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Beat the heat this summer

By Kayleigh Caito Summer is a wonderful time of the year! The grass is green, sky is blue, and sun is HOT. And since we enjoy spending more time outside, it is important to get plenty of fluids and stay hydrated. With the warm weather, come cravings for a refreshing cool beverage or big scoop of ice cream! I…

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Protein to Build Muscle, Not Fuel Exercise

By Kayleigh Caito You just finished with an intense weightlifting session. You can barely walk or maybe you can barely lift your arms. You think, “I am really going to feel this tomorrow!” Recovery is a very important part of working out that is sometimes overlooked. Stretching, foam rolling, drinking water, and EATING FOOD are all necessary parts of…

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Most Popular Fad Diets, Explained, Part 3

By Kayleigh Caito Whole 30: The Whole 30 diet is a 30-day diet challenge to “eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days,” (Knappenberger, 2018). The Whole 30 diet claims, “The next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food. It will…

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Most popular fad diets, explained, part 2

By Kayleigh Caito Here we go!  Two more popular diets, broken down. Paleo diet: The Paleolithic diet, aka Paleo diet, is set up to mimic the food habits of humans from the Paleolithic Era (45,000 to 10,000 BC)(Seema & Hafiz, 2017). This diet claims to be “designed by mother nature’s wisdom acting through evolution and natural selection” (Knappenberger, 2018)….

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Most popular fad diets explained, part 1

By Kayleigh Caito As promised, we will be discussing some popular fad diets. This will be a three-part series, discussing six of the most popular fad diets, especially in the CrossFit community. This week, we will talk about the two of the most trending fad diets right now, the Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Fasting. This blog series uses scientific…

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The importance of carbohydrates

By Kayleigh Caito Let’s start with a simple quiz question. True or false: Carbs are bad. If you said false, then you are correct! But do you know why? Carbohydrates are found in many different foods. They are in your vegetables, fruits, grains (rice, wheat, barley), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt), baked goods (breads, bagels, cakes, cookies), and sweets (chocolate,…

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Fats may not be as bad as you think

By Kayleigh Caito Fats can sometimes have bad reputation. “Eating fat causes us to get fat, right?” The answer is: not if you eat fats in moderation.  Fats, believe it or not, are very important for the body! Fat is a long-term source of energy for the body, and it aids in absorbing certain fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin…

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Introduction to fad dieting

By Kayleigh Caito Fad diets are very popular diets that promote quick weight loss. They can be very restrictive in caloric intake or even restrict whole food groups (ie. carbohydrates). When people initially begin a fad diet they will see very rapid weight loss. That may sound like a good thing… but is it? The short answer is no,…

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Meal Transformations: Making Unhealthy Meals Healthier

By Kayleigh Caito Take a minute to think about some of your favorite comfort foods: biscuits and gravy, mac and cheese, beef and noodles, chicken and dumplings, cheesy potatoes, apple pie, brownies… are you hungry yet? We all have our favorite comfort meal (mine is mashed potatoes with Grandma’s homemade noodles), but these meals can be packed with calories,…

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Five tips for better grocery shopping

By Kayleigh Caito The 2018 Crossfit Open is over. Congrats! You made it! It was a rough 5 weeks of workouts. How did you do? Better than you expected? Not so well because of difficult movements thanks to Dave Castro? Either way, now it’s time to start preparing for next year. This week we are focusing on the basics,…

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