How I lose baby weight fast

Hey guys, I’d like to share with you some of how I shed baby weight fast. I’ve had three great pregnancies, during which I gained varying amounts of weight.

Knowing the amount of misinformation there is surrounding health, weight loss and just maintaining healthy body weight in general, it comes as no surprise to me that most women struggle so hard to feel good again after Baby comes.

As a coach it certainly hurts my heart to watch women work so hard and feel so much frustration, just to get tired and give up on their health.

Mom, you CAN feel great in your own skin again! The healthier and happier you are, the more of yourself you can give to your family and community.

You deserve it! Heck, the WORLD deserves you!

The “Magic” of Post Partum Belly Binding and Desperate Times

I sit here writing this one day shy of two weeks postpartum and terribly anxious to feel confident about my body again ( wait, did I EVER? haha no TBH ). Kai Martin Gregoire, my third baby and second son, arrived on the morning of May 23rd weighing 8lbs 14oz, measuring 22 1/2″ long, and precious as heck!

In previous pregnancies I was pretty young, and genetically speaking weight of any kind hasn’t ever come easy for me ( truly not cool being dubbed “chicken Legs” ), so it made sense that my body would snap back without much effort. Now, however, at twenty-five and with baby number three latched 24/7, I find myself not exactly ‘snapping’.

So naturally, after my older son inquired about the impending arrival of the “baby that stayed behind in my tummy”, I made the decision to order the Squeem.

What’s a Squeem? It’s an ingenious device ( corset ) designed to shrink your waist size up to five inches. It’s purpose when used in the postpartum weeks is to “train” the abdominal and core muscles to tighten and strengthen again, as well as utilize the eight weeks that relaxin still lingers in the body to shrink the size of your rib cage, ultimately giving the wearer a tiny waist and flat stomach.

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~ Right side rockin the Squeem, left side au naturel ^ ~

 

Squeem is also a word that could be used to accurately describe the way my insides felt when I finally ( yes – FINALLY; it was no easy task to squash myself in there ) secured the last notch.

Ouch.

And then reality set in really fast. I already knew better than to attempt corset training, or even belly binding for that matter. But, I suppose, sometimes desperation and lack of patience makes fools of us all. Instant gratification generation and all that.

Here’s what I already knew:

1) Holding your muscles in place with said garment will not train them to do anything. A belly binder/corset does exactly and only that – hold muscles in place. By doing their intended job, the muscles actually lack for real training that would ultimately help your midsection return to its pre-pregnancy size faster.

In addition, corset training and belly binding can actually weaken back muscles over time. Well, duh, muscles weaken when they aren’t being used.

2) Belly binding does not correct diastasis recti ( abdominal separation ). The only way to correct this condition is through proper exercise. In this case I highly recommend seeking the advice of a certified personal trainer.

3) Belly binding postpartum puts too much downward pressure on your already-weakened pelvic floor muscles. There are actually claims that belly binding helps strengthen the pelvic floor, but these claims are BS. By the way I have three words for anyone curious about weakened pelvic floor muscles: yoga, yoga, and again, yoga 😀

4) Corset training can, in some cases, cause internal injury. The risk for internal injury is greater when precautions aren’t taken to ease into corset training slowly. Personally, I only had the thing on for three minutes on the loosest setting and I felt discomfort nearing pain in my internal organs… Um? “Beauty is pain!”

Not for me.

5) Wearing a corset does not allow for deep breathing; I literally could not breath into the lower lobes of my lungs when I had the darn thing on! What do we know about the importance of deep breathing? That deserves an entire post to itself, but deep breathing could be arguably the most crucial practice leading to overall and sustainable weight loss. In short it is the best way to combat that dirty little stress hormone CORTISOL, AKA, the hidden culprit behind excess belly fat.

The basic take away from my review of the Squeem, or any belly binding product used postpartum for that matter, could be summed up by describing it as a band-aid that masks an initial ( and very natural ) phase of postpartum living, ultimately slowing down the process of true healing.

This isn’t to say that belly binding isn’t for anyone; belly binding, in my opinion, directly interferes with my goals and what is important to me in my life, speaking fitness and other.

However, I am not an expert on belly binding! I would love to hear your experiences, good or bad.

Peace ladies ❤

For now you can find me soaking up every precious minute with my newest angel in total disregard for the state of my tummy.

Everything in its own time 🙂

 

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Will Fruit Make Me Fat?

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Will fruit make me fat? I hear this question all the time, and it’s totally valid because the body building industry would have you believe it certainly can. Now, there is something to timing your foods, especially foods containing sugar, so generally speaking in terms of weight loss and other such ‘leaning out’ goals, it could certainly be beneficial to keep the fruit servings to morning/afternoon snacks/meals.

HOWEVER, I personally never advise that people abstain from fruit at night! For goodness sakes, especially if they are embarking on a totally foreign-to-them lifestyle change, they are probably having a hard enough time cutting out other preferred evening snacks that are much more unhealthy! I’d rather see them with a bowl of wholesome nutritious fruit over a plate of brownies any night!

Fruit – The Original Fast food! Unlike a lot of health advisors, I do not encourage the counting of calories, as it stands to reason that you can intake an “acceptable” number of calories per day, but if the quality of those calories isn’t healthy, you will gain weight regardless. If you are  consuming a low to moderate amount of calories consisting of artificial ingredients, those ingredients aren’t compatible with your body. Your body will in turn need to work twice as hard in order to figure to how to process them. These indigestible foods you consumed will then sit in your gut for a long period of time, causing harmful fermentation that will eventually cause health problems, and those health problems, in turn, lead to weight gain in the long run… and after all that work! When women have a hard time loosing weight due to hormonal imbalances, this is often times what is going on behind the scenes.

We are better off eating more calories that are natural and digestible sources of nourishment, than we are denying ourselves mealtimes or taking on the gruesomely boring role of ‘calorie counter’. I TOLD you health can be fun! Listen to your body, it’s never wrong!

Wait, my body is never wrong? Then why, oh WHY does it tell me to devour so much that is not healthy, like brownies, and cake, and…( drool )?!

Oh, YES, I can certainly answer that for you! And I assure you that your body is never wrong! But, alas, I feel this is another blog post altogether, SO –

Stay tuned for tomorrows post ~ Cravings Uncovered – Why Your Body Wants What it Wants & How to Change it’s Mind!

Remember,when we eat fruit we bring the ‘juice’ back into our life! So today, don’t exclude it! Fill your plate with fruit – 10 oranges if you like – and enjoy, totally guilt and care free!

Common misconception – laid to rest!

Happy healthy eating y’all!

Boost your metabolism with one easy trick!

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Are you on a weightloss journey? Are you looking to boost your energy? Boost your metabolism? Get more out of the healthy habits you already have in place?

This ONE simple detox strategy can do more for you than you would ever imagine and its FREE! It’s water.

As we know it’s not just about the healthy foods and supplements that we consume, but a huge part of finding success in our healthy endeavors is strategy.

Todays healthy living tip : Drink 1 – 2 liters of warm – room temperature water upon waking up tomorrow morning BEFORE eating or drinking anything else.

What this will do is actually cleanse your GI tract. You know how they say we can actually carry up to 30 lbs of toxic waste in our intestines? Not only is this extra heavy weight that we don’t want to be carrying around, but this garbage will speed up the aging process, impose on your energy levels and ability to think clearly, weaken your immune system and EVEN stop you from absorbing nutrients from the healthy foods you do eat throughout the day .

Flush your system tomorrow! Start your day off right!

Although there are many products out there claiming “colon cleanse”, none are actually as effective as simply practicing this easy healthy living tip each day that you can.

Benefits from drinking water upon waking :

1) Increased energy

2) Increased sex drive

3) Clearer skin

4) flatter stomach

5) Relief from stomach ailments

6) Weight loss

7) Decreased cravings

8) More mineral and vitamin absorption

9) Happier moods/decreased swings

10) Increased spiritual awareness & conection

The Fat Myth and Stopping Cravings

We all know the deal – trying to loose weight? Avoid ALL fat. Low fat this, low fat that. Right? Wrong! I’m here to tell you that weight loss just got a lot funner, easier, and TASTIER!

Truly, this isn’t new information; it’s been proven first in the infamous ten year Nurses Study ( though these results have had many spin-offs ) and again in every factual fat study conducted since that time.

The truth is that eating a diet full of fats is healthy for many peopleand actually even essential! That’s why omega 3’s and omega 6’s are deemed essential fatty acids ( found oily fish and oils such as fish, krill, flax and hemp ), they are crucial for healthy cognitive functioning and emotional health, as well as prevention from Alzheimers disease and dementia.

While I’m not saying that everyone should be on high fat diets ( as bio-individuals we all have different carb/fat needs ) I do want to stress just how important it is not to leave them out of the equation. For any of you on weight loss journeys, it’s also important for you to know that as long as you consume low fat dairy products you will not be able to loose the weight. It’s really backwards from what we’re taught, so we need to simply adjust our perception of fat.

Not only are low fat foods unhealthy because of their fake and toxic ingredients, but when you eat a food that has been stripped of it’s natural fats, your body will know that something is missing and thus you will experience unstoppable cravings that usually manifest in the form of  sweets and CARBS! Now, carbs are good, but not in excess. Also, low fat/high carb diets create low LDL and high triglycerides, which is the proven causes of heart disease. You want to find that right balance, which varies from person to person. Experiment and see what feels right; whatever feels right is what will stick.

So for any of you who would like clarification on just which fats are healthy, I will make a list below. ( Note: not ALL of these fats will be right for you. As I said, you will have to experiment for yourself, but at least this gives you a reliable ballpark range to work within. I will also narrow it down for you by putting the fats into blood type categories, meaning if you know your blood type you will have an idea of which fats will probably tend to be a better fit for your body. )

Be sure that all the oils and fats you purchase are unadulterated, meaning organic when possible, and raw or unrefined ( with the exception of peanuts, which should not be eaten raw because of harmful bacterias that occur during growth ). It is especially important when purchasing fish oils that you are buying organic and from a reputable brand. Here are two fish oils I personally use and trust. photo-12

Type O: Linseed ( flaxseed ) oil, cod liver oil, sesame oil, coconut oil in moderation, oily fish, krill oil ( should avoid dairy fats ) raw almonds/butter, pumpkin seeds, raw walnuts/butter, raw macadamia nuts/butter.

Type A: Linseed ( flaxseed ) oil, olive oil, coconut oil, cod liver oil, hemp oil/butter ( should avoid dairy fats ) all raw nuts/butters.

Type B: Olive oil, coconut oil in moderation, generally does well with quality dairy products ( cultured butter, yogurt, cheese, raw milk, kefir ), cod liver oil, fish oil, oily fish, hemp oil/butter, linseed ( flaxseed ) oil, raw almonds/butter, raw macadamia nuts/butter, raw pecans/butter, raw walnuts/butter.

Type AB: Olive oil, cod liver oil, fish oil, krill oil, linseed ( flaxseed ) oil, hemp oil/butter, peanuts/peanut butter, raw walnuts/butter, raw almonds/butter, raw macadamia nuts/butter, pistachios/butter.

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For more information on blood types check out Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s book Eat Right For Your Type.  It provides credible information and guidelines, though I for one believe that bio-individuality goes even farther than the four types. It’s certainly a concept that’s fun to play around with though, and many, many people have extreme successes with their health by implementing this as a lifestyle.

Don’t give up just yet! It takes many tries to find the one way that works!

And don’t forget – have fun with your healthy living adventures!

Coconut Oil And Weight Loss

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You may have heard the buzz about coconut oil in recent years. It’s all the rage, but I think that many people may write it off as a just another new age phad, while others still confuse it with it’s wicked counterpart, hydrogenated coconut oil.

In truth both assumptions are incorrect; coconut oil is a well researched and anciently known superfood that is in no way comparable to the hydrogenated version. Today I would like to hit on three health issues which many of us struggle with daily that can be greatly helped, if not completely cured, by coconut oil: weight loss/sluggish metabolism, fatigue/candida overgrowth, and dry skin/oily skin.

 Weight Loss:

Let me begin first by explaining, for those who didn’t know, that hydrogenation is the process in which an oil is stripped of its essential fatty acids, which is what made the oil healthy to begin with. These essential fatty acids are not only just that – essential to our bodies, but are also what will go rancid when left out. By stripping an oil of its EFA’s, we have what is today known as “partially hydrogenated oils”, ( the shelf life of which is over thirty years ) and a very sick population.

This is in large part where fats get their bad rap from, and is what was done, and is still done, to coconut oil when it was popularized in America in the fifties. When choosing a coconut oil at the store, just be sure to pick the one that is certified organic, and is labeled either extra virgin, virgin or raw. Also, it will never be one solid color, instead it almost has a mother-of-pearl or iridescent pattern to it that you should be able to see in the jar.

Ok, ok, so to the weight loss correlation. There are many ‘opinions’ on this, but science does indeed back up the facts claiming coconut oil to be not only effective in curing many ailments, but serving as a fantastic aid in weight loss as it is a thermogenic fat burner. What this basically means is that instead of storing the fat as unwanted weight, your body turns it into heat in order to burn the calories.

For another thing, coconut oil is an amazing source of medium-chain fatty acids, which are actually triglycerides that speed up a creepin metabolism. A recent study proved that medium-chain fatty acids increases a persons metabolic rate by 48% for up to 24 hours! Seriously, wow! Buy coconut oil and say farewell to your metabolism worries forever.

Candida/Fatigue:

Many of you have probably struggled with candida issues, and some of you have and don’t even know it. In many cases Candida overgrowth is the ugly hidden cause behind weight gain, and that weight can be almost impossible to loose while the candida and yeast are still present, due to the strong cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. Symptoms to watch for that often signal yeast overgrowth in your body can range between confusion, chronic fatigue, poor concentration, sinus infections, bloating, recurrent yeast related infections, depression and beyond.

It’s important to note that while yeast overgrowth is most commonly associated with women, men can have candida and yeast overgrowth as well. I’d be willing to bet that at least 70% of Americans today have undetected candida overgrowth due to the SAD ( Standard American Diet ), which consists of all things that invite and ignite yeast overgrowth.

Coconut oil to the rescue again! While of coarse you must avoid refined foods in order to cut the candida off, this can be very difficult, as I mentioned, as the yeast literally tells your body it needs these things when actually it’s the yeast wanting to feed ( ugh, I know, let this be motivation, and remember we’ve all been there ). Coconut oil contains lauric acid and caprylic acid, which make an unfriendly environment for yeast to inhabit, and thus making it easier for you to resist cravings and eliminate the overgrowth all together.

When starting a coconut oil regimen it’s best to start slowly, taking just one teaspoon the first day and gradually increasing to about three tablespoons per day. The reason for doing this is that you will begin to experience something called “die-off”, the process when the yeast dies. This is just as unpleasant as it sounds, but will be better handled if you ease into it. Basically it will entail symptoms from headaches and flu-like symptoms, to dizziness, to extreme mood swings. I would not advise you to attempt a full fledged candida cleanse until you can clear your schedule as much as possible for about a week or so. The great flood of energy and joy you will experience after you reclaim your body, however, will be well worth the time and effort.

Dry Skin/Oily Skin:

And finally, we come to the uses of coconut oil for skin. As the skin can rightly be described as the ‘window to our insides’, the first step in using coconut oil for skin care is internal use. I personally drink coconut oil almost every morning in my chocolate tea ( very tasty ), and not only does it serve as a great energy booster, but it keeps my skin smooth and balanced. I rarely need moisturizing, and living up in these high altitudes that really is saying something.

Coconut oil makes excellent lotion, actually cleansing your blood as well, when applied topically. It even serves as a very healthy alternative to sunscreen. For example, I used it on my extremely white two year old and she never burned once on vacation. Also, sunscreen is really out as it’s recently been proven that the chemical reaction which occurs when the suns rays meet sunscreen on your skin literally create cancer cells, as well as blocking vitamin D absorption.

And lastly, as coconut oil has anti-bacterial/anti-microbial properties, it is a strong antiseptic that can be reliably used in place of Neosporin, or even aloe vera if need be.

Well, I hope I’ve made a good case for coconut oil! As you might have guessed, it’s my very favorite oil. It is useful for about one million more things as well, but I’ve just listed off the things that I deal with the most on a daily basis. I see so many women suffering from candida and fatigue, and so many toddlers with those horrid rashes that moms just can’t kick. It’s important for people to know that there is a very affordable supplement they could be taking to greatly ease their symptoms naturally.

Here are the three that my local grocery store carry

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Skinny or curvy – Which is Really Better?

Today I saw a picture of a beautiful curvaceous woman in an ad on Facebook labeled, “Curvy women are better than skinny women”. I clicked on it and read the caption quoted by the women.

She said,”The heavier I am, the more I like my boobs and bum, and the happier I look. I’d rather eat and have boobs, a bum and a bit of overhang than be really skinny and have sad, sagging boobs and a flat bum.”

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While this may sound like a healthy attitude, it is actually just contributing to societies already judgmental attitude toward women’s bodies. The title of this ad alone offends me. Women who have round ‘bums’ should be proud of them, but that doesn’t give them the right say that all women should be curvy.

Just as we don’t need curvy girls trying to starve themselves, we don’t need skinny girls chowing down on artery clogging junk to try and catch up with the latest body phad. I, for one, am one of those girls who is just plain skinny. No matter how much weight I gain, healthy or non-healthy, I will never be able to have a ‘great bum’. When I gain weight it all goes to my belly and chest, which is actually much more of a health hazard than a woman who is overweight and carrying in her butt.

The questions I have are…

* who decides who has a great bum and who doesn’t?

* When are we going to stop telling our sisters and daughters what their bodies should look like?

* When are we going to stop allowing advertising to place these ridiculous ideals in our minds of what is beautiful, weather it be skinny or curvaceous?

* When are we going to start minding our own bodies, period?

Furthermore, while I appreciate the Dove Real Beauty campaign, I wish it put more emphasis on being generally healthy. We certainly need to address our counties alarming rates of eating disorders, but we can’t forget about our other serious health dilemmas either. Our country alone spends more on healthcare than almost every other county combined, and still we are the sickest country in the world.

While loving your God-given curves is beautiful, you won’t actually know which curves are God-given until you practice healthy living. This consists of moderate exercise, healthy eating and a healthy mindset.

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Until we stop putting these ridiculous expectations and standards on other women, our sex will never be free to experience beauty in the way we were meant to. Each woman has been given a beauty and light that is unique to her, and for one woman to pour water on someone else’s light will only extinguish the beauty of her own.

The only constructive thing any woman can tell another woman about her body is that she should embrace it. Variety is the spice of life! If we were all skinny, things would get pretty boring pretty fast, and the same would be true if we were all curvy.

Ladies, embrace your bodies! Love yourselves! Maybe you feel you are too skinny right now, or maybe you’re on a weightless journey, either way the first step to healthy is to know that you are enough already.

We’ve all heard it a million times, but it’s more important now than ever to realize the truth of this old saying now – Beauty is on the inside.