Diets?!

Welcome back!
Let’s talk diets! There are a million diets out there for a million different reasons.  I personally don’t believe in “fad diets.”

What is a “fad diet”?  Fad diets are diets that promise quick weight loss through what is usually an unhealthy and unbalanced diet. Fad diets are targeted at people who want to lose weight quickly, typically without exercise. Fad diets usually make you believe you’re losing fat. However, you’re really losing water weight! A couple of well known fad diets are: Adkins diet, South Beach diet, vegan diet, ketogenic diet, paleo diet, and gluten free diet.  I don’t believe these diets are long term fixes for diets or fitness. I believe eating a well balanced diet and exercise is the way to go!
That being said, I am gluten free and I also have Oral Allergy Syndrome.  What does that mean?? Being gluten free means my body can’t properly process wheat, rye, or barely.  This includes all white flours or whole wheat flours.  There are gluten free options now at most places. However, I would never recommend going gluten free (or any diet) without talking to a medical professional.  It actually stinks but is medically necessary.  If I eat gluten I am doubled over in pain. I am not gluten free for a diet, I am gluten free because it makes me sick.  Let me just say, NOTHING is safe for me, it’s in everything from drinks, sauces, food, and seasonings.

Oral allergy syndrome… I’m sure you’re thinking wtf is that?!  That’s what everyone asks, including me!  Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) is an allergic reaction in the mouth following eating certain foods. It is a type of food allergy classified by a cluster of allergic reactions in the mouth in response to eating certain fruits and nuts. For me, my throat, tongue, and ears get itchy and sometimes it’s hard to breathe. This potentially means I could become allergic to all fruits and all nuts (but I’m hoping not). So again, my food choices (or diet), are medically necessary.

I believe in diets, sure. I believe in limiting your foods and counting macro and mirconutrients.  I believe in quantity control.  I don’t believe in fad diets to loose 10 pounds fast, I don’t believe you can’t have anything good in order to be fit, and I don’t believe in making yourself miserable by not eating anything you want.  But it’s different if you have allergies or have been told by a medical professional to stay clear of foods. So bottom line, don’t be fooled by fad diets and make good and healthy food choices.

Thanks for sticking with me guys!
Morgan Mckenzie
Please note I am not a medical professional and I am not a certified nutritionist.  All questions about diets should be talked to with a medical professional.

Motivation!

Welcome back!

Let’s talk motivation! What keeps you motivated? What keeps you going, not just in the gym but in life?  Life has a funny way of pushing you down but what you do with it is what matters! I’ve heard so many people talk about lack of motivation with the gym, school, careers and life.  Here’s my 5 biggest tips on staying motivated and keeping on track.

  1. Do it for YOU.  What ever it might be, do it because you love it.  Do it because this is what YOU want and what YOU are dreaming about.
  2. Don’t get discouraged.  Like I said, life pushes you down but when that happens stand back up and get back to it.  Things get better whether it’s a bad grade, a demotion, or a plateau in the gym.  Don’t give up when things get tough, use that to come back even stronger than before.
  3. Remember where you started and where you’re going.  We all started somewhere.  Just because you have off days doesn’t mean you’re not going to succeed. YOU can do this.  You can keep going, you are good enough.
  4. Find like minded people.  Find people to surround yourself with that will push you to do better and succeed.  Find people who want the best for you. Remove the negative people from your life and let yourself grow.  Find role models to look up to.
  5. STAY POSITIVE.  We all have off days, weeks and months. Heck, last week I had a bad week with nutrition! The key is to not bang yourself up about it but instead know you have to do better and find ways to do better in the future.

No one’s perfect, so stop being so hard on yourself.  Push yourself to the limits, but do it for you.  Keep going for you.  Things get better, you will get stronger.  If you need someone to help you stay motivated, email me! I am always here to help keep you motivated.  Remember, Don’t stop until you’re proud.

 

Much love,

Morgan Mckenzie

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