So You Don’t Eat Breakfast?

So you don’t eat Breakfast? 🍳

As an Intermittent Faster one would think that I “skip” breakfast but what does breakfast even mean?

In simple terms it means you BREAK your FAST. The difference is that I just have breakfast later than I used to.

This goes against EVERYTHING you are ever taught… but if you look at everything in today’s world, things change, new studies appear and at the end of the day you have to do what is best for YOU.

So, why on earth would I want to try something that goes against the grain of popular belief?

Truth be told, the first time I fell upon an article on IF I thought the author had LOST her mind… I read the article, laughed and went about my day but something stuck with me.

CAVEMEN 💪🏻

They were hunters and gatherers, and they did not have the means to wake up and drop a bunch of Cheerios in a bowl, they had to work for their food before they could BREAK their FAST.

This single statement was what started a world of research and it turns out the IF life fit ME perfectly.

➡ Eating Breakfast always made me feel sick
➡ With two kids trying to eat PERIOD is a task that always gets delayed anyways
➡ Eating 6 times a day over a 12-14 hour period left me hungry and led me to snack on unhealthy options and over eat even in healthy food
➡ Diets made me miserable, restricting foods made me miserable and when you pair IF with IIFYM (topic for another day) it’s the perfect harmony
➡ The structure of IF with IIFYM had been vital for me and my addictive personality
➡ It removed my negative relation with food and my body which I found returned when I tried something new
➡ Sometimes I need to eat cake 🎂 and have some pizza 🍕 or a few beers 🍻 and now I can without the guilt and with even better results than when I tried complete elimination

Intermittent Fasting is not a solution for everyone. You must do your research and my advice with any nutrition plan is that it must be something you enjoy and can see yourself loving for a long time.

This is the perfect fit for me and I am sharing as much information I can just in case it helps someone else ❤️

Another day, another topic. Stay tuned!

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Intermittent Fasting… Sounds Scary!

Intermittent Fasting

Sounds scary right? Even stupid…

💫Over the next little while I am going to share what the life of an IFer is all about and why I chose to even try it.💫

The first and most important thing I want to say is that the name itself makes you think you are not eating… 🍉🍠🍓🌶🍑🥒 Not true… because trust me… I LOVE to eat!

🕙Intermittent Fasting is simply about WHEN you eat. 🕓

Most people spend a good chunk of their life in the fasted state, from the time your head hits that pillow until the time you dig into breakfast.

So depending on how you approach your Fasting window (the time spent fasted vs. the time spent fed) you are only prolonging this nightly fast that we do anyways…

I will dig deeper into the different IF “fasting windows” another day but I adhere to a 16:8 ratio. I fast 16 hours and eat during an 8 hour window (from 10am to 6pm).

So while the name may make you think it’s about eating LESS, rest assured I EAT, it’s just in a smaller span of time.

Interested in learning more? Hit the like button and let me know that I’ve peaked your interest 🤙🏻

⭐️ Below is a breakdown of my daily caloric intake and macro breakdown ⭐️

How Sweet It Is!

 

Lover of chocolate? Tooth so sweet it hurts?

That’s me!

When I was a little girl I remember sneaking into the pantry to enjoy the Joe Lois and Brownies hoping my mom would not notice. To this day that love for all things chocolate is just as strong.

I have tried to stay away and say NO to all things sweet but deprivation leads me straight to Binge City, a place I’d rather not visit. So how can you enjoy chocolate AND be healthy and fit?

Try these NINJA tricks to keep chocolate in your life so that you never feel deprived.

  1. Eat the FAUX, not the DOUGH!

Wouldn’t you love to have chocolate chip cookie dough EVERY day for breakfast? I DO.  Two words, Overnight Oats. Tastes like dough, packed with protein and keeps you full and even a little peanut butter for all us nut freaks. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cold Oats is my secret weapon: 1/2 cup of quick oats, 3/4 cup Greek Yogurt, 1 Banana, 1 tsp Peanut Butter (natural), 1/2 a scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder and you’ve got yourself a batch of FAUX DOUGH! No guilt, only pleasure.

2. Out Smart your CRAVINGS!

This DOUBLE dose of chocolate will satisfy you before those cravings even hit. First the Faux Dough and then chase it with a Chocolate Smoothie (which also happens to be my ninja trick for getting more veggies in). It’s simple, it’s filling and by the time I am done I’ve just about had my fill of chocolate . My go to recipe is 1/2 to 1 scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder, 1/2 cup of cottage cheese for the cream factor and 2 cups of spinach with 1 cup of water and ice. Get those cravings before they even hit.

3. The REAL stuff.

Dark, delicious chocolate and I eat it every day. I am all about balance and I apply the 80/20 rule to my daily eating, if I hit all of my daily macronutrients (fat/protein/carbs) then I allow myself to finish that 20% of calories with something chocolatey and sweet. This ninja trick may take a bit of time to master as it takes  self control but allowing yourself 1 TBSP of dark chocolate chips (my go to source of the real stuff) can keep you from overindulging on chocolate bars later. I put dark chocolate chips in pancakes, mix them with fibre 1 and peanut butter (another FAUX DOUGH), make a mug cake or just toss them in my mouth. Allowing myself the REAL DEAL is one of the biggest ninja tricks to keep me from travelling to Binge City.

4. Plan A Chocolate Vacation.

Sometimes a TBSP of dark chocolate chips just won’t cut it. You are not a robot, you CAN be fit and eat cake, or have a dessert on your anniversary, or partake in some holiday treats. Plan it. Eat it. Enjoy it. Eating chocolate in moderation can be beneficial PROVIDING you don’t spend days OVERindulging. So make your plan, stick to it and then get back to your daily grind.

5. The Day I Ate ALL THE FOOD 

Let’s be real, you’re not going to be perfect all the time. You may have all your ducks in a row when it comes to healthy eating and then some days your ducks end up in different rivers, even different lakes. You don’t plan for it, you just find yourself standing in front of your cupboard with a Joe Lois shoved in your face before you even had a minute to THINK about what you’re doing. Remember, this IS life, stuff DOES happen and sometimes you WILL eat all the food. My final ninja trick is to NEVER hang on to the guilt. Feel it if you want to, let it all soak in and then hop out of that feeling so fast you forget it even happened. Dwelling on it will get you nowhere, over thinking it leads you further into the guilt and possibly into a binge, so feel it and dust it off. God gives us a brand new day EVERY day so use that as motivation, put a smile on your face and get ready to start fresh.

 

You can have your cake and eat it too, trick your mind into thinking you’re indulging, attack your craving before it even hits, eat the real stuff in moderation, enjoy a dessert here and there and be kind to yourself if you go off track. You don’t have to say NO all together. You just have to find your right balance.

5 Tips on Beginning your Workouts after a C-Section

I can still remember the day I was given the green light to start working out again, there I was standing in front of my TV wondering how on earth I was ever going to do that very first exercise in the 21 Day Fix. I was weak, I was tired and I had very little hope that I would ever be able to shed the rest of the baby weight that seemed so desperate to stay.

While I struggled through the first workout and many more after that I want you to know that what seems IMPOSSIBLE is POSSIBLE when you are gracious with yourself, when you allow yourself time, (you did grow a baby for 9 months and heal from major surgery by the way) and have patience with yourself.

You will get through these workouts, you will get stronger and you can get in the best shape of your life even after multiple C-Sections. Here are my 5 tips on beginning your workouts after a C-Section

1. Modify. Modify. MODIFY
Ok, I get it, some of us may have been she-hulks prior to having our little bundles of joy but that does not mean you all of a sudden have your super powers back, you have to EARN them back and modification will get you there. Now, if this is your first workout in your journey to a healthier you, this step will be a little easier for you. No matter where you were or where you are know that you will not be flying through the workouts with ease… listen to your body and follow the modifier if there is one. Heck, MODIFY the modifier, I know I did. Know that each day you WILL get stronger but remember that it is OK to start slow and modify.

2. Slowly As She GOES!

Ok, so I will be the first to admit that I wanted that baby weight off and I wanted it off FAST. This is NOT going to happen for most of us, even if we kept our diet clean and our workouts consistent throughout pregnancy, not all of us bounce back quickly. Remember that slow progress is not no progress, what slow progress really is, is LASTING progress. You want to aim to lose 1-2 lbs per week and nothing more (other than the first few weeks where we do tend to lose a bit more). Our bodies do better when we progress slow, the faster you go, the easier it will be to put that weight back on. So, remember the tortoise and the hare? ALWAYS be the tortoise.

3. If it’s PAINFUL stop (not to be confused with HARD)

Remember how you had major surgery? Stitches? How you could hardly even walk the first time you got up and getting in and out of bed felt like a marathon? Well… ya, how could we forget right? If you are working out and it is PAINFUL and I am not talking “ugh this is hard, I don’t wanna…”, I am talking, “shit… I feel like I am ripping apart”… STOP! STOP, STOP and STOP. Skip that move, do not do it… you are not ready, you have not fully healed, big ol’ STOP-A-ROO. Do you know how many ab exercises I did not do? Like, all of them but what I did do was SWAP… if there was an ab move that was not happening I did a plank. I did planks for DAYS ladies… so do not be afraid to STOP and SWAP. If you have nothing to swap it with, just take a breather and get back into it when it’s something you CAN do without pain.

4. Get your SLEEP momma!

You know the whole “nap when the baby naps” thing? Ya, do that! You do not have to be super mom, you do not have to have your floors ready to be eaten off of, you are caring for a tiny creature (and maybe even more) and they are your number one priority, number two is YOU. So nap… Get that sleep so that when you and baby are awake you have the energy to care for them and care for yourself.

5. Don’t Lie to Yourself

Ok, so truth time. For 3 months I was “stuck”, I was the same 163 lbs I had been for what seemed like forever. My workouts and “clean eating” were not working and I figured I was stuck with this “just had a baby” body forever. Well, truth is, I was lying to myself about the whole “clean eating” thing. Sure there were clean foods mixed all up in my diet but I had continued the night-time snacking, the quick and easy foods, the eat a little of this and that out of here and there thing… yet I still told myself I was eating clean when in reality I was stuffing my face with the oh so delicious and not so nutritious. If we TRULY want to get in the best shape of our lives then we have to FUEL our bodies, not FEED them.

Remember new Momma, enjoy all the time you’ve got with your little creature because they GROW UP quick. If you keep these 5 tips in mind you WILL get there but it will not happen over night. It took me 9 months before I was back at my pre-baby weight and it’s ok to take even longer. Just know that you will get there and be kind to yourself as you head out on this journey. You were beautiful growing your little one, you are beautiful now and you will be beautiful tomorrow.