Sunday, July 25, 2010

Protein Pudding

Use this OCCASIONALLY only as a treat because it's so good I could eat way too much.

1 package Jello fat free chocolate pudding
2 scoops whey or casein protein - chocolate or peanut butter flavour (such as IsoFlex Peanut Butter)
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbs ground flax
2 tsp chia seeds

Prepare with 1 cup lactose free milk skim or 1 cup unsweetened almond milk and 1 cup light coconut milk (from fridge)

Mix with hand mixer 2-3 minutes and then add in 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) to finish this dessert off.

If you want to make this lighter, use 2 cups of milk (omit coconut milk) and also omit the additional fats (nut butter).

Pour into 4 dishes and chill.

Trust me on this... eat ONE bowl only and share with the family. Get rid of it... Hard not to eat all four bowls even though the pudding package is only an additional 80 calories it tastes so good it feels like an added 500 calories.

To enjoy ANYTIME: keep coconut flour, coconut milk and nut butters in
For POST WORKOUT: omit coconut flour, coconut milk and nut butters and add eat with 1/2 banana

Friday, July 23, 2010

Take a Shot!

If you have ever thought about competing in physique but could benefit from a stepping stone, consider preparing and peaking for a photo shoot.

The preparation is almost exactly the same as a contest without the pressure of being on stage in front of hundreds of people and minus competitive jitters.

It can be a life altering experience.

Both of these beautiful women would tell you that it was just that! You walk away with memories and momentos of your polished physique, but more importantly it changes you from the inside out.

"...sometimes we must do the things we think we cannot." Eleanor Roosevelt

This shoot was done with Lisa from Vavoom Photography of Haldimand County.

Great job Nadine and Kerri! A picture speaks 1000 words.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dreams DO Come True

(photo courtesy Scott Walker)

After you read one of T-Nation's latest articles, Sure Fire Fixes for Weak Points: Biceps (by Bryan Krahn), most of you will understand why yesterday I experienced one of the most rewarding moments in my career thus far as a performance coach and strength & physique athlete.

It a pleasure as always to be asked my opinion as an expert about how to grow biceps, but the celebration came when I saw my picture above Arnolds as a reference to great bicep development.

Thank you to Scott Walker and Glen E. Grant for the photos. I actually have quite puny and soft arms - the pictures just make me look good.

An additional thanks to the Body Transformation team for helping me with those freaky biceps. That picture was taken 3 weeks out from OPA Provincials where I placed 2nd in Masters and Middleweight and qualified for Nationals (aiming for 2011).