“whole 30” Diet & Exercise

This blog post sheds light on the “whole 30” diet itself and how well it works with ongoing exercise & new exercise regimens. I had a client who did this diet plan, along with this wife and expressed how it gave good results but over time they both were getting bored of the concept of eating the same foods daily, he expressed to me how strict the diet was, gave me some insight into the results it produced but wanted to know more information besides what he had researched because now they are both my clients at the gym & are looking to possibly start this diet once again along with starting their new workout agenda (will have been with me for a month now) and he wanted to know 1) my opinion 2) if it will help or hinder while he and his wife exercise 3) is it worth doing 4) is it something that can be adjusted so that they don’t run into the same issue of being bored of the same food 5) where to go from there once the 30 days is over . All of which were good questions and figured, I would post about it so that if others have the same thoughts, or questions, we could solve this together. 

Personally, I have never done this diet & I don’t recommend diets to my clients (out of my scope of practice) but to learn more about nutrition and teach good behaviors would be within my scope and help them prepare for the end of the road with a positive mindset and continued results. Hopefully the research I came up with you find helpful, feel free to also share it among your peers Whole 30 & Exercise

If any of you have more to add about this particular diet, please leave it in the comments — I love hearing personal experiences and stories (who knows, I might consider you writing a guest post about your experience with this diet) 




Pop (aka Soda) why it isn’t any good

Coca Cola, Cold Drink, Soft Drink, Coke

I will assume we have all come to terms with the fact that drinking pop (soda) is no good for you. Whether it be ‘dark’ or ‘light’ pop, diet or non diet, caffeine or no caffeine, pop just isn’t any good for you – but we still like it. For many people, it is their downfall in their health, it is something that might drink on a daily basis, or something they have with every meal & for others, they might think by drinking a diet pop or sprite instead of coke, they are much better off, but that starts to not matter if you don’t know how to control your intake of it (moderation). Everyone’s “moderation” will be different, because some people can cut it out as a whole and others will have to learn to cut down the amount consumed. For example if you are someone who drinks it daily and consumes about 5-10 on a daily basis, maybe your “moderation” is drink 2 daily instead of 5-10 or drink 5 per week.. who knows, but still it means cutting down. 


Another thing people need to understand is that cutting down pop for someone who loves it, and drinks it often is just as hard as taking a cigarette from a smoker or coffee from an avid coffee drinker, it takes time and discipline and a willingness. So before we go around telling people who drink this to “stop drinking it” or “you shouldn’t be drinking”, we need to remember this isn’t going to be an easy task for them. Typically when i have had past clients be honest and mention they drink pop often, I didn’t mention that it was “bad for them” or “they shouldn’t be drinking it”, because this is something they already knew and I didn’t tell them to “quit drinking pop” or to “give pop up and work on drinking more water”, because again they might not want to stop drinking it (people don’t like being told what to do), instead I changed my perspective and found a way that worked in order for them to see the health benefits from drinking less of it, or shared ideas to help them try different liquids in their diet – this didn’t mean they didn’t continue to drink it, this only meant I gave them options and helped them to see benefits that come from drinking less or none.. but if they chose to keep drinking it, then.. they knew the consequences of their results. 


The above information was just a disclosure, so that no one thought of this blog post as “JUST SAY NO” Act against pop, this is not what this is, this is an informative post to bring light on the negatives pop can have on the body and the mind honestly. Also, to add to this, I used to drink pop often, Sprite was my choice of pop ( I don’t really like dark pop) but I can tolerate it, I prefer lighter pop, now I don’t drink pop at all (rarely) .. it wasn’t too difficult for me, but it got harder every so often when I was craving it – but I found something better for me that I like just as well & don’t give thought to pop much at all these days. Now to the good stuff.. 


Pop – Why it isn’t any good for you

  1. It dehydrates the body, which means you end up more thirsty even after drinking it – which is some of the reason why people will drink more after they have had a glass because it doesn’t quench your thirst.. it just continues to make you more thirsty
  2. High sugar content – this is explanatory, this can lead to diabetes, insulin resistance, and extra weight gain from the sugar becoming fat
  3. Contains caffeine – studies have shown too much caffeine consumption can lead to other health issues
  4. Lack of nutrients
  5. Bad for the teeth – dentist say it can lead to plaque build up and gum disease
  6. Contains high frutose cough syrup- studies have said that it is has been associated with increased risk of heart disease and other health concerns
  7. Obesity- Drinking pop does not mean you will be obese but if you don’t have self control over the amount you drink and live a sedentary lifestyle, it can lead to obesity 
  8. Contains phosphoric Acid- This interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis, cavities, and bone softening
  9. The artificial sweeteners in diet pop are no better than the real sugars in non diet pop – Many of the artificial sweeteners have proven to do more harm than help – some of them being linked to different health problems. 
  10. Mentally- I have noticed the energy you may get from the pop last about maybe a hour.. and then you are back to being “gloomy”, lazy and probably have little momentum (feel sluggish). For those that drink it for energy or to wake up, the sugar will wear off and when it does, consuming more will do the same and it will become a cycle – someone told me they had to switch pop because Mountain Dew no longer gave them the kick they needed since their body was getting used to it. (This wasn’t during a study, this is just a reference to tell how this sugar works) 

Please feel to share, comment, like and follow. If you or anyone else you know loves pop, feel free to share what kind you drink, why you drink it and if you have noticed any negative signs from drinking too much of it. Thank you for reading. 


Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxxx

Red wine and Dark chocolate

Who loves dark chocolate and red wine? I know I love me some good red wine, I actually prefer red wine over white and to be honest with all of you, I have a bottle of red wine next to me while I am typing (no I am not drunk typing). I am not a fan of dark chocolate and not a huge fan of chocolate, I have to be in the mood for it, to say the least it is not my downfall. Rumor has it that drinking red wine and eating dark chocolate has health benefits and I went digging to see what I could find and I think some of you may be pleased with some of the information and others of you may be shocked.

Red Wine: 

  • Some red wines, if made with high fiber Tempranillo grapes have been known to lower cholesterol levels
  • Protects the heart- the antioxidants reduce the risk of unwanted clotting
  • Controls blood sugar- The skin of red grapes can help regulate blood sugar in diabetics
  • Boost the brain- Resveratrol found in red wine can have a positive keeping a sharp memory
  • Fights off a cold- Again the antioxidants in red wine can help fight infection and protect cells against the effects of free radicals
  • Decreases the chance of cancer- now there was a study done that said the red wine “inhibited the key action of cancer feeding protein” because of the resveratrol. 
  • Prevents the growth of fat cells- the compound piceatannol 
  • Goes great with a nice meal. 
Now this does not mean red wines do not have negative effects on the body, this means just like anyone else, one should drink it in moderation. It is normally suggested one drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. Although, if you ask me.. I don’t do a very good job following the rules. 
Dark chocolate:
  • Lowers blood pressure- if one has reached a certain age and have mild to high blood pressure.
  • dark chocolate contains antioxidants- but not the milk chocolate, and do not wash the down the dark chocolate with milk, otherwise that takes from what the antioxidants will help with
  • Improves blood flow
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • known to protect the skin from the sun- flavonols can protect against sun induced damage, improve skin hydration and increase skin density
  • Improve brain function- the cocoa was used in a study with elderly people, and it shown to impro ve their cognitive functions
Eat dark chocolate in moderation but choose it over eating milk chocolate, do not load up on dark chocolate because it still has many calories and that means you will want to watch how much of it you consume on a daily basis.  
Between the both of these treats, I am thinking most of you are thinking about going to the store and stocking up on red wine and dark chocolate. Nothing wrong with that, just save me a bottle! Hope you enjoyed the read, feel free to share it on social media, follow me, and leave feedback!
Your fitness blogger, 
Shay-lon xoxo