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Diet Culture Fitness VS Body Neutral Fitness

Where my diet culture drop outs at? 🙋🏻‍♀️

Re-evaluating our approach to fitness and exercise is a crucial part of any journey. But just because something like strength training or HIIT cardio can be abused, doesn’t make it “bad”.

Each one of us has a different metabolic identity, depending on past and current behaviors, and it can be very difficult to convey context and nuance for each individual through a social media post.

As you know, my message centers on shifting away from the diet culture mentality, over exercising, and “earning” your food, and refocusing on learning to properly and intentionally nourish, appreciate & respect your body.

We can easily fall into the traps of the diet and fitness industry. We constantly chase perfection and the desire to alter our bodies because we live with the belief that we are not good enough. We want to be a smaller size, a smaller number on the scale.

I’ve learned these lessons the hard way, as I’ve shared my fitness/health journey coming from a fitness/bodybuilding competition background & the health repercussion of competing.

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

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What body appreciation ACTUALLY is

🚨 SPOILER ALERT 🚨 Weight loss, DOES NOT & WILL NOT improve your body image. It’s body appreciation and gratitude towards the body that are KEY 🔑 in cultivating a positive body image.

Body appreciation is finding value in our body’s functionality and uniqueness as well as appreciating the differences of others. There is a benefit of having body appreciation above and beyond just the absence of a negative body image. After accounting for body dissatisfaction, body appreciation positively influenced self-esteem and coping skills, Intuitive Eating ability, as well as decreasing the risk of eating disorders.

Body appreciation can be present even in the face of dissatisfaction. We can have things we wish we could change about our body while still respecting and appreciating it for the life vehicle it is.

While we all may have our days where we feel awkward or uncomfortable in our bodies, the key to developing a more positive body image is to recognize and respect our natural shape and learn to overpower those negative thoughts and feelings with positive, affirming, and accepting ones.

Please have compassion for yourself as you retrain your thinking. Do not beat yourself up for your insecurities, show yourself patience and gently replace any harsh thoughts you have about yourself with kindness and understanding. Changing deeply ingrained thought patterns takes time, but with consistency, you’ll get there.

Accept yourself. 💕

Accept your body. 💕

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Sources:
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.09.006
PMID: 11948650

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How your monthly cycle can impact body image.

🌀Body Image & your cycle🌀

Something I’ve noticed with myself & with clients is fluctuating body image days. 🎢

The more we understand about our monthly cycles, the hormonal fluctuations & how they impact everything from our brain chemistry, energy levels and metabolic function, the better we can support our physiology during these more challenging times.

👉🏻Swipe through to learn what the research says, and my tips for working through this!

Have you ever heard of the term & concept cycle syncing? It was created by @alisa.vitti the founder of @floliving and it’s a practice of planning your life according to the phases of your monthly cycle. Like the foods you prioritize. The movement you focus on, the work project you take on, the social activities you commit to & so forth. It’s more intuitive than you may think!

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Listening to @hormonehealingrd Are you Menstrual podcast 🔊 is informative as well!

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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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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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You’ve got to earn your right to diet PART 2 Reverse dieting & Nutrition periodization

It’s common for new clients to hire a personal trainer wanting to lose weight (fat loss). While I understand the desire to do this, we can and will get there..

We usually have to enter a different kind of approach before we can actually “diet” for fat loss because ⁣our first intention must be to achieve optimal psychological & physiological baselines.⁣

Most clients have struggled with yo-yo dieting, binge eating, poor relationship with food, negative body image and sporadic consistency with their workouts.
When we first discuss the concept of dieting in reverse, they are naturally hesitant because it’s quite different than what they are used to. 😲

The amazing part throughout this process they realize that achieving maintenance is a massive progress flex! 💪🏻 It still requires lots of effort and consistency.

In maintenance phase you experience:

🔘Better sleep
🔘Improved performance
🔘More muscle
🔘Not 🤔 about 🥘 all the time
🔘Stable energy
🔘Less mood swings😃
🔘Ability to be social🥂
🔘Restore hormone balance
🔘Increased libido😈

It’s important to spend enough time optimizing your metabolism, building muscle, and enjoying your life, so that when & if the time does come to enter a diet phase, things will be easier, an the progress will be sustainable.

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Let’s get BACK to BASICS for Digestion & Absorption

📌Back to basics- Digestion & absorption edition 🤓

It’s important to address these GI basics before thinking you need any advanced protocols.

The biggest culprits I see in my coaching practice is improper stress management, poor chewing and rushed eating! Focusing on these “low hanging fruit” lifestyle changes can make dramatic impacts!

Next is HCL insufficiency, bile salt insufficiency, enzyme insufficiency, and a lack of dietary fiber (Insoluble vs Soluble).

Stomach acid is essential for proper digestion, especially protein and supports the absorption of essential nutrients, such as, Zinc, Copper, Iron, Calcium & B12. Not only does it help with digestion but it plays a vital role in protecting the body from harmful pathogens.

🙅🏻‍♀️Stop: Taking stomach acid suppressors, skipping meals and eating a low protein diet!⁣
✔️Start: Addressing chronic stress, eat a nutrient dense diet, improve your gut / brain connection with mindful eating practices. 🧘‍♀️

Lack of digestive enzymes production which are vital to properly break down the food we eat, can lead to slower transit time and poor nutrient absorption. This can result in feelings of bloat, constipation, acid-reflux, and gas.

🙅🏻‍♀️Stop: Rushing your meals and slouching around after eating.⁣
✔️Start: Supporting stomach acid production, chew your food properly (20-30 Times) and address any underlining gut inflammation. ⁣

Bile release is crucial for the emulsification of fats, so that they can then be properly broken down and absorbed. You won’t get the all the benefits of these healthy fats if they are not properly broken down. 🧈⁣

🙅🏻‍♀️Stop: Restricting fats or consuming too much of the wrong kind, like vegetable oils & fake butter⁣
✔️Start: Getting enough healthy fats in your diet and support stomach acid production

Finally, a healthy and balanced gut flora supports our body to proper digest food and protects from harmful pathogens. 🙌🏻

Complete digestion = more optimal nutrients! 🍽

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Don’t skip your PRE and POST WORKOUT nutrition!

Your workout may be where you “feel” like you’re getting results, but it’s actually proper nutrition + your workouts that plays a larger role in the results factor.

🍌Nutrient timing is purposely choosing foods around your workouts that will nourish and support your cells for the upcoming physical activity.

It was found that the net protein balance was greater when consuming the protein + carbs before exercise rather than post exercise.⁣

What does this mean?⁣

You get a greater anabolic response (protein synthesis= growth) when consuming pre-workout nutrition compared to post workout nutrition. You get more amino acids into your muscles both during and after exercise when consuming pre-workout nutrition.⁣

💥 PRE-WORKOUT NUTRITION💥:

•Ideal pre-work meal is mostly carbohydrate based.

•20 minutes to 1 hour before exercise:

Simple carbohydrates from fruit like dates, raisins or banana, or a coconut water can give you quick energy. Or a small serving of yogurt with fresh fruit. My favorite is the adrenal elixir with some collagen. AIM for: 6 G protein & 35 g carbs minimum

1 hour (or more) before exercise:

Complex carbs & simple carbs larger meal size & some fiber okay!

Examples: Oatmeal+ collagen with fresh fruit or greek yogurt, rice cake with jelly and dates, sweet potatoes and eggs with fruit.

What about protein before workouts? There is evidence that consuming protein before a workout is beneficial, and while these recommendations include protein, you could increase the amount in your pre-workout meal–experiment with anywhere between 6-20 g and see what works for you!

What about eating a high fat meal before a workout? Fat is the most complex fuel for your body to break down and absorb, and while it’s important for overall health, I recommend consuming low-to moderate fat intake with your pre & post workout meals.

💪POST WORKOUT NUTRITION 💪

 Eating post workout within the right time frame following your workout plays a huge role in your recovery and training progress. And when it comes to fueling after exercise, I bet there’s little surprise that women are different than men. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re trying to maximize your recovery: 👇
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💪 Women’s metabolism comes back down to baseline within 90 minutes after exercise whereas men might take 3-18 hours, depending on the exercise.

💪 We need to eat protein (aim for 25-30 grams with 5-7 grams BCAAs) with a bit of carbohydrate as soon as possible after exercise – especially if you’re doing a depleting exercise like cardio. Ideally, aim to eat within 30-45 minutes after finishing your workout.

💪 If you delay calorie intake, you stay in a breakdown state. In short, your body won’t start repairing until you take in some food.

💪 Even if you eat enough in the rest of your day to meet what your body needs, not eating post-workout acts the same as not eating enough.

Fuel for what you’re doing, and fuel for the recovery that your body needs afterwards!

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Not medical advice.

Sources:
PMID: 11440894, 16896166,


Doi: 10.37527.2020.70.3.005

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What is body neutral fitness?

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

🧠Intention is is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought.

Body Neutral Fitness is shifting the intention behind WHY you want to workout.

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

It can be easy to fall into the trap of pointing out what you are insecure about, or hearing someone else do the same. But try to avoid this, or at least notice when you are doing it and how it makes you feel. Redirect the conversation to another topic

Body neutral fitness is about nourishing our bodies with foods full of vitamins and nutrients that you need, but also not depriving ourselves of delicious treats. We do not engaging in restrictive dieting behaviors.

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 and MORE FUN!

For me, I’ve spent years dieting and exercising to change my body and make her look a certain way. To be accepted. To be seen as worthy. 

I’ve torn down my old identity and entire sense of self and rebuilt a new version from the ashes of who I once was.

I’ve shared a bit about this process, how a lot of it revolved around SELF-ESTEEM and improving my concept of self.

Contrast can be an amazing teacher. When we experience things we do NOT want or like, it provides clarity and insight into what we DO want.

🌱You’ve got to CHOOSE growth 🔝
We can either go through life, or GROW through it. 🌱

Growth hurts. & it’s always worth it. It’s also never ending. 📈

Health is not a destination that you “arrive” to and stay. 📍

It’s a flowing, growing, shifting, seasonal journey. 🗺

This past year I’ve done some deep soul digging to rebuild my identity around fitness to be coming from a place of excitement and joy !

“The deeper your why, the higher you fly” 🦋

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