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About Megan_mefit

Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Community Leader Personality: Driven, energetic, supportive, open-minded Certifications: Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM), TRX certified Education: Bachelor of Science from the Radford University in Foods and Nutrition I’ve been passionately working in health and fitness for over two decades. Through these experiences I’ve learned a lot about myself and what my job means to others. In my coaching programs, we work to upgrade your mindset, overcome disappointments, obstacles, perceived failures, challenges and by doing so we create a sense of self efficacy (belief in oneself to complete the task). Also, by providing education that facilitates a sustainable foundation of knowledge, creating healthy habits that turn into a consistent routine and therefore lasting results. What we do together is not a diet plan or a cookie cutter workout program. OUTSIDE THE GYM Originally from Virginia, I moved out to Portland, Oregon directly after college for the delicious hippie food, circus arts, music, coffee and overall vibe. For recreation I enjoy hanging my hammock, dancing music festivals, hula hooping, hiking, and paddle boarding. I spent a year living abroad in Japan with my husband, and recently moved to the Hudson Valley area in New York. We love plants and animals! We garden, have many house plants, fish tanks and four pets. One miniature poodle, Butternut, one toy poodle, Hazelnut, one of their puppies Cashew & an orange tabby cat named Filbert.

Supplements you may want to reconsider:

Let’s talk about SUPPLEMENTS and which ones may be causing more harm than good— this is something I’ve learned A LOT about in the last few years!

The point of this post is NOT to demonize or cast any judgement for taking them. (Hello, I have too!!) but to make you think, and create informed decisions about how and why you would use certain supplements.

As always, challenge the status quo. 💊

Mother nature knows what she’s doing. When we try to outsmart nature by isolating nutrient compounds for convenience, we’re losing out on the health-boosting rewards that REAL foods have to offer.

Food>Supplements

If you don’t agree, that’s okay! You do you, boo! But please don’t @ me in the comments. As ALWAYS, this is NOT medical advice. Please consult with your dietitian before stopping or using any supplement.

Information sourced from: Morely Robbin’s book: Cu-RE your fatigue and @Kasey.goins@wildlyonswellness@meg_langston@hormonehealingRD@the_nutrition_statistcian please give them a follow & you’ll learn a TON!

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How to create a meal and recipe on My Fitness pal

MEALS:

For foods that you regularly eat together, saving them as a Meal lets you easily add them to your diary as a group. For example, you can create a Meal called “Two eggs & toast ” consisting of two eggs, sourdough toast with ghee and OJ. You can then add this as a group, instantly, instead of adding each item separately. You can also save a single item as a meal, if finding that item in your Meals list adds convenience.

To create a Meal, just log the items you’d like to combine to one section of your diary, then:

On the Web

  • Click “Quick Tools” then “Remember Meal”
  • Give the meal a name.
  • Click either the green “Save Meal” button to save as a new meal, or click the green “Or, Replace An Existing Meal” button to do as the name suggests. 

In our iOS apps and our Android app

For items already logged in your diary…

  • Tap the “Edit” or Pencil button
  • Tap the selection box next to each item you’d like to include in the remembered meal. You can select items from the same diary meal, or include items from multiple meals.
  • Tap the “Save Meal” button (fork and knife around a plus symbol). In Android app, you need to tap the three dots on the top right to select “Save Meal”.
  • Give the meal a name and tap “Save New” or tap “Save as..” to replace an existing meal (iOS apps, tap the check mark)
  • To quickly create a meal from all of the items logged in one diary category, tap the “More” button under that meal. 

Creating meal from scratch…

  • Go to the drop down menu or more page
  • Tap My Meals, Recipes & Foods
  • Select Meals tab
  • Tap “Create a Meal”
  • Then add Meal name, photo (optional) and food items
  • When finished, make sure to hit the Save button on the top right.

When you are logging food in the future, you’ll find your remembered meals in the “Meals” tab of the food search screen.

RECIPES:

Learning this MFP feature allows you to quickly import recipes from popular recipe websites, or to easily match lists of manually entered ingredients, to help make tracking your meals/snacks quicker and easier!

There are two ways to add recipes in our Mobile apps:

From the Diary:

  1. Go into your diary and Add Food
  2. Select the Recipes tab then click on the + (top right)
  3. Select Create a Recipe then Enter Ingredients Manually or Add From Web
  4. Enter the recipe Name and number of servings**
    • If you choose Bulk Import, put in the list of ingredients and the system will choose the best match. You will be able to check update these later
  5. Select Add Ingredients (you can either scan the barcode or type in the search field)
    • You will not be able to use items from your recent/frequent/my foods list
  6. Select Next then review your recipe and Save

From Recipes, Meals & Foods

  1. Open the Menu or More…
  2. Select Recipes, Meals & Foods or My Meals, Recipes & Foods
  3. Make sure you are on the Recipe tab then select Create a Recipe
  4. Then Enter Ingredients Manually or Add from Web
  5. Enter the recipe Name and number of servings**
    • If you choose Bulk Import, put in the list of ingredients and the system will choose the best match. You will be able to check update these later
  6. Select Add Ingredients (you can either scan the barcode or type in the search field)
    • You will not be able to use items from your recent/frequent/my foods list
      Select Next then review your recipe and Save

** If you’re not sure how many servings a recipe will produce, enter a best-guess number when you first create the recipe.

After the recipe is cooked, you can evaluate the number of servings that have been produced. Then, the recipe can be edited, and the correct number of servings can be entered. This article contains additional information on editing recipes.

Check out my other blog for more tips on tracking!

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Movement creates HOPE! Let’s talk myokines aka ‘hope molecules’!

❔Did you know your body can help your brain feel more hopeful through movement?
“Every time we move our muscles, we are giving ourselves an intravenous dose of hope.”— Kelly McGonigal, PhD

💥 Let’s talk The Power of Hope Molecules 💥 Swipe 👉🏻 to learn.

Exercise & movement are about much more than weight loss.

People who are active are:
-Happier & have more life satisfaction
-At a lower risk for things like depression & loneliness
-Better able to cope with stress & anxiety
-Feel more of a sense of purpose & social connection

Among its many life-altering rewards: the generation of hope, happiness, a sense of purpose, greater life satisfaction and rewarding connections with others, are benefits of exercise that go under appreciated.

Emerging research suggests that when exercised, your muscles become “basically a pharmacy for your physical and mental health.”

If you are willing to move, your muscles will give you hope. Your brain will orchestrate pleasure. And your entire physiology will adjust to help you find the energy, purpose and courage you need to keep going.

Recreating the relationship that we may have with exercise and why we do it is one of the most important aspects of shifting from disordered and restrictive-driven behaviors & cultivating a happy and lasting lifestyle that is pleasant to keep up 🤍

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SOURCES:
Psychosomatic Medicine 62:633–638 (2000
PMID: 31142190
PMID: 30627775
Dr. Kelly McGonigal

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Your thoughts and beliefs directly impact your body! Let’s talk mind over milkshakes:

🧠 Mind over Milkshake🍨

It may sound woo-woo to say that your thoughts & beliefs can impact your body.

In this study we see that:

•The way food is labeled— “indulgent, decadent, and rich” or “healthy, nutritious, and fat- free”—strongly influences our beliefs/thoughts And those mental cues can even prime the body to metabolize a meal differently.

•If our thoughts & beliefs about the food we are consuming can impact our digestion- what else is impacted by negative self-talk or limited self beliefs?

•The usual metabolic model — calories in and calories out — may need some rethinking, because it doesn’t account for how our beliefs about our food may impact our physiology.

I found this study so fascinating 🧐 and would love to hear your thoughts below 👇🏻

PMID: 21574706

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Challenging the ALL or NOTHING self-talk:

🗣 ALL or NOTHING Self-talk

This type of thinking is between two extremes: you are either a success or a failure. If you’re not perfect, then you’re a disaster.

This mindset is too strict, which leaves no leeway for mishaps which are inevitable.

In a previous post, we dove into common types of negative self-talk: The worrier, the critic, the perfectionist, the victim and how we interpret external events and our self-talk directly afterwards greatly influence our feelings and reactions.

The two most effective ways to deal with negative self-talk is to question it & counter it with neural/positive supportive statements. You can weaken the hold of your negative self-statements by exposing them to any of the following Socratic questions or rational investigation. Countering involves writing down & rehearsing positive statements that directly refute or invalidate your negative self-talk.

I wanted to provide some of examples & work throughs that may be helpful in developing the habit of re-framing and countering negative self-talk.

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What is self-talk? and WHY is it so important?

🗣 Self-talk 🗣
On average, we have between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day, this means between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute per person.

“I am not worthy, I’m not lean enough, I’ll never be able to do ____” or maybe it’s the voice of someone else “you’re too chubby, you’re too skinny, you don’t deserve this…” etc

Self-talk is that voice in your head that operates from auto pilot. You’re evaluating, judging and affirming things that you’ve been reinforced throughout your life. What you’re communicating to yourself about your life is what you’re reinforcing all day long.

Which of the negative self-talk sub personalities is the strongest for you? I’d appreciate hearing from y’all 👇🏻
For me, I have a bit of all four 😂😭 mostly the critic though.

💡 A large focus on my coaching process is working with clients to counter their negative self-talk, learn how to reframe their thinking & improve overall outlook on life ❤️

Your self-talk is like a movie soundtrack & you’re narrating all the nuances and happenings in your life— make it positive to see and feel the shift ✨

Source: The anxiety and phobia workbook by Edmund J Bourne, PHD

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Ever felt “low on motivation”? This post is for you.

💡 If you’re frustrated about not being motivated, this SHOWS that you do actually have some motivation.

Because if you’re truly not motivated, you don’t give a 💩 that you’re not motivated. 🤣

We are complex beings who are rarely driven by only one type of motivation.

There are many qualities of motivation, and when people say they “lost motivation”, they usually mean they lost intrinsic motivation.
👉🏻(Intrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by internal rewards. In other words, the motivation to engage in a behavior arises from within the individual because it is naturally satisfying to you.)

But that’s fine, we aren’t always going to feel intrinsically joyful to meal prep our food for the week, or to get in the 12-15 workouts on our program each month. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Taking motivational inventory is the ability to search for and leverage other reasons.

Maybe you:
-want to feel less aches & pains
-want to sleep better
-want to be a good role model for your kids
-want to have energy to play with your kids
-want to improve your performance & physique

ALL of those are motives, some are for external rewards for an outcome that feels rewarding.

Others are when you identify the outcome is meaningful to your current values, you may not want to exercise for FUN, or focus on your protein intake but you will do it because you want the outcome in the end.

You’re not always going to be motivated to workout.

Out of 12 workouts in a month:

Two workouts you might feel JAZZED and PUMPED

Seven workouts are like meh….

and three workouts you may have to force yourself to get it done. (Those are the ones that matter the most).

MOTIVATION

Simply put: Motive + Action

is the driving force behind your actions. It isn’t something you simply have and keep forever; motivation is like campfire that you must keep stoking to benefit from the warmth.

Because: 💯 Truth be told, you’re not always going to be motivated. It’s normal. Motivation itself is unreliable!

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Unhealthy relationship with exercise VS a healthy one👇🏻

Exercise addiction is a state characterized by a compulsive engagement in any form of physical exercise, despite negative consequences.

While regular exercise is generally a healthy activity, exercise addiction generally involves performing excessive amounts of exercise to the detriment of physical health.

It may also involve a state of dependence upon regular exercise, which involves the occurrence of severe withdrawal symptoms when the individual is unable to exercise.

Exercise addiction shows a high comorbidity with eating disorders with approximately 39-48% of people that have an eating disorder being addicted to exercise.

TLDR: An unhealthy relationship with exercise tends to involve rules and rigidity, be joyless, shame-based, and shame inducing.

A healthy relationship with exercise tends to be flexible and fulfilling. It varies in the type of movement we are doing and the amount of time we are devoting to that activity.

Over a year ago when the gyms shut down, it illuminated that I had obsessive compulsive exercise behaviors. I NEEDED the gym. It was my therapy. Now I know, therapy is therapy. And while exercise can enhance our mental state, for me how I was doing it, was destroying my mental & physical health.

🙌🏼Freedom is exactly what I wanted, I wanted to live my life full of joy and experiences, outside of obsessing about my food and workouts.

🙌🏼And now I am doing just that.

💯 I choose every day to nourish my body, to eat enough food, I give myself plenty of permission for rest days, I strength training 4 times a week max. My health is improving, my soul is thriving! Patience is 🔑

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Reasons to move your body, that aren’t weight or appearance focused!

Intention is 🔑 👇🏻

🧠 Intention is a mental state that represents a commitment to carry out an action or actions. Intention involves mental activities such as planning (If this happens, then I’ll do that) and forethought (Reflective to reflexive).

Have you ever thought about WHY you are engaging in your fitness & nutrition routine?

One of the main drivers behind WHY I used to exercise was to “change my body.” I spent years dieting and exercising to change my body and make her look a certain way. To be accepted. To be seen as worthy. These past few years, I’ve done some deep soul digging, therapy, and LOTS of unlearning and relearning. In this process, I found the Body Neutrality movement which promotes accepting and appreciating your body for what it can do for you, rather than for how it looks.

Instead of aesthetics being the main intention, the focus is more on how you want to FEEL and cultivating a positive body image through developing body appreciation.

Exercise is not meant to be a punishment. If your body needs a rest day, then give it a rest day. I work closely with my clients to build their programming with activities that they enjoy. More recreation, more walks, more FUN!

If your focus is to
•Improve confidence 🦸‍♀️
•Increase strength & performance 💪🏻
•Boost mood 😆
•Stress relief 😮‍💨
•Improve sleep 💤
•Boost energy ⚡️

You’re more likely to develop a positive body image through developing body appreciation. And have more FUN 🤩 in the process!

Exercise and movement are not meant to feel like a complete chore or punishment!

There are many reasons to move your body besides wanting to change the way you look. 💗

I work closely with clients to build their fitness programming with activities that they enjoy. We work to create a healthy relationship with exercise that is flexible and fulfilling. Not punishment or deprivation.

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PSA: Coffee is NOT breakfast!

⚠️ ☕️ is NOT a meal⚠️

Most clients come to me undernourished and stressed AF. They are often skipping breakfast, and/or working through lunch, and then find themselves eating uncontrollably at night.

Waking up without an appetite is not a good thing 🙅🏻‍♀️ & drinking ☕️ on an empty stomach can cause blood sugar spikes, trigger acid reflux, increase feelings of anxiety and suppress appetite even further.

☝🏼One of the first habits to work on: eating within 30-60 min of waking by having coffee with or AFTER their meals.

This simple habit is GAME changing for energy and mood stabilization!

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