Meet the Nutrishop Team: John Mackey

John is 64 and still crushing it!

One of our new employees, John, was looking for a way to keep making some extra cash and continue to fuel his passions in retirement. We were so pumped to bring him on board after five years of AMAZING progress!

We hear all the time that people think they’re too old to get in shape, but John is 64 and still making gains! He’s sitting at 109 pounds of muscle at 6.8% body fat, and always improving!
“As my interest in fitness and nutrition expanded, I developed a close relationship with (store owner) Toby,” John said. “He and his staff have guided me toward my goal of better health, greater fitness and pride in my appearance. Yes, I lost my ‘dad bod’ at 64 years of age, and I have never been stronger!”
Like many who come to work with our team, John wanted to be part of the team that puts people on the right path. He saw it firsthand–he did the work, but Nutrishop helped him find the right direction. Now, he can share his experience and use it to help others!
I wanted to be part of the team that can put people on that path. I did the work, but the Nutrishop Team cleared the path and built the bridges. Now, I can share my experience and help others. He’s eager to develop the one area that’s always excited him about Nutrishop: gaining knowledge.
“No question, the team at Nutrishop, through research and experience, know the science of nutrition and the inside track of fitness,” he said. “Toby’s background as a competitive bodybuilder saved me a lot of trial and error in both the gym and the kitchen.”

John, before he transformed his body and life!

Now, John can pass on what he’s learned through his own incredible progress, whether it’s his workout plan and strategy, or his favorite supplements. He likes Thermovex for losing unwanted pounds and a lift pre-workout; Stance BCAAs that helped him get through his intermittent fasting; ForzaPro for the taste and its role in helping him put on 15 pounds of muscle over the past five years; and N’Ject (“What a great feeling as I reluctantly walk out of the gym after my workout – I can’t wait to come back!”, he said!). He also is dedicated to staying interested in his progress, so the InBody machine has been one of his best friends and motivators.

Adding years to his life by focusing on his health has given John the increased opportunity to also add life to his years. He made his living as a home designer and Navy pilot, but in retirement, he likes to work out, ride his bike (or shovel snow, depending on the season), and even ballroom dance. He enjoys the Eagles Lodge (Aerie) for dancing and Honeysuckle Beach year-round for the view and some occasional peace and quiet.
John is a really cool dude who walks the walk, and we are thrilled to have him on our team!

Meet the Nutrishop Team: Christina Barbieri

We have a newly appointed assistant manager! Many of you know Christina, and why she’s a great person for the job. If you haven’t gotten the chance to meet her yet, here it is!
We did a quick Q&A session with her to find out what makes her tick!
NS: What first made you interested in working for Nutrishop?
CB: The people, and how they care about each and every person that walks into the store! I love building relationships with clients and striving to help everyone be the best version of themselves.
NS: What do you like most about working with Nutrishop staff and clients?
CB: Each and every staff member is part of a team and a family. We have each others’ backs, and learn from each other as we help clients reach their goals. All of our clients become friends and continue to reach out to us for any help they need.
NS: What are your Top 5 favorite Nutrishop supplements?
CB: BCAAs, Hypercor, Lipocor, Liver Complex, and Nature’s Fuel. There are more! But these are just a few of the supplements I take to help me feel at my healthiest.
NS: What interests do you have outside of work?
CB: Spending time outdoors with friends and family! I love spending time camping, hiking, fishing and so much more while making memories and learning new places in my beautiful Idahome.
NS: What is your favorite thing to do or place to go in CDA? 
CB: I love hiking Tubbs Hill and the beautiful views, and I love getting out in nature and enjoying God’s creation!
We hope you all get a chance to say hello to Christina the next time you stop by!

Meet the Nutrishop Team: Alexa Derby

We are pleased to introduce a new member to our team, Alexa!
Like many of our staff over the years, Alexa started as a customer and grew to see what makes us tick. She wanted in, and we are happy to have her on board!
“Nutrishop has made a big impact on my life as far as nutrition goes,” she said. “I have always been drawn to the fact that they focus on whole health and nutrition, as well as how important supplements are to reach your goals.”
Expanding her knowledge base will be huge for Alexa, who plans on attending school to earn a degree in nutrition or health coaching. With hands-on experience every day here, she is getting a leg up on her education as she works to help our community.
“I love the fact that I get to help people every day in achieving their health goals,” she said. “I love getting to know all the clients and being a part of their journey with diet and nutrition.”
With a fondness for hiking, snowboarding, running, yoga, and spending time on the lake and in the mountains, Alexa is right at home here in Coeur d’Alene, with plenty of inspiration and activity to help her stay active. She fuels her active lifestyle with some of her favorite supplements, including BCAA, Detoxin, curcumin/hemp, Nature’s Fuel, and Fiburn!
She’s a valuable and talented addition to our team, and we’re pumped to have her with us!
“I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work for Toby and Lisa,” she said. “They are so knowledgeable in nutrition and they make the workplace a very positive atmosphere for the employees and clients!”

Our Spring Transformation Challenge Women’s Winner: Brandi Lish

unnamedOur women’s winner of the Spring Challenge is Brandi Lish! Brandi lost 19 pounds of fat and 7.6 percent body fat, and she gained .8 pounds of muscle!

Brandi’s fitness journey began when she met Lisa from Nutrishop out in the community, and the two started talking fitness and supplements. Brandi has Crohn’s disease, which comes with a lot of stomach irritation, and Lisa encouraged her to look into products she could take and a diet that would work for her. Once Brandi learned about the challenge, she thought it sounded like a great opportunity, and came in to meet Carly and DJ to get going! With her husband Cody also doing the challenge alongside her, they were ready to go.

“We got the lowdown of how it all works, and we’ve done other diets and challenges, and they were hard to stick to,” Brandi said. “This seemed like one we could make into a lifestyle and keep it, so we signed up and started it and really enjoyed it. The meal prepping wasn’t overbearing – it was doable.”

Brandi and Cody came into Nutrishop once a week to keep themselves accountable, and Brandi in particular wanted to see if she needed to change anything.unnamed (1)

“Carly and Lisa were awesome and supportive, and at one point during the challenge about halfway through my weight was creeping up and I wasn’t feeling the best,” she said. “They switched my diet up a little bit and I was back on the track of losing weight.

“They pointed out I was in the lead, and that really kept me motivated and wanting to continue on,” Brandi said. “I love my pizza and desserts and everything, but they kept me on track!”

Brandi did face her challenges – Cody recently graduated from college, and with that came a big party. Brandi asked us, “Can I have cake?” Carly put it to her this way: “Brandi – is $1,100 worth of prizes worth a piece of cake?”

“They really helped me keep myself focused,” said Brandi, who complemented her diet with training at Peak several days a week. She switched her workout schedule to the mornings, having never been a morning person, and found she loved the freedom it allowed her the rest of the day. She could finish her spin class or boot camp early in the morning, get her evenings back, and know she got her work in.

“I’m feeling a lot better after the challenge,” Brandi said. “I was kind of was in a slump of feeling down; I’d gained weight; I felt bloated and ‘ugh,'” she said. “I wanted to get back to my go-getter self. This has definitely helped me do that.”

Portion control and not having junk or processed food were the primary factors in her new outlook, she said. The food you eat definitely fuels your activity, and Brandi said she can feel that difference now.

“It’s hard – it can be hard to step in those doors and start something, but Nutrishop, after everything I’ve tried and done, is totally a family,” Brandi said. “They want you to have the life you want – they ask what your goals are, what will make you happy, and they help you get that.”

The NUTRISHOP 2015 Fall Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to Jesse Ebert, our overall winner of our Fall Weight Loss & Muscle Gain Challenge! Jesse put on 12.05 pounds of muscle and lost 7.85 pounds of fat, for a total swing of 19.9 pounds – impressive! For his great results, he wins a year’s supply of protein!

Jesse before and after the NUTRISHOP Fall Challenge.

Jesse before and after the NUTRISHOP Fall Challenge.

“I got so tired of being skinny all the time,” Jesse said. “I was motivated from the beginning, but after my first weigh-in, I realized, ‘Holy crap, something’s happening.’ That really motivated me to push harder and I could see the numbers and evidence to prove it was working.”

A year ago, Jesse started his gym membership, but he didn’t really have much direction – he would go to the gym and work out, trying to figure things out on his own. A friend told him about the Challenge, and he decided to go for it. Then he started taking things seriously, doing research on power-lifting workouts that would get him stronger and bigger, and working with Josh at NUTRISHOP to get his diet and supplements on point.

“It was all pretty new. I’d never even done squats before – I thought about it, maybe walked over to the bar a couple times,” Jesse said. “Starting this challenge encouraged me to talk myself into it. Once I started challenging myself, that’s when I started seeing muscle mass.”

Paired with an introduction to protein and BCAAs and full-body, compound lifts, Jesse saw results right away. He started off eating salads and watching his calories, and he dropped 5 percent body fat over four weeks. He soon discovered he needed to eat as much quality food as he could get, and that’s where Josh fit in. They worked together on what Jesse should eat and when, and Jesse took it to heart.

“Everybody at NUTRISHOP has been great – any questions I’ve had, they’ve answered, and they always give tips that actually help,” Jesse said. “There’s always a fear when you’re trying something new that someone is just trying to sell you something, but I always felt like they were being genuine and really wanted to help me.”

Jesse’s goals for 2016 are to keep on the same track – if he can gain 12 pounds of muscle in two months, he said, imagine what he can do in a year.

“I feel great – I’ve got a positive attitude and a lot more self-confidence,” Jesse said. “There’s no way I’m going to stop now, right when I’ve got it figured out.”

Why Late-Night Eating Isn’t Actually So Bad

The idea that “when you eat” matters just as much as quality and quantity of it is a popular one.

Lots of research has proven that the 2-to-3-hour period after a workout, for example, is ideal for protein and carbohydrate consumption, as the body can most effectively metabolize food during this anabolic state — some studies suggest this period can last anywhere from 8 to 24 hours, depending on the workout and the individual’s metabolism.

So, if eating around a workout is so beneficial because your body is instantly using the calories you’re giving it, then eating before bed must be an automatic no-no, right? Well, no. Still, this concept has become quite the rage, in fact, over the last few years; it’s not uncommon to see even educated bodybuilder and athlete types avoiding calories altogether in the hours before going to sleep.

This is a mistake.

Yes, the type of calories that are usually consumed at this time are low-quality calories. This is dessert time, when a person is most likely to be on the couch, mindlessly destroying chips or cookies. Let’s say you do this the second you wake up instead. Would you really consider this “better?” Of course not. So chalking up weight gain because of nighttime eating in this case would not be telling the whole story. The quality and quantity of the food being eaten is what matters. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is not known for being the bastion of health knowledge we once thought it was, but we would side with it on its support of a “calorie-in, calorie-out” concept of eating to fight obesity.

Not everybody can sleep on a full stomach — loss of sleep or restlessness while digesting would be an example of bad evidence against nighttime eating. But the calorie consumption itself isn’t the culprit.  Sleep deprivation and the rise in cortisol levels that comes with it can affect body fat negatively. Ideally, you wouldn’t eat a large, energy-packed meal right before bed (so a stack of pancakes is out). But a small serving of cottage cheese or a protein shake? It’s highly unlikely these would contribute to body fat gain overnight.

Additionally, the concept of periodic eating every few hours seems to be ignored when considering nighttime eating. While eating these frequent small meals will not directly assist in weight loss, it does help prevent the gigantic binge meal most of us have at dinner after not having eaten in 6-8 hours. Consistent, frequent eating of small snacks regulates blood sugar and controls hunger. A real-life example of how not to do this would be swearing off all food after 8 p.m.; your best-case scenario (if you’re getting adequate sleep, eating your last bite at 8 p.m. and waking up with a forkful of food in your mouth) would be nine to 10 consecutive hours of fasting. Not exactly keeping in stride with the plan there, is it?

It can be intriguing to follow in-vogue nutrition concepts as the health and food industries continue to evolve, and research will continue to suggest new methods for people to try in the effort to control their physiques and health. But in this case, the relation to eating before bed and weight gain has mostly shown to be anecdotal, and more of an indictment against the amount and type of food being eaten than the time at which it is consumed.

The Body Transformation Challenge Winners Are In!

We have some great results from the NUTRISHOP Body Transformation Challenge, and we want to share the winners with you all this week!

Every category winner won $75, with the exception of the overall winner, who wins FREE PROTEIN from us for a year!

First, an honorable mention: Jessica Rayner, who had a total fat loss-muscle gain swing of 6.26 pounds!

unnamed (1)A new mom in July, Jessica took second in her class after connecting with NUTRISHOP’s Josh. The two had known each other for a long time and Jessica heard about the Body Transformation Challenge, she knew it would be a good thing to do to drop the baby weight and get motivated.

“The guys that work at NUTRISHOP are great — I used to be really intimidated in that kind of environment, because a lot of the people that you see there are really fit already,” Jessica said. “But Matt and Josh helped me out a lot. They’re really supportive, and that’s important to me because I have a crazy schedule with a baby, I work graveyard, I don’t have a set time that I sleep. They helped me do the best I could given the situation.”

When Jessica had her son, she was weighing in at 176 pounds, and after she returned to work, she got down to 147. She set a goal before the Transformation Challenge to get down to 125, and while she didn’t quite make it to that number, she dropped the excess fat around her stomach with a clean meal plan that Josh wrote for her, plus supplementing with FORZA PRO protein powder.

“I’m really happy that I was able to stick to it,” she said. “It wasn’t too hard for me to eat the food he wanted me to — the challenge was more in eating every three hours because of my schedule. I’m a huge fan of chocolate and sugar, and I think the meal plan he gave me seemed to curb those cravings.”

Jessica is looking forward to the spring’s Transformation Challenge, when she plans to incorporate more physical training into her schedule while maintaining her new diet. With a hectic schedule and sporadic sleeping habits due to her job and new child, Jessica still is finding that her cleaner eating habits are giving her more energy. She feels more fit and healthy,

“I just wanted to be fit. I used to be into sports and as I got older I went down the wrong road. It’s too easy for me to gain weight,” Jessica said. “I just wanted to be healthier for my son and my own health.”

Our overall winner and winner of the Male 30-49 Category: Keith Babor!unnamed

Keith lost 25.93 pounds of fat and 11.07 pounds of muscle for a total transformation of 14.88 pounds! With two months of training and dieting throughout the PEAK Biggest Loser Challenge and the Body Transformation Challenge — a perfect storm of motivation — Keith and his wife Tracie (see her story below) knew they had to work together, and fast, to get their lives back on track.

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Keith had held pretty firm between the 205- and 220-pound range for years as he worked construction, and also had aches and pains related to his line of work. His right shoulder partially separates from doing drywall and construction for so long. His left shoulder was constantly aching. He had a right knee reconstruction, a meniscus repair and an ACL replacement at 40. Keith, once an AAU basketball coach, all but quit playing basketball or racquetball, or even running or jumping, because it hurt too much. The biggest thing, though, was the real-life application of all that pain — “It used to just kill me to sit on the floor and read my kids books,” Keith said.

He set an ambitious weight goal from the outset: 175 pounds. A nutritionist he had been seeing told him to be realistic. Instead of changing his goals, Keith worked hard — he got his diet set up at NUTRISHOP with the help of Josh and Toby, made sure to incorporate protein, BCAAs and 1-XPM into his supplement plans and started training to build muscle, and then stuck to his regimen.

He ended up weighing in at 170 after the challenge.

“We really held ourselves accountable and did it together, and everyone at NUTRISHOP has just been awesome to help us do it,” Keith said. “They’re just full of information and that really helped us meet and exceed our goals. When you do something like this, people tell you that you can’t do it, but they tell you not only that you can, but how you can.”

For Keith, it was never about the number on the scale — he just wanted to feel healthy and strong. And perhaps best of all, the real life stuff is back in play for him and Tracie — Keith can read to his kids or play with them without pain. He’s no longer afraid of being 50 and unable to throw around a ball with his children.

“I’m getting stronger every day, and at 47 I’m healthier than I was 15 years ago, and that to me is amazing,” he said. “I feel better than I have in years. That’s attributed to making a lifestyle change.”

Female Over 50 Category: Laurie Littman

unnamed (4)unnamed (3)Laurie lost 3.93 pouns of fat and gainpounds of muscle for a 4.86-pound swing. Also a competitor in the PEAK challenge, Laurie did not come into this competition as a novice. In fact, she was a NUTRISHOP Transformation Challenge contestant in the past, and had great success then, too. Motivated by her past results and the knowledge that her hard work would pay off, Laurie signed up again.

“I kind of already knew what I was doing, and I knew the results would come,” Laurie said, noting that she stuck with the same supplement usage of BCAA SPORT, N’FUZE, NATURE’S FUEL and PRO 7. “I’ve kind of kept up with it, worked out the same, and pushed a little bit more with the weights this time.”

Laurie was still able to achieve success without hitting a weight-loss plateau, thanks to a revamped diet and new focus on ensuring she was getting enough protein. She had initially gotten a meal plan created at NUTRISHOP when she first competed in the challenge and applied the same principles this time around.

“As far as my diet I tried to eat more protein – I had gotten kind of lax on that, so I watched it a little bit more,” she said. “When you’re in a contest you don’t want to let things go like you might have when you’re not in a contest, so I worked on it.”

One major change Laurie also made was to implement five days a week of heavy weight lifting with her friend and workout partner Sarah. She had been training with weights before, but never with the intensity or frequency with which she’s training now.

“It’s fun and going with a partner helps a lot,” Laurie said. “It’s easy for me to get to the gym every morning.”

Her success this time around, she said, all started when she first gained the knowledge she’s still using. She knows the diet is the most important thing — “probably 80 percent of the important work I’ve done is eating right” — and in this case, knowledge definitely is power.

“I had a better grasp of what I was doing,” she said, “with the help of everyone there at NUTRISHOP.”

Female 30-49 Category: Tracie Babor

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Tracie Babor lost more than 16 pounds of fat during the NUTRISHOP Transformation Challenge.

With eight kids, including two young ones, Tracie and her husband Keith had struggled over the course of the last year to stay in shape, each putting on about 10-15 pounds and feeling too tired for exercise. Along came two huge motivating factors, though: The PEAK Biggest Loser contest, and of course, the NUTRISHOP Body Transformation contest, and the couple decided to do both together.

A couple of years ago, Tracie had started to do the Biggest Loser contest, but soon became pregnant and it stalled out her goals. Instead of giving up on them altogether, though, she and Keith came back to challenge themselves and are now seeing the rewards.

“We have lots of years left that we need to live and be healthy,” said Tracie, who lost 16.94 pounds of fat and 5.06 pounds of muscle for a 11.88-pound swing. “I’m feeling fantastic. We used to be super active — we hike, we bike, we fish, and we take the kids with us and spend the day running around, but this last summer we got away from that. The first weekend of the challenge, we found a hiking trail that was about 10 miles. The kids couldn’t do it obviously, and once we went up it, I didn’t know we’d make it out again.

“We’re looking forward to tackling that trail in the spring.”

Like many people looking for motivation do, Tracie experienced a bit of nervousness in her first trip into NUTRISHOP, not knowing what to expect and surrounded by nutrition experts. She left with the knowledge necessary to get her and her husband’s diets right, and also was able to keep an eye on her weight loss as she stocked up on protein, BCAAs and, more recently, 1-XPM. The goals in her sights have now changed from losing weight to challenging herself more: She wants to start training for a mini-triathlon, mixing in even more weight lifting, and putting on more muscle.

“I feel really good, I’m loving the stuff I’m doing and the lifestyle that we’re able to have again,” Tracie said. “I’m excited to see what the next couple months bring for me. We’re sticking with it.”

Male Under 30 Category: Bryce Degelman

PicMonkey CollageBryce, 27, was able to turn in a 5.34-pound swing as he lost 1.67 pounds of fat and put on 3.67 pounds of muscle during the challenge, all part of a year-long transformation for him. Nine years ago, he was a hockey player in high school, but injuries and a desk job put his health and fitness in jeopardy until he decided to change it in March.

“I decided I wanted to get back into shape and get healthy again,” he said, “and up to the point of that competition I’d come down about 25 pounds from my original weight. I figured I was already in the mix of the working out, so it kind of fit together — too bad it wasn’t a few months earlier!”

With the support from his wife Kira, who started encouraging the couple to work out back in March, Bryce started hitting the gym as soon as it opens, 5-6 times a week, mixing up his workouts with dedicated splits like upper-body pull and push days, leg days and even mixing in spin classes or other forms of cardio.

Adopting a supplement regiment of HEMOVEX, FORZA ONE BCAAs and PRO7 protein powder, Bryce is still burning off the fat he wants to and is excited to start getting even more serious about his fitness.

“I feel great now. I got to the point where I blew my knee up and had to have surgery on it, four days before our first kid was born, and during my recovery I was physically in a really low point, and now I feel way stronger,” Bryce said. “I feel like I’m almost back to what my peak was before.”

Female Under 30 Category: Alana Harvey

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Female Under 30 winner Alana Harvey

Alana lost 3.12 pounds of fat and gained .52 pounds of muscle for a 3.64-pound swing! At 20 years old, she said she was surprised with her results, given that she weighed in at only 121 pounds.

Already an avid weight lifter with her husband Jeramy, Alana was encouraged to join the competition after talking with NUTRISHOP’s Matt one day. The first fix was getting her diet right, but with Jeramy out of the state for work for seven weeks, Alana had to take things into her own hands to prepare the food that she normally relied on her husband to make for them both.

“I started eating healthier right away, changed my diet pretty much completely and upped my workout days to six instead of four,” Alana said. “I was cooking for myself, preparing everything, and that was the hardest thing. I had to learn to eat small portions every hour — I was full but also hungry all the time!”

Working in the 15-rep range with the heaviest weights she could handle, Alana was focused on building muscle and strength over the 60-day transformation period. The biggest challenge she faced was Thanksgiving, of course, but she had a strategy.

“There was a fruit tray and vegetable dish, so I got full on that before the bad stuff,” she said. “Mashed potatoes are my absolute favorite, so I had a little bit of those, but otherwise that pretty much was it. It’s easier to not crave the sweets and junk food if you never eat them in the first place.”

Alana is looking forward to seeing Jeramy soon, because he’s refused to let her send any pictures of her transformation! And in the meantime, it’s easy for her to stay motivated. She works at the hospital, where she sees plenty of poor health, and refuses to let herself succumb to it at this point in her life. Fitness has become her feel-good drug.

As for the $75 she won at NUTRISHOP, she knows it’ll go toward one of the favorites she used to get in shape for the contest: N’FUZE, FEMFIRE, FORZA PRO or AUGMENT!

Way to go, Alana! Congrats!