I love this article**!!! Precision Nutrition has hit the nail on the head again, especially with the awesome graphic I copied below. This is why I coach like I do and why I chose to be certified by PN – no calorie counting, advanced metrics, too much planning, etc. It’s all habit based. Build healthy habits that you can apply in any situation and enjoy your life 🙂
**One caveat though, a personal concern of mine – I don’t agree with their suggestion to “get a dog that needs walking”. Do not, I repeat DO NOT get a dog with the sole purpose of helping you lose weight. Dogs are living beings and are not a responsibility to be taken lightly. My dog is the love of my life and means the world to me but even so it’s not always easy and getting a dog for the wrong reason means a trip to the pound for the poor pup.
Our link of the week is from Runner’s World but it’s not specifically about running. I’m a big runner but not a big fan of Runner’s World in general but when this article came across my newsfeed I fell in love. It is about an elite triathlete who is body shamed for being larger than her opponents.
And how does all of this make me feel? Honestly, not ashamed or embarrassed, but PROUD. Proud that I do like the climbs and the challenges they present; proud that I can run fast; proud that I have climbed the ranks through my sport and achieved success as a professional endurance athlete, despite having the “wrong body type,” or not “looking the part.” And every time someone says to me, “I don’t know how you do that,” I actually smile real big inside. Because yup, I am doing this, and doing it well, in this body—in my body, just as it is supposed to be.
I implore you to take a page from Kara’s book and love your body for what it is capable of, don’t hate it for not living up to some artificial standards.
I love this new article debunking detox diets from Precision Nutrition. Juice cleanses do not work but they do a much better job off explaining why than I ever could. Especially scary that they both got so sick from this popular detox.
The take-away? Eat your fruits and veggies, eat sugars in moderation and save your money by staying away from expensive juice cleanses. Your body and bank account will thank you!
We already know the main dietary risks in North America, which include excess calories, processed sugars, fats, and salt. Simply cutting down on these would improve our health and functioning.
We can do this by eating the highest quality, freshest food possible, paying attention to body cues, and not overeating.
I’m honestly not sure what to feel about this article. I’m happy they are finally making Barbies of different shapes and sizes but the reactions of the little girls is heartbreaking. I wonder how many of the little girls acted this way? How did the others respond?
…a 6-year-old speaks as if she’s the curvy doll. Here’s what she says: “Hello, I’m a fat person, fat, fat, fat.” … Another child says she doesn’t want to hurt that Barbie’s feelings, so she spells it: “F-A-T.” … when adults weren’t in the room, focus-group girls often undressed the curvy dolls and laughed at them.
I’d love to hear what you think about this! It’s so easy to blame the parents but we as a society have to accept some of the blame. Women have enough to worry about without being held to impossible standards.
Most people think as a trainer I’m here to get them in skinny jeans. However, that’s not what I focus on. I build strength and confidence in women, helping them love the body they live in. Yes, they often lose weight, but it’s the confidence and pride they develop that I love. Hearing these kindergarten girls already fat-shaming is heartbreaking.
How in love am I with Girls Gone Strong? Their latest article is so amazing. Years ago I dropped to low body fat levels, my abs looked fantastic. My races were going great. But the dedication required was immense. I wasn’t able to enjoy my life. Now I’m a bit bigger and slightly slower but I can enjoy my time out with friends, guilt free. I don’t spend my days stressing over ever last calorie and beating myself up over the occasional missed workout. Inside Out Health is based on balance and creating confidence in the body that is uniquely yours. Healthy bodies and lives are in balance and we don’t expect perfection. I hope this article shows you that perfection is in your imperfections. None of us is flawless. And that’s what makes us perfect.
Years ago I fell in love with pomegranate flavored…well pretty much anything. But then I bought a pomegranate. Um…what was I supposed to do with THAT?
Fast forward a few years and some well meaning person in my life told me I was to eat the seeds. I tried again, purchasing a pomegranate and scooping out the seeds. And I about broke my tooth! I steered clear of pomegranates themselves while enjoying the delicious flavors they had to offer in drinks and such.
Over Christmas however, this all changed. My family was going through pomegranate seeds like they were crack. Gorgeous, red shiny beads of crack. I was encouraged to take another try and I’m so happy I did. I’m now addicted to these little natural candies and bought a big box of them at Costco yesterday. I looked around to find an easy way to get the seeds out and found this fantastic article which is now our link of the week!
I found her method worked best when using a wooden spoon. I would first whack around the sides (I held my hand to the side, rather than under the fruit). Then when the sides were empty I’d whack away at the top of the pomegranate. It’s super easy and even a bit fun. A little bit of a workout and you have a tasty treat when you’re finished. Enjoy!