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    How to Break Free of Diet Culture

    And Live a Happier Life Written by Travis Panzini You did it. You hit your goals, got in shape, and you feel great. But with your accomplishment’s behind you, it’s seems like you’re stuck in this pattern forever! Breaking free of diet culture is not easy, but it is absolutely possible. Besides, you’re pretty good at hitting goals so far anyways, aren’t you? The Appeal of Diet Culture It seems like everyone and their hamster is on a diet these days. At work, school, and among friends, everyone is willing…

  • How to Navigate Carb Cycling

    What is Carb Cycling? What’s the Purpose? Carb cycling is a diet / eating style that manipulates caloric and macronutrient intake, specifically adjusting the carbohydrate intake throughout the week. The idea or purpose of carb cycling is to limit your carbohydrate intake for a set number of days. By doing, you are decreasing your insulin levels which influences the release of fatty acids to be used as the primary fuel source. Having fats as the primary fuel source, this dietary style can help with weight management, body fat loss, and…

  • Why I Stopped Fasting

    Intermittent fasting had been a part of my daily routine for about 7 months through 2019 following my last competition prep. After 7 months of IF from May to December, I decided it was time to transition out of this eating style. Why Did I Do Intermittent Fasting?                I chose to give intermittent fasting a try back in May when I was struggling a bit with food. I had just finished my 2nd competitive season and didn’t exactly have the best relationship with food, nor did I really have…

  • Flexibility through the Holidays

    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is 2 days away! This year has absolutely flown by. Seeing that it’s my 1st holiday season where I won’t be on prep, I’ve been thinking about how I want to approach the next 4 weeks of being repeatedly punched in the face by the amazing food that comes with Thanksgiving, holiday parties, and Christmas. Depending on the day, I have very limited to absolutely ZERO self control around food. Being in the off season and with no competition in sight until late 2020, one of…

  • My Experience with Intermittent Fasting

    The last month has been a bit busy – being filled with quick weekend trips to Western Mass and Lake Placid, NY for my brother’s wedding, apartment searching, and juggling my clients’ changing summer schedules. During the month of June, I decided to try something new. And as the title gives it away above, I tried intermittent fasting… What is Intermittent Fasting? It is time-restricted eating, as the name implies, you fast or abstain from all food for a number of hours each day. There are a few different set…

  • I tried a meal prep service…

    This has been something that I’ve been wanting to test out for a while now. Being someone who meal preps on a weekly basis and who encourages her clients to do so as well, I wanted to see what the hype was about pre-made meal services was. All of the “great” athletes on Instagram have a sponsorship through one of the many services and rave about how great they are. I looked into a number of different companies, large and small. A few of them being MegaFit Meals, ICON Meals,…

  • 2 Weeks Post Show

    I have to be honest…the week that followed my show did not go as I had planned/hoped. I had every intention of sticking to my diet, had meals ready to go to keep me on track and filled my schedule, but still it just didn’t happen. Sunday through the following Monday, I ate everything and anything. In a long stream of tortilla chips, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, oreos, and I don’t even know what else, Monday night, what I had thought to be my last binge day, I had…

  • Keep It Simple

    Every Sunday, I cook. Why? Because it makes life just a bit simpler and at least 1 part of my week will be a success. 2 years ago, meal prep was not even on my radar, at least not to the point it is today. 2 years ago, I made every excuse not to meal prep, some being the following: It’s too expensive It’s time consuming The food will be wasted I don’t have time I don’t know what to make I can’t eat the same thing every single day…

  • Did You Meal Prep?

    Happy Monday! Sunday’s are my big day of meal prepping for the week. Sometimes its a quick prep and other days it takes almost the entire day depending on what I am making. This week I decided to stay simple. Wednesday, I will be hopping on a bus to NYC for Lindsey Stirling’s Wanderland tour (this will be my 5th time seeing her, and 2nd winter tour…not in love with her or her music at all😂). The trip is 6 hours from New Hampshire to NYC 🙄 — therefore I…

  • Surviving the Holidays

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it marks the start of the holiday party season. For many it’s that time to break out the baggy sweaters and stretchy pants, trying a piece of everything at holiday parties and family gatherings and drinking those sugary holiday coffees, mixed drinks and more…If you want to avoid the baggy sweaters and stretchy pants this year, check out the tips below! How to Survive the Holidays: Exercise – workout that morning! Whether you can jump over to the gym, squeeze in an at-home workout,…