What you “need” to know about nutrition; 15+ years in total of personal experiments, education and coaching others

Let me begin this post by telling you what I am not. I’m not an amazing cook (I'm good), dietician (registered or otherwise), wellness or holistic guru (ew) or anything in-between that. I'm a trainer who has also coached nutrition for going on 6 years (I am certified with Precision Nutrition), with varying levels of success for my clients (some of them needed psychotherapy … [Read more...]

“How do I get rid of belly fat?”

A dear friend asked for advice, and this is what I sent her. I get asked this question a lot, and it is a deceptively complicated question to answer, yet the most common one I am asked. One-liners like "Abs are made in the kitchen" or "You can't spot reduce belly fat" are unhelpful, and while those one-liners contain bits of truth, they nevertheless do not enable someone to … [Read more...]

Training strength with hypermobility; 14 year old female

I started training L last year, at the end of October. After several months of unsuccessful physical therapy for her left knee, she was on and off crutches, with her left knee sublaxing consistently and involuntarily. L was very weak and in a highly fatigued state when I met her, struggling with very low energy, low motivation, and multiple complications with unspecific causes … [Read more...]

“Lisa Finds Her Why”; A story

This is a story about a fictional person. I made her up. Lisa was fat. But so was her Mom. Lisa’s sister was skinny, but so was their Dad. Lisa could never be called thin, but she wasn’t really super fat either as a kid. She was chubby. When Lisa was 15, her Mom, who was quite fat, died from complications associated with her Type 2 diabetes. A lot of people in Lisa’s … [Read more...]

Eating “clean”, is dumb

A lot of people identify with the concept of clean eating. I won't mince words, this article is going to talk about how ignorant that is. "Clean eating" doesn't mean anything. That is the point of this article. If that point makes you mad, and you prefer to stay with an idea you have not examined thoroughly, like "clean eating and what that means", then stop reading … [Read more...]

Managing the stress of trying to get fitter: part 2

Cont. from part 1 Exercise can increase energy and help make you wildly healthy and strong, but only if you have energy to exercise intelligently for your needs, and have focus and attention to put towards it. Mental energy costs. Paying attention to a new habit, new exercises, new plans, new goals, an addition to your schedule, new gym……….all of that costs energy. Mental … [Read more...]

Managing the stress of trying to get fitter: part 1

Stress is, anything that has an influence you and your body, within your self and through your environment. You can see how broad the word "stress" is then. “I am stressed” is usually said as a negative statement. But in the context of exercise “I am stressed” is physically, the point. The point of exercise is to stress you out. Stress your skeletal structure though … [Read more...]

You don’t need to love your body, you need to own it

Once upon when I was 21, I sublaxed (partial dislocation) both knees right after the other. That day, the right one was already bandaged, and I was hobbling around on the left, watching a soccer game with friends. There were a lot of people around me, and I was standing still and very unsteadily, unable to move with any sort of ease. I was all wobbly, constantly in danger of … [Read more...]

Malnutrition masquerading as health; a modern problem.

There is one thing going wrong with what's happening day to day in peoples eating habits in modern societies, that I will risk speaking out quite adamantly on. My intention is not to criticize anyone's choice of actions for their health, but to describe a problem I see. It would be impossible for me to know all the circumstances under which someone makes their health choices, … [Read more...]

A woman can never be as strong as a man could be; physical safety starts with physical strength

Read the title carefully. This is not a post about whether there exists a woman that "could" beat a man, in some way. Of course there is. A big woman, a small man.... but even then, research is not in her favor. This post is strictly a discussion of the inequalities apparent when discussing differences in physical strength between men and women.  I do not aim to discuss … [Read more...]