Weight loss is such a perpetually growing concern that has been the source of investigation since the 1960’s. But after decades of every diet plan, cleanse product, fat burning supplement, shakes, bars, celebrity fitness gurus, and every new pop-up “medical weight loss” center… the problem continues to climb. Why? Because none of that crap works! It’s a commercialized system preying on the desperation of its public consumers, and when you buy a fat burning supplement, all you’re getting is a well-advertised bottle of tree dust with a photoshopped image of a sponsored fitness competitor (who probably doesn’t even take that supplement) that will make you crap your pants.
It’s so hard and very frustrating when we follow the rules of rehabilitation and continue to run into the same challenges with pain and injury. When we follow every doctor’s advice and see the referred specialists and commit ourselves to the weeks and months of physical therapy along with all assigned exercises and stretching. When we have to keep making those appointments with the chiropractor again, or the massage therapist or acupuncturist. But yet, we still face resurfacing problems, pain, inflammation, repeat injury and returning pain in the same places and often new places. Why? For the love of G-d, whyyyyy?
Most women grasp the main concepts of their monthly cycle and how all that stuff works, but a lot of chicks don’t follow and track their full cycles. That includes every single day, within each phase of your moons… tracking and understanding what your hormones are going through, and how it all affects your health, performance, cognition, etc and so on. If you are a female athlete, or simply a woman who participates in regular exercise, sports, or resistance training programs, the following information is going to help you understand and track your activities in line with each phase of your hormone cycle for optimal performance. Trainers, it would behoove you (and your clients) to become familiar with all of this information as well. And if you’re a male trainer who thinks this is gross, embarrassing or you don’t think it’s relevant, then you need to either grow up or refer your female clients to a coach who gets it and can really help them (because they want to).
Every human body has its own rhythm, just like a song or a cycle of the seasons. A major component of this rhythm is the collective harmony of each hormone working in-sync with each biological process throughout the day. Mammals are born with natural rhythms from the very beginning, yet humans are the only species that spends their entire lives fighting and interfering with these important, and critical rhythms. In negligently creating the hormonal battlegrounds (men and women) we so often do, we are inviting a lot of consequential guarantees. For instance: mood swings, anxiety, onset of mood disorders, depression, irregular periods (if you still get them), infertility, ovarian cysts, low sex drive, insomnia, poor muscle recovery, cravings, fatigue, weight gain and/or inability to lose weight, acne, headaches, hair loss, poor memory and/or mental fog, irritability, and the higher potential for onset of irreversible disease. This is just to name a few. If you are concerned about it, go over my list of 7 ways we commonly act to destroy our rhythms.
Stress is my favorite topic to teach others about because its something that impacts everyone in such various ways that not all understood or appreciated. Experience in studying stress has taught me that we cannot always avoid it, but we can manage it. Stress relief doesn’t mean you are avoiding or eliminating it, but without the proper tools to manage it, it becomes our #1 predator. In other words, we are our own worst enemy. Stress is good at progressing the aging process, which comes with illness, injury and disease. The reason I love teaching others about stress is because the positive impact is so much greater on health and fitness once an appreciation and understanding has been identified and management has been implemented. You can eat clean and train mean all the live long day, but if you’re not managing your stress, it could all be for naught.
What is Mindful eating? It is the practice of connecting to the experience of eating, not just repeating the motions of bite & chew, bite & chew without consideration of the actual experience. Mindful eating is a practice I work with clients to accomplish and master so that intuitive eating is achieved. Intuitive eating is the ability to identify nutrition and satiation through the messaging of our own bodies’ reactions. Believe it or not, there can come a day where you look at a plate of cookies and do not desire it, and in fact, the thought may even turn you off completely.
Adrenal Fatigue is a condition that affects three-quarters of Americans at least once in their lifetime. Though it is not confirmed by the medical community the same way Adrenal Insufficiency is, its about 99% the same thing minus the acceptance of metaphysical origins. It can be a hot topic with many debates of its validity simply as a condition, which symptoms can literally explain everything to something doing an internet search late at night. Either way you slice that cake, we are often treated for a myriad of symptoms instead of finding the root causes. This can perpetuate a serious problem. I will almost always score our patients and clients for adrenal health before prescribing any sort of fitness regimen, and here’s why…