All posts tagged: Nutrition

What I’m Eating and How I’m Training

Over the past couple of months I have received a ton of messages asking what I personally eat on a daily bases especially now that I’m breastfeeding. So … I decided to share exactly what I’m eating to prepare for a photo shoot in October. Let me just start off by saying this shoot prep has been a lot different for me 1) I’m a very busy Mommy looking after a 5 month old 2) I am running a full time business with a lot of new expansions on the go, and 3) we just moved into a new home and no I do not have a Nanny. It has been crazy to say the least. For the most part, I eat relatively well and fuel my body with the right nutrients from the very best food sources. I will incorporate lean animal proteins, complex carbohydrates, vegetables and healthy fats with each meal. I snack on a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds (in moderation), whole grain crackers and cheese or …

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Biweekly Progress

I am beyond proud of Jennine J’s amazing ‪#‎progress‬. She came to me a few short months ago looking to for strategies to eat better and feel ‪#‎healthy‬ as she suffered from headaches and migraines for years. Jennine is also on medication to combat early stages of Cervical Cancer so we had to be very strategic with her programming. After a few weeks of assessing her range of motion, biomechanics, and strength progress, we had identified a lot of tightness in her trapezius muscles that was the root of her headaches as a simple movement with a very light bicep curl would bring this on. I suggested to bring my findings to her Chiropractor and we put together a strategy to break apart the scar tissue that was built up in this area and, the great news is, she has now slowly resumed exercise for the purpose of Stabilization and Strength Endurance with simple band work and increased range of motion. Jennine says, “Hi Jenny!!! I’m very excited that finally at some point I might …

You only get out, what you put into it

I have the pleasure of coaching many women around the globe with their fitness goals and part of my process to get them to where they want to be involves biweekly check-ins where I not only assess physical progress but also (very important) behavioural changes. While weight loss is usually the initial focus, the work I do with my clients is a journey of overcoming behaviours that no longer add value to their health/well-being and to begin embracing new habits that are more inline with their goals. One of the most common situations that some of my clients experience is disappointment in their progress and while it’s completely normal to want things to go faster (don’t we all?), the reality is it won’t. The body will respond when it’s ready but, we can all rest assured that with Dietary Compliance, it will happen. Now this is where I start on my Coaching Rant – NOBODY has any right to be disappointed with their progress if they are ‪#‎OffPlan‬ – more FREE MEALS consumed than assigned, …

STRONG LIKE MOMMY Biweekly Progress – Jovana G.

I’ve been a little behind showcasing my STRONG GIRLS client progress but thought I would start off with an insane one so I’ll just say this – Crazy. That’s the word that echoes in my head when I see Jovana Golubovic’s progress…and this is just from the back! My client Jovana came to me a few months ago looking to lean out and, as a former competitive athlete in Basketball, frequently engaged in lengthy Bootcamp classes, some occasional CrossFit, and way too much cardio for my liking so we scaled all of that back and focused on exercise that was more inline with her goals by lowering volume, focusing on mobility and intensity as we created a reasonable caloric deficit through her diet which included plenty of food flexibility. Because of her competitive sports history in the past, Jovana also had a number of injuries including a torn rotator cuff, a torn meniscus, and some older ligament tears in her ankles so this was no easy task to navigate through. Fast forward to today and …

Postnatal Food Intake For Breastfeeding Mothers

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been inundated with numerous questions from many new mommies mostly around the topic of returning to their Pre-Pregnancy weight as quickly as possible AND what to eat and also how much. By the way, I LOVE MEETING AND INTERACTING WITH NEW MOMMIES! As a new Mommy myself, this might seem like an overwhelming task to think of especially when mothering a new baby is at the forefront of our minds so breaking it down to 2 simple steps will help ease the transition. 1) When it comes to getting your Pre-Pregnancy body back, I always suggest TAKE YOUR TIME especially if you’re breast feeding because this can take several months to even a year to achieve this. A good portion of the weight that a pregnant woman gains is basically an “energy deposit” to meet the extra caloric demands of breastfeeding . The great news is, this energy deposit is consumed gradually while we nurture our child so we will lean out. I suggest waiting until the baby is at …

Is Protein Powder Safe During Pregnancy or While Breastfeeding? 

This is a very common question I get asked on a regular basis and my answer was “no” until I started doing more research and actually going through pregnancy and breastfeeding myself. A good quality protein supplement is absolutely necessary during pregnancy and breastfeeding especially because our protein needs are much higher (we’re eating for two). It can also be challenging to eat the amount of protein we require regularly because of nausea or food aversion while pregnant or even lack of time once our bundle of joy arrives. I personally didn’t suffer from much nausea during my first trimester but my cravings for carbohydrates were incredibly high so my macronutrient intake was off, protein powder was so quick and easy for me to consume and it saved me from cooking up chicken, fish or steak…which was the last thing I wanted to do during my first trimester. Now that I’m a busy new mom who is breastfeeding a very hungry boy, time is of the essence. I hardly have time to shower so cooking food has …

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Success Story – Carey H.

I’m so proud to be a part of Carey H’s fitness journey. She came to me looking to loose weight after the birth of her 2nd baby and she has achieved so much more than that. Carey came to me very active but only relying on cardiovascular based exercise and she was disheartened because the weight kept creeping upwards so we put together a strategy that had us focusing more on resistance training (beginning with “at home” workouts and eventually transitioning to the gym) for the purpose of strength and shaping her muscles along with a diet that was calculated for her and her goals. We certainly didn’t restrict foods as my main focus was strengthening her metabolism because once we established this, then everything else would fall into place. This STRONG MOMMY was tightening up, enjoying plenty of food and food options, getting stronger, having more energy/vibrancy, loving life, and embracing fitness as a lifestyle. Even though our focus was metabolism, I am so proud to share her 61 lbs transformation! 61!!! In addition …