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Between Diet Culture and Intuitive Eating

The road to finding your health can be difficult to navigate.

In one direction you have the diet industry throwing an overwhelming amount of information at you, tempting you to try the latest and greatest thing. It’s an industry that makes millions off your diet failures. You’re constantly restricting yourself, falling off the wagon, and restarting, never seeing results and never enjoying life. It’s a piece of our culture that really needs to take a hike.

In the other direction, you have the body positive, intuitive eating people telling you to just eat what your body craves and love yourself in whatever form you’re in. The intuitive eating direction can also be difficult to navigate if you’re unsure how to go about it properly. Sometimes this can be seen as allowing yourself to eat whatever you want, which for some people is how we start gaining weight in the first place.


There is a middle road, a road in which you can learn about what is best for your body. How much food you should be eating, what a healthy weight or body size looks like, and how to maintain this for a long-term change are not easy things to figure out but will ultimately result in the healthiest version of you.

The first stop down this road? Schedule yourself for a body composition with the In-Body scanner at Bond Nutrition. While I don’t believe in scales and numbers (I go by how my clothes fit), it’s a good idea to get an idea of what your body composition looks like. In-Body tells you how much of your body is fat, water and muscle more accurately than most body composition tests and the results can give you a good base for what changes could be made to find your optimal health. When I talk about optimal health, I don’t just mean trying to lose weight and be skinny. We should know by now that healthy comes in all shapes and sizes and is truly individual. As women, a lot more comes into play with our bodies than weight and size such as ensuring we’re preventing osteoporosis as we age.

 

The folks at Bond are so great to work with and so knowledgeable. They go through all the numbers from your In-Body scan so you understand the numbers and can then offer some advice on next steps and how to accomplish your new goals. Generally, it comes down to diet and knowing what kinds and how much food to eat. This could mean working with a registered nutritionist/dietician to learn what your portion sizes should look like and what foods are best for you. This could also mean playing around with macro counting to get a better idea of what a typical day of food should look like. At no point does it have to mean restricting yourself. My belief is that when armed with the knowledge of what works for us individually, we’ll be able to move more towards that intuitive eating path where maybe we don’t need to put as much thought into what we’re consuming because it’s become natural to us and we fall into our optimal health.

So, which road do you choose?

I used to follow a strict diet, carefully planning my meals and only allowing myself treats on cheat days. I can say with confidence I was at my leanest during that time in my life but I was constantly thinking about food and what I should or shouldn’t eat. It wasn’t a healthy mindset and truthfully I wasn’t any happier at that weight then I am carrying an extra 20 pounds.

I’ve now been on my own journey to find that intuitive eating path. There’s been some ups and downs for sure, but it is so much better to enjoy life with a few extra pounds than to miss out on living because you’re restricting yourself too much. I don’t believe in numbers and avoid scales for comparison. I’m armed with the knowledge of how much muscle I should aim to build from my In-Body scan and have goals to clean up my diet without restricting myself. I eat fairly healthy but don’t really think about the extra junk that I consume on a daily basis. I know that with a little more thought (do I really want to eat those chips or am I just reaching for them because they’re on the break room table at work) maybe I can find that balance and ability to eat a little more mindfully and find my optimal health.

And hopefully, we can band together to kick the diet culture and just live our healthiest lives in whatever shape it comes in.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary body scan in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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What I’m Loving

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a What I’m Loving post. Or really any posts. I’ve definitely lost some of my blogging mojo and have had many days in the past few weeks when I’ve felt like throwing in the towel.

A little bit of a rebrand is in the works though so I’m hoping a fresh new look will inspire me to create some better content for you guys. That is, if anyone is still around reading? If there’s anything you’d like to see, changed, topics you’d like, please let me know. I’m open to any and all feedback.

  • First and foremost, I’m absolutely loving teaching Pound. I’ve been teaching every other week at a studio that I connected with through my Where to Workout series plus some private classes and I’ve been having a blast seeing all the new faces come and check it out. I’m actually shocked when a class fills up and even more so when there is a waitlist! I’m still not sure if I’m ready to teach weekly or where I would since there are actually a ton of Pound instructors here, but regardless, it’s been an amazing journey so far. If you’re interested in coming to a class, all my upcoming classes are over there on the side bar —>
  • To balance out the Pound I’ve been loving Famoso pizza. Liam and I have ended up eating it three weekends in a row by chance. Last week, a friend nominated me for a Random Act of Pizza, where our local restaurant was giving away pizzas so Liam was pretty stoked when I brought him home a giant pizza for our weekly movie night.
  • James Bay dropped his new single last week. It’s different, but I dig it.
  • 10 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 – Which ones are you adding to your TBR pile? Still Me is next on my pile and I’ll be patiently awaiting the Sophie Kinsella release as well as for my library to get The Immortalists in real book form (it’s only ebook and I just can’t do ebooks). Any other books on your radar this year?
  • Speaking of books, Brie and I started a bookclub on Instagram. In case you missed it, at the start of each month Brie and I will both choose a book and you’ll get to vote on what you think we should read next (this month’s read is Present Over Perfect). At the end of the month, we’ll both post on our IG pages with our thoughts and hope you’ll all join in with yours too.
  • The best book I’ve read this year has got to be Fierce Kingdom or A Woman in the Window. Both page turners where you can’t put the book down until you find out what happened. The downside to Fierce Kingdom is that it does not have a neat and tidy ending. There are so many things unanswered! What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
  • The Most Powerful Response When Your Child Is Inconsolable – I went through a really rough time with Liam for a couple months leading up to Christmas when this could have been nice to try. Definitely keeping it in my back pocket.
  • Can Food Freedom and Fitness Goals Coexist? I’ve wanted to write something similar to this. I’ve been seeing a lot of food freedom/intuitive eating posts lately, which is great. I love it a lot more than the diet culture that just needs to go away. However, I think for many people, myself included, having total freedom leads to weight gain. I absolutely think it’s ok to live somewhere in the middle. For me, macro tracking works the best in maintaining but when I let myself eat ‘intuitively’, I gravitate towards more carbs, more beer, and the pounds start adding up.
  • Glow juice, winter running shoes and sassy welcome mats.
  • In case you missed it, 5 Classes to Make Fitness Fun

 

Tell me, what are you loving lately?!

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5 Classes To Make Fitness Fun

Have you ever found yourself losing motivation to go out for your run or hit the gym for yet another leg day? Or maybe the gym thing just isn’t your jam. Sometimes you need to shake things up and try something new.

Here are five classes to make fitness fun again while still getting a killer workout. Bonus: I’ve linked to where you can find most of these classes locally.

5 Fun Fitness Classes to Try in Red Deer


 

  1. Spin – with dark rooms, loud music and disco balls, a spin class kind of feels like a party. This is a great option if you’re looking for something with a little less impact or to cross train during your race training.Where to in Red Deer: My Revolution

  2. Surf Set – I mean, who doesn’t want to pretend you’re in the cast of Blue Crush while getting a killer workout. An engaging workout inspired by surfing is especially appealing in the dark winter nights when you’re dreaming of truly paddling in the ocean under a hot sun.
  3. Circus – Who wouldn’t want to run away and join the circus? You can actually pretend to do that, learning how to flip and fly on aerial silks or hoops and more. You won’t even realize how hard you’re working until you’re done.Where to in Red Deer: The Forum
  4. Jazzercise – It’s not just your mom’s fitness class full of neon spandex anymore. Jazzercise is a fun and engaging dance fitness class for all levels of fitness (and levels of coordination). Even if you’re flailing the whole class, you’re getting a great workout that you can laugh about.Where to in Red Deer: Jazzercise Red Deer
  5. Pound – there’s no other fitness class out there that allows you to pretend you’re a rockstar while doing endless squats, lunges, and presses. It will leave you sweaty and sore but feeling a little more badass like the fitness rebel you are.Where to in Red Deer: with me! Check out upcoming classes on the right-hand side of this page! 

 

Tell me: What is the most fun fitness class you’ve ever taken?