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Listed below are some quick FASTING FACTS that I would like you as the reader to really learn and understand. I want you to open your mind to the POSSIBILITY that what we’ve been told to believe about FASTING may not in fact be true! My goal is for you to think of HOW fasting can potentially be the tool that you have been missing in your belt of weight loss tools.
Fact #1 – Notice that last word? PERMANENTLY! It is what so many overlook when they start counting calories to lose weight. Yes… if you eat less calories over an
extended amount of time you will lose weight, BUT…here is the kicker, study after study has shown that for LONG TERM SUCCESS in losing weight and KEEPING IT OFF, caloric restriction fails 99% of the time. This is why so many of you have successfully lost weight in the past (probably on multiple occasions), but never managed to learn how to keep that weight off.
Fact #2 – Um…no…just no. This is something that Big Food companies have successfully brainwashed us into believing. I, too, believed this myth for the longest time and practiced it myself. It didn’t matter how early my start time was for my first patient in the OR (operating room) that day, I would make it a priority to wake up early enough to eat breakfast because I truly believed this nonsense for most of my life. If this were true, we would’ve died off as a species thousands of years ago, because for a majority of human existence there hasn’t been a grocery store on every corner. The human body was PERFECTLY DESIGNED for feast and famine and THIS is the sole purpose of the adipose tissue on our bodies! Just like bears, we are supposed to use our fat stores in times of less food availability. If you are one of the many people that has secretly fought this notion of eating first thing in the morning, it means you are actually in tune with your body’s needs and your hormones are
probably much more well balanced (i.e. the daily natural ebb & flow of all of your hormones in 24 hours).
Fact #3 – While there are SO MANY reasons that I believe exercise should be a part of your daily healthy lifestyle, this is not one of the reasons. In my FITz & Healthy podcast, I actually devote an entire episode to what exercise is and isn’t, specifically
talking about how it is NOT a good way to lose weight. Exercise is helpful in so many ways, but if you have listened to any of my “Lauren Lives” or podcast episodes, you’ve heard me preach that “it is BIOLOGY, NOT PHYSICS” people!
Fact #4 – This is another common myth that I, too, believed for most of my life. I was duped into believing that I would slow my metabolism down if I didn’t eat first thing in the morning, didn’t eat small meals throughout the day, or happened to skip any meal or meals. Are you one of the many that fell into believing that dogma, too? You guys…IF those were true, think about what that would’ve meant for our Paleolithic ancestors. They would’ve all been overweight if that’s how the body’s metabolism works. I want you to think about WHO benefits from us believing this way!
Yup…you guessed it…companies that make FOOD. It is a BRILLIANT marketing plan, get the general public to believe that they NEED to be eating around the clock and that will create a HUGE DEMAND that will in turn equal HUGE PROFIT! You guys…if that were true, do you really think that we would have the obesity epidemic that we have today? Come on…admit it, you’ve tried this method and how has it turned out for you? A majority would answer that it has FAILED them over the years. In fact, what HAS been shown to actually slow down a person’s metabolism over time is the all too popular CALORIE REDUCTION DIET. Yup…you heard me right! Wanna slow down your metabolism in a way that is lasting, just reduce your calories and exercise more daily. #cantmakethisshatup
Fact #5 – Starving is what the victims of the Holocaust suffered when they had NO CONTROL over when or how often they would eat. Fasting on the other hand, is TOTAL CONTROL over when and how often you eat and is something that EVERY SINGLE HUMAN already does naturally. Fasting is defined by a period of time in which a person doesn’t consume anything to eat or drink. Hello?! You all sleep, right? Every single one of us ‘fasts’ when we are sleeping. The amount of time
fasting for each individual is what we will talk about later, but for now just know that my intention is not for you to starve yourself.
Fact #6 – That is partially true but only for a SMALL PERCENT of you. Fasting should NOT be practiced if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have suffered from an eating disorder in the past. If you are a diabetic, you have huge potential to get better control of your disease process with fasting, BUT should only explore this option under the guidance of a medical professional that has experience with treating diabetic patients and fasting. (see www.idm.com for a great option) The fact is that fasting has been practiced by humans for centuries and has fallen out of practice for the most part, due to (what I believe at least) modern society being driven by the almighty dollar (Big Food & Big Pharma) and foods that are unnatural causing unnatural addictions which make it seemingly impossible to do an actual fast whether it be for a day, a month or any period of time.
Let’s face it y’all, most of the blog posts that you will find on my website are going to predominantly be health and fitness related. While on the surface this one isn’t overtly “health & fitness” it is 110% connected to our health and fitness. The power of connection is a phenomenon that our culture is quickly losing and one that is highly underrated when it comes to you being your best you.
Why am I writing about this at this moment? Current situation is the following…I’m on a evening flight from Dallas to Orange County returning from spending the last 6 days in the city of New Orleans surrounded by nothing but a $#i! ton of people. I’ll be honest, I usually HATE stuff that involves a ton of people. Despite what most think of me, I’m actually an introvert at heart. I’m currently sitting on a plane secretly happy that 1) there is no one sitting in the middle seat next to my aisle seat and 2) the lady sitting next to the window has no desire to talk to me. I’m an outgoing introvert, but an introvert nonetheless. The definition of introvert is “_______________” and describes me perfectly. I am outgoing though, which means I have no problem taking the attention of an audience in a room if need be. Whether it be to break an awkward silence amongst a small crowd or speak to a large crowd on a stage, I can be THAT GIRL. That being said…I love my alone time. If given the choice to go out to dinner followed by something or staying home, I usually choose the latter. This surprises most, but my closest friends and family can vouch for this fact.
We were not created to live a lonely existence devoid of human interaction. We were meant to be connected to people on a deeper level that most are missing out on nowadays. When I say connected, I mean connected in a variety of ways, it can be as small as you starting a real conversation with the person taking your order that goes above the “how are you” verbiage that most partake in those scenarios. Personally, I like to try and make that person truly smile with my words when I am on the purchasing side. While I believe that those small connections have big potential power to alter someone’s day for good, I believe that the BIG CONNECTIONS are the ones that can potentially empower you to become your BEST SELF!
Those “big connections” are the connections we make with people that are more than just a passer-by in our lives. Those people of course include our friends and family, but also include people that we work with, we socialize with (both virtually and in person), and the unexpected relationships that come into your life without a clear purpose. Every time one of those people is in front of us in our present state, we have two choices. First choice is to allow that immediate interaction be one of a superficial nature and is what I believe most of us do. We are there talking to a person but our mind is thinking about what they just saw on social media or the person passing instead of actually listening and CONNECTING with that person. We are distracted by the text message that just came through on our iWatch or the thoughts of something fleeting that isn’t remotely related to what is in front of you at the moment. Essentially…people that are presently in front of you are NOT ACTUALLY PRESENT. The second choice is the harder choice, it’s the choice to be completely present in the moment. It is the only way that we can actually have deeper connections and THIS IS WHERE THE POWER IS!
Connecting with another human being on a level that is anywhere below the surface opens up channels inside of us that I feel like have been closed off for a while. Those channels that have become closed off because of all of the current stresses that life in 2017 throws at us daily…social media & all of it’s evils, ever increasing job stresses that lead to a vast majority hating what they do 5 out of every 7 days, unhealthy relationships that are based on superficiality, and the list goes on. You know exactly what I’m talking about, right? I know I’m not the only one that has found myself surrounded by a $#i! ton of people on a daily, yet still feel alone. When that happens I want you to think “my channels are closed and I gotta open them up again!”
I can hear it now…“How do you open up those thangs, Lauren?” Ready? It’s a big one so I hope you are paying attention. The answer is so easy, yet it’s not because it takes us going against our human nature. Our human nature is all about survival right? If we didn’t have the innate drive to take care of ourselves first, we wouldn’t have lasted this long as a species. BUT…here’s the kicker, in order to start a true deep connection with another human being we have to start intentionally thinking of the other person and what current needs they may have in their life. The only way we can do that is to LISTEN MORE & TALK LESS!
New Orleans was a business trip for me with my health & fitness coaching job. Every year we have this massive convention in a major city where anywhere from 25K – 30K coaches from the US & Canada convene to learn and come together for fellowship. This was my second year to go to “Summit”and it was TOTALLY DIFFERENT compared to last year. Last year I was a new coach of only 8 months and didn’t know what to expect. I’ll be honest…12 months ago I felt like I was lost in this sea of people dressed in mostly stretchy pants, bright colored workout gear and name tags that touted all of their accomplishments in their own businesses. I saw a ton of parallels between the Zumba world and this coaching world after having attended the infamous “ZINCON” (Zumba Instructor Network Convention) the three previous summers. Lots of similarities were both good and bad, while I won’t harp on the bad, I will focus on what good I did see that was similar. I saw a ton of people from all over and all walks of life surrounded by other externally similar people who looked to be enjoying the company of the group. I saw a ton of CONNECTED PEOPLE!
I didn’t quite get it last year like I do now. Yes…I love coaching because of what my thoughts, words and actions can do to help empower another person, but the part of coaching that I think I love most is the bond that forms when you are truly helping change other peoples’ lives FOREVER! Last year I kept to choice one mentioned above and did NOT allow myself to connect with my team on a deeper than surface level. This year was 180 degrees in the other direction and ya know what…IT WAS A GAME CHANGER. Over the last year, I have grown a ton in my own leadership skills and feel like it was the foundation that needed to be laid on my team of coaches. Team FITz coaches were who I desired to be with this time around and it all goes back to what I try to live by daily, which is listening to others and meeting them where they need me to meet them. I am by no means a perfect leader of my team, but I feel like the POWER OF CONNECTION amongst all of my coaches had everything to do with me learning how to open up those closed channels and RE-CONNECT with what really matters in life…PEOPLE!
This is a bit longer than I had intended but I think it is an important one. I want to challenge you to evaluate your own life and look at what channels you have closed off for whatever reason(s) and try your best to OPEN THOSE BAD BOYS BACK UP AGAIN. Your overall health will improve the moment you realize the power that your connection with others really has. I am SO BLESSED to be the coach that each of my coaches personally chose to be their mentor in this business of health & fitness coaching. The bonds that I have formed with these people are real and life changing. My cup runneth over after spending the last week with them and I can’t wait until our first ever Team FITz Coach Retreat this Fall in my new home of sunny SoCal! THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!!! Now…go start reconnecting and let me know when your cup is refilled from that connection!!!
HAPPY JUNE 1st, Y’ALL!! As I sit here on the plane this first day of June traveling for the fifth time this year, I have so much on my mind to write about in this first official blog for laurenfitz.com, but which thought do I want to start writing about? I want to write about INSPIRATION!
While I have never claimed to be a writer, much less a good writer, I do have a lot to say and communicate to the world. Many people know me for my many “Lauren Live” broadcasts that I do on my various social media platforms as well as my new podcast called “The FITz & Healthy” podcast. I am no expert at anything but in my 37 years on this Earth, I have had many unique experiences that have led to the broad range of topics that I have been known to talk about to the public. Inspiration is one of them that I have yet to talk about and I figured that I would share where my inspiration began while hoping that it inspires a few of you along the way.
Junior high and the dance studio are where I can first pinpoint my first true brush with this word that almost seems mystical. Many of my fans have heard me tell of my dreams from childhood to grow up and become a backup dancer for Janet Jackson one day. What most don’t realize is that I actually believed in my soul that I would achieve that dream. I would watch MTV and VH1 (are those networks even still around by the way?) and watch for any Janet video to be played so I could hit the record button on my VCR. (Yup…y’all know I never try to hide my age…born in 1980, BABY!). I would imagine myself behind Miss Janet on stage as I danced along to her music with some bomb ass choreo and would be inspired to do my own. This inspiration led me to choreograph moves to her song “If” in ’93 which I performed in my school’s talent show and in a state-wide dance competition where I won 1st place in the solo category. WHAT WHAT?! 😉
Now…I know you are asking yourself “Lauren, did you ever actually dance for Janet because if not, why are you writing about this in regards to inspiration?” I am glad you asked. I am telling this story because there is inspiration around us everywhere. The choice of WHAT to do with it is where we go astray. I fully believe if I would have had the mindset of believing everything is possible and learned to silent those voices in my head placed there by a society that tells us we aren’t good enough, not skinny enough, not talented enough, etc, that I would have become a backup dancer for Janet Jackson. If I would have let INSPIRATION take the lead and followed my heart, I would have been led down a completely different path. That being said…I believe that inspiration doesn’t have an expiration date. That inspiration to be able to perform my God given talent of dancing on a stage for thousands of people to be inspired by it is still VERY PRESENT in my heart and drives me to follow my heart now at 37. The specifics of the dream may be a bit different (although ya never know because Janet is always full of surprises and I do live in California now…just sayin), but the dream that came from my initial inspiration is still fueling a fire that is meant to make big waves in a completely different way than I ever could’ve dreamed.
What inspires you? Is it something like creating a meal that is amazingly tasty that has all nutritious ingredients and brings orgasmic delight to all those who eat it? Is it watching a young person learn a sport that transforms themselves into individuals that have a new found confidence and love of physical activity? The possibilities are endless and all are absolutely needed to make this world a better, brighter, happier place. My dance skills were given to me to help others. I have no doubt. The love of being on stage and performing may have started out as being an egocentric passion but as I have matured and gotten some life experience under my belt, I realize that it’s so much bigger than just an ego stroke. This is a skill that can be used to EMPOWER those that are inspired by it. It is a powerful tool that I personally am able to use to connect with those that need inspiration in life. I choose to use what started off as my first true inspiration to help fulfill my purpose and help others.
On this first day of June, I hope that you get a little inspiration from this blog of mine and maybe take a deeper look into what inspires you and how you can use that inspiration to fulfill your own purpose while helping others as well. I appreciate every single one of you that took the time to read this and thank you all for the love, support and positivity that I receive from y’all daily! Happy Thursday!!