Is there really such a thing as bad food?

In a world where so many people think healthy means protein and veggies only because carbs (including fruit) are bad for you, I decided to dedicate this post for everyone who suffers from labeling foods as good or bad and those who follow restrictive diets.

Did you know that eating a diet that only consists of protein and vegetables can lead to health issues in a different, yet equally dangerous way as a diet consisting of processed foods, salt, and sugar?  Crazy, right?

For this post I wanted to tackle some of the foods most labeled as bad:

  1. Foods high in sodium always get labeled as bad because high salt intake has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.  But did you know if you eat a few foods a week high in salt and the rest of your diet has adequate salt intake and you stay hydrated…those small spikes of ingested sodium WILL NOT MAKE YOU HAVE A HEART ATTACK
  2. Another food labeled as a diet “no no” for many is sugar.  But did you know that processed sugar (whole fruit is not processed sugar) once a week is NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU DIABETES.  Did you know that you can do “damage control” on that sugary cheat that is high in carbs and very low in fat by consuming is within 1 hour of an intense workout?  Not saying to eat it first and then punish yourself with exercise after, I’m saying if you want to go out for ice cream, donuts, or cookies and not see as much short term weight fluctuations enjoy them after you’ve worked out (again, don’t abuse this).
  3. Fried foods are oh so delicious but oh so restricted when people go on diets, but did you know that consuming 1 fried meal a week with multiple healthy whole meals, that bad food IS NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU HIGH CHOLESTEROL.
  4. Fiber is one of those diet worshipped foods.  But did you know that if you consume high fiber vegetables/foods post workout it can become a bad food?  You want fiber before or during the day not after a killer workout (messes with recovery-i’ll do a whole post on that some other time).

Moral of this blog: BALANCE and food timing is key!

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5 Foods That Claim To Be All Natural But Aren’t

We have all seen the labels that say 100% all natural, and many buy them thinking that they are because well we trust labels right?  At the end of the day the food industry is a business, sometimes they do things that aren’t in our best interest and here are 5 foods they make us believe are healthy and all natural, but aren’t.

  1. Granola Bars:  We have all bought those delicious organic, all natural granola bars thinking we were doing it right.  The problem is many of these granola bars contain artificial sweeteners and “natural” flavors.  Natural flavors is a cop out for flavors that are derived from natural sources…in a lab.
  2. Yogurts:  They have the same problem as granola bars.  TONS of artificial sweeteners, “natural” flavors, and added sugars or sugar alcohols.  (sugar alcohols aren’t so great either)
  3. Bottled Iced Tea:  Natural flavors, sugar and/or high fructose corn syrups should not be listed on the back of the label.  Green and black teas in there natural form are packed with antioxidants, but the benefits get smashed when they’re paired with sugar.
  4. Salad Dressing: If it’s not home made, read the label.  Those long 10+ ingredient labels are proof that those “all natural” salad dressings really aren’t that natural.
  5. Ice Cream:  We have seen so many new dairy free, gluten free, yady da, etc.  Ice creams pop up on the market advertising high protein, low calories, and no sugar, but they taste sweet.  Why?  They are packed with sugar alcohols (usually the ingredient that ends in “ol”)…which they are NOT natural.

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10 Fitness Facts About Me

  1. I am a 4th Degree Black Belt
  2. I am a 2 time Sparring Florida State Champion
  3. I placed 3rd at the 2011 World Championships for Sparring
  4. I currently hold the 72kg female collegiate state record for my 137kg (303lb) Squat
  5. I have a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science
  6. I am the owner of LetlerFit
  7. I plan to start my Masters in Exercise Physiology this Fall of 2017 (fingers crossed!)
  8. When I was younger I did gymnastics, danced, and played soccer
  9. I am a proud Herbalife Independent Distributor and have been for the past 4 years now
  10. My favorite day of the week is actually not leg day, I prefer to workout my upper body.
  11. (BONUS) I HATE low intensity steady state cardio, so BORING to me.

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Sugar After Hours

I mega-apologize for being MIA this past week and a half.  I can officially say I am done with Spring semester and am FINALLY graduating with my degree in International Relations and Political Science with a minor in Business.  I am now able to focus 100% on my Nutrition and Dietetics BS.

Anyways, one of my friends requested that  give my opinion on eating sugar later in the day.  First, some facts of sugar:

1.  Sugar can be good and bad

2. Sugar provides your body with instant energy (that’s why sugar crashes happen from too much processed sugars in one sitting)

3. Sugar is a carbohydrate

Because sugar is a carb, it does provide our body with energy. What happens when we don’t have enough time or activities in the day to burn off the carbs by using up the energy?  It turns into fat.  This is why people who are trying to lose weight or maintain a lean build are recommended to avoid eating anything with sugars in the evening.  Unless of course you’re more intense workouts happen at night.  For most people however this is not the case.  When sugars go unused throughout the day your body converts it into stored fat in a process known as lipogenesis. (lipo=fat genesis=origin or formation of something).  If you do choose to eat sugars late at night, ditch the processed sugars (candy bars, juices, granola bars etc.) and go for the real sugars found in fruits (well, you should always go for natural sugars if you have to ear it).  Personally, I prefer berries because they are lower on the Glycemic Index.

I know this post was very short, but I hope this helps clear up any confusion you ever had on why you should avoid sugars later in the day.

Welcome to My World!

Hi Everyone! My name is Melissa Letellier, I am a 21 year International Relations, Political Science, and Nutrition Dietetics Major as well as a business minor.  Crazy, I’m aware.  I changed my mind a little late in the game and decided, why not finish IR and Poli Sci? Aside from being a full time student, I am a Martial Artist turned Crossfitter.  I also, teach a woman’s glutes group.  My love for fitness and of course funky leggings, inspired me to develop my own line of fitness clothing for both Men and Women, called LetlerFit.  To go with the apparel I am publishing my very own workout program; “Get LetlerFit in 30 days.”  “Get LetlerFit in 30 days” will become to first installment of body weight at home programs that will eventually be expanded into dumbbell and resistance band training program (Yes, I am Personal Fitness Trainer certified). Aisde from helping people reach their fitness goals through health and fitness, I love the color pink, animals (I’m a vegetarian-for health and animal loving reasons I respect everyones diet), knowledge, my boyfriend of 3 and a half years, my pets handsome (chinese crested hairless), spike (chinese crested powderpuff), tigger (rescue cat), asuna (rescue cat/demon), marshmallow (Male Dwarf Rabbit), snuggles (Female Dwarf Rabbit), and blooper (accidental dwarf rabbit).  I am a workaholic, heavy-metal listening,  and goal driven.  Please excuse any grammatical errors/typos in this or any future posts.  I save my grammar for my academic papers.  No need to be perfect all of time.   I am excited to start my first blog, any suggestions on topics you would like me to blog about, do not hesitate to let me know! And remember, “Stay so hungry, you never stop eating.”  103my own personal transformation.  Have a goal? I would love to coach you and help you become the best version of yourself.  LetlerFit@gmail.com