For many women in particular, eating can feel like a chore – especially for fit, active women. Why? Well, women tend to take on the world and condition themselves (subconsciously) to do so on minimal energy. I say – it’s a woman thing.
As a Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Coach, I see many women that would eat properly if only they had time and guidance. That is why we search for recipes right? We all want a little guidance and stamp of approval.
So without further ado – here are HEALTHY, DELICIOUS no-guilt Chocolate Protein Peanut Butter Balls that are both taste tested and nutritionist approved!
By Trainer, Nutritionist & Powerlifter
Ladies….I’m (mostly) looking at you for this hot topic.
I used to subscribe to the notion that less was better, less food, less weight, taking up less space. This often lead to more exercise, more obsession, and more ways that my body and mind were screwed up.
I was ALWAYS dieting.
Chronic dieting just to look good or how we think we should – is not the life we are meant to live.
There are so many things that take place when we slowly (or quickly) diminish the amount of food we’re eating on a long-term daily basis (which is often paired with over-exercising).
The list goes on and on….and on.
That seriously does not sound like a way to live a full and active life.
It down regulates our metabolism to match what you actually are giving it in order to protect essential functions. It down regulates hormonal production, because the body knows that if it doesn’t have enough food, it can’t possibly support growing another life. Even if you don’t want to get pregnant (now or ever) there are still long-term effects that come from poor nutrition (hello thyroid health…the base of our entire metabolism).
How well you feed your body has a direct impact on quite literally everything you do. Are you supporting your body in the best way that you can, to do all the things you want to do? Or are you constantly stuck on the hamster wheel called chronic dieting? My guess is probably the second one.
I get it though, I’ve been there & its always a work in progress. So many people are terrified of a number on a scale, which makes them afraid to just EAT.
Literally all that number is, is the quantifiable relationship between your body, and gravity. Nothing else.
Weight does not indicate how powerful you are, how smart, funny, or caring you are. There is so much more to you than that number.
Are you a chronic dieter?
Goals are an important thing, without a defined purpose behind all the hard work, motivation
and performance can diminish. The most important is that these goals are realistic: the body
needs consistency and commitment, but mostly time, so that it can chance. Change takes time, patience, focus and smart-work.
It can take about 4 weeks of regular, consistent workouts to actually gain strength. There are also, a lot of personal factors involved in setting realistic fitness goals. For example, your current lifestyle will shape your goals and help you understand how much time and progression you will need to reach your goal.
What is your current lifestyle?
How frequently can you commit to workout?
Are you able to prepare all of your meals and stick to your proposed diet?
To begin your goal setting process, the first question to figure out, is what you’re trying to accomplish. Once you’ve clearly defined this, you can then start to set your short-term goals. One easy way to do this, is to break down large goals into manageable steps during a certain time – this will help you keep motivated and create a habit. It will also allow you to track your progress over time so you can see all the changes. Tracking and recording your process also allows for time to rest, recover and re-evaluate.
Overall – it’s important to be sensible to your body.
Your goal should clearly state what you want to do. The more exact, the better.
It’s important that you have a measurable variable in mind when setting
your goals. Record goal numbers and track your progress.
It’s absolutely vital that your goals are realistic and that they can actually be
Whatever you decide to work toward needs to fit in with your other pursuits
Have a deadline. This will give you an extra boost of motivation and a clear stopping point to work toward
Are you a serial dieter? Have you tried every diet under the sun, which have all worked
for a little bit, but then progress stops, or life gets hard and you just can’t stick with it,
and often you end up giving up and gaining back the weight you lost…and maybe even
a little more?
Fat loss is not linear, and often times pushing harder will only derail you further. There
are limits to both the mind and body and often times, hitting that wall is a sign to take a
break. Now there's a difference between just not being committed altogether, and being
committed but running into walls constantly. Today I’m talking about the second one
I have made it my life-long mission to help educate and inspire others to live the life of their dreams. Through sharing my stories of struggles and successes, I have been able to stay authentic and true to myself, while also helping others. While I have a business that is built on that foundation, I believe anyone can inspire at any stage in their life.
In America, we are conditioned to always be striving for the next “success,” This is usually a positive thing – it helps us stay disciplined in order to grow, keeps us focused, and ensures progress. There are times, however, that we can look at the wrong things and call them “successful.” While material possessions may symbolize someone’s status in terms of financial wealth, possessions can never symbolize one’s health.
One common definition of health is the absence of disease. I like to define health as a well-rounded balance of physical, emotional, mental and relational strength and endurance that is most often enjoyed. Why? In life, we will always have some kind of problems, troubles, things that just happen, and even medical issues.
I don’t believe in claiming or speaking disease or negativity into someone’s life, but we all know that sometimes disease is the manifestation of physical stress. We need to take time to slow down and balance ourselves. Health is a well-rounded balance.
Sometimes striving for success becomes very esoteric and ill defined. What is success anyways?
How would you define it?
To me, success is continuously becoming better and helping others get better too. Success to me means nothing if I am all alone, and don’t have a healthy balance in my body, mind, spirit and relationships. I have made it my duty to share stories (even taboo ones) of my real-life-experiences, not as a crutch, but as a tool for healing myself and helping others heal.
Whatever your story is, whether it be past abuse, homelessness, crime, drugs, jail, being in an unhealthy relationship, losing everything – your story is valuable. Your story is valuable to someone you may not even know. Maybe what you went through, someone else is currently going through and they need some hope that they`ll get beyond it. Maybe someone else went through it and let it destroy their life, but you’ve struggled to rise above. It’s your duty to share how you did it.
Everyone in this world needs hope. You are valuable and authentic.
For Part of my Story, Listen here: http://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HV39Q95Q
We’ve all witnessed this. We’ve seen the athletes or celebrities with millions of dollars who are constantly in trouble with the law, in domestic partnerships disputes, or dead-beats to their children. We’ve witnessed some of the “most successful people” in the spotlight for their personal failure. Professionalism and personal character are tied together! Whatever is done in the dark will eventually come to light. If you are highly talented, but suck as a person – you will eventually lose your career position, and be left with yourself. If you are highly talented and have a good character, you will continue your wins even when you lose the game, a deal, or make a mistake. Someone who has good character can be respected; while someone without it is hard to respect them.
Get out today, and do something to help you build a better personality, better mentality, and in turn your behaviors will change. You will be one step closer to your success!
In America, we tend to think about being “healthy” in an external way. The reality is, health is also mental.
Too often we look at the outside of someone and deem them “healthy” when they may be physically or emotionally decaying inside. Hand-in-hand with physical health, is mental, spiritual and emotional health (to name a couple others). We have this unhealthy view of what health is. We tend to think people who are skinny are healthy. We also think those who carry an extra 20 pounds are unhealthy (not always), and we judge those who eat ice-cream, but glorify those who drink every weekend because their life is “care-free” and “fun.” We tell women who lift heavy weights that they’re “bulky” or “husky” instead of glorifying their strength. We crave social attention, and are addicted to our technology – phones, laptops, computers, etc. We even go as far as to call things “healthy addictions” (like working out ‘too much’). In America, we forget what our bodies really need, and over-stress ourselves into disease, anger, anxiety, and obesity.
Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight, and 40% are considered obese. There is new scientific research that claims that a calorie burned is a calorie burned, but a calorie consumed is NOT a calorie stored (Dr. Robert Lustig).
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