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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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Fitting in movement into your busy schedule

#trainertips

✅ Schedule it in & Commit
When time is your biggest challenge when it comes to exercise, then knowing what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it is very important! At the beginning of each week, schedule your workouts like you schedule your meetings or appointments. Create a plan, know what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it, and commit! You can even have an alternative day to make up your workout if something does happen.

✅Morning or Earlier in the day workouts. Plan your workouts in the morning or during your lunch breaks. This way you dedicate that time for you before the day slips away. Being busy throughout the day usually leads to fatigue by the end of the day and can make commitments to workouts later in the day harder.

✅ Boost Your Daily Activities
Try giving some of your daily activities a boost to get your movement in. Take advantage of every situation. This can be parking a little farther from the grocery store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking while chatting on the phone, or walking during meetings that you do not have to participate in.

✅ Change Your Mindset Around Movement
Movement should not be looked at as an activity that you dread or that takes over your life. We want to view movement as a GIFT to yourself not a chore. If you wake up and think “I don’t have time to workout today” you’re most likely not going to find the time to get it done. If you wake up thinking of it as a priority and how much better you’re going to feel after its done you are more likely to find the time.

✅ Make It Enjoyable
Do something that you actually enjoy. It’s easier to get something done when you like the activity. Focus on what makes you feel the best, helps you to reach your goals, and is rewarding for your mind and body.

What’s the #1 thing holding most back from their goals?

Change of any kind intimidating and it may seem like you have a long way to go in achieving your goals…

Here are some tips for hacking consistency:

1️⃣Focus on 1-2 habits that you can easily commit to start. Get into the groove with them. Next, build one or two habits on top of those, this concept is called habit stacking.

Example: Two daily habits could be eating protein with almost every meal and getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Next you could focus on drinking water first thing before coffee and adding in a morning stretch routine.

Building on habits is what creates a routine.

A routine is what creates consistency. Consistency is what creates results.

This is why fad diets, 30 day challenges and 75 hard is a waste of your time. If it’s not based around your own individual health markers, lifestyle and goals, if it’s not teaching you about your own biofeedback and empowering you—You’re likely not gonna stick with it.

2️⃣Focus on what’s being added in and improved. Adding in more protein, more fruits and veggies, more movement etc. (not what’s being taken away or restrained.)

3️⃣However your path looks like on the journey to feeling better it should be rewarding and tied to deep personal meaning and intrinsic motivation.

4️⃣Self-Efficacy is the name of the game- building belief in oneself over time, creating a foundation of knowledge that is a sustainable lifestyle.

Consistency is everything— if what you’re currently doing is too difficult to stick with, it’s not YOU. It’s your approach.

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The importance of Fiber & how to not overdo it.

Fiber is an essential nutrient. However, many Americans fall short of the recommended daily amount in their diets. Women should aim for about 25 grams of fiber per day, while men should target about 38 grams, or 14 grams for every 1,000 calories. Your fiber intake is a good gauge for overall diet quality.

The idea that more fiber is always better is one of those persistent nutrition myths that has been drilled into us for decades. When someone decides to go on a ‘health kick’ they often start by loading up on the salads, vegetables, whole grains, seeds and legumes because fiber! Only to experience tons of gas, bloating, constipation and heartburn a few days in.

While adding ‘roughage’ to our diet is often recommended, there are some potential downsides to that:

👉 Harsh fibers can be very irritating for our gut, damaging the gut lining.

👉 Your body has to expend a lot of energy to move all this bulk that provides no energy in return.

👉 When too much fiber sits in the gut for too long, it can ferment, causing gas, bloating and acid reflux.

👉 Just think about it: is making something bigger really the solution when you are trying to pass it through a small hole?

This is not to say that all fiber is bad. But overdoing greens and grains especially when your gut is not in an optimal state can end up making you feel worse. I like to stick to more gentle fibers. These include fruit fibers and those from very well cooked vegetables. If your gut is in a good place, you can probably handle more fiber with less problems.

So why the raw carrot salad then? Raw carrots are unique in that they have their own defense’s against bacteria and fungi (ever noticed how much longer you can keep carrots in your fridge compared to other veggies?). The fiber in carrots can bind toxins produced by bacteria and carry it out rather than increasing the amount produced.

Fiber rich food sources are veggies like carrots, peppers, asparagus, bamboo shoots, cooked leafy greens like spinach, kale, chard, fresh arugula. Fruits like apples, berries, oranges, plums, prunes, and avocado.

When increasing fiber, be sure to do it gradually and with plenty of fluids. As dietary fiber travels through the digestive tract, is similar to a new sponge; it needs water to plump up and pass smoothly. If you consume more than your usual intake of fiber but not enough fluid, you may experience nausea or constipation.

By including certain foods, you can increase your fiber intake in no time.

For breakfast, choose steel cut oats (soaked overnight) with berries, served with a side of 3 eggs and sautéed spinach.

At lunch, have a sandwich or wrap on a sprouted whole-grain tortilla or sprouted whole-grain bread and add veggies, such as microgreens and tomato, or a side of homemade veggie soup!

For a snack, have fresh veggies or sprouted whole-grain crackers with hummus and cheese.

With dinner, try brown rice or roasted squash with sautéed veggies along with your protein.

The fiber argument is nuanced. We can’t really make blanket statements about fiber because it really depends on the type of fiber, the state of the individuals gut, what else they are eating, etc. The best way to determine your fiber threshold is to pay attention to how your body reacts and adjust as necessary.

Wellness Simplified Coaching with Meganmefit

Megan offers an online fitness training program through Trainerize app, that involves movement screenings to address any muscle imbalances and individualized fitness programing specific to your goals, with detailed videos for demonstration, daily habit coaching, supplementation recommendations, weekly check-ins, mindset support & on-demand workout videos! everything you need for your success.

Nutritional Guidance-Megan uses a holistic approach to foods and Nutrition. Her philosophy is simple and easy to follow, by providing an education on how to nourish your body appropriately while enjoying your favorite foods. She reviews your food logs each week providing individualized guidance and support depending on your specific needs, creating an individualized Balanced nutrition program that is sustainable called Intentional nourishment. it is not about following “rules” or restrictions that create deprivation— we focus on creating healthy habits that facilitate lasting results.

I’ve been trying to find the words to market what I do with clients and while it’s an organic process that is unique to each individual, I believe the second slide describes the core elements of what we dive into together. 💕

This program has evolved so much since it launched in the the beginning of this year and I’m so proud of what we are accomplishing!

For more info check out my website http://www.Meganmefit.com &
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Body Appreciate and Gratitude are key in improving body image.

Reframing our thoughts is an important aspect of cultivating our healthiest best lives. ♥️

In recent studies, body appreciation & gratitude towards the body have been the central organizing variables within how to cultivate positive body image.

🤗Body appreciation has been defined as accepting, holding favorable opinions towards, and respecting the body, while also rejecting media, promoted appearance ideals as the only form of human beauty. (Avalon et al., 2005)

Many of us struggle with negative self-talk.⁠

We put ourselves down, criticize ourselves, and beat ourselves up… and some of us do it so much we don’t even realize we’re doing it!⁠

Negative self-talk can become a habit, and it’s an important habit to break because the thoughts and words we say and think shape our reality. 🙅🏾‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏿‍♀️🙅🏽‍♀️🙅🏼‍♀️ ⁠
Thankfully, studies have shown that using neutral or positive affirmations can help us rewire our brains and change our outlook! 🧠⁠

❓How❓⁠

By disrupting these negative thought patterns and reframing them into statements that serve you better. Basically, by being deliberate with your self-talk!⁠

Sources:
•Body Image 12 (2015) 53-67
•DOI: 10.1.1002/eat.23238

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Why the 75 HARD challenge won’t help you with your goals & can damage your health instead….

The 75 hard challenge is one of the worst things I’ve seen roll out as a health and wellness professional. Please swipe & read how each point is unreasonable and unnecessary.

The founder of 75 Hard challenge Frisella, who is not a certified trainer, dietitian, or licensed clinical therapist, writes that it is “NOT A REGULAR FITNESS PROGRAM.” Rather, it’s a “MENTAL TOUGHNESS PROGRAM” that he is qualified to teach based on his “20 years of intensive study and real-life experience.” 

I repeat: He does not have the education nor does he reference any health, fitness, or therapy courses.

-Diets that severely restrict food often result in the creation of a negative relationship between individuals and how they nourish themselves. What’s worse: Extremely restrictive eating means you may never actually learn healthy eating habits or honor your body’s desires.

-Then there are the fitness rules that don’t take into account your underlying health conditions, previous injuries, or current fitness levels. Exercising for 90 minutes a day, with 45 minutes spent outside regardless of the temp, is not safe for everyone. Even worse, the workout plan is so nonspecific that you’re at great risk for injury.

Being extremely regimented can damage your mental health, because when faced with the inability to stick with such extreme protocols for 75 days, this can lead to feelings of self-deprecation and an inability to appreciate other measures of progress toward better emotional health. 

LASTLY: He’s trying to sell you something, The goal of the 75 Hard Challenge isn’t to improve your mental toughness, it’s to motivate you to unconsciously spread his name, his brand, and his supplement company to your friends. 


TL;DR: He’s using people who do his challenge as free advertising, fam. 

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Reframing negative thoughts…

Many of us struggle with negative self-talk.⁠

We put ourselves down, criticize ourselves, and beat ourselves up… and some of us do it so much we don’t even realize we’re doing it!⁠

Negative self-talk can become a habit, and it’s an important habit to break because the thoughts and words we say and think shape our reality. 🙅🏾‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏿‍♀️🙅🏽‍♀️🙅🏼‍♀️ ⁠
Thankfully, studies have shown that using neutral or positive affirmations can help us rewire our brains and change our outlook! 🧠⁠

❓How❓⁠

By disrupting these negative thought patterns and reframing them into statements that serve you better. Basically, by being deliberate with your self-talk!⁠

Notice that these statements don’t have to be rah-rah positive if that doesn’t feel genuine to you. Neutral statements totally work in disrupting negative thought patterns. ⁠

(And once you’ve moved yourself securely into neutral statements, you can work on practicing turning neutral into positive.)⁠

Even if you have difficulty fully believing these affirmations right off the bat, the more you practice, the more you’ll be able to stop negative thoughts before they begin! ⁠

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PSA: Your watch has no idea how many calories you burn

Your watch ⌚️ doesn’t have a clue how many calories you burn 🔥

•A study published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Researchers have found that, five brands of commercially available fitness trackers on average, were reasonably accurate with measuring heart rate, but wildly ineffective at estimating calorie burn 🔥 for energy expenditure.

🤪The scientists found that the wearables overestimated calorie burn by 14 to 23%.

Those findings reinforce a 2017 study at the Stanford School of Medicine, in which researchers looked at seven popular fitness trackers:

•Apple Watch
•Basis Peak
•Fitbit Surge
•Microsoft Band
•Mio Alpha 2
•PulseOn
•Samsung Gear S2

All devices scored poorly, with a medium error range being from a dismal 27.4% for the Fitbit, to shockingly bad 96.2% for the PulseOn.

While these trackers can be useful, You can see if you upped your activity or intensity from the day or week before to gauge your own progress.

But please don’t go trusting these numbers as facts.

MDPI Source: ijerph16173037

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Lack of willpower is actually NOT a thing…

“Lack of willpower” is actually NOT a thing. It’s typically a mindset issue.

Willpower/self-control is like a muscle, it can be trained to grow stronger and it gets fatigued. Under stress in particular, our self control is drastically reduced. Even though it gets “worn out”, we must understand our mindset limitations are a larger contributing factor.

Let’s start with How do you perceive self-control? Do you have it? Do you not? Can you change it? Are you aware of when your self control is compromised? And why? Awareness here is 🔑, then you can begin working backwards. Where is it stemming from? Like my most recent post, you can’t change what you don’t know needs changing.

Maybe where you need to start, is it with more self-control at all… But simply awareness.

1️⃣Begin with awareness, self-monitoring your behaviors to understanding your triggers.

2️⃣Stress reduction can also do wonders! Stress is an energy sucker! When you have less stress, you’ll have more energy available for alllllll the other things! More posts on this to come.

And maybe 🤔 you do need some tough love for more “willpower”, let me ask you this:

Is some discomfort now worth it, if you know it’s only temporary to make progress? How will you benefit from succeeding?

The stronger you are focused on the personal pay off, the more likely you are to follow through with desired behaviors. That’s you flexing your willpower muscle 🙌🏻💯 The deeper your why (the intrinsic drive) the stronger you’ll be!

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