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We are busy. We are overbooked. We are traveling. We are unmotivated. We are tired. We are agitated. We are unproductive. We are overweight. We are unhappy. We are why. I'm a pharmacist, I travel regionally for work and have been all of these things. What elevates me from these emotional ditches? Good health. My nearly 100 year-old Italian grandmother "Nana" said a long time ago: "If you don't have your health, you don't have nothing." Considering she still rakes leaves and gives me hell for, well, just about everything, I think she's pretty damn sharp and fit. On the other end of the spectrum: My dad died at 65 from a heart attack. He was a diabetic, a previous smoker, a recovered drug addict, a food addict, hypertensive, arthritic, immobile nearing amputation and, simply, wasn't living. For all intensive purposes, I'm fit and healthy. Armed with degrees in biology and pharmacy (read: loans) and these two family stories, you'd think staying on track is easy. Newsflash: it's not. Traveling / Working / Fathering / Mothering / fill-in-the-blanking are obstacles we all have to overcome. So, how do we do it? Suitcase Fitness was born from the hope that by sharing my small health and fitness victories while traveling, others may be inspired to find new ways to stay engaged with their health. My vision is that others will use this venue to share their "baggage" and small steps taken to overcome health challenges. I get by with a little help from my friends. - The Beetles The things that last, never happen overnight. - Slaves

Happy 100th, Mother’s Oats

Celebrating my 100 year old Nana w one of her keys to good health. 

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Basic Diet Rules To Live By

Thanks BreakingMuscle, you hit the nail on the head.  There’s really not all that many tricks, you just gotta do. Find the top 5 tips below. 

http://breakingmuscle.com/healthy-eating/stop-trying-to-hack-your-diet

5 Things You Should Do

There are a few hack-less practices that should be bedrocks for anyone on an eating plan for whatever goal. These are universal, simple, and timeless. With consistency, discipline, and persistence they will become second nature and easily added to any lifestyle situation.

 

  1. Clean up – You already know what to do when it comes to practicing healthy eating habits. Cut out the highly processed stuff, eat real, whole foods, and get a good variety form all macronutrient categories: lean proteins, complex, fibrous carbs, and healthy fats should top your grocery list. And one more note: go easy on the supplements—a little goes a long way.
  2. Prioritize protein – It’s a big ol’ no-brainer that you need to put protein at the top of your list. This is a cold, hard fact regarding any goal you set out to achieve. Protein builds muscle, provides satiety, and keeps your metabolism churning toward the positive direction. Determine protein needs (about one gram per pound of bodyweight) and then everything else will follow.
  3. Carb wisely – No longer seen as the bane of a dieter’s master plan, carbs are a necessary tool for the highly trained. As your body’s preferred source of energy, you’ll need to regulate the right amounts in order to practice responsibly. As a starting point go with between one and two grams per pound of bodyweight.
  4. Fat Is friendly – As the proverbial cat has ran out of the bag, fat is no longer the enemy it was once perceived to be. Healthy sources such as nuts, olive oil, nut butters, and avocado can benefit any eating plan due to their power to fuel workouts, create satiety, and provide certain hormone regulation which is key to a healthy metabolism.
  5. Relax – Lastly, try not to sweat the small stuff. Needling too much in the weeds of your diet will only leave you frustrated, overwhelmed and fed up. Once you decide on a diet plan, stick to it for a significant length of time. Time will be your best indicator of its success or failure.

Suitcase Kitchen: Stuffed Pork

Happy new year!  Yes, it’s still an appropriate pleasantry as this is my first real post of 2017.  I gather a mess of you are in the midst of a New Year’s Resolution or just trying to pick up the pieces after a messy (read: fun) holiday season.  I fall into the latter category.  Every year.

No need for excessive motivational words.  Long and short: Prepare.   There’s simply no better return on investment that having quality meals available.  You’ll be better in the gym, better at work, patient with your spouse, kids and will miraculously learn calculus.  I like pork, here’s a recipe.

If you need some motivation, check out my last motivational video regarding fitness communities.  We’re here for you.


I’ve been a little lazy on my posting in this space, but I remain pretty active on Instagram (@suitcasefitness) – follow me there.

Keep at it!

–  SF

CrossFeels and Fitness Friends

There’s something to be said about the relationships you develop through wins, losses, suffering, success – mainly, they’re pretty solid.  This applies to a number of experiences, but today, we’re talking about fitness.  No matter kind of physical activity I’ve undertaken, I generally have found good people and, importantly, life-long friends.  Plainly put:  fitness and the friends I’ve made along the way make me feel good.

The video that follows is just a silly aggregation of random clips give you a peak inside my head when I train, make friends, struggle, sweat…whatever.  Let’s just call it my internal theme music at the present time.

I have such a hard time understanding why people can be so obstinant to these types of lifestyle changes as it all seems like nothing but good in my book.  While I’m lucky to be surrounded by good people and coaches along the way, I don’t believe my experience is a singular one.  I’ve found that group fitness generally attracts supportive people.  Presently, I recognize that consistency across Crossfit affiliates as I travel for work.  I also notice these themes in OrangeTheory, Soul Cycle, Rev, FlyWheel and LesMills as examples.  The only place it never really happened for me was in the silent world of oversized headphones at a big box gym.

So yea, this is a little sappy and melodramatic.  You can deal with it.  Go make your own little highlight reel, won’t ya?!

Stay healthy my friends –

SF