The Nutritional Supplement industry was worth about $32 million in 2012 and its growth is projected to continue.
But is any of it worth the moneY?
If you’re currently using supplements or are thinking about supplementing your diet (maybe you should, maybe you shouldn’t, but we get asked), consult examine.com before you shell out hard-earned dollars on a bottle of pills. Some supplements are worth their weight in gold, but for most you’d be better of eating some broccoli. Or grass-fed meat. Or fish.
But much of the information out there is convoluted. Luckily, the guys at examine.com pour through the science, pick it apart, and cite-cite-cite everything they post. And they update as much as they can.
Chances are that if you want to Get Strong, you need to eat better food. Real food. But if you’re wanting to take things to the next level, there may be some supplements that can help.
There are only a few websites/resources I’d recommend subscribing to, checking regularly, “liking,” or following, and this is most definitely one of them. Whether you want to Get Strong or Get Healthy (or both!), examine.com is a gold mine of information.
We’ve been in this process for far too long, but the day is rapidly approaching…
No more Schedulicity – We’re moving to Mindbody
We’ve been reluctant to switch away from a system that it took us so long to get everyone on, but it’s going to make our lives easier, and yours as well.
So stay tuned. This is your first warning that there will be a major scheduling change!
New T-Shirts @ Hard Pressed, and I think you want one. If so, here are the details:
women’s hard pressed shirts:
- 1 shirt is $15 (Pink or Yellow)
- 2 Shirts are $25 (one of each!)
Men’s Hard Pressed Shirts:
- 1 Shirts is $18 (You’re more swole than the women, which means more material. Get over it.)
- 2 Shirts are $30 (one of each!!!)
Hard Pressed Hat:
- 1 Hat is $25
- 2 (one of each) runs $45
Combo Hard pressed apparel deal:
- Hat & Shirt – $40
- Hat & Both shirts – %50
Get it while it’s hot!
Salads can get boring and if we do not rotate our ingredients, we can ambush the success of enjoying such healthy nutrients. If you are guilty, like me, I used to buy the exact same ingredients, week after week. Not only did this put me at risk for nutritional gaps, but my taste-buds got bored with the same flavors, textures and color. Overall, a good salad should include protein, fat and some carbohydrate and a minimum of 4-5 ingredients. Here are 5 ways to build a better salad:
- 5 large shrimp, or 3/4 cup of shrimp (cooked then chilled), I prefer using my grill pan and cooking the shrimp with some spice and lemon juice
- Cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber, green onion
- Seasonings/dressing: combine cilantro, lime juice and olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss with a bed of organic greens.
Tuna Caper Salad
- 6 ounce can of all white tuna in water or pure olive oil (I will admit it’s hard to find tuna in 100% olive oil; read labels and stay away from fillers like soy)
- Chopped celery and diced tomato
- Seasonings/dressing: 1 tablespoon of capers (undrained), chopped parsley dijon mustard, salt and pepper with a bed of organic greens.
- 4 ounce chicken breasts, skin on, organic, free-range
- 1 cups Chinese cabbage, sliced thin
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- minced scallion
- 1/8 cup sliced almonds
- chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 TBS toasted sesame seeds
- Seasoning/dressing: 1/2 TBS extra olive oil, 1/2 TBS tamari sauce, 1/8 cup rice vinegar, 1/4 TBS honey, pinch red pepper flakes
Snag and Kraut Salad
- 1-2 cooked sausages (as I learned in Australia “snags” is jargon for sausages). Make sure to read the ingredient list on sausage and only buy ones that don’t have chemical nor high fructose corn syrup. I personally love snags sourced from the farmer’s market, US Wellness Meats or when in a pinch Trader Joe’s has a clean Chicken Italian Sausage. Lastly, if you are in the Chicago area, I have recently discovered an awesome butcher in Lincoln Park, Gepperth’s Meat Market on Halstead St.
- Chopped romaine lettuce, organic
- 1-2 chopped carrot
- 1 chopped cucumber
- 2-3 TBS of fresh sauerkraut (the Green City Market has the best, or make your own)
- Dressings/seasonings: I either use some mustard or use a little salsa to add some texture/liquid to my salad. The sauerkraut and sausage provide a lot of flavor without a dressing too.
- Slow roast 1-2 pounds of pork tenderloin, overnight with onions and spices (I like chili spices with my pork)
- Fresh organic salad greens
- Avocado, 1 small
- Dressings/seasonings: salsa verde and freshly squeezed lime
Overall don’t limit yourself to ingredients traditionally in a salad. Throw anything in there – and it doesn’t have to be only vegetables. I love using fresh berries or diced apple in my salads. If I don’t have anything raw on hand, I will also put in some dried fruit. Load on herbs too. Such beautiful flavor adding a nice punch of antioxidants.
Cheers to you and good health,
When our new Coach Lanty O’Connor is “busy” at his “real” job he’s still plugging away on behalf of Hard Pressed by scouring the web for content and resources for our quaint little blog. And last week – in between petting tigers and teaching doctors – he found for us Thug Kitchen.
We don’t talk about food at Hard Pressed, but Dr. Thug does. If you’re looking for a simple and nutritious snack, drink, or meal, the good Doctor has you covered.