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Mixed Messages…Thinking Out Loud

Amazing job! You eat those fries and love every moment of it…

How do you eat all those bad foods all the time and not get fat?

It’s okay sweetie, you will conquer that whole pint of ice cream next time.

Hey maybe you should put down that pizza slice, it’s not like you need it..

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#YesIAteTheWholePint #RecoveryForTheWin

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Me and you both.

Linking up with Amanda over at Running With Spoons for this week’s Outloud Thinking.

You know my friends I have struggled with this idea for a while. We are very confusing with our messages about food. Then on top of that, when you throw recovery and what we ‘believe’ that those in recovery should eat in there, well **it just hits the ceiling and makes absolutely no sense.

On one side, we have the general public, who demonizes any food they perceive as unhealthy and condemn those who choose to indulge in them even in moderation.

If you happen to not be a size 2, gawd forbid you have that slice of pizza. You might as well prepare yourself for the long, judgmental conversations that may sound something like this…

Hahaha if I eat that pizza I blow up like a balloon…

Oh I don’t eat that crap, do you know how many calories that has in it…

Oh ya know I will just workout an hour longer tomorrow..#balance (<– this is so wrong btw, don’t do this!)

However, take someone who is recovering from an eating disorder and the conversation takes a completely different direction. Think north pole vs the desert.

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That is amazing, you ate fast food twice today! Recovery win!

I feel so over full right now, but I need to get over that because it’s part of recovery…

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See the difference?

I’m stuck here though. I see this discrepancy so clearly and that is what makes it so frustrating that I don’t have a clue where to even start. Despite knowing that with most eating disorders come fears and those need to be challenged, I also strongly believe that we taken things too far.

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How has it become okay to push things on those in recovery that we normally preach to those not in recovery to push away from? How are we supposed to show that food is just food when we do this?

We are extremists.

Recovery has become something where you are to ‘challenge’ yourself to eat in a way that we normally try to prevent.

You should feel comfortable with being stuffed if you’re in recovery, but you should feel slightly hungry if you’re not.

You should feel proud of tackling that Mc.D’s twice in one day if you’re in recovery but feel disgusting and bad about yourself if you choose to have a burger once and a while.

We are being completely contradictory with our messages. Food is food and shouldn’t be different for one group of people over another.

Another issue is this also puts pressure on individuals regardless of what “category” they fall into.

If you’re in recovery and you’re not going to those extremes you may feel (or others may feel) as if you’re not progressing. Likewise, further agitation can occur because if you feel that pressure to push yourself waaayyyy out of your comfort zone, it may create even worse association with certain foods.

On the flip side…

Those who do not fall into that category may feel the need to almost hide food when they are wanting or eating something ‘dirty,’ especially if they are overweight.

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You can’t win. Both sides are negative, so then, what the heck do we do about it?

Truth is my friends, I’m tackling a slightly controversial issue here and honestly I don’t know what we can do about it.

I know that we need more consistency somewhere. The same food can not be good for one person but bad for another.

For those in recovery, we still need to challenge food fears so that food can be eaten without second thoughts or guilt. However, this needs to be balanced with not pushing so hard that it pushes them out of normalcy.

Cheering for someone to make them finish an entire pint of ice cream is not normal. This shouldn’t be dubbed a ‘recovery win.’ IMO

If they want the whole pint then thats different because it’s what they want to do but there is also the issue that sometimes with eating disorders comes binge eating….another challenge, another discussion. 

Isn’t the point of recovery to reach normalize eating? 

Again, on the other side, for those not in the ED category, normal eating should include those foods they are craving once and a while and the should be able to eat until they are satisfied. This is regardless of what weight you are at weight status should not dictate whether you are allowed to have certain foods on occasion (Yes I realize there are some exceptional cases but you get my point).

So, to sum things up, we have created a big, hot mess. Our messages about food are wrong and, to be honest, the way that we try to challenge food fears in the clinical population can ultimately lead to further eating issues (like binge eating) or just worsen fears even more because they are just too much.

Just my thoughts.

What do you think?

-Chelsea


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Sund-Wiches Do Come True

Hey Friends,

Random idea comin at you on this lovely Sunday. So I will say that I think I’m a pretty decent sammich maker. Well, I have never had bad feedback from my creations so that means I’m awesome right?

Anywho, I love making sandwiches for other people because really, like a salad, sammiches are really an endless, anything-goes type of food. If you like something, throw it on there. There are no limits to a sandwich and the more stacked it is, generally the more impressive it is in da mouth…and the belly.

Another thing I like about them?

You don’t need to make it super gluttonous to make it taste great. A super tall and show stopping sandwich can be made completely from wholesome ingredients and be both satisfying and healthy all at the same time.

So when it comes to making the perfect ‘wich, what are some of the rules?

Well, there are no rules like I mentioned before. You like something? Throw it on there. There are no borders.

So the point of this post then? Well, maybe I can give you are some tips on what I think adds to the nommness factor based on my sandwich making experience.

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Rita leerrrvves her eggplant –> Toasted Rye Bread + Avocado + Healthy Breaded and  “fried” Eggplant + Tomato + Fried Egg

The number one thing I will say is that bread better be toasty!

Crunchy Factor #1!

Toast it, throw in a pan, broil it, panini that **it. Whatever you do just don’t leave it soft. That just ain’t right.

What about if you don’t want bread?

Not to worry I have you covered.

~Sweet tater or other starchy veggie ‘bun’

~Thick green wraps (collards or chard leaves work best IMO)

~DIY buns like the awesome gluten-free, paleo english muffins from Arman

~Homemade pancakes or waffles make amazing buns as well.

More Crunch factors?

Crunch is a major help for mouth-feel. Other then the bread, I don’t think too much crunch is a good thing so perhaps one raw thing of two, but don’t go crazy and do the whole thing crunchy or thats too much.

IMO them raw, vegan sammiches just don’t do it for me. Cold and overly hard…

Pick your crunchies

~Sprouts (omega’s anyone?)

~Lettuces (spinach, spring mix, cabbage-slaw for a thai inspired sammich)

~Crunchy bacon if that’s your thing

~Crunchy coating on something (healthy ‘fried’ eggplant or an almond or oat/flax meal coated chicken)

Healthy Fried Eggplant –> heat a lil bit of coconut oil in a pan on medium/high. Slice an eggplant fairly thin. Dip in an egg or white white wash and then dip in a mixture of breadcrumbs or mix of gluten free oats/flax for GF option + some optional parmesan cheese. Place in the hot pan and let it cook until crispy. Flip and then remove when done. If they are still looking a bit raw due to thickness, toss in the toaster oven at 400 and roast until cooked through. 

~Veggie chips. I like to make zucchini chips by tossing slices of zucchini in some olive oil and a touch of pink salt and roasting them off at 400 degrees until crispy (flip once).

Okay now you need something melty…

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Sammich fit for a workin’ man (aka my Daddy)–> Toasted Italian Baguette + Melted Cheddar + Home Roasted Tomatoes + Chicken + Sprouts + Spring Mix + Mustard.

Melty is just appealing and although you can do cheese, you can also have other melty things be just as exciting (see you dairy-free friends, I gotcha covered too ;-))

Melty Goodness factors

~Cheese obviously. Go with something different and try out Brie + Caramelized Apple or Pear. OR Cheddar + Green Apple +Turkey

~Roasted watery vegetables –> Roasted tomatoes do the trick nicely

~Peanut Butter if you’re going sweet…

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Bring on the pancake ‘buns’ and melty peanutty goodness. Link 

…Throw in sautéed banana for another top up to the melty goodness factor.

Okay Something Protein-y..

A sammich has to have some staying power right? There are the obvious meats and such but here are some twists and maybe some protein ideas you may not have thought about:

~Smoked Salmon –> Fresh! Pair this with Avocado + Sprouts + Spinach + A homemade greek yogurt + cucumber spread.

~Beans –> Vegan Option! Make a spread out of chickpeas, white beans, etc and then add some roasted veggies like the wrap below.

~Shrimp –> Yes even shellfish can be put in a sammich. A healthier version of a Po’boy if you will.

Last but not least

A Sauce of Sorts..

A sandwich just isn’t a sandwich if it’s dry. So, there are your BORING… condiments like mustard, ketchup and maybe BBQ sauce, but what about things that are more fun eh?

~A Yolky Egg–> How awesome is it when you press that baby down and the yolk gushes out?

~Avocado –> Duh.

~Hummus –> People underutilize this glorious and vegan spread. Try more then just the basic hummus variety. Sundried Tomato hummus with an italian-style creation. Olive hummus for a greek version. Or…

~Pesto –> Basil Pesto is absolutely amazing, but there are other great ones out there as well.

~Tzatziki –> Going Greek?

~Cranberry Sauce –> Make it homemade and add it with Turkey to feel like Christmas all year ’round.

~Peanut Butter…? Apparently it’s a ‘thing’ now to put peanut butter on your burgers. Interesting…

So yeah, now that you’re bursting with ideas, go make your fine self a sandwich and report back with your creation😉

Oh and we don’t discriminate here on Lil Miss Fitness Freak

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Lettuce Cup + Miss Dash Extra Spicy Haddock + Brown Rice Mixture (brown rice + Mushrooms + Onion) + Sprouts + Spinach + Waterfall of Mustard

Spicy fish tacos with brown rice (fish burrito?) and all the mustard count too.

Hope you had a great weekend all and enjoy the long May-24 weekend!

-Chelsea


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What’s the One…

Happy Saturday My Friends!

What are you all up to today?

I’m hitting the gym bright and early so that Rita and I can catch the 12:30 bus downtown TO to the Eaton Centre for some summa shoppin. This girl right here is in serious need for sandals!

Make that pedi too…

So I found this post on Wholesome Paradise and thought it was a fun lil survey to do. She stated that she found it here, but I have linked Stephanie’s post (click on the picture) so that you can check out here answers and her fun blog spot.:-)

Thanks Stephanie for the blog-spiration.

What’s the One…

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Healthy food you never want to run out of?

Freshly ground, crunchy peanut buttah. Yeah I’m spoiled and get the BESTEST tasting peanut butter of my life at a lil local health food store (back near my parents house) that grounds their own stuff almost daily. Believe me when I say that fresh ground makes all the difference as anyone who I have graciously given a taste has wanted their own tub…

My housemates beg me to pick them up a tub every time I go home so yeah I’m the freak who walks out of the store carrying 4-5 tubs of peanut butter..

“Non” healthy food you never want to run out of?

Ice Cream. I have recently pulled back on this as I’m really struggling with the post-lactose consumption icks, but I will still never give up housemade gelato/ice cream Cough…Jay’s good stuff. 

Kitchen appliance you would hate to lose?

My toaster oven as I bake absolutely everything in there every day so that I don’t need to use the huge oven for my food (plus it’s faster!) OR the microwave because I need my food boiling hot or I won’t enjoy it the same way.

yes yes microwave haters, I’m gunna die from microwave radiation…

Self-care item you stock at all times?

Following Stephanie’s lead here with supplements. I feel like a drug addict half the time with how many I take right now. But hey, they aren’t actually medications so I can’t be mad and they are ensuring that all my t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted.

Sorry I just felt like throwing that random saying in there for no apparent reason..

Self-care service you never miss?

The gym. Obviously.

Piece of equipment at the gym you would miss?

Squat rack. All your main lifts are done in that thing plus you can do some hanging core work on it. It’s a necessity!

Fitness class you hope never goes out of style?

Hot yoga. I haven’t done it in a while, and I miss it. Hopefully I can fit in a class or two soon. After bikram though, I just have a hard time pushing myself to go to just a regular ol’ hot yoga class. It’s just not challenging enough and doesn’t give me that same sense of release.

Piece of workout clothing you must have?

My Lulu ‘what the sport’ shorts. They are the only bottoms I wear. They are perfect length (not booty-showing shorts when you bend over) and they have pockets on the hips which not only looks better for those lacking in that area but they are the perfect spot for your i-pod when you do lots of core work and then find those front pockets inconvenient.

Fitness gadget you cannot live without?

My iPhone and/or i-pod. We are a celly-phone world after all (but I’m not addicted and I can leave it and be okay lol) and yes, I could just use my phone for my music in the gym BUT 1. I don’t want it to get sweaty and/or broken and 2. I hate when people bring their phones into the gym. Disconnect for an hour of your life peeps. Other parts of life can wait while you do your thang.

Plus you hog the benches/machines when you’re sitting there texting -_-

Fitness or health app you would hate to see go away?

MyFitnessPal. I don’t tell others to track because you shouldn’t have to. For me, a person in recovery, I under eat if I don’t track. I need it set in stone to ensure I get enough calories and follow my meal plan accordingly while having variety. Do I want to use it forever? No. Right now though, it’s required for my health as I know myself too well.

Thing or item you must do/have to go to sleep?

Night snack + Brush my teeth.

Body part you love the most?

My eyes. They are big, dark and honest. I have always been told that they show my inner sparkle.

Personality trait you love most about yourself?

My empathy. It can be a pitfall sometimes as you sometimes feel too much and stress yourself out, but I love that I can relate to many people because I can feel for them and what their situation is.

Now pick one thing (or more if you’re feeling crazy!) and post your answer in the comments below.

Have a great Saturday friends!

-Chelsea


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Fitness Friday Four 5/20..Starvin..Err Fasted.. Cardio

Hey Friends,

I got a lot of great feedback from last weeks topic so thank you so much for all your comments and shares! I’m so glad that it helped you all out!

Special mention to Laura from Sprint To The Table (If you’re a foodie I know you know of her but here’s her site if you live under a rock :-P) said she felt like they were helping Vegas’s (her wife) stomach issues so I’m so happy that I could share that piece of info here.

Oh, and Laura, if you read this post, I challenge to to a Strange But Good twist on a gummy😉

So hopefully this week’s topic also comes in handy and is informative. This is something that I think a lot of people wonder about when watching some individuals during their prep.

To ‘fasted cardio” or not to ‘fasted cardio’

That is the question.

The answer?

There are no special benefits to it. 

I think the interest and the trend of fasted cardio started to become “a thing” when people in prep started doing it more and more. Many people, when asked why they did it, would say that they are training their body to use fat because in the morning your glycogen (stored glucose) is lower and so when you exercise, you would be switching to using fat and therefore basically melting dat fat away..

Or something like that.

Well the research says otherwise. Well actually, it really says it doesn’t do anything at all.

Brad Schoenfeld (2011) –> He did a review (found here) on current literature and found a few things. First, individuals doing cardiovascular actives fasted vs. with a meal in them did not show significantly difference fat utilization. In other words, going in on an empty tank doesn’t mean you just start to burn all the fat. Second, and a major point, is that on top of the fact that it didn’t show a difference, those going in empty may not be able to train at an equal intensity due to fatigue. As a result they may actually have worse results due to not being able to work as effectively. Lastly, if you are trying to maximize muscle gains, be wary as protein losses during fasted cardio are quite large (according to his findings).

The bandwagon is lead by blind horses

Oh Alan Aragon….One of the kings in the Nutrition/Bodybuilding world. This guy should be taken note of as he actually reads le science.

He’s actually got a good sense of humour to him too.

Anyways, he wrote a post (found here and includes the earlier bandwagon heading) on fasted cardio and this is what he brought to the table:

~In the 68% group, no difference in fat oxidation was seen whether subjects were fasted or fed throughout the trial. 

~Pre & during-training carbs increased performance – and there was no difference in total fat oxidation between the fasted and fed subjects. Despite the elevated insulin levels in the carb-fueled groups, there was no difference in fat availability or fat utilization.

~Carbohydrate during exercise spares liver glycogen, which is among the most critical factors for anticatabolism during hypocaloric & other conditions of metabolic stress. This protective hepatic effect is absent in fasted cardio

Interesting stuff eh?

One final article I will present (as there are so many saying how insignificant it is) to you also includes the aftermath of fed vs. fasted aerobic exercise on fat utilization.

Marlee Finkelstein (2015) did a summary of a few studies including one that found that the utilization of fat as a major fuel source 12 to 24 hours post-exercise is significantly higher in the FED states when compared to fasted ones. She also highlighted this fact:

In order to perform at an optimal level, it is recommended to eat before exercise. If you don’t, the fuel source comes from your precious muscles (protein), not fat. Rather than worrying whether to eat or not, focus on what you should be eating.

So yeah, like I said, I could give you humpteen journals, studies, etc that talk about how insignificant fasted cardio is in terms of fat loss. This is an old myth that needs to be shoved in the closet. Overall, the research tells us that:

1. You don’t see a significant differences in weight loss and/or fat utilization between fed and unfed states during aerobic training.

2. Fasted cardio is risky if muscle building is what you’re looking to achieve.

3. You’re deprived self may be hindering your progress as the lack of energy may mean you don’t train with the intensity that you need to stimulate the muscles enough for your goals.

I will close with yet another statement from Alan because I just love his stuff and he just makes actual sense.

Athletes are known for their gravitation towards self-sacrifice, but some rely on hearsay, while others rely on science. Did you know that way back in the 60’s, it wasn’t uncommon for coaches to tell athletes in various sports to avoid drinking water before and during training? No comment needed. 

Basically, we often follow things that we don’t actually know the WHY behind them. Oh I see others do it and they get results. Or thats just what you do. OR Look at him, he’s in great shape so obviously he’s doing something right.

Stop following along and educate yourself or you are doing unnecessary work, or worse yet, harm to yourself.

As a final disclaimer (to cover all my bases), if you personally feel better training (I would say running is the major thing I’m getting at here) on empty then so be it. What I’m saying is there is no benefit of fasted cardio to body composition.

To each their own, but now you know.

What do you think?

-Chelsea

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You’re Doing It Wrong…Thinking Out Loud

My Friends!

How has your week been?

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When you’re housemate needs new sunglasses, if gives you an excuse to try on ALL THE GLASSES. I❤ sunnies.

I went home randomly on Sunday night up until last night (Wednesday) as my Mom was forced to go on yet another business trip to Houston. This is her second trip this month which is very strange for the person who hasn’t gone away in years. Hopefully that doesn’t continue…

So yeah, I headed home to be the “Mom” of the house and take care of my Dad (he gets very sad when she leaves…#RelationshipGoals) and my Maggie PLUS our new member…EllieEllie

So unfortunately, my Mom’s lil Gabby (parrotlet) passed away about 2 weeks ago and although I thought we were not getting any more birds (I’m not meaning to sound mean here, I’m not the biggest bird fan (as a pet) and neither is my Dad), Ellie has now arrived and my Mom is quite enjoying the more interactive nature of this one (Gabby didn’t let you touch her).

So when she was called to Houston she was very concerned about leaving her during the early bonding period, but I think she was okay.

So yeah, anyways, my Mom gets back tomorrow night, so hopefully my Dad will be okay for one more day alone (sad face) as I have a weekly meeting with my supervisor on Thursdays so I couldn’t stay. I did prep everything for him (breakfast and lunch), as I usually do to take the stress off plus I left him a lil something small and sweet last night (mini cheesecake) to remind him that someone else lil and cute (aka moi ;-)) was thinking about him. Maggie is heading over to play with her doggy friend, Piper, for the day as she cannot be alone for a long period of time.

Okay anyways, onto today’s post.

Lets do some Outloud Thinkin’😀

Thanks Amanda for the chatter space.

I know you hate this topic but…

OMG OMG OMG 20’s and full sun over here is coming. Next Tuesday is supposed to be 26.

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Rita and I are officially going shopping on Saturday because 1. I now have some money (hello job-gainz) and 2. Need something girly, summery and just because warmth makes me excited to buy new cute clothes.

Plus I need some new sandals/flats because skirts and dresses don’t really mesh well with Nikes…

Speaking of further exposing myself…

With my first paycheque came an order from Lulu. #SorryImNotSorry

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I lerrrrrve open backs ya’ll.

You make me feel like a bad Mama…

So I mentioned that I went home to watch Maggie. There are a few reasons for this.

~She still has to be taken out every few hours to go to the bathroom despite almost being 2. My parents are coddling her a bit more then then did with Lacey…

~She has major separation anxiety. One MAJOR drawback of the aforementioned coddling is that now whenever my parents leave the house, she screams like she’s being murdered and ends up leaving some kind of present in the house sometimes. I know that she is like their baby and having her come with them where ever dogs are allowed is perfectly fine, but its at a point where they hesitate to go out for the day because they are concerned about her in the house for too long.

I felt horrible yesterday morning as her wailing crying (from her pen in my parents room) was so loud at 4:30 am when my Dad left for work that it woke me up and kept me up (because how can you sleep when someone’s crying?!) for a good half an hour until she settled back to sleep.

Now you may be thinking, why didn’t you bring her into your bed you mean mean person! As much as I hate to let her cry, she would simply pace around my bed searching for my Dad anyways. She didn’t do that the first two days to my knowledge so I don’t know why yesterday was so hard for her. 

She was however calm enough to take a nap with me later that morning (pre-lift for me).

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You may be high maintenance for a 2 year old, but you’re definitely a cutie-pie.

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I’m obsessed with …

This song.

 and also…

 

This post:

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Due to my more recent confidence increase (I wrote a post about it), this post speaks to me. Many people try to make people feel bad about being confident, when really, I believe they are just jealous that they are not feeling the same way about themselves.

It’s very true that confidence is often built from struggles. Why? Because breaking free of those demons, you are showing yourself your own strength and, damn, that is a powerful thing.

I have gone through some crap in my life. I have faced and currently face hurdles that I can never stop fighting, but the strength I see in myself now is what fuels a form of self love that I have never experienced ever before and you best be sure that I’m not afraid to show it.

So, with that being said, I will be very blunt when I say that anyone who tries to bring another person down for embracing who they are and loving themselves (which then shows as confidence) should take a hard look in the mirror because that is what is often lacking for them.

Are you a pre- or post- brusher?

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Well if we’re being open and honest…

The title of this post comes from this recent phenomenon I have noticed.

I have heard from 3 people in the past week that they brush their teeth straight after waking before eating…

I asked my housemate why she does that and she said it’s to get rid of the mung or dry mouth in the morning.

The thing is, my friends, is that’s not the purpose of brushing your teeth.

You see, brushing your teeth is supposed to get rid of food particles so they don’t stay and rot in between your teeth (hello stank breath). So if you brush before you eat, you’re then leaving those food particles ALL DAY.

So really, you are effectively…

DOING IT WRONG.

Mung will not kill you. Swish your mouth out with some water if it bugs you that much and move on. Plus who wants toothpaste mixed with their food?

Not me. 

I will go to bed sad tonight…

Because tonight Grey’s Anatomy is leaving us.

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Is the marriage on?

Does April’s baby survive?

I have to wait until tomorrow morning when the video is uploaded online to see! Ahhh.

But I can be happy that Mistresses will be returning in the next two weeks. Seriously that show is way to good to go on as many hiatuses as it does.

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I never remember what happened in the previous season because it leaves for so long. Ugh #FirstWorldProblems for real.

Another amazing show that never shows back up –> Stalker. Anyone else see that one?

Well I think that is all the randomness I will bring you tonight. Happy Friday-Eve Friends!

Grey’s fan?

Do you “do it right?” 

-Chelsea


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Friday Fitness Questions #3

Hey Friends!

Okay so this week I wanted to share a lil fun thing with you all and not have it be so long and research-y if that is okay. Give your minds a bit of a break. I will give you a bit of information but I will keep it short because, instead, the main focus will be these guys…

So what are these cute, seedy teddy’s you ask?

These are Strawberry-Orange glutamine infused gummy bears. This particular recipe was from the North Coast Natural’s website, which produces fermented L-Glutamine powder, and I was quite excited to find it as this idea of turning my glutamine powder into gummies has been something I have wanted to do for a quite some time now.

So a bit on L-Glutamine

L-Glutamine is an amino acid (the most naturally abundant actually) that helps in the body’s ability to repair tissues. If you have heard of it, you have probably associated it’s usage with bodybuilders and athletes to help reduce muscle soreness but it’s benefits have been found to go beyond that. Check out the facts page on the North Coast Natural’s website (link) for all of it’s benefits, but to mention a few:

~It has been found to help heal the gut. For anyone with IBS or other inflammatory bowel diseases, glutamine can be used as an aid to help rebuild some of those damaged tissues and alleviate some symptoms of those gut disorders. Many studies (such as this one) have also shown that it maintains the integrity of the gut lining in post-operative patients, which may prove beneficial in their recovery process.

~Because glutamine is also a major fuel source for the cells of your immune system (lymphocytes, neutraphils, macrophages, etc), it has been shown to be beneficial for illness prevention. This may be especially helpful in athletes where the incidence of illness may increase due to greater stress on the body. (Link Link2).

~There is mixed evidence on whether soreness post-workout is alleviated in all athletes, but many articles support its usage in sparing protein for the rebuilding of tissues and possibly increasing lean muscle mass (see link).

So there’s just a few of the other great benefits of glutamine, but if you want to learn more just check out the first link I posted!

So do you need to supplement with it to gain it’s benefits?

Generally no. Perhaps supplementation would be required in those needing/wanting higher doses (post-illness/intense training for repair and/or gut problems) but for a general dose there are other natural forms of this amino acid.

Like Gelatine!

Vegans may be cringing right now, so if you are vegan you will have to find another source. Apparently red cabbage is the highest of the veggies, with fermentation helping to increase bioavailability. Overall, like all things it seems though, your best sources are animal based (link).

I digress…

So going way back to the gummies….

If you’re not using a supplement form of glutamine, like in the first recipe, then you can still make the gummies! Never fear! Try out this easy recipe for blueberry gummies.

As stated in the recipe, you can take out the maple syrup for a sugar-free version, as I’m sure the frozen fruit you add will be sweet enough and provide a good flavour.

I hope you found this post interesting and let me know if any of you have tried making something like this or working with gelatine.

So tell me…

Have you ever tried helping your gut with Glutamine?

All my athletes out there, do you find it helps with muscle soreness?

-Chelsea


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YouTube Trends & Thinking Out Loud 5/12

Hey Friends!

I decided to jump into the Thursday funfest, Thinking Out Loud, at Amanda’s blog this week because I had an interesting topic to comment on.

Well, not really a topic but just some things I notice when watching my favourite fitness YouTuber’s. If you’re a fellow fan of the fitness world on YouTube I want to hear what you think! Do you notice these things too?

Let’s start thinkin out loud shall we?

Face Framing

Super Random…Do you ever notice how many female YouTuber’s do the whole “straight hand under the chin like a frame” thing when they are talking straight to camera?

I’m not mocking anyone, it’s just funny. It’s like “I’m being awkward but I kinda cute at the same time.”

But for real though, what do you do with your other hand when you have that camera pointed at you?

Donut Care, I’m Obsessed

What is with the fitness industry and donuts? Doughnuts…Canadian eh?

Annnnyways…

Yeah. I’m not really sure where this came from but people have gone from being obsessed with Poptarts to now donuts.

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Like, people actually macro hoard for these things…

There’s are companies thriving off this addiction:

Doughnuts and Deadlifts.

The Dough Bar donuts

To each their own, but now I feel old school with my ice cream obsession. Donuts just aint for me in that way.

Humpday is erryday

The butt pose is actually a thing now.

There are videos explaining how to ‘buttpose’ I’m not joking.

I look at it as funny (most times, if it’s consistent then I just think it’s sad) but if you’re feeling particularly feminist, it can be slightly insulting in the sense that the largest accounts are those that have constant booty shots.

Ladies, you are better then your booties.

Physique updates are one thing…if you’re feeling glute gains then say it! Embrace the gains and your hard work.

…but then there is this..

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Clearly NOT a physique update..

I’m sorry but posts like this have no use. There really is nothing you can say relative to fitness or health or anything…

All this says is:

HEY LOOK AT MY ASSSSSS—-EETTTTS

Gymsesh or Photoshoot?

This is not something I have an issue with, but just something I have noticed more and more as of late.

Fashion has become a huge part of the YouTube fitness scene.

Lulu’s errrryywhere! <– not that I’m mad about that

In almost every video, the vlogger makes mention of what they are currently wearing because humpteen thousand viewers will ask what pants are those, what brand is that, etc, etc.

It’s an interesting new side to the fitness Youtube world and it’s funny how it makes you want to go out and buy all the new fun gym clothes too.

My wallet is not impressed, but hey, don’t you workout better when you’re lookin on point?

My overall thoughts. I like this new side.

Speaking of looks…

Leg warmers in the gym.

Another trend is the leg warmer thing.

All year round.

Don’t you ladies get hot?

Another side note…

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Heidi Somers (Buff Bunny)

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Brittany Lesser

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Robin Gallant

Notice anything similar?

Current gym fashion movement if you haven’t heard is high waisted leggings and a crop top.

What do you think of this look? Girls? Guys?

Personally, I’m okay with it to some degree. I think that it doesn’t work for all body types but for us shorties, the whole cropped look can really help extend our lil legs and thus work well for our proportions.

Plus, I will say that crop tops make you feel all kinds of cool and free IMO.

Overall, in terms of style there are a few bloggers who have caught my eye for their taste.

Emily has it going on. Her style is casual yet sexy-chic with a touch of sporty. I’m in love!

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Link for her Instagram.

Side note…hair envy much?

 I also love Mizz Nikki B’s style…

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..both in and out of the gym.

And finally, Robin has a cute trendy thing going on as well…Lulu-Style. I want all of her clothes!

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Lulu-chic😀

Side note…#BootyEnvy. She built up that booty with her infamous lower body days. Check out her channel for her workouts. 

Kitten-kats

The first time I heard someone say hi to their YouTube fam using the title ‘Kitten Kats’ it was Em Dunc’s channel. Ever since, I have heard quite the number of other YouTuber’s using the same catch-phrase when addressing their viewers.

My thoughts: I always think that the second and third person to say the same thing sounds almost forced. I’m not yelling:

“You a copy cat!”

..but it always catches me as second-hand ya know?

Well I suppose that is enough YouTube speak for the night. Sorry for this being super random, but I really love watching my fav ‘tubers and they give me inspiration so I wanted to share that a lil bit with you PLUS I wanted to see what you thought of some of the common occurrences/trends

So to finish off, I will give you my current top 3 guy and girl channels. I like a lot more (especially female channels) but as soon as these guys put up a new video, I always jump on it.

Not in a particular order

Girl Tuber’s

1. Emily Duncan–> Such a positive channel. Whether she’s in prep or not, she is very down to earth and positive. I really enjoy her videos and her take on even the tough situations plus she kicks ass in the gym and it shows.

2. Kara Corey –> I loved her prep series (not that I didn’t love her videos before) and all the info and tips she was giving.

3. Amanda Bucci –> Just started her prep and she’s doing it powerlifting and IIFYM style which is very interesting.

Okay okay… I can’t limit to 3 for female channels. 4. Is Miss Nikki B and 5. and Heidi Somers. 

Guy Tuber’s.

I have recently watched less male channels, I don’t know why they just aren’t on my top radar right now but there are still a few that catch my attention and always watch quickly.

1. Rob Lipsett–> The new kid on the block. He’s from Dublin and he’s really rising on the ‘Tube lately. Love that he’s real and hasn’t let his appearance and quick success swell up his head. Great tips and just entertaining to me to watch.

2. Nick Bare –> Always, I mean ALWAYS informative. I get the same sense of education from his channel as I do with Jeff Nippard (who does amazing “Round Table” discussions with experts that I never pass up)

3. Travis S. –> Forever entertaining and always outrageous with his food porn.

For a final runner up for the guys, Chris Jones is always funny to watch and I have actually gained so many gym tips and exercises from him.

Oh and never miss a Powered By Ice Cream review. Blunt and to the point no matter how offensive. Hilarious to watch and makes me jealous that we don’t get half those amazing flavours/companies here.

Alrighty, donzo I promise.

So what did you all think? Thoughts on any of the trends I talked about?

-Chelsea

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