I’m an all or nothing kind of girl.  So when I decided that I wanted to start back into the world of academia, anyone who knows me knows that whatever I choose to pursue, good luck in trying to stop me.

So what’s next?  Bioenergetics.

Bioenergetics is a field in biochemistry that concerns energy flow through living systems. This is an active area of biological research that includes the study of thousands of different cellular processes such as cellular respiration and the many other metabolic processes that can lead to production and utilization of energy in forms such as ATPmolecules.”

What the…?

I’m specializing in how we fuel our bodies.  More specifically, I am working through my Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification.  I believe our approach towards nutrition at Aspire Health & Performance should be as individualized as our training programs.  Why?  Because even if you spend an hour every day with us, you still have ‘the other 23 to derail those training gains.

Quite simply put, you can’t out train a bad diet.

‘But RJ, have you tried…’

Stop yourself.  The fitness industry is a multi-billion dollar industry saturated with fad diets and supplements that have ‘scientifically backed research’ to give you the lifestyle you so longingly crave without even having to leave your couch.


At the end of the day there are sound scientific principles that govern how our body systems work together to metabolize our food.  Having said that, I accept that everyone is looking for the ‘magic pill’, it just doesn’t exist.  Sorry.  So rather than sitting idly by thus becoming part of the problem, I’ve decided to be part of the solution.  Be the change right?

I am very excited to continue to help you with your goals both at Aspire and now with ‘the other 23’.  Thanks for dropping by I’ll keep you posted!




Roberta Gizen



PS…as always, something to help simplify your life.  Bake once and have breakfast for the week, just reheat a serving each day.

(Retrieved from:  http://www.sohowsittaste.com/2012/06/blueberry-raspberry-baked-oatmeal.html)



Blueberry & Raspberry Baked Oatmeal


1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, divided
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup maple syrup (I used sugar free)
1 cup milk (I used skim)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
1 cup blueberries or raspberries, fresh or frozen, divided


1. Preheat the oven to 375F.

2. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, half of the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the syrup, milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.

3. Spread the sliced bananas in a single layer over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the berries. Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer. Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats.

4. Sprinkle the remaining nuts and berries over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is browned and the oats have set. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.