September 16th, 2014

Do you have any tips on how to start eating healthy but for cheap? And I am totally gonna sound like a five year old but do u have any recommendations for starting to like vegetables? I love this blog btw, keeps me motivated :)
Asketh - lunsword

fitblrholics:

Thank you.

Yes. It is possible to be healthy on a budget, but you need a game plan. Examples are:

  • buying eggs, lean beef, chicken, turkey and canned tuna/salmon is cheaper than buying fresh fish.
  • leafy greens like kale and spinach are cheap
  • buying fruits and veggies that are in their natural state is cheaper than buying fruits/veggies that are cut up and packaged for you 
  • buying frozen fruits and veggies is cheaper because they last longer
  • brown rice and oats are cheap compared to quinoa
  • buy ordinary low-fat/non-fat milk instead of almond/coconut milk
  • buy ordinary plain low-fat yogurt instead of greek yogurt (it works just the same)
  • buy beans and lentils in a bag rather than canned beans 
  • fruits can be pricey, but some fruits like apples, bananas, plums, peaches, grapes, watermelon, avocado, kiwis, apricots, peaches ect. are affordable. It’s the berries: strawberries/blueberries/blackberries that are not so cheap
  • Hummus is cheaper and better for you than nasty salad dressing!
  • coffee is cheap, green tea is decent and water is FREE

But there are foods that are just expensive and there is not substitute and equivalent and that’s:

  • olive/avocado/coconut oil; and
  • whey protein powder (and yes, I would you buy protein powder rather than protein bars because 90% of the protein bars that I’ve picked up and looked at the nutrition info, it is just sugar, sugar, sugar) 

A lot of people don’t have the stomach for veggies and I tell them to just add it to food you already like: sandwiches, soups, sauces, omlettes, ect.

My favourite thing to eat is eggs. So I cook them and I just throw some spinach and tomatoes and turkey and mushrooms and bell peppers and onions and to top it off I add some garlic and pepper. It tastes divine!

September 15th, 2014

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fitvillains:

"No, you won’t get big!" (Because big is bad, right?)

"It won’t make you bulky!" (Because to be bulky is to break the rules of femininity, didn’t ya know)

"You won’t look like this (insert image of female body builder). You’ll look like this (insert image of crazy toned fitness model)" (because there are only good and bad bodies. Anything that doesn’t look like the model is bad, ya heard.)

"You’ll get lean, sexy muscle!" (because all other muscle is unsexy, and you only want the sexy. It’s all about being fuckable )

"You won’t look like a man" (because the WORST thing you can do as a woman is potentially confuse 2-3 stupid people about your gender. Peeps need their boxes & labels, or else…uh, chaos?).

Heard any of these phrases before?If not, you may have been living in a bubble, lol. At least, in fitness. But while they are common (and kinda true, at least in terms of women not being equipped for fast, large amounts of muscle gain), I’d argue that they do little to actually address the major concern of women who are scared about weight lifting. Because it isn’t actually about the muscle.

It’s all well and good to address the female concern of becoming too “bulky” by offering the standard go-to “no it won’t” answer. And the facts, of course. There’s lots of ways to do that, and they aren’t necessarily ineffective: plenty of women have started lifting as the result of reassurances that they won’t get “too big” (whatever that means to them). But still, the fear of size is a big issue, even amongst educated women who can recite the facts behind muscle growth verbatim. And that’s because the standard - and scientific - answers fail to address the root of the problem. They may even reinforce it: when we say “no worries, you won’t get bulky and muscular!” we reinforce the idea that muscle is a undesirable thing…

…and that’s just IT.

Because when women say they’re scared of getting too bulky, what they are actually saying is “I’m scared of breaking the rules about what women should look like and be seen as less desirable”. And when they say they’re scared of being too muscular, it’s a fear of being judged:the culmination of their experiences & observations. If it were a movie, think of a sassy montage of every single negative comment, statement or stance they’ve ever heard about women with guns. And while the media can be cruel, the people around us can reinforce negative notions with tiny comments, judgements and reminders. Negative attitudes towards women with muscle can be subtle, are generally accepted and pervasive.

If you pay attention to the way women with muscle are treated in the media, it’s hard to ignore the negative connotations and strong statements about femininity. Think about celebs like Cameron Diaz, Michelle Obama, Pink, Madonna, Jessica Biel, Serena Williams, Beyonce etc: though often revered in fitness circles ALL of these women have been on the brunt end of body shaming, particularly about their muscled bits in the mainstream media. They’ve all had strangers “debate” their bodies, been called “too muscular” and had millions of people comment on how they “should” look. Which isn’t actually unusual for ANY women in the public eye, but is particularly helpful if we are to understand why so many women are scared of muscle. (if you’re doubtful, feel free to google any of the names with the words “too muscled”).

So, MY thing is this… if we really want to address that concern head on, we have to dig a little deeper than “don’t worry! You won’t look like a man (and conversely become less worthy because you’ve been told that having visible muscle as a woman makes you less f*ckable or desirable). We also have to dig deeper than JUST supplying the facts- which ARE facts, by the way: women don’t have enough testosterone to build significant size, the loads you’d need to be lifting to build significant muscle are VERY heavy (if you can lift it more than 8 times in a row, it’s generally not enough to encourage growth, less even. 5lb & 10lb weights will NOT do much for the average woman) and muscle building takes time. SOOOOO MUCH TIME. Getting big does not happen by accident, overnight, or even
over hundreds of nights).

We also have to own our shizz more often. Especially people who WANT women lifting and getting strong. Say you are a trainer or enthusiast who spends at least SOME time trying to promote the benefits of resistance and strength training for women AND you simultaneously (and perhaps inadvertently)….

1. Make occasional comments about how a female celebrity (or any woman really) is starting to look “manly” or needs to cut back on training (without actually knowing anything about her regimen).

2. Refer to muscular women (and there is a BIG range, no pun intended) as “She-Hulks”, “Trannies”, “Scary”, “Wrong”, “Androgenous Sea Creatures” or “Gross” (PS: transphobia sucks, but that’s another discussion entirely #ally).

3. Reinforce the notion that women with visible muscle are unattractive, undesirable, unf*ckable, unmarryable and otherwise unworthy in ANY way (big or small). (Example: suggesting that muscular women may have a hard time finding a partner, or wondering aloud if they intimidate men). Not about personal attraction (we like what we like), but in general. Back hair isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but saying all men with back hair are undesirable is silly, wrong and downright offensive (right? Right).

4. Use the term “real women” or worse, use it in a phrases such as “real women are soft, have curves, are round, are petite”.

5. Make casual faces, comments, jokes or exhibit a variety of other distancing behaviors when it comes to women with muscle.

… you’re doing it WRONG.

Soooooo….. how about we start by looking at our own language, attitudes and treatment of women with muscle? Is there something there you might want to address or change? The attitudes of the people around us are a HUGE motivator: women who have support systems that encourage strength and physical fitness report higher confidence levels, positive self-image and less stress/anxiety over appearance.

Just something to think about. Any thoughts?

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fitblr-beast:

in the Insanity programme they are called Sucicide Jumps. That fits. 100%.

fitblr-beast:

in the Insanity programme they are called Sucicide Jumps. That fits. 100%.

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September 14th, 2014

skittlemonsterrr:

piecesinprogress:

According to my husband (2 weeks in, still feels weird & wonderful haha), this is probably the best thing that has come out of my kitchen. In fact, it’s so good that even though I would like to be able to tell you about shelf life, David doesn’t let them last more than a few hours! Don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you, these chips are salty, creamy, crunchy, cheesy, basically everything you could want in a chip for just 7 calories a piece! I suggest making a big batch of them and storing 10-15 at a time in mini zip top bags so you can pack them for lunch or on the run! Each chip is about 2 inches in diameter.

These are really delicious to just snack on but here’s a few other also tasty ways to use them:

  • Broken up in salads
  • Dunked in soup, especially your favorite tomato soup!
  • On paninis (or gluten free paninis)
  • Tossed with your favorite pasta recipe
  • As a cracker for your favorite mixed salad (tomato + kalamatas + olive oil + a dash of balsamic glaze would be great!)

For more gluten free, delicious, healthy recipes check out my new domain here! It’s much more organized and features only the best of my 3 years of healthy living blogging!

Definitely making these TODAY!

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September 13th, 2014

Chris and Tom offered to help me train to become a police officer.

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Realize that anyone who tries to put you down about your appearance is assuming that it is your job to please them visually. Once you realize that it isn’t your job to be visually pleasing to anyone, ever, it becomes very hard for anyone to make you feel bad about yourself.
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I learned this late too, but I’m getting there.  (via show-them-all)

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p-alindrome:

let me just say a few things about ‘all about that bass’ real quick

  1. it’s a song about body positivity and we don’t get many of those so can we just take that into consideration please
  2. i know people are kicking off about her using the phrase “skinny bitches” but she does follow it up with "no, i’m just playing i know you think you’re fat / but i’m here to tell you that / every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top"  she’s taken an insult commonly given to slim women and basically a said so what if you are skinny/skinny but you think you’re fat, YOU’RE STILL PERFECT 
  3. i’ve seen shit loads of people saying it makes them feel more confident, and slim women get a ton of media reinforcing the idea that their body is perfect anyway
  4. IT’S CATCHY AS FUCK 

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September 12th, 2014