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Muuufffiin Mondays

Hey Friends,

Happy Monday! Fresh start to the week.

What are your goals this week?

Today I’m hoping to tackle some ice cream, which I haven’t had in about 2 months so I’m trying not to work myself up about it too much because I do have a hint of excitability about it because it’s Jays, and I truly do love Jay’s homemade creme de la creme and I miss it. Wish me and my tummy luck.

So, I’m starting off this week with a recipe as I made some muffins to take to the gym last night and I got asked for the recipe.

Now, I have been experimenting with flourless baking for a while and now have ventured into making my own blends up and they still have been working nicely. The basic idea comes from a few very good recipes that everyone that I have baked them for has lapped up, so check them out here and here. If you’re okay with oats, here is another goodie! Gluten-free baking can be tricky because the ‘flours’ often leave the goodies dry, tasteless or they just fall apart due to lack of structure. Hint hint gluten is a protein and gives goodies structure.

What I have found is that the ‘formula’ in these recipes has always turned out nicely and although they are more dense than your traditional goodies, most people don’t mind it because they are so moist due to the heavy hand on the healthy fats.

Yes friends, healthy fats.

The base of all of these recipes is nut butter. So rather then flour bases, you use fats and they turn out great!

Fat is not bad, fat is flavour. Remember that!

So any who, want some muffins that will leave you more satiated than a traditional sugar-laden muffin? Well checky checky.

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So onward we go to the recipe.

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The basics.

Peanut Butter Apple Muffins

Gluten-free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free

Makes 12 muffins

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine the following wet ingredients:

1 cup (about 250g) natural peanut butter

1/2 cup (about 125g) apple butter

125g (or more) shredded apple

1/4 cup (about 65g) liquid egg whites (or a whole egg, I was out)

125ml unsweetened cashew milk (or other liquid)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix those in your bowl and then add the following dry ingredients:

1 tbsp coconut flour ***

1 tsp cinnamon (or more)

1 tsp baking powder

1 Stevia packet (adjust for sweet tooth)

*** if you don’t have coconut flour, you should be okay to reduce the milk by half

***Feel free to add other mix-ins: nuts, raisins, etc

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Here is the consistency you are looking for.

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Thick but still pourable.

Once you have combined everything, pour into a muffin tin lined with liners. Pop in the oven for about 20 minutes (rotate once half way through) or until they are just firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack and allow to cool and set for at least 15-20 minutes.

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Then enjoy!

Macros for each muffin if you’re interested. 

Cals: 160 Carbohydrates: 12g Fat: 11g Protein: 6g Sugars: 8g Fibre 2g

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These lil babies should be put in the fridge as they don’t have any preservatives to keep them as fresh like a typical processed goodie would be if left on the counter.

Tell me what you think if you try them out:-)

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Have you had success with gluten free baking?

Favourite gluten free products?

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Sunday Feelz…Update On Moi

Hiya Friends,

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Hope you all are having a great weekend thus far and enjoy a nice lazy Sunday. I’m currently enjoying my first morning at the parents house and I’m  off to the gym in a little bit but I just wanted to give a short lil post about where I am currently as some people have been asking lately.

You know I like to be honest and open with you in my journey and struggles, so I feel as if I need to keep you all in the loop and I want to share! Although I do hate over talking about myself so I will keep it short and sweet.

Just like me…sorry I had to.:-)

So, what’s been up with me and my health as of late?

Well, it has been officially about 6 months since I started working with my coach and have been increasing my intake. Although I will not post how much I have increased it, is quite a bit and as far as my weight, although many of you may not think this is a large enough amount, but I have gained about 4 pounds in that time.

Yes, I know weight gain is my goal, but keep in mind my frame. Four pounds may seem small for an average person along 6-7 months of eating in a surplus, but I’m 5’0 and under 100lbs so that is actually decent. Especially so because of the way my body works (ie. my fast metabolism) and my training. I just wanted to put that into perspective.

Despite me saying that, I feel no need justify myself to anyone. I’m moving forward in not only weight and strength, but my health is on point for the most part, my psychological health is improving and overall I just feel better.

So in order to keep it brief, I will put some of these things below in bullet form because that ensures I don’t over chat about them. 

…maybe…

~I get my vitals done twice monthly to ensure that inner things are all good. All of them are good and normal for me. Heart rate is in athletic range and my BP is good for me (low, but that has been normal for my whole life).

~I get blood work done along with an ECG also about 2 times a month to check the minerals, vitamins and such. Both are good with one lil issue right now being my urea is too high, suggesting that my intake of protein is quite high and possibly I’m a bit dehydrated because of it. NOTE that this is not going to hurt my kidneys, high protein intake doesn’t cause harm but instead can aggravate if previous kidney problems, which I don’t have, are present.

~TMI for guys, so skip it, but I still suffer from amenorrhea. This is going to come back with time and although I’m going to get major slack for saying this, but I’m trying not to sweat it too much. YES I want it back because it’s important not only for fertility but also for a bunch of other things (hello bone health, etc) and tells me that I’m in good general health BUT I also know that weight gain is a process and over stressing about it is just not going to help. SO, yes I am working to get it back, but I have to let my body determine when it will trust me to that degree again.

~My stomach has been a BITCH. Excuse my language, but my IBS has been the worst it has ever been. I knew going into this ‘bulk’ that it wouldn’t be happy but I never knew how much it would be aggravated and how much that would affect my mood and body image issues. Thankfully, my doctor has given me something to help with digestion (Domperidone) and OMG that has made things so much better. I only take about 1/3 of the recommended dose but that alone has really helped me feel normal to an extent.

NOTE that this is nothing like laxative or anything else that can lead to dependency. You can stop taking it at any time, it has no consequences/side effects and has been said to be one of the most useful tools for those undergoing re-feeding.

What about Training?

I have always been up front and honest with you all about my refusal to give up on my training and I stand by that. My health and weight is improving right along with my training so I’m not planning on stopping or slowing my pace any time soon. I know I may get some judgement for that, but I’m just being honest. Training is my passion and it’s not going anywhere.

It is my mental clarity.

My stress relief

It gives me goals to focus on through the hard times of this process.

It’s just part of me. I’m stronger then I have ever been and if you see me train you can see my love for it (I have been actually told that).

So please, do not tell me I should cut back or worst yet, stop, until I’m ‘better.’ I’m getting  better on both sides. Health and the gym are both improving simultaneously. I’m not being stubborn here, I’m being a realist. I need it to keep me going and, quite frankly, it keeps me happy. This process is hard and somedays knowing that I get that gym time gets me through it.

That aside, I said my strength has increased?

Oh yes, that food has gone to work for sure. I think that my strength has gone up a lot faster then my weight and I’m seeing muscle starting to come back and it’s just further pushing me to keep going.

I want more.

So here are some highlights.

My back squat has gone from 95lbs to 135lbs for equal reps (about 5ish on a good day)

My front squat has surpassed my previous from when I was heavier. (about 105lbs for 5)

My bench is back at body weight. I want to push this further but I also know that bench is very much affected by body weight in most people, so keep trekkin.

Pull-ups have gone from about 5-6 back up to almost 10 depending on grip despite the slight weight increase.

Overhead press dipped down to 35lbs but is now back up to where it was previously at 50lbs. <- OHP is one of the hardest movements for me so bare with me. It’s progress.

The one lift I’m frustrated with is deadlifts. Granted I haven’t done them for a long time (shameful for a ‘gymrat’ I know), but I’m stuck at just above bodyweight right now. There is something I’m not doing right with my form I’m sure so it’s something to look into if I want to improve.

So yeah, in both my mental and physical health, I’m progressing forward. I cannot thank all of my supporters more for what they have done for me during this process and moving forward, I know that things can only get better. I have a sense of mental clarity and peace more so then ever. I’m seeing more and more what makes me happy and branching out to explore more.

So overall I’m happier, have more energy and am just enjoying life much more. It makes me very happy to hear others see that too because hearing that you are glowing is much better then ‘are you okay?’

That is one of the best changes thus far.

And throwing up an end of the post cheesy flex-it pic just because I feel you need to see something and I’m starting to like my shoulders more…

#DontJudgeMe

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Before you say it…booty growth is my biggest goal.😉

And now I’m embarrassed ha! Signing off! It’s my favourite time. Gyyyymmmin.

Much love friends!

-Chelsea

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Curcumin…The Golden Spice. Fitness Friday 11

Happy Friday Friends!

Forgive me for the shorter post tonight but the beautiful evening caught my attention and pulled me outside for a late night walk.

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I do have an interesting topic though and it’s also just as sunny…looking.

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If you didn’t know, curcumin is the phytonutrient that gives turmeric it’s yellow-orange colour and it’s become quite buzz worthy lately for a number of reasons

Although turmeric has been used for decades in other cultures (Indian especially) for healing and other medicinal purposes, we tend to be a bit slow to hop on the whole ‘natural healing’ thing here so curcumin is only getting some spotlight now.

So what things are scientists interested in with this compound?

~Treatment of Alzheimers

~Cancer

~Chronic disease related to inflammation

~Anti-oxident properties

~Anti-diabetic

….and many others

How does it combat these illnesses?

Apparently one of it’s major properties is that it interferes with some cell signalling pathways, so for things like cancer, getting in the way of pathways that include apoptosis, metastasis, proliferation, etc could make a beneficial differences in the cancer cell invasion in the body (source).

So it is said that it does all these things, is there actually research supporting these benefits?

What does the research say?

A 2007 review done that highlighted some of the current research discussed how studies have found that curcumin is quite potent in a a number of the above problems. Here are a few findings mentioned:

Suppresses inflammatory transcription factors

Inhibitory effect on specific tutor growth in mice

Neuroprotective roles from metal-induced neurotoxicity

Potent antioxidant roles –> interferes with the formation rate of hydroxyl free-radicals 

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How it combats Cancer: Source

So it seems as though the research is looking quite positive but there is a big question to answer…

Can I just eat it and get the benefits?

I’m sure that including it in some dishes (great seasoning, especially along with other Indian spices) can be beneficial but the studies that have looked into the effects of this spice have been using clinical doses which are probably much more then what you would simply sprinkle on a dish.

So overall, probably you need some capsules if you really want to test it’s effects. There was a problem initially with using it as it’s lack of water solubility made it very difficult to absorb due to having a poor bioavailabliilty in the body. However, with some lab time, scientists have been able to overcome the problem with man-made derivatives (often found in capsule form). (Source)

Other interesting findings is that some compounds also help with its absorption. One I found was the substance called peperine (comes from black pepper). (Source)

So do I need it?

Well no, it’s not a necessary thing to run out and get but I thought it was interesting to share because it could help in future treatments of major disease, whether alone or in combination with other treatments. The great thing is that IT’S NATURAL and thus has not been associated with any negative consequences even in supradoses. Additionally, it’s obviously much more cost effective then pharmacological drugs (which also tend to ruin your health while fixing one issue).

So more of an interesting tidbit, but hey, if you want to see if it helps with healing post-training if you’re hitting the gym intensely or are an athlete, send your results my way as I would love to hear them.

-Chelsea

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Fad Lifestyles, Gym Newbs…Thinking Out Loud

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My friends I have a lot to think out loud this week, so lets get started right off the bat shall we?

Thanks to the lovely Amanda from Running with Spoons for being the hostess to the mostess.

1. Maggie on my Mind

Here I was saying I’m an adult and everything and was going to be just fine when Rita left, but day 2 it hit me hard. You know that ‘down’ feeling, yeah that was me. I try my hardest to still smile (okay I don’t have to try that hard to smile, its just me) because smiling just makes you feel better, but I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have a bit of a dark cloud floating over me the past few days. It is perfect timing for me to go home this weekend and spend time with my familia and I have to say I just want snuggles…

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Of the puppy variety.

Is it bad that I have been ‘craving’ having a dog a lot recently…Ugh. Come to me money! Or better yet, can I just have one and it not cost me anything and never get sick… ever?

You know you’re desperate when you start wanting a cat just because you want a snuggle friend and they are less baby-like in their needs…

2.The gym is not a playground FYI

Not to sound like a preacher, but for real, take the gym seriously and don’t be an idiot when you come into the gym. I’m going to sound sexist here, but this specifically applies to guys because most often girls will run away to the cardio section when they are not sure (which is not the answer either!) rather then just being plain stupid.

Okay so that was a bit harsh, but I really don’t feel like seeing someone die when I’m in my domain.

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Pardon my lack of spell checkin…slips happen when you are speaking with irritation passion

This most often happens when said individuals are not only newbs but also when they decide to bring their newb friend(s) with them too. Multiples just increase the stupidity that occurs.

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And they just laugh…after they barely rack the bar and the guy crawls out from underneath it.

Just sits there and shakes my head. 

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And when you don’t succeed, try again with more weight? Cuz that makes perfect sense

And fail again. Like actual fail and once again, spotter barely racks it with 50 extra pounds. Unfortunately in cases like this, it generally takes an injury for them to smarten up a bit.

Let me say something before someones like “you talk **it but why didn’t you step in”. One, I wish I could lift 150+lbs just so maybe I could show them up (plus ya ya save their life and everything). And two the spotter did manage to get it on the bottom rung (i.e. two inches from the guys face…).

Please note how there were numerous GUYS around these two and they did nothing…

Speaking of which…

3. Girls vs. Guys

We apparently think very differently. I went over to talk to a gym friend of mine about said newbs and his response to my “They’re freaking me out because I would rather not see someone die this morning…”

You apparently have a bigger heart then me, I would laugh if it fell on their face.

Now before you judge my friend, please note that most guys would have said the same thing. Call it tough love. They are being idiots, so the guys logic is that maybe if they actually loose it, maybe they will learn their lesson…plus get a bit of entertainment.

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Lets be realistic here, guys often get a kick out of seeing other guys pain. 

4.Eating Like a Caveman…

Check out this podcast as this inspired this lil rant thought.

 To the paleo folks, did you know that you have been depriving yourselves?

Of oat gains!

That’s serious.

New research has pointed out the fact that Palaeolithic people did in fact eat grains. BLASPHEMY! In fact, a new paper was published (and discussed in the podcast) on a new tool that was discovered that has traces of a type of oat fiber suggesting that it was used to grind the grains into a flour.

So yeah….Sorry?

They also touched on some other forms of ‘dieting’ that I wanted to mention.

Intermittent Fasting

This is no miracle solution to loosing weight, but rather just a different way to space out your calories for the day. Mr. Dolce happened to mention that he had tried and and felt like absolute crap for the 3 months he was on it.

No PR’s

No Strength

No Energy

Why make life hard on yourself?

Eat something before you train and fuel your body to make gains. Simple as that.

Exception may be for runners who get sick with running on full. Perhaps eating something very quick to digest is best, but go with your gut. Pun intended. 

IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros)

I discussed a while back about this and what it was actually supposed to address when it was first released but they give great basic information as to why eating whole foods, rather then processed crap, is really how to keep your body weight in check. No, I’m not saying you need to eat clean 100% of the time to maintain your weight, I’m saying that eating wholesome makes a huge difference in satiety and often leaves you eating the calories your body needs. IE. Not in excess.

He said something very real..

Have you ever seen someone sit down and eat 3 apples? Not really. 4 donuts, yes.

The truth is that the satiety of the fiber and water from the apple often leaves you not wanting more due to feeling full and satisfied. The sugary, easy to digest foods leave you feeling unsatisfied and wanting more. Unfortunately, the latter is much higher in calories and can easily put you over your maintenance and lead to weight gain if consistently indulged in.

In other ranting news…

5.Why Do People Still Hate On Carbs.

Ugh I know that education on this topic is not there yet but it kind of infuriates me to hear people saying that I’m cutting carbs to loose weight or body fat.

Guys, no macronutrient (carbs/pro/fat) are the “fat storing macros.” If you go over your calories you will gain weight. You could eat over your cals in lettuce and you would gain weight. Don’t try that though because that may be painful…

Carbs bring with them a lot of water (about equal water per gram of carbs) so often people may reduce them to feel ‘slimmer’ just due to water loss but that is it. It’s not fat you are loosing. ITS WATER!

Okay rant over. Let me unruffle my feathers…

Disclaimer. I’m talking about carbs in general. Some people will avoid all carbs, including natural sources (oats, sweet potatoes, rice, etc) thinking that weight loss will follow. I’m not talking about cereal, sugar, etc

6. Bunny Therapy?

I just discovered that the pet store near my house lets you hold newborn bunnies just because. They just messed up because imma be there ERRYDAY!

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OMG I just can’t get over my joy.

…or over that baby bunny. Uh Oh…

7.The Best Compliment.

“You look like you’re an athlete.”

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This is when strength and athleticism has surpassed aesthetics for the reasons why you work out, you know there is passion there. Find what you love because that is when it will stick and that is when you will progress.

I workout for me because I love it and I love getting stronger. I don’t work out because I feel that is required to have a certain body type.

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Well I’m off to lift real soon, so I’m gunna close it off there. I will be heading out for a nice lil hike post lift with a friend of mine to catch up which will be real nice…and maybe I will drag her back to the bunny shop…

I have a problem okay. At least I admit it.

Happy Thursday Friends!

-Chelsea

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When Mama Has No Birdies Left…

T-Minus 12ish hours there will be one less Monkateer left in my house.

No more lil birdies for me to watch.

To train.

To laugh with.

…And I may or may not have some puffy eyes to hide tomorrow…

The last bestie standing is going back home for the rest of the summer and, yes I just made that overly dramatic but I’m really gunna miss my Rita.

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Selfishly I want her to stay, but I also want her to go back home to see her parents. She hasn’t been back to China in a year and so I’m so happy that she has the chance to visit with her family for a lil while before school starts up again.

I feel as if this summer has really been a blessing though. I decided to stay mostly for her because my job really doesn’t force me to stay in Guelph at all and I don’t regret that decision what-so-ever. As close as we were already, I feel as though this summer has really allowed for us to bond in a new way.

You could really say we were attached at the hip most days and so it’s going to be very strange to be on my own for this last month.

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We said we were gunna explore Guelph more this summer and thanks to the beautiful weather, we have!

She showed me the arboretum for the first time and I got to be her photo subject.

We went back and forth via bus to whole foods and lululemon as I now have her addicted to all things expensive apparently.

We gymed together.

We had nightly walks that consisted of those deep feeling talks…ya know, girl things.

We finally went canoeing!

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I got to train her and I got this STRONG lady doing both squats and deadlifts PLUS facing her fear of bench pressing.

I’m also just proud of her in general. This year was a big changing year for her throughout the school year in her own personal growth and confidence. She pushed so hard and got amazing grades this year, which is made even more impressive because obviously we work in english here and she’s only been in Canada for 3-4 years now. She had her first interview and got a great volunteer position in her field. This process was huge because she is always nervous about writing and speaking due to the english component but she’s doing more amazing then she will ever see in herself.

But I see it…

Although I’m only 3 years older then her, I feel this need to guide her like a ‘mama’ would (guess that’s why both my housemates nicknamed me as such) so she reaches for new opportunities that she may feel she can’t do. I may go overboard once and a while and maybe push too hard (and I’m sure she wants to run away at that point), but I do it because I care.

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This post really is sounding like I’m sending my child off to school or something, but I’m just letting my thoughts roll. She’s one of my best friends and I love seeing her gain more and more confidence in herself because she deserves to feel as awesome as she truly is.

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When trapped on a 1-hour bus ride, you take creepy pictures to keep yourself amused. Rita is smarter and brings something to read…

Now as I see the time ticking away, I think it will finally hit me soon enough that she will be gone as of 6am tomorrow morning and then I may just ball my eyes out whimper a lil bit.

I hope you’re so excited to be home and get to do everything and see everyone you haven’t done and seen for the past year.

Mama loves ya

-Chelsea

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Fake Pregnancy For Weight Loss? Fitness Friday 10

Please, please, please never believe a word Dr. Oz spews out. Mmmmkay? Or at least take his advice with a large injection of skepticism…

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Is that a flex? Do you even lift brah?

Speaking of injections…

Would you ever inject yourself with a hormone released during pregnancy if you thought it could help you loose weight?

Oh and while you’re at it, why don’t we just slash your calories to about 500 too.

The obesity epidemic is solved!

Well at least, that must be true because DIS GUY said so.

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So if you didn’t guess already, this weeks topic is on another diet SCAM which is the hCG diet.

Lets begin with some background shall we.

What is hCG?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin and it is released by a fertilized egg when it implants and has an integral function in maintaining the corpus luteum which then releases progesterone and helps to build the uterus for the nourishment of the developing fetus

So I know what you are thinking, it has to do with pregnancy so what the hell ?….

What does it have to do with weight loss?

Created by Dr. Simeons, he stated that individuals could loose fat without losing muscle if they were given low doses of hCG in addition to being on a very low calorie diet. He came up with this ‘theory’ through his research in overweight males with pituitary problems and pregnant females in India (background here). From his studies he said that hCG acted to protect the fetus and so in times of deficit calories, the body would then be rid of excessive and unneeded fat because it would immobilize it for energy.

He wrote a book on this and stated that targeting obesity was the main goal. He also said that individuals could loose fat while keeping muscle.

Totally sounds legit right!?!?

So what’s the diet?

Put very simply, in addition to getting a lovely needle of the hormone every day, you also get the pleasure of having 2 solid meals a day adding up to 500 calories only. Oh and you can choose to have some water or tea but that is it. Finally, these meals are both low in fat and carbs and high in protein. so enjoy being constipated while you’re at it

Side Effects?

Do you even need to ask?

One, you’re basically starving your body. A mere 500 calories is NOT maintainable and no one can argue that it is. Apparently it is not recommended to go more then 40 days on said diet by medical professionals (source) …

Instead they should be saying you shouldn’t go on this diet at all…But hey, I’m not a professional doctor.

What about the hormones?

Research doesn’t even support the idea that it leads to weight loss (source). The weight loss that was supposed to be from the hormone is much more likely to be due to starvation. Starvation then brings with a whole host of potential consequences including protein loss from your vital organs, deficiencies, cognitive impairment, and the list goes on.

To to conclude…

This diet has been attacked from the research world on multiple occasions. The FDA stated that all products that contain the hormone must have a disclaimer that it has not been found to cause weight loss and any weight reduction is simply a result of starvation. Weight loss companies have to inform their patients of the lack of research to support it and also potential problems associated with it.

So the fact that Dr. Oz stated in an interview that he continues to support it and that every time he is asked he believes it works more and more is simply BS.

Again, don’t believe this ‘doctor’ because his word is a bunch of crap just like this diet scam.

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LIES!

Rant over. Happy Friday my friends!

-Chelsea

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Fuzzy Females…Thinking Out Loud Thursdays

My friends I haven’t been able to document some of my randomness on zee blog in a while but this week there have just been waaaayyyyy too many things that I have actually put some thought into and some of those need to be shared.

Now some of these things may be slightly controversial and I’m not trying to come off as judgemental as, remember, these are my own thoughts. Please don’t get mad with me as I’m just sharing my honest thoughts. I enjoy being open with you all and I hope to start some discussion or maybe just some pondering in your own minds if you’re not ready to jump into the comments section yet.

Thanks to Amanda for the link-up!

1. My Love Goes Out To France.

How much can one place take? Attacked on a national holiday, I cannot begin to understand. My support and love goes out everyone affected. I’m sorry that you have to experience this at all, let alone AGAIN in such a short time span.

2. Hairy Canary…

Okay, so I saw this whole female empowerment movement not too long ago on Facebook discussing how it was unfair that women should be “forced” to shave. Instead, women should be allowed to bare it all….

Fuzzy Pits.

Hairy Legs.

Chin Whiskers?

Then it quieted down. I thought okay, maybe that was a blip of insanity (before you jump all over me, wait until I get to my reasoning..) but nope, it’s back again.

I can’t say I support the whole Cave Woman thing. Sorry ladies.

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If someone were to ask me why I think women should shave I would answer simply with…

“I would feel gross and self-conscious with hair here, there and everywhere”

Notice the use of the word “I”…

I’m not saying that I think every woman SHOULD BE FORCED to shave away her beloved hair if she chooses not to. Go right on ahead and show off an armpit bush if you so choose but I cannot say that I wouldn’t have an automatic feeling of ickness if I saw it.

Sorry I’m just being honest here.

Yes our society has formed the standard that women don’t have hair and must get rid of it if they do. I know this, I was a psych student after all. So I know the power of social media on our own views and attitudes. I just really don’t like it on myself and just cannot stop the immediate uncomfortableness when it has gotten out of hand on a female.

I’m not talking about peach fuzz or “oops forgot to shave on morning” stubble here, I’m talking like long-ass hair mmmkay just so we are on the same page. 

To defend myself, I will say that I’m really not sexist on this topic. I don’t like it on either sex.

Yes. For guys, I don’t like chest hair, stomach hair, arm pit hair that looks like an afro and long back hair. Sorry I just don’t.

Think of the sweat and stank that builds up in there. Ewww. 

To think of not shaving my under arms then wearing a tank just plain grosses me out so therefore…

Team Dare to be Bare.

3. Love Who You Are

I have mentioned her time and time again in my blog but she deserves yet another shoutout for this video in particular. Em Dunc is quite the inspiration and I just love listening to her motivationals.

This one really stuck out to me because it’s about loving your confidence (and other qualities in general) and not being ashamed of it.

I have been very open with how proud I am at how far I have come with my confidence but these days sometimes I feel almost sorry for my confidence. It sounds silly but sometimes you get certain reactions from people who maybe aren’t at the same level of confidence as you are and you start to feel as if you need to tone it down for their sake. Or even worse, feel self-conscious about it!

Emily is so right when she talks about being unapologetic for who she is. She is confident and should never feel bad for it or feel she comes off too strong. That is who she is and if people cannot handle that or appreciate that strength, then they can move along.

I shouldn’t have to tone my personality down for anyone because those who care and love me will appreciate those things about me.

They are strengths not weaknesses. 

3. Gotta Catch’em All…

Is anyone else saddened by the fact that Pokemon Go is getting praise for getting kids active?

Pokemon Go hands on

We have stooped to a new low that we need video games to get kids off their asses and away from the TV and computers.

No, kids don’t want to play sports anymore. I have the best memories of playing lava land and grounders and staying out as long as we could to play tennis in the dark with the glow in the dark tennis balls and now, kids don’t even want to go outside.

This was only 15 years ago…

Oh times have changed and I would say for the worst.

Also, its not just the kids. Adults are hooked on this crap too and apparently causing accidents and even dying because of this game.

We have officially lost our minds.

5. Oatlicious?

So guys guess who’s proats are going for profits these days?

this girl

Aww yeah. Even if it’s only for like 2 people, it’s a start and hey I like to bake/cook so why not if they enjoy them enough to pay me for them.

Oh the possibilities.

Many thanks to my friend who actually thought my food was more then decent to chat them up to some co-workers. You the real MVP😀

What should my new home bakery be called? HA. 

Anyways, tis late now and I’m going to try to relax while listening to the drunk hooligans outside my window in the rain.

#StudentHousingLiving

Hope I got some thinking stirring and if I did, talk up a storm in the comments!

-Chelsea

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