Chewing The Fat With Coach Ari
It's time... 2018 is nearly here and you've got New Year's resolutions to promise yourself. We want to make sure that you get it right and smash some fitness goals. So we recruited USAW Performance Coach Ari M. Levy to help us design a new box that caters to people on high fat -low carb performance diets.
Ari is an accomplished athlete, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor inspiring growth in his community through proper nutrition and training. When Ari first sits down with someone the initial conversation is centered around nutrition and how it either supplements or hinders their progress towards their goals. Not many people understand how impactful this can be when they have never tried a specific diet before.
The Keto diet is proven and has been implemented with many of Ari's clients because of their love for food and the ease of discipline to stay consistent. Coach Ari tells us, "The Keto diet is my go to because of its performance benefits. As an athlete, the macronutrients I take in are very important to get the most out of my training and fats are shown to be the most effective molecule to burn for energy."
We spent some time discussing nutrition, performance, tastes, cravings, and everything else we could think of to put together the High-Fat Low-Carb (HFLC) Box. We wanted to make sure that the needs of Ari and his clients were met without sacrificing any of the flavor and taste that people have come to expect from Hinckley's Fancy Meats.
We'll be using Celtic's unrefined and raw sea salt for the products in this box. Celtic uses sustainable harvesting methods that preserve the 82 natural trace elements needed by the human body.
Ari warned us to stay away from sugars, but said that maple syrup or honey in small quantities was ok. So we'll be incorporating a raw wildflower honey that we extract from bee hives that we rescued two years ago.
We'll be using beef from Tracy Lee Farms in Hawthorne, FL. Tracy raises Mashona-Angus, Angus, and Florida Cracker cattle on pristine Florida pasture. They are grass fed and grass finished and Tracy uses "beyond organic" farm principles on her farm. That's industry slang for, "I'm not paying for an expensive organic certification, but I'll gladly invite you out to the farm and show you all of my organic receipts."
The heritage pork in this box comes from our friends at Palmetto Creek Farm down in Avon Park, FL. There, Jim Wood raises Hereford hogs, a pig with a great fat to muscle ratio and our go to pork belly for Hinckley's Fancy Bacon. Fat from unhappy animals tastes "greasy" and can look a bit grey. Fat stores flavor. And if you're raising factory farmed pigs the flavor can be off-putting at best, if not rancid. The fat on these hogs is sweet and clean, a reflection of their life spent rooting around in the Florida sun.
The Bone Broth in The Keto Box is made in the Japanese "tonkotsu" style, by rapid boiling bones for upwards of 12 hours. This results in a milky, collagen-rich broth. This gelatinous broth is great for hair and nails, joint health, or just a quick breakfast on the go.
"This box perfectly suits my nutritional lifestyle while adding variety and unprecedented taste that I can't get at the grocery store. The ingredients are the best quality and the preparation of it is specifically for this type of diet, which is something hard to come by", says Coach Ari.
(2 ea.) Boneless Pork Chop w/ Fat Cap
(1 lb.) Skin-on Pork Belly
(1 lb.) Grass Fed Stew Meat
(2 lb.) Grass Fed Ground Beef
(1 lb.) Wild Boar Breakfast Sausage
(6 oz.) Duck Rillette
(1/2 pt.) Duck Fat
(1 pt.) Bone Broth (Tonkotsu style)
You can learn more about the Ketogenic Diet by listening to Dr. Dom D'Agostino, assistant professor at the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.
If you are in the Orlando area and are interested in having Ari assist you further in achieving yourl goals you can reach him here.
Happy New Year to each and every one of you! We hope that you'll stick with your resolutions and smash all of your 2018 goals!