Brain Function. I’m A slave to feeling good.

I’m constantly trying to find ways to keep my brain functioning at the optimum level. Whether it’s by sleep, hydrating, eating or listening to some music, I find that I am a slave to feeling good. I mean who wants to feel bad anyways? This is where we find food to be highly addictive. A trick in thinking you feel good. SUGAR & BREAD.

Sugar and bread make me feel uncomfortable in my own skin and throws me out of wack for hours at a time. However, knowing this I usually pick up another snack.

Got to kick the habit

Eventually, I will hit a wall and say, no ‘I can’t do this tomorrow.’ Then, FAST the following day. Fasting is the willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast or dry fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period.  That will stop me in my tracks. Usually I will be hungry day dreaming about what I can’t have, but If I make it through the day, that’s a win. The following days will get easier and then BOOM my mind is up and running at full capacity. The body feels lean and mean. It’s hard though. Personally for me, this is a cycle that usually happens mid summer and right now…. THE WINTER! Darker earlier, a chill in the air. I see myself eating a bit too much and the holidays don’t help one bit. Does this happen to you? It should. Just like squirrels gather nuts or bears hibernating, us humans pack on weight so that we have sufficient calories to make it through the winter.

The problem lies with our bodies being naturally programmed for calorie storage due to many days if not weeks of food sparsity.

Today, there is a fast food store, deli or hot dog stand on every corner. That is where we run into a problem. FOOD IS EVERYWHERE when our bodies are still programmed to think we won’t be getting food for awhile.

See, even though I run a gym, give advice and guide people to their goals… I have the same temptations. I have found a trick that has steered me away from these foods. So go on… read more.

  1. Sugar activates the brain the same way cocaine does. Addiction…That can’t be good.
  2. Flour (bread pasta etc) leads to heart disease! Once tribal communities came into contact with flour, heart disease sky rocketed! Anyone interested in those readings contact me and I will forward some stuff to you!
  3. Reduction of fish in the diet. Fishing communities have a far less percentage of heart disease than inland communities.
  4. Anything packaged. Here are Critical Mass, FRESH IS BESHT (best). Packaged foods are loaded with preservatives, dyes, sugar, sodium etc.
  5. Chemical sugar replacements. I have trouble with this one. I go through phases. Here is an early post on aspartame that may help keep you in the clear. ASPARTAMEhttps://criticalmassnj.com/2017/09/12/diet-sodas/

You see what I did here?

I SCARED MYSELF INTO EATING BETTER!

Who wants to live their life in a hospital?

Why would anyone NOT want to be at their highest healthiest functioning level?!?!

This brings me to a list of goodies to help keep your body and brain functioning in tip top shape.

Live Cultures or Fermented food/drinks

Yogurt or anything else that has probiotics. Gut bacteria has been shown to have effects on the mind. Yes, our stomach controls our thoughts! In a study published in the scientific journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, researchers found that participants who took a probiotics over four weeks had fewer negative thoughts than those who took a placebo. This could be a preventative strategy against depression. I prefer natural, fresh alive foods that contain probiotics rather than a pill. So, try pickles, coleslaw, kefir, raw milk, etc

Here is a great video on gut bacteria on Ted Talks:

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a good source of dietary fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates, they are high in copper, phosphorus, vitamins D, B2 and B3, and contain high amounts of selenium, an antioxidant that helps protect cells against damage. Scientists are looking into mushrooms for their anti-dementia properties and the potential to speed up recovery of nerve cells by stimulating growth and repair of the cell; specifically with the “Lion’s Mane” mushroom and mushrooms containing psilocybin. You  can get pills or powders of the mushroom at local nutrition stores or online,  but it’s always best to consume it fresh! As for psilocybin…. you will have to do your own research. Here is a link to grow and cook your own! Buy Lion’s Mane

Chocolate

The New England Journal of Medicine says “eat your chocolate”. There are several studies demonstrated evidence of improved brain blood flow, oxygen levels, or nerve function by consuming dark chocolate/cocoa. Dark chocolate contains high amounts of flavanols which are considered to have an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. You know you smile when you see that chocolate bar. Don’t get carried away. a small square of chocolate should be enough to put a bit more pep in your step.

Nuts 

Nuts have a significantly high concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid and is especially prevalent in walnuts.  DHA has been shown to protect brain health in newborns, improve cognitive performance in adults, and prevent age-related cognitive decline.

Of course this is not the only way to keep your brain healthy. Seeds, broccoli, berries and oily fish are some other things that have been shown to benefit the mind. Don’t take my word for it. Do a little research and start incorporating these small changes into your daily food intake! Oh and don’t forget to exercise!

Contact us at Critical Mass for more ways on how you can feel better!

The Only Trend That MATTERS!

Do you keep up with new trends in the world of fitness? There always seems to be a headline proclaiming the latest and greatest trend, each promising to be the solution that you’ve always needed.

Of course, these trends pass with the seasons, quickly being replaced with something newer and more popular.

Today I’d like you to consider the only trend that really matters to your health and fitness progress: the trend of your own BEHAVIOR!

Here’s what I mean: Have you ever noticed how easy it is to do the same thing today as you did yesterday? This applies to both your activity level and your diet.

If you got up at 5am yesterday to get in a workout, then getting up at 5am again today is going to be pretty easy. However, if you slept in until 7am yesterday then getting up at 5am today is going to be much more difficult.
If you ate pizza and beer for dinner last night, then eating pizza and beer (or a burger and fries) is going to feel pretty natural. However, if you ate grilled chicken and broccoli for dinner last night, then eating a salad and grilled fish for dinner is going to feel easy.

Remember learning about inertia in school? Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion. This has incredible application to your fitness journey.

The longer you can maintain a healthy fitness trend in your own behavior, the easier it will become to maintain that trend. Isn’t that great?!

This simple concept, of maintaining your own daily fitness trend, is the way to continue towards your goal, to avoid setbacks, and to maintain your forward momentum.

So the next time that you see a flashy headline about the latest fitness trend, simply smile to yourself and focus on keeping your own daily fitness progress on track.

Want accountability? Critical Mass would love to help you! Give us call or shoot us an email and let’s get you on track to shed some major fat before summer! CONTACT US HERE!

Locker Room Nudity

I think we have all been there. You walk in the locker room and there is a guy who seems to just be standing there waiting for a poor victim to talk to as his balls are just SWINGING from side to side!

Yup, it’s you!

You are the victim who has to keep eye contact while you talk about recent politics or what your workout consisted of. This just doesn’t happen to the guys, this also happens in the women’s locker room. I have heard of stories of women just flaunting their bodies around and doing their make-up completely nude. I even heard of a topless locker room fight between a trainer and member!

Do we really need to deal with this shit? So, if you are reading this and you are the person who hangs out in the locker rooms in full nude, PLEASE STOP! Get dressed and move on with your day. No body wants to have their gym experience be tainted by having to unsee the seen!

Just needed to put that out there.

Excuses are for the weak

Having trouble keeping up your motivation to workout?  We have found that many people flake out and their excuses are many!

  • Work schedule conflicts
  • Doctor recommended stopping the classes because they are “for younger people.”
  • Weird injuries that they can’t work around

What we have found is that many people don’t find working out important. So, how do you change the minds of the weak? For me it’s pretty simple… people who workout live longer, feel better, perform better at work and in bed! Why not function at your best? There shouldn’t be, there can’t be any reason not to! That’s why we started Critical Mass Training Systems! We want to spread the love on being fit! We want to show you the ways in which your body can move.

YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH!

YOUR FAMILY DEPENDS ON YOU TO BE THERE!

Listen if you don’t want to workout out in a structured setting then you better be outside digging a damn hole or running here and jumping there! The United States has a 40% obesity rate and a 30% diabetic/pre-diabetic problem. There are two reasons for this. One- the shit you eat and two- the lack of physical activity! It’s time to make a change. Make working out a priority like eating and sleeping… even if it’s once a week! Stop the nonsense! Do something to show your body and your family that you care!

 

Thinking Positive & Mortality

Seems like perception is everything now-a-days.  “See it, achieve it”. With popular books like The Secret, people are starting follow, “put your thoughts into the Universe and the Universe will respond.” A genie in the bottle I guess?  It seems simple enough, but does it work.  Does thinking positive make you a more positive person, or have more favorable life experiences? I would like to believe so, and the American Psychological Association may have just provided some evidence that it does work. Well, at least for health reasons, maybe not by magically depositing One Million Dollars in my bank account.

The Journal Health Psychology published a study on how healthy you THINK you are affects your risk of death more than how healthy you ACTUALLY may be.  The study looked at 61,000 individuals from diverse backgrounds with an huge spectrum of data from demographics, gender, physical activity, stress, extracurricular activity and much more. They even tracked individuals over the 21 year long study to see who died.

Researchers found that when individuals thought they were LESS healthy than their peers that it was associated with significantly higher risk of death! When subjects thought they were MORE healthy than their peers that was associated with a significantly less risk of death.  Pretty crazy right?!

What can we take from this?  I myself feel better when I think positive or hear positive feedback from my doctor or others around me.  Positive feedback motivates me to be more active. Being active creates a healthier lifestyle.  If I was less active I would be stressed. Stress, as we all know, can lead to poor health and disease. So if my doctor or friends are pointing out my wrong doings or if I put on a few pounds, then that would cause me to stress (that’s if I didn’t change my ways).

Let us not throw the running shoes in the closet for good and believe thinking positive is the only exercise you need. THINK POSITIVE, TRAIN OFTEN AND ALWAYS EAT WHAT THE EARTH PROVIDES!

 

 

Resources

Perceived Physical Activity and Mortality: Evidence from Three Nationally Representative US SamplesHealth Psychology, July 2017.

Get FIT in 5 Easy Steps

There are thousands of ways to exercise and eat healthy, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all, and end up doing nothing. The good news is that all effective fitness programs contain the same core elements, which I outlined for you below as 5 Easy Steps to Get Fit Fast:

Get Fit Step #1: Consistency is Key

If you want a fit body then exercise MUST be a consistent part of your life. You can’t exercise hard this week and then take the next two weeks off and expect to see results. Results come from consistency.

Don’t overthink the mode of exercise. Focus on being consistent.

Get Fit Step #2: Set ATTAINABLE goals

Let’s be realistic here, you aren’t going to lose 20 pounds in a week. That’s not an attainable goal! Those who achieve the most amazing body transformations do so by reaching a series of progressive, attainable goals. If you would like help in determining what an appropriate, attainable goal would be for yourself then simply reach out to me, I’d be happy to help.

Don’t give up too quickly. Keep striving and the results will come.

Get Fit Step #3: Make it CONVENIENT

Are you straining to include your chosen exercise routine into your life? If your exercise time isn’t a seamless part of your daily life, if it causes too much of a strain and headache to accomplish, then you won’t stick with it. Find a time, a place and a modality of exercise that is as convenient to your real life as possible, so that you can be faithful to Get Fit Step #1 by staying consistent.

Make exercise part of your routine. Don’t stray back to your old habits.

Get Fit Step #4: Find something you LOVE

Similar to Get Fit Step #3, finding a modality of exercise that you LOVE is key to making this a permanent part of your life. You may never love swimming because you hate getting your ears wet, or you may never love biking because you’ve always struggled with balance. If you’re straining to get through a modality of exercise that you loathe, then you won’t stick with it. It’s best to move on to something different that you would enjoy more.

**Note for exercise-haters: If deep down you consider yourself an exercise hater, then DO NOT take this as a free pass to forego exercise altogether under the guise of not loving it.

Part of becoming fit for life is learning to find a type of exercise that you can learn to love.

Get Fit Step #5: Work with a PRO

This is my favorite step because this is where I get to work with you! My passion and focus is in helping folks like yourself integrate fun, challenging, health-promoting exercise into your daily routine so that you reach your body and health transformation goals.

Don’t wait another minute! Contact us today to get started!  CLICK HERE