Monthly Archives: October 2014

Living Fit Mommy: Would Nutrition Labels Curb Alcohol Consumption?

Last night I sat down to have a glass of wine. That was unusual for me because I tend to save any and all alcohol consumption for the weekend, and even then it’s imbibed moderately. However, with the hubby home for the week—and a gifted bottle of “Black River Red”—I decided to ditch my rule in favor of a relaxing evening with my guy.

That said, my first thoughts as I poured myself a glass was: “hmm, I wonder how many calories are in this?

I will be the first to admit that most people don’t ask themselves that question. Most people drink to have fun, obviously, and when you’re drinking to have fun, you’re not worrying yourself with calorie counts. However, there are those who like to remain certain that whatever alcohol they consume isn’t going to screw up their gains in the gym that week and there is a debate rising (at least in the UK) as to whether or not placing such nutritional content on a label would make a difference in the lives of some of the British citizenry—and there are some who feel it might.

The RSPH’s chief executive, Shirley Cramer, told the BBC: “Quite startling really – 80% of adults have no idea what the calorie count is in anything they’re drinking and if they do think they have an idea they totally underestimate it anyway.

“It could help the nation’s waistlines as well as probably reduce alcohol consumption.”

In a small pub experiment conducted by the society, people who were told the calories content of their drink consumed 400 fewer calories in a session.

In the US, the discussion is still on the table as to whether or not nutritional labeling should be required on all alcohol, as the decision to label, or not, is still left up to the manufacturer.

 

 

 

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Living Fit Mommy: Emily Skye’s Story is Un-Effing-Believable!

 I want you to take a look at the following photo, then compare and contrast. See what jumps out at you:
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Emily Skye decided she wanted more muscle in her life but, apparently, women with muscle is not what the fitness industry wants. Photo: Emily Skye

Note the differences in the left (before photoshop) and the right (after photoshop) photos,  and then ask yourself why the so-called “fitness industry” would take issue with a woman who has clearly defined muscles and nice abs?
About 4 years ago while I was still modeling I started exercising and eating healthy, I gained some muscle which I loved as I’d always been skinny with no shape. The only problem was I was getting knocked back for jobs because I was told I wasn’t slim enough and too muscular. I decided that I was going to cut modelling away and focus on what truly makes me happy which is health and fitness. I was asked to attend a casting for photoshoot for a fitness/bikini label which I was excited about as I felt I suited the look they were after and I ended up getting the job! I did the shoot, got given a disc of all the images and I was really happy with how my new fitter, healthier body looked in the photos. A couple of weeks later the images popped up on the company’s website and I was horrified with how they’d transformed my body! My abs were photoshopped out, my muscles were taken out and my arms, legs and tummy were made to look thinner. The girl in those photos was not me. It was some digitally created girl. I couldn’t believe that this fitness brand had done this to my pics when they were after a “fitness model” in the first place. I worked hard for my muscle and for the first time in my life I was actually confident in myself.
*sigh*
Full Disclosure: I don’t take issue with either one of the body types on that photo. As long as you’re living a healthy, active, lifestyle, I don’t give a flip where you land on the scale. That said, as a woman who loves muscle and loves seeing women pick up a barbell and lift their asses off, I’m offended to the gills by any indication that society is still being a gigantic pile of steaming hot fail soup where strong, lean, and built women are concerned. It’s effing disgraceful!
And quite frankly, if you’re a guy who believes muscular women might as well ditch their feminine card, or you’re a woman who feels that muscle on a woman is “gross” or “too much”, then I’m here to tell you, you’re part of the problem and you really need to get over yourselves and your archaic, sexist, misinformed, and broken views of what a woman’s body is “supposed” to look like to be considered “sexy”.
If you’re a woman, and you don’t want your body to look a certain way, it’s your prerogative to mold it as you damn well please; if you’re a man, and you don’t want a woman who looks like “that”, then don’t date her, but keep the negative, small-minded, bullshit to yourself. No one wants to hear it and, speaking personally, I really don’t care!
“Fitness” encompasses more than one form and it’s past time that everyone start recognizing that fact. And, if you can’t recognize it, then please recognize that that’s a “you” problem, not a “them” one.
Now, excuse me while I go kick some iron (aka weights) ass in the weight room.

Living Fit Mommy: “Lifting Heavy” is Revolutionizing The Phrase “Girl Power”

Strong is the new “Skinny” in some fitness circles as CrossFit Athletes like Camille Leblanc-Bazinet prove that women can be every bit as strong, fit, and sexy as their male counterparts. Photo: Bodybuilding.Com

You don’t have to sell me on the positive effects of lifting; I’ve been incorporating a structured strength training regimen into my fitness plan for better than two-years now, and I have no complaints about the result.

That said, there is a growing culture of women who believe that to look and feel strong is to break down the walls of what is expected of their bodies and show the world that you can be fit and strong without losing an ounce of feminine mystique.

…”Girl power” takes on a whole new meaning.

“There is so much empowerment in being able to lift and move heavy things – especially if it’s more than your body weight,” says Bikini Fit head coach Tricia Yap. “Putting fears of failure aside, attempting something one might not otherwise dare to do, and then achieving it – it’s a powerful thing that our community of women can apply to other aspects of their lives.” (Rachel Jacqueline, South China Morning Post)

For me, personally, it’s been about building confidence and stepping outside of my comfort zone. I’ve always been rather thin, but I didn’t have any strength or muscle definition. Now, I am proud to show off my “guns” in a tank top, and I feel confident that when I pick up a dumbbell or perform a rep on the bench I’m doing something good for my body.

It’s about so much more than just sticking to a plan that works—although the results do help keep you on track–it’s about challenging yourself to do more, and be more, than you ever believed possible; and if the CrossFit Games are any indication, there will continue to be a generation of women out there who are looking to take it to that next level, and beyond, so that any young women/girls that choose to follow in their footsteps know that it can be done.

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