• diet sabotage

    Avoid Diet Sabotage

    Don’t throw away your hard work! Last week, a friend came down to North Carolina and spent the week with me. I haven’t seen any friends or family since moving to NC back in August, so it was nice to have some familiarity with me for a week and a half. I’m a horrible tourist, I haven’t done much here and honestly didn’t even hit many tourist things when I lived in New England…and I was there for 24 years. Anyways, we did all of the tourist-y things together which…

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    Finding Your Food

    Find Your Food This can be a tough one. Just like with my previous post, Finding Your Fit, there’s no direct answer to what is right or wrong. It’s totally different for each individual. One specific diet / nutrition protocol may work for me, while that same one won’t work for you and vice versa. Social media presents a large issue for us when it comes to finding a proper diet. One study may be saying one thing while another says the total opposite. Or a new diet claims that…

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    Breakfast Nachos

    If you’re like me, you love nachos! If it’s on the menu somewhere and I don’t find anything else appealing…you can bet that I’m getting the nachos. A few months ago…actually I was still living in New Hampshire, I happened to have tortilla chips in the house. Any sort of chip in my house is a rarity. I decided instead of having my normal eggs and oats for breakfast, I would use the chips as my carb source! So the breakfast nachos were born! That morning, I used what I…

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    Chicken Avocado BLT Bowl

    Meal prep is an essential part of my life and weekly / daily routine. Every Sunday, I take 1-2 hours of the morning to prep all of my food for the week, that way it’s easy to grab and go. And it destroys any excuse I might make of not being prepared and tempting myself to get food while I’m out. I love this combo because 1) it’s macro friendly for everyone2) it’s simple and easily adjustable3) it isn’t bland / boring like some prepped meals can be Really though,…

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    Getting My Nutrition Back on Track

    Today marks 4 weeks that I’ve been in North Carolina! Prior to my move to NC, I made the decision to relax when it came to tracking macros. I wanted to allow myself the freedom to eat intuitively and not label any foods as “off limits” due to the chaos and stress that typically comes with picking up your entire life and moving 1,000 miles away. I didn’t strictly track macros for about 2 months, so from July until now – September.  July was a month of packing the apartment…

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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…

  • 5 Tips to Survive Whole30

    I made it through 30 days of having black coffee and no cheese! Among a few other things! I just want to start by saying how much I actually ENJOYED these 30 days, they flew by and I feel awesome on so many levels! This past August, I had attempted Whole30 and bailed after just 4 days. After giving myself another 4 months of freedom from any sort of ‘diet’ or restriction and also feeling like crap (due to eating anything and everything), I had had enough and was ready…

  • 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…