Monthly Archives: February 2017

Exercise; When is too much?

Hi friends! I am back with another post that reflects NEDAwareness week!
This topic has been floating around in my head for months and I hope that I am able to articulate it well.  Please see that I am not here to judge anyone as this is something that used to haunt me many years ago.  I have learned a LOT over the years about what works for me, and what a healthy approach to exercise is.  Some days, I feel like I am learning those lessons over and over again.

One area of eating disorder awareness that I never really heard about till recently is over exercising.  That is right! You can exercise too much! And it is not good for your health!
In the health and fitness field I often see this type of exercise praised. Praise for running so many miles, or running them fast, working out for multiple hours, double or triple classes, teaching and extensive amount of classes, overuse of weights which leads to poor form, working out through sickness and/or injury.

“Chronic extreme endurance efforts, like marathons, ultra-marathons, and long-distance triathlons, can cause cardiovascular damage over time,” says researcher James H. O’Keefe, MD, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid America Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Health System, Kansas City. (Source)

Don’t get me wrong, not every person who works out intensely or is a long distance runner has an eating disorder or exercise addiction, but I do know that more than you would think actually do.

I was once praised for my own efforts. (“Wow, you workout so much!” “I am so imspired by your workouts.” “I wish I had that discipline!”)  At the time I could not see it as anything bad.  It was another part of my disorder that I felt would help me, but in reality it ended up hurting me.  I don’t want to go into a lot of details about it, but the combination of lack of fuel and x amount of hours at the gym left me feeling defeated, sick, injured and it almost killed me. And people continued to praise me.

I am thankful that I have come to a place of peace and freedom with my workouts. I love that I can workout several times a week, doing a variety of workouts, enjoy my rest days, refuel my body appropriately, and if I miss a workout, I don’t feel constant anxiety like I once did.  It has been a LONG process, and I am proud of the work I have done to come to this place!

Knowing what I know, and the experiences I have had, there are some things on social medial that make me cringe.  Again, these are not ALL bad, but I can see how they can lead to something dangerous.  They are certain hashtags. The hashtags themselves are not dangerous, but what they can represent! #NeverMissaMonday #NoExcuses #BeatYesterday #FitnessAddict #fitspo #gymjunkie #fitspiration #beachbody #proovethemwrong

It is not unhealthy to be committed to fitness, but please remember that you are worth having a healthy relationship with your body and to love what it does for you.
If you feel you may be struggling with this, please reach out! I am always here to talk!

You are LOVED and WORTHY of freedom in health!

May you be filled with joy and health!
crgimg_9269

It’s Time to Talk about it, NEDA 2017

Hello friends! I am popping in for a few in to share with you all something that is really near and dear to my heart.  Before I share with you all, I just want to say again thank you to everyone who has been encouraging and supportive of my current health concerns.  I have been at a bit of a standstill waiting to hear back about some tests and information being transferred from previous doctors.  I have my own speculations on what is going on due to my own research, but I really just want some answers and work on a solution!

On that note, here is what I want to discuss with you all today, National Eating Disorder Awareness week.  This year the theme is It’s Time to TALK ABOUT IT!

Eating disorders do not discriminate! They affect both men and women, children, all races and ages. Eating disorders are complex. They stem from a variety of reasons and take on many different forms, but everyone who suffers is worth being helped!!

I want to share some information with you that came from the NEDA website. The site is full of really great information, resources and tools.

bullyingobesitysubstanceabusecleaneating

Whoa, that is a lot of information that makes me stop in my tracks.  Those numbers make my heart break.  No one should ever have to feel like they are not worth it.  That they are not good enough just as they are.  But you are, you are enough. You are enough just as you are!  You are beautiful, and your body is wonderful and deserving of love each and every day!  I know these words might sound empty if you are struggling with anything in life, but I want you to know that they are true!

I encourage you to take this screening if you struggle with food and/or exercise.  Please know this is a no judgement zone, and that I am here if you need to talk or have any questions!  I am no expert, but I have my own experiences living both in the misery of an eating disorder, and the freedom of recovery!

You are loved dear friends, and oh so worth it!

 

May you be filled with joy and health!
crgimg_9269

 

 

Chocolate Sunbutter Cups

Happy Friday my friends!
It was a gorgeous week here in Texas! I know lots of the northeast is covered in snow and it reminds me I am happy I moved south 8 years ago. 😉  If you are in the snow, please be stay safe!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  One of my favorite treats growing up was a peanut butter cup.  The more I learn about health and nutrition, I have come to terms with the idea of pretty much making things with ingredients I know my body will handle and love.  I have toyed around with peanut butter cups in the past, but was never really happy with the outcome.
The other day I had this amazing little treat and it got my brain thinking to try and make my own version again!  I have to say I am pretty pleased with how mine turned out 🙂

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a 5 ingredient or less themed week!

img_2056

Chocolate Sunbutter Cups

Ingredients (makes 24)

  • 3 cups Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup +  5 TBSP organic coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup sunbutter
  • 5 TBSP raw honey
  • 24 muffin papers

Directions

  1. Line 2 muffin pans with paper
  2. Melt chocolate chips and 1/2 c coconut oil in a double boiler (you can also use a microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring well each time)
  3. Add the vanilla to the chocolate mixture.
  4. Scoop 1 TBSP into each muffin paper, making sure the bottom is fully covered.
  5. Freeze for 10-15 min
  6. While the first layer sets, melt the sunbutter, remaining coconut oil and honey in the double boiler.
  7. Remove muffin pans from the freezer and add 1/2 TBSP over the first chocolate layer.
  8. Freeze for 5-7 min.
  9. Add 1 TBSP of remaining chocolate mixture to each cup.
  10. Freeze for 45-60 min.
  11. Enjoy!  Store in the fridge or freezer.

img_2061

 

v-day2picmonkey-collage

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂
  • Join us next week for some Free for all recipes.

May you be filled with joy and health!
crgimg_9269

Easy Pesto

Happy Friday friends!

It has been a crazy few weeks. I feel a bit like I am crawling back out from under a rock.

Things with my health are still at a bit of a standstill BUT I finally found a doctor who is working WITH me! More about that coming very soon.

This week we celebrated the Hubs birthday, I had enough energy to make him a lovely birthday dinner, I was able to spend some quality time with friends and see a wonderful friend marry her love.

img_1612
In the middle of all the crazy days and weeks of life, I love to prepare ahead of time as much as possible.  Putting out my clothes the night before, packing my gym bag the night before, staying organized & food prepping as much as possible!  One thing I LOVE to prep ahead is a big batch of Pesto.  I add it to chicken, salads, toast, sandwiches, meatballs, salmon, etc.  It is So versatile and I love that about it, plus it tastes amazing!

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a Make Ahead themed week!

Easy Pesto

Ingredients

  • 3-4 bunches of fresh basil, washed and removed from stems
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2-3/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup parmesean
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place basil, pine nuts and half the oil in a food processor or blender, blend well.
  2. Add in parmesan, blend well.
  3. Add in garlic and spices to taste, blend well.
  4. Add in remaining oil till a smooth consistency.
  5. Store in the fridge till needed

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂
  • Join us next week for some Five or less ingredients recipes.

May you be filled with joy and health!
crgimg_9269