Don’t Take Nutrition or Exercise Advice From Your Doctor

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The title is a little clickbaity, but it’s a valid point. You see our Medical Doctors still have a revered place in society and when they speak people listen. In most instances this is great, especially if they are talking about things like lab tests or medications to treat a chronic condition, but when it’s nutrition or exercise not so much.

The reason being is they only get a few hours of nutrition education in medical school and virtually none on exercise. Unless they are spending time educating themselves on these very complex topics, they are woefully unprepared to be dispensing such advice, that is unless it’s the obligatory eat more fruits and veggies.

Now most doctors I’ve met are well meaning and truly care about their patients and want nothing more than to help them, but just lack the knowledge to do so effectively with regard to diet and exercise. The current system that educates and trains them to do their job is focused on getting patients better and using medication or other means to do so. It’s a system designed only to touch the patient after there is already a problem, and not before.


It’s an effective approach most of the time, and the tide is turning towards prevention, but it’s not quickly enough. And even if a doc has the knowledge to give legitimate exercise advice they often don’t have the time to delve that deep into a conversation due to the demands placed on their time in an office visit.

The other problem is the source from which they might get their nutrition and exercise information. Using sources like the USDA’s site are a part of the problem, because it wasn’t until recently that the government has finally admitted, albeit a little sheepishly, that the ban on fat was largely wrong. Quite honestly the recommendations from our government on nutrition and exercise over the past few decades have only served to further confuse us rather than help us get healthier.


Then you have folks like “Dr. Oz”, one of the worst offenders of not only poor nutritional advice but claims and products that lack any background in science. Dr. Oz is a prime example of a doctor overstepping his boundaries, he’s trained as a cardiothoracic surgeon not a strength coach or exercise physiologist, yet still seemingly talks an awful lot about diet and exercise. He is abusing his status to promote products, all the while selling his audience down the yellow brick road with bullshit miracle supplements that do nothing but empty your wallet.

So what’s a person to do? If the topic of nutrition and/or exercise comes up in your next doctor’s visit ask your doc if they have a recommendation to a nutrition or exercise professional that they trust. I’d also go so far as to say ask them for one that doesn’t dogmatically adhere to any one nutritional paradigm like paleo or low carb. It’s not that there is anything wrong with these approaches; I just think that a middle of the road approach is best, and avoids any possible bias on their part.

I’d also run the other way if your doctor or any nutrition or exercise “expert” starts pushing supplements. Supplements can be effective, although there are far more that are complete crap than those that work, but most people would be better suited focusing on the tenets of healthy eating and getting into and maintaining a regular exercise program first.

Get Your Learn on 4.23


It’s a bit strange getting back to writing regularly, but like any habit that has gone by the wayside I’m sure it will begin to get more comfortable as long as I keep at it.  In the interest of just getting back to regular posts I only have two articles to share today.  Enjoy!

 The Big Roadblock To Losing Fat- Bryan Krahn

Bryan is one of those writers that really resonates with me.  Mostly it’s the fact the he’s not afraid to just tell it like it is and not sugarcoat things.  There is no shortage of information available to all of us and that is a huge stumbling block and Bryan hits the nail on the head here.

The Education of Millionaires– Michael Ellsberg

I just finished this book on tape the other day, and admittedly the title is little misleading in my opinion, but I really enjoyed it.  The premise of the book is that we don’t all need to get a four year degree to find success and that in fact many of the most successful people opted out of college and were all the better for it.  Now I’ve done my fair share of school and there is certainly value in it, but I think we need to teach the next generation how to make more conscious decisions before committing themselves to a mountain of debt and very little on the job skills.

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It’s Been a While

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since I last posted something here. Time has a way of getting away from us if we don’t make a conscious decision around how we use it. That along with many other things in my life have resulted in an absence from posting. However I plan on changing that. 

My calling in life started off in the world of fitness and is still very much rooted there. However over the last number of years I’ve learned much more about health and the inner workings of our bodies not solely related to fitness, and plan to use this blog as a way to hopefully pass some of that knowledge onto others. Like anything it will be a continual work in progress, but I’m dedicated to sharing this with others in hopes of helping people live the healthiest life they can. 

In short that means I plan on writing more often and working to empower anyone interested in improving their health. Not sure how it will all work but I’m excited for the journey. Until next time. 

In Strength


10 Bro Tips To Make You More Hardcore

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It’s no secret that every gym has its fair share of bro’s in it.  I workout in a big commercial gym with plenty of bro’s and while I’d like to find a gym with a better atmosphere, this one is close to home and has a few other amenities that our family likes.

However, on a daily basis I have to sidestep the bro’s in order to get in a lift.  I must say though I do get to laugh occasionally at some of the asinine shit they do.  So I dedicate today’s article to the bro’s in the gym and leave you with 10 bro tips that will make you more hardcore.

Bro Tip #1

Be sure and carry around a one gallon jug of water, this is so you can look mega cool and get an extra arm pump when you take a drink.

Real Tip #1

In actuality leave the on gallon jug at home, those are reserved for storing your milk in your fridge.

Bro Tip #2

Make sure to add some sort of fluorescent supplement to the one gallon jug from #1.

Real Tip #2

More than likely you don’t need an intra-workout supplement so cool out and wait until you get home to take your supplements like normal people .

Bro Tip #3

Before you go to the gym be sure and douse yourself with a metric shit ton of axe body spray and/or highly aromatic cologne.

Real Tip #3

Leave the colognes for when your out picking up the ladies or twerking it at the club, but don’t assault someone’s nostrils when they’ve got a few hundred pounds on their back.


Bro Tip #4

Come up with a lame ass line like “hey you need a spot” in order to chat up some gym bunny.

Real Tip #4

If you really feel the need to bother a lady during her workout, ask her if you can buy her a cup of coffee after she’s done and leave it at that, and be sure and apologize for interrupting her workout.  You’ll likely get much further.

Bro Tip #5

Be sure and load the weight up on exercises like the bench press to show off your manliness.

Real Tip #5

If the weight staples you to the bench if you take the bar all the way to your chest it’s too heavy.  Hang up your ego and take some pounds off and try again.

Bro Tip #6

Get the largest gym bag you can and stuff it with all manner of lifting equipment, it doesn’t matter that you’re doing pull-ups today you still might need your belt.

Real Tip # 6

There is a place called the locker room, and there are lockers in there that you can store your crap in, use one.

Bro Tip #7

Curl in the squat rack as often as possible.

Real Tip #7

As much mileage as this broism has seen on the internet I still see people do this, please just stop.

Bro Tip #8

Stand right next to the dumbbell rack so you can stare at your beautiful biceps while you’re curling, seriously bro rules state you should curl at least 3 times a week.

Real Tip #8

If the weights are that heavy that you can’t take a few steps away from the dumbbell rack, then you probably shouldn’t be using them in the first place.

Bro Tip #9

Also be sure and leave all the plates on the bars on the deadlift platform and the squat rack.

Real Tip #9

Have some courtesy and strip your weights, completely.

Bro Tip #10

Don’t bother wiping up if you use a mat or a bench, people really don’t mind you’re sweat since your so good looking and all.

Real Tip #10

If you wouldn’t leave a filthy sweat stain on your own couch what makes you think it’s ok to do it in the gym, get a rag and wipe up.

These are only a few of the things I see in a given week, but like I said it does make for good fodder.  Tag someone on Facebook with this article and let them know how bro-ey they are.

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Age Is Just A Number


Seeing as it’s a Friday and right before a holiday weekend, I figured I’d put up something a bit inspirational instead of my normal get your learn on post. First off though, I’d like to thank everyone who is currently or has served our country in the past.

It’s because of great people like you that we get to live freely and pursue life with passion on our own terms.

Speaking of living life on your own terms, one way we can choose to do that, in my opinion, is through healthy living. By actively pursuing physical health through regular exercise and healthy eating, we are able to do amazing things even into what some would call old age.

The short documentary below illustrates that much better than I could ever convey in words. Jim Morris has been an advocate of healthy living for longer than I’ve been alive, and his dedication and passion are obvious.

Now I don’t share the same sentiments about veganism that Jim does, but each person’s journey is their own, and mine does and will probably always include copious amounts of dead animal flesh.

However, the most enlightening piece of the film for me is that we don’t have to deteriorate as we age. The way Jim looks at the age of 78 is a testament that age is just a number and that we all possess the ability to achieve greatness.

So have a wonderful holiday weekend and I hope you spend some time with people you love, I sure plan to.

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Yum Yum Pancake Recipe

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Back when I was a lone wolf, and the only person I had to answer to was my dog Nash, I used to cook pancakes every Sunday morning.  It was a ritual and routinely old Nash would get a pancake or two in the process, boy did he think I was the bee’s knees when I did that.

Now that I’ve got a family of four, my poor dog doesn’t get as many pancakes as he used to but I still try and keep up with pancake Sunday, and now my wife and kids think I’m the bee’s knees when they get their pancakes.  I’ve tried a few protein pancake variations, but never found one that did it for me, that is until now.  Sean Hyson posted it recently here and I knew they would be good since he routinely puts out good content (he better, considering he is the editor for a few fitness mags).

So this past Sunday I decided to give them a try, and they were quite delish!  They have a bit of a different texture than regular pancakes but all in all I thought they were an excellent substitute.  I also found that I needed to cook them on a little bit lower temperature than I do regular pancakes so they don’t burn.  They also weren’t as firm as regular pancakes so I had to be a little more careful when flipping them over.

Usually I doctor up my pancakes with a bit of vanilla extract and cinnamon for extra flavor,totally forgot to do that to these, and it would have made them that much better.  Either way, I’ve posted the recipe below with a side by side nutrition comparison of other pancakes. Mmmm….. can’t wait for the next pancake Sunday!


4 Whole Eggs

2 Bananas

2 Tbsp of almond/peanut butter

1 or 2 Tbsp of coconut oil to them in (I used about the equivalent amount of butter)

I threw all the ingredients in blender minus the butter and blended until smooth.  Heat your butter, then pour the mix in your skillet and cook like regular pancakes.  Usually pancakes bubble when they are ready to flip, I didn’t find that with these so pay a bit of attention to them when cooking, again so you don’t burn them.

Here are the macros for the regular pancakes we cook, and then the macros for these.  Now I don’t consume the entire portion so those calories need to be split based on the portion you eat, and you’ll need to add additional calories for anything you add like syrup etc.

Trader Joe’s Pancakes                  Protein Pancakes

Total Calories 1,009                      Total Calories 756

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Get Your Learn On 5.16


It’s interesting working in the health and fitness field. Everyday you can count on the fact that there is some new fad or trend that is the next best thing. I can’t help but get a bit frustrated when they emerge, and people start to buy into them.

Seriously the old adage that “If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is” might be even more true in the fitness industry! Whether it’s so-called medical treatments aimed at “freezing the fat off”, yes this is a billboard ad that is in my hometown, or a program guarenteed to get you jacked in 10 days, they are all preying on your insecurities.

The former apparently works by freezing the fat cells as told by this article and is, this is a direct quote from the article, “ideally maintained by healthy eating and exercising.” I would contend that most people thinking about this option struggle with healthy eating and regular exercise, and as a result will see little to no long term results from this intervention.

Hopefully we as fitness professionals can continue to push back on these snake oil sales gimmicks and really educate people on how to live long, healthy lives.  So in that vain, check out this weeks links from around the web, to get yourself edumucated.


 Coffee…Upgraded?- Brian St. Pierre

This is one of those fads that I’m talking about.  Bulletproof coffee, yikes.  I’ve not actually heard much about it, but I can tell you Brian and the guys at Precision Nutrition nail hit here. Coffee is coffee, maybe a bit of cream and sugar, but I’d rather not blow 500 calories on one drink during the day, that’s an easy way to sabotage a fat loss plan in a hurry.

9 Counterintuitive Tips to Help You Stay Lean While Eating at Restaurants- Armi Legge

If you haven’t heard much about flexible dieting it really is the best way to lose fat and still eat the foods you love.  Armi gives a couple of great pieces of advice on how to eat out and still keep you on track with your goals.

The Real Reason You Still Have Back Pain (And What to Do About It)- Armi Legge

Another great article from Armi this week.  This is geared more towards fitness professionals that are working with clients with back pain, but still has a great primer on back pain if you want to know more about it.  There is a pretty good chance that you will have some back pain at some point in life, or maybe you have chronic pain, either way this can help shed some light on it for you.

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