THE CEREAL DAYS

Did you eat cereal as a kid? Many of us growing up in the U.S. are well acquainted with breakfast cereals and while the majority of breakfast cereals are atrocious when it comes to nutritional value and in fact they do more harm than good, there are some that we would recommend occasionally if you are looking to enjoy memories of your youth.

Some important things to look for are organic, non-gmo, unrefined sweeteners, stable fats (no vegetable, soy, or canola oil), and ideally sprouted grains.

Here are some we like (in varying degrees of meeting the criteria):

Probably our current favorite are cereals from One Degree Organic Foods. We love that they sprout the grains and use coconut palm sugar to sweeten.

Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisps – Organic brown rice, organic coconut palm sugar, organic cacao, organic sunflower oil, organic sunflower lecithin, unrefined salt, tocopherols (vitamin E).

Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps – Organic brown rice, organic coconut palm sugar, unrefined salt, tocopherols (vitamin E).

Organic Sprouted Ancient Grain O’s – Organic Khorosan Wheat, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Palm Sugar, Unrefined Salt, Tocopherols (Vitamin E).

Organic Sprouted Ancient Maize – Organic Sprouted Maize, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Sprouted Buckwheat, Organic Sprouted Amaranth, Unrefined Salt, Tocopherols (Vitamin E).

Nature’s Path EnviroKidz Choco Chimps – Great for those who used to like cocoa puffs. Organic Whole Grain Corn Meal, Organic Corn Meal, Organic Cane Sugar, Fair Trade
Cocoa, Natural Flavor, Sea Salt.

Nature’s Path EnviroKidz Cinnamon Jungle Munch – Organic Whole Grain Corn Meal, Organic Corn Meal, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Brown Sugar, Organic Molasses, Organic Cinnamon, Sea Salt.

Kashi Organic Promise Cinnamon Harvest – Organic Wheat, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cinnamon, Natural Cinnamon Flavor.

Food For Life Organic Sprouted Grain Cereal, Cinnamon Raisin – This cereal might remind you a little of Grape Nuts. Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat, Organic Raisins, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Millet, Organic Sprouted Whole Lentils, Organic Sprouted Whole Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Whole Spelt, Filtered Water, Sea Salt.

Arrowhead Mills Organic Sprouted Multigrain Flakes – Organic Whole Grain Sprouted Barley, Organic Whole Grain Sprouted Wheat, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice, Organic Whole Grain Rolled Spelt Flakes, Organic Pear Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols, Ascorbic Acid.

Arrowhead Mills Organic Maple Buckwheat Flakes – Organic Whole Grain Buckwheat Grits, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Whole Grain Buckwheat Flour, Organic Maple Syrup, Sea Salt, Organic Honey, Ascorbic Acid, and Natural Vitamin E.

Do you have any cereal stories to share? What are some that you like? Leave us a comment below and let us know!


THINK YOU ARE EATING HEALTHY BY EATING FISH?

toxic fish

Most people think getting fish is a healthier option than other meat. While this may have been true at one time, taking into account the current state of the oceans and fish farms, eating fish may be one of the least healthy options. A recent article from Mercola.com highlights some of the problems:

“This elevated toxicity is quite significant. According to toxicology researcher Jerome Ruzzin Ph.D., in Norway, farmed salmon is one of the most toxic foods in the world! Overall, tests show farmed salmon contain five times more toxins than any other food product tested.”

“Farmed salmon also suffer other disturbing mutations. The flesh of the farmed salmon is “brittle,” and breaks apart when bent — a highly abnormal feature. The nutritional content is also wildly abnormal, which may have consequences for your health. Wild salmon contains about 5 to 7 percent fat whereas the farmed variety can contain anywhere from 14.5 to 34 percent. Many toxins readily accumulate in fat, which means even when raised in similarly contaminated conditions, farmed salmon will contain far more toxins than wild.”

“Fish farming, which began about 65 years ago, is considered by many to be one of the least sustainable approaches to farming.”

Even though there is so much contamination in the oceans and waters of the earth, there are some practical tips for finding and eating healthy sources of fish. First, we always recommending getting wild-caught fish and avoid all farmed fish. Second, look for smaller game fish as they typically have less toxins in their flesh–wild-caught salmon (Pacific or Alaskan, as all Atlantic salmon is farmed), herring, sardines, and anchovies all make better options for fish. Third, eat plenty of plant-based mineral rich produce as these foods can help protect your body against heavy metal contamination.


CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY

We will be closed for Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 30, 2016. This cancellation applies to all classes for the day. If you are a personal training client, please discuss with your individual trainer as other arrangements can be made depending on your trainer and their schedule for the day.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions!


YOGA CLASS and TRUNK SHOW by FREE FLYING FISH

LFA will be hosting a FREE yoga class and trunk show on Thursday, May 26 with the yoga class beginning at 4:30pm and the trunk show beginning at 5:30pm.

Free Flying Fish’s Ellen Junglen will be instructing the yoga class and presenting the 2016 Spring/Summer Expressionwear line, consisting of fairly produced yoga apparel, women’s activewear, harem pants, summer tops, backpacks, and travel bags. Free Flying Fish’s line is handcrafted in Peru using the finest materials including 100% organic Pima cotton and color grown Peruvian cotton.

All are welcome to the Yoga class and reception!

what: Yoga class and clothing line launch reception
when: May 26, 2016 at 4:30pm
cost: FREE

www.free-flying-fish.com


COOKIE COOK-OFF!

Healthy Cookies Nashville

It’s time for another LFA showdown! We are bringing back the cookie contest, because, who doesn’t like a good cookie!? We will be enjoying some LFA approved cocktails and cookies for some good weekend hang time on MAY 13, 2016 at 6:00pm. Contact us if you need an LFA Food Guide to see approved ingredients (points will be given for quality of ingredients).

What: Cookie Cook-Off (plus cocktails!)
When: May 13, 2016 at 6:00pm
Why: Hang time and bragging rights (Terry is the defending cookie champ!)
Where: the LFA gym – 2428A Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Cost: FREE!


NASHVILLE NINJA NIGHT

Nashville Ninja Training

Nashville Ninja Night is a charity fundraiser where donors can pay $50 to enter a mini ninja competition and win some really great prizes from our sponsors! What’s better than that? All the money raised goes to help amputees get the help they need to walk again, ride their bikes and well… get back to living!
This will be a great event! Come hang with us!

WHAT: NASHVILLE NINJA NIGHT with killer prizes for entrants and money to charity
WHEN: FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016 at 6:00pm
WHY: TO SUPPORT AMPUTEES and HAVE SOME FUN!
COST: $50 entry fee, FREE TO WATCH. BUY tickets at EventBrite

Also you can donate independently at Steps Of Faith Foundation.


CALISTHENICS MEETUP

Nashville Calisthenics

Come meet us at the Ascend Amphitheater for some calisthenics fun–we will try new things and just have fun.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00pm

Ascend Amphitheater is located downtown Nashville right on the river at: 301 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201.

Contact us if you have any questions.


SWEAT ON MUSIC CITY

lululemon nashville gym

Spend Saturday, April 30th with lululemon athletica and LFA as we partner with some awesome studios to take and provide some super sweaty complimentary classes outside and along the route of the Rock’n’Roll Marathon!

#sweatonmusiccity


BRING A FRIEND and SAVE BIG $!

group training discount

We have a new referral special! Bring a friend to train with you and you both get 30% off. Bring two friends to train with you and you each get 40% off. Bring three friends to train with you and you each get 50% off.

Group personal training is a great way to get the personal modifications, attention, and motivation of personal training, but with great savings–and it is a whole of of fun to train with friends. Contact us to schedule and find a time when you and your friends can train at the same time.


HANDSTAND CLINIC 4

nashville handstand

Our next Handstand Clinic is upon us and it is available for all levels–from experienced handstanders to those of us who are terrified of being upside down. Here are the details:

What: Handstand Clinic for all levels — Age 16+
When: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 12:00pm
Where: Life Fitness Academy – 2428A Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Cost: $20 if paying before 3/3/16; $25 if paying that the door.