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Why I Gave Up Dieting

You were probably initially drawn to my page because it dealt with fitness. Maybe it was because you knew me in “real life” and needed a little kick in the butt to remind you to stay/get in shape. I posted tons of workout selfies, meal prep that I had done, diet plans I chose to use through things like Beachbody (never going to knock them because they helped me when I wanted to start working out more).  Things were really different if you scroll back to just a year or two ago.

But then I stopped. I stopped posting as much. I stopped taking workout selfies. I stopped sharing what I was eating. I was feeling miserable. No matter how much I was dieting and exercising it felt like I was just the same. I felt like there was such a small difference and I was driving myself crazy. I felt like I was failing as the “fitness” role model I wanted to be. I was not going out with friends.  I was avoiding social events. I was limiting what I ate when I was on the road for work. I lived a life that was completely limited.

And when I would “cheat” or get the chance to have something delicious, I was a monster. I was out of control. I would eat the entire bag of chips in one sitting. The entire pint of Halo Top I picked up earlier that day would be gone that night (I know this one isn’t “bad” but eating a pint every other night was not a good thing either). I was ravenous and when I had a chance to eat “bad food”, I went crazy and binged.

It was a vicious cycle. I would diet, be so proud of myself, go out and binge eat, and come back and feel like absolute crap.  Then I would start again.  IT WAS INSANITY. And I was exhausted. Exhausted about hating my body. Exhausted about feeling self conscious all the time when I was eating something deemed “not healthy”.  So I came across certain Instagram feeds that promoted this thing called “intuitive eating”. I know what the two words mean separately but I was curious about what they meant when used together…

I started doing some research and listened to the audiobook “Big Girl: How I gave up dieting and got a life”.  It changed everything for me. I also listened to “Intuitive Eating: A revolutionary Program that works”.  I started practicing what each book taught me: there is no such thing as a “bad food”. I swear that was my wakeup call. Nothing was off limits and contrary to what you may think, this made me want “bad stuff” a whole lot LESS. I knew I could have it so I didn’t have to binge anymore. It was freeing and really helped me start healing my relationship with food.

I also learned to listen to my body. I started asking myself questions like: Are you really hungry or bored? Are you eating because you’re hungry or are you emotional? If I’m feeling emotional, what’s the reason behind it? I became more in tune with myself and recognized triggers. When I was stressed about the wedding, money, or school, I had a tendency to not eat much and reach for things like Hot Cheetos and wine.  But I recognized I was stressed at that point and found ways to try to eliminate stress to make my life a little easier.  I figured out that I didn’t really care for big dinners and shook the need that I had to have some sort of complex carb to eat with dinner like a sweet potato. I opted for meals that were focused on protein and veggies for dinner because that’s what my body wanted and what made me feel good before going to bed a few hours later.  I stopped assuming I was hungry for breakfast at 7am and asked myself “are you really hungry or are you eating out of habit?” I started eating more vegan and vegetarian food because my body was not feeling meat as much. This showed me a whole new world of ingredients and restaurants that have blown my mind.

This changed also brought along a lot of fear. Fear of weight gain because I wasn’t eating 4-6 small meals a day balanced with protein, fat and carbs. Fear of eating items that were previously off limits. Fear of being more than the size 10/12 I’ve pretty much been my entire adult life. But I strive every day to shake that fear and remind myself that my size is not a determinant of my worth or potential. Yes, people that don’t know and people that do know me may think I have changed or look different but if they are people that know me for who I am will love me more now because I can actually go out with them and have a spontaneous dinner date or happy hour date in the middle of the week.  It has freed me to start this new relationship with food, eating, my family, my friends, and my body.

But there’s one crucial piece I have not shared with you…

You will always see me exercising and moving. I just love it.  It makes me feel so good. It helps me with my anxiety. I’m such a busy body and my mind goes a thousand miles per hour and working out helps me slow down and be present. I will move as long as I can and I will always use it as the best form of free therapy. But that works for ME. Maybe you just like to take walks with your dog or go on hikes. Maybe you like to do yoga at home. Just make sure to move the way that makes you feel happy. Celebrate your body and embrace its ability to move.  Don’t use exercise as a form of punishment because you ate a sleeve of Oreos.

I hope this post inspires you to embrace who you are and I challenge you to shake the stigma of dieting. In the books I read I learned that 95% of diets fail. Why do you want to intentionally set yourself up for a life of failure? It’s a culture that makes us feel “less than” and encourages us to buy products that make us “better”. Fit looks different on everyone. I work out four to six days a week and I think I’m pretty fit when I curl those 25 pound dumbbells, but I also wear a size 12/14 in pants and a M/L in shirts. But I am happy. I am thankful for who I am and for all my body is able to do. You are perfect the way you are and you should embrace that and shake that diet stigmas and do what you enjoy.

I am here for each an every one of you if you want to take the journey with me. I no longer entertain dieting or diet culture but I’m ready to help you change your life and find all the happiness and fun I’ve found by giving up dieting.

All hail the #antidiet movement!!!!

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Where TF Has The Fit Britt Been?

Hi.

You probably totally forgot about me. Passed me a couple of times on your timeline posting pictures of me and this super handsome guy or maybe seen some of those motivational posts I’ve been putting up. Maybe you’ve been following my Orangetheory journey on my story or seen some of the things I’ve made in my kitchen or even the hashtag #intuitiveeating. You may be even saw me dabbling in vegetarianism/veganism but eating a big ass sushi roll in the next post. You’ve probably been wondering…”dude, she did have a blog but the last time she posted was last summer so I guess she kind of died out like everyone else usually does.”

And you’re right.

I was overwhelmed. I was busy. I was happy. I was challenged. I was sad. I was unsure. I was changing and evolving. So here’s where I’ve been.

Dude, I got Married.

So last time I wrote on here I was in a happy relationship (and still am!) but I was just a mere fiancé. May 5, 2018, John and I got married in front of 135 of our favorite people in the world. It was an amazing time but leading up to it challenged us financially, emotionally, and physically. John was changing careers and was in school receiving his certification in web development. We went through some financial hardships during that time but he came out on top, got his first job in the web development world and said sayonara to his ten year career in sales. Meanwhile, I had to listen to everyone’s opinion…I mean umm…input on what I should and should not do for the wedding. We were so excited to take this next step and barreled toward the finish line. But that wasn’t the only thing I was doing during that time…

I became a Doctor, yo.

Yup. You read that right. On June 20, 2018, I defended my dissertation focusing on how emotional intelligence training can have an impact on how individuals handle organizational change. I promise you’ll never have to remember that, and we can still be friends. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done, and it was a three-year journey that was from April 2015-June 2018.  It was insane when I sat down and actually realized that I have only been out of school two years my whole entire life…since I started when I was a kid. I know…WTF right?

Shout out to my fine ass husband who was (and will always be) a huge inspiration and motivator during that time and thank God I have a job that I don’t really have to “bring home”.  School was definitely my side hustle and was challenging because even though I’m really good at school, this was on a whole different level. I have never read more or written more in my life and I am not sure I will be doing that again for a while…or like…ever again.  But I wouldn’t change anything about my experience.

During this time I became a freak who lived off wine, hot Cheetos, and odd amounts of the strangest foods because I also happened to….

Say a big “F— You” to Dieting

I have been dieting since I was 12. That’s (almost) 18 years. Holy #%*& right? Now, don’t go thinking that my parents were some evil people who didn’t let me eat things (but they did have an impact on the way I saw food…more on this in another post). They were loving, wonderful and supportive but I learned “carbs are bad and make you fat” long before y’all found the keto diet. I read this book called “Big Girl: How I gave up dieting and got a life” and it kick started my journey to discovering what it meant to eat intuitively. It has changed my life, my happiness, my social life, my perspective on working out, and how I see other of different sizes. I have learned that being extra small or extra large is not necessarily an indication of someone’s health.  I have also become a total “granola” girl, living a chemical free life and embracing all things essential oils. I can’t wait to share more about this paradigm shift with you all in upcoming posts. I have really enjoyed the messages I have gotten from those who have seen my mindset shift and felt inspired by it. But one of the biggest things I have found is….

I finally started looking in the mirror and saying “Damn, girl you fine.”

You probably are rolling your eyes going “OMG this heifer is really trying to convince us that she is not pretty?” That’s not what I’m saying. I have heard people tell me things like “you have a pretty face” a lot in my life but never really my body.  I have had people fawning over my height but then making fun of my arms. I have developed body image issues that would make you want to throw a pity party for me. But day by day I am shaking those feelings. I love my gigantic butt now and I love making jokes about it. I look at my arms and go “Y’all are strong AF for those 25 pound curls in Orangetheory today. Keep doing you”.  I have begun to embrace the little acne scars I got from switching birth control pills and I call them little freckles. I finally started to say, “Damn, girl, you fine.”

I am becoming who I am and becoming more “fit” in every way. I promised you all this would be a blog that would redefine what it means to be fit and now that I am done with my doctoral and marriage journey, I’m so ready to share the rest with you. I have some secrets I can’t share just yet but in due time I hope that you’ll come to associate me as a badass #girlboss and ultimate make a real name for #TheFitBritt. I hope to keep inspiring you guys each week with new experiences, stories, and delicious things I’ve tried in future posts. So stay tuned, keep checking back, and comment below about what you’d like to hear next!

 

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Healthy Breakfast Tacos

Raise your hand if you’re from Texas!!  Ok, ok it’s ok if you’re not but just know that we love us some breakfast tacos. My personal favorite is a gas station original that’s potato, egg, bean and cheese, otherwise known as a Q taco for my Valley folks. Best. Food. Ever. (Minus a Las Vegas Restaurant Enchilada, which I’ll totally post about when I go back to Texas one of these days).

But let’s get back to breakfast tacos. Who doesn’t love a good quick meal that satisfies every one of your taste buds for the first meal of the day? Exactly. I love those good ol’ Q tacos but they aren’t exactly friendly for the wasitline. That’s why I came up with this amazing taco recipe that will satisfy you, your significant other (that’s ok if it’s your dog, girl), and your guests. You can always swap the eggs for egg whites as well. Check it out below:

Healthy Breakfast Taco Recipe

Serves 2

4 corn tortillas (I prefer Mission because they are low in everything and taste authentic AF)

4 eggs

½ red bell pepper

½ onion

1 small avocado

1 lime, juiced

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp paprika

¼ tsp garlic salt

1 tbsp cilantro

1 tsp olive oil

Cooking spray

Pepper to taste

Optional: Cheese of your choice. I would pick either cotija (Mexican cheese) or feta cheese for best taste

  • Warm two skillets (if possible) to medium heat (that means level 5 for most of you)
  • Once one pan is heated up, add olive oil. Once warm, add peppers, onion, and seasoning to pan. Saute until soft (cover if needed).
  • In the other pan, spray cooking spray. Place corn tortilla in pan and warm for about 30 seconds each side. Place on plate until ready
  • Cut avocado and mash in a small bowl. Squeeze lime on the avocado to avoid browning. Divide on corn tortillas when finished.
  • Once vegetables start to soften and corn tortillas are ready, spray pan (the one that had the corn tortillas) with cooking spray. Remove vegetables from the pan and distribute on the four tortillas.
  • Crack either two or all four eggs into pan that previously held tortillas. Cook eggs until desired firmness (I prefer a little runny (over medium) because it just tastes so good with veggies). Place eggs on corn tortillas with mashed avocado and vegetables.
  • Divide cilantro and top each taco with a little. Serve immediately.

Such a great weekend recipe! Next time I make it I think I’ll roast some sweet potatoes with the seasoning or mash it. Try it out for yourself and let me know how it goes!

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Skinny Pineapple Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita

Clearly you see I like margaritas right? I usually stick to craft cocktails and wine (mostly wine but I do love a good unique drink when I’m out on the town). A couple of weeks ago I decided that I really wanted a spicy drink and I said, “hey, jalapenos at the farmer’s market are only $1 for a bag and I have some tequila….”

Sooooo….it happened! The biggest part of this is not skimping on infusing the tequila. I had two experiments 1) where I infused the tequila for just about a day or so and 2) where I infused it for a week and used the same ingredients. Both yielded fabulous results but holy %^&$ I loved the one that was infused for a week! It was just the right amount of bite and I also set aside the remaining amount of juiced pineapple juice and froze it so I could use it this week. It gets to be skinny because I use my simple syrup recipe I mentioned before in my skinny mango margarita recipe.

So here it goes! Remember to try to do this a day in advance so you get the best bite for your buck!

Skinny Pineapple Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita

Serves 2

3 shots of jalepeno infused tequila

1 tbsp cilantro

1 fresh pineapple, juiced (if you can’t get this, just get as fresh of pineapple juice as you can, you’ll need about 4 shots of it; 2 per drink)

2 shots of skinny simple syrup

2 limes

  • Juice two limes, skinny simple syrup and add cilantro to the bottom of a shaker. Muddle together to release cilantro flavor
  • Pour pineapple juice, and tequila into shaker. Add ice and shake. Pour over ice or alone (blend if desired).
  • Serve immediately

So simple it should be a crime right? Even if you have to make the simple syrup it’s such a breeze! Such a refreshing summertime drink and I can’t wait to make more!

What fruit should be next??? Should I infuse it or come up with something brand new? Suggestions welcomed!

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Skinny Simple Syrup

Everyone loves a good mixed drink but none of us love the calories it comes with. Simple syrup is an easy way to make your waistband expand, so I’ve been using a skinny version that I have used over the years and recently perfected with my use of Young Living Essential Oils Orange Oil (Here’s a link to save 24% on oils; post on how Young Living changed my life coming soon!).  This simple syrup can be refrigerated after cooled to use other times as well. I do a few different versions of this, including a blueberry simple syrup for my blueberry margarita that’s to die for! Check out this lovely recipe and let me know what you think!

Skinny Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup Splenda/Truvia or any other zero calorie powdered sugar substitute

1-3 drops of Orange Young Living Essential Oil (click the link to get them at a 24% discount as a wholesaler! If you don’t have this and are making my Skinny Margarita, add some fresh squeezed orange juice to margarita)

  • Take pot and pour water into pot. Place on stove and bring to a rolling boil
  • Add sugar substitute slowly to the pot stirring to dissolve until you have poured all the sugar in.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool.

Bet you didn’t think it was that easy did you? Takes no more than about 5-10 minutes to do and once it’s cooled you can use it in recipes like my Perfect Skinny Mango Margarita recipe and other that are soon to come on the blog!

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Are You a Health Hater?

Do you sound like Ruby from this episode of Blackish? Are you constantly questioning people’s choice in food?  When I saw this plus a couple of comments on good ol’ Facebook, I knew I wanted to write about these “health haters”.

Let’s be real. Part of being fit has nothing to do with what goes on externally as far as your physical appearance.  It also deals with what goes into your body.  I try to avoid things like processed food, ridiculous amounts of sugars (but hell, I love margaritas and brownies…balance right?) but it seems that when we start to make lifestyle changes when it comes to food, everyone’s got an opinion about what’s right and what’s wrong. I’ve chosen to follow a flexible dieting plan called if it fits your macros (#iifym for short) and I love it! What I don’t love is when people try to tell me what I should and should not be eating.  I have educated myself over the past four years on how certain foods affect your body and I know what works for ME. Remember my last blog post when I shared that being fit is all about what you believe works for you, not what everyone else things.

“Oh that’s loaded with sugar alcohols, you shouldn’t have that.”

“That’s loaded with sodium, you shouldn’t drink that.”

“You really shouldn’t have that second glass of wine if you’re trying to lose weight”

“Ew, cauliflower mashed potatoes.  No thanks, I don’t think I’ll try that.”

Whose business is it what you eat and drink? Who says that isn’t a cheat meal or in your macronutrient count for the day? Now I’m not saying you should call yourself “fit” from the inside when you eat McDonald’s fried chicken sandwiches every day multiple times of day. I love things like Halo Top and other delicious items that do have sugar alcohols in them as well.  And I surprisingly have a pretty good grasp on controlling my sugar cravings when I supplement things like that in my diet.  I used a great IIFYM calculater  (I’ll post how and why I count my macros in another post…can’t spoil all the fun now!) and I account for everything I eat on MyFitnessPal, good and bad.  It’s called flexible dieting…look it up.

And why are people always hating on people who are trying to swap unhealthy foods for a healthier alternative? One big one I saw recently was someone hating on cauliflower mashed potatoes and saying they would never try it.  How do you know you won’t like it? It’s not like asking you to eat raw fish (which is delicious, thank you!), it’s asking you to make a healthier choice to have a meal that feels satisfying.  For someone who loves mashed potatoes, it may be hard to give them up for the sake of losing weight, but having something that satisfies that craving and gives you the consistency and flavor you’re looking for, why not give it a try? I notice a lot of this talk happening in the black community (I am about to get a little controversial, sorry).  I love my fellow black people, but our rate of diabetes, heart disease, and other weight related issues is always on the rise.  Many of us struggle to make the steps necessary to lose the weight and get healthy, so when you see someone trying, don’t bash their decisions to make a healthy choice, try to uplift and encourage them.  Maybe it’s hard for them to get vegetables in their diet because they just really hate the way they taste and they found that cauliflower mash is an easy way to get that food group in their diet.

It’s hard enough to take the first step, so here are some ways you can support others that are on a journey to be more healthy, and ultimately, more fit.  Be open minded, you never know what may change your life and outlook on health and fitdom…

  • Don’t knock it til you try it! You never know if you like something until you try. Try googling what I mentioned earlier—cauliflower mashed potatoes (Check out a recipe for cauliflower mash here and a few more delicious ones!). If you google cauliflower mash or look it up on Pinterest like I did, you’ll even get hundreds of positive reviews about them on various sites.  I challenge you to give it a whirl!
  • Ask the person what they like about it—people often like to share their journey when asked about it, especially if they really like what they made.  I promise you they will want to talk about their experience and you showing your support by asking is a great way to help make them feel assured and more confident about their choice
  • If you’re the one getting hated on, remember you’re doing this for YOU. I’m sure by now you’ve checked out my first post and saw that I’m all about redefining what it means to be fit.  You chose to eat the way you do now because YOU want to see change for YOURSELF (right?).  Don’t let the haters get you down because they’ll always be there.  But for every one of them, there’s ten more people that love and support you (like me!).
  • Do some research and take baby steps—I love all the recipes on skinnytaste.com. She has fantastic recipes and substitutes for many of our favorite comfort foods and you won’t even feel bad about it.  I have made probably over 50 recipes from her page (many of which I’ve added my own twist and will review here) and I have been happy with EVERY ONE OF THEM!  Don’t take my word for it—ask my friends who’ve come over for some of our parties.  Check out my first recipe I created here.
  • Do something daring. I did this back in 2008 when I decided that I was only going to eat seafood and give up all meat.  At the time I BARELY ate fish and had to force myself to get creative because I knew I couldn’t live off of shellfish (well I could but my cholesterol would probably be off the chain and I would probably be broke) and salmon.  I lasted for 6 years and I started eating turkey and chicken again about 3 years ago.  I still stay away from red meat just because 🙂
  • Last but not least, be patient! It takes a while for your taste buds to change! I remember thinking about how gross some vegetables were but now I love them.  Give things a try more than once and slowly ween things into your diet.  Going drastic may shock your body too much and cause you to develop some hatred towards certain foods.

Healthy food doesn’t only have to be boring! It only has to be if you choose not to experiment and try things.  Still afraid? I’ll make them for you and review them right here! If you click the subscribe button below you can stay up to date with all the unconventional healthy meals I make for myself, my fiancé, my friends and family!

Have you been hated on by friends of family for making healthy changes? Have you been a hater yourself? Share what your hesitations or qualms about healthy eating have been so we can better understand one another!