How to Gain Healthy Weight – Podcast Ep. 25

How to Gain Healthy Weight – Podcast Ep. 25


Welcome to the 25th episode of the Living Healthy Podcast, presented by LA Fitness.

On this episode of the Living Healthy Podcast, we speak with LAF Personal Training Director, Tristen Alleman, and LAF Registered Dietitian, Debbie James, as they share their expert advice on how to gain weight the healthy way. This episode is for anyone that’s ever been curious about how they can add lean muscle, and increase body mass, without adding the unhealthy type of body weight. We approach this from both the fitness side of things and nutritional side, to help those struggling with weight gain, find a healthy and balanced way to do so with their training and nutritional routines.

How Are We Doing? 


This podcast should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.


Timecard Markers – How to Gain Healthy Weight – Podcast Ep. 25

Introduction 

Begins at 0:01    

Introduction of LAF Personal Training Director, Tristen Alleman, and LAF Registered Dietitian, Debbie James 

0:22 

What Would Someone Want to Add on Weight or Muscle? 

0:32 

Do You Have to Increase Your Caloric Intake to Gain Weight? 

2:36 

How Does Strength Training Help Build Muscles? 

4:50 

What Foods Are Good to Eat on Cardio-Focused Work Out Days? 

4:16  

How Many Days Per Week Should You Strength Train? 

7:02 

Austin, Our Skinny Colleague, Joins the Show (and Talks Food and Lack of Weight Gain) 

8:43 

Can Everyone Benefit from Adding Muscle onto Their Body? Or Only Bodybuilders? 

14:42 

Are Supplements Good or Bad When It Comes to Bulking? 

16:36 

How Much Protein is Too Much Protein? 

19:00 

Can You Gain Weight and Bulk as a Vegetarian or Vegan?  

20:01 

Are Full-Fat Products Always the Best Option for Weight Gain and Bulking? 

20:40 

Why Are Women Afraid of Gaining Muscle? 

22:23 

Actionable Advice   

24:38 

Outro 

26:06 


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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos from The Wild Cow

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos from The Wild Cow

“It’s important for food to be satisfying as well as good for our health. This recipe features whole foods packed with essential vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, along with bold flavors and contrasting textures that make food exciting. Everyone loves tacos, and whether you’re an omnivore, a vegetarian, a vegan or anything in between, it’s clear that eating less meat in favor of more plant-based, locally sourced, and minimally processed foods [have] many health benefits and is more environmentally conscious. Plus, cooking more meals at home is a great way to make sure you’re eating quality ingredients, and it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends. Next time you’re in Nashville, come by The Wild Cow and try some more of our vegan food!”

Chef Ryan Toll

Chef and General Manager, The Wild Cow


The Wild Cow is located at 1896 Eastland Ave in Nashville, TN 37206. Open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 9:00pm, excluding Tuesdays, and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm. The Wild Cow is closed on Tuesdays. For the menu and additional details, please visit thewildcow.com.


Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos from The Wild Cow

Photography provided by The Wild Cow

Ingredients

For the Dish

  • 8 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds

For the Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • 3 sweet potatoes, sliced into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance or another vegan butter substitute
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Black Beans

  • 2 cans black beans, not drained
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Lime Slaw

  • 1/2 a head of green cabbage, thinly shredded and tossed in 1 T salt to wilt
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, thick stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced

For the Jerk Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup Bragg’s aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and minced
  • 1/2 a white onion, minced
  • 1 medium-sized ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

Method

Step 1:

  • Fill a large pot with water, cover, and set on medium high until it’s at a rolling boil.
  • Add the diced sweet potatoes and replace the cover. Boil until tender but not mushy (10-12 minutes).

Step 2: 

  • Strain out the water and transfer the sweet potatoes to a large bowl. Add the Earth Balance or vegan butter substitute, brown sugar, and salt. Mash until mixed but still chunky.
  • Add the black beans to a pot with the cumin, coriander, cayenne, and salt and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add the shredded cabbage to a large bowl and mix with the cilantro and lime juice. Season with salt to taste.

Step 3:

  • Blend all the ingredients for the jerk sauce in a blender until smooth.
  • Toss the pumpkin seeds in a little olive oil and salt and toast in a pan until slightly browned.

Step 4: 

  • Warm your tortillas on a pan or over a flame and keep warm until your ready to assemble the tacos. When ready, add sweet potatoes, black beans, lime slaw, jerk sauce, and toasted pumpkin seeds and serve.

Step 5:

  • Enjoy!

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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – Podcast Ep. 24

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – Podcast Ep. 24


Welcome to the 24th episode of the Living Healthy Podcast, presented by LA Fitness.

On this episode of Living Healthy, we speak with Rachel Robins, Manager of PR and External Relations at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). LA Fitness has partnered for its second year with NAMI to help bring awareness to mental health throughout the month of May. 

Please visit http://lafitnesscares.com/mental-health-awareness/ for more information. 

You can also read more about Rachel Robins Mental Health Spotlight story by clicking here

How Are We Doing? 


This podcast should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.


Timecard Markers – NAMI – Podcast Ep. 24

Intro     

Begins at 0:01     

Rachel Robins, Manager of PR and External Relations at NAMI, joins the show     

Begins at 0:30    

How Fitness Has Impacted Rachel’s Life 

0:43 

A Background on NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) 

1:36 

What Mental Health Means to NAMI 

2:40 

The Rise of Mental Health Awareness 

3:50 

The #WhyCare? Campaign 

5:15   

How Exercise Helps with Mental Health 

5:46 

Stigmatized Thoughts About Mental Illness – And How to Fix This  

7:04 

Using Inclusive Language 

8:06 

NAMI Walks 

9:12 

Where Can People Go for Help – NAMI Helpline (1-800-950-6264) 

10:20 

How You Help A Friend or Family Member with a Mental Health Condition  

13:17 

Mental Healthcare 

15:20 

How to Get Involved with NAMI – Donations and Where They Go 

17:13 

Actionable Advice 

19:54 

Outro   

20:22 


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Mental Health Month – Podcast Ep. 23

Mental Health Month – Podcast Ep. 23


Welcome to the 23rd episode of the Living Healthy Podcast, presented by LA Fitness.

May marks the start of Mental Health Month, and so on today’s episode, we bring back Dr. Neel Doshi, to help us understand exactly what mental illness is, the effects of mental illness on the body, and how social media and technology play into these conditions.  

We also discuss ways to reach out for treatment and the future of mental health in general. Dr. Doshi is double board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, with Kaiser Permanente of Orange County. He joined us about 6 months ago to discuss this topic, and we had yet another great conversation with him!   

For more information on ways you can get involved for Mental Health Month, please visit http://lafitnesscares.com/

How Are We Doing? 


This podcast should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.


Timecard Markers – Mental Health Month – Podcast Ep. 23

Introduction    

Begins at 0:01    

Dr. Neel Doshi, double board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, with Kaiser Permanente of Orange County, joins the show    

Begins at 0:39 

What is Mental Health? 

0:48 

Why is Mental Health Becoming So Mainstream?  

2:48 

How Can We Bridge the Empathy Gap? 

4:20 

What Are the Best Ways to Engage with Someone Struggling with a Mental Illness?  

5:27 

How Do Mood and Emotions Correlate with Mental Health?  

7:42 

How Much Does Your Environment Affect Your Mood?  

9:09 

Humor’s Impact on Mental Health 

10:32 

Natural Defense Mechanisms: How They Play a Part in Our Emotions  

12:28 

Social Media and Technology: How It Affects Mental Health  

13:06 

Mental Health Apps  

14:25 

Which is a Bigger Threat to Positive Mental Health: Social Media or Living a Sedentary Life? 

17:35 

Are There Certain Types of Exercise That Are Best for Improving Mental Health?  

20:26 

How Long Should You Exercise to Reap the Benefits?  

21:52 

Does Everyone with Mood Issues Need to Be in Therapy?  

24:03 

The Future of Mental Health 

25:10 

Actionable Advice 

26:36 

Outro 

28:17 


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The Art of Being Present

The Art of Being Present

There is a well-known quote that has been credited to Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, that says:

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.

Whether or not that is the direct translation of the quote or a slight modernization of it, the meaning behind what is being said is worth exploring further.

The art of being present is hard for many. Why else would there be novels and movies revolving around the idea of a character who yearns to have made a different choice, or self-help books that emphasize the importance of being in the now rather than worrying about the future or consumed by the past?

But it’s hard. It’s hard to just flip the switch in your brain that also allows us the ability to feel nostalgic over memories or the ability to daydream about the future. Hard, yes. But impossible? No.

There is a difference between remembering the past versus being consumed by it.

There is a difference between a nervous excitement over the future versus a feeling of terror or panic.

Being present is possible and it really just means training yourself to be in the now. The whole “take-things-one-day-at-a-time” is great advice because no day is guaranteed to anyone.

Why worry about the past? You can’t go back and change anything. The past is gone and the only thing you have is the now. Now flip it. Why worry about the future? It’s not promised to you. All anyone has is the now.

The would-ofs, could-ofs, should-ofs, and the what-ifs of life should not take precedence over this exact moment here and now. Mental health can be improved by a change in mindset. For some, that means meditation. Allowing yourself to slow down, practice controlled breathing, and take some time to be present.

For others, it means practicing more gratitude. By taking the time to acknowledge all that you’re grateful for and all that is going right in your life, you can start developing the habit of focusing on the good rather than the bad. This can be as simple as writing down three things you are grateful for each morning or every night before bed.

And because there is no one cure-all way to be more in the present, you may find the solution that works for you is speaking with a friend, a family member, or a healthcare professional that can help find a method that best fits you.

Mental health is just as important as physical health (if not more!), which is why we are happy to bring attention to it and partner with NAMI throughout the month of May. If you’d like to learn more about Mental Health Month, please visit https://www.nami.org/mentalhealthmonth.

And remember to fully live for today!


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