I'm so happy you're here because I'm writing about a topic that is SO important nowadays - especially to anyone who is interested in living their healthiest life possible with minimal risk of weight gain, disease and chronic inflammation.
We're talkin' sugar, baby!
Everyone's favourite vice (ins't it though?). Whether we're aware of it or not sugar is a driving force behind many of our decisions surrounding food and drinks, and it can lead to a host of health issues...we'll touch on that in a bit.
What is sugar?
Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that is found in many vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits and man-made foods and drinks (pop, alcoholic drinks, iced teas etc.)
Sugar contains 4 calores per gram compared to protein which contains 4 grams as well and fat which has 9 calories per gram.
When you're choosing carbohydrates or sugar to consume ideally you would choose the kinds that are nutrient dense such as fruits, vegetables, or minimally processed sweetness like...
Everyone is looking for ONE thing they can do to help shift their body into the one they've always dreamed of.
Is it going gluten free? Maybe.
Is it reducing your carb intake? Potentially.
Is it finally kicking that sugar addiction you've been struggling with for years? Could be!
No matter what comes up in the results of your Fit Genes test or what shows up in your personalized nutrition protocol, all that matters is one thing:
You have to do what it tells you to do.
I say that with pure understanding and empathy if you haven't done what your healthy friend, past coach or parent who recently went keto and has lost 50 lbs has told you to do.
We often procrastinate or think "There's no way that one thing is going to change my body composition".
How do you know that though? Until you try.
I have recently gone through the most incredible body transformation I've ever experienced. I've been lean and muscular in the past,...
The longer I'm a health coach for and the more I learn about the body, nutrition, workouts, genetics etc., the more I answer "It depends" to many questions regarding health.
There are SO many factors to consider. How's your mental state? Because what's happening in the brain is happening to every cell in your body.
What's happening with your nutrition? Because again what you're eating affects every cell in your body.
How are you moving? Are you sedentary, mildly active, training at the appropriate level OR overtraining? Important to know because exercise is medicine and not all of it is ideal for every person.
How I usually begin coaching clients is to help them get clear on the unwanted behaviours that are contributing to symptoms of weight retention and weight gain such as:
- Limiting alcohol and sugar intake
- Eating a predominantly whole foods diet
- Learning to eat intuitively
- Manage stress (this is a HUGE one!)
But what happens when you've done all of that and...
Ok - I know, the obligatory picture of the personal trainer in her skivvies showing her abs is a little played out BUT if you've ever struggled with stubborn weight and water retention you'd know how F*&$ing good it feels to finally dial into what works and keeps you feeling (and looking) the way you've always wanted to!
So, I'm sharing the daily strategies I use to stay lean and full of energy and vitality!
Now, that's not to say that what works for me will work for you - literally everyone is different, but I hope this serves to inspire you to figure out what that is for you and then stay consistent, not perfect.
What's the difference? Well, why don't you answer that? Stop for a sec and think about the way that consistent energy feels vs the energy of perfection.
(Don't skip this, seriously! Try it!)
For me, consistent feels self-supportive, grounded, understanding, loving and mature.
Perfection feels like judgement, self-criticism, anxious - like I'm...
I think it's safe to say that stress is the root cause of many health issues today such as hormonal imbalances, poor gut health, cardiovascular disease and of course, weight gain and weight retention.
But why is stress the cause of these issues? I'm going to focus on weight gain for this blog's purpose (head over here to learn about the role that stress plays gut health).
As a weight loss and stress management coach I speak often about the parasympathetic and sympathetic states because understanding them and learning to manipulate the state you're in can make or break your progress with health and happiness.
For example, we're supposed to spend about 95% of our day in our parasympathetic state (rest and digest) and only 5% in our sympathetic state (fight or flight).
Though we are all preeeettttyyyy much doing the opposite. That means that our bodies are desperately trying to adapt and evolve to support our new lifestyle and physical...
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