The problem is when we become afraid of food

Do you ever get overwhelmed with all the nutrition information out there?
Yes, me too.
And I am a soon to be graduating nutritionist. In less than a month, I just want to add that. (yaay!).

But it is just so confusing, am I right?
Low carb, high fat. Ketogenic diet. Don’t eat this, do eat that. One day it is different information compared to the day before.

I was listening to this very great podcast the other day and then the lady that was being interviewed started giving nutritional advice. She has no nutritional background what so ever. She is an author regarding something completely different..
And she has sooo many followers. And they are of course going to believe everything she says as they look up to her.
I am not going to go into what she was speaking about – but it is just frustrating how someone with so many people admiring them gives advice on what they should eat. Because it works for her.

I would never tell anyone ”this is how you Should workout, because that is what I am doing at the gym. And clearly this works, look at my boobs”, kind off. But at the end, I have to freaking idea why You are going to the gym. I am not a personal trainer. I have other people in my life to help me with that.
It’s like saying: everyone should paint their walls pink because it makes me feel so much more energetic in the morning. So you feel very tired in the morning, but do You even like pink?

Look at this picture:

Yummy, right?
Some of you are going to think: Oh, she is so healthy that Penny (she’s a freaking beast).
Some of you are going to think: That is just too much sugar.
Some people: You should just quit as much carbohydrates as possible, because they are not good for you.
Another one: Oh, I wish I could eat like that. I have this problem (whatever it is), and my body would not react very well after eating that.

And these are legit thoughts that are going through my reader’s minds right now, because We Are All Different.

When I mentioned sugar what was your thought? 
Yes, fruit contains fructose, which is a sugar (carbohydrate). And just like refined sugar – It contains the same amount of energy per gram.
Just because I say this you might think: Am I going to become fat if I eat too much fruit?
No.
The difference is that refined sugar has no nutritional value what so ever. It does not give you any of that goodness that makes your body thrive and heal. (Maybe not heal a heartbreak, but that’s a completely different story).
However, I am not going to tell you not to eat refined sugar. The problem is when the intake of refined sugar becomes too high and it starts to contribute a lot to your daily intake.
Because it does not contain any of the amazing components that fruit contains – Fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Fruit also contains a lot of water.

However, too much of anything may be bad for you – but seriously, how much fruit can you eat before your lips become all sour and they hurt?

But when someone tells me we should cut out all carbs and pretty much all fruit – ”Because My body will feel so much better, just because Their body feels better” – I am like; WTF?!

Are you with me?

The problem is when we become afraid of food, sugars especially, because a lot of us are. Because it is made out to be the only enemy that is contributing to overweight and obesity.

But it is all about balance and moderation.

What you put into your body have to be used up as energy otherwise you will gain weight.
I went to the gym today, so I can have that chocolate bar. But it doesn’t matter. I should not beat myself up over it if I decide to eat that bar tomorrow instead when I don’t go to the gym.
Or I can choose on that gym-day to eat a lot more carbohydrates (veggies, rice, potato), or protein (contains the same amount of energy as carbs) – because they are nutrient dense, feeding your body with nutrients.

Take home messages:
– Look where you get your nutrition information from. Do you know how many celebrities that have written books about nutrition and that they actually are actresses?
– Everyone is different.
– If you don’t have someone to turn to with your questions – I am happy to help. I do not know everything, but I can always look into it for you.

Show that little devil some attitude

I was going to the beach the other day, I put on my bikini as usual and I’m standing there in front of the mirror in my bathroom and I’m like: ”WTF?! I can’t walk around like this on the beach. What’s that? Where did my two-pack go? Why do I have hair there, WHO has hair there? Why does everyone else come off so perfect but here is a blubb of fat with hair where hair obviously shouldn’t exist (Which I’ve seen on Instagram, thank you very much).”
Yes, very evidence based of me.

This was what was going on in my mind on Saturday morning before heading to the beach to chill with my friends, why am I ruining my day?

I know I’m always talking about body acceptance, and Health at Every size. Which I do believe, but I also believe that you can’t hide from those horrible thoughts that pops up in your head sometimes. Which I have, not as frequently as before – but that day they were horrible. It’s like a devil is sitting on my shoulder and shitting out every negative though I’ve ever had about my body.
Just because I put on a bikini. And accidentally was standing in front of the mirror.

So the old Pernilla came into my head and started thinking ”maybe you should just stop eating so much, do some squats”. And you know what the new, improved Penny did? She took her towel and went down to the god damn beach. Because I’m sure as hell not gonna let that little devil of mine decide if I’m ”worthy” enough of showing myself in a bikini, AT THE BEACH. And and I sure as hell won’t stop eating – because food is life.

So there might be some of you thinking: Then if you don’t like your body that much why don’t you do something about it?
But this is how I see it: If I would go to the gym for That reason, am I feeding a healthy behavior? No, I’m feeding a bad one.

You know what I always used to say when someone was complaining about their love handles?
”That means there’s just more of you to love”. Which is amazing.

Take it from me – if I can knock that little devil down, so can you (even if it’s maybe just for a second).

 

Start practicing self-care today

People always telling me ”Ooh, I’m so tired… I think I’m iron deficient.” Do Not diagnose yourself.
Some people are always too quick to think it is iron deficiency when they feel tired and fatigue. It might be that you are not getting enough vitamin B12, or folate because folate activates B12. And if you start eating iron supplements without knowing that is actually the problem, you might make it worse.
Things that often is associated to iron deficiency is being pregnant (hence, why focusing on getting enough iron when pregnant), that time of the month that we all love, or that there is an issue with absorbing iron. And several things can contribute to this such as medications (one type of stress to the body) or just that you are stressing your way through life.

So, here’s my topic for today;

Sometimes it is great to have a timeout.
For those of you who knows me, knows how I possess the great gift of stressing too much. About nothing. Or no, I stress about the smallest things – but I am an expert of the snowball effect – you know when you think of something small and that wheel in your head keeps spinning and spinning and soon you have five major problems you need to solve before your next breath? Yup, that is me.

This week has been incredibly stressful for me with heaps of assignments, presentations and yuck.
Stress in itself makes you tired and not working properly. I am absolutely drained after this week probably because all of the tension in my body is gone and I’m finally relaxing – and my anxiety levels are definitely not as high.

So waking up this morning I rewarded myself (mum reminded me to do this after I’ve finished one assignment) and relaxed. I would say that it is very important to reward yourself after finishing something that has taken a lot of effort to do. Like after achieving a goal, whether it is uni related or maybe health related.
I started the day with meditation (which I do everyday, but can’t really focus sometimes because there is a snowball in my head). There is this great app that I use called Insight times, and some of my favorite meditation teachers are: Melissa Ambrosini, Sarah Blondin (more of a motivation talk), and Brandon Alter.

Have you ever wanted to try out meditation? I dare you now! I know several of you are interested in starting to meditate daily.
It’s also perfect with this app because they track your meditations day by day and you earn stars. Making at least Me more motivated to do it!
And I know when you see all of these inspirational, calm yogis on Instagram they make it sound so wonderful and easy… and they are So spiritual and they have everything together.
Trust me, it is not that easy for all of us. It takes work. It’s a continuing progress.

Meditation helps me with my breathing, that is why I started to do it, because I feel like breathing helps me with the pain in my body. But it is seriously So Hard to get to that ”Special” point (Is she referring to sex or meditation? That is the question..). And once you are there you’e like ”yeeeeey, I’m there!!!”, and then it’s lost. Of course. Because you’re focusing on the wrong thing.
Meditation is not only about sitting cross-legged on the floor with your thumb and indexfinger touching (I’m too old to be sitting like that for longer than 5 minutes without pain), you can do it in a way that suits you. I sometimes lie on my bed, I sometimes lie on my yoga mat with a bolster tucked under my knees (removes the pressure on your lower back), sometimes I do some light stretching while I meditate. It’s all about focusing on your body and breath, and be mindful.
Do it your way.

Also, I would love some tips from you guys. I’ve started to reading a lot of books, especially spiritual books and how I can apply this to my life. Do you have any good books you can recommend me about body, mind, health?

Almost every morning I draw three cards that symbolizes something that I should think about a little bit extra that day, or I ask a question and let a higher power give me an answer. 

 

Health – what does it mean to you?

You know what I’m really tired of hearing?
”If you are studying nutrition, are you really gonna eat that?”

One thing people have to understand is that everyone sees health differently.
For some people health is looking good. For others it is going on the newest diet, being vegan, living dairy and gluten free, being as strong as possible, and for some people it is, sadly, not to eat at all.
We are all different.
I am studying nutrition and I promise you that when I graduate, my mates and I, we are not going to have the same opinions about health, even though we’ve studied the exact same thing.

For me health is moderation, in all its definitions, shapes and colors.

I’ve come such a long way to actually accept the fact that it is okay for me to eat that ice cream without guilt.
Before I had to call my mum just to get it approved that it was okay for me to have potato chips.

Since then, now, to me – all of me matter. My entire being. Not just my looks. I eat that ice cream because it makes me feel good, but then you should also see my fridge because it’s full of all this awesomeness that I like to call veggies! I eat very well to me, I may not be super healthy to you.

Instead of thinking ”this is going to make me fat”, I think ”how is this contributing to my health today?”. If it makes me happy/satisfied, yes, it will contribute to my well-being. And some days I just ask myself ”Am I in the mood for something sweet today?” No, then I won’t eat it – at that point they’re just empty calories that are not giving me any nutrients that my body needs, or contributing to my well-being.
Without this relationship with myself I might end up binge eating, as I am restricting myself from having something that I really want.

I attended a lecture a couple of months ago where a dietitian was talking about Health at Every Size, or the non-diet approach, which you know that I strongly support.
Anyhow, he said:
”One day you really want chocolate. But no, you’re not allowed to eat it as it is unhealthy. So you eat some almonds. The next day you are still craving that chocolate, but you have some more almonds and an apple. The third day you eat some almonds, an apple, and then some more almonds, then you end up eating the entire chocolate bar.”
This was a very clever thing for him to point out.
It is not as equally easy for everyone to stay ”healthy”, to ”hide” themselves from what they’re craving (I just picture myself running around in the grocery store with chocolate bars chasing me).
So imagine if you would have eaten that chocolate the first day? Maybe then you only would have had a little piece, instead of the entire thing. Then you wouldn’t have eaten those Extra calories that the almonds and the apples contributed with.
I wouldn’t say it works like this for everyone, but think about. Isn’t the things you restrict yourself from the ones you want so badly?

Just have in mind what health is to you, to your best friend or to your partner. It’s probably not the same.

To be honest, I’m ALWAYS eating when someone asks me what I’m studying (often sweets). Cause let’s face it, food is life.
So let me eat my God damn crepe!

Picture: Sara Ismar

I’m being my most imperfect self

About five years ago I used to love my butt, I thought it was my best feature. And then Instagram entered my life and now all I see is butts. Butts, butts and butts – everywhere!
And after that I started to reconsider my butt.

A couple of weeks ago I was in class and we started talking about cellulites. And you know how when you’re sitting down you get dimples in your thighs, and you always check if they are still there whenever you are sitting?
No?
Me neither….
Anyway, I told the girls that they are just dimples – from your vagina being so happy.
Which means my vagina must be really happy. How about yours?

Isn’t it funny how we keep comparing ourselves to others? And there’s always that one special thing. Like mine – butts, obviously – I always look at butts, I’m sorry, but I do. And I’m not afraid of telling people when they’ve got a strong butt game – however, they often don’t seem so comfortable with hearing it. Probably because they have their own mindset about what their body looks like.

I am a big advocate for Health at Every Size and the non-diet approach. Because I don’t believe in diets. They set you up to fail and when you do you feel even more shittier about yourself than you did from the start. And why put your body through that stress? Mentally and physically? Cause let’s face it, the weight you lose you regain within 3-5 years and sometimes another few extra kilos, if you don’t know how to maintain your body properly after that weight loss.
No thank you, I say look at your life from a bigger picture – how are you not contributing to your life in a healthy way? Maybe you should reconsider your options when it comes to snacks? Eat more veggies? Do that morning walk every day? Meditate? Go to the gym a couple of times a week? Don’t beat yourself up mentally when you eat one tiny cookie? It is not only about your looks.
Don’t get me wrong – being overweight or obese contributes to several health problems around the world such as cancer. And doing a drastic lifestyle change to try and lose weight is a struggle for most people. But no matter what you look like you should not put yourself down for it. So put your focus somewhere else – by starting to cut back on unhealthy habits and replacing them with healthier ones, and by giving yourself time, you will notice a difference.

I have my own struggles, trust me.
Earlier this week we did a body composition analysis in my sports nutrition class. And my body fat was above normal – and my reaction wasn’t the best, and of course I was beating myself up mentally for liking ice cream too much (and most of you are just laughing now cause I’m a tiny person, but EVERYONE has their struggles).
I came home later that day and my roommate enlightened my very dark mind: ”If you would lose that 1.5% body fat would you feel any different? Why would you look at some numbers instead of actually listen to your body and how it is doing?”
Right then I realized, it’s got nothing to do with the fact that I’ve gained fat mass but more about that I’ve lost muscle mass since the accident (understandably). And I go to the gym to get strong, not to lose weight or look any different.
But if growing a butt is gonna make me look even better then I’d happily accept it.
My point is – my body fat levels do not tell me anything of what my body is capable of – like doing an almost perfect squat without any pain in my lower back. That is winning to me.
Your body is supposed to carry you for several more years to come, so don’t hate on it!

You know what I do pretty much every morning? I dance. In front of the mirror. Naked. And this is what I like to call my sexy dance-time. Listening to whatever J.LO song is available and pretending like I can twerk. In slow-motion of course, cause I can’t hump that fast to be honest. Try it, I promise it’ll make you happy.
So right now I’m telling myself to love my body, with dimples, saggy bum-cheeks and everything.
Feel free to love your body, no matter what it looks like.
And be naked when you have the opportunity!
In that way other people can appreciate your gorgeous body.

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