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50g Of Protein?!?…Thinking Out Loud

My friends, welcome to the end of the first full week of school!

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Not too shabby for 4th year eh?

I have to admit I’m still adjusting. Them Tuesdays and Thursdays are killer for someone who trains in the morning…Hello five am, you came too soon. But hey, when you have the rest of week as usual (ie. off) then I really can’t say much I suppose.

Chattering time, special thanks to Amanda for the chatline hook-up!

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1.My prof this morning said…

You really only need 50g of protein. Maaayyybe a bit for more athletes…

Are you kidding me? I would die. Maybe not actually, but I’m pretty sure mentally I would ( I love protein…) and physically I would be suffering. A large chicken breast is almost that amount so what, no more for the rest of the day? Guys I eat a ridik amount compared to this on a daily basis (not because of some weird bro-science “the more protein the better” notion but because it’s something my body seems to tolerate for a higher amount when fats and carbs are a bit tricky right now) and I can’t imagine cutting down.

But no. I may not be a dietician yet, but I’m sorry 50g is too low. Someone has been following the Food Guide a bit too much. However, even that says to have more then that. Geesh…

Please review this amazing article about UP TO DATE SCIENCE AND PROTEIN NEEDS. Sorry for shouting but this low protein diet BS needs to stop!

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Highlights:

Protein shouldn’t be understood as percentages of energy intake because those at lower intakes would not be getting enough. 

Protein should be higher the the RDA recommendations because it not only is for building and repairing but also been found to help with certain disease and illness states.

Current perceptions are that protein is an expensive nutrient with limitations in the food supply and are reinforced by outcome measures that are based on strict cost/benefit approaches to diet formulation. This concept stems from animal science goals to maximize growth with the least expensive foodstuff. <-THANK YOU FOR FINALLY SAYING THIS OUT LOUD! Protein is said to not be needed as much because of money not because of health. 

Phew I’m all hot and bothered now…

2. Is it weird that I can eat in a class discussing enteral tubes no problem…?

I’m just gunna happily eat away while you’re talking about how to shove a tube down someones throat, or gasp, through an open part of the skin. I may feel differently if those words turned into pictures tho…

3. I’m excited for my courses!

Specifically, the assignments. I have lost you haven’t I? I have all nutrition courses this semester for once and I have clinical case studies (where you act as if you are a working dietician and go through the nutrition assessment and treatment process) to look forward to doing in addition to creating my own program to target a group of individuals. Last night I came up with the idea to target the female athlete triad for this and I’m kinda excited to do it!

4. Accept the strap…

Yup, buckle up cuz on a day where my life is on my back, it needs to be distributed well.

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Good thing I could care less what others think of my attire…

5. Enough about school, it has arrived!!

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Delicata is now found at my grocery store and I lit up like a fire cracker….

Kabocha will always be my first love but this baby takes up my fridge in the fall.

6. Unfortunately that is not all that has arrived…

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Hands up if you agree!

Too bad life doesn’t allow for that…

FML winter is arriving.

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Some things of interest on the inter web that have attracted my eye lately..

7. Passions stick. Superficial reasons fail.

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Time and time again I will repeat this because it is so true. Find what you love to do and focus on enjoying that and getting better with that rather then an outcome attached to your physical appearance.

8. Science.

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I enjoy listening to Layne Norton because he gives legit scientific information that is up-to-date. He gives some interesting basic information in this quick response vlog about carbohydrates and effects on blood sugar.

9. Speaking of science…

Been loving all of Jeff Nippard’s latest lifting videos.

He shows his workouts but then gives the science behind why he may use different movements over others based on studies looking into optimal muscle activation. Interesting stuff, definitely something to watch if you’re all into fitness and such.

10. One final IG gem to cap off this chatter post…

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Loved this. There is never too much love you can give, never too much kindness and although we think over enthusiasm can be annoying, it’s just us being jealous that they found something they are highly passionate about.

Shine on and throw all of those amazing qualities at everyone you meet. They make you an amazing person and shouldn’t be something to tone down ever!

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Happy Friday Eve friends

Whats a quality that you felt you had too much of? Sometimes being too empathetic and feeling what others are feeling too much can seem burdensome but in hindsight, I believe that its been a good thing. It makes me more understanding relatable in the end. Sometimes I wonder if that is what makes many feel they can share things with me without really knowing me too well.

-Chelsea


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I’ll Start On Monday…

My new diet starts on Monday

Starting Monday, I will live in the gym

My new body transformation will start on Monday

I will be a better me….

Starting on Monday.

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Happy September 1st friends. New month and this month in particular tends to be associated with the “after-summer fresh new goals” to reach before the new year.

We all see it….Similar to the New Year resolution season, with the return of school comes the new gym go-ers, the new dieters who want to loose all their summer weight plus more by Christmas, and people making plans/goals that surround making a fairly significant change in their life.

This is like a whole month of “I will start on Monday” and unfortunately this mentality often leads to starting changes as of September 1st and ending sometime between September 10th and October 1st. It’s a sad reality, and personally, a mentality that I often just cannot understand.

You see, I am fully supportive of goals. Goals that are something that lead to personal growth and bettering yourself. So yes, goals are great. What I don’t understand is why self-improvement has to be seen as a punishment or something to be delayed to a later date. In this case, after the weekend.

Why wait to better yourself?

I ask myself this question often when someone says that famous phrase to me…

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Here’s how I see it…

1. Your goal is unrealistic

2. Your goal is seen as a punishment

3. Its just not a priority enough

Either way, the chances of them lasting is slim to none. Take the gym as an example, we all dread the gym being packed, but always know that the stampede will clear in a few short weeks.

This is awful to admit because it’s great that people want to become more fit and I welcome those who want to improve upon their health and become stronger versions of themselves, but this is really just observation at it’s finest. 

So lets look at the first point. Your goal will NOT be reached if you are looking at something as an “all of nothing” type of deal. I will cut X from my diet forever. I will go to the gym 2 hours a day, EVERYDAY, I will live off of salad…etc, etc. These are NOT realistic or attainable for anyone nor should they be thought to be required for bettering your health. These overly loafty goals are often pushed to Monday because you are wanting to be ‘free’ before you feel that life is going to suck.

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This is why they fail. All-or-nothing goals will never work. Take one thing and change that. Make this a lifestyle by making something manageable.

~I will start by going to the gym 3 times a week

~I will turn out the lights 30 minutes earlier 3 times a week

~I will pack up my own lunch rather then buying out for work/school

So what about #2?

Sometimes people go into making changes because they feel they have to. Got a bad doctors report? The prescription –> get yo ass to the gym and loose 20 pounds. Doctors orders. You may feel the need to do it, but that doesn’t mean you’re gunna like it.

My new life starts on Monday.

Or what about writing that paper you need to get done. You know that sitting down and writing rather then enjoying time with friends sucks, so, push it off until Monday. Not only are you loosing time and probably adding stress to your life (plus loosing sleep), you probably ended up using some of that time doing something mindless because you told yourself you were gunna start later.

Ever done that? You have the time to kill but have already accepted that later start date so you don’t use that spare time effectively?

Instead, do an hour here and there over that weekend in between socializing. That’s not that big of a commitment, you aren’t spending hours in a chair slaving typing away and come Monday, look you have half your paper at least drafted.

When you look at something as a punishment or something that is being forced on you, you won’t want to do it. Nonetheless, how is moving it to a later date making it anything less then what you currently perceive it as? Punishment derived goals also fail because you have set your mind up that you hate this thing and that it is required of you to do. There is no internal driving force for you to want to do it.

Time to change your mindset.

Something may suck but turn it around to something positive. Need to change your lifestyle due to health issues? Make it a challenge to yourself in some way or take it upon yourself to try something new that you may end up loving. Find a recipe that you love and make it more nutrient dense. Work your way up to doing some race or lifting a certain weight. Don’t focus on the required target as if it is something ‘forced on you’ because that will just breed negativity. Instead, tell yourself that this is for you and make it something you want to do for yourself.

The last one is one that really hits most people hard. A certain goal or challenge may be a great learning opportunity or something that would really benefit a person but they just don’t do it.

Why wouldn’t they want to do something that simply makes them a better version of themselves?

It’s not a priority. 

Yeah it may be great and all but it’s not important enough to them to make that change. That is a sad reality, but often times this is common and people miss out on a lot of great things and chances.

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So, overall I think that goals are great. They are visions. They are about helping to make yourself the best you can be. They fuel you to push and challenge yourself BUT that is only if you do them and take them seriously.

Ask yourself why wait to do something you want. Why hesitate to make yourself better. Want to make a change? DO IT RIGHT NOW!

…Or you may just let the chance slide on away from you and miss out.

It’s simply your choice. 

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Thanks to everyone over at Thinking Out Loud for listening and a big shout out to our lovely hostess Amanda.

Have you every wanted to do something but waited too long to do it?

-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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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?

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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?

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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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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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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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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