Comments for Meg's Wellness Blog My strength training, group fitness, and paleo nutrition journey Sat, 01 Feb 2014 22:58:51 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Kettlebells & CrossFit Injury by olympics Betting Scandal Sat, 01 Feb 2014 22:58:51 +0000 An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who
had been doing a little research on this. And he in fact bought
me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him…
lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
But yeah, thanx for spending some time to discuss this topic here on your blog.

Comment on Explaining the Cult-Like Behavior of Paleo-Devotees by deanco Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:07:37 +0000 Good post. It gets a bad wrap, because the Paleo concept (lets face it, thats what it is) is fantastic for this world. Some are obsessive about it though and this is where it comes into play. Crossfit is great too, i am so happy there is something like this for people who need drive and camaraderie in achieving a life balance. I am not one of them as i do my own SIT/HIIT work outs and i follow a mostly Paleo diet. I use an 80/20 rule with it – this way i don’t get anal when i am out with friends and i still get great results. I also don’t go on about it like i have found some new religion – although i am so happy for people that do all these things, crossfit included. I think those that bag any of this are either very envious or have failed in the past with some sort of focus. There is nothing wrong with eating whole foods for life :)

Comment on A Treatise on “Mirroring” (Facing Your Class) While Teaching Group Fitness by Meg's Wellness Blog Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:25:44 +0000 Thanks for your comment & I totally agree! Nonverbal cues are so important and I too use them often; to indicate direction as well as other things like spinning my hand to cue ‘revolve’ or ‘reverse turn,’ etc.
I don’t feel like it’s detrimental to my connection with the class to have my back to them. I see how they’re relieved when I do it because I know it’s tougher for them when I mirror in step. I also get to face them when we do our muscle conditioning intervals, in addition to warm-up and cool-down, and I do make eye contact in the mirror as well.

Comment on A Treatise on “Mirroring” (Facing Your Class) While Teaching Group Fitness by Sarah C Mon, 05 Aug 2013 01:08:29 +0000 I’ve found that they are going to follow whatever side it “looks” like you are using when you are facing them … so I tend to point a lot rather than saying “left” or “right” unless it’s obvious (usually if we’re doing something that stays on one side for an entire combination, then switches to the other). I sometimes feel bad when I have my back to the class – but at the same time, I try my best to make eye contact in the mirror (and let them know I’m still watching them, even if it looks like I can’t see what they’re doing). Great post!

Comment on Absence & Commitment by Rose Sun, 09 Jun 2013 22:19:37 +0000 Trying on either clothes that I have that no longer fit or shopping for clothes and trying them on in front of those horrible mirrors and lighting motivates me to get back on the wagon every time!

Comment on “Naturally Raised” Pork at Noodles & Company? by Meg's Wellness Blog Tue, 21 May 2013 14:04:42 +0000 Thanks for your comment! Regarding your question; does Chipotle use pasture-raised pork? The short answer is, “no.”
The long answer is:
I don’t know with certainty, but I’m willing to bet a hefty sum that I’m correct! Here’s why:
1. Pasture-raised meat is more expensive. Chipotle is an inexpensive restaurant.

2. It’s not worth the added expense because Americans, on the whole, don’t care enough about pasture-raised.

3. Americans ARE starting to care more about naturally-raised meat with regards to fewer antibiotics, hormones, & non-GMO food. They’re also caring a bit more about cruelty, as evidenced by the increasing popularity of free-range/ cage-free eggs & chicken. Veal has also been out of style for some time. But Americans aren’t educated enough about pasture-raised to know what it means & how it differs from “naturally-raised.”

4. But most importantly, even if they DID understand the distinction of “pasture-raised,” it’s not legally regulated, so I’m pretty sure that as long as the animals got out on grass occasionally, there is nothing to stop companies from calling their meat “pasture-raised,” even when it spent the majority of its life cooped-up.
What this all boils down to is what I finally accepted from my animal-activist friends: You need to know your farmer.

I personally don’t take this to extremes. I DO still eat meat occasionally at places like Noodles & Company or even Chick-fil-A. I just eat at home most of the times, and that meat is purchased from farmers I know. I’m also really lucky that a gourmet deli opened up near my house with fantastic food & local meat such as Gunpowder Bison.

Comment on “Naturally Raised” Pork at Noodles & Company? by darahoffmanfox Sun, 19 May 2013 18:38:08 +0000 Your blog post was so helpful, we just stepped into a Noodles & Company and had the same question! We wish “pasture raised” was listed as well. Does Chipotle’s pork meet that criteria as well? Thanks!

Comment on The Never-Ending Battle with Sugar Cravings by Rose Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:29:14 +0000 I have the same experience with sweets. The only way is to just not indulge. I find once I start I have a hard time stopping.

Comment on Kettlebell Research – Good Science? by SwoleFIT Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:25:46 +0000 Well written post. Too often people focus on the upcoming, trendy training methods rather than what’s been proven as effective.

Comment on Happy New Year Beginner-Mediate Step Choreography Routine #3 by Meg's Wellness Blog Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:49:12 +0000 Hi Nancy,

Thanks so much, I appreciate the feedback! I’m glad you find my choreo helpful. I do have more routines for both step & cardio kickboxing that I have to film. I’ll get my camera set up again soon! :)