Sorry I have been M.I.A. lately. I am currently working hard on something huge and I can’t wait to share with you all what it is but with that being said it has taken away from Be Fierce and Fit a bit…however I made a commitment to myself and to anyone who visits that I would make this brand and site a priority. So, here I have a little post with some tips and tricks to keep/get you ready for summer!
For me, diet is a four-letter word. The reason being…it quite literally is a four-letter word. The definition of Diet is “the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats”. So pretty much any sort of habit you have is your diet, whether that be 2 large pizzas or a bag of lettuce. Something I want to steer far away from is saying “Here is a DIET”. I am guilty myself of saying “OMG I am obese, I need to go on a diet”. The better way to approach it (if you must say it) is “I am changing my life”. In all actuality, that should be your objective. Look at each meal as a separate choice. Every single time I am eating is a chance to make a decision and is based on what my body needs to fuel itself and repair. Food should not be looked at as something to solve your hunger. Food is just meant to be an energy source to your body. I always compare the human body to a car. You need gas in order to make your car run. If you put in the premium gas, your car will function better. If you run out, your car won’t start. If you simply compare your body to a car and food to gas, it may help you make better decisions when choosing your “fuel”.
Detoxing has become a popular trend and just like most new health trends, it has become used abused. Most people view detoxing as ‘an all liquid diet for like a week to drop weight before something important’. People are now drinking juices for a few days just to drop a couple pounds before vacation or a wedding and are getting pissed when they gain everything back (and then some). The actual purpose of a detox is to shock your body. For example, if you were to blackout all weekend long, eating $20 worth of Taco Bell at 3am, followed by 3 cans of Diet Coke (because there is nothing better in this world than that crisp taste of a Diet Coke when you can barely walk or see after a black out…I am getting giddy just thinking about it), your body is then flooded with toxins. You are clogging your digestive track, your internal functions and systems are slowing down and you ultimately are doing more damage than good. Now after a weekend like that, it could affect you for DAYS after, possibly until the next weekend when you do it all again. That my friends, is when people abuse a detox. Now the situation that I just described is a perfect example of what a detox is designed to help. But instead of detoxing to lose the 3 pounds you put on over the weekend, just to look good in pictures this upcoming weekend. The detox would be followed by a complete change in your health, diet and fitness regime. The purpose for the detox, is to rid your body of craving the poisons you just put in it (like sugar and grease and shit). This gives you the chance to succeed and see, feel and be the change you are making on your lifestyle.
Seriously this industry gives me anxiety. All I hear is ”CARBS ARE BAD! DON’T EAT MEAT YOU’LL DIE JUST LIKE THE COW YOU’RE EATING! FAT WILL GO STRAIGHT TO YOUR ASS (and not in the good Kylie kind of way)!” Seriously what is it…do we just eat grass??? “NO OMG ALL THE CHEMICALS IN IT…”. It is clear there is good and bad in everything we put in our mouths. But the healthiest food you can eat are complex carbohydrates. They are not the enemy. What I do when I know I am having pasta or pizza or something like that…I take a few fiber supplements to make sure the carbohydrates aren’t completely storing as fat once they convert down to sugar. I think I am going to do a post specially on carbohydrates to really teach people how to stop hating them and start using them properly.
Processed Food and Marketing
When you read ‘low-fat, sugar free, low-calorie’ on a package, stay FAR away! Anything that doesn’t go bad within a week truly is not healthy for you…it sucks but it is one of the biggest misconceptions of the normal human diet. All of those items are processed…processed foods are full of chemicals. You are putting chemicals into your body those chemicals are disrupting the normal internal processes throughout your body. If things cannot process correctly they cannot excrete waste which then stores as fat. Do you see where I am going with this? If you genuinely want to lose weight, you need to cut simple carbs and processed foods completely. If you only eat them sometimes, your body isn’t used to them and may bloat because it doesn’t know what to do with them. So my advice is to DETOX the body from these toxins, and don’t incorporate them into your diet until you have lost your desired weight. No cheating, no every once in a while. Which brings me to my next point…
Weight Loss is a F**cking Mind Game
People make it much harder than it needs to be. If you are saying you can’t live without eating something, you are honestly just letting your mind control you. The reason you are craving something is because you have too much of it in your body. You have to get through that first 2-3 weeks to completely rid your body of the sugar, sodium and chemicals it is used to. Withdrawal will set in and guess what, you won’t let it ruin everything you are working towards. People who aren’t serious about weight loss, love excuses. It is better for your body and weight LONG TERM if you make some permeant, ‘cold-turkey’ changes. You are going to have a few vices but this is where it gets tricky; if you are going to allow yourself one or two vices during your journey, you need to cut other things completely. For me I know I am going to drink alcohol atleast once a week and sometimes I will also need a diet coke. So…I make sure on the days I am drinking, I eat as healthy as I can to prepare for the damage I am about to do. Or if I am going to eat pasta, like I have said, I take as much fiber as possible and eat extremely healthy the day or two after. Overall, I cut things I know are a problem and toxic such as processed snacks, high sugar foods, fast food (which I never eat but sometimes I crave some Chic-Fil-A) and condiments. These are just things I do to keep my body functioning even after I have a night out.
Lack of Education on Food
This applies to the two previous points, people are genuinely misinformed on food and health. They think they have it figured out if they eat fiber cereal and yogurt for breakfast, a salad with chicken for lunch and some dish that includes protein and veggies for dinner. Welp, I am going to unfortunately be the barer of bad news. Cereal shouldn’t even exist because there is absolutely no nutritional value to it. It is unfortunately common (and common…it is crazy that I ate cereal for years in grade school) for people but having milk for breakfast with yogurt is an extremely high dairy intake which is high in fat and not easily processed through the body which is why most people are somewhat lactose intolerant. Also, if you are a woman (or man), you should really cut your dairy intake and consume a calcium and vitamin D supplement instead because dairy is an animal by product, animal by products have hormones in them, a consumption of more hormones can lead to breast cancer (or any cancer). 1/3 of ALL breast cancer cases could be prevented through a healthy diet and regular exercise (I used to run my own breast cancer awareness philanthropy back in my pageant days and my mother is a breast cancer survivor, so I am very informed on prevented medicine for different cancers). For lunch, if you are just eating some leaves (that are light green/white), tomatoes, croutons, chicken (especially if your chicken has breading) and dressing…honestly you might as well eat a burger because it’s more satisfying and gives you just as much nutritional value. Salads should (if you want to get the most nutritional value and health benefits) have dark leaves; examples being dark romaine, arugula (my fave), spinach, kale, mixed greens, etc. Why you ask? Because those light leaves you see on most salads, ESPCIALLY A SALAD FROM A FAST FOOD RESTURANT (dear lord I hope you people don’t eat those), are basically water and aren’t providing you with the nutrients YOU THINK you are getting. Throw every veggie you can think of on that b*tch, the more the merrier. You are never going to hurt yourself if you eat tons of veggies. You might be thinking, “If I add more veggies isn’t that more calories because it’s technically more food?” No. If you are eating tons of greens that are nutritious you are also consuming phytonutrients. What phytonutrients are, are compounds in the plants that are a part of the planets’ protection. A planet is not able to ‘fight or flight’ in a threatening situation. It is equipped with plant nutrients (“phyto”) which defend against disease, blight, radiation, weather, insects and anything else that can hurt the plant. These phytonutrients also help the HUMAN body. We receive protection from the phytonutrients which is anti-inflammatory, possess anti-cancer properties, repair DNA damage, aid detoxification, enhance immunity and influence your glucose balance. Long story short the point of eating veggies is to get these properties. You’ll also need to pack your salads with tons of veggies and not croutons and dressing. Speaking of veggies, for dinner if you are cooking your vegetables…you need to be careful because you are technically cooking some of the nutrients out. That is just another thing to look out for! These are an example of little tweaks that people can look into as a reason they think they are healthy but aren’t seeing any results. If you want to see an entire post on veggies and the facts about what is actually healthy and nutritious for the body or you found this post informative let me know!