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Lessons learned as a Fitness Competitor PODCAST INTERVIEW 91

It’s the time of year where committing to the “weight loss journey” and “improving our health” often begins.

So many people look to diets and detoxes to make up for all the food they ate over the holidays; unfortunately, these programs cater to the “quick fix” mentality because it’s easier to follow a 30 day detox than to improve your habits and overall lifestyle.

We are wired to look for a quick and easy solution rather than seeking long-term results.

A new diet can start off with good intentions, but can escalate quickly into an eating disorder-especially in women!

The National Eating Disorders Association reports that 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting and that 20-25% of those individuals develop eating disorders.

I was honored to be a guest on Despina’s podcast episode 91

👉Link in Bio to listen!

As you know, my message centers on shifting away from the diet mentality, over exercising, and “earning” your food, and refocusing on learning to 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. The diet industry survives and thrives if we continue to feel and think that we are not good enough, and define our success by these parameters.

Here’s what we discuss in the episode:

I share my fitness/health journey coming from a fitness/bodybuilding competition background & the health repercussions of competing
Popular fitness myths
How to avoid bad fitness advice
How reverse dieting can be good for weight loss and for building a better relationship with food
Body neutral fitness

Can’t wait to hear what you think!

Comment below your favorite takeaway. Thank you for taking the time to listen!

Assessing Thyroid Function by using Basal Body Temperature

The thyroid is considered the “controller” of metabolism function from a cellular level. Metabolism can be thought of as the rate of energy production in the cell and the speed at which all processes happen in the body.

One way to assess thyroid function is by tracking basal body temp. This can be done under the tongue or armpit. You should do this this upon waking first thing and after your first meal. You can continue to do so before/after workouts which can give you clarity into how you’re responding to your training as well.

TEMPERATURE🌡
➡️Offers insight into your thyroid health
➡️Can indicate if ovulation has happened
➡️Provides insight to how well your body is using the energy you give it (Your body is like a thermostat; it produces heat when it can properly utilize your food for energy🔥)
➡️Provides insight to how well you are recovering from training

Low body temperatures are indicative of low thyroid function, possible inflammation, suppressed immune function, digestive problems, high stress, and estrogen dominance.

A warm body is linked with better immune function, good thyroid function, reduced inflammation, fertility, good elimination of toxins, and efficient and effective digestion.

Ideally, your temperature should sit between in Follicular phase is 97.2-97.8 F, Optimal average BBT second half: 98.4 F, with it being lowest in the morning and increasing after each meal and as your day continues.

PULSE💓
➡️Indicates how well your body & tissues are taking in nutrients and oxygen
➡️Shows the rate at which your body and your body’s tissues are capable of using and taking in nutrients and oxygen

An optimal resting pulse rate sits between 75-90 beats per minute.

This information goes directly against what we are taught in the fitness industry! I love this post from a colleague that discusses it more!

Using both temperature and pulse can show you a bigger picture.

If you have: a higher temperature and higher pulse OR a normal temperature and higher pulse → you’re likely actively stressed.

If you have: a lower temperature and lower pulse OR a normal temperature and lower pulse → you’re likely chronically stressed and experiencing some kind of metabolic suppression.

When temperature is consistently below 97.8 that indicates hypofunction of thyroid.

These tests aren’t 100% accurate, other things affect them. Use them alongside the other markers mentioned above ( aka do not look at them in isolation) to give you insight into your current metabolic state and what you need to improve.

To read more about the doctor that pioneered these tests grab a book called Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness – by Dr Broda Barnes.

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Healthy vs Unhealthy relationship with exercise

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

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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.

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.

🙌🏼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 train 3-4 times a week max. My health is improving, my soul is thriving! Patience is 🔑

If you’re wanting to improve your relationship with fitness & nutrition —Click here to apply for coaching❤️

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Fitness has much more to offer than a side-by-side photo!

There are many things not depicted in a before/after photo. IE: What were the eating behaviors, relationship with food, was it restrictive? What were their exercise behaviors like? Did they prioritize rest, recovery and hormonal health, and other biofeedback? Did they develop more confidence in the gym or an obsession about being lean & athletic? Was their training performance better? Or worse?

What’s problematic behind these images: By nature, they create comparison & It suggests an endpoint, where the AFTER is the life and body of their dreams and everything is perfect. 😬🙅🏻‍♀️That’s not how it works.

There are NO before & afters. It’s all just during! It’s time to focus on the journey, 🗺 not a false destination! 📍

To be clear I’m not 💯 against before/after photos, they can be a great tool when used correctly if your mindset and relationship with your body are both in a good place. 🎯

As my coaching friend @rpendakur puts it “The job of a good coach is not only help you reach your goals; it’s also to minimize risk and get you there in the healthiest way possible. This doesn’t always mean the fastest way or according to your timeline. It also doesn’t mean that this will automatically happen in six, eight, or 12 weeks, even though transformations are constantly sold to us as such.”

That’s why in my coaching process we focus on body neutral fitness, & how they want to FEEL when they accomplish our goals. Success is a feeling ✨✨
•Reflecting on improved mood, energy and confidence
•Improved strength & endurance
•Less aches and pains
Just to name a few!

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Why women NEED protein

When on-boarding new clients, one of the first things we focus on is daily protein intake. I encourage clients to aim for at least 100 grams a day (definitely more when strength training).

Variety is KEY-eggs, dairy, organ meats, ruminant animals, warm water fish, seafood and poultry can make THE difference. Balancing protein with glycine rich gelatinous foods like meats with the joint, bone broth, gelatin and collagen helps us utilize the protein from muscle meats better.

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•A growing body of research suggests that dietary protein, specifically, can help promote satiety, facilitating weight loss when consumed as part of reduced energy diets.

•Studies show protein before and after a workout increases protein synthesis = muscle growth. It also preserves current muscle mass, which is part of a healthy aging process. 💪🏻

•The thyroid and liver have a high need for amino acids. The liver requires amino acids to breakdown estrogen, other hormones, toxins AND convert T4 into T3 for a high metabolic rate.

•Protein supplies the body with the amino acids it requires to make keratin – one of the structural proteins in our skin, hair, and nails. To boost your body’s natural keratin production, you need to consume an adequate amount of protein, as well as specific vitamins and minerals that support this process. 💅🏼

•Protein has a thermic effect upward of five times greater than carbohydrates or fat.

•Protein before bed supports muscle gains, performance and recovery from workouts.

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Optimal coaching includes tracking biofeedback

Optimal health is more than just physical!

Oftentimes, for clients that are experiencing negative feedback, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed, BEFORE physical transformation goals.

💤 Improper sleep or stress management can lead to hormone imbalances that inhibit recovery.

😣Digestive issues can be a sign of chronic stress, low stomach acid, and food intolerances.

🥺Mood, focus and libido changes may be linked to under-eating, hormonal imbalances, gut issues etc.

Ex: I had a new client eating 1700ish calories/day, HIIT boot camp style workouts 6x/week, missing her menstrual cycles, hungry all the time, mood swings, constipation, and poor recovery. Over the last year, we have gotten her calories up to 2500+ per day, switching her fitness programming to strength training with progressive overload (and DELOADs) Her period is BACK! Her digestion and recovery have improved, mood and energy have increased, and her hunger is feeling more controlled. 🙌🏼 So proud of you @brooklynnmarois

The only reason, I KNEW all these things, is because I asked.

Some coaches & programs DO NOT take any subjective or objective assessments before beginning & throughout your program
🚩 RED FLAG 🚩

One of the many variables in fitness program creation is “training volume” (How much you’re doing in a specific time. That can be per workout and within the program itself)

In order to properly prescribe this, a coach needs to understand their clients: fitness level, goals, age, work capacity, recoverability, nutritional status, injury history and life stress.

IF your coach/trainer didn’t ask you any of these things, walk away slowly. 👋 😝

While physical changes are often used to measure progress, monitoring how you FEEL in response to your nutrition and exercise program is also important. It provides insights to how your metabolism is performing and which possible variables to manipulate in order to see improvements. 💥

📝 NOTE: Assessing biofeedback does NOT replace the need for lab work or medical attention. 👩🏼‍⚕️

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Questions to ask yourself before you start any “diet”

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Welp, it is the first week of the New Year 🗓. And every January, millions of Americans begin their new year with some sort of diet.

While I do believe you’ve got to “earn your right to diet” in the first place, if you ARE beginning a new dietary protocol, Please go through the slides and ask these questions 🙋🏻‍♀️ first!

Your diet should:
•Be sustainable
•Have an exit strategy (or at least a discussion of what to do next)
•Not require using supplements/products forever
•Work with your goals (Example: Keto diet when you’re an athlete)
•Work with your activity levels (aka you should be eating more than 1200-1400 calories!!)

These are just a few important considerations to ask before investing time, and energy into any new #dietplan. What questions would you add? 👇🏻

🤍Play the long game, and make your lifestyle sustainable!
☮️Contentment will bring freedom.
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NO, You do NOT need a detox, cleanse or reset after the holidays!

🙅🏻‍♀️No detox, cleanse or reset needed. Its likely metabolic function that needs to be addressed.

💡 What you really need is a personalized plan with consistency and patience — Not a restrictive dietary protocol.🙅🏻‍♀️

⚠️The negative implications of fasting/cleanses need to be addressed – chronic energy depletion, lack of energy storage, lack of thyroid hormone conversion and sacrificing long term health for short term gain.

⚠️The less food you eat means more synthetic supplements necessary to get all the missing nutrients you are not taking in. 💊

⚠️The less food you eat means the less energy you have over time. 😴

⚠️Lastly, the more often you fast the less appetite you have. Who even wants an appetite these days? This gives you more time to work, work, work! (Sense my sarcasm?)🤪can Hustle culture be left in 2021 ?

While I know many folks who truly believe in the “magical power” of cleanses and detoxes….

The one fact that is indisputable when it comes to practicing prolonged restrictive protocols: this can and will reduce your basal metabolic rate and make it harder to maintain any weight lost OR lose in the future. It also causes nutritional deficiencies and more…. (I’ve learned this the hard way)

💰 Save your money & avoid these programs like you do The ‘vid. 🦠

👉🏼In my coaching program, you learn the nuances of metabolic function, the importance of nutritional periodization and how to live a happy and sustainable lifestyle! Click here to apply for coaching–let’s do this!! 💞

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What to do for 2022-Focus on Mastering the Basics!

🎉Happy New Years 2022! As we see the weight loss ads, fad diet gimmicks, 30 day & 75 hard challenges all over the feeds, I’d like to offer the advice of MASTERING THE BASICS for your 2022 resolution goals.
💯🔥

Research on resolutions shows that only 40-60% of people maintain their NYE resolutions six months later. Folks may start off strong, but when they are doing unsustainable protocols, quickly lose steam, fall off, or even worse develop results that are opposite of what were desired in the first place. 🤷🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️

That’s why I recommend that for this upcoming year, we prioritize learning how to manage our stress better, because stress is truly the cause of so many of our health concerns. 🧘‍♀️
Next is sleep, proper fuel, daily movement, healthy digestion, awesome poops and THEN you can add in strength training, at least twice per week, but a 3-4 day split I think it’s the best way to approach it. 💪🏻 To clarify: yes, you should prioritize sleep and nutrition before getting your workouts in. 🙂

By mastering the basic habits of health, you are creating a sustainable routine. This solid foundation will give you the lasting results you truly desire.

If you’re ready to break free from ways of the past: eliminating your favorite foods, yo-yo dieting, and endless hours in the gym—2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣2️⃣is the year to do so.

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Sleep is SO much more than shut eye!

”Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds.” 😬Who can relate?
🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻

👉🏻Sleep is consistently the most underrated aspect of any health & wellness journey. & It’s one of the biggest priorities I focus on with clients, especially if they have an aesthetic goal.

💤 Creating & maintaining a bedtime routine is the best way to prioritize a good nights sleep.

Here are a few before bed SLEEP HACKS:

😴Block blue & green light, lower the temperature in your bedroom & reduce the volume on TV 1-2 hours before bed.

🛌 Be sure to sleep in complete darkness, wear sleep mask if needed

💤 Use a white noise app or air filter, or ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper.

😴Go to bed early around 9-10pm

🛌Use a guided meditation app (headspace, calm, insight timer)

💤Stick to a sleep schedule (even on weekends)

😴Use supplements to enhance sleep (200mg theanine, 500 mg gaba & Magnesium Glycinate )

🛌Get out of bed briefly if you do wake up.

How’s your bedtime routine? Let me know, are you going to incorporate any of these?👇🏻

Good sleep promotes good health. Sleep represents a third of every person’s life and it has a tremendous impact on how we live, function and perform during the other two-thirds of our lives. It is indeed as vital as the air we breathe and the food we eat, especially for those with chronic diseases or compromised immune systems.

”Happiness in simplicity can be achieved with a flexible mindset and nine hours sleep each night.” – Dalai Lama

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