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Coconut Oil- Healthy or Unhealthy

Coconut Oil- Healthy or Unhealthy

Healthy Virgin Coconut Oil

Healthy Virgin Coconut Oil

There’s been lots of controversy in the last couple years to whether Coconut Oil is Healthy or Unhealthy!

Coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fat and research has shown that the fatty acid chains of Coconut oil are shorter than the saturated fats from meats. The shorter chains in coconut oil have been shown to raise good cholesterol as opposed to the longer fatty chains in meats products have been linked to heart disease!

“Coconut oil is made up of about 90% saturated fat, but the scientific community has started to figure out that not all saturated fats are equal,” Susan Mitmesser

There are two types of Coconut oil, virgin and refined. The virgin coconut oil comes straight from the pulp of the coconut and has more nutrients than the refined oil which is heated and has chemical added to it to keep the coconut taste!

In my opinion I think that virgin is the way to go if you chose to use coconut oil. Always go for the higher nutrient, natural food choices.

Also… substitute the coconut oil vs adding in to meals! Example use the coconut oil for the olive oil!

To Your Health,

Chris

 




Ask Yourself “Why” And Find Unlimited Energy

What’s your Why? Why are you inspired to get out of bed in the morning and go to work? Why do you work so hard?

Have you given much thought into these questions? Dig into this question, find the
deep reason within yourself that motivates you to be successful and work hard.
Find your Why!

This is something I always help my clients figure out? It a great source of energy
and can be used to overcome obstacles.

I thought long and hard about my Why and I will share them with you. My wife is
first Why on my list.  She is why I work so hard! We are also planning to start a family in the next couple years and I would like for her to be a stay at home mom. With this being said, supporting my wife and children on one income is my driving force to work so hard.  I would also like to be able to travel to see my family in Ohio and my wife’s family in El Salvador, with airfares become more expensive, I would like to have the liberty to get up and go when I want.

Another Why are my clients. They trust me and have given me the opportunity to work
with them to make a conscious effort to change their lives in a positive
way.  The things I teach them have help them become healthier and happier.  I
enjoy sitting and talking to my clients as we co-create their goals and healthy
living plans, not only does it enriches their health but also all areas of
their lives.

These are my main “Whys”. Whenever I find myself struggling to find the motivation to
get to work, I take a moment and think about my Whys and it always gives me
energy to get moving and get to work!

What are your Whys? I’ll give you an exercise to help you find them:Find a pen and paper and write down at least 20 of your “Whys”.  Once you get close to #20 you find who and what is important in your life.  Allow these reasons inspire you to get you back on track of your goal.

When you are having a tough day finding motivation, think about your “Whys” and
watch how it gets you moving!

Chris Chouteau

chris@cutombodyfitness.com

www.custombodyfitness.com

 


Student for Life

Personal Training can lead you to good health

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “knowledge is power”. I also believe that knowledge and love of learning lead to a more enriched and happy life.

One of the beautiful things about life is there are infinite things to learn and you can always  go deeper and deeper into the subject  you desire to learn about.

One of my passions is cycling. For the last 10-11 years I average around 100-150 miles per week and raced competitively for 6 years. I’ve recently decided to race after taking 3 years off.

I decided for this cycling season I wanted to become a student of the bike. In my past I did well competing just relying on my natural power and athletic ability. I didn’t do great but I did well!

I’ve recently started working with a coach who is a world champion sprinter and I realized I don’t know much about sprinting properly. (sprinting is 100% effort at the end of a cycling race) I’m amazing with all my experience riding and racing how little I understood. I’ve worked with him three times and I’ve learned so much. He said I only use 80% of my sprinting ability. This is awesome because I have 20% to learn and improve upon.

This is one area in my life that I am learning and educating myself. Other areas I work on developing are my relationship with my wife, family, and friends, learning Spanish, and working on building my business.  I’m always trying to learn and grow!

We all have this opportunity to grow and learn in all areas of life. I believe that this is a gift life offers us.

Take a minute and think of a baby. Think how everything is new and exciting. They are so curious. I believe this is why we live in this world… to learn, grow, and experience the world!

I think a lot of times people lose sight of how interesting and exciting life is. We become bored and unhappy and start wishing time away. Waiting for the weekend or the next holiday or vacation completely losing sight of all the beautiful things that are currently going on around us.  This is living life with your eyes closed.

Is this you?

It’s ok if it is. The great thing is you can open your eyes and change at any moment.

Start by trying to find the beauty and lessons in life. Look at everything as an opportunity… Good or Bad! Find the lessons… They’re always there

Read a motivational book that interests you. Work on developing yourself.

Know what makes you happy and sad and then focus on doing more of the things that make you happy! This is healthy.

There are so many awesome things we can learn and you can start anytime

Look for the beauty in nature… the song of a bird, a beautiful sunset, the beauty of a tree. If you look for it, it’s always there.

Whenever you take in new information you are learning something new. This is good for your brain and your health. I believe at a deep level we all desire this kind of learning. When you close our eyes and aren’t open to learning new things, I believe discontent and unhappiness set in!

Also make sure to be patience… this is a lifetime journey… the destination does not end… The choices to learn are infinite!  Every day like a clean slate to learn something new and exciting and have a new experience.


Why You Should Eat Breakfast

Why You Should Eat Breakfast

A healthy breakfast is the best way to start your day and a great habit to get yourself into!

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Provides the body nourishment to start the day

· More energy to perform daily tasks

· Help control weight

· Kick starts the metabolism

· Improves bad cholesterol

· Great for the brain and short term memory

I have always encouraged my personal training clients in Santa Monica to eat breakfast every morning! This is an essential part to living a healthy lifestyle! Our bodies are not meant to starve or go for a long period of time without eating after waking up.  We need to take care of our body, you know that saying ‘a happy wife is a happy life” well so is your body, “good nutritious food is a better life!

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Schedule It

OlderCoupleStretching1-300x240 (1)I was having a conversation with one of my personal training clients in Santa Monica about why people fail and what’s the best way to be successful and he gave me some great advise, “Tell You Clients to Schedule Their Training Sessions”!

I’ve been training for over 10 years and I’ve seen many successes as well as many failures. People who are successful are the ones who are consistent and don’t come up with excuses.

As a trainer I’ve learned I have no control over people’s choices! The only control I have is to come up with the right strategy to guide them to make the right choices. I know everyone I train can be successful. It all comes down to how committed they are to themselves and their success.

Schedule your training times every week and make sure they are a priority. Planning does take some effort but it will help you be successful with your exercise goals. Be patience, results come in time with your consistency!

Chris Chouteau

www.custombodyfitness.com

 

 


Clean Out Your Body

FarmersMarketSpreadI started off this year at one of my heaviest weights I’ve ever been at 202 pounds. I had gotten married in September and found myself in celebration mode through the Holidays. As a consequence I gained 14 pounds.

I set my goal to get extremely healthy and  lose 20 to 30 pounds and get back in to bike racing! To do this, I made the choice to quit drinking (my last drink of alcohol was at midnight new years), cut out cheese and processed foods and only eat whole fresh foods. I also make sure to eat light at night.

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