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What Happened When I Gained 40lbs

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A year ago this week I was wearing a size two. I was the leanest I ever had been. IMG_2241

I was also packing my bags, leaving my ex-husband.

I was also starving.

I was also weighing every green bean and grape that entered my mouth.

I also thought I was fat & hated myself. Yes, in this picture I truly thought I needed to be smaller. My heart hurts as I type this, but what I saw--is not what I know you see when you look at that.

I was starving. I was unhappy. I was starving. I was miserable.

 

A year ago I stumbled upon my new gym home The Human Form. It was by accident, literally. I came here with a friend because she was going to meet a guy who worked there (who I later ended up dating), I was terrified for her that she was going alone so I came with her--what do you mean you're going to an empty gym alone to meet a man from the internet? I ended up landing the internship of a lifetime there and that's now where I do all of my personal training.

My first week there I watched the owners, Stephen and Michelle make smoothies pretty much everyday. I remember it like it was yesterday that they put 1/2 and avocado, 1 whole banana and some other fruit in there. There was also protein and veggies but all I could think about was how in one smoothie, they just consumed almost all of my fat intake for the day and about 3/4 of my carbs.

I was counting my macros and eating 25g of fat + 100g of carbs a day.

It was then, as the people I admired so much--and my boyfriend at the time, drank their smoothies--that I knew something was wrong with me.

Counting my macros was not healthy for me. I saw food in numbers and not for fuel. I was fearful of 5 extra grams of fat per day. Simultaneously I was binging like crazy because I was eating such a limited amount of food. Even with counting my macros, I was going crazy and living an extremely unhealthy life.

I vowed to myself that I would stop counting and start focusing on eating whole foods mindfully.

Having not done that though for 2 years, and just entering a new relationship, I ate. My now ex-boyfriend loved cooking for me, and I loved that he wanted to. It was all insanely healthy but I had been use to eating practically nothing and being hungry 24/7, so when I began to eat meals with him I was not only eating good stuff--I was eating his size portions of good stuff. I knew I was probably eating too much for my body, but for so long all I could think about was my next meal and a this point I no longer knew what enough (truly enough) looked like for my body.

I ate out at restaurants, for the first time in so long. I ate food I loved, I tried new things and eventually I stopped being so afraid of food.

It took me almost a year to come to a place where I know I'm okay without counting.

Last July I weighed a low of 120lbs. In December of this year I tipped the scale at my highest of 158.

That crushed my soul because I knew that while I finally felt truly strong for the first time ever, a lot of that weight came from not honoring my body through food. Which was really hard to swallow for me.

But something else happened.

Part of me wanted to hide because I knew how lean I could be, I knew where I had once been. But as I reflected on that, I realized that I was starting to love my body where it was. Even at 158. In the picture below I was 158, but I had never felt more sexy and confident in my life. That's what most women and competitors say though. "I love my curvy body". Most say it because they know what is happening and they are ashamed. And I was, I fought myself daily to love this body. But when I allowed myself to start letting that love be okay--what happened was magical.

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In the beginning I felt that I could only love myself at 120 because 120 meant abs. I thought that 158 equaled that I was fat, not worthy of love. I based my love with myself on my gravitational pull with the universe.

Something clicked though, I started to be able to grab my butt. I had legs that didn't look like you could break them in half.

I finally, FINALLY realized that beauty, confidence and feeling sexy had nothing to do with abs. That it is OKAY to love your body without it looking like the cover of Oxygen Magazine.

 

So this year I gained 40lbs. I was recovering from an eating disorder that consumed every part of my being. The weight I gained wasn't all healthy, a lot of my old habits came up many times. This 40lbs is made up of learning how to eat for my body, honoring it through eating intuitively, and sometimes it was made up of ED mindset setbacks.

40lbs is a lot, I don't say that with rainbows and butterflies shooting out of my ass. But speaking of ass, I have one now. I have many things now that I choose to break society's version of beautiful and decide I was beautiful on my own.

Now, out of curiosity, I weighed myself and am chillin at 143. I love myself more at 143 than I ever did at 120. Because a number doesn't decide you're confident or beautiful--you decide that.

143 is good. My ED mindset isn't there, I can wake up and eat the foods I love that simultaneously fuel me and leave me feeling good. I can look in the mirror with a deep acceptance and love for my body. I'm actually strong. I can lift heavy shit well. I don't have dark circles under my eyes, I don't run out of energy in my workouts, I'm happy.

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Strong Curves + radical self love VS. weak, extreme hate for my body.

I am beautiful because I decided I was. The freedom and confidence that came with that is earth shatteringly beautiful.

There are still days I feel my self love tank is dipping low, but I know now that self love is a choice and most importantly a journey, not an end goal.

So if you feel like you're struggling with self love because you don't look like a model, I challenge you to be okay with being a bit of a rebel and allowing yourself to decide what your version of beautiful is.

 

With a whole lot of love, shaky fingers and vulnerability,

xoxo

Rachel

 

 

Healthy Fruit Pizza

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I LOVE pizza. Pretty much any kind of pizza, unless anchovies are involved--I'm DTE (down to eat). I also love fruit, and breakfast. I guess you could say I pretty much love all foods, but for the purpose of this recipe I'll get to my point. I wanted to create a breakfast (or dessert) pizza that could be eaten guilt free. I had breakfast in mind when I started so I opted to create the crust out of oatmeal. This turned out so awesome and would make the perfect breakfast/dessert.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats + 1/4 cup oat flour (blend oats
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk
  • 3 packets stevia
  • 1/2 tsp maple or vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

For topping:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 packets stevia
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup fruit of choice
  • 1/4 cup nuts of choice (optional)

How:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a bowl mix all of the liquids. Eggs, milk, extract.
  3. Add in rolled oats, then the oat flour and baking soda.
  4. Cover a pan in wax paper and pour the mixture onto the paper into a circle shape.
  5. Bake at 350 for 15-20 min or until golden brown
  6. Let cool then remove "crust" from pan and onto plate
  7. Mix the ingredients for the icing (listed above) and spread on the crust. Add the fruit and enjoy:)

What I Wish I Would Have Known: 3 Tips To My Fitness Beginner Self

We have ALL been beginners at something. Even me, as a trainer! I may have grown up in the fitness industry but that doesn't mean I didn't struggle or feel lost..because let me tell you, your girl was lost as all get out the first time I stepped in the gym.

Here are three things I wish I would have known when I first started my journey:

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1. Don't use pinterest for nutrition or fitness information.

This one is such a bummer because pinterest really does rock. The thing is it's full of fitness noise. What's that mean? Let's think.

Who's sitting there writing these workouts or giving these tips?  Do they really know nutrition or fitness? Should you put your trust into their word?Here's a good example: Pinterest says peanut butter is a good source. This is incorrect, does it have protein? Yes, I'm talking like 4 grams which is NOTHING compared to a protein source that would fuel you better like: Fish/Chicken. What pinterest should have said is that PB is more so a source of healthy fats instead. (I'd go one further to say don't even eat PB, almond butter is packed with more vitamins/nutrients/healthy fat as opposed to the peanut).

Honestly, if I would have continued to follow what pinterest says in regards to my health and fitness I'd be living in a false dream world probably injured, not reaching my goals like I should and eating foods that may or may not be doing me any good.

With that said, not everything on there is bad. As a beginner though, there is SO MUCH information and one wouldn't know how to decipher what to listen to or not!

2. What Sally Sue does, DOESN'T MATTER.

I know this one is easier said than done..focus on YOU. I remember one of the first times I was in the gym and I worked out with an older girl, she was doing all of this stuff I'd never see and I wanted to keep up. Guys, I didn't even know how to squat (sorry dad). What business did I have trying to do jumping lunges??? This is the number one way to get hurt and throw your confidence down the drain. Being a beginner may not always be fun, but in order to train well and without injuries you must be willing to have a beginner mindset. So what if you're working on form the first few days or weeks in the gym, in the end you will have a great foundation to build off of and that's so much more important than being able to jump around with a friend.

 

3.Don't stop when you mess up.

Obviously I'm not telling you to prepare for failure, what I'm saying is that If you mess up, have a bad day or week..YOU DID NOT FAIL. What happens, and what I've done 4839753 times is this: Start my journey, have a cheat meal that turned cheat day then get angry, feel defeated and say eff it and now I've "fallen off". Had I known that if this happens, that I just get back at it with my next meal or next day IT'S OK. That would have changed my life. It seems like such a tiny tip, but it was huge for me. This tip is all in the mind. We think "Oh no, I've messed up. That means I'm staring over.". NOOOOOO. It doesn't mean you have to start anything again, you didn't fail. You had a bump in the road and you sure as hell better tell the pitty party happening in your brain to sit down and shut up so you can move on.

 

I hope you can learn from my mistakes!

 

Xo

Rachel

Workout Wednesday!

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Happy Hump Day! Today you're doing a mix of all of my favorite lower body movements! Working towards sculpting those legs for summer.. Or just life in general, because hey, we're training for life. Not just 3 hot months.

As always adjust weights as needed based on your fitness level. The workout should be preformed for a total of 3-5 circuits, again this is based on YOUR fitness level.

Now go rock it!

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Xo Rach

Why You Keep Falling Off "The Wagon"

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"It's just not for me." Have you told yourself that when it comes to a diet or workout program? I know I have time and time again and after being sick this week and feeling a bit discouraged a lightbulb went off in my head.

I think 80% of the time it's not that the program or diet isn't for you, it's that it becomes hard and you want to stop.

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There are times when programs really aren't for you, this is true. You must be honest with yourself though and ask "is this just hard?". If it's just hard, well good. It should be! The body you want will never come from half assing ANY program.

A memory that comes to my mind is when I was going to do the 21 Day Sugar Detox with a friend. I didn't get through one day, and a few days later my friend and I both agreed it just wasn't for us.

The thing is, it would have changed our lives for the better! We couldn't let go of sugar, we needed sugar in our lives so instead of making a change and doing hard work we went for the easy way out.

Next time you want to say "this isn't for me" , remember to ask yourself if it's just hard. You know you can do hard things. You may not always want to, but if you want something you've never had you've got to do something you've never done.

Xo Rach

Workout Wednesday!

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Woohoo! Another Wednesday, another SCR workout. This one I'm super pumped about because I'm sharing one of my favorite variations of planks that really target your core and your upper body! Here we go:

As always, adjust the weights used to your fitness level. You should be using a weight that challenges you but still allows you to perform the move with proper form. Depending if you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced you can adjust the amount of circuits. I recommend 3-5 total circuits!

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Hope you guys kill it today!

Rach

My Body Doesn't Define Me

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When I first started working out after I had my son, my fitness journey was about gaining strength and most importantly confidence. I had( still have) stretch marks like crazy and my confidence was at an all time low. Though, I'd never thought highly of myself sadly. Shortly after I began my journey I found instagram, and I found the fitness community there. At first I thought it was amazing. I started following these strong women, and I was inspired. Then I let what I saw warp my mind. I saw the "ab progress photo" and thought to myself "when I have abs I'll be happy". Everything I knew that was right, keeping a good mindset, getting fit for myself, loving me for my own strength and not abs, it all went away.

I looked at myself in the mirror 100x a day, waiting to get abs. I still ate healthy and worked out normal but my mind went somewhere else. I got abs, and I posted them all the time. Before you think I'm the biggest douche on the planet just keep reading. I let my abs define me and my fitness.

That was two years ago, that was at the beginning of Strong Chicks Rock. Now you can check my instagram and you won't see ab shots. Why? Because abs don't define me. They don't make me better, or more healthy than someone else. I may have them, but who cares?

A learner you, or a you with abs, isn't a better you. It's just a different body.

Am I proud, yes. I'm very proud of myself , but I'm not proud that I let 12 inches of skin define me and SCR. Nor is that the example I want to show women, that they should strive for abs. You should strive for wellness.

It's easy to get wrapped up in social media. To see abs as the defining moment in your health and fitness journey. Abs don't mean anything though.

Your strength isn't defined by your abs, how healthy you are doesn't show in your abs. I might as well hold my pinky up and say "LOOK, look here at my pinky. See how healthy I am!!!"

Don't get me wrong, I'm pro selfie, I'm pro sharing progress with social media. If it's all done with the right mindset. Abs aren't bad at all, I love abs. What is different is how I see abs, and the role that they play--or I let them no longer play in my mind. They may be there, but I measure my healthy, and you should measure yours too, based on how you feel, your strength and your confidence without the superficial aspects.

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" A Strong Chick is a woman on a mission to be the best version of herself she can be. She strives to have a healthy body and mind. She is smart with her training and what she puts into her body. She is ever learning and growing. She has chosen to take control of her life, to not just gain physical strength, but mental strength as well. She is kind, she is powerful, she is in control." -Me..Rachel Turner

Monday Q&A

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I hope you've all had a gorgeous Monday! Today I'm answering some random health and fitness questions that I've gotten this week. Enjoy!

Q: "Do you recommend taking a multi vitamin? If so which ones, why and why not?"

A: If you would have asked me two years ago I would have said yes. The reason my view has changed to more on the no side, is because not everyone needs or will benefit from a multi vitamin. Vitmains and supplements should be taken when and if you are deficient in something. For example, if you're someone who's never outside and doesn't get any vitamin D, then I would suggest supplementing vitamin D (as well as go outside a bit more!). If you're a very healthy person, eating a lot of nutrient dense food then you should be getting the majority of vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, My recommendation if you don't do that, is to start eating more super foods and more foods that provide your body with the nutrients it needs. So no, you don't need any multi vitamins! If you do by chance go and get one (though I still stand firm in you adding the right foods into your diet!), you must always by a high quality one. GNC brand will not cut it, the pill is so diluted that the quality of the pill is a 10 on a scale of 1-100. Search for a high quality brand!

Q: "I feel bloated all of the time, I don't know what to do. HELP!"

A: I take bloating as a sign from out bodies that something isn't right. It can come from many things but the first place that I look at is the food you're eating. This is typically the problem, and it's also a quite easy thing to fix! So there are some general inflammatory foods. Inflammatory foods are ones that cause digestion problems, lead to bloating, cause acne and gas just to name a few. These are common trigger food groups:

-Grains -Legumes -Dairy -Sugar

It's hard to know which of these may be causing you an issue right off the bat, so the best thing to do is test things out. Wake up and have some water, eat a pretty basic breakfast of something not on the list above so you start the day not feeling bloated. Then try grains, maybe oats or a sandwich. If you notice bloating/gas, then you've found one of your trigger foods.

Gas/bloating isn't normal, I've learned what works best for my body resulting in me not having gas or being bloated anymore! I thought farting 20x a day was normal until I found how good my body felt from eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong! I hope this helps those of you who asked me questions this week!

Leave a comment below with what you'd like me to answer for you next week.

Rach

Becoming Fearlessly Fit!

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Are you someone who shys away from the gym? Or maybe someone who goes, but stays away from the weight room? This is something so completly common in women unfortunately. What is it that has made you fear the gym? Is it the other people there or lack of knowledge when it comes to what to do? Theres no wrong answer, but both answers have solutions.

People use to tell me all the time (because I was dealthy afraid of the gym, like sick to my somach afraid) "Whats the worse thing that could happen?". As they asked this I created a list a mile long in my head of all the things that could happen.

What is Fear?

Here's the thing. The story we ae playing in our heads is just that. A story. You've walked into the the gym and already told yourself that you are going to fail. You've played out the situation. You know if you go over to the squat rack that someone will stare at you and make you feel bad. You already know this.

image Whats the easiest way to stop the stories in our head from playing at 100mph? Realize this, fear is just an emotion. Just like happiness and excitement. We can choose to be happy, and we can choose to be fearful. It's important to know that fear isn't a man with an axe running after you. It is only an emotion we give power to. One that we 100% don't need to.

Getting Over Fear

I'm not saying that if you think of rainbows and butterflies that you'll never encounter fear. Trust me, I know fear. I suffered from serve anxiety for years. When I realized I had a choice though, to not let fear consume me. My life changed. When I feel those feelings creeping up in my mind I acknowledge them, I realize they are there and I keep going. I don't feed their thoughts, I don't plant a story. I let them come as they are, then let it go. I still may feel nervous occasionally, but I know that fear isn't real.

I know what you're thinking, well no I don't but if you were anything like me then maybe these thoughts are running through your head. "You're a trainer it's easy for you to say that" or "Yeah think happy thoughts and I can do everything I wanted..yeah right". Those are both valid thoughts, truly.

Think of this, the olympian athlete didn't just wake up one day and acquire super human strength over night. He decided he had goals, and in order to meet them he had to put in work. Even if he didn't always like it or feel comfortable he had to, if he wanted to reach the olympics.

This is the same with dealing with fear. We don't want to live a fearful life, we want to be happy and confident. Not just in the gym but in life. Evey step we take to achieve this may not always be easy and it definitely may not always be comfortable. Think of the alternative though, a life never reaching goals. Never accomplishing the things you want because you feed the story of fear to your mind.

So, lets bring it back to the gym. You've never lifted before, or maybe you have in private but never in a gym setting. That's ok. The people you see rocking it, all started out somewhere. They made mistakes and still make mistakes. You have to be ok with being new at something. You must accept that it's ok to look silly, or do something wrong. That's all part of learning and growing. Everyone in the gym from pro athletes to beginners are in there to progress. You don't reach your goal then say F it and never come back . You stay to learn and grow.

The gym is a school of fitness (I say this lightly..). Walk in knowing that you won't give power to your negative thoughts. Focus on yourself, not on others. I promise you, they are focusing on themselves..not on you!

Your Fearlessly Fit Workout

Here's a workout to take with you to the gym, each move is linked to a YouTube video that shows proper form. Keep this post up with you when you go to the gym and click the links as needed so you know what to do.

Adjust weight based on fitness level. Do 3-5 rounds of this workout, again based on your fitness level. Form is key, so if you feel your form lacking then lower your reps.

Weighted walking lunges x10 R/L Push ups x10 Box step ups x12 R/L TRX rows x10 Bugarian split squat x10 R/L

Know that you freaking rock and you can do this! You are not bound to cardio and abs. Take control of your mind.

You are a Strong Chick.

xo Rach

Friday Fit Tip!

Happy Friday everyone! Let's get into our first Friday Fit Tip...

Cardio is on the menu today. While steady state cardio (running on the treadmill, using the elliptical) can deffintley benefit us in ways. It's not the only way, nor best way to achieve our goals. More so if fat loss is our goal.

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For those of you that have been running mindlessly on the treadmill hoping for a way to reach your goals in a more efficient way.. I have your answer.

HIIT or high intensity interval training.

What is it?

HIIT is working at intervals. Giving 100% all out effort (with proper form) for the allotted "work" time then rest for a short period and beginning again.

Where you were spending 30-60min doing cardio before, now with HIIT you'll be burning 2x the amount of calories in your cardio session AND be done in less than half the time. With most HIIT sessions lasting anywhere from 10-30 min, you are blasting fat like a mother trucker.

If you thought you were someone on a plataeu, I highly encourage you adding this form of training to your programming 2-3x a week. You'll notice signifigat changes in your body.

The Benefits

Healthier Heart: One study has shown that after 12 weeks of incorporating HIIT training the studies where able to bike DOUBLE the amount they could before!

Happier Insides: Research has also shown that you can improve your insuiln sensitivity by 25%. That alone, is just incredible to me. By adding 2-3 HIIT sessions a week, your body from the inside out it completely improving and becoming fitter, and healthier.

Happier Weight Loss: Where once you had thought you had to spend hours doing cardio you can now achieve double if not triple the results by spending less than an hour a week doing this.

How

One thing needs to be clear, HIIT is great. However, you need to adjust accroding to your fitness level. If you've never worked out before and you're trying to demolish a HIIT workout, you are likely to injure yourself. So let's be smart. Take this workout below and adjust as needed for your fitness level. By that, I mean maybe you'll do less rounds or stretch your resting period by an extra 5 seconds.

20 seconds kettlebell swings 10 second rest 20 second split jack lunges 10 second rest 20 seconds jump squats 10 second rest

1-2 min rest then repeat the circuit again for 7-10 circuits.

See what I'm saying, that's only 7-10 active minutes of training!

You can add a HIIT workout to the end of a normal workout, or if you want you could just make a HIIT routine your workout for the day!

What do you think, will you be adding more HIIT into your training?

Would you guys like more HIIT workouts to be added?

Have a great weekend.

Rach

What Is Strong Chicks Rock?

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That's a great question, I'm glad you asked. When you come to this site, it's www.rachelturner.com...my name! This site isn't about me though, it's the home for my career, my love, my gift to the world, Strong Chicks Rock.

Why

Strong Chicks Rock, also SCR, started as an online personal training business 2 years ago. As a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist, I wanted to start my "Job" asap. From the moment my certificate landed in my hands though, I KNEW I would never be a "normal" trainer. I didn't want to work in a gym. Not for me. I wanted to create a community for women, made up of women all striving towards one goal. To become the best versions of themselves possible through a healthy lifestyle.

It was wonderful and I was able to help women from all over the world reach their goals. For me, this wasn't enough though. SCR needed to become more.

With the over abundance of health and fitness resources there are out there, but still hundreds and thousands of women so beyond lost and confused where to go I finally knew what I had to do.

The Result I like to call what Strong Chicks Rock has now become, is a mix between a magazine and an "organized pinterest". Basically my goal is to bring to you, the woman who has just started her fitness journey, or the advanced athlete, a place to come learn and grow. A place to really, truly and honestly learn what the heck to do with your fitness journey. Covering a multitude of topics from form, workouts, food, diet fads, training tips, gear and so much more (que the cheesy music here).

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This is a place for you to grow not only physically through your journey, but mentally as well. As we go deeper than the normal, "how to find the motivation to workout", or 5 foods to bust fat (don't worry--we'll hit those as well), you will truly discover how to live a fitness and spiritually balanced life.

We'll get down and dirty with meditation, mindfulness. This isn't just a place for fitness, but over all wellness. Fueling our minds with clarity, our muscles with strength our hearts with peace and our bodies with balance.

Come learn and grow with me, and the other contributing writers on this site!

The REAL Flat Belly Foods You Should Be Eating!

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Magazines, Pinterest, and Instagram to name a few, are always trying to share with us the latest diet trends (ew, don't even like saying diet), flat belly foods and more. When you see these posts, blogs and articles sharing these "foods you must eat to obtain abs" and you are just beginning your health and fitness journey it can be really freaking confusing.

One may tell you to eat a bagel with peanut butter for breakfast, while another may say to eat berries and egg whites and to avoid the grains. So what are you to do? Who are you going to trust?

 

Let me share this little secret with you, none of them are necessarily right but they are all wrong.

Why?

The thing is, every single person is different. What you consider healthy and might eat for breakfast could make your best friend bloat and fart all day. Which, hello..clearly what you wanted was to cut the bloat. When we see the "flat belly foods" recommendations we can't put much truth into them.

How To Figure Out What You Need

You now know why we need to stay away from the opinions and views of others. Even those that come from a magazine, hey..they don't know YOUR body. However, you came here to learn the foods to cut the bloat and make you feel comfortable through the day. The no bullshit truth is that it's going to take trial and error. I could tell you to eat oats with berries and some hard boiled eggs for breakfast. That may not digest well for you though.

These eggs and potatoes (with the cute smile I made) work for my body, they fuel me and help me reach my goals. I only learned this after I applied the steps below!

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Here's Your Plan Of Attack:

1.) Cut the processed food out of your diet. This means junk, sugary foods and food that have a long list of ingredients (most of which you can't pronounce!). I can say with 99.9% certainty that processed foods and sugary drinks/food will most definitely cause bloating and discomfort among many things.

2.) Find the healthy foods you like. This is the part that you may not enjoy, but in the long run it'll be worth it, to be able to et the foods that work for YOUR body. Test things out, see what works and doesn't. Try oats one morning, if you don't experience bloating, farting or other discomfort I would say that would then be your personal flat belly food.

There is no "one size fits all" approach to health and fitness. It's all about finding what works best for you. Give it a go, start testing things out to find the foods that fuel your body, and get you the results you want!

xo Rach

Stop Flirting With FItness!

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Hey girl, I see you over there. Giving flirty eyes to the squat rack. What's holding you back? Is it fear of failure, of messing up? I know you you're thirsting for more. You want commitment. No more messing around. You're ready to settle down with a sustainable life. Besides, you have a void in your heart that junk food just can't fill.

You need health.

On a real note, I've been the girl who "falls off", then gains amazing motivation again..but falls off AGAIN. The annoying cycle that makes you think that not working out and eating whatever you want is just easier.

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Why is it? That we go through these annoying cycles, never to just hold on and stick with living a healthy lifestyle.

Personally, I think it's because we live in a world where everyone wants instant gratification. When we decide we are going to start living a healthy life we want it all, and we want it right now. If we don't have abs by Friday we quit. This, just isn't how life works. When we want something we must work for it.

How cool would it be to go to college on Monday and graduate on Friday? Clearly this isn't going to happen. You've got to study, to work, to go to classes. So we're fine with putting in the work where it's important to us, where we will have something to show off at the end. In this instance a degree.

If you are so willing to commit to these other areas of life, why not your health? This area seems to be put on everyone's back burner.

So I'll put it like this so it really sinks in: We are ok with putting relationships, school, friends, and work first but when it comes to our body..aka: the thing that sustains our beings..we could give two craps?

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not telling you to live in the gym and not have a life. I'm talking about making our health a priority. Lets not say f**k you to our bodies. Lets stop flirting with the idea of being healthy.

Take control, choose to put your health and fitness higher on your list. Thats when the results will come, that's when you'll look better, feel better, think better. I promise.

This lifestyle wants you, every part of you.

"So it's not going to be easy. It's going to be really hard. We're going to have to work at this everyday, but I want do that because I want you, I want all of you. Forever" -Noah Calhoun (The Notebook)

That quote my friends, needs to be how you see fitness. It's going to be hard, but everythinig worth having will require some work.

Get after it, stop flirting with the idea and commit damnit!

Rachel