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...
Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Recipe from Lavinia Stuffed Peppers Ingredients 6 Bell peppers (yellow, orange or red are best) 3 cups cooked brown rice 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 lb ground turkey 1 cup sliced mushrooms (optional) 1 cup chicken stock 1 cup tomato sauce (or homemade + extra for toping) ½ medium onion, finely chopped ¼ tsp smoked paprika ½ teaspoon salt 1 tsp pepper 1 tbsp cooking oil 1 cup water 1 cup mozzarella, shredded (optional) MAKE IT HAPPEN Preheat the oven to 375°F. Remove top of peppers,seeds and membranes; rinse peppers. Pour 1 cup of water into a glass baking dish, and arrange the six bell peppers so that they are standing in the water. Set the baking dish aside while you prepare the filling. In a skillet, cook turkey and onion (mushrooms if using) over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until turkey is brown; drain. Stir in the salt ,pepper , paprika, and garlic. Next add the chicken stock and the tomato sauce and combine well. Turn down the heat and add the cooked brown rice to the pan.  Stir everything together and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Fill each pepper ¾ full using the rice and turkey mixture. Top them off with leftover tomato sauce if available (optional). Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and place into the oven to bake for 45- 60 minutes. Once the peppers have finished cooking, uncover them and sprinkle mozzarella over each (if using). Broil for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese....
The Food Truth…

The Food Truth…

..and it’s seriously empowering. Wanna take your power back?  Start with this list and feel seriously empowered to crush all your goals. 1. Food is (almost) everything. We’d be lying to you if we said you could Rev like a maniac and eat all the cheesy pulled chicken tacos all the time and feel like a million bucks.  The truth is, no workout on the planet will change the way you look and feel the way that food can.  Yes genetics play a role (don’t we all have that uncle who puts bacon on everything, smokes a pack a day, and lives to 102?) but by and large, healthy food has serious power. 2. We don’t know sh*t. We’re not sure when the world decided that personal trainers and bootcamp leaders were nutrition experts, but unless they’ve studied the field, they’re not.  We don’t tell you what to eat because we’re not food pros.  During our challenges, we always share what works for us.  Sometimes Revvers ask, why doesn’t Revkor hire a nutrition expert to plan our 8 week meals?  Two reasons: 1) we believe that if we learn and think for ourselves, we succeed  by being empowered.  2) because there is no one-size fits all way of eating.  Guys who are 200+ pounds need way more food and energy than someone half the size. We have women who are breastfeeding, menopausal, tall, small, and everything in between.  People have allergies, intolerances, likes and dislikes. We should never be letting fitness people tell us what to eat - whether you’re a Revver or not, we encourage you to really think about this piece. 3....
Revkor Holiday Shred STARTS November 8th!

Revkor Holiday Shred STARTS November 8th!

Revkor SHRED Season is here…get ready to rock on November 8th, 2015! If you participated in our last Revkor Shred challenge, then you know that lives were completely transformed. Together, let’s find our strongest, healthiest body as we get ready for the BEST YEAR OF OUR LIVES.  Why the best?  Because this is the year we feel more incredible than ever, inside and out. How does it work? The Revkor™ Shred is FREE.  You must be following us on our website, Facebook and Instagram to get all the news, motivation and updates.  You’ll get over 7 weeks of tips to keep you on track. What’s happening in-studio? You know how we roll!  Check in with your Revkor studio in person and on social media for updates on events, challenge boards, prizes, workshops and other encouragement along the way!  Nothing but 8 weeks of vibrant, high-energy, crazy-good times. How can I sign up? Check in with YOUR studio to find out how to sign up for the Revkor Shred!  Not close to a Revkor studio?  No problem!  You can follow our social media posts to eat clean and train mean with us from afar for 8 solid weeks of awesomeness! WHAT will I EAT? This is NOT a detox!  This Shred is  full of delicious food that you will LOVE prepping and eating. We’ll be sharing our favourite ways to clean up our eating for maximum health and vibrancy. We’ll work to eliminate: processed, packaged foods dairy (don’t get all crazy cheese fiends…more on this soon!) gluten refined sugar Reduce: booze (Yup…during the holidays!  We’re Revvers…we don’t mess around.)  caffeine (don’t panic, more on that...
Guilt-free: It’s how we roll

Guilt-free: It’s how we roll

Live Unapologetically. If Thanksgiving is supposed to be a celebration of all we’re grateful for, why do we beat ourselves up for enjoying every minute of it? By now your Facebook feed is probably full of posts about food-regret and ways to jog off that turkey and stuffing. As most of you know, our Revkor Manifesto is: Work out. Eat clean. Live fully.  It’s not Work out. Eat Clean. Feel like crap about enjoying your life. We’re all about the Revkor Reset.   Revvers live life to the fullest…we work hard at the bands so that we can enjoy a balanced life.  We hit our workouts with positivity.  We put good effort into eating clean as best we can.  And we also embrace balance by including the other things we love into our lives! How blessed are we to have family and friends to enjoy big delicious meals with? How lucky to share fabulous evenings over good wine and conversation!  We’ve found a workout that gives us a strong, conditioned body and one of the main benefits of that is knowing that you can indulge from time-to-time because your body has become a lean and healthy magic machine!  It bounces back instantly, no matter how hard you went to town on Aunt Janet’s pumpkin pie.  Let’s say good bye to food/fun guilt…it’s pointless!   Let’s just keep moving forward, each and every day. Get to the bands.  Eat clean as best you can. And live the hell out of your life. Here’s a reminder of our top ways to reset this fall, and stay tuned, because our infamous Revkor Holiday Shred...