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8 Healthy Eating Tips

Tweet 8 Healthy Eating Tips Ever since I started P90X almost 4 and a half years ago, I have learned so many things about eating healthy. In fact, I have COMPLETELY turned my diet around! Before I started the workout program, my diet consisted of fried chicken fingers, french fries, pizza, ice cream, pop-tarts, cereal, and a lot of white bread and pasta. I was...

Research Ingredients

Tweet Today I’m all sorts of fired up. I don’t know what it is, I’m in a great mood today, but a little irritated because I have seen so many people and companies lately promote their product as being healthy when in fact it’s not healthy at all. What’s so unfortunate and is making me sick to my stomach is that so many people are...

Indulging on the Weekends

Tweet Ah yes, there’s nothing like the weekends! Time to relax, not work out, and throw a few back with the boys, right? Hold on there, not so fast. If you’re trying to reach a fitness goal, doing these things can easily set you back or really slow down your progress. How do I know? Well, I experienced it first hand after going through my first round...

P90X2 Diet

Tweet P90X2 Diet For those of you who don’t know, I started P90X2 last Monday, and so far I’m down 5 lbs! The main reason why I’m seeing such quick results is because I’m following the P90X2 diet 100% and haven’t skipped a workout. When I say following the diet 100%, I mean that I’m using the exact recipes that are in the...

Staying Motivated During the Holidays

Tweet Ah yes, it’s that time of year again. Time for cookies, candy, and a whole lot of weight gain! Wait, what? Yeah, I’m sure you all have heard the stats before, but many people end up gaining quite a few pounds from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Maybe it’s the pumpkin pie, grandma’s old fashioned cooking, or the stress from having to...

Eating Healthy on Thanksgiving

Tweet I don’t think the phrase “eating healthy on Thanksgiving” will be too appealing to most people, but there are some of you out there who are desperately looking to lose weight and plan on staying committed over the holidays. For those of you who are trying hard, you’re definitely going to be tested in a few days when you walk into...

Resisting Temptations on the Weekends!

Tweet Ahh yes, the toughest time to stay committed to your healthy diet and workout routine. The weekends consist of friends pressuring you to go out and have a beer chugging contest, family making it a priority to slowly eat every slice of pizza right in front of your face, and chips and salsa sitting directly on the table in front of you during football games....

It’s OK to Cut Loose!

Tweet Ahh, OK, I think I need to add just a little more to this title. It should read, “It’s OK to Cut Loose Every Once in a While!” Most of you know Melinda and I got married last weekend, and yes, it was an absolutely AMAZING time and we had an unbelievable honeymoon down in the Cayman Islands, but the one thing we didn’t do was worry...

How NOT to Gain Weight on Vacation

Tweet Yes, it is the traveling season, and that means that you can relax and eat all the junk food you want, right? Of course not. Well I guess you can, but if you take that approach you’re going to leave for vacation at one weight and come back about 10 lbs heavier! Don’t think it’s possible? Think again because I’ve personally...

How To Lose the Last 10 Pounds

Tweet Yes, we have all been there, well at least many of us have, and we are always wondering how to lose the last 10 pounds, right? People are so excited to work out, begin working out, get pretty good results, but for some reason those last few pounds just don’t want to come off! Why is this happening to me? I’m committing myself 100% to BOTH the...

8 Tips for Starting P90X

Tweet P90X has literally been my program of choice for the past 3 years, so I guess that would sort of make me a P90X expert, right? Regardless if I’m a self proclaimed “P90X Expert” or not, I’ve had some pretty amazing results, losing 25 lbs and 10% body fat within my first 90 days, so I know exactly what it takes to maximize your...

Eating Healthy on Vacation

Tweet Most of you know that Melinda and I just got back from a 5 day trip down to Myrtle Beach, and usually I would be posting that I need to get recommitted from slacking some on the diet and workouts, but not this time. No, I decided that I was going to eat 100% healthy and work out every day, regardless of how tough it would be, and believe me, it was tough!...

Can I Have a Cheat Meal?

Tweet Throughout the course of over 3 years of doing P90X and other various Beachbody programs, I have learned what works and doesn’t work for me in terms of the diet, and at first, I thought that having a cheat meal was like disobeying your parents, but as I progress through my fitness career, I am learning how many times I can cheat on my diet and not be...

Benefits of Avocado

Tweet For the past 3 years, I have been hearing quite a bit about avocado, but never gave it a try because to be honest with you, it just sounds and looks gross. I kept hearing so much about how Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, eats a ton of avocado, and then recently that Shaun T eats avocado at just about every meal. When you hear that two incredibly ripped...

Customized Meal Planner

Customized Meal Planner

Apr 13, 2011

Tweet When I was going through my first round of P90X, the thing that I had the toughest time with, which I’m pretty sure everyone struggles with at first, is the diet. I was so accustomed to eating crappy food every day, and to go from doing that to 100% clean eating is tough. The toughest part about it was knowing what was healthy, what exactly to eat,...

Should I Work Out On Vacation?

Tweet The main reason that I’m writing this post is because I didn’t do so hot on my diet or workouts while on a cruise a few weeks back. I think that’s putting it a little too lightly, so let me rephrase. I completely and utterly destroyed my diet and slacked on the workouts while on the cruise a few weeks back, so bad that I ended up gaining...

Benefits of Green Tea

Tweet For the past few months, Melinda and I have been drinking green tea every night before heading to bed. Don’t ask me why we’ve started doing this because I have no idea, but maybe because of the many health benefits we have heard that are associated with green tea. Whatever the reason we got on this kick, we have been doing it, so I’ve...

Fat Burning Routine

Tweet Whenever I’m trying to get ready to go on vacation, preparing for a Beachbody Event, or just looking to lose some body fat fairly quickly, I have a certain fat burning routine that I follow. After experimenting for a few years, this routine is what I have found works the best for my body, but keep in mind that even though this works for me, it might...

Diet Tips for Eating Out

Tweet We all know how tough it can be to eat healthy while eating out, especially if we are really watching what we eat and following a strict diet like the P90X Nutrition Guide. Restaurants suck anymore, and even the healthy stuff isn’t all that healthy. It’s almost like they try to trick you into thinking it’s healthy so that you will still...

Listening to Your Body

Tweet Before I get into this post, today marks the 3 year anniversary of me starting the program that literally has changed my life, P90X! I remember sitting on the couch when the doorbell rang and the UPS guy dropped off my P90X program. As soon as it arrived, I opened the box, read through both the P90X Fitness and Nutrition guides, assembled my pull-up bar,...

Healthy P90X Recipe: Honey Mustard Salmon

Tweet Via the Team Beachbody Newsletter.. Healthy P90X Recipe: Honey-Mustard Salmon Here’s a tasty last-minute dish that’s easy to prepare and even easier to clean up (especially if you remember to put aluminum foil in the broiler pan first). Just 7 minutes in the oven, and voilà! * 4 salmon fillets, about 6 oz. each, with skin * 2 Tbsp. Dijon...

Sugar Addiction Detox 101

Tweet Written by Debra Pivko via the Team Beachbody Newsletter.. Sugar, sweet sugar—a delightful minute on the tongue in exchange for what feels like a lifetime on the hips. But weight gain isn’t the only consequence of eating too much sugar. Ready for the not-so-sweet truth? Overconsumption of processed sugar can contribute to a number of conditions,...

Eating Healthy During Holidays

Tweet I guess a lot of people around this time of year, me included, are thinking about how we are going to go about eating healthy during  holidays. I’ll be the first to admit that it is darn tough to sit there and watch your family and friends pig out on pumpkin pie, cookies, bakes potatoes, etc. Believe me, I’ve done it! Many people gain quite a...

Nutrition Tips!

Tweet Last night I went down to Columbus for a Beachbody event held in Columbus by a guy named Dr. Bill Wheeler. Dr. Wheeler is a nutrition expert and for two hours I got to listen to him and soak up information about nutrition and supplements and how they are beneficial! The nutrition tips that I learned last night were absolutely priceless, and even shocking...

How to Lose the Love Handles

Tweet Back when I was playing college baseball, I was in pretty good shape, but there was one area on my body that used to constantly burdened me, and that was my love handles. Call it genetics (or bad eating habits), no matter how hard I worked out, I didn’t know how to lose the love handles! It wasn’t until I finished college and fell out of shape...

5 Healthy Eating Tips if Crunched on Time

Tweet One of the most common excuses that I hear about not being to commit to a healthy diet is “I don’t have time to eat healthy.” For those of you who are daily readers of my posts on my site, you know that I’m not a big fan of excuses. Excuses are something that people create to justify their failures. However, there are many of you...

Healthy Protein Snacks

Tweet Most people on a healthy diet are always looking for great snack ideas to help them get in their 5 meals during the day. It’s easy to find snacks that are high in carbs, but what about healthy protein snacks? Over the course of a few years since being on P90X, I’ve discovered some great healthy protein snacks to help me get through the...

Drinking Water and Exercising

Tweet All of you know that drinking enough water throughout the day is very important, especially if you engage in intense exercising! But many of you don’t know the reasons why staying hydrated is so important, and that’s why I have decided on today’s topic! Everyone sweats during their workouts (well I hope you do at least!), but why do we...

Why Eat 5 Meals a Day?

Tweet Many of you have asked me this, and when I started the program I also asked, “Why 5 meals a day?” The great minds behind the P90X Nutrition Book knew exactly what they were doing when they advised everyone to eat 5 small meals a day. I am going to share why it is so important to do this. It all has to do with your metabolism. There are so many...

Caffeine and Workouts

Tweet I was talking on the phone tonight, and we got onto the topic of coffee and how it gives you that “jolt” of energy in the morning. I got to thinking about that, and remembered that I read an article the other day on why caffeine is important for your workouts. and now I’m going to share it with you all. As you all know by now, caffeine is...