I hope you saw my blog post from the other day on The Killer of Dreams. If you missed it, be sure to click here to read this powerful post. That piece was really about owning and acknowledging the excuses we make for ourselves. Too often we buy into and believe the stories we tell ourselves because that makes it easier to accept less out of life than we truly desire. To live in our comfort zones, if you will. But here’s the reality. If you have a goal that you’ve convinced yourself is unattainable and anyone in your same or similar circumstance has achieved it, there’s not one real reason you can’t be successful too.
What’s the Big Deal about Carbs? Starchy carbs get so much attention when it comes to nutrition conversations because they are the biggest double-edged sword our bodies have to deal with. On one hand, all of our energy in the body comes from glucose molecules (carbs in their basic sugar form) but on the other, our bodies weren’t designed to be surrounded by so many readily available carbs. So when our body does get an onslaught of starchy carbs (usually from refined sugars in all of our indulgence foods or simple carbs found in anything baked with flour), it handles them by releasing insulin. Insulin is responsible for a lot of important functions in the body, but by design, it is a storage hormone. So instead of signaling our body to burn fat, our bodies actually get the signal to store fat whenever we eat a lot of starchy carbs….
Have you ever used the phrase “When ________, then _________…”? Let me give you an example: WHEN things in my life calm down and I can focus, THEN I’ll lose the weight and get in shape. Or… WHEN I have a little more money, THEN I’ll invest in myself. This phrase is the dream killer and can be applied around any area of life – weight loss, fitness, career goals, parenting, literally anything.
There was a time when cardio was all the rage. It was the center of the fitness industry for decades, but oh how times have changed! Today, muscle is coveted. And fairly recently, for the first time, women are striving for the athletic, muscular look of an athlete over being thin. And you know what? This is awesome! Not just because it shows how we are evolving, but because there are tremendous benefits to carrying more muscle mass (and less body fat). You see…life has changed A LOT in the last century. Day to day life once involved physical labor, which is great for building and maintaining muscle. But because the world doesn’t work that way anymore, it’s very easy for humans to be low on muscle mass and high in body fat. This not only affects our appearance but can have a HUGE effect on our health, vitality, and…
Chances are that in some way or another you are either related to (or personally know/have heard) of someone who is affected by arthritis in some degree. Indeed, in Canada this debilitating disease affects millions of people, most notably as they age and move into retirement. For some, it strikes even earlier. But what is arthritis exactly? And how does exercise benefit those who have it, and likely delay its early onset? It is these questions and more that we seek to look at in today’s blog!
If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably counted calories. And if you’re a woman, you’ve probably fixated yourself on consuming 1,200 calories per day. (Weird fact: the majority of women I’ve spoken to about how many calories she thinks she should eat per day says 1,200 for no apparent reason). It seems like women have just “heard” over the years this is the goal number, but I digress….
There’s a result you desire. Maybe it’s weight loss, maybe it’s to achieve a specific lift, run your first 5k, or maybe it’s to get off your blood pressure medication. Whatever the goal is, what I’m going to talk about applies. If you or someone you know has ever gone to extreme measures to lose weight – HCG injections, diet pills, surgery, starvation diets, etc – the chances are small that they were successful.
So you decide (or set a New Year’s resolution) that you want to improve your health to be able to be more active with your kids, or you want to lose 20 lbs to feel more confident in your clothes, or you want be able to move with less pain and have less limitations. Great! You’re all in… but you set the date you are going to start for sometime in the future. ~ “I will start eating healthier on Monday” ~ “I will start working out next month when things are slower at work”
Starting your nutrition journey is never an easy process, and for most of us the “quick fix” diets and fad food journeys are quickly becoming a broken way of the past. Indeed, yo-yo dieting and plenty of misinformation in the nutrition world has left many of us scrambling to sort through what is good for us, and what isn’t. Coupled with a desire for food convenience and lack of planning, the road ahead often appears harder than it should. In fact, it’s fair to say that almost all of us looking to improve our nutrition and live healthier lifestyles need concrete, long term habits for life. Furthermore, finding what works for your personalized nutrition needs can be a challenge based on your food preferences, work/life schedules, and budget (to name a few). Thankfully, there are 5 nutrition “must have” habits that, when introduced over time, can be utilized to effectively…