Thoughts about looks vs. nutrition


Woman #1: Has a defined 6 pack, arms to kill, and looks to be the vision of health

Woman #2: Softer tummy with a little definition, toned thighs but not rock hard, looks to be pretty average.

Chances are, you would look at these two people and automatically assume that woman #1 is the healthier of the two.

You know what the funny thing is? Genetics aside, the second girl is most likely healthier.  Now of course we have to go into their diets:

To maintain the shape of Woman #1, there would have to be a VERY high protein to carb ratio (carb cycling) and dehydration.  Like I said, genetics aside, most women are not made to look like that.  

Worse than dehydration and running extremely low on carbs is if the woman gets all of her protein from animal foods.  That’s a LOT of saturated fat, cholesterol, and toxins entering the body.  Not to mention there is very little (to no) fiber in animal protein products.  

This woman is also probably cutting, aka cutting calories. This puts a lot of stress on the body!

What looks like a healthy individual from the outside could be cancer in the making inside.

On the flip side,

Woman #2 most likely has a more relaxed diet.  She is fully hydrated and eats whole grains with her meals.  She makes it a point to eat lots of vegetables and fruit and beans with a little meat every now and then (or maybe she’s a vegetarian.. or a vegan.. or whatever!)

She eats enough calories to fuel her day but isn’t obsessively counting cals, macros, whatever to make sure she keeps that 6 pack tight and cut.

From the outside this woman might not be extremely toned, but on the inside, her body might be happy as a clam & super healthy :) 

This is just another viewpoint and I realize this is not the case for everyone!  HOWEVER, just another thing to think about :)  Your physical appearance does not always determine how healthy you are — so don’t judge others too quickly.  Too often even I have looked at a fitblr and thought “OMG THEIR BODY IS AMAZING. THEY MUST BE SO HEALTHY” only to realize their diet is severely lacking in some areas and abundant in other (not so good) areas.

     In other news, I decided to go through some new followers’ blogs and then clicked one blog link from one of those because of the scary url and… well, now I am sad because the urls are about starving themselves. I hope you all know that the abc diet, purging, starving… none of those things work. If you want real, lasting results, if you want to be happy with your body… a healthy lifestyle is 100% what you need. I mean, think about it. I know eating disorders are mental disorders and these things are tough, but plenty of people have beaten theirs and that doesn’t mean you (those of you with problems like this) can’t. What truly sounds more effective… not eating, throwing up the food, eating like a bird, and hurting your body… or eating healthy, whole foods that nourish your body and give it strength to be what it’s meant to be. Nature intended us to eat these foods. If you believe in any god(s), then you know he/she/them put these things here for a reason, and that reason is for us to eat them. Not that any of what I’m saying really matters. You may read it, you may not, but I hope you really read this and not just look at it and feel hopeless or in denial.

     I know some of you who follow me are struggling with ed’s and ed behavior, and if you ever need someone to talk to, to rant to, to come to for advice… I am here. I don’t just say that to be nice and even if you wrote to me every day telling me what happened, what you might have accomplished with getting better, your entire ed story, anything. It won’t bother or annoy me. If you want to tell me about the other girl you saw with the perfect body and how fat you think you are, talk to me. I know I don’t have any experience dealing with ed’s, but I can still try to help and I can direct you to people who have struggled with and have overcome their ed’s. If you truly do need help losing weight or having a leaner/more tuned figure, message me! I can and will help you. 

This sort of turned into a rant, but I’m serious. Going on blogs and seeing these things seriously makes me sad. This is something that I want to help people with. I want you all to be happy, ed or not. I am here for all of you. 

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It really is a shame. Some of the best-tasting foods are actually some of the worst in terms of fat and calories. But it can be hard to avoid them, especially in places—like malls—where nutrition information usually isn’t available.

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10 Ways to Help You Workout In the Morning


  1. Schedule a specific workout you want to do: Come up with a great workout for yourself, that you’re excited to try. Specifications are good! Don’t just say, “hmmmm. I think I’ll workout tomorrow morning”. Make sure you know specifically what you’re going to do, so you’re less likely to back out at the last minute.  
  2. Get some sleep: Sleep is essential to morning workouts! You will not get out of bed if you haven’t had a good night’s sleep! 
  3. Lay out your clothes the night before: I WEAR my workout clothes to bed if I’m going to work out in the morning. This way, if I wake up and don’t feel like running, I realize that by taking off my workout clothes I’m completely failing. I’ve never backed out of a morning run :)
  4. Use social media: Tell friends what you’re going to do! If people know, you’ll be less likely to back out, since you’ll feel like you’re letting down more people than yourself. 
  5. Visualize how you’ll feel
  6. Create a new playlist: Check out my workout playlists for some ideas! 
  7. Give yourself a break: You don’t need to workout in the morning every single day. If you do this, you may fall into the trap of stopping for one day, and then never starting again. 3-4 times per week is plenty! 
  8. Don’t think about it, just do it: Don’t overthink! At the end of the day, a morning workout is a workout in the morning. It’s not much harder, and it doesn’t last forever. Just do it. 

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