Onnit Introduces EGN Powerfood

fOnnit Introduces EGN PowerfoodI first wrote about this product back in May of this year. Aubrey Marcus was on Joey Diaz’s podcast talking about Onnit’s upcoming products and he mentioned something about a new product that would rival Green Vibrance. Seven months later, this product has finally come to fruition, and it’s called Onnit EGN Powerfood.

Back then I had no idea what Green Vibrance was, so I did a little research and found out that it’s a powder that you mix in water or juice. It’s a superdrink that provides you with a wide range of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that a lot of us don’t get through our daily eating habits. Having the ability to drink some Green Vibrance and get everything you need from one glass is appealing. The problem according to Aubrey is that Green Vibrance doesn’t taste good. At all. If you’re like me, drinking something that tastes disgusting doesn’t make me want to drink it, regardless of how good it is for me.

So what Aubrey set out to do was to create something in the same vein as Green Vibrance, but have it taste good. The result is EGN Powerfood, with the EGN standing for Earth Grown Nutrients, a favorite phrase of Mike Dolce. It works in much the same way as Green Vibrance: you scoop some of the powder into a glass of water or juice and chug it back.

So what’s in this EGN Powerfood? Literally too much stuff for me to type out here, but I’ll break it down into categories: there are an assortment of antioxidants, a variety of greens, a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, a blend of ingredients designed for detoxing, and a blend for digestion to cap it off. It’s honestly a little unbelievable when you look at the list of ingredients and think that somehow they condensed all of this stuff into the plastic jar of EGN Superfood, and that somehow you can obtain the benefits of these ingredients by drinking one glass of the stuff per day.

I’m the type of person who doesn’t like eating many vegetables. I’d rather blend and drink them in a smoothie than eat them with my meals, but I try as best as I can. Knowing that you can mix up a drink and obtain the same benefits is definitely appealing. Now some of that stuff I force myself to eat I can take off the menu and substitute it with EGN Powerfood instead.

For those who care about gluten and GMOs and all those other food-related buzzwords, EGN Powerfood is vegan-friendly, non GMO, and it doesn’t contain any dairy, gluten, or soy.

Learn more about EGN Powerfood and its ingredients and benefits on Onnit’s website.

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Is White Rice Bad for Me?

Is White Rice Bad for Me?I was never a big fan of rice. I ate it occasionally but it wasn’t something that I ever went out of my way to make. That is until I first had basmati rice. The taste and texture of it appeals to me in ways which I cannot describe. I’m now craving it so much I have to tell myself to relax and space out my meals that include rice. After all, foods that are white are bad for you, right?

Well, it all depends what we’re talking about. Whole grain bread, pasta, and rice will contain more fiber than their processed, white counterparts. Whole grain rice also has more calcium and vitamin E than white rice. But is all white rice bad?

Something that’s common to all rice–white or whole grain–is that it’s virtually fat-free, low in sodium, and it’s gluten-free, too. People who have legitimate conditions where they cannot consume gluten can eat all the rice they want. White and whole grain rice also contains eight essential amino acids, vitamins, iron, and potassium. So white rice isn’t something that should be written off completely the way some people say all white bread is bad.

I think the key to eating rice is to have it as part of a meal rather than your entire meal. Sure, I could sit down and eat an entire bowl full of basmati rice with nothing else, but I won’t. Instead, I’ll use a bit of basmati rice as the base and then add things into it to complement it. A little bit of chicken and a lot of vegetables combined with the rice is a healthy way to satisfy my craving for rice while enjoying a balanced meal that’s delicious and filling.

What Does the Color of My Urine Mean?

What Does the Color of My Urine Mean?Time to get a little weird, guys. A little personal.

I try to eat healthy and drink at least two liters of water per day. This is a slippery slope for me, though, as I’m sure it is for many others. I can go a few weeks eating well and drinking my water each day and exercising, too. Then I have a bad day or two, and slide back into my old ways. I don’t exercise, eat bad, and don’t drink enough water.

So what does this have to do with the color of my urine? Well, I’ve been climbing back up that hill recently, and I’ve been drinking a lot more water. As I stare down at the bowl when going to the bathroom, I’ve been noticing the color of my urine. It’s been going from it’s typical dark yellow/amber-ish hue (TMI, I know) back to very light yellow or almost clear when I’m drinking water. This got me thinking, what does the color of my piss tell me?

The other day, as if they read my mind, Lifehacker posted an article along with a graphic–courtesy of The Cleveland Clinic–that helps you diagnose yourself. There’s a wide range of colors ranging from clear to green, purple, and even urine that fizzles like soda pop. Generally the lighter your urine, the better. The darker and more colorful it gets, the more you should worry. Of course, when you wake up in the morning it will almost always be darker, but as the day goes on and you drink more water, it should get almost clear.

As far as bodily waste goes, this is about as revealing as I will get on this blog. There will be no “what does the shape and texture of my feces mean?” in the upcoming weeks.

Check out the links below for the full details.

Via: Lifehacker via The Cleveland Clinic

How to Stay Focused on Your Goals During Thanksgiving

How to Stay Focused on Your Goals During ThanksgivingFirst, let me start off this post by responding to a comment I received the other day. The commenter said that this blog has turned into an Onnit advertisement compared to what it once was. I agree that as my blog posts have become less frequent more have been focused towards Onnit than just general posts about staying healthy.

I have a list of topics I want to write about, and I also have a list of Onnit news that I think might appeal to readers of this blog. I can understand how my enthusiasm for the company, its products, Joe Rogan, and his podcast can seem purely like an advertisement, but my intentions aren’t simply to shill Onnit products.

I started out this blog as a way to answer the questions that I had about things related to health and fitness. Like, what is kale and why is it healthy? Why do my knees make so much noise, and should I be worried? How can I prevent a hangover? I’m going to tone down the Onnit posts and keep them limited to when an exciting new product launches and when the company has a sale on its products. I don’t need to cover the minutia of the company and every little product that it releases. I’ll steer this ship back towards what Tight Lightning once was and answer more of the questions I have about living a healthy life while limiting the posts that feel like ads to my readers. I hope that you guys will continue to visit this blog in 2014.

With that out of the way and off my chest, let’s talk about Thanksgiving. As a Canadian, I’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving. It was last month, I’m over it, and it wasn’t a big deal to me. To Americans though, it’s a whole other beast. It’s essentially the beginning of the holiday season. The family, the friends, the shopping and presents, and of course, the FOOD. I work in the food industry so I know how hard it can be to resist everything that will destroy your diet.

So what can you do during Thanksgiving to prevent yourself from ruining all the hard work you’ve accomplished this year? Here are a few ideas to keep you from gaining too much weight over the next month:

Exercise
If you don’t normally exercise on the weekend, maybe force yourself to, just as an added boost to help burn off the extra calories you consume during Thanksgiving. Do this either before the big meal or the day after, if you can muster up the motivation to do so.

Eat a Balanced Breakfast and Lunch
If you eat a healthy, balanced breakfast and follow it up with a filling lunch, you may be inclined to eat less during dinnertime. For breakfast and lunch, choose protein and whole grains to keep you feeling full right up until Thanksgiving dinner.

Don’t Deny Yourself
It’s important that you don’t deny yourself of anything that you want during Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. However, as I have talked about on this blog in the past, the key is moderation. Have one cookie, not four. Have a piece of pie, but skip the ice cream. Have a plate of dinner, but not seconds. Keep your portion sizes in control and give yourself a limit and you shouldn’t feel too badly once you head back to work after the long weekend.

Eat Slowly
Everyone knows that the slower you eat, the more time your body has to respond to what you put into it. You’ll feel more full quicker and end up eating less if you don’t inhale your dinner. So slow down, relax, and enjoy the time with your family and friends.

Don’t Get Drunk
Alcohol is not only full of extra calories you don’t need during the holidays, it can crush your willpower as well. The more inebriated you become, the more likely you are to eat what you otherwise wouldn’t, and you’re more likely to wake up hungover. What happens when you’re hungover? You crave more food and you definitely don’t exercise. It’s a slippery slope, so be careful.

Take a Picture
I’ll admit it, I have a picture on my computer of what I used to look like when I was about 20 lbs. heavier. I also have one for inspiration when I was at my prime. Where I’m at now is somewhere in the middle, but I can use both of the pictures to keep myself in check. One shows me what I can turn back into if I get lazy and unfocused, and the other shows me what I’m capable of when I set a goal and accomplish it.

And there you have it. Those are my suggestions on how you can keep your body and your diet in check during Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. If you have any tips you’d like to share, feel free to post about them in the comments.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Think “Instead” of Rather Than “No” When it Comes to Food

Think "Instead" of Rather Than "No" When it Comes to FoodThe brain is quite powerful. The placebo effect can trick us into thinking something is having an effect when it’s not, and we can even use it to help us lose weight, too. One way to do this is by thinking of “instead” rather than “no” when it comes to food, specifically your snacking habits. This can be better than telling yourself that you can’t have something.

A blogger at Lifehacker wrote an interesting post about thinking of “instead” rather than “no” when dieting, which is based off something written in an office management book by author Heidi Grant Halvorson. Heidi said that the key to passing on snacks at the workplace–though this can work at home as well–is to think of what you will do when temptation strikes in advance. Her example is to tell yourself that you can have a cookie, but if you want a second, drink a glass of water instead. By using the water as a replacement instead of telling yourself no, you can more easily move past the urge to have that second cookie.

On a related note, researchers at Utrecht University found that the more you think about NOT doing something, the more likely you are to do it. Sitting around telling yourself that you won’t have that second cookie and that you’ll drink that glass of water instead might actually make you eat the cookie. Tell yourself ahead of time that you’ll have the water, but don’t sit around thinking about not eating the cookie. Focus your mind on other things instead of the delicious cookies.

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking that drinking a glass of water won’t take the place of eating a cookie (or pizza, or chips, or candy, or…) but I can guarantee that after you eat that second cookie, you’ll regret it and wish you had that glass of water instead. At the very least, this method is worth a try. Your brain might surprise you and this little mind hack could prove to be a useful tool when it comes to choosing the healthier option.

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Save Up to 25% Off Onnit Fitness Gear

Save Up to 25% Off Onnit Fitness GearAnyone who follows this blog knows that I’m a fan of Onnit as a company and of its products. I often talk about new products when they drop, review them whenever I can, and let you guys know when an Onnit sale is going on. Typically the sales are on the Onnit supplements and food products. Rarely do any of the Onnit coupon codes or discounts apply to the wide range of Onnit fitness gear.

That’s why I was surprised when I got an email from Onnit saying that it was slashing the prices of all its fitness gear by up to 25 percent. You’ll have to visit the Onnit Fitness page to view all the details, but you could save as much as 25 percent off any of the gear and exercise equipment that Onnit carries.

For the unfamiliar, Onnit has available traditional cannonball-style kettlebells, along with its line of Primal Bells, steel clubs, steel maces, clubbells, battle ropes, jump ropes, medicine balls, and more. It’s too much stuff to list right here, but there’s stuff if you want to build muscle or stuff if you want a more cardio-oriented workout as well.

This Onnit fitness equipment sale runs for less than a week and ends on October 9, 2013 at 11:59 CST, which is 12:59AM EST or 9:59PM PST. If you’ve been curious about any of the fitness gear that Onnit carries, now’s the time to place an order. I doubt this stuff will be on sale again before the end of the year.

The Healthiest Alcoholic Drinks

The Healthiest Alcoholic DrinksI’ll admit it, I like to drink. I go out occasionally, drink way too many pints, get bad food on the way home, and wake up the next day hungover. Of course that day becomes a write off as well, mainly because I’m too hungover to get out of bed and do anything, so I mainly lie around and eat even more bad food. As you can see, one night of drinking can lead to days of overindulging and thousands of extra calories consumed that you otherwise wouldn’t have ingested.

With this in mind, there are a few things you can do to bring down the total amount of calories you’ll take in during a night of drinking, or at the very least make some healthier choices. One of my favorite blogs, Gizmodo, put together a list of the nine “healthiest” alcoholic drinks that you can have when you’re going to tie one on. I put healthiest in quotes because there aren’t really (m)any alcoholic drinks that will have a positive effect on your health–especially when you’re drinking a lot of them at one time–but there are definitely ones that aren’t as bad as others.

The standard for anyone who’s watching their weight is the vodka soda. Vodka is a spirit with a low amount of calories (relatively speaking) and the soda has no calories. In my opinion, this is boring and only recommended if you are looking to get drunk quickly. You don’t really sit around sipping and enjoying a vodka soda.

As I said, Gizmodo has compiled a list of other drinks in addition to the vodka soda that will appeal to anyone who’s looking to take a healthier approach to drinking, opting for drinks made with fruits and vegetables–or just straight alcohol–rather than ones made with sugary fruit juice cocktails and soda. Check out the list complete with recipes at the link below.

Via: Gizmodo

Save 18% During Onnit’s End of Summer Sale!

Save 18% During Onnit's End of Summer Sale!Wow! It seems like I haven’t added a new post to this blog in ages. Really, it’s been about a week, but that’s the longest stretch I’ve ever gone without making a new blog post, so first let me apologize for that. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on in my life that prevented me from making regular blog posts this week, including a trip to the hospital. Fortunately I am fine, and I hope to resume my regular schedule with this blog post.

Onnit sent me an email two days ago about its End of Summer Savings promotion that’s going on right now. It’s only on for a little over 24 more hours, so you’ll want to jump on this as soon as possible if you’re looking to stock up. What this sale does for you is shaves off 18% from any of the Onnit-branded supplements that you purchase between now and 11:59PM on August 23, 2013. Just enter the Onnit coupon code SUMMEREND when you checkout.

Some of the things you can save money on include Alpha Brain, T+ testosterone supplement, the DIY Total Primate Care bundle, Shroom Tech Sport, Shroom Tech Immune, New Mood, Stron Bone and Joint, Hemp Force, and more! The email states that you can save 18% off these supplements, but also that the 18% applies to Onnit gear and foods as well.

Speaking of Onnit foods, Hemp Force vanilla chai protein bars are now back in stock. Those of you who love these as much as I do will have noticed that they weren’t available for a long while in the Onnit shop. They are available again, and will hopefully be in stock from now on.

As I mentioned above, the Onnit End of Summer Sale runs until August 23, 2013 at 11:59PM CST, which is 12:59AM EST or 9:59PM PST. Just make sure to enter the Onnit coupon SUMMEREND to apply the 18% discount to your order during the checkout process.

Metabolate: Chocolate That’s Good for You!

Metabolate: Chocolate That's Good for You!Yesterday I wrote about how if you keep junk food out of sight and keep healthy food at the front of your cupboards and fridge, you’ll be more likely to make the better choice. But what if your junk food was actually good for you? Wouldn’t it blow your mind if you could keep chocolate at the front of your cupboard alongside your chia seeds, oatmeal, and other earth grown nutrients?

Well, now you can. We’ve all heard about how chocolate has a wide range of health benefits, but the chocolate you’re going to find on the shelves at 7-11 isn’t what I’m talking about. Onnit has just added to its website a new (to me, at least) kind of chocolate that is good for you. It’s good for your teeth, your health, and your metabolism as well. It’s even Dolce-approved, and man, it seems like that guy hates anything that even resembles junk food.

The chocolate I’m talking about is called Metabolate by Chocofree. It’s made from a variety of ingredients like organic cocoa liquor, Xylitol for sweetness, organic cocoa butter, green coffee bean extract, coconut flakes, chili flakes, and cinnamon. As you can see, this chocolate has zero dairy, zero sugar, and includes three food-based supplements (green coffee extract, chromium polynicotinate, and capsaicin) to help boost your metabolism.

Chocolate is one of the most craved foods by men and women throughout the United States. Because of this, it’s something that virtually everyone who is trying to watch their weight will miss, and possibly end up breaking their healthy eating habits to enjoy. With a bag of single-serving Metabolate chocolate bars in your cupboard, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings, and do so without any guilt. And you’ll be doing your body a favor, too!

Trick Yourself Into Eating Healthier

Trick Yourself Into Eating HealthierThe mind is a very cool thing. Sometimes it will make decisions without us even realizing it. These subconscious decisions affect us in many ways, including how we eat. This can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing. It all depends on what we see first before we eat.

Brian Wansink, the professor of consumer behavior at Cornell University, found that we make food choices based on trigger foods. If we see healthy foods first, we’re more likely to make healthy food choices. If we see junk food first, we’re more likely to make food choices that skew to the unhealthy side of things.

Brian suggests that people who want to eat healthier apply this within their homes. For example, if you want to make healthier food choices when you’re eating, serve vegetables first before eating a bowl of pasta rather than with the pasta, or not at all. You might be more likely to eat less pasta or pass on the second helping.

It’s also recommended that you stock your cupboards, fridge, and freezer in this way. Everyone needs junk food every now and then, so if you have some in your house, push it to the back and keep the healthier options at the front. You won’t necessarily forget that the junk food is there, but your mind might make the decision for you to reach for the bowl of fruit rather than the cookie jar that’s placed behind it.

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