There are burning fitness and nutrition questions you want to ask but don’t. Why not? Embarrassment, no desire to even know the truth or maybe you already know what the answer will be and simply do not want to admit the change that needs to be made. When on a quest towards health and personal fitness we truly owe it to ourselves to ask those question to avoid frustration during the process towards our personal best. These are some of the most frequently asked questions I hear from strangers, friends as well as my personal clients.
What should I be eating?
I certainly hope you know that this is a very open-ended question. In the most simplistic way, stick to whole foods such as lean meats and poultry, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables and whole grains such as brown rice and sweet potatoes.
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What about those shakes?
Yes, I am a girl who loves her shakes but again, this a fairly open-ended question. Be careful in choosing the powders used and always add some extra goodness such as chia seeds and frozen spinach. Can you use them as a meal replacement? Yes and no. If you are adding other nutrition boosts such as flax, avocado, raspberries and frozen kale, then you may be able to use them as a meal replacement. And maybe no, because there are other factors involved, such as why you are looking to use them as meal replacements, so it is best to take this question a bit further on an individual basis.
Is it true that hormones make you fat?
When your lifestyle, food included, is not favorable and your hormones are not stable, yes, they could likely be the culprit.
Is it ok to fast to lose a few pounds?
As a registered dietitian, I am not in favor of fasting to lose weight. You will simply lose excess water, that will likely return within a day or so.
What if I just eat salads?
I love salads but I am sure that my salads would surprise you. I love to add grilled chicken, hemp seeds, cooked quinoa, some type of chopped nuts, a variety of greens, maybe some fresh parsley and chives from my Tower Garden, chopped beets and roasted peppers and then top it all off with some bean sprouts or endive. So, no, you should not eat “just a salad,” because that is not going to give you the energy needed to survive your daily activities as a mom, wife, entrepreneur and all the other hats you where.
But I cut out all sugar, isn’t that good enough?
It’s not typically the only reason behind your weight gain or lack of energy. This is only one part of the equation but it is a great start.
Is coffee ok?
Yes, coffee is ok and I am a coffee lover. Just be choosy about what you add to your coffee and how much coffee you are drinking each day. I tend to only drink one cup on average a day. I use a soy creamer or a blend of coconut oil and butter. (Yes, I said butter. If you are curious, read about it here).
Should I be working out everyday?
Personally, I plan to get in some activity everyday and I also highly advise it. When we plan for some type of activity each day, not necessarily a workout at the gym, we will be more successful at forming an active lifestyle. You could easily translate this into a walk at the beach with the family or trekking your favorite outdoor trail with some friends. Getting out, enjoying life and taking time away from our computers and phones is oftentimes more important than going to the gym to lift barbells and do an hour on the elliptical.
Will I really ever look like I did before becoming pregnant?
Listen, as women, we have been blessed, truly blessed with the ability to conceive and carry our children. You should first look at this way. I personally would never guarantee that you would get back to the exact same look since your body went through a lot of changes throughout your pregnancy. Now, can you get back a flat belly, yes. Can you get back into your skinny jeans, probably! With some solid goal setting, nutrition adjustments and prioritizing YOU, I feel that you can achieve whatever you set you mind to achieving.
Does sex count as exercise?
This one was not necessarily a question but my mother, oh my goodness, she had brought this up during a conversation, and how she felt that it was one way she kept her butt firm. (Sorry mom, I can’t help it!) But honestly, if you think about those great glute exercises, they do resemble some of the movements involved during a steamy bedroom round with your loved one, right?
Ok, spill it. Are these questions you want to ask but simply do not? Or maybe I have missed that burning question you have. Comment below and ask or if you prefer, I am always open to an email.