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Who's the Nut?


Who's the Nut?

I first started to develop my passion for nutrition when I was in college.  I took my first nutrition class while attending the University of North Dakota.   As an athlete I realized that I had no clue about nutrition and that my high school and college coaches knew even less than me.   I know from personal experience how we fuel our body has a major impact on how we look, feel and perform better.  

When I was in high school I was one of the top hurdlers in the state of North Dakota.  My goal was to win the state championship in the 110 meter high hurdles as a senior.  I had bulked up over the off season because I was dedicating more time in the weight room to getting stronger for football.  As I came into the track season my coaches told me I was too big to compete at a high level and they told me to cut some weight.   They gave me no guidance on how to lose the weight and I had no idea where to even start.  

At the time, I figured the best way to lose weight was just to restrict calories.   Instead of eating a normal lunch, I would have a diet coke and a small bag of chips.  It worked, from a weight loss perspective, but it was a disaster on the track.    Running the hurdles is very precise and it got so bad I couldn’t even finish a race because my muscle coordination was off.   As the track season progressed I just got worse.  My coaches couldn’t figure it out.  They thought I was overtraining. 

As I look back now, my poor performance was 100% due to the inadequate nutrition I was putting into my body.   This was my first exposure to how fueling my body can make a huge difference not only in performance, but also in my health.

I have become a student of nutrition and have been learning more and more about how we can live our best life through what we fuel our body with.   As I continue to learn more about nutrition, the more passionate I become because I know good nutrition can solve the majority of the health problems our world faces.   In fact, I have become so passionate about nutrition, I often times am labeled as a health nut because of the way I eat.  


It’s not unusual for people to ostracize me for what I choose to eat or choose not to eat.   It has been something I have had to deal with for over 20 years.    Instead of encouraging and supporting people who take good care of their health with ideal nutrition and regular exercise, people label them as health nuts and disparage them for being extreme. 

So here is a question I want to ask you.  Who really is the nut?  I am the nut for wanting to put foods into my body that makes me feel good?  Am I the nut because I choose to love to eat foods that will love me back?   Or is a person a nut because they choose to eat foods that make them sick, have type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and forfeit their health because of a toxic diet.    Eating processed and fast foods causes physical and mental sickness.  Look at the world around us and how sick we have become.  I think that is nuts.   Your health is your life.

So if being healthy means that I am nuts, than I will wear that label proudly.   So if you are wondering if you qualify as a health nut.  Here are 10 ways to know if you are a health nut.

·         You eat kale and broccoli for breakfast, lunch and dinner

·         You know what seitan, tempeh and kombucha is

·         You get goose bumps when you walk into a health food store

·         You think eating processed foods should be a punishable crime

·         Your fridge is 90% fruits and vegetables

·         At dinner parties you show up with gluten free crackers and homemade hummus

·         Get up every morning at 4:30 to make sure you have time to work out.

·         You would rather stick your hand in your blender than eat fast food

·         It takes hours to grocery shop because you read every label before you buy it.

·         You spend as much money on food as you do your mortgage. 

·         When you are stressed you emotionally eat broccoli.

Obviously, you don’t have to be that extreme to be healthy.   All you really have to do is toss the junk food out of your kitchen and replace it with real whole foods.   You need to find a way to run, bike, swim or lift weights.  Just move and sweat every day.

I don’t know about you guys, but I love to feel good.  Here are some of the benefits of being a health nut:

·         I rarely if ever get tired

·         I maintain a healthy body weight

·         I get by on less sleep and have tons of energy

·         I have excellent mental clarity and focus

·         I have a sense of well-being and fulfillment

·         Eating healthy makes me feel invincible

·         Improves digestion and improves my quality of sleep

·         Makes me feel good

·         It makes me happy.

The choice is yours.  Come join me as a health nut.  You will truly discover what real health looks and feels like.  You will realize how good your body is supposed to feel.  We must be the change we want to see in the world.  By changing the way you eat and exercise you will achieve the health and body of your dreams.   Come on, let’s get nuts!

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

Health Coach and Personal Trainer


Get Fit From the Inside Out


Get Fit From the Inside Out

We all have strongholds in our life.  We all have areas in our life where we personally struggle.   For many people it’s there weight and addiction to food.  The hard part about a food addiction stronghold is that it is highly visible.  It’s usually shows up as excess body weight and often times obesity. 

I have my own strongholds in my life, it’s just not as visible.  I have my nutrition and fitness down to a science, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t relate to someone who struggles with their weight.  My stronghold just happens to be in another area. 

So getting fit from the inside out can apply to any stronghold you are currently dealing with in your life whether it be your health, overeating, poor self-esteem, being a workaholic.  You name it; getting fit from the inside out is the only way to overcome these strongholds. 

What exactly does it mean to get fit from the inside out?  The bottom line is that it means to get fit spiritually.  It means to completely surrender your stronghold to God.  

As you begin this journey of getting fit from the inside out, it is imperative that you rely on God’s strength to make the necessary changes in your life.  Change can be hard especially when you try to do it on your own. 

The focus on your journey of getting fit from the inside out has to be on God.  We are all weak in flesh and must draw on God’s strength to makes changes in any area of our life.   So many people struggle with food addictions in today’s society.  Surrender this addiction to God.  Lean on His strength to help you overcome this addiction.

I want to challenge you to think of getting healthy in a new way.  It’s now about how much you weigh, it’s not about your outward appearance, it’s about growing spiritually and in the process you get fit and healthy too. 

We get too caught up in wanting to see pounds drop on the scale and we get frustrated and give up way too soon when we don’t see instant change.  When you focus on getting fit from the inside out it completely changes our perspective. 

It’s about drawing closer to God.  That is the only result that matters.  When you do that everything else will take care of itself. 

Don’t go on this journey alone.  Working with a faith-centered fitness coach can help you along the way through prayer, encouragement and inspiration.  There is a new way; there is a better way.  I would be honored to be part of your tribe to help you get fit from the inside out.  You can reach me at for a complimentary consultation.

I will leave you with this scripture to meditate over.  “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.”  Romans 12:1

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior






Fall in Love with Feeling Alive


Fall in Love with Feeling Alive

I just completed a golf certification called Tathata Golf.   Tathata means, “suchness,” a sense of complete understanding and all knowing.   It’s about the mind, body and swing connection.   What I love about this program is that it is so much more than just getting better at golf, it’s about getting better at life. 

The founder, Bryan Hepler, in one of the deeper discussions was talking about falling in love with feeling alive and the energy it brings.   He said it is so much more than being on a diet or what foods you eat.  It’s all about feeling alive and having sustainable energy.

How often do we eat something that makes us feel heavy or we overeat and feel stuffed and lose all of our energy?   Imagine if we ate foods that made us feel alive.  Foods that nourished and alkalized our cells like fruits and vegetables do. 

When I ate a vegan diet for a period of time in my life, I had never felt more alive and energetic.  I am not saying you have to go vegan to get that feeling, but I am saying you have to be aware of how you fuel your body, so you can be ready for whatever life throws at you. 

I am not aware of too many people who don't wish they had more energy in their life.  One simple thing you can start to do is fuel your body with good whole foods such as lean meats, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables.  It really doesn’t have to get more complicated than that.  Pay attention to how you feel after you eat.  Do you feel sluggish or energized?

If you feel sluggish than you really need to take a look at what you are eating.  If you feel more energized after you eat than you are probably on the right track.  Nutrition is one of the single most important things we can do for our health, but it is often times over looked all for the sake of convenience or lack of time. 

I want to challenge you to start to choose foods that make you feel alive and to fall in love with that feeling.  Train your body in a way that it is always ready and you have an abundance of energy.  You will be amazed at how much more fun life is when you have sustainable energy. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior