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Breaking The Fast


Do you tend to skip breakfast in the morning? Did you know this could be your biggest mistake in your journey to health and weight loss?

Believe it or not, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

When we sleep at night our body goes into a fasting state. When we wake up, one of the first things our body needs is for us to break this fast and fuel our bodies for the day to come.

Breakfast is pretty much what determines our energy level for the whole day.

If you don’t have a solid breakfast it will lead to some poor food choices and eating habits.

If you skip breakfast it will actually lead to binge eating (especially at night after dinner) and will also lead to many cravings. This is because if we don’t provide our bodies with the nutrients it needs to start off the day, it will spend the rest of the day trying to catch up. When we haven’t fulfilled our dietary needs our bodies will think we are starving and will make up for it by binge eating and craving foods that aren’t necessarily good for us.

The good news is that most of the calories we eat in the beginning of the day will normally be burned off. Our metabolism is best in the first half of the day and the energy will be used to get us through the day.

If we have a good breakfast, a big lunch, and a small dinner, we will be able to stop eating around 8pm so that our body can go into its fasting state (since metabolism isn’t very good at this time) and will be ready for us to eat breakfast as soon as we wake.

So what should you eat for breakfast?

It is important to have a balanced breakfast and one that is easy to make (for us people who don’t like spending a lot of time cooking in the morning).

The best thing you can make yourself is steel cut oatmeal. It is a whole grain so it has a lot of fiber and protein, too. It will digest slowly so it will keep you from being hungry 2 hours later. The best part of all is that it is totally customizable and is easy to make. All you have to do is add water or milk and cook it for 2 minutes in the microwave (or it can be made on the stove—just takes a little longer). Then you can add any of your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds, etc.


Try eating some steel cut oats when you wake up in the morning. It’s fast and easy and will start your day off with a good energy and will save you from binge eating later in the day, which will ultimately help you lose weight!


Water & Weight Loss


Water-For-Weight-LossDid you know getting enough water on a daily basis can help you lose weight?

I think sometimes we forget that more than half of our body’s are made up of water. So getting sufficient amounts of water is one of the most crucial ways we can maintain a healthy body.

Water is used in our cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate our body temperature and to make sure all of our other bodily functions run smoothly.

Unfortunately, most of my clients show a deficiency in water when we run them through a bioelectrical impedance analysis. I find that many people don’t drink enough water throughout the day to make up for the water lost through breathing, sweating, digestion, etc.

Dehydration is not your friend when you are trying to lose weight.

Dehydration often leads to cravings especially cravings of sweet things. This is because water is used by organs to help release glycogens and other components of your energy stores. If your organs aren’t able to release the glycogens they will not be able to give you energy so your body will start to crave that energy, which in its quickest form comes from sugar.

Oftentimes we have a craving or we think we are hungry when in reality we are just thirsty for some water!! Our bodies are very good at alerting us when we are need of nutrients, but it isn’t specific all of the time. So, we have to remember to keep hydrated and to try to drink a glass of water before eating an unnecessary snack or craving.

How much water should you be drinking a day?

The general rule is that women need about 2.2 liters (9 cups) of water a day and men 3 liters (13 cups). And another general rule I give my clients is to drink an extra glass of water for any alcoholic drink they have.

Are you having a hard time getting in your daily water requirements?

Here are some tips:

  1. drink a glass of water first thing in the morning
  2. drink a glass of water before every meal
  3. buy a new water bottle that you love and will enjoy drinking out of
  4. if you don’t like water, you can infuse your water with any fruit or vegetable or herb (strawberries, cucumbers, lemon, orange, lime, mint, etc)
  5. if you still have trouble getting in water, then try to eat more fruits and vegetables because they have a high water content.


The Good Side of Cravings


Are you suffering from daily or weekly cravings? Do you ever have an intense desire to binge on something sweet? Or salty? Do you find yourself getting frustrated with this urge?

The good news is that you are not alone and there some easy steps you can take to get rid of the cravings once and for all!

The first step in getting rid of your cravings is to understand where they are coming from (and what they are trying to tell you).

What’s Lacking?

One of the biggest culprits of cravings is simply not getting a balanced diet.

If we don’t have the proper ratio of carbs, fats, proteins,and water, our hormone and blood sugar levels will fluctuate, which will leave our body feeling deprived.

For example, if you don’t have enough carbs in your system, your body will start cravings sweets to meet your body’s energy needs. If you don’t have enough fats, you will crave things such as cheese and dairy. And if you aren’t getting enough water in your system, you become dehydrated and will crave salty foods.

Skipping Meals?

Skipping meals (yes, that includes breakfast) is a huge culprit of cravings. If we aren’t getting enough nutrients in our bodies, it will lead to cravings and binge eating later in the day to attempt to get the energy we need.

Processed Foods?

Still facing cravings? Make sure you try to eliminate as much processed foods out of your diet as possible. Chemicals from processed foods send messages and impulses to our brains, which will trigger addicting cravings.

Beyond Food

Surprisingly, foods aren’t the only thing that drives our bodies to crave certain foods. Do you ever find yourself reaching out for sweets or salty foods when you are bored, lonely, sad, or stressed? Often times, our cravings are simply just a way our bodies remind us to listen to our emotions. When we don’t address our feelings, we will often reach out to food because we unconsciously associate good feelings with food.

Next time you face yourself craving something bad, ask yourself a few questions before digging into that bag of chocolates or chips:

1) Have I skipped any meals today?
2) Have my meals been balanced?
3) Have I had enough water today?
4) Am I actually hungry or just bored?
5) Am I avoiding confronting an issue in my life?
6) Am I stressed? Or bored?

Listen to your body! Our body is an amazing thing. It tells us when we are low on carbs, fat, protein, and water by sending our brain cravings. All we need to do is listen 🙂

If you are struggling with any aspect of this – balancing your diet, skipping meals, emotional eating, don’t struggle alone. Reach out to a health coach or nutritionist like me to guide you along the way! We can help you clarify the messages your body is sending and get you set up on a path that ensures you get the benefits of those cravings instead of the down side.


Why mbodie?


I had the honor of working with Marc David at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in 2014. His favorite word was ’embody’ and it really became the underlying theme of his program.

We spend a lot of time working on our ‘body’. But, we often forget that our bodies are the embodiment of everything we put into them. Food. Effort. Emotions. Thoughts. Energy.

Look at the definition:


  1. to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form:
    to embody an idea.
  2. to provide with a body; incarnate; make corporeal:
    to embody a spirit.
  3. to collect into or include in a body; organize; incorporate.
  4. to embrace or comprise.

As much as we obsess over our bodies, we also know we can’t take it with us. Most of us won’t be remembered for our physical form, but rather for the characters we choose to embody.

That’s why I’ve named my business mbodie – because we are what we embody. And, we choose.

I love this quote by Epictetus…

Don’t explain your philosophy, embody it.”

Something worth thinking about. What do you want to embody?

Peace and love,


How did we get here?


Hi, my name is Tyler Smith. Thank you for visiting my site!

I am so excited to be part of your journey to understanding fitness, nutrition and what you truly need to live a fit, healthy and energized life.

And, thought you might enjoy hearing a bit about my own journey and why I’ve dedicated my life to helping people transform their health.

I guess you could say I have always been drawn to the health and fitness world. I played team sports like volleyball, lacrosse and basketball growing up, and always admired my coaches.

My love of fitness grew over the years. And, the more I learned, the more I wanted to know.

I got certified as a Personal Trainer while I was still in high school and have been training ever since.

I went on to study nutrition in college with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian.

It was during that time that I discovered how much food companies influence nutrition education in our country and how little nutrition education our medical professionals receive.

This led to a whole new path for me.

The more I learned about the disconnect between the health industry and the food industry, the more I realized why we have so many health and weight issues. And, why you can’t just workout and have the ‘perfect body’.

I knew that if more people had this information and understood how nutrition works, they could avoid so many of today’s most common health issues and get much more amazing results from their workouts.

But, there is so much conflicting nutrition information out there. How do you figure out the truth? How do you know if the nutrition bar you picked up at the gym is truly healthy? Or whether it’s just there to keep you coming back?

That’s why what I teach my clients is so important. So they can answer those questions for themselves.

We are all on the quest for the ‘perfect diet’ and ‘perfect exercise program’, but it’s so confusing out there. To top it off, we each have very different fitness and dietary needs.

The only way to find what is ‘perfect’ for you is to get to know your own body.

Together we will create a workout program you LOVE, eating foods you LOVE, and living a lifestyle you LOVE! So you not only look healthy & fit, you will mbodie health & fitness.



Peace and love,


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