simple snack you can have on hand for the week.
I've got a real problem here!
I gotta say that I feel a lot of the Health and Wellness industry are truly hurting people by talking about how bad fruit is for you.
ARE YOU SERIOUS???
STOP WITH ALL THE BLANKET STATEMENTS!
So as you can see, I love fruit. I encourage ALL of my clients to eat fruit. There are so many great antioxidants in fruit, they have amazing nutrients that our body needs, they offer natural sugars that our gut microbiome and brain need, and the fiber so that we can be regular!
Please, please, please don't be afraid of fruit!
Ok, so here is the thing. I DO NOT believe that we have an unhealthy relationship with fruit. I feel we have an unhealthy relationship with processed foods; and if you are choosing to eat an apple over grabbing a fruit bar, or some raspberries instead of eating those goldfish than please-GO FOR IT! Eat the gosh darn fruit!
All medical problems aside; we are getting so nit-picky about what we should and should not eat; what macros we should be eating and how much of them, how fructose is the devil and yet we are not paying attention to the actual ingredients we are putting in our body. You are going for the highly processed protein bar to suit your macros and then sneer at me when I chose to eat a banana. What is happening here?!
I will continue to encourage my clients to eat mostly greens, vegetables, FRUITS and then adding in proteins, fats, and wholesome grains. I feel like the more we encourage people to round out their diet with wholesome ingredients the better we will ALL be. Once we can get the processed food and other stimulants (alcohol and coffee) under control, than we can get into more specifics of what each individual person needs for their specific health.
To take it from what Julie Daniluk says: "There are 7.5 billion people out there, therefore there are 7.5 billion ways to eat."
Also here is a video where I explain this in more detail
We understand the importance of drinking water. We hear it all the time, yes, you must drink more water if you want to feel and be healthier. It is one of the simplest things to do to become a healthier version of you; but did you know HOW you are drinking your water makes a difference!
If you are drinking your (approx. 64oz) of water daily but you are sitting most of the time and you are going to the bathroom a lot, then guess what...
you are not going to see the greatest impact of what water can do for you as it is just moving straight through your system.
Here is the deal, your blood helps to pump water through your system to your organs and the best way to do this is to make sure you are moving. The more you are moving, the more your body is able to utilize the water throughout all of the organs and cells MORE effectively and the more parts you are moving, the more water distributes through your body.
So the next time you are drinking a glass of water, get up and move around afterwards to help that water get to all of your organs, cells and throughout your system and please feel free to:
TEST it out for yourself!
Drink a 16oz bottle of water while sitting around on a Sunday watching tv and see how many times you get up to go pee.
Drink a 16oz bottle of water while going for a walk, cleaning the house, or dancing around and playing with your kids.
Did you hit up the toilet less the more you were moving? Let me know if you tested it out for yourself.
I am not one to promote diets and don't like to tell people they should abstain from any specific foods all the time. My whole thought for the past 12 years was eat mostly whole foods and you should be good.
But then I started dealing with pain in my colon and intestinal tract and knew something wasn't right. At times it would be minor but after a summer camping trip it became unbearable one day and I felt I needed to really pay attention to the foods I was eating and try to determine what was happening.
We already had some allergies in my house so it honestly made it easier for me to find the culprit. My son is allergic to corn; and since I have no clue how/where he got this allergy (maybe GMO's?) I wondered if I may be ignoring some signs myself.
As a child I had IBS, so stomach issues aren't new to me, but I was never able to determine what it was. So I pulled corn out of my diet and started to feel better but still had some minor nagging issues when I would eat certain foods, and then it dawned on me that some of the things I was eating probably used corn meal or corn starch and then it all just fell into place.
So with that, I realize that there are some foods that don't work well for us. The older I get the more I am affected by what I eat. I can see when I had ice cream the day before in the circles under my eyes and that is why I am a believer in the Shred 10.
What is Shred 10?
It's mostly about practicing healthy habits:
While also eliminating the highest allergy/inflammatory foods out of your diet:
Practice these habits and eliminate these items out of your diet for 10 days and see how you feel. Once the Shred is over then you can begin to incorporate these foods back into your diet S-L-O-W-L-Y and see how your body responds. If you add gluten back in and after 2 days you are bloated, then guess what! You probably have some sort of intolerance to gluten.
By listening to our body more we will begin to live our healthiest life.
Let me know if you are interested in our next Shred 10!
Mom, personal trainer, and corrective exercise specialist who wants to help you live an active and pain free life