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Miss Nutritionist was founded by Rosie Millen who trained at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Graduating with a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy she is a fully qualified nutritionist therapist.

Are your adrenal glands stressed out?

There are two adrenal glands which are our stress glands situated on top of the kidneys. They are chiefly responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of numerous hormones. Healthy adrenal glands secrete a number of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These allow our bodies to deal with physical and emotional stress.

Every time we experience stress the adrenal glands release cortisol into the blood stream so that we can deal with the fight or flight response. However if we are exposed to significant amounts of stress over a long period of time then these delicate glands can become exhausted and not work as efficiently.

The Stress Response:
When we experience physical or mental stress the adrenal glands release adrenaline and cortisol into the blood stream to prepare us for the stress. The heart beats faster, pupils dilate and sugar is sent to the muscles to deal with the stress. There are three stages of stress:
1) The alarm stage
This is the initial stage of stress. This stage experiences an over acting of the sympathetic nervous system where adrenaline and cortisol increase and blood flows away from the brain to the muscles.
2) The resistance stage
Overtime, if you are under constant stress your adrenal glands continually release adrenaline and cortisol to deal with it. They are going to full efforts to cope with the situation and often you can start to feel irritated and pressured.
3) The exhaustion stage
This is where the adrenal glands have been so over worked that they no longer function efficiently and optimally. They are exhausted which means the body can’t cope with anymore stress. As a result the person can feel exhausted, weak, burnt out and depressed.

Symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction
Difficulty falling asleep
Dizziness when standing up suddenly (especially in the morning out of bed)
Fatigue, apathy
Slow starter in morning
Clenching or grinding teeth
Poor appetite (no breakfast)
Digestive issues (low HCl, IBS…)
Salt craving
PMS, menstrual problems
Low libido
Palpitations
Muscle aches/cramps
Depression
Poor memory and concentration
Insomnia, poor sleep
Inability to deal with stress
Weight gain (around the middle)
Headaches
Poor exercise tolerance and exhaustion afterwards
Autoimmune disorders
Lower back pain

If you suspect you have adrenal fatigue or would like to test your adrenal glands and stress levels then there is an easy saliva test you can do for £70.
Please get in touch at enquiries@missnutritionist.com or call 0207 3719 032 and we can send you a test kit.

How to Support Your Adrenals!
Diet – Blood Sugar Balancing (cornerstone of adrenal support)
- Eat little and often – about every 3-4 hours
- 3 main meals with snacks in between
- Avoid refined carbohydrates
- Increase whole grains
- Good quality protein at each meal and snack
- Increase high fibre foods (water soluble especially as slows digestion, absorption of carbohydrates, increase cell sensitivity to insulin)
- Increase essential fats such as oily fish, avocados nuts and seeds.
- Drink enough water/fluids
- Avoid stimulants –alcohol, tea, coffee, cola drinks, chocolate, cigarettes

Foods to Avoid
Caffeine is a stimulant and can cause irritability and lead to over stimulation of the adrenal glands so the body is less able to cope with stress. It can prevent the absorption of some essential nutrients – zinc and iron.
Alcohol – Excessive intake depletes many vitamins and minerals which can impair the detoxification process of the liver and cause adrenal stimulation.
Sugar in excess impairs the function of the adrenal glands and has been linked with suppressing the immune system.

Supplementation

B vitamins
When under stress your body requires more B vitamins which are involved in protecting the nervous system. As they are not stored in the body they must be taken in sufficient amounts at all times. Supplementation of a B complex is important for energy production. Good food sources of the B vitamins are yeast extract, green leafy vegetables, eggs, salmon and whole grains.

Vitamin C – 2-3g per day
Vitamin C is vital to help the body cope with stress. Large amounts of vitamin C are stored in the adrenal glands and levels are significantly reduced when one is under stress. Good sources are from fresh fruit and vegetables. A daily supplementation of at least 1000mg of vitamin C per day should be recommended too.

Zinc – 15mg per day
Zinc is necessary for the production of the adrenal hormones and it is therefore extremely important to ensure optimum levels of zinc are maintained in the body. Zinc is often lacking in today’s diets and therefore a zinc supplement could well prove extremely beneficial.

Magnesium – 300 mg per day
Magnesium helps to reduce the risk of adrenal exhaustion from chronic stress. It is essential for production of enzymes and energy needed in adrenal cascade. It is key in blood sugar control. It also helps to relax the nerves which can be very helpful in maintaining nervous health.

Herbs to Help Stress
Siberian Ginseng maintains adrenal function by supporting and rejuvenating adrenal function. It is an adaptagen meaning it either helps to increase or decrease cortisol and DHEA. It has calming effects.

Liquorice Root can help anxiety disorders and encourage restful sleep. It increases energy and can raise cortisol levels. It also helps decrease symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Glandular.

Adrenal cell extracts from bovine or porcine can help to restore adrenal function which is useful in adrenal fatigue/exhaustion. It encourages the secretion of a variety of adrenal hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenalin.

Digestive Enzymes
Stress can play havoc with the digestive system by inhibiting digestive enzymes. This can lead to indigestion, bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation or diarrhoea. Supplementing digestive enzymes prior to, or during a meal, can help to eradicate some of the problematic symptoms.
Lifestyle recommendations

  • Stress Management – meditation, prayer, deep breathing
  • Time management –learn to say “no”
  • “Me time” – pamper yourself, massage, relaxation, hobbies
  • Enhance and cherish important relationships – family, friends, better communication
  • Identify “energy robbers” in your life – person, place, environment, work
  • Appropriate exercise – regular but not excessive – tai chi, yoga, pilates, walking, swimming.

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Reach your Fitness Goals – Erica Holiday

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Reach your Fitness Goals

Reaching Your Fitness Goals

Erica first entered her first competition in 2010 and did well, so she found a coach and continued down the bodybuilding path. After entering her first WBFF competition, she knew she’d found the federation for her and decided to go after her Pro Card, which she received in August 2012 in both Fitness model and Bikini divisions!
Her goals for the future include training clients to help them reach their full potential, competing in her debut Pro Show in 2013 and a few other fitness related projects. Of course, she would also love to grace the cover of a major fitness magazine one day, as every bodybuilder dreams!

The Pre-Transformation Checklist: “Reach your Fitness Goals”

It’s a New Year with new dreams to chase and fitness goals to reach!

For many the excitement and resolution to follow through on these fitness goals begins to wane by mid-February. You can see that in the gym alone. The first week of January you are lucky to find a parking spot, but by the second week of February, it’s “Hey! Where’d everyone go?” No one aims to fail…but life gets busy, obstacles cross our paths, and soon we lose sight of why we started, become de-motivated and just give up. That’s why I put together a list of questions to help you really think through these goals. This isn’t some revolutionary process…just a simple investment of genuine thought: written down, reviewed often, with follow through.

I believe with some thought and planning you’ll stay motivated and your fitness goals will be attainable. So, go grab a pencil and notepad now because you’ll need to invest a little mind work. This is mainly meant to be a guide – because only you can answer the questions and apply them – but I will offer tips and advice along the way to help you generate your own ideas and create steps to success to reach your fitness goals!

The first question on the Pre-Transformation Checklist is “WHY?”

WHY do you want to transform yourself and have fitness goals? Is there a certain toned look or harder body ideal you are after? Is there an outfit you want to fit into finally? Do you have a special event this year – like a reunion or anniversary that is motivating you to do a body makeover? Or perhaps entering a bodybuilding competition is on your bucket list? Maybe it’s something even bigger like health issues, or desiring to set a good example for family? Think about your reasons then write them down. Identifying “Why” is important because it is the foundation of your change. Think of it as your body’s Mission Statement. The best answers to “Why” are going to be sustainable of course, unlike a one-time event, but don’t worry about that yet. As you progress in your transformation to your fitness goals, you’ll probably find you don’t want to return to a lesser state of health and fitness and your “Why” may change.

The “Why” leads directly into Question number two, which is:
“WHO?” WHO are you doing this for?

In my opinion there should only be ONE answer to this question. Whatever your reasons for embarking on a journey to a greater level of strength and well-being, you must resolve to do this primarily for You. (You are the “Who”, let others be the “What”, if you choose….more on this later) And, hopefully, the outcome will be that family and friends will watch and learn from you and decide to do the same for themselves and reach their own fitness goals. Striving for fitness-related goals is no easy commitment! It’ll take a lot of your time, your energy, and your dedication – do this for You. Your resolve and success in transforming will positively impact everyone in your life as a result. It’s a win-win! This is a good tip for us moms, as well. Sometimes we need to find something that is ours’ alone and work at it. Kids learn Mom is not just a mom, but an individual – a strong, healthy, and confident woman. Kids will learn much from a healthy lifestyle that leads to a healthy self-image.

Once you have your foundation of Why and Who.

Consider Question number three: WHAT motivates you?

What flames the passion inside you? Is it reading quotes or browsing fitness magazines or listening to music? Is it planning a reward? Maybe you are motivated by supportive friends and family – or just the looks on their faces as you slowly and progressively transform your body? Here are a few things that personally keep me going: For starters, I love motivational quotes – especially when a photograph or stimulating image is attached to it, to helpme reach my fitness goals. In fact, my planner and Facebook pages are full of these. Often the quotes I post are words I needed to hear or images I needed to see that day…or because I know someone else who does.

Sometimes I find an uplifting message that helped me through a particularly hard time and I post it hoping to encourage others who may be struggling. It truly inspires and motivates me to inspire and motivate others! People are my main “What”. Another thing that pushes me towards my goals is collecting pictures of fitness models who I admire. It may be that I’m working on obtaining “her” abs or “her” delts this season. Seeing the images of those strong women helps me to focus and visualize what my efforts will achieve! But a word of caution: No Comparing! We may never have those exact glutes, for example, but we can work hard and love our progress from season to season. Comparison is an ugly game to play in your head and I believe what is inside eventually radiates outward. It can also lead to low self-esteem and is a huge DE-motivator! So, be positive and focus on your personal best! One quick thing to add: if rewards are your motivation, try to stay on track by choosing healthy ones. Don’t feed a bad habit by rewarding yourself with a big cake, for example. Instead, buy yourself a new workout outfit or training shoes – it’ll motivate you right back into the gym and that’s a step in the right direction!

The number four question is: WHAT hinders you?

Do you have friends or family who make negative comments? Do you tend to cheat on your nutrition? Are you having difficulty finding a place to work out? Do you tend to give up when you don’t see results fast enough? Do the same obstacles always stop you in your tracks from year to year? Identify these now. I think I most often hear from people that their significant other or family just doesn’t “get” why they want to invest the necessary time and energy into reaching a new fitness level. They’re surrounded by constant negativity in their efforts to change and it truly makes progress difficult. Trust me, I understand this. It took a lot of time for those closest to me to make sense of what I was doing.

My advice? You can’t get rid of family and shouldn’t ditch your true friends, but do widen your circle to incorporate like-minded, upbeat people who will inspire, encourage, and support you. You’ll find that you’re able to ignore the negative folks’ commentary if you invite more positive friends into your life. If your main hindrance is nutrition-related, don’t keep junk food in your house…Period. However, do realize that you will mess up on your diet one day, because we are human. Stop and pick right back up where you left off next meal! Don’t wait until “tomorrow” or “Monday” and put yourself back further. Just keep going forward from here on and each time you slip. Social events can be a nutrition nightmare. Learn to choose wisely off of a menu or bring your own food, if acceptable for the occasion.

Try to plan get-togethers that revolve around activity rather than eating whenever possible. If your place to work out is an issue – whether you don’t know where to start, don’t believe you can afford a gym or just need a change of pace – there is something out there for everyone these days! Gyms, with fees as low as $10/month, are popping up all over the place. Or switch to a studio that offers a variety of classes to keep you interested. Or try at-home, minimal equipment or body-weight-only workouts, depending on your final objectives. There are some great free YouTube.com videos that show you how to perform any exercise you can think of – at home or in a gym. I’ve used some of these and they can be very helpful when I’m in a rut. And, of course, you can always find books and magazine articles to get you started as well. Working out at home may also solve a time issue you are having. And let me remind you that one hour spent working out is only 4% of your entire day! With lasting, lifelong benefits! Don’t let time be an excuse.

Lastly, I just have to address the “not-seeing-results-fast-enough” obstacle with a bit of motivation from a quote I love, because we have all been there: “Some quit due to slow progress, never grasping the fact that slow progress….is progress.” –Rosley. ‘Nuff said!

The last Question to answer as part of your checklist is the “How” and it’s the most important of them.

HOW are you going to make these goals a reality?

This part is also the hardest. We can dream all day long of doing, but the part that connects the vision to the end result is the most important – it’s the PLAN. It comes even before one step of exertion. You’ve labeled your goals and obstacles, now you need a roadmap – the only way goals can be achieved. To get this you need to answer “How”? I’m a big fan of the old-fashioned “write it down” because it organizes your thoughts and it’s a simple visual reminder. Be sure to BE SPECIFIC and make your “How’s” tangible. Plot it out and include the “What’s” – how will you use your motivators and handle your obstacles? It might look something like this:

Plan of Action:

  1. I will MAKE the necessary time to reach my fitness goals. I will commit to approximately 45minutes to 1 hour, 3 to 4 days/week in the gym which will include weights and cardio. (As my fitness level increases, I will adjust the amount of time)
  2. I will use a holistic approach to meet my goals, to transform my mind and body together. I will start by signing up for a Saturday morning Yoga class to refresh and increase my flexibility.
  3. I will expand my circle of friends and mentors to assist in reaching my goals. I commit to meeting at least two new friends this month who share my positivity and love of fitness.
  4.  I will follow my dietary plan that will get me to that greater level of fitness. To aid in my compliance, I will throw out all the foods in my house not serving my nutritional goals.

Next, write down at least one step that you will take TODAY. Just one step in the right direction will lead to more. It can be simple.

For example:

  1. Today, I will make a collection of music on my ipod that motivates me during my workouts.
  2. or Today, I will start a folder of inspirational quotes, pictures, articles, recipes, and workouts.

Finally, don’t forget your long-term fitness goals and plans. For example, future implementations might include:

  1. To help me reach my fitness goals efficiently and safely I will hire a personal trainer and/or nutritionist by ______.
  2. I will register for a Bodybuilding/Fitness competition by _____, to add a level of accountability to my plan. (of course, I highly recommend www.wbffshows.com)

If you’ve considered all of these questions completely and written down your answers, along with a plan and fitness goals, then your checklist is complete!

One final thought: one of the best investments you can make when it comes to your health and fitness goals is to hire a personal trainer and nutritionist. They can offer a higher level of accountability and will truly push you and guide you safely to that next level of your fitness goals. I’ve been working with my trainer/nutritionist out of Oregon for three years and have made great strides in my physique that would have been impossible on my own. A dedicated athlete and an experienced trainer can make a killer team! If you decide a P.T. is right for you, share your checklist with them and collaborate on a plan that makes sense for what you want to accomplish in your fitness goals.

Now, that you’ve gone through the Pre-Transformation Checklist, you’re ready to begin a journey you’ll never regret to your fitness goals. So get out there and DO it! You know your Why, Who, Whats, and How….so go to Work and Win! Being healthy and fit equals strength equals beauty equals empowerment.

Good luck and remember:
“Dream, Believe, Exert, and Achieve!”

Erica Holiday WBFF Pro

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Smart Goals – Lisa Humble

Lisa has been competing in the bikini division with the NPC organization since July 2011 and fell in love with it. Competing keeps her body in the best condition it can possibly be in and keeps her laser focused on eating 6 healthy meals a day. She has 2 children that are competitive athletes, so it is important to teach them how to take care of their body for maximum performance. She works a full time job as a pharmaceutical representative. Excuses are not apart of her lifestyle. She is striving to be a professional athlete in the IFBB league and to be an internationally published fitness model.

How do you know where you will end up if you don’t know how to get there?

July 2006 I decided I wanted to compete in my first figure competition. I went to see someone that was recommended to me to coach me and train me through this whole new journey. Much to my surprise this person told me I would never be able to compete in the fitness industry I just didn’t have the shape and muscle. I drove home very disappointed and sat down in my big oversized chair and read my Oxygen magazine. I thought to myself “I know I can do this, I need a plan and someone who believes in me.” Then I began writing down exactly what I wanted to accomplish and I put a time on each goal. Here is what I set July 2006:

  • Compete in NPC org Figure division place in top 5 by July 2008 – date accomplished July 2007 4th place
  •  Secure a position in the pharmaceutical industry by January 2011 – date accomplished January 4th 2010
  • Have 1 print ad published in a magazine during my fitness career – date accomplished December 2012 – 4000 GNC stores, Shape December 2012, Oxygen January 2013, Muscle and Fitness Hers January 2013

I know you are thinking, “So what does this have to do with where you will end up?” If you don’t have a plan you will drive yourself mad starting over and over. My point is when you write your goals down and devise a plan you are far more likely to succeed.
Goal setting is not the glamorous side of a healthy fit life. It’s kind of like one of those things that you really just don’t take seriously. When you decide you are ready to make a change for the better you are all ready to hit the pavement and “get ur done”, as we say in the south. So many people have called or messaged me and said “This year I am going to get in shape!!! ” I immediately say “What was your goal or resolution last year?” So many times it is the same resolution year after year. Whether it is get out of debt,  get in shape, get a new job, or whatever you are wanting to improve on, you have to have a plan and discipline yourself enough to stick to it!
So we all agree that it is important to write your goals down but …….exactly how are you going to accomplish the goals you have set?  That is where SMART goals need to be executed.

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time focused.

A lot of you may have heard of SMART goals before especially if you have a corporate career like myself.  A SMART goal has a greater chance of being accomplished than a general one. Typically a SMART goal includes who, what, when, where, and how.   ie. My general goal – I am going to get in the best shape of my life.  My SMART goal – I am getting in the best shape of my life by joining a gym working out 4 days a week and marking off on a calendar every time I workout each week.  See the difference?  You will feel on top of the world when you look back at all the progress you have made.  It’s the beginning of a new year and no better time  to decide what great things you want to accomplish in 2013!

As always let me know your thoughts!
Happy New Year!!!!!
xoxo Lisa

Lisa McLean Humble

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Turn your living room, bedroom or yard into your own private workout studio. Clear some space and take your commercial break fitness!

Go through each one for a full body workout that doesn’t even require any equipment! You can even do this workout in a hotel room when you are on vacation or traveling.

More Fitness Ideas

• Go local: Check out your homeowners association or apartment complex to see if they have a gym. These are free to you so there are no excuses.

• Try the library: Go to your local library and check out some exercise DVDs to change up your routine. Pop one in your DVD player or computer and get to it! Ask friends what workout videos they have at home and see if you can borrow some to get going.

• Get online: YouTube.com has MILLIONS of 100 percent free workout videos. Everything from your average person demonstrating a few of their favorite moves, to professional fitness trainers walking you through a full body burn.

• Play outdoors: Run, walk, hike, bike, climb some stairs. You’d be surprised at how many things you can find outside to work yourself out underneath a sunny sky or starry night.

Last but not least, if you have a gym membership, use it! If you don’t use it because you’re not sure what to do once you get there, don’t feel alone.
I hear all the time how overwhelmed people are at the gym, not knowing if a machine is for arms or legs. It can be intimidating.

Even if you are not new to your gym, I encourage you to go in and ask for a formal tour of the facility. You can use this time to ask the friendly and willing gym staff any questions you have such as:

• Where are the shoulder machines?

• What do you recommend I use to workout my glutes?

Also inquire about the classes they have and ask for the weekly schedule so that you can post it on your fridge. Generally, these classes are free with your membership, so take advantage. See if they have weekend boot camps, too. These can be a great way to kick start a healthy weekend and keep you on track!

Whatever you do, just get moving! The first step is always the hardest. But your body will thank you for it!

Get more healthy lifestyle tips in my “Eat Clean to Stay Lean” ebook!

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Emily Reynolds is a World Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (WBFF) pro Diva Bikini athlete, an International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) pro bikini athlete, O’Neill 365 Icon, figure champion, competition coach, personal trainer, nutritional and wellness consultant, fitness personality and model.

You Don’t Need a Big Budget to Get into Great Shape!!!

Turn your living room, bedroom or yard into your own private workout studio. Clear some space and take your commercial break fitness!

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Go through each one for a full body workout that doesn’t even require any equipment! You can even do this workout in a hotel room when you are on vacation or traveling.
More Fitness Ideas

• Go local: Check out your homeowners association or apartment complex to see if they have a gym. These are free to you so there are no excuses.

• Try the library: Go to your local library and check out some exercise DVDs to change up your routine. Pop one in your DVD player or computer and get to it! Ask friends what workout videos they have at home and see if you can borrow some to get going.

• Get online: YouTube.com has MILLIONS of 100 percent free workout videos. Everything from your average person demonstrating a few of their favorite moves, to professional fitness trainers walking you through a full body burn.

• Play outdoors: Run, walk, hike, bike, climb some stairs. You’d be surprised at how many things you can find outside to work yourself out underneath a sunny sky or starry night.

Last but not least, if you have a gym membership, use it! If you don’t use it because you’re not sure what to do once you get there, don’t feel alone.

I hear all the time how overwhelmed people are at the gym, not knowing if a machine is for arms or legs.  It can be intimidating.

Even if you are not new to your gym, I encourage you to go in and ask for a formal tour of the facility. You can use this time to ask the friendly and willing gym staff any questions you have such as:

• Where are the shoulder machines?

• What do you recommend I use to workout my glutes?

Also inquire about the classes they have and ask for the weekly schedule so that you can post it on your fridge. Generally, these classes are free with your membership, so take advantage.  See if they have weekend boot camps, too. These can be a great way to kick start a healthy weekend and keep you on track!

Whatever you do, just get moving! The first step is always the hardest. But your body will thank you for it!

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Emily Reynolds

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