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A People Pleaser

Posted on October 9, 2020 By In Fitness With disabled comments

A People Pleaser

I used to pride myself on being a chameleon… That meant: 

  • Being all things to all people
  • Adjusting my likes and dislikes to theirs
  • Saying, doing what I think they want to hear or see.. 

Ugh!! It was exhausting! And I didn’t realize what I know now- there is a name for it and it’s called “people pleasing”

It’s such an easy trap to fall into! I mean…

  • We want to be liked
  • We want to fit in
  • We don’t want to create problems… 

But there is a huge problem with people pleasing. There is huge cost.

  • We forget who WE are
  • We lose the authentic version of ourselves 
  • We don’t know what we really like or don’t 
  • We stop going for our dreams.

With people pleasing you are doing something you THINK is right.

You don’t know it is hurting you but it is.

How do you know you are doing this??

You find yourself saying YES when you mean no.

You find yourself changing your beliefs, your plans, your ideas because of someone else

You worry about what others THINK and it controls your mind and keeps it in that loop of self doubt!

The problem with all this? The problem with PEOPLE PLEASING is It pushes you further and further away from your authentic self and you start to lose track of who YOU really are and what YOU really want and desire.

You are not too old and it’s not too late to change this pattern…

Recognizing it is the FIRST STEP…

On the other side of it? Freedom to truly be YOU.


Natalie Jill

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Ask a Health Coach: How Bad Is It Really?

Posted on October 9, 2020 By In Fitness With disabled comments

Love your weekly cheat meal? Got picky eaters in your family? Or maybe you’re high-tailing it to get the perennial favorite, the PSL as we speak. This week, PHCI coaching director, Erin Power is here to answer the pressing question: how bad is it really? And you might be surprised at the answers. Remember, you can ask your questions over in the MDA Facebook Group or below this post in the comments section.

Anne-Marie asked:

“I can’t resist those pumpkin spice lattes. Tell me they’re not as bad for me as I think they are.”

Who doesn’t look forward to a good ol’ PSL? The cinnamon, the nutmeg, the whopping 50 grams of sugar. While it’s true that sugar is linked to so many things you don’t want, like diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity1 to say the least, it’s not actually a hill worth dying over. At least not for me.

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A lot of my clients have been trained to panic when they see the sugar grams start to creep up. They ask me how many grams they should aim for per day. Or they want a suggestion to replace the sugar in their favorite *treats* with a more natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup or a non-caloric one like monk fruit.

But here’s the deal, sugar is sugar. And assuming you’re not sucking down seasonal drinks like this every single day, the calories you ingest aren’t going to make-or-break the metabolic bank. That’s what’s so great about our bodies. We can train them to freak out when we eat something that we think we’re not supposed to even look at, just as easily as we can have a knowing trust that our bodies have the metabolic flexibility to handle it.

If you haven’t heard me say it before, our bodies are miraculous organisms. We are designed to constantly respond and adapt to changes in our environments, thriving in some instances and effortlessly course-correcting in others.

I’m not saying that sugar isn’t highly addictive. It absolutely can be.2 But there’s a difference between having a few squirts of PSL syrup in your every-so-often latte and regularly consuming overly processed frankenfoods that are not only loaded with multiple types of sugar, but also industrialized oils and preservatives that your body doesn’t even recognize.

Plain and simple, I just can’t get too worked up over sugar. And my *official* recommendation is that you shouldn’t either. Especially around something that will be gone (at least temporarily) before Thanksgiving rolls around.

James asked:

“I know cheat meals are supposed to keep you on track, but I’m always massively hungry the next day. Any advice?”

Honestly, I cringe when I hear the phrase cheat day. It’s a term that’s rooted in diet culture and reinforces the labeling of “good foods” versus “bad foods.” But for the purpose of answering your question, I’ll move past my own issues.

For those who don’t know, a cheat meal is one that’s typically higher in calories and carbohydrates than you’re used to eating. Basically, it’s a meal where you can eat whatever you want without worrying about it falling into your macro split or fitting inside the Primal Blueprint food pyramid.

And yes, scheduled cheat meals can have benefits. They can help you replenish your will to stay the course, breaking up a potentially monotonous protein-and-veg-rich diet. There’s even some proof that they can kickstart your metabolism and keep your weight loss going by increasing leptin levels and restore thyroid function – two things that often get compromised during a prolonged caloric restriction.‘>4

Here’s the good news though. It’s possible to change your kids’ preferences for certain foods. Studies doneat the University of Alberta showed that children who were involved in the preparation of foods were actually more likely the make a healthier choice at mealtime.