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Jacked Jerky: Product Review

Paleo and meat go hand in hand, especially when it’s hand-crafted jerky that radiates with flavors and spices. I’m proud to introduce the new line of “natty jerky” called Jacked Jerky….it’s obviously the jerky for you if you want to get jacked.

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I know a very intelligent man who is constantly creating new products and establishing businesses because he’s a born entrepreneur. This genius friend of mine decided that there needs to be a bodybuilding jerky on the market, one that could easily help people reach their goals naturally….and so Jacked Jerky was born.

I was one of the lucky few that got to sample the jerky before it was released for purchase…all for the cause of the jerky’s well-being of course, of course. It’s not because I’m a meat addict or anything.

Of course.

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The jerky is made from all-natural, protein-packed, USDA Choice Top Sirloin and then hand-trimmed, seasoned with a 12 spice blend and then smoked. Because it is created fresh and lacks the typical additives and preservatives you would find in store-bought jerky, it does not last as long and should be consumed soon after purchase or refrigerated. I really don’t think eating it quickly would be too much of a problem though, considering the amount of deliciousness contained inside.

I really love jerky but the thing that usually holds me back is how chewy and tough it can be. I know that’s typically a turn on for people but I don’t necessarily enjoy chewing on the same piece of meat for five minutes. The thing I really like about this jerky is that it’s not as tough as most and the actual process of eating it is a lot more enjoyable.

For $39.99 you can purchase a pound of their regular or cajun spice jerky….I sampled the cajun one and even though I haven’t tried the regular, I am going to advise you get the cajun. Cause it’s pretty awesome.

The price may seem a little steep but you’re definitely paying for quality since most jerky brands are loaded with artificial crap and tons of preservatives.

Be sure to click on the links below to find out more information about how to get jacked!

Jacked Jerky:
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Be on the look out for giveaways on their page!! I know they have a couple going every so often.

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Moroccan Burgers

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Oh these were so yummy! This is one of Sarah Fragoso’s recipes and you can find it here or scroll down below:) I paired mine with fresh tomatoes, a sweet potato and sauteed onions and mushrooms.

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But really- paleo creations are the best.

Moroccan Burgers

Ingredients:
1 lbs longhorn or ground beef
1 T finely chopped cilantro
1 T finely chopped Italian flat leaf parsley leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:
Mix all of the above ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Form into burgers and pan fry for 4-5 minutes per side over medium heat for a medium burger or longer if you want it cooked through more. This make 4 patties!

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Enjoy!

Trying to Make New Gains

Okay so remember two posts ago where I was all like, “I’m gunna try out this paleo thing”?! Well, well, well, little miss jump the gun forgot about one very important thing she’s been trying to focus on ever since her competition. I’m trying to BUILD MUSCLE. Duh. Okay so here’s the deal. I’m what is considered a “hard gainer” in the body building world, AKA ectomorph. These are people that have an extremely hard time building size to their muscle. Currently I’m bench pressing 100, curling 60 lbs and squatting almost twice my body weight…but yet I’m itty bitty in the muscle area! People that are considered hard gainers have to avoid the traditional diet plans that involve high protein, low carbs and moderate fat and lean towards a diet that is high in carbs & protein and very low in fat. As a matter of fact, during my entire competition prep I was eating 155 grams of carbs PER DAY and managed to get to 6% body fat.That’s proof that carbs should not be feared! In order for me to put on additional size I need to do 2 things: cut out the cardio and eat more carbs. I like cardio, so that one has been mentally challenging more than anything. Eating more carbs is a little difficult as well but it’s much easier if I start eating early, like around 7:00 that way each meal can be spaced out at least 3 hours. If I wake up at 9, I feel like the rest of the day I’m stuffed because I’m trying to catch up on my carbs:/

With that said, I did eat paleo for 4 days and felt GREAT! It really does get rid of the soft belly/bloated feeling, but unfortunately with my body type there’s no way I could put on the muscle I want. But I will be limiting my oats because I have realized, as much as I love them, they really do upset my stomach and instead I will be eating a lot more sweet potatoes, rice cakes, squashes, brown rice (going to try to limit this as well), wheat flours and a few low sugar, less processed cereals. I’m increasing my carbs 50-70 grams more than what I was doing during my competition prep but keeping the protein and fat intake around the same. My metabolism should still be fairly quick and the gains I will be making will hopefully take place in the muscles and that’s it:)

So there you have it- I still highly recommend you try out paleo for yourself if you have been thinking about it. Once I personally get to a place where I don’t think I necessarily want to build for awhile, I could definitely switch to paleo and see how it works. I think it would be great for maintaining weight and muscle mass, just not particularly building it.

OH I almost forgot! Since I’m limiting my oatmeal intake I found a new way to make delicious pancakes. 1 scoop vanilla whey, 1 large mashed banana and a about 1/2 cup of liquid egg whites! Stir it up and put it on the skillet:) These are great right after a workout because the sugar in the banana will spike your insulin, delivering the protein to your muscles at a much faster rate.
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I even used a strawberry whey today and they came out pink! Strawberry banana protein pancakes?! I’ll take it!

Supplements and the “Jacked Pack”

One of my favourite things about weight lifting is experimenting with supplements. I used to be in the dark about what products where the best, how often to take them, when to take them, and all those other nagging questions that you simply don’t know the answer to. If you’re all natural and stick to whole foods, that’s great too. Both have great benefits, but personally, I love to try out new things and see the quick results that come from supplements.

My supplements are as follows:

1. Multivitamins

2. Fish oils

3. Whey protein powder

4. Casein

5. “Bone-up” calcium supplements

Those are the things I take regularly, no ands ifs or buts. Protein powder can go in basically anything but it’s best to  use it only before and after a workout because of the instant protein release it sends to your muscles. If you take it at any other time, there’s a chance your body might store it as fat. The casein is useful before bed because it is slow digesting and it restores your muscles overnight. Cottage cheese does this same thing, but unfortunately I can’t stand that stuff so I stick with the casein.

The fish oils and multivitamins are crucial to add to your diet. A lot of times, we “bodybuilders” eat the same things over and over and over again. The multivitamins will fill in the gaps where your body is lacking any specific nutrient.  The calcium supplement is more of a personal preference. I take it religiously because my body can’t always keep up with my recreational activities and tries to tell me to slow the heck down when I’m griping 60 lbs on my tiny forearms. GET BIG.

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If you’re like me and get super excited about trying new products, listen up. Jacked Pack is a company that sends you a box filled with different supplements to try out every month. Seriously, it’s awesome. I frequently them to my “fitfam” on Twitter, so they’re always seeing me tag them and what not. I believe they think I’m obsessed with them…but that’s okay..CAUSE I AM.

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This was my first one. I also happened to be the “jackedpot” winner so they let me pick out my favourite supplement in the box and then sent me a full version of it. I picked the pre workout “Presurge Unleashed” which works amazingly. I eat oats in the morning, which are slow digesting and usually inhibit caffeine effects but the preworkout still managed to get me hyped up! Impressive. It also had some amino acid chewables, a protein bar and a few other goodies.

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This one I recieved this month. I drank the diet Turbo half and half today and it tasted like heaven. Those power crunch bars are without a doubt the best protein bar I’ve ever had. AND PROTEIN CHIPS?! What, what?! Yes, amazing. You better believe it.

So in case you couldn’t already tell, I love this company. Visit them on Twitter, Facebook or their website at http://www.jackedpack.com and let them know Madelyn sent you:) Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!