Wednesday, January 31, 2018

EPISODE 1: DO FITNESS PROFESSIONALS HAVE BODY IMAGE ISSUES?

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DO FITNESS PROFESSIONALS HAVE BODY IMAGE ISSUES?
Inside the mind and bodies of two personal trainers.
Join us for ongoing honest conversations on body image issues and other struggles of fitness professionals.
Dietrich Horsey
Owner of D21 Fit Studio
https://d21.fit
Deborah Stern
Nutrition Counselor at D21 Fit Studio
https://www.foodprintforlife.com
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

MONDAY MORNING POST: SHOULD THE ACRONYM, BMI, BE CHANGED TO "BRING MORE INFORMATION?"


SHOULD THE ACRONYM, BMI, BE CHANGED TO "BRING MORE INFORMATION?"



My wonderful followers, 
After I posted my opinions on FB (see the post after the comments below.) I noticed that it was reached by 1,415 people. To me, that means that we can help a lot of mom's and dad's and ourselves by spreading the awareness of finding a solution to having shame involved using the BMI index/scale weight, etc. We have been hearing that it is up to us as individuals to bring our own questions into the doctor's offices. We need to be prepared with lists of our symptoms/issues because time is limited and doctors are so busy that we must advocate for ourselves and our children at the doctor. Here is an email I got from a friend (all names have been changed) 5 minutes after

SHOULD THE ACRONYM, BMI, BE CHANGED TO "BRING MORE INFORMATION?"



My wonderful followers, 
After I posted my opinions on FB (see the post after the comments below.) I noticed that it was reached by 1,415 people. To me, that means that we can help a lot of mom's and dad's and ourselves by spreading the awareness of finding a solution to having shame involved using the BMI index/scale weight, etc. We have been hearing that it is up to us as individuals to bring our own questions into the doctor's offices. We need to be prepared with lists of our symptoms/issues because time is limited and doctors are so busy that we must advocate for ourselves and our children at the doctor. Here is an email I got from a friend (all names have been changed) 5 minutes after I posted this on FB. I am so glad that this mom knew to ask what to do when faced with taking her daughter to the doctor for a annual check-up. I have met her daughter and she is extremely active, she eats a wonderful combination of healthy foods and 
treats and she is funny and witty and outgoing and far from being unhealthy. She is taller than the average girl her age, with a larger frame than the average girl her age and she is happy and outgoing. If she was based on the numbers on the BMI or scale, she would probably be in the "overweight" or more category. Here is where everything in her life could change. If the doctor tells her the same thing that was told to these last two kids, she, too, could leave feeling like she cannot eat any treats without getting fat. And her body-image and self-esteem could be totally tarnished and scarred. Please BMI-Bring More Information- to the doctor's office. 
Deborah - thanks for posting this. Kate's annual exam is coming up and given that she is so tall for a 10 year old, I have worried about what the doctor will say about her weight (especially in front of her). Any recs you have on how to coach the doctor would be most appreciated. 
Pam 
Pam, 
I love that you are thinking ahead!!! It is such a shame that you even should think this way but you are being very wise. I would call the doctor's office ahead of time, or send an email directly to your doctor, and let them know that you do not want ANY discussion about weight/BMI/food/exercise. You can tell them that if they MUST weigh her or do a BMI to just do it but not to talk about it. Tell Kate that they just use it as a guide for her in the next few years but it is not important. You can tell the doctor what YOU feed her and what KATE does for exercise but tell the doctor that you talk to Kate all the time about healthy living. Let her know that her GRANDMA (my wonderful 64-year-old client) exercises with weights 4-5 days a week and makes smoothies and healthy food with
Kate all the time together. So, I guess my point is, let your doctor know that you have the issues covered and if Kate has any questions, she will ask them on her own. But please do not talk about numbers, weight loss, BMI, etc. with Kate. She can email you after the appointment if she has anything further to say to Mom. Big hugs to you!!!!!!
Deborah
From another friend:
Deborah, It’s sad! Obviously, their health needs to constantly checked like everyone else (duh! ๐Ÿ˜œ) but I know our pedi takes it with a grain of salt. Hers was high this last time bc she's due for a growth spurt so he just encouraged daily play, aka exercise, and gave me tips for being inside for the summer months. I asked him more in depth and he rolled his eyes and gave me a speech about how more pedis need to "know their patients" so they can properly do their job (i.e. Knowing when it's a real problem) bc most are becoming too lazy and are just dishing out tests without looking at their patients as a whole. Can you tell we love Dr Mike ๐Ÿ˜œ But I agree, this 1 scale cannot and should not determine our health! Btw, as a gymnast I've always been "overweight" bc I'm short and muscular.






๐Ÿ˜ณNancy 


From another friend: 
Deborah, 
Why don't we start talking about how we "feel" in our bodies instead of how we look on the outside? In my work, I see many "fit" people who can't connect or feel their bodies. I bet this 7year old feels strong! Why not talk about that? I've always been little and being a gymnast when I 
was young built solid heavy bone mass. I've always weighed more than I look and haven't owned a scale in 30 years. And beyond we'll-checks when my boys were babies I didn't do annuals even though insurance covered it. Mom's (in general) have stronger instincts and know what's best for their kids. I'm with you on this one on many levels (and don't get me started on what they tell adults about "well that's just aging...)" No!
Angie
MY FACEBOOK POST:
Please Understand that I am upset...more than upset, I am totally disappointed in what is happening in doctor's offices. I need some input from the medical community to explain and help me understand why this is still happening. Here is what is making my blood boil. Please read all the following: Here is an interaction from 2014:
Nov 2014....Food Print for Life...This is exactly what I am talking about when I ask my clients to throw their scales out the window. We cannot rely on numbers from a chart or on the scale to tell us if we are healthy human beings. And most doctors are the ones who fail to look at the whole picture...do they ask us how our eating is? Do they ask us if we are active? Do they ask us anything before they tell us we are "obese" because of a number on the charts or scales? This is outrageous and needs to be changed!!!
MIMI
This is my son. Yesterday his doctor told me that since his BMI is above the 85 percentiles, we will need to check his thyroid and his glucose levels. I told her she was crazy! His height and weight are proportionate. He is an
active 4-year-old who is very tall for his age. I pretty much said that I will not have my child defined by an arbitrary scale that takes your height times some number divided by some other number as an indicator that my son is obese. According to those calculations Michael Jordan is obese. It's time for us to take a stand and stop this insanity! There will be no tests.
THIS WAS POSTED 3 DAYS AGO...2017...FROM TERRY (NAME CHANGE AND PICTURES WERE APPROVED BY TERRY, SEE BELOW)
"Opinions please! I took my daughter who is 7 for her annual physical. I am 5'9 and her father is 6'3. She is obviously very tall for her age. Well, the doctor had a discussion with me in front of her (trying to be discreet but unsuccessful, about her weight and bmi). I was taken aback. She is only 7! I do not want her stressing about body image at her age. My daughter does gymnastics, played soccer, will swim all day and night if I let her. She can play outside and on a playground for hours. Obviously, I am conscious of what we eat, but she's a kid. She can have cake at a birthday party, she can have ice cream in the summer, I won't deprive her of fun. The doctor asked her what was in her lunchbox that day (of course it was the last day of school so there was a treat in there!). She asked what she eats for breakfast, if she's active. My 7-year-old left that visit and said 'Mommy I can't eat any of that stuff anymore I'll be fat.'
I felt like a failure and felt judged.
What do you all think? Too much at such a young age? It even had a notation about bmi on the paper we take home! My daughter is tall and solid, and strong and active. The last thing I want is her to worry about
this stuff at 7! I'm trying to set a positive example by being active, eating healthy and having the fun stuff in moderation."
.
ANOTHER POST FROM ME TO THIS POST:
Hey TERRY,
I have been thinking about this all day and I am just so pissed off that the issues I have had, myself, with body-image and food and weight are now being "GIVEN" to young boys and girls from DOCTORS!!!!! The BMI is totally BARBARIC and has not been changed in years. When they created this insanity (BMI,) it was way back in the days that most women did not lift weights and exercise and everything was about the scale and numbers because back then, the majority of WOMEN DID NOT WANT MUSCLES and did not know that muscles were very important to build and that would cause everything to change in the numbers. Would you mind ( I will never use real names, etc.) if I use your post to write a blog/FB post? I also would like to share it with one of my clients who is a doctor. The number of clients I have worked with over the years who have had children or themselves fat-shamed at THE DOCTORS is outrageous. I hope that you have moved passed this and I am sorry if I am bringing back the feelings but I want to be able to start changing this issue and your input would help. If anything can come out of this horrible situation, maybe it is
bringing the awareness to the medical community to stop damaging our children and ourselves. Thank you for letting me go on my rant!!!!!!
DEBORAH
I SAW PICTURES OF THIS 7-YEAR-OLD GIRL. SHE IS FAR, FAR AWAY FROM BEING OVERWEIGHT/OBESE/CLOSE-TO-BEING-OVERWEIGHT, ETC. SHE LOOKS SO STRONG, HAPPY, HEALTHY AND ENERGETIC. HER LEGS ARE MUSCULAR AND SHE HAS THE CUTEST LITTLE TUSH. NOT ONE SINGLE THING THAT WOULD MAKE YOU GO, HMMMMMM. 



Deborah Stern has been counseling her clients with a holistic and realistic approach to healthy eating and exercise for the past 25 years. After doing Jazz and Modern dance from age 3-22, she discovered aerobics and weight training. She was hooked and spent most of her time in the gym and/or studying nutrition and learning about the proper ways to exercise and to eat correctly to reach her goals. Deborah struggled with her own body image and food issues and realized she wanted to help other men, women and children who struggle with the same issues. Through her own trial and errors, 


experimenting with all types of "diets" and fads, she finally found what worked for her and her clients. Educating her clients about food as fuel, not as a diet but how to eat correctly to allow the body to function properly, became Food Print for Life. Deborah works with all ages and genders. Some of her clients have never working out and some are training for triathlons. She works with people all over the country who want to discover new, healthy, easy and tasty ways of eating, doing phone nutrition sessions. This is Deborah’s passion and it shows. Her clients have made incredible changes to their mind, bodies and spirits.
 I posted this on FB. I am so glad that this mom knew to ask what to do when faced with taking her daughter to the doctor for a annual check-up. I have met her daughter and she is extremely active, she eats a wonderful combination of healthy foods and 
treats and she is funny and witty and outgoing and far from being unhealthy. She is taller than the average girl her age, with a larger frame than the average girl her age and she is happy and outgoing. If she was based on the numbers on the BMI or scale, she would probably be in the "overweight" or more category. Here is where everything in her life could change. If the doctor tells her the same thing that was told to these last two kids, she, too, could leave feeling like she cannot eat any treats without getting fat. And her body-image and self-esteem could be totally tarnished and scarred. Please BMI-Bring More Information- to the doctor's office. 
Deborah - thanks for posting this. Kate's annual exam is coming up and given that she is so tall for a 10 year old, I have worried about what the doctor will say about her weight (especially in front of her). Any recs you have on how to coach the doctor would be most appreciated. 
Pam 
Pam, 
I love that you are thinking ahead!!! It is such a shame that you even should think this way but you are being very wise. I would call the doctor's office ahead of time, or send an email directly to your doctor, and let them know that you do not want ANY discussion about weight/BMI/food/exercise. You can tell them that if they MUST weigh her or do a BMI to just do it but not to talk about it. Tell Kate that they just use it as a guide for her in the next few years but it is not important. You can tell the doctor what YOU feed her and what KATE does for exercise but tell the doctor that you talk to Kate all the time about healthy living. Let her know that her GRANDMA (my wonderful 64-year-old client) exercises with weights 4-5 days a week and makes smoothies and healthy food with 
Kate all the time together. So, I guess my point is, let your doctor know that you have the issues covered and if Kate has any questions, she will ask them on her own. But please do not talk about numbers, weight loss, BMI, etc. with Kate. She can email you after the appointment if she has anything further to say to Mom. Big hugs to you!!!!!! 
Deborah 
From another friend: 
Deborah, It’s sad! Obviously, their health needs to constantly checked like everyone else (duh! ๐Ÿ˜œ) but I know our pedi takes it with a grain of salt. Hers was high this last time bc she's due for a growth spurt so he just encouraged daily play, aka exercise, and gave me tips for being inside for the summer months. I asked him more in depth and he rolled his eyes and gave me a speech about how more pedis need to "know their patients" so they can properly do their job (i.e. Knowing when it's a real problem) bc most are becoming too lazy and are just dishing out tests without looking at their patients as a whole. Can you tell we love Dr Mike ๐Ÿ˜œ But I agree, this 1 scale cannot and should not determine our health! Btw, as a gymnast I've always been "overweight" bc I'm short and muscular.






๐Ÿ˜ณNancy 


From another friend: 
Deborah, 
Why don't we start talking about how we "feel" in our bodies instead of how we look on the outside? In my work, I see many "fit" people who can't connect or feel their bodies. I bet this 7year old feels strong! Why not talk about that? I've always been little and being a gymnast when I 
was young built solid heavy bone mass. I've always weighed more than I look and haven't owned a scale in 30 years. And beyond we'll-checks when my boys were babies I didn't do annuals even though insurance covered it. Mom's (in general) have stronger instincts and know what's best for their kids. I'm with you on this one on many levels (and don't get me started on what they tell adults about "well that's just aging...)" No! 
Angie 
MY FACEBOOK POST: 
Please Understand that I am upset...more than upset, I am totally disappointed in what is happening in doctor's offices. I need some input from the medical community to explain and help me understand why this is still happening. Here is what is making my blood boil. Please read all the following: Here is an interaction from 2014: 
Nov 2014....Food Print for Life...This is exactly what I am talking about when I ask my clients to throw their scales out the window. We cannot rely on numbers from a chart or on the scale to tell us if we are healthy human beings. And most doctors are the ones who fail to look at the whole picture...do they ask us how our eating is? Do they ask us if we are active? Do they ask us anything before they tell us we are "obese" because of a number on the charts or scales? This is outrageous and needs to be changed!!! 
MIMI 
This is my son. Yesterday his doctor told me that since his BMI is above the 85 percentiles, we will need to check his thyroid and his glucose levels. I told her she was crazy! His height and weight are proportionate. He is an 
active 4-year-old who is very tall for his age. I pretty much said that I will not have my child defined by an arbitrary scale that takes your height times some number divided by some other number as an indicator that my son is obese. According to those calculations Michael Jordan is obese. It's time for us to take a stand and stop this insanity! There will be no tests. 
THIS WAS POSTED 3 DAYS AGO...2017...FROM TERRY (NAME CHANGE AND PICTURES WERE APPROVED BY TERRY, SEE BELOW) 
"Opinions please! I took my daughter who is 7 for her annual physical. I am 5'9 and her father is 6'3. She is obviously very tall for her age. Well, the doctor had a discussion with me in front of her (trying to be discreet but unsuccessful, about her weight and bmi). I was taken aback. She is only 7! I do not want her stressing about body image at her age. My daughter does gymnastics, played soccer, will swim all day and night if I let her. She can play outside and on a playground for hours. Obviously, I am conscious of what we eat, but she's a kid. She can have cake at a birthday party, she can have ice cream in the summer, I won't deprive her of fun. The doctor asked her what was in her lunchbox that day (of course it was the last day of school so there was a treat in there!). She asked what she eats for breakfast, if she's active. My 7-year-old left that visit and said 'Mommy I can't eat any of that stuff anymore I'll be fat.' 
I felt like a failure and felt judged. 
What do you all think? Too much at such a young age? It even had a notation about bmi on the paper we take home! My daughter is tall and solid, and strong and active. The last thing I want is her to worry about 
this stuff at 7! I'm trying to set a positive example by being active, eating healthy and having the fun stuff in moderation." 

ANOTHER POST FROM ME TO THIS POST: 
Hey TERRY, 
I have been thinking about this all day and I am just so pissed off that the issues I have had, myself, with body-image and food and weight are now being "GIVEN" to young boys and girls from DOCTORS!!!!! The BMI is totally BARBARIC and has not been changed in years. When they created this insanity (BMI,) it was way back in the days that most women did not lift weights and exercise and everything was about the scale and numbers because back then, the majority of WOMEN DID NOT WANT MUSCLES and did not know that muscles were very important to build and that would cause everything to change in the numbers. Would you mind ( I will never use real names, etc.) if I use your post to write a blog/FB post? I also would like to share it with one of my clients who is a doctor. The number of clients I have worked with over the years who have had children or themselves fat-shamed at THE DOCTORS is outrageous. I hope that you have moved passed this and I am sorry if I am bringing back the feelings but I want to be able to start changing this issue and your input would help. If anything can come out of this horrible situation, maybe it is 
bringing the awareness to the medical community to stop damaging our children and ourselves. Thank you for letting me go on my rant!!!!!! 
DEBORAH 
I SAW PICTURES OF THIS 7-YEAR-OLD GIRL. SHE IS FAR, FAR AWAY FROM BEING OVERWEIGHT/OBESE/CLOSE-TO-BEING-OVERWEIGHT, ETC. SHE LOOKS SO STRONG, HAPPY, HEALTHY AND ENERGETIC. HER LEGS ARE MUSCULAR AND SHE HAS THE CUTEST LITTLE TUSH. NOT ONE SINGLE THING THAT WOULD MAKE YOU GO, HMMMMMM. 



Deborah Stern has been counseling her clients with a holistic and realistic approach to healthy eating and exercise for the past 25 years. After doing Jazz and Modern dance from age 3-22, she discovered aerobics and weight training. She was hooked and spent most of her time in the gym and/or studying nutrition and learning about the proper ways to exercise and to eat correctly to reach her goals. Deborah struggled with her own body image and food issues and realized she wanted to help other men, women and children who struggle with the same issues. Through her own trial and errors, 


experimenting with all types of "diets" and fads, she finally found what worked for her and her clients. Educating her clients about food as fuel, not as a diet but how to eat correctly to allow the body to function properly, became Food Print for Life. Deborah works with all ages and genders. Some of her clients have never working out and some are training for triathlons. She works with people all over the country who want to discover new, healthy, easy and tasty ways of eating, doing phone nutrition sessions. This is Deborah’s passion and it shows. Her clients have made incredible changes to their mind, bodies and spirits.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

HOW DID COLBY PREPARE AHEAD FOR A WEEKEND TRIP TO HER BOYFRIEND'S FAMILY? READ HOW SHE PREFACED HER TRIP WITH CONVERSATIONS WITH HIS FAMILY AND RESEARCHING GROCERY STORES AND RESTAURANTS.





Hey Colby,
So...a few great lessons being learned...this is the best part!!!

One...yes, when we have a smaller breakfast with less protein, we tend to get hungry and feel less satisfied. And adding the cottage cheese to dinner is a great way to make sure you feel satisfied and it added some berries for nutrients. 


You can still add extra veggies on your burger or as a side to make sure you are getting good nutrients in the day.
Do you ever do protein shakes? 


Look at the one on the recipes I gave you from Food Print for Life. That is a great way to get a ton of nutrients into your day in one large blender!!! Especially if you are not too hungry and want something you can take with you.

I love that you feel you are getting the hang of it.. Are you bored with the foods? Do you feel you are missing/craving anything? How is your energy?

Going out of town can be tricky but bring a lot of RX Bars/Lara Bars, nuts and other snacks you can have that are good and clean. You can even bring a box of Mary's crackers and a jar of PB if you feel comfortable doing that.


 I hope you have a fabulous trip!!! Keep up the great work...you are awesome!!!
Deb


Hi Deb,
I've done smoothies in the past -- banana and peanut butter was a fav. I was thinking about working those in so thanks for bringing it up. I'll take a look at your recipe and make one next week.


These last few days I haven't been bored with the foods at all because I tried new things (i.e. The avocado thing and the turkey burger). I'm on the border of over using The avocado thing but I used the last one last night so I'll space it out now. It's the perfect dinner because it's fast, light, and delicious..


I haven't felt like I'm missing anything since I added veggies in. I like seeing my grocery cart and kitchen full of natural colors from fruits and veg. I had a couple small twinges of wanting something for dessert this week but it was more like a fleeting thought than a struggle.


My energy is good overall. I feel like I can feel my body more when I'm walking up the stairs, doing yoga, etc. I was really surprised yesterday that I was so hungry for lunch that I was a bit distracted during one of my sessions.. So yeah, good lesson!



I had planned to bring food with me but all I brought were a few Rx bars. Sam and I agreed we would go shopping once in NY. 


Now though, I'm a little worried about not having what I need and making decisions that are not in line with my goals. That's why I am writing to you this morning -- to support myself and for some added accountability. 


Anyhow, I'll update you on my first day out of town tonight. We are going to a Mexican restaurant and I already reviewed the menu online. 

Sam asked me if I was going to make an exception and have a margarita (his family is fond of alcohol). I struggled a bit with my answer but right now I don't think it's worth it so I'm planning to stick to club soda.


Thanks as always for your awesome support and encouragement!
Colby

Colby,
Yep...the first time away from the "norm" and structure is always a challenge. I love that you are writing to me to talk this out!!! 


Are you staying with his parents? Will you have a car? Going to the grocery store is a great idea and very important. 

Just KNOWING you have food with you that you can eat back "home" or in your room is a great way to calm our voices of not having enough food and then eating the foods that do not make us feel good later. 


Can you explain to them that you are just not drinking right now and it is not forever but you feel so good right now that you want to continue this way of eating/drinking because YOU feel great?


I always bring a lot of my own food in my suitcase or bag because I know I will want it. When I tell people I do not drink, they either understand or they do not...and I am okay with that. 

And in the morning when I feel very proud of myself for making good food choices despite any pressure temptation...THAT feeling outweighs any feeling I would have with the few bites or glasses of food/drink that are not on my feel-good list. 


If someone was diabetic or had heartburn etc, no one would tell them they should eat cake or have a lot of greasy food....just sayin'... :)


I know you can do this and the more you do you will just get better and better traveling/celebrating/socializing and making it about the people and not so much about the food/drink.. Hugs!!!! Write to me ANYTIME you need to over this weekend...even if it just to scream!!!!!! 
Deb

Deb,
His parents and sister reached out last week to ask what we want to drink. Sam told his parents I was on a diet and I told his sister that I'm taking a break from alcohol. They won't pressure me (they will likely think I'm secretly pregnant). 

The pressure will be internal from myself... but just talking it out with you helps me think it through now. Last year I went alcohol and sugar free for 3 months and I felt awesome! Without changing my other food habits I dropped 10lbs with almost no effort. 

So I know I can survive a Mexican dinner, just need to be clear in my own head. I've been having thoughts about allowing myself some chips and cheese (they are famous for this) but I also had the thought that my addictive behavior might creep in if I open that door. 

So I'll stay away from the cheese. Might have some chips with tomato salsa.
We are staying at his sisters. She asked about breakfast foods and I asked for Fat-free Greek yogurt and fruit. Also told her Sam and I were planning to run to the grocery. 


We are driving so we have our car!
Thanks, Deb!! I'll keep you updated. I appreciate you.
Colby

Colby,
Hey...I love that you told them you were not drinking. Be careful with the word... DIET. People act crazy around people that are on a diet. 

You might just let them know that you are trying to feel more energetic, healthier and stronger. And by changing certain foods and alcohol you already feel much better. 


Those damn chips!!!! They are my devils. Once I start... I cannot stop. I usually just eat the guacamole with my fork when I go out for Mexican. If I have just one chip... I will not stop!! 

I love getting fajitas and not eating the tortilla or rice. I ask for extra chicken or extra veggies and put tons of salsa and guacamole on top. 

I am so glad you will go to the store. Be careful that they do not buy the yogurt with the fruit in the bottom. Once the added sugar come into our bodies we will just want more sugar and starch. I love that you are thinking ahead!!!

 What ever decision you make is okay as long as you have had a good discussion with yourself first!!! And me!!! I am here for you... Always!!!!
Deb

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

THIS IS HOW YOUR INGREDIENTS SHOULD LOOK:




FIND A WHOLE LIST OF "DEB APPROVED" INGREDIENT FOODS BY CLICKING ON THE PAGE LINK IN THE LEFT-HAND COLUMN.


Look at the ingredients!!! And it tastes amazing!!!







Tuesday, January 9, 2018

DEBORAH STERN'S POINT OF VIEW: THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT MISLEADING ARTICLES


DEBORAH STERN'S POINT OF VIEW: THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT MISLEADING ARTICLES

One of the many reasons I started Food Print for Life is to help my clients get back to the truth about food. I wanted to teach my clients what I learned from years of  trying to figure out what to eat in order to reach my health and fitness goals. 


And what I learned was how POWERFUL marketing is in our society. Go and look at the front of a box, can, bag, magazine and you will see exactly what the company or magazine  figured out would make them the most money and keep selling the products and magazines: TRICKING the masses into spending their hard earned money on products or magazines that have horrible ingredients or give false information. 



When I read this article, I did not know whether to laugh or to cry. On one hand I thought, wow, this is AWESOME!!! I can eat  "cranberry treats" to help feeling bloated AND I can eat "GINGERBREAD" men when my joints ache AND I can eat "DROP COOKIES" if I am edgy  AND I can have "CHOCOLATE" when I am tired AND I can eat "PEPPERMINT BARK" when I need to focus!!! This is the best article...EVER!!!!!



AND then I wanted to cry. I think of all the people who get this magazine CLOSER. Now, I bought this on Christmas Eve at CVS when I wanted a gossip magazine to entertain myself. Now, do I know that this is not a quality health, fitness or nutrition magazine? Umm, yes!!! But do I also think that it is irresponsible of ANY magazine to publish an article that tells you to eat a chocolate log roll, oozing with frosting and full of butter, sugar, sugar and more sugar TO HELP your mood and "tiredness?" 



That also made me chuckle, before I cried, because in my experience, eating a piece of chocolate log cake for SURE changed my mood and affected my "tiredness." My mood was delirious and comatose and I passed out on the couch for 5 hours!!!!!


Okay, back to my crying. I know that most of us know this article is giving us false information. But there are a lot of people out there that will read this and believe it. 


They will continue harming their bodies with tons of sugar and other bad ingredients because they read this article. And I do not blame anyone who is believing these articles because if you have not been taught any other way or if you do not seek out researching and learning more about ingredients and nutrition, then this is all you know. 


Many of my clients believe what they read in the basic "health" magazines. And why shouldn't they? I mean, the magazines tell you that they will help you lose weight and you see the pictures of the women that transformed themselves. 


So,  when they tell you to eat  FlapJacked Protein Muffins (these are NOT a "Deb approved" INGREDIENT product) because according to the article in Self Magazine they are the "perfect portable snack" you figure they must be healthy and nutritious. They are not healthy and nutritious.   And because  this is recommended by a DIETITIAN, we have even more faith that it must be healthy and nutritious. They are not healthy and nutritious.



I have provided a picture of the "Protein Muffin" and the ingredient list. Now, if I saw this picture and I read that it was recommended by a dietitian and I did not understand how to read ingredients or how to eat correctly for my health and fitness goals, would I eat this? HELL YES!!! But PLEASE do not eat these "muffins."



A gooey, chocolate muffin that has the protein that everyone says I should eat and a dietitian said it was a great choice...HELL YES.  


So, my friends, PLEASE keep doing your research, keep asking questions, try and read top quality articles. I will keep posting about this and share my opinions and views. Ask other trainer's and friends that you know and trust and who have done their research. 


This is one of the most irresponsible industries because the amount of money people spend on trying to lose weight or look better is untouchable and too many companies prey on the innocent men and women who are just trying to feel and look better. Shame on them. 

I WANT TO CRY A LOT!!!!

The following is from Abby Langer, R.D.:

"A Dietitian's Picks for the Top Food Trends of 2018

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'Here are my picks for new items in this category: Mighty Muffins are a high-protein muffin from Flapjacked. I expected it to be dry and flavorless, but it was delicious—and handy, since it comes in a single-serve cup that you pop into the microwave. With 20 grams of protein, they’re the perfect portable snack!'"



INGREDIENTS
Gluten-Free Oat Flour, (I would choose an item with a WHOLE GRAIN-this is just a white flour)Bittersweet Chocolate (Unsweetened Chocolate (processed with Potassium Carbonate, Sugar, Cocoa Butter(sugar as the second ingredient is a warning that this is just as bad as a candy bar) Soy Lecithin), Whey Protein Isolate (Whey Protein Isolate (MILK), Soy Lecithin), Pea Protein, Cocoa Powder, Buttermilk, Butter (Butter (Cream, Salt), Dry Buttermilk (High saturated fat) Baking Soda, Baking Powder (Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Non-GMO Corn Starch), Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Stevia Extract, Natural Flavor, Probiotic (Skim Milk Powder, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086).

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