January: You’ve decided. This is the year you’re going to hit the gym and eat right!

March: Maybe next year.

You signed up for your membership and hit it hard for a week or two, but the gym is always packed and you feel like you are wandering around aimlessly or actively trying to avoid that sweaty Sasquatch who keeps giving you the eye as though you are doing that all wrong.

You bought everything on the clean food list you found on Google, but you hate brown rice, you don’t even know what quinoa is let alone how to cook it, and you can’t stand the thought of gagging down another chicken breast or salad.

Is it the lack of motivation that causes you to abandon your dreams of seeing those shredded abs, sculpted arms, and tight glutes, or is it system overload?

We read the articles and hear the advice of everyone who has ever lost more than ten pounds.Lift heavy, go for reps, fasted cardio, high-intensity intervals, aminos, pre-workout, fat burners, pro-biotics, Macros, Ketosis, high carbs, low carbs, low fat, high fat, fiber, low sodium, electrolytes, hormones, protein, proteinPROTEIN!!! Does it really have to be that complicated?

My non-expert advice is to stop listening to non-expert advice. Get some guidance from a trained professional who can help you individually.

The world’s greatest athletes all have a coach they trust. Why do you suppose that is? I mean, they are already completely freaking awesome, right?!?

Or, did they become that spectacular because they have the guidance and input of a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist?

Most people don’t aspire to become the next Mr. Olympia or cover model of the fitness magazines, but we all want to look good naked even if we are the only ones to see it. (maybe some friends on Snapchat 😉

A personal trainer doesn’t need to be a life long mentor. He or she just needs to help you adopt the daily living activities, routines, and habits of a healthy lifestyle.

As a Financial Advisor for nearly fifteen years, I have found that people are reluctant to come see me because they are embarrassed of their situation and lack of knowledge, have no idea where to start, and are afraid of being taken advantage of.

A simple assessment of current needs, goals, and habits, along with recommendations for adjustments and the right products to meet short and long term objectives is all I need to set my clients on a path to sustainable wealth.

Change the word wealth to health and you have a Personal Trainer instead of a Financial Advisor. The processes are the same.

The time at the gym or otherwise training will soon become the best moments of your day when you set out knowing what you are going to work on and how to do it.

A good personal trainer can help you know which of the thousands of nutritional supplements and functional foods on the market are best and which ones you need to use if any at all.

Supplements can’t replace real food. There is no magic pill or powder that will make you healthy.

diet is a short term fix to long term problem. Nutrition Planning and Meal Preparation are part of a lifestyle that brings lasting health and the legacy you will give to your children.

But how do you make that healthy food taste good? Ah, I’m glad you asked.

Feast Mode Flavors & Nutrition has designed a vast line of Low Sodium Seasonings specifically intended to meet the needs of people who follow a regimented nutrition plan either by choice or necessity.

I know, you’ve tried the Low Sodium blends that are out there and you were unimpressed to say the least. Feast Mode Flavors’ are created by Tom Curley, an award winning gourmet chef with a background as a Saucier and thirty years of experience of creating custom blends for commercial kitchens and private labels for companies such as Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse.

The Saucier Chef’s task in the kitchen is to flavor the food with sauces and provide layers of flavor without overpowering the taste of the food itself.

Chef Tom has perfected the transformation of decadent sauces into convenient dry seasonings that can be cooked with or simply added to the top of your dishes.

Our use of low amounts of salt is as much a culinary decision as it is about health. We turn Health Food into Comfort Food.

Why Low Sodium? A very basic explanation is that the body uses a balance of Potassium and Sodium to move water in and out of the cell walls. Most people consume far too much Sodium and not nearly enough Potassium. This imbalance causes the cells to retain water and swell the tissue. Besides making you look and feel puffy, this puts pressure on the arterial walls, which causes hypertension or high blood pleasure.

Hypertension restricts blood flow and can lead to the buildup of fat deposits called Plaque in the arteries, which contributes to blood clots, heart attack, and stroke.

The American Heart Association reports that heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they diminish quality of life. (see www.heart.org for more detailed information)

Salt is only one form of sodium. What we put on our food may be compounding a hidden and silent killer within the food itself.

Sodium is found naturally in many foods and added in great abundance to processed foods as flavor, as a preservative, as a cheap filler for seasonings, or even injected with water to add weight to meat that you purchase by the pound! Be mindful as you are shopping and choose the freshest ingredients available.

Here is just one of the many excellent articles from the American Heart Association on the matter. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sodium/sodium-sources

Start with the guidance and accountability associated with a qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist. Set your goals and build a plan to achieve them. Shop carefully. Use Feast Mode Flavors. Train Like a Beast, Cook Like a Pro.