Here are the answers to some of my most popular questions. I enjoy answering questions like these because it gives me some insight into the topics that you all are interested in. From dieting and traveling to strength training, I hope this will answer some of your questions!
Do you have any tips on how to stay consistent with your strength training?
My three biggest tips on staying consistent with strength training are to:
- Have a Goal. This should be your first step in any workout routine. If you don’t know what you want to get out of your training you will have a much harder time finding the motivation to stick with it.
- Be Specific. Following up on the previous point, having concrete and specific goals make sticking with them easier. Walking into a gym or starting your workout and not knowing what to do is a motivation killer, for sure.
- Enjoy it! Sticking with anything is that much easier if you look forward to it. If your current training routine is feeling like a chore, consider changing it up! There are so many amazing workout routines out there: I’d bet one of them is a perfect match for you.
Staying consistent with your workout routine will always be hard, but it will only get easier as you get into it! Take it one day at a time. If you are ever feeling overwhelmed by starting a workout routine, take a deep breath. You can do it.
I have a MAJOR sweet tooth! What is your favorite healthy snack to curb your cravings?
I also have a major sweet tooth. I go by the philosophy that moderation is king. I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating sweets every now and again, but to supplement that I love snacking on fruit, low-calorie jelly, and yogurts. I’ll also drink diet soda on occasion, just enough to keep me satisfied.
I like fruits especially because of their variety. I never feel like I’m backed in a corner when I’m picking what fruit to eat. Eating fruit, jelly and yogurts have served me well so far to satisfy my cravings!
What is the best time to take my daily supplements?
It depends on the supplement! Some should be taken at specific times to be most effective. For the supplements where the timing is less important, I like to take mine first thing in the morning. I am most likely to remember to take them when I’m getting ready for the day!
I recommend finding a time of the day when you are likely to remember them and likely to have them on hand. In general, adding to your morning or nightly routine is a good place to start.
If you have trouble getting into a good routine: don’t sweat it! With our non-time-sensitive supplements, there is no harm in taking a day off than switching the time of day you take them.
What is your favorite Dr. Emil Nutrition product?
Is all of them an acceptable answer?
Well, if I have to choose I love the EZ Dose Plus or the Bedtime burn before bed, especially when I am traveling. They are easy to pack and take with me wherever I’m going, and they help fight jet lag and wake up refreshed when I am changing time zones.
Apart from that, I love the pre-workout formulas. The Fortis Pre Workout and the Arginine Plus are my go-to’s in that regard. The Fortis Pre Workout has it all. It’s easy to take, allowing me to focus more on achieving my workout goals. On top of that, our formula comes without the crash of other workout supplements and I can take it confidently, knowing there is no sugar or unnecessary additives in the capsule. If you are interested, you can find these here, on my website.
Have you done any intermittent fasting or other trendy diets?
I tend not to get too fancy with my lifestyle. Instead, I focus on a few nutrition fundamentals and make sure to follow them well. For me, it all starts with being aware of my energy balance. I don’t want to eat too much or too little on a given day. More or less. I try not to get too caught up in exact numbers, but this is a great starting point for me.
Eating enough protein is another pillar I build my diet on. I like to stay active, and getting enough protein keeps me satisfied through my long days. Alongside that, I eat loads of fruits and vegetables. They round out my diet with all the vitamins and minerals packed inside them. I enjoy finding meals that incorporate fruits in them for that added sweetness.
You seem to travel a lot - how do you stay on track with jet lag and time changes?
I am lucky to be in a role where travel is part of my work, but it does come with challenges. As I travel I’ve figured out a routine that helps me acclimate to whatever time zone I am in and manage my jet lag. I use blue blocker glasses and melatonin to help me acclimate quickly.
A common problem with jet lag arises from your body not producing enough melatonin at your new “bedtime.” I like taking melatonin to help the body adjust to its new cycle, but I make sure to stick to my whole routine instead of relying solely on that.
I also like to employ some simple tricks like changing my clock to the destination time and make sure I get some sunlight as soon as I can after I land. These two help my brain and my body clock adjust to the new time zone.