Gluten Free Interview with Jennifer Finley

April 7th, 2011
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Here is PART 2 of: The Gluten Series

While listening – be sure to check out this great resource from Kelley Herring – author of Guilt Free & Gluten Free Desserts

These are the questions we covered:

1 – Share your story/summary about how you discovered your Gluten Allergies and what that caused you to do personally and professionally.

2 – What are the top signs/symptoms people should be aware of?

3 – What are the biggest challenges when starting to go Gluten-Free?

4 – What are the top benefits – Even for people who aren’t not diagnosed as Gluten Intolerant, but want to try a Gluten-Free or almost Gluten-Free diet?

5 – What are your keys to living Gluten-Free in a fitness lifestyle?

One of the people who prompted me to cover this topic is Myra Parson – a long time subscriber. After I posted PART 1 of The Gluten Series on my facebook page she immediately sent me this message:

Joey you are awesome.

When I sent you that message when I found out I was gluten sensitive and all the problems it caused me, with the belly pudge, extremely dry skin, headaches, the depression and a few other things you ask if you could use the information.

I said sure but really didn’t think you would go to such great lengths to inform others of this dreaded affliction.

Since I have gone gluten-free my skin is nice and smooth (lotion at my option only), my hair isn’t dry and brittle and I no longer need anti-depressants.

Thank you again for showing interest and for the great information because until my bout with gluten, I didn’t know that so many others are allergic to it as well and they don’t even know it!

– Myra

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Whey Protein Recall: Salmonella Warning

March 23rd, 2011


Today we get right into the important info you need to know… So, here it is:

22 Brands of Whey Protein Recalled Due to Salmonella Concern

The FDA posted a recall notice involving 22 brands of whey protein powder due to potential contamination with salmonella. Read complete article and product/company listings here: http://www.consumerlab.com/recalls.asp

That is a LONG list of companies and products involved in this massive recall.

But, sweetly enough – if you were to read the whole list of companies whose protein products/powders are being recalled – you’ll be pleased to see that my partners at ProGrade are NOT on the list… Again, proving their dedication and commitment to bringing you the highest quality fitness nutrition products.

As a matter of fact – just to celebrate this situation – after I post this for you, I’m heading into the kitchen to make a mid-day “Cocoa Body-Toner” with… Joey’s Favorite Protein Powder:

Here’s my private (now public) recipe :-)

“Joey’s Cocoa Body-Toner”

- ½ scoop of PG Protein Powder, chocolate flavor (see link above to get yours)
- 4 ounces of non-fat unsweetened Almond Milk (you can also use skim milk, etc..)
- 4 ounces clean/filtered water
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 3-4 large ice cubes
- ¼ stevia extract powder (even though the PG powder is sweetened with the miracle herb sweetener, Stevia extract, I still like to add a little more – because I have one of those sweet tooths, ya know…)

Put it all in the blender, press “High” button – and BOOM!! Done..

ENJOY….

Regarding the topic of Gluten-Free nutrition and Gluten Allergies…

It seems I’m getting more and more questions about how this fits into the fitness lifestyle. So, I’ve been gathering some insightful info, talking to some true experts and a several people who’ve successfully learned to manage the condition and experience some incredible results…

I’ll be putting together a few great resources and some helpful info for you very soon – so stay tuned for that post…

Please feel free to share this post with anyone else you know who will benefit from this type of helpful fitness and nutrition info.

And if you have any questions, comments or thoughts – just post them below. I’d love to hear from you…

Thanks for reading – and acting…

Your trainer for life,

Joey Atlas

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NEVER Eat This Salad Dressing, Or Else…

November 18th, 2010


Before I share the article about the type of salad dressing you should never eat – I want to give you one of my quick and easy (and HEALTHY), awesome tasting dressings – which I use at least 5 times a week…

**Joey’s World Famous ‘Fit-Body’ Italian Dressing** (and marinade)… You may recognize this from my book…

Use a 16oz empty jar – or bottle (you may need a funnel if using a small top bottle)

Add the following to the jar/bottle:

- 10 oz balsamic vinegar
- 6 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil -or- Hazelnut Oil -or- Macadamia Nut Oil (feel free to switch things up for variety)
- 1 teaspoon ground Sea Salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 rounded teaspoon garlic powder

Shake well – and use ‘wisely’ – “less is more” sometimes. And feel free to adjust some of the ingredients to suit your taste. Let me know what you think of it …

OK – now for the “NEVER eat this type of salad dressing article. It’s posted on my friend Mike’s blog:

The Salad Dressing You Should NEVER Eat:
Dangerous Salad Dressing

In that post he also shares his version of an amazing salad dressing – which you can use in your healthy fitness meals.

Enjoy and please feel free to share these easy and tasty recipes with anyone you wish – just forward this blog post to them.

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

Joey Atlas

PS – if you or anyone you know suffers from back pain or sciatica – then you NEED this freebie book: Reduce Back Pain & Sciatica – I don’t know how much longer it will be offered at NO-CHARGE so be sure to grab yours now…
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12 Days of Fat-Burning Meal Plans

October 11th, 2010

One of the biggest challenges of “maintaining a respectable level of fitness” is the dedication required to eat properly – in a way which is in line with your goals…

For the average man or woman – one of the most valued pieces of advice comes in the form of nutritional help and guidance. When “diet” assistance is simple, structured and realistic – it makes everything else easy, and makes your goals more reachable – both for the short term and the long term.

Here is a simple (and FREE) Fat-Burning 12-Day Meal Planner from my partners at Prograde…

Fat Burning Meal Plans <<= Click, Print and Follow

WARNING: Always get medical clearance before making positive lifestyle changes. Better to be safe than sorry.

I’m going to be adding more to this post to make the printout even more helpful to you. For example; I’m going to list:

EXTRA INFO TO BE ADDED SOON – Stay tuned…
- several sample food choice substitutions (meat vs non-meat, etc…)
- how to pinpoint the amount of each food choice you should eat
- what to adjust based on your gender (male vs female)
- and more…

But for now – just download and read yours. Then feel free to share this post with anyone else you know who can use this kind of simplified help.

…And then stay tuned for the extra help I listed above – I should have it done in the next day or two.

***In the meantime – If you have ANY questions regarding this post and the FREE download – Just post it below in the ‘comments’ section – and I’ll check in later to answer as many as possible…***

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

– Joey Atlas

PS – you can also use the 28-Day Blow-Torch “Diet” Meals Plans in the FREE e-Version of my book ‘Fatness to Fitness’ <<= Click to Get Instant Access

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Vegetarian Hard-Body Answers: Where’s the Beef?

July 7th, 2010

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Resource link mentioned at end of article is: EZ Veggie Meals (<- click to visit)
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One of the biggest areas of confusion when it comes to muscle toning (or building) and getting lean (for males or females) is the topic of dietary protein intake.

Quite often this discussion leads into the subject of “vegetarian” nutritional habits – and whether or not they are conducive to muscular enhancement and improving body composition…

Confrontation on the Playground?

Last week I felt like doing an outdoor workout – so off to our local playground I went, for a sweat-breaking, bodyweight training session (I do this about 2 times per week). I got right into a 25 minute chest/back/core workout.

At the end as I was stretching out and toweling off – one of the dads came over to ask about my workouts, what else I do, etc…. His wife also stepped over to chat, as well.

Then he asked… “With your kind of physique – you must eat a lot of protein, like red meat and chicken, right?”

I said, “Actually, most people would consider me a vegetarian. I don’t eat any red meat and I don’t remember the last time I ate chicken.”

He asked, “Well, don’t you need those meats to build and maintain muscle?”

I said, “No, but unfortunately – that’s what most people have been led to believe.”

His wife then turned to him and said “Ha! See, I told you!” (I had to chuckle at that point)

He asked “What foods do you eat to get enough protein in your diet?”

I rattled off a simple list:

“Various nuts, different types of beans, nut butters, peas… I also eat eggs on occasion, and fish – maybe once or twice a week. And then there’s the protein that comes from the grains I eat, and the organic skim milk I add to my espresso…”

He asked “And you get all the protein you need from those?”

I replied “Yes, see – even if we workout consistently – we don’t need as much protein as people generally believe… So, once that notion is clarified – It’s so much easier to embrace the concept and practice of moving toward a vegetarian approach to your nutrition…”

Then he started to get it… And his cool wife chimed in again.. “Thank you SO much for helping him understand this. We’ve gone back and forth on this for years…”

They then asked what a typical day of eating looks like for me – and I told them…

7am – mocha-espresso with 2 ounces organic skim milk

10:30am – natural peanut butter, a little regular butter, ground flax seeds, ground cinnamon on a piece of oat/nut bread – PLUS a fruit – PLUS a double strength green tea

1:30pm – another mocha-espresso with 2 ounces organic skim milk

2pm – chick peas and baby grape tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, sea salt and black pepper – PLUS a medium organic banana

4pm – granola cereal with almond milk – PLUS a fruit – PLUS a double strength jasmine green tea

7:30pm – Peas and cheese on multi-grain wrap seasoned and quick-cooked in pan to melt cheese and brown the wrap – PLUS my famous Sinful Salad; chopped romaine lettuce, chopped apple and sliced strawberries – WITH my ‘secret’ home-made dressing

10pm – 2 ounces of chocolate – PLUS double strength red tea – PLUS fruit (cherries, blueberries, orange, etc… depends what’s in season – and what’s in the house :-)

That’s just a one-day example. I have MANY variations of that. I never get bored and I NEVER feel hungry.

Stay tuned as I’ll surely be sharing some more of these “examples” in the future. And if getting into the “fitness vegetarian” thing is something of real interest to you – then you’ll want to check out one the top resources on the subject from vegetarian expert and author, K. Pauza at: EZ Veggie Meals <- click to visit
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Your trainer for life…

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– Joey Atlas

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Healthy Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Avocado Salad

June 23rd, 2010


An excerpt from ==> Healthy Fitness Recipes

Healthy Fitness Recipe for Summer-Time: Roasted Red Pepper Chicken and Avocado Salad

Looking for a cool salad to fill you up this summer? Here’s a delicious recipe from my helpful partners over at Prograde Nutrition…

Super-Cool Roasted Red Pepper Chicken and Avocado Salad

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 medium ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced

1 tsp. lemon juice (or lime juice)

1 bag (10 oz.) or 1 head of torn/chopped romaine or green leaf lettuce (about 10 cups)

2 cups shredded cooked chicken (my alternative is organic, free range chicken or turkey – or sometimes I just substitute chick peas/garbanzo beans for the poultry as I’m a ‘pseudo vegetarian’ of sorts…)

1 medium tomato, cut into wedges

1 small cucumber, sliced

1/4 of a medium Vidalia or Walla Walla onion, chopped

½ cup chopped Red Peppers

1/2 cup Light or Fat-free Italian Dressing (my alternative is Balsamic Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, sea salt, pepper, onion power and garlic powder)

¼ cup Romano or Parmesan Cheese

Quick and EZ Preparation Directions:

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  • Toss avocados with lemon juice in large salad bowl.

    Add lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions; mix lightly.

    Add dressing; toss to coat.

    Sprinkle with grated romano or parmesan cheese.

    Serve immediately and enjoy slowly…

  • Hey, if you like that one they’ve got 196 more! Seriously, Prograde has a really cool 197 Healthy and Delicious Fat Burning Recipes ebook for just $4.95! The same book in the bookstore would go for $25 easily… So get here now as I don’t know how much longer this special will be running for:

    Check it out here ==> Healthy Fitness Recipes

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