Video; Why Are You So Skinny?

I watched this video today.  Now it’s your turn

First of all I really admire Amanda Russell for posting this video.  She is strong, healthy, and encouraging.  I’ve never felt anything but happy (and maybe a little scared of the workouts;)  when I have watched her videos!  I’ve done several of her workouts and I love them.  Short, effective, and to the point.   Totally my style;)

Anyway, this video really resonated with me as I have gone through similar things as her.  I’m naturally smaller in size so I hear things like:

“You need to eat a cheeseburger”  “You are so bony”  “Do you ever eat?”  etc.

Although these may not sound that hurtful they really can be.  For me these were really hurtful because I have gone through my own struggles of undereating, then overeating, being underweight, having a super hard time gaining at all.  Plus as Amanda pointed out in the video, it’s embarrassing when someone says that to you in front of a group of your friends/peers.  It’s also frustrating when people underestimate my strength because I’m “skinny”.  Skinny people are strong too!!  Luckily  I’m at a good place now and I’m comfortable in my body. As you get older I guess things fall into place:)  I wanted to share this video though because I think this is a really important reminder to not judge others on their body type.  Whether they are short, tall, skinny, curvy, etc.  We all have the right to feel good and confident in our own skin.  You never know what someone is going through.  You never know where someone is at in their journey of finding confidence and peace with their bodies.  The only comments you should make to others about their appearance are positive encouraging ones.

Maybe being small isn’t your struggle.  On the other end of the spectrum you should never tell anyone they need to stop eating because they are overweight!  I know a couple people who were told “have you ever thought about not eating so much and going on a diet?”  Well guess what that person was working on losing weight and had lost a good amount of weight already!  How hurtful that would be to hear that when you were trying so hard in the first place.

So just remember next time you think about judging someone harshly on their body, DON’T.

Forget about that saying “Real Women are—insert your own adjective here—“.  I hate that saying because it’s never true. Real women are just that.  Real. Unique.

We are all beautiful no matter our shape or size.   And we all have our secret struggles.  Never ever put someone down.  You don’t know what your hurtful words could lead to.

Let’s all try and be a lot more kind and a lot less  judgmental.

Show compassion and give more compliments!

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Bye for now, beautiful people.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

I hope I can make some sense with this.  Yesterday I read an article in the paper that was titled “Bills Seek to Restrict Animal Abuse Videos”

I was pretty annoyed by the article to say the least.

The article talks about how state legislators across the country are working on making  it harder/illegal for “animal welfare advocates to investigate cruelty and food safety cases.”

Here are some of the key points that really bothered me.

Bills in California, Nebraska, and Tennessee state that anyone who collects evidence of abuse must turn it over to law enforcement within 24-48hrs. 

They claim this will help the police in stopping the abuse quicker than waiting for a video to be made.

My thoughts:  Should police be notified when animal abuse is taking place? Yes, sure.  But honestly that doesn’t do much good.  When this happens the factory farms or the workers committing the abuse tend to get a slap on the wrist, possibly fired/fined and the farm is shut down briefly but that’s about it.  America doesn’t usually get to hear about it.  I feel that films like Food, Inc. and Vegucated are valuable because they are available to everyone to see.  They can help open peoples eyes to where our meat is really coming from.  Things change when people’s eyes are made to see.  Plus, if animal welfare groups aren’t allowed into the farms to collect video/evidence of cruelty then who’s going to do it.  Police aren’t going to go out of their way to find the problems.  If the videos aren’t being shared with the public nothing will get better.  Out of sight, out of mind.

The Bills are sponsored by the meat and poultry industries.

Who else would fund it?  

Lobbying is what should really be illegal.

“The meat industry’s mantra is always that these are isolated cases.”

If they are so rare and there really isn’t anything to hide then why are they putting so much $$ into making it illegal for people to find out about them? The truth is these aren’t rare cases.  These bills are “an effort to deny consumers the ability to know how their food is processed.”  That’s not cool.  We have a right to know where our food is coming from.    I know for my husband and me, we couldn’t continue giving our money to such an unnecessarily violent industry. I feel that for the most part if the public knew about these practices they would not be okay with it.  Thus the reason they spend so much so we don’t find out about it. This is just another example of the government and the meat/food industry wanting to cover our eyes while they make a buck.  

It just makes me sad that the ability to make educational films could be considered a crime someday.  Positive changes come from these films.  Plus I’m pretty sure this violates freedom of press laws.

I love America but I hate that government can be paid off by businesses so the business can get what they want.  In this case continue to torture animals before slaughter in an often dirty environment and then sell it to unsuspecting customers.  Congratulations guys.

Well sorry to be so negative today, hope I made some sense and that you can understand where I’m coming from on this one.

Do you agree or disagree with the article?

Normal Happy Eating.

hello friends!

Man, it has been a busy past few weeks!

I’ve been spending a lot of time studying for my personal training certification which has kept me from the blog for a bit.

I should be done with that soon and I’m super excited and nervous.

I have a few posts I want to write soon but today I want to focus on something very personal to me.

Eating.

Somehow I lost sight of how to just eat.  I used to know how, so why can’t I now.  Well I will tell you.

I’ve been noticing a trend around the blogosphere lately about intuitive eating.  And I’m glad it’s being addressed because it’s been something I’ve been working on doing for sometime now.

Ever since I really got into health and fitness a few years ago I have followed a few “rules” in how I should be eating to fuel my body properly.

Some examples are:

  • Count every calorie (as well as every gram of fat/carb, etc!) (Luckily I finally kicked that habit and I love it!!)
  • Measure/ Weigh everything!
  • Eat every 2-4 hours to keep your energy levels high/metabolism revved
  • Eat fruit only pre/post workout

How could I not follow these rules?  They are in practically every health and fitness magazine  I’ve ever read!

Well guess what I’m sick of this!  And I will tell you why.

Let me just first say that I think each of these on there own can be useful, especially when you are first getting into healthy eating, building muscle, lose weight, etc.  And at one point they were all helpful to me in one way or another but they no longer serve me.  They only control me and I’m over it!  Sadly, I think being consumed by these rules is all too common in the health and fitness world.

Let me explain how these rules have taken over and why I’m quitting them.

I will skip over Calorie counting since I have already addressed that here🙂 I will say though, it’s gotten so much easier now!  I never even think about how many calories I’m eating anymore and it’s so freeing!

Measuring Everything:  This has been helpful to me especially when I first quit counting calories.  It made me feel better to know that I was still eating the “right” portion size and eating enough but not too much!  But guess what?!  Turns out this is highly annoying.  Plus it makes for too many extra dishes, all those measuring cups and spoons, haha.  Also for some reason if i had put the right amount of food on my plate I would feel like I would have to eat it all even when I wasn’t hungry for it all because I had measured out the right amount for what I thought my body needed.  I didn’t want to starve my hard earned muscles!!  But you really shouldn’t keep eating when you are full, it just gives you a tummy ache.  Other times I would still be hungry after eating but would not want to get more food because I had the “right” portion size.    Obviously though it wasn’t the correct amount because my body was telling me, “hey I’m still hungry!”    Our bodies are so smart!  They know what they need.  We just need to listen!!

For the past few days I’ve been working on this and it’s been great so far.  It hasn’t necassarily been easy but it has been empowering to listen to my body instead of blocking out the signals it gives me.

Eating every 2-4 hours:  This is probably the toughest one for me to break and the one I hate the most.  Even though many studies say you should be eating every few hours to keep metabolism revved and energy levels up, many studies say that you shouldn’t do this.  It’s not necassarily a good thing to be constantly digesting food!  Coming from someone who has a lot of problems with digestion, I’m sure breaking this rule would be helpful to me.  Sometimes it’s a good thing to let our bodies rest if we aren’t hungry every few hours.  If you are, then of course EAT!!  But don’t force yourself just because the clock says it’s time to eat.  Sometimes I’m not hungry every few hours and sometimes I’m hungry ALL DAY!!   But I ignore the hunger cues because my mind and the clock tell me it’s not time to eat yet.  ( I’m so sorry body).   Plus starving my body, just so I can eat at the right time is slowing down my metabolism  anyway, the exact thing I want to avoid!  I’ve had this bad habit for so long, it’s hard to break it.  

Another reason I need to quit this is because my eating schedule runs my day!  Instead of just eating when I get hungry, I practically plan my day around my meals!  No fun!  It can and has kept me from going out and doing things with friends because I don’t want to miss my meal time.  I plan out when I will workout so that it goes in line with eating every few hours.  And it is frustrating!!  I mean really what will happen if I wait a little longer to eat ?  Are my muscles just going to whither away?  Nope, actually nothing will happen.  What if I eat breakfast at 7am and have a snack at 8am because I was hungry again?  Well, then my body will be satisfied and energized because I gave it what it asked for.

I’ve tried this over the weekend and enjoyed it and felt happy and energized the whole weekend.  It’s harder to do during the week because sometimes I’m at work and I have to eat at a certain time if I’m going to eat at all.  But that doesn’t mean I have to clear my plate if I’m full or not eat more if I need it.

Of course I’m trying to be smart about it.  I have certain fitness goals and I know I need to fuel my body properly around my workouts especially.  But after that I need to remember that the clock doesn’t control me or my stomach!

Eating fruit only Pre/Post Workout:   This one is a tough one because so many people say “oh fruit is so high in sugar/carbs it should only be consumed around your workouts when your body can soak up all the energy quickly.    And don’t even think about eating fruit at night!  That will make you fat!”  blah blah blah.  And I suppose there is some truth to this….if you are training for a fitness competition.  But currently I’m not.  Would I like to? Maybe someday:)  But todayI want to eat whole delicious foods that my body craves, when my body craves it.   And I’m sorry, but an apple at night will not make you fat!  It’s a whole, nutritious food and we should eat them up!

So for this one, I started a few weeks ago adding more fruit into my diet and not just around my workouts and guess what I love it!!  My body loves fruit! Apples, pears, bananas, and berries, yum!!  I feel really healthy and energized when I am eating more fruit instead of more protein for example.  I have noticed less stomachaches and a flatter stomach from eating more fruit as well!  A win win.  I’m definetley not perfect at this one.  I still have thoughts in my head that say, no more fruit you have  had enough carbs/sugars for the day!  But If i’m craving a piece of fruit, shouldn’t I eat it? yes, yes I should.  Plus I don’t eat added sugars on a regular basis anyway.  I quit (added, processed) sugar a long time ago and haven’t looked back, so I’m pretty sure my body can handle the natural sugar in fruit any time of day!

Anyway, so those are the things I’m working on now.  Being a more intuitive eater.  Enjoying my food more.   Eating what I want, when I want.  (And that includes ordering what I’m really craving when eating out, not just ordering what he healthiest option is!)  Reaching for some almonds/carrots/a bowl of yogurt and eating how ever much I grab or scoop out instead of measuring it out.

Food and time will no longer control me.

I know my husband, family, friends, and God will help me overcome these bad habits.

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phew.  That was a lot.  But I need to get this out of my mind!  So thanks for reading if you made it through!

I will be back soon with some new recipes.  Including my favorite breakfasts as of late:)

Do you follow any food or eating rules?