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Active Living With Whole Foods x FollowMario

June 25, 2015

Hey guys! Finally back in the groove of things from all my recent travels and have promised myself I will get my body back in shape. In order to do so, I’ve teamed up with my local Whole Foods in Pasadena (3751 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107) for their Active Living Week. Who better to recharge my fitness and balanced nutrition plan with than Whole Foods? It seemed like the perfect match to me! (make sure to scroll down to the bottom for some insider tips and promotions at the #WFMpasadena location).

Here’s the thing though, I am not a greek god, olympic athlete or fitness guru. I simply just like to workout and eat well and I know what my body likes and what it doesn’t. Therefore as I start to get older, it is important for me to know what I am putting into my body and beginning to plan how to effectively prep and recover from my workouts if I want to see results.

So, what I wanted to do is share with you what a typical weekend day is like for me in LA with a balanced diet and my favorite workout spot to match. This is probably one of my lengthiest blog posts, but I there is so much I want to share with you guys.

Wake up, flawless. J/K, my body needs to eat when I get up. I may seem like a thin salad kind of guy, but I LOVE breakfast. It’s the one meal of the day that I absolutely love because it instantly speeds up your metabolism and gives you energy for the remainder of the day. Before I eat, I make sure to stay hydrated with a glass of water. Tip: If you get sick of water, add fruit to sweeten it and let it refrigerate over night.

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I am a creature of habit, so I could have the same thing every day and be fine. My latest obsession is Avocado Toast and I have it at least three times a week. I toast a piece of multi-grain bread with scrambled organic eggs or a poached egg (poached if I have time), then I smash an organic avocado on top and add smoked salmon pieces with a dash of pepper. I also have a small handful of almonds and blueberries for the antioxidants and fiber. I also love almond butter, so I have a scoop of that if I need to feel full. I always grab a light juice to feel hydrated but not “smoothie sluggish”, so I opt for Fresh Watermelon/Coconut Juice made at Whole Foods. This meal will keep my stomach full and not like I am about to pass-out when I work out (I hate working out on an empty stomach).

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After about two hours, I’m ready to workout. If it’s a nice LA day, I’ll head to Runyon Canyon (so cliche, but I love it!) with some of my friends. We always either opt for the stairs (medium) or the incline (hard) path. It has such a great view of Los Angeles and you’re bound to run into an actor or celebrity at some point! Don’t get distracted though, stairs are a great workout for your glutes and legs, so make sure to stretch and wear sunscreen. If you do burn easily, use aloe vera to help the burn heal faster.

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After about an hour to an hour and a half long hike, I am exhausted. I need to eat. I am cranky. My body needs protein to maintain and build muscle mass. Therefore, for lunch I opt for something healthy. I have a ton of organic chicken. Like a lot. To be honest, I only buy my meats from Whole Foods because I like to know that my meat isn’t injected with hormones or any added preservatives. It creeps me out. Someone once told me the greener your meals get, the better. That’s why for lunch I have a kale salad, some veggies, a juice and chicken.

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After I eat, it’s time to let my body replenish and relax. My new friend, Jay from Whole Foods also hooked me up with an Action Ready bag. It has everything you need pre- and post your workout. I haven’t used all of the products yet, but the electrolyte drops help refuel my body (you just drop in water) and I am a huge fan of the Tom’s of Maine Deodorant, there’s no aluminum and it has great odor protection without having to smell like a 14 year old boy.

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Last but not least, (are you still with me?) after I go about my day with my friends, I keep dinner light and stick to an Egg White Protein Shake (chocolate flavor) with a scoop of almond or peanut butter and almond milk as a meal replacement, or if I’m not feeling like eating too much, I may just have a protein bar. Below are my three favorites.

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Staying active isn’t just about working out or eating healthy, it’s about staying balanced and consistent. I’m not perfect by any means and I always have my cheat days, but knowing your body and educating yourself on how to fuel and refuel is truly what’s important.

Active Living Week starts today through Tuesday, June 30th so be sure to stop by the  Whole Foods Pasadena store or any Whole Foods store to learn how to be active and healthy with tons of tips and nutritional info.

Also, THIS FRIDAY through SUNDAY ONLY, Whole Foods will be 25% off all Protein Powders. Definitely make sure to stalk up! I know I am!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it useful. In the meantime, let’s stay active!

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