Macros… you may have heard this word floating around lately. People are counting their macros, using macro ratios, fitting all sorts of fun food into their macros. But I know some of you are asking, what are macros in the first place? And why do I need to count them?
Well, let me break it down for you simply so you can understand what all the fuss is about.
D.I.E.T. … that four letter word we all can’t stand. Well, if you have been following my principles you know by now that I am a big advocator for flexibility (within a structure) to help ensure you reach your goals while remaining sane and having a balance in life.
So this means I am A-Okay with you eating out every now and then because, well, you all need to live life right? But sometimes when it comes to eating out all of our good intentions seem to go out of the window, we overindulge no matter how well “behaved” we plan to be with our food choices.
Ladies, there is that one week out of every month where we feel like an absolute watery bloated mess! Periods seriously suck. It’s bad enough that your hormones are raging and you become super emotional and sensitive, but then you decide to torture yourself even further by stepping on the scales. Then you freak out because you weight has increased so you eat more food to comfort yourself. It really is an uphill battle I know we have all been in that place before. But it’s not all bad, your boobs get bigger and congratulations you are not pregnant! You have successfully made it through another month of baby free sex. And here’s to another month! So instead of heading into an emotional downward spiral that can hinder your long term progress let me give you some pointers on how to survive your monthly period with a little more ease.
Fat loss! It’s pretty much everyone’s goal, right? Even if your goal is to build a little bit of a muscle, at the end of the day we all want to lose that little layer that hides those curves, FAT. Have you ever typed in “best ways to lose fat” in Google? I know have at some point in time. But there are literally a million ways and tips on how to best burn stubborn fat (well maybe I am exaggerating but it’s a lot!). It’s one fad diet after another, the next magic diet pill, the next new workout craze, and it can all get a little overwhelming with a fat loss guru overload.
These days everyone seems to be a fat loss expert, even my mum has tried to give me advice (bless her). So what should you believe? I know many of you have tried what feels like everything under the sun without much result. So let me debunk some common myths for you to make sure you are set up for long-term success.
Nutrient timing, sounds a little complicated right? Well really it is quite simple, it is how you break down your macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fats) throughout the day in order to get optimal results. This is a topic I get asked about quite often and there are endless suggestions on when to eat your food. And to make matters more confusing there are many suggestions on which foods to eat at these certain times. So let me break it down for you.
I think the biggest misconception is that nutrient timing of food is something that only body builders do, or should do. But ladies (and gents reading this) what nutrient timing really refers to is how you fuel your body. Have you ever tried to do a workout on an empty stomach? (I know we have probably all been there). How did you feel? Did you feel that you were bursting with energy or did you feel a little less strong and lacking your usual energy? Well, nutrient timing plays a big role in how well you perform during your workout as well as how well you recover afterwards.
What is Flexible Dieting? Flexible dieting is a fairly new concept and has taken the health and fitness industry by storm over the last few years. You may have heard of it being referred to as IIFYM or “If it fits your macros”? And although it has been scientifically proven to be a successful form […]
Bloating. That one thing that makes you just feel yuk and keeps you from wearing that little tight dress that is snug in all the right places. But it’s that big bump in your tummy that makes you look about 3 months pregnant which can stop you from whipping out that little cute number and instead opt for something that resembles a potato sack. Sound familiar?
Bloating is, unfortunately, something that is quite common, I doubt that there is a woman out there who has not experienced a bloated belly in her life. It is definitely not something that is normal, it’s uncomfortable and we want it gone, yesterday!
When you are bloated it is your gut telling you that it’s not happy however sometimes it can be difficult to tell figure out what exactly is making us bloated.
So why are you bloated and what are the things that can cause digestive stress?
Life is too short to eat boring, bland food, so why not have pancakes for breakfast? This is one of my absolute favourite recipes to have for breakfast or at any time of the day really!
You will find more pancake recipes in my program Body By Nina. You will also find dessert recipes that you can include in your diet every day.
Who doesn’t want to be able to eat dessert every day and still see results?
Click the link below to get the recipe
In my last blog Battling Adrenal Fatigue part 1, I spoke about what adrenal fatigue was and the signs and symptoms associated with it in order to give you an idea of what to recognize and pay attention to. I know that left many of you think “well what now?” so even though I highly recommend seeking out a medical practitioner, there are some things you can take into your own hands to help reduce the stress on your body to either prevent adrenal fatigue from occurring, or to recover a little quicker if you are already battling with the disorder.
I know we are all skeptics at heart, and believe me when I say I am definitely the worst for it. I really was not convinced that simple lifestyle changes could help make a big difference but after becoming more open minded to the matter, I found that by adopting the following lifestyle changes as much as possible, have, over time made me feel a lot better. Now I realize that lifestyle is probably the most important factor in your road to recovery.
Adrenal fatigue is quite an ambiguous condition. For those of you who don’t know, I suffered from a chronic case of adrenal fatigue for a few years and even though I am a million times better now, the truth remains that I am still battling hormone imbalances and trying to let my adrenals recover completely. It can take a long time to recover once you have burnt the candle at both ends, and it can be a very long and frustrating process.
I was at a point where I was in a deep hole of a hormonal and fatigue shiz storm where even something as simple as brushing my teeth before bed seemed like the biggest and most strenuous task, which took up all of my effort and energy.
Hormone imbalance and a certain level (mild or severe) adrenal fatigue can be quite common, and you don’t need to be an athlete for it to occur. So let me make you aware of what it is and the things you can do if you feel you may have this condition.