Lil Miss Fitness Freak

"And though she be but little, she is fierce"


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Dusting off the site…

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Xmas 2018. My favourite animal is right deerrrr. #PenguinsRock #OnesiesAreLife

Well hello there Friends, you still alive over here in my blog world?

 Checking in almost a year later (May 2017 was my last post) and I have to say, I missed blogging. I don’t know how many of you are still hanging in there but I have to say that I’m sorry I basically fell off the face of the Earth. My last post really began a summer full of working and then jumping right into the MAN (Masters of Applied Human Nutrition) program at the University of Guelph and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.

So why am I back you ask so politely? 

I miss you. I miss writing. I often thought about it but I was so busy, I never did. I also felt guilt. Guilt that I couldn’t give you what I used to. The 3-4 posts a week, where 2 of those were informational, researched posts that took me quite a bit of time. You see, my ability to multi task in class and my need for excessive stimulation while being forced to sit in a chair so long in lecture made those possible. Working an 8-hour job after the gym and than my …don’t even want to count my hours now…placement and masters program hours made those posting numbers IMPOSSIBLE or, if possible, it would create anxiety.

I want to write. I love to write. I also need to keep myself safe and free of those negative feelings so this blog needs to go back to its original purpose…

starShare my thoughts with you, personal life, struggles, wins, etc

starGive you science backed information to ponder about and bring into your life

starRecipe and fitness ideas

starAnd just to keep in touch with you. 

I have started quite a new journey this past school year, with its challenges and its gains and I want to share those because some of those things may be able to help others deal with their struggles as well or maybe give some insight.

For the sake of not making this an actual novel (I was notorious for those…) lets just start this back up with an update on my life for the past little bit in a string of images.

Theres a new light in my life. My bf. We have been together since before Xmas and he’s my rock. I have been going through a lot health wise lately (will get to…) and he’s just always there. Thank you for being my Xmas miracle and someone I can show the holiday’s to.

Due to religion (although he doesn’t associate with it now) he has never celebrated our ‘white’ holidays. I’m excited to share them with him. 

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He was in a fraternity during his University years and even as an alumni we get the ability to attend them fancy soirees

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My Mom and I got another tat together last summer. It’s a Swahili symbol for an eternal bond between Mother and Daughter.

That makes 5 for me…

One of my friends from way back at McMaster (Shawna) got married this summer and I took my bestie, Rita, to her first wedding.

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I graduated my nutrition undergrad with distinction, got some scholarships and was accepted into the MAN program to start that September 2017.

Upon meeting my new MAN am, I had never been in a room with so many Type A personalities in my life…We bond over stress. 

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I rocked my Halloween costume in the gym…As expected from me…

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I still remain the smallest bodybuilder I know…but I hit my goal this year already of a 2x body weight back squat despite my health issues… That’s flipps off to those little buggers…

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I’m still helping with my clients and they are doing awesome. I normally don’t advertise but I had to with Carly. She has done amazing…

….That was just before Xmas break and my clients doubled after this post. 

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Dori finally got her plates she deserved. Now everyone knows my car in the gym parking lot

Yes I still bake and cook for everyone in my house… well, those who let me…

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Only scientifically backed supplements currently…shhh this isn’t published yet…

I attended my first ever educational conference in January..after a storm and freezing temperature warning in the city…which I loved. It was the Sports Nutrition Conference. So many cool things to learn.

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Placements have been interesting. I have gotten to do conferences (Power of being a girl, first placement), bring the Body Project to campus (ED prevention intervention, first placement), work as a prep chef (second placement) and meet lots of interesting people…

#NetworkingGains

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Including Chef Aaron who I’m currently working with to see if we can get a meal prep company off the ground. Early phases friends. We sold our first test batch only 1 week ago with a re-order this week. Crossing our fingers for more to come. Its with Tourne catering (Aaron’s Company)

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Managed to get into contact with Andrea, from Dietetic Directions (her own private practice) and discuss future opportunities at my dream job. I will be doing a FOURTH placement with her this summer before I graduate and moving forward from there.

I almost felt like I was embarrassing myself during our chat because I was so thankful to speak with her and for her to give me feedback on my potential as a future dietitian. 

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My family is happy and good and I miss them. Times together are fewer and farther between because of my schedule but I hope to change that with the end of my 2nd placement and a few weeks off before I begin again.

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I still always miss this fuzzy face…

So this year had been quite a busy one. One filled with coming into my own true self and my passions are coming alive. People come to me and ask for help. I’m starting to be seen as professional in my field, someone people can trust for answers related to their health.

It feels really really good. 

What hasn’t felt good is related to my health struggles over the past few years. I won’t go into detail here because it’s a post in itself but I will leave you with these results from my GI MAP that my friend (ND) helped me get…

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Follow the slide show and I know many of you won’t understand it but I must say this is an amazing test for EVERYONE (not just people with stomach issues). Its not cheap but it’s worth it. I will explain more later but after my stomach issues reaching an all time low (body flushing everything out of my system daily) I needed to get something done because the doctors were useLESS..pardon my harshness…and I was getting to the point where grey was my new normal colour and my electrolytes and blood pressure were clearly problematic

Test came back with:

Same parasite as before (thanks for the help prescriptions)

High levels of inflammation (body is attacking itself to deal with toxins from parasite, specifically in the gut/intestines)

Leaky gut syndrome (zonulin levels show that)

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), with some other parasitic pathogens in my system

High calprotectin, which is grounds for testing for IBD (irritable bowel disorder, which includes Crohns…). My friend and coach are thinking it’s just inflammation but I can’t help but be scared about that one. 

So I’m working with my friend, Andrew, alongside my coach, who will take a natural approach to fixing all of these issues. I have never taken so many supplements in my life but I need to get this fixed as it’s come to a point were I’m looking ill again and it’s interfering with my life. A dietitian should NOT look sick (although this is not in my control) but I’m moving forward friends.

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I want to post about my health NOT for sympathy or to make me seem incompetent of getting my schooling and work done but to provide a story that hopefully can help anyone else who may encounter this issue. Parasites are actually more common than you think (no they are not contagious!) but they wreck havoc on your system and leave lasting damage.

…but things are going to be A-Okay fam!

With that I will close here. Nice to be back Friends, chatter more soon.

Much love 

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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