THE STRATEGY   Get Real: We’re not here to tell you that you can let it rip all weekend long then press the Reset button Tuesday morning.  While it’s true that we can always choose a fresh start when we need one, part of being hardcore is making tough choices and going the extra mile.  We already know that success comes with hard work and dedication, there’s no getting...
Sweet Potato Toast

Sweet Potato Toast

Sweet Potato Toast Recipe by Lavinia Todor Ingredients: Sweet potatoes MAKE IT HAPPEN: OPTION 1: Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices. Add to the toaster like you would bread and toast on high. It took me 2 rounds to get it cooked how I like with a little bit a browning on both sides. OPTION 2: Preheat the oven to 400F. On a baking sheet, lay a lightly greased sheet of parchment for easy removal. Slice sweet potatoes about 1/4″ thick and lay them flat on the sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes TOPPING SUGGESTIONS: TUNA Mix a bit of tuna with a smidge of mayo and top with spring onions/scallions for a pop of flavour and crunch OR; 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon relish and 1 tablespoon of diced red onion to a small can of tuna. Scoop tuna onto toast. EGGS Hard boiled eggs, chopped and mixed with a teaspoon of mayo, a pinch of Himalayan salt and a liberal sprinkle of curry powder. BERRIES + COCONUT Spread some coconut cream or coconut butter on toast with ripe berries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. AVOCADO Remove skin from avocado and slice. Add to toast and sprinkle with salt, pepper and some lemon zest. OR; Add sliced avocado,lettuce, tomato, Frank’s hot sauce to toast and a side of falafels. ALMOND BUTTER Spread some almond butter on toast and add sliced banana and a bit of cinnamon....
LEGIT craving crushers.

LEGIT craving crushers.

BS-free ways to eat what we should. Advice like “get more sleep” and “build willpower”, are great nuggets of wisdom but we dare you to tell us these things when we’re craving a salty, chocolatey treat. Here are our top ways to give a craving the finger: Brush your teeth. If you’re like us, you crave something sweet seconds after a meal. We asked ourselves WHY and wondered….could this just be a desire to cleanse the palate?  We’ve found that brushing teeth works in about 75% of post-meal chocolate cravings….that’s big! Lemon Water.  Similar to the above theory…we tried having a glass of H20 with a squeeze of fresh lemon after a meal or during that afternoon slump. The lemon cleanses the palate, the water hydrates…coffee or treat craving averted most of the time! Splurge Prep.  Because we know we have a sweet tooth and a salt obsession, we try to set ourselves up for success by using our Sunday night to prep one treat that covers both categories, so we have a healthier options all week long. There’s nothing wrong with a super-clean occasional treat, and it’s a hell of a lot better than diving for junk food. Clean splurge recipes all over this blog! Beat the Booze Factor.  Drinking can sabotage our results by messing with our blood sugar, interrupting sleep, reducing clarity and the list goes on. We’re not saying don’t indulge, but remember a drink is a splurge. If you know you’re having cocktails, stock the fridge with hydration and healthy options and commit to not having a milkshake and bacon cheeseburger for breakfast. Savour it.  We love to try treats...