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Rob & Devon Dionne have been in the health and fitness world for over a decade. Devon is a Holistic Nutrition Counselor and GYROTONIC® Instructor. Rob is a certified personal trainer with NASM, holding advanced certification, CES, PES, MMA, and Weight Loss Specialist. He's also a level 1 Crossfit Instructor. This husband and wife team redefine what it means to be healthy in this fast paced, hectic world we live in. The Open Sky Fitness Podcast is perfect for men and women who are trying to get back in shape after neglecting their health after years of focusing on their jobs or building a family. Remember what it was like when you were 20 years old? Diet and exercise wasn't a thing. If you worked out for a few days or stopped eating cheese burgers for a week, you'd drop ten pounds. Too bad we can't live in that reality forever. Welcome to life after 30. Rob & Devon would like to help you find the right path for this moment in your life. We don't believe in going on a diet. We don't believe there's only one way to achieving the body you want. We do believe in creating a lifestyle that allows you to have the best of both worlds...eating delicious food and being healthy at the same time. It is possible. Just listen to our show and you'll see! If you have questions you'd like us to answer on our show or via email, feel free to contact Rob. If you'd just like to write us a letter and give us your feedback, we'd love that too. Send everything to Rob@OpenSkyFitness.com Thanks for listening! Enjoy the show.
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Creating Structure for Your Schedule

 

"As an entrepreneur or a stay-at home parent, nothing gets done unless you plan it so why should your health and fitness be any different? - Rob Dionne

 

On today's episode, Devon and I are tackling the big question:

How can you create a structure for your day when you work for yourself or have a crazy schedule?

When we were children, our entire day was planned for once from the moment we woke up to when we had bedtime. As adults, it can be difficult to follow a set routine.

From entrepreneurs to  stay-at-home parents to everyone else in between with crazy schedules, we're giving our top 11 tips on how to bring more structure to your life so that your health and fitness can improve and thrive. How can a structured lifestyle improve your day? By having a set plan, you can free up time so that you can focus on the important factors in your life.

Our 11 ways to create structure for a crazy schedule are:

  1. Getting 1 to 2 hours for yourself in the morning
  2. Deciding what your main priorities are
  3. Eat the frog: Complete your biggest task for the day
  4. Rest and recovery
  5. Drink more water
  6. Get enough hours of sleep
  7. Ask for help when you need it
  8. Cut some things loose and make space
  9. Planning  is everything
  10. Listen to your body
  11. Don't self-medicate with caffeine when you need a pick-me-up

 

If you ever need extra help to improve your lifestyle to make time for you and your health, you can always turn to Devon and I or join our Open Sky Fitness Podcast group to connect with other people who are in the same scenario as you.

BONUS! Get Rob's Open Sky Fitness Recipe at the end of this blog post!

 

Q&A with Yourself

To get started on creating your own structured schedule to focus on health and fitness, you have to get to know yourself a little bit better. Asking yourself the following questions can give you some perspective:

  • Where are you now?
  • Are you making healthy decisions for you and if so, where did you learn them?
  • Did you learn it by yourself or from your parents and observing their schedules?
  • Are you following a similar structure to what your parents have or are you changing it to match your own?

 

Focus on Health and Fitness

 

"It's been proven that if you work out in the morning, you can think more clearly for the rest of the day. Not only that, but it's really satisfying to know that you've done your exercise for the day." - Devon and Rob Dionne

 

This might be easier to do if you don't have any kids, but try to take the first 1-2 hours out of your day to focus on you. Use that time to prepare and make sure you have all that you need:

  • Have Breakfast
  • Pack Food
  • Meditation
  • Workout
  • Bring gym clothes for later

Don't start your day by putting out fires i.e. checking your phone,  sending emails, or wasting time on Facebook.

If you exercise in the morning, not only will it help energize you, but you'll also be able to get it out of the way before doing anything else. That in itself will  help you feel good about yourself . Next, you can focus on other important tasks at hand.

 

Setting Priorities

 

"How can you set a good example for your kids on how to take care of themselves if you can't even take care of yourself." - Devon Dionne

 

Get a better perspective on something by taking a break. Go out for a walk and take your mind off of things. Don't pressure yourself when you don't feel like you have enough time to really do what you need to do. Plan your day out to give yourself a break.

If you going to have a good priority, you have to ask yourself, "What you want and why do you want it? Why is it so important to you?"

 

"For mental clarity, sleep should be number one on your list." - Rob Dionne

 

The Open Sky Fitness Coffee

Start your day off on the right foot with some coffee that will last you all morning so that you don't feel like you need to keep drinking more and more of it to stay energized.

Each morning, I blend the following ingredients with a blender such as the Magic Bullet or Nutri Bullet.

Rob's Open Sky Fitness Coffee Recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Cups Coffee

 

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Start Building Your Own Workouts and Meal Plan!

Download Results Tracker here!

Click To Download Home Workout Templates or text the word, "lifting," to 33444 to download the templates. 

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Have a Question or Review for Rob or Devon?

We love answering questions and getting feedback from you, our listener! If you have any questions to ask us, want to share a review of the show, or tell us any suggestions for guests/topics that you think would be great to have on the show, just email Rob at rob@openskyfitness.com or Devon at devon@openskyfitness.com or you can also leave us a review at www.openskyfitness.com/review, ask a question in the closed Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group and even text OSFreview to 33444 to get the link.

 

What You'll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

2:30  Check out last week's episode - OSF 163 - Dr. Michael Ruscio - Gut Health: Healing Autoimmune Disease

2:55  About today's episode: The strategies you can use to get your health and fitness in order when you have a busy schedule

4:20  Learn more about our Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group

5:40  Fill out an application for One-On-One Coaching Sessions with either Rob or Devon

7:30  How can you create a structure for your day when you work for yourself or have a crazy schedule?

13:00  Our daily life structure as children

17:10 Where are you now? Questions to ask yourself.

22:40  How to structure your morning.

31:00  Priorities are everything

39:00  Eat the frog: Completing the most difficult task or project on hand.

42:25  Recovery from constant productivity

48:30  Mental aspects of starting at a computer for long periods of time

53:00  Skip the caffeine and do something else!

56:10  Brain boosters for relaxation and happiness

58:15  The power of drinking lots of water

59:20  Pay attention to your body

59:00 Sleeping enough

1:02:10  Get help when you need it.

1:07:25  Planning is EVERYTHING!

1:10:00 Try to avoid having too much caffeine

1:11:30  Closing comments with Rob and Devon

1:13:30 Open Sky Fitness Closing

 

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Thanks for listening/reading Episode 164 - 11 Ways to Create Structure for a Crazy Schedule! We hope you have gained more knowledge on how to be a healthier you.

Aug 22, 2017

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The Inside Scoop on Gut Health

Gut health is a hot topic in the health and wellness industry right now so who better to turn to then Dr. Michael Ruscio himself! This is Dr. Ruscio's second time on the Open Sky Fitness Podcast and he had so much great information to share with us and answered a ton of questions from our Open Sky Fitness Podcast group  on Facebook.

Dr. Ruscio is a Functional Medicine Practitioner and the Lead researcher in current IBS study. He's also the host of his own podcast, Dr. Ruscio Radio and will be publishing a book on gut health later this year!

Before we get into our interview, Devon and I took some time to talk about which foods and drinks can cause us to feel drowsy and crash soon after consuming them. Some you might expect, but otherwise could surprise you! We'll list the foods and drinks at the end of this blog post.

 

Building a Healthy Gut

 

"The gut is so important because it's really the interface between the outside world and your body. When we swallow food, it's really the outside world passing through. We have to keep out bacteria, fungi, parasites, and more. What we consume can lead to problems in our immune system and cause inflammation." - Dr. Michael Ruscio

 

According to Dr. Ruscio, if you're already healthy and following a healthy lifestyle, digging deep and doing an investigation on your gut health is logical, good place to start to get to the next level of wellness. How so? Because so many problems are caused by poor gut health. So, by focusing on the gut, you can get to the root of so many different problems.

If you have an unhealthy gut, you may be experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • High cholesterol
  • Low thyroid
  • Female hormone imbalances

 

"Are you still experiencing all these symptoms even though you've improved you diet and your lifestyle? If yes, then do a gut check." - Dr. Michael Ruscio

 

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

A Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) as similar symptoms to other digestive problems such as:

  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loose stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Acid reclux

However, there are also several non-digestive symptoms that are associated with SIBO such as:

  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Rosacea
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypothyroidism
  • High blood sugar

People who are overweight, depressed, have insomnia, or have Celiac disease can be possible candidates for SIBO. 

 

What Triggers an Autoimmune Disease?

 

"The small intestine harbors the largest density of immune cells in the entire body. This is why there is such a profound impact between someone's gut health and their immune system as well as autoimmunity." - Dr. Michael Ruscio

 

An autoimmune disease is defined as a disease in which the body's immune system attacks healthy cells.

Autoimmune diseases range from Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism to rheumatoid arthritis, Celiac, and Crohn's Disease. If not treated, an autoimmune disease can lead to skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as depression or damage the brain's health.

 

An autoimmune disease can be triggered by several factors.

Many autoimmune diseases develop because of early life factors such as genetics or a person's environment. Was someone born via a C-section or vaginal birth? Were they breastfed or given formula as a baby? Did they grow up in a hygienic city or at a farm or in a large city with lots of pollution?

 

As Dr. Ruscio stated in the interview, sometimes there are some things that are just out of our control and we have to do the best we can. Fortunately, there are things that we can do to stop or decrease the development of autoimmune disease:

  • Follow a healthy diet like Paleo
  • Take Vitamins; especially Vitamin D
  • Reduce stress
  • Heal infections

 

Where to Find the Best Help

 

Before seeking out professional help, you may be able to do some experimentation with diet lifestyle factors on your own. If you're not seeing any signs of improvement, then go visit someone who can help you.

To change your lifestyle, you can focus on trying the following:

  • Paleo diet
  • Low FODMAP diet
  • Specific carbohydrate diet
  • Vitamins
  • Vitamin D
  • Fish oil

 

Alternative Providers vs General Practitioner

Alternative providers are good at prevention and getting to the root cause, but not necessarily when it comes to screening major health concerns and providing patients with the medicine that they need to heal. We shouldn't ignore conventional medicine when we need it for early detection and management of disease.

See both as well as a functional medicine provider. Look for a general practitioner who has an open, objective mind to alternative medicine and won't just regard it as something bogus.

The price of each will depend on the tests and your insurance. However, according to Dr. Ruscio, getting the following done is a great start:

  • Gut screening
  • Breath test
  • Stool test
  • Blood panel

 

Finding a Functional Medicine Provider

Dr. Ruscio further discuses it in his podcast episode, How to Find a Good Functional Medicine Doctor, but you can check out the following websites and always do a complete check to see which program they've done. It's very important to have a complete idea of what they've studied and what their background is to make sure they're a good match for you:

 

Sneaky Foods That Make Us Crash

 

"Processed foods like high carbs don't give the body a lot of nutrients. Therefore, the body has to use all this energy to break down and digest processed foods, but then that process isn't giving the body any nutrients to create more energy. When you eat processed foods, you start to deplete your body and you don't have the nutrients to recover it." - Devon and Rob Dionne

 

Bad, Fatty Foods

We can expect to experience a huge energy crash when we eat:

  • Pizza
  • French fries
  • Buffalo wings (fast food, not homemade)
  • Fried fish
  • Any type of fried food

 

Popular Breakfast Foods

Processed foods that everyone eats for breakfast and they don't think they're negatively affecting their bodies:

  • Pancakes
  • Bagels
  • Toast
  • Muffins
  • Pastries
  • Cereal
  • Smoothies
  • Sugar bomb coffee drinks like:
    • Lattes
    • Macchiatos
    • Frappuccinos

 

Sugar Bombs

Like highly addictive drugs, sugars give you a spike of energy and then you crash afterwards. While we're consuming it, we feel amazing, but then we just end up crashing and feeling worse than before grabbing that piece of candy or smoothie from Jamba Juice.

Sugary drinks that we think are healthy or okay to consume but truly aren't include:

  • Fruit smoothies
  • Vegetable smoothies with 3-4 different fruit juices
  • Juices with tons of fruit

Why are fruit smoothies juices so bad for us? Because we're just getting the sugars and not the actual fiber. If you do a vegetable juice, make sure it's celery or cucumber based juice. If it tastes super sweet, it's probably not good for you. You can add lemon juice or ginger to give vegetable juices a tasty flavor.

 

Caffeine and Energy drinks

Of all coffee and caffeinated drinks, energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster are the worst. They have different chemicals that are used to trigger caffeinated response that pump your adrenals until you feel like you have no energy left.

If you're going to drink coffee, then try to add coconut oil or drink Bulletproof coffee so that you don't have a huge spike of energy, it's easier to digest, and experience a natural energy lift for a longer period of time.

Adding dairy or drinking coffee with a meal can also slow down the side effects of coffee.

 

Surprising Foods That Zap Energy

  • Fat-free yogurts have 35g of sugar and cooked down fruits lose their nutrients.
  • The more processed the oatmeal is like instant oatmeal, the worse it is for your body.
  • Bananas can make us feel sluggish because of the magnesium and then hungry again with it's high sugar value.
  • Cherries with the pits have tons of melatonin so they're great for a bedtime snack!

 

 

 

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Start Building Your Own Workouts and Meal Plan!

Download Results Tracker here!

Click To Download Home Workout Templates or text the word, "lifting," to 33444 to download the templates. 

Download the OSF Food Journal Now!

Have a Question or Review for Rob or Devon?

We love answering questions and getting feedback from you, our listener! If you have any questions to ask us, want to share a review of the show, or tell us any suggestions for guests/topics that you think would be great to have on the show, just email Rob at rob@openskyfitness.com or Devon at devon@openskyfitness.com or you can also leave us a review at www.openskyfitness.com/review, ask a question in the closed Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group and even text OSFreview to 33444 to get the link.

 

What You'll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30  Check out last week's episode - OSF 162 - Barefoot vs Arch Support Shoes: Which One is Better?

2:20  About today's episode about foods that make you crash and gut health with Dr. Michael Ruscio

2:50  Learn more about our Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group

4:20  Fill out an application for One-On-One Coaching Sessions with either Rob or Devon

5:30  Why do certain foods make us tired?

9:20  Breakfast foods that send you back to bed

12:00  Sugars negative affect on us

14:00  Why we should avoid fat-free yogurts

15:00  Which oatmeal is good for you and what to avoid

16:00  Bananas can be a sleep aid

18:00  Bad fat foods: High fat, processed foods

19:20  Cherries with pits are great before bed

21:05  Caffeine and energy drinks

24:00  Introduction to Dr. Michael Ruscio

27:45  Why should we focus on gut health?

31:00  Description of autoimmune disease and some common ones

35:00  Signs of developing Crohn's Disease and whether we can avoid them or not.

37:45  Autoimmune disease symptoms - what to look out for

39:30  Can we diagnose ourselves? How do we heal?

42:00  Should the first step for people be to go see a general physician? What should they do when they start noticing symptoms?

49:30  Where to find a functional medicine doctor in your area

52:00  Dr. Ruscio's first steps to helping a new patient and what it costs to get help

55:20  How many of Dr. Ruscio's clients see fixed results from changing their diet and lifestyle

56:40  What happens during a SIBO breath test for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth?

58:40 Symptoms of SIBO

1:00:20  If you suspect yourself of having SIBO, but you've changed your lifestyle, is there anything else you can do by yourself or with a practitioner?

1:04:35 Can gut health affect your mood?

1:08:00  How important are probiotics? Can I take probiotic capsules everyday or is it a waste of money? Should healthy people be taking these supplements?

1:12:00  Supplement brands that Dr. Ruscio recommends

1:13:45  What's a prebiotic?

1:14:35  What happens to gut health and an autoimmune condition if you've had your thyroid taken out?

1:15:55  If you have a funny tummy or an unpredictable stomach, what are some things you can do to neutralize stomach acids?

1:17:20  Digestive enzymes are really big in the Keto world, but are they necessary?

1:18:10  If you already eat a balanced diet, do you need to supplement gut health with anything? Are gut detox health packages worth it?

1:22:30  Closing comments with Rob and Devon

1:23:55 Open Sky Fitness Closing

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED DURING THE SHOW:

 

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To Download Rob’s FREE workout templates click below**

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Ask Rob a Question or tell him what is working for you: Email Rob@OpenSkyFitness.com

 

Support This Podcast

To leave a Review for Rob and the Open Sky Fitness Podcast CLICK NOW!  Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show and I read each and every one of them.

Contact our amazing sound engineer Ryan? Send him an e-mail here: info@stellarsoundsstudio.com

Thanks for Listening!
Thanks so much for joining us again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

Do you have any questions (and would like to hear yourself on the Open Sky Fitness Podcast)? Click on the link on the right side of any page on our website that says “Send Voicemail.”

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Thanks for listening/reading Episode 163 with Dr. Michael Ruscio: Gut Health: Healing Autoimmune Disease! We hope you have gained more knowledge on how to be a healthier you.

Aug 15, 2017

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Why Barefoot or Arch Support Shoes?

On today's episode of the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, Devon and I are tackling the ultimate clothing question: Is it better to walk or exercise while wearing barefoot, minimal shoes are shoes with tons of arch support?

Either way, why did we even begin to wear shoes in the first place and what makes barefoot or arch support shoes so important to our foot's health?

Not only will we be discussing the pros and cons of either shoe,  but also:

  • Anatomy of the human foot
  • The structure of a shoe
  • Traditional shoe problems
  • How to transition into wearing barefoot shoes
  • Some of our favorite barefoot/minimal shoe brands
  • How to heal the foot

 

Anatomy of the Human Foot

 

"The arch structure is only as strong as where it's connected to the ground." - Rob Dionne

 

The human foot has three different arches:

  • One on the inside of the foot (medial - longitudinal arch)
  • An arch on the outside of the foot (the lateral - longitudinal arch)
  • A third that spans across the pad of the foot (anterior transverse arch)

Sometimes a pair of shoes that has good arch support isn't necessarily the best purchase choice for everyone.

 

 

Why Wear Shoes?

The first shoes were introduced when our ancestors created Moccasins. Made out of animal hide, these shoes were meant to protect our feet from the outside elements.

Since then, so many different types of shoes have been marketed to our desires. Shoes for perfect alignment, to improve our bodies appearance (I'm looking at you Skechers Shape Ups which have no beneficial value), or for work.

Unfortunately, there's no magic shoe that can help our bodies. We have to work on our own to strengthen our feet and body.

 

The Structure of a Modern Shoe

The modern shoe has three key parts:

  • Soft toebox
  • Heel lift
  • Arch supprt

A soft toebox with lots of padding is supposed to help improve comfort and shock absorption. A heel lift in the back of the shoe is meant to help align the body. For those who need it, the arch support is meant to help weak arches and to help keep the integrity of the arch.

 

Traditional Shoe Problems

 

"Your foot is designed with all of these different, small bones that help you balance and support your entire body. By wearing arch supports, your shoes are doing all of the work that the arch is naturally supposed to do and it weakens the foot." - Devon Dionne

 

If the toe box is too narrow, then it won't allow for the expansion of the feet. Your feet shouldn't be crammed in your shoe. Instead, you should be able to comfortably open and close them. The toe box might also be too soft and therefore it doesn't support the arch of the foot.

When a shoe has an excess amount of arch support, it simply makes the foot lazy and weakens the arch. It keeps your foot in one position instead of allowing it to flex and move.

Shoes with poor designs can also negatively affect our bodies.

By constantly wearing shoes with little support such as flip flops, sandals, wedges with no heel back, or heelless shoes can harm the foot's health if they're worn regularly for long periods of time. In fact, these shoes change how we walk because we need to clench our toes to grip the shoe. Each step forces us to change our feet to be in a fixed, improper position.

  

Pros and Cons of Barefoot Shoes

 

"Because there's minimal padding between your foot and the ground, you have as much contact as you need to activate the feet's arches. When the feet make direct contact with the ground, it sends stronger signals to the brain. The foot and brain connection is more sensitive because it allows for more nerve waves to talk to each other."  - Rob and Devon Dionne

 

Barefoot shoes like Vibrams and other minimalist shoes offer zero to minimal padding so that you have full contact with the ground. There's just some rubber and a bit of fabric that makes up the bottom of the shoe for comfort.  This allows for all of the muscles in the foot to stay engaged and therefore it for forces the arch muscles to stay active. By relying on your feet to balance your entire body, you also become fully aligned and don't have to solely rely on the shoe to help stabilize you.

However, you have to take it very easy when wearing barefoot shoes for the first time. Unlike regular shoes, there is no heel cushion which forces the wearer to strike on the ball of their feet when they walk or run. These can easily harm the foot if a person doesn't change their gait.

 

How to Transition to Wearing Barefoot Shoes

We can't stress it enough, but it's vital to have a slow transition to wearing barefoot shoes. You don't want to wear them all day or to go for a hike when you first wear them because your feet and calves will be in so much pain the next day.

Instead, start by wearing the shoes for short periods of time. If you want to run with them, practice with a walk-run routine for 5-10 minutes by walking with them for 5 minutes, 1 minute jogging and so on.

Recommended Barefoot and Minimal Shoe Brands

Some of the different brands of barefoot or minimal shoes for walking and running that we recommend include:

 

Nike Free has more padding and a bit softer and is a great transition shoe for full range of motion and wear those for 6 months to get used to them and THEN start that process over again with minimalist shoes.

Make a slow transition and be smart about it as well as patient.

 

 

Arch Supported Shoes Pros and Cons

 

"Our feet have such an incredible design. The way that the arches are designed allows us to absorb impact with each step, run, or jump. Our feet relate to our entire body's structure - how our knees bend, how our hips bend;  it's all connected." - Devon Dionne

 

The main reason why some people need to wear shoes with arch support is because it picks up the slack for our feet's weaknesses. Many doctors will also say that it can help our body's alignment and improve pain management.

However, the external support can create weakness and muscle atrophy because you're not allowing your foot to do its job to support the body.

 

How to Heal Foot Problems

We can heal our feet by focusing on opening  and strengthening the muscles. Some easy tools can include a foam roller as well as a lacrosse or tennis balls to help roll out your foot and relax the muscles. Golf balls are also great  to stretch out individual toes.

We also recommend practicing toe articulation and calf raises regularly. The Yamuna foot wakers and and TheraBand products are also great to use whenever you experience aches and pain in your feet.

 

 

Join The Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group!

That's right! We have a closed Open Sky Fitness Podcast group  on Facebook where you and everyone have the opportunity to talk about your health and fitness goals in a safe environment. We post workouts and start discussions about how to be strategic around finding a healthier you. Check it out!

Start Building Your Own Workouts and Meal Plan!

Download Results Tracker here!

Click To Download Home Workout Templates or text the word, "lifting," to 33444 to download the templates. 

Download the OSF Food Journal Now!

Have a Question or Review for Rob or Devon?

We love answering questions and getting feedback from you, our listener! If you have any questions to ask us, want to share a review of the show, or tell us any suggestions for guests/topics that you think would be great to have on the show, just email Rob at rob@openskyfitness.com or Devon at devon@openskyfitness.com or you can also leave us a review at www.openskyfitness.com/review, ask a question in the closed Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group and even text OSFreview to 33444 to get the link.

 

What You'll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30  Check out last week's episode -OSF 161 Joe Stout: Goat's Milk vs Cow's Milk - Which is Better?

2:20  About today's episode on barefoot running shoes vs traditional arch support running shoes.

2:50  Learn more about our Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group

4:40  Fill out an application for One-On-One Coaching Sessions with either Rob or Devon

6:10 Barefoot Shoes vs. Arch Support

7:35  What is an arch?

9:50  Why do we conventionally believe that we need shoes with good arch support?

12:00  Cons of arch support

15:00  Our feet's connection with the rest of our body from walking to jumping.

21:40  The structure of a modern day sneaker

25:40  Traditional shoe problems

36:40  Comparing arch supported shoes with barefoot shoes

39:00  The non-existent heel cushion in a barefoot shoe

42:20  The flexibility of the barefoot shoe

44:20  The problem with how  some shoe designs can negatively affect our bodies.

47:55  What do shoes provide and why do we even wear them in the first place?

52:00  Why and how to strengthen your feet.

57:30  How do we transition into barefoot shoes?

1:02:30  Different brands of barefoot shoes for walking and running

1:08:45  How to heal your foot problems.

1:14:30 Closing comments with Rob and Devon

1:15:55 Open Sky Fitness Closing

 

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How Does Goat's Milk

Compare to Cow's Milk?

 

"A goat's milk is meant to get a kid goat from 6-8 pounds to 15o-180 pounds. With a newborn calf, that milk is meant to help it grow from 70-100 pounds to a 1,500 pound fully grown cow. Which one of those mammals gives milk that would be more bio-dynamically appropriate for a 6-8 pound human baby? The goat milk because it's so similar to a human mother's milk." - Joe Stout

 

On this week's episode, we're once again diving deep into dairy products by discussing different alternatives to milk as well as debating which is better: goat's milk or cow's milk? We've got Mt. Capra President, Joe Stout, joining us to share his insight into how the two different milks compare. Plus, we discuss some other interesting goat milk related topics such as:

  • How Mt. Capra runs their goat farm and what they're doing to make it more sustainable.
  • In the sense of casein and milk allergens, which is better cow's or goat's milk?
  • Lactose intolerance vary with different dairy products and what causes it to happen.
  • How Joe and his team at Mt. Capra fed their goats during the winter before using the hydroponic barley fodder system.
  • A look at the various products that Mt. Capra creates and sells in their stores and online such as:
    • Berry Whey
    • Goat Milk Ghee
    • Ingredients used to make the goat milk formula

 

Milk on a Global Scale

When it comes to cow's milk vs goat's milk. One thing to keep in mind is how each is consumed on a global scale. Goat's are much more economic; especially in third world conditions plus they have lots of nutrients and their milk is easier to digest than cow's milk. In fact, many people, especially children, are allergic to cow's milk. It's actually the no. 1 allergen for children under three years old.

 

 

Milk Alternatives for Coffee and More

This week in our Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group, we had a great question come up. What are some potential milk alternatives for coffee, cereal, protein shakes, and smoothies?

 

First of all, we don't recommend anything like Coffee Mate or International Delight because they're not whole, healthy, nutritious alternatives to actual milk.

What we do recommend includes:

  • Lactaid milk
  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Rice milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Flax milk
  • Hemp milk

Rob's Cashew/Almond Milk

Coffee Creamer Recipe:

All you need to make your own homemade cashew or almond milk coffee creamer are three ingredients:

  • Purified water
  • Cashews or almonds
  • Salt

For the unsweetened plain version, follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Take a half cup of cashews or almonds and soak them in 1.5 cups of purified water with a small pinch of salt for 2 -12 hours
  2. Drain the cashews, discard the soaking liquid, and rinse the cashews.
  3. Using a high - speed blender, place the cashews or almonds in the blender and start with the lowest speed and work your way up to the highest speed until creamy. It takes about 2 minutes to completely blend the cashews.

To sweeten the coffee creamer, just add either raw maple syrup or raw honey with a couple of drops of vanilla extract.

 

About Joe Stout

Joe received a Masters of Science in Clinical Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and a Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition and Food Science from Washington State University. Along with running the farm, He has engaged in graduate studies of Sustainable Food Systems at Green Mountain College and is certified in Permaculture Design. Joe and his wonderful bride Elizabeth have been married for 10 years and have been blessed with 6 beautiful children.

 

Thursday Night Live

Q & A Sessions with Rob and Devon

Each Thursday night at 7:15pm PST via the closed Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group , Devon and I will be online to answer an questions you may have about health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, lifestyle etc. Ask us anything!

 

 

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Start Building Your Own Workouts and Meal Plan!

Download Results Tracker here!

Click To Download Home Workout Templates or text the word, "lifting," to 33444 to download the templates. 

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What You'll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30  Check out last week's episode - OSF 160 Metabolism: How it Impacts Your Weight Loss

2:20  About today's episode with Goat Farmer, Joe Stout, of Mt. Capra

2:50  Learn more about our Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group

3:50  Get One-On-One Coaching Sessions with either Rob or Devon

6:20  What are some milk alternatives for coffee, cereal, protein shakes, and smoothies?

17:15  Introduction to Joe Stout of Mt. Capra

20:00  How Mt. Capra makes their mineral whey product.

25:55  What's the process to turn whey into a powder form?

30:25  Why is the mineral, silica or silica dioxide, added and what are its benefits?

34:30  Some of Joe's crazy goat stories and why you should be careful if you decide to own a goat.

41:00  How Mt. Capra runs their goat farm and what they're doing to make it more sustainable.

42:50  What's more popular on a global scale: cow or goat's milk?

44:15  In the sense of casein and milk allergens, which is better cow's or goat's milk?

47:00  Lactose intolerance vary with different dairy products and what causes it to happen.

52:00  What's the difference between concentrated and isolated whey products. Why does one create a reaction, but the other doesn't?

54:35  How do cow's milk and goat's milk compare as far as minerals?

58:00 About Hydroponic Barley Fodder to feed goats for sustainable farming and healthy animals..

1:01:00  The importance of sustainable farming and regenerating the land.

1:03:50  How Joe and his team at Mt. Capra fed their goats during the winter before using the hydroponic barley fodder system?

1:08:55  A look at the various products that Mt. Capra creates and sells in their stores and online.

1:17:00 Using Mt. Capra's goat milk ghee in your bulletproof coffee

1:22:30 Closing comments with Rob and Devon

1:24:10 Open Sky Fitness Closing

 

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If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

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Thanks for listening/reading Episode 161 with Joe Stout - Goat's Milk vs Cow's Milk: Which Is Better? We hope you have gained more knowledge on how to be a healthier you.

Aug 1, 2017

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How Metabolism Works

 

"Your metabolism is designed to regulate your body weight. It's a really healthy design and overall, metabolism doesn't affect your weight loss or gain. It can, but it's not the biggest factor when it comes to weight loss or gain." - Devon Dionne

 

This week's episode is all about metabolism and how it affects our ability to lose weight. Many people believe that we can burn calories and get fit based on the old-fashioned energy in, energy out model. However, there's so much more to living a healthy lifestyle than just that and metabolism plays a huge part in it.

Each person has their own metabolism based on many factors:

  • Genetic makeup
  • Hormones
  • Sleep
  • Diet
  • Food processing of thermogenesis
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Gut bacteria

Metabolism Myths

General thoughts on metabolism: Weight loss = energy in - energy out

There are many metabolism myths out there such as:

  • "I think I have a broken metabolism."
  • "You can't change your metabolic rate."
  • "Eating at night slows down your metabolism."
  • "Low-calorie diets can jump start your metabolism."
  • "Your metabolism is fixed for life whether that's good or bad."

If you eat less and move more, you'll be fine, but why are you hitting a plateau if that's true? There are so many other factors involved in metabolism and weight loss or gain.

 

"This is the problem with getting hooked on counting calories. You have two people standing next to each other and they could be exactly the same weight, body type, height - everything! They could even consume the same amount of calories, but because of multiple different factors like gut bacteria or genetics, that will define how much calories they can actually absorb and utilize." - Rob Dionne

 

The Truth About

Resting Metabolic Rate

 

Basal metabolic rate (BMR) or resting metabolic rate (RMR) is how your body converts energy and food at rest.

The amount of calories that we absorb depends on what food we eat. If we eat whole foods that are unprocessed, we'll absorb less than if we were to eat processed foods.

The USDA is able to have a 20-25% range of amount of calories they put on the nutrition labels. So, it's easy to be way off on how much we're actually consuming every day. We could be eating 20% more or less than what's actually stated on the label.

Several factors can mess with our resting metabolic rate such as:

  • Body mass weight
  • Body composition: How much is fat, muscle, and bone plus your muscle requires more energy to stabilize and sustain.
  • Aging: As you age, you tend to lose muscle mass.
  • Gender: Men typically burn more than women.
  • Hormones: Thyroid, low testosterone, insulin & insulin resistance.
  • Caffeine and nicotine can increase RMR but only if you take them all day can it be bad for you. Anything that speeds up your heart rate will affect your metabolism, but it's not a healthy choice.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs - speed based drugs can increase metabolism. Can completely decrease the RMR and there can be other side effects.
  • Stress and negative feelings can affect RMR and cortisol levels

 

Increase Your Metabolic Rate

 

"When you eat protein, it takes your body 20-30% of the calories that you just consumed to digest the food. That's why it's so important to pay attention to the nutrition density of the foods that you're eating because your body will process whole-wheat bread differently than white, processed bread." - Rob Dionne

 

There are many different methods we can use to increase our metabolic rate:

  • Fitness
  • Gut bacteria
  • Nutrition and portion size
  • NEAT: Non- Exercise Activity Thermogensis
  • Sleep and relaxation
  • Socialize

Fitness and Building Muscle

Adding muscle can increase your rate for long-term because it changes your body composition. Muscle burns more than fat when the body is resting. So the more muscle mass you put on, the more muscle you'll burn.

Cardio helps to burn a lot of calories in the moment, but it doesn't affect the metabolic rate in the long-term. A ton of cardio can actually stress out the body by changing your cortisol levels which keeps fat on and it burns muscle mass. A little bit of cardio can be beneficial but too much causes issues for the long-term.

Spend a couple of days a week weight training or include it into your weekly circuit workout at the gym if you add some cardio. 

Create a Healthy Microbiome

Our gut bacteria is also important factor as far as our ability to digest food and absorb nutrients. Depending on the type and amount of gut bacteria that we have in our microbiomes, we can absorb more or less food.

Nutrition and Portion Sizes

When you lose a lot of weight, your metabolism slows down and could stay that way for a long time or for live. Rather than focusing on low-calorie diets and intense cardio training that will burn both fat AND muscle mass, focus on portion sizes and eating whole foods such as protein. Don't even pay attention to nutrition labels or calories.

Just focus on eating good portions of whole foods like meat, vegetables, fruit, and healthy grains. The more whole the food is, the more energy your body needs to consume and process the food.

Non- Exercise Activity Thermogensis

Non- Exercise Activity Thermogensis aka NEAT happens if you're fidgety and need to stand all day, pace, or walk around a lot all day because you simply can't stay still. Do you walk around a lot for work? Different jobs can affect this. If you're walking around all day, you're going to burn more calories compared to someone who has a desk job or sits on the couch all day.

If you sit all day at a desk job, then you're not able to access your NEAT. Get up to go for a walk a couple of times a day or get a stand-up desk. 

Relax and Socialize

Sleep is recovery and healing for the body. It's better to sleep more than only sleep for 4 hours and get up early to go workout. Make sure you're giving your body and mind plenty of rest throughout the week.

On the other hand, sociliazing can also boost your body as well as positive thinking. In return, this can help your metabolism as well. Go spend time with friends and family to further help you unwind and relax. Pets like a dog can also be great because then you'll have something to look after and take care of 24/7 who'll give you attention in return.

 

Thursday Night Live

Q & A Sessions with Rob and Devon

Each Thursday night at 7:15pm PST via the closed Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group , Devon and I will be online to answer an questions you may have about health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, lifestyle etc. Ask us anything!

 

 

Join The Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group!

That's right! We have a closed Open Sky Fitness Podcast group  on Facebook where you and everyone have the opportunity to talk about your health and fitness goals in a safe environment. We post workouts and start discussions about how to be strategic around finding a healthier you. Check it out!

Start Building Your Own Workouts and Meal Plan!

Download Results Tracker here!

Click To Download Home Workout Templates or text the word, "lifting," to 33444 to download the templates. 

Download the OSF Food Journal Now!

Have a Question or Review for Rob or Devon?

We love answering questions and getting feedback from you, our listener! If you have any questions to ask us, want to share a review of the show, or tell us any suggestions for guests/topics that you think would be great to have on the show, just email Rob at rob@openskyfitness.com or Devon at devon@openskyfitness.com or you can also leave us a review at www.openskyfitness.com/review, ask a question in the closed Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group and even text OSFreview to 33444 to get the link.

 

What You'll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

2:15  Today's topic - Metabolism!

2:50  Learn more about our Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group

3:20  Get One-On-One Coaching Sessions with either Rob or Devon

4:40  How metabolism affects fat loss

6:00  Different weight loss and gain factors

10:20 Energy in - The amount of calories that we daily eat

12:00  How cooking and processing foods can affect how much calories we actually absorb.

14:20  Why our gut bacteria affects our calorie intake.

17:20  Energy out with the resting metabolic rate

24:10  Using exercise to improve the metabolic rate

24:45  The thermal effect on food

30:40  Physical activity and the metabolic rate

33:20  The energy out part of exercise.

35:00  The Biggest Lose Dilemma

40:00  How to improve your metabolism

48:15 Closing comments with Rob and Devon

49:45 Open Sky Fitness Closing

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED DURING THE SHOW:

 

Get Fit with Free Downloads!

To Download Rob’s FREE workout templates click below**

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Ask Rob a Question or tell him what is working for you: Email Rob@OpenSkyFitness.com

 

Support This Podcast

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Contact our amazing sound engineer Ryan? Send him an e-mail here: info@stellarsoundsstudio.com

Thanks for Listening!
Thanks so much for joining us again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

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And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Thanks for listening/reading Episode 160 - Metabolism: How It Impacts Your Weight Loss! We hope you have gained more knowledge on how to be a healthier you.

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