Nutrition

5 Simple Healthy Breakfast Recipes: How to Chow Down, Stay Lean & Energize Your Day!

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by Coach Jimmy Hays Nelson You have probably heard your whole life that ‘Breakfast is the Healthiest Meal of the Day’, but you have also come to realize that morning is the busiest part of your life! There are lots of things that can contribute to rushing through your mornings: Hitting the snooze button one too many times Morning prep for the kids Traffic Breakfast is usually the first thing sacrificed during a rushed morning. However, you are setting yourself up for failure if your first meal of the day only consists of coffee. Breakfast ignites your metabolism for the day. It’s going to energize you to be on the top of your game, wherever you are rushing to, all while keeping your waistline slim and trim. Most people do not eat breakfast because they think they don’t have time or they think they will lose weight by cutting morning…

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Yes! Kids Eating Healthy Can Be Fun!

    By Kelly Songy Nelson In elementary school, I ate in the school’s cafeteria. As I moved into high school, I became a sack lunch kid. We’ve all been there, you whip out your lunch and all of a sudden it’s like the opening bell just sounded on the New York Stock Exchange. I’ll give you my orange for your Jello; you gonna eat that mac-n-cheese? Fish sticks…I LOVE FISH STICKS (sure beats the tuna casserole that my Mom packed) I’m sure if Moms could be flies on the wall each day, they’d just throw in the towel when it comes to packing their little ones a healthy lunch! But it doesn’t have to be that way! Your kid could be known as “The Untradable”. For those of you who follow Jimmy and I on social media, you know that the Nelson household is a healthy one! No dairy, fresh organic…

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How to Bounce Back After the Dreaded Holiday Weight Gain

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By Jimmy Hays Nelson It’s that time of year again. The time of year between mid November and January 2nd where the cakes, candies, parties, cocktails, and “legit” excuses to splurge on your meal plan seem to come fast and furiously! As I started to look at my upcoming schedule, it seems like I could ‘justify’ four to five splurges in a week for the next month and a half! Between an actual holiday, a party, or relatives visiting, it can be pretty destructive for those of us trying to eat clean and healthy on a regular basis! But you know what? THAT’S LIFE! And there may be stretches of time when we all aren’t as consistent as we would like to be with our nutrition and exercise plan! So what do you do when one bad meal becomes a five day buffet of treats……. YOU BOUNCE BACK! My fitness…

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Beachbody Ultimate Reset Cleanse Official Final Review

By Coach Jimmy Hays Nelson If you have been following my blog, you know that I was recently hand picked to be part of a very select test group to go through the new Ultimate Reset Cleanse from Beachbody, creators of P90X, INSANITY, and BRAZIL BUTT LIFT. As I pointed out in this previous post about my Ultimate Reset Journey, while it was flattering to be chosen for this test group, I still had quite a few concerns about embarking on this 21 Day Cleanse.  The thought of not working out for 21 days was very daunting to me.  Even though it has been over 10 years since I lost 100 pounds, there were still very real fears that if I didn’t keep moving I could gradually revert to my old habits – seriously!   I mean, I am a pretty healthy guy.  Was this Ultimate Reset even designed for someone like…

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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Without Depriving Yourself!

By Coach Jimmy Hays Nelson This time of year can be awesome for your spirits, but as we all know, it can also be killer on your waistline. It is easy to justify ignoring our health and fitness goals from mid November thru January 1st … because after all, ‘Tis the Season! Which usually means cakes, candies, office parties, wine, spiked eggnog, and yes… even fruit cake for you adventurous types! But I am your bearer of Good News! I am here to show you how to avoid holiday weight gain WITHOUT depriving yourself! Let’s start with some obvious facts: Regardless of how busy your holiday season is, you do not have a holiday party or get together every day! In fact I would go out on a limb and say that most people, even those with big families, have no more than 10 events from November 24th thru January 1st….

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Have a Plan This Thanksgiving; Don’t Just ‘Wing It’!

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By Jimmy Hays Nelson  So it is finally upon us, Thanksgiving! The holiday that is the most closely identified with food! (And usually LOTS of it!)So for those of us making a real effort to eat healthy, or are in the middle of a fitness program; what do we do? Should we shun the chance to spend time with those we love by locking ourselves in a room with nothing but baked chicken and steamed green beans? Do we bring our own food to Thanksgiving dinner, and run the risk of having to explain over and over to every distant relative that ‘No, I didn’t join a cult – I’m just watching what I eat’. Only to have them roll their eyes or give us a hard time about it?Both are actually viable options, but I personally don’t follow either. Here are a few steps I follow every Thanksgiving to…

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I Am Sick of Feeling Fat! Why is Weight Loss Confusing?

By Coach Jimmy Hays Nelson I swear that was my mantra from elementary school age until my early 20’s! Have you ever felt that way?  You decide you are ready to take that next step. You truly have a burning desire to finally start taking action to live a healthier lifestyle, but you have NO IDEA where to start!  There has never been more information available about weight loss, fitness, health and nutrition.  But what is the right plan?  There are so many options: Low Fat Diet Atkins Diet Paleo Caveman Diet Cabbage, Lemonade, Cayenne Cleanses Dukan Diet MMA Training Bootcamps Gym Classes High Cardio Low Impact Cardio Cross Fit P90X The Biggest Loser Personal Trainers Long Distance Running Burst Training Sometimes having too many choices is as paralyzing as having no choice.   Every time we read one report, see news broadcasts, or hear from a friend about a program…

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How to Eat Healthy When You Have No Time!

I don’t have time to eat healthy! By Coach Jimmy Hays Nelson Lately I have been hearing this issue come up with my clients, friends, and family. People who want to improve their nutrition, but feel like they don’t have time to prepare healthy meals when our society has become overrun with fast processed options that seem more convenient. Our lives seem to get busier and busier each year. I know mine does, I thought I was a busy guy THEN my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world this past year! Talk about a busy world immediately getting a little more crowded. Yet, throughout it all I have been able to use a few steps to continue my healthy eating routine. (I didn’t even gain sympathy weight when my wife was pregnant. For all the Dads out there, you know how challenging this can be!) First, you have to make ‘Eating Clean’…

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You Are What You Eat

by Kelly Songy Nelson For those of you who know me, you know that I’m a planner.  For those of you who know my husband, Jimmy, you know that he’s….well, not a planner…except when it comes to workouts and food.  Jimmy is extremely disciplined in these areas as you can see here. This week we’re in Florida for a conference and it’s the first time that Jimmy hasn’t brought food with him – no chicken, no sweet potatoes, no green beans in zippy bags, frozen and safely stowed in a cooler bag!  We ran out of time packing and just said “it’s OK – we’ll just make due with what the hotel has to offer.”  The only things we brought were oats and shake packs. We got to the hotel and our room wasn’t ready, so we worked out in the hotel gym and headed to the pool restaurant for…

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How to Cheat On Your Diet & Stay Lean For More Energy

By Jimmy Hays Nelson “Did you feel guilty eating that?!?” This is a question that has been stuck in my head. It came in the form of a comment on my Facebook Page when I posted a picture of my cheat meal one week. The admittance that I cheat on my diet like everyone else wasn’t a huge deal, but the issue of guilt associated with rewarding oneself opened the door to an issue that goes beyond goals and discipline. I allow myself one cheat meal a week where I can eat and drink whatever I want. A whole rack of ribs with french fries???? If the mood strikes me…absolutely! That meal is something I now look forward to each week, and I enjoy every last morsel, but that hasn’t always been the case. As a person with a 100 pound weight loss story, the history of my relationship with…

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What Jimmy's Trainees & Crew Members are saying

Tulin E.

"I was a skeptic. Thanks to Coach Jimmy's leadership 1.5 years later, I earn twice the income of my previous full time job, we lost 150 lbs as a couple, and helping hundreds of plus size women. Fitness has become our family's life bringing us closer together!"

Andy Tuttle

Branch Mgr, Oak Mortgage Group

"Coach Jimmy's constant support and encouragement has helped me be a better "me". Down 17lbs. More engaged in my marriage. More focused in my business. Couldn't have done it without you. Thanks Coach!"