Rachel's Fit Health

A balanced approach to healthy living.

Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) , Personal Trainer, Intuitive eater, Weightlifter, FitFluential Ambassador, Wine connoisseur

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Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) , Personal Trainer, Intuitive eater, Weightlifter, FitFluential Ambassador, Wine connoisseur.

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About this blog:
This is a "been there, done that" style of healthy living.

We've all tried strict dieting, rigid eating styles, have read articles that "scare" us into eating healthy. Consider this blog damage control: remediation for the crazy things we've done to our minds and bodies when it comes to healthy living.

The focus of this blog has shifted to highlighting how you can overcome "food fear" as a result of rigid habits, to promote self-esteem and develop a greater respect for yourself.

So if you've found yourself following "rules", feeling stuck, unhappy, guilty, or just desiring something more for yourself when it comes to a healthy lifestyle- this blog is for you.

Life's a lot more fun over here :)


About me:

I started this blog two years ago to blend my love for learning about health from an educational standpoint (how the body works, what drives human behavior) and my interest in increasing my own health.. influencing others along the way! I have an bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy.

I have experience personal training individuals and small groups.

Outside of blogging, I am an Occupational Therapist who works in a community reintegration program for individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Recognitions:
Nominated for Wego Health Activist Award- Blog

Affiliations: FitFluential Ambassador

**Want me to review your product? Email me at rachelsfithealth@gmail.com**

Disclaimer: All blog posts within this site are solely a way for me to share my experiences in healthy living. Posts are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem. I am not a registered dietitian, doctor, or fitness expert. Consult your physician before beginning a diet, supplement, or exercise program.

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Why I’ve been MIA

As I’m sure some of you have noticed, I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I used to.

Since I got engaged in the beginning of May, life has been crazy. I moved, I live with two of my best friends, I’m planning a wedding (requires a lot of online researching and appointments to pick photography, DJ, videographer etc) I’m working full time, still working out etc. Every blogger is busy, but this is definitely the busiest I’ve ever been in my life.

And that’s the point. When I started this blog, I had moved to a new city, all alone, and really didn’t know anyone. I had moved for graduate school. I was excited to get my Masters but when I got there I was disappointed with the field. I knew I was into health, my undergrad degree was in Kinesiology, which I absolutely loved, and now I had to learn about things I didn’t feel as passionate about compared to exercise science. It was a practical route (I ended up getting a job immediately after graduation which was awesome) but I didn’t feel fulfilled at the time learning about the field.

So I dove into blogging, learning about weightlifting and bodybuilding. I essentially became a part of that online community, and it felt good to be a part of something I was passionate about at the time.

But I’ve realized this over the 3 years I’ve been blogging- The more I actually live life, the less I blog.  The more I isolate myself, spend more time alone and spend looking at other people’s pictures and posts, the more I write.

And that’s another point- I spend WAY less time looking at what other people post. And I feel like that’s a huge reason I feel like I have nothing to write. I felt more inspired to write when I felt insecure about myself and the way I looked. It’s something I knew people could relate to, so I’d write about how I felt and issues I’ve had.. I’d share progress pics because that was the center of my focus (don’t get me wrong, I’m really proud of how weightlifting has made me look, and I don’t think they are all narcissistic as I’ve been scolded by others..) But I’m to the point where I can effortlessly look the way I do (it feels effortless because I used to be much more obsessed, so not counting calories and spending less time in the gym feels effortless to me! All relative).

I feel more secure with myself, and people don’t want to hear that.

I’m trying to find a new focus and new point of view to write from.. I think the main focus is eating intuitively, exercising but not going overboard ( I work out a lot less than used to and don’t feel so guilty about rest days), and just enjoying life. I want to start writing more again, and I feel like it’s important to write about the different phases and changes we all go through. Cheers to that. ☺️ Has anyone else felt this way about blogging? Would be interested to know!
Think you can’t eat Mac & cheese? I was the same way. 

I was in the pasta aisle at the grocery store the other day, passed by the Mac & cheese and thought, why not try it again? I haven’t eaten it in years- for so long it’s been one of those “off limits” foods (if you’ve dieted a lot in the past, there are definitely foods on your “never eat” list.. where there is basically zero temptation because you’ve built up a fear of that food for whatever reason.. It could be pizza, fries, burgers, ice cream etc). The reason I decided to try it was because I realized I eat a lot of similar foods to this now.. Ill order pasta at a restaurant or make my own.. Just not official “Mac & Cheese”. So I made my own and forgot how much I loved it (who wouldn’t tho??) 
Recipe: 
Cook according to directions. I added 1 tbsp of butter instead of 1 1/2. 

Sauté extra lean ground beef, drain and lightly salt.  

Added in sautéed or roasted vegetables. I did zucchini for this. It was the perfect match! 

Delicious meal and another “food fear” overcome!
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Think you can’t eat Mac & cheese? I was the same way. 

I was in the pasta aisle at the grocery store the other day, passed by the Mac & cheese and thought, why not try it again? I haven’t eaten it in years- for so long it’s been one of those “off limits” foods (if you’ve dieted a lot in the past, there are definitely foods on your “never eat” list.. where there is basically zero temptation because you’ve built up a fear of that food for whatever reason.. It could be pizza, fries, burgers, ice cream etc). The reason I decided to try it was because I realized I eat a lot of similar foods to this now.. Ill order pasta at a restaurant or make my own.. Just not official “Mac & Cheese”. So I made my own and forgot how much I loved it (who wouldn’t tho??) 
Recipe: 
Cook according to directions. I added 1 tbsp of butter instead of 1 1/2. 

Sauté extra lean ground beef, drain and lightly salt.  

Added in sautéed or roasted vegetables. I did zucchini for this. It was the perfect match! 

Delicious meal and another “food fear” overcome!
Zoom Info

Think you can’t eat Mac & cheese? I was the same way.

I was in the pasta aisle at the grocery store the other day, passed by the Mac & cheese and thought, why not try it again? I haven’t eaten it in years- for so long it’s been one of those “off limits” foods (if you’ve dieted a lot in the past, there are definitely foods on your “never eat” list.. where there is basically zero temptation because you’ve built up a fear of that food for whatever reason.. It could be pizza, fries, burgers, ice cream etc). The reason I decided to try it was because I realized I eat a lot of similar foods to this now.. Ill order pasta at a restaurant or make my own.. Just not official “Mac & Cheese”. So I made my own and forgot how much I loved it (who wouldn’t tho??)
Recipe:
Cook according to directions. I added 1 tbsp of butter instead of 1 1/2.

Sauté extra lean ground beef, drain and lightly salt.

Added in sautéed or roasted vegetables. I did zucchini for this. It was the perfect match! Delicious meal and another “food fear” overcome!

Need to fill up at lunch? Try this snack!

I constantly find myself still hungry after I’ve finished my lunch (I’ve switched to morning workouts so this definitely influences my hunger levels). I do really well with protein, and even though I could eat a lot of meat, it’s expensive! This is an easy snack to up your protein, increase satiety and encourage you to eat vegetables! My favorite with this would be bell peppers, celery, cauliflower or carrots. I like 2 % because it’s more filling and has a creamier texture.

Fig, basil, tomato, avocado salad

So simple and so good! I posted a few pictures of salads I’ve made in the past (how to stop counting calories post) I promised someone I’d post the recipes again. This one is pretty simple

1-2 figs chopped

1 tomato (either on the vine, roma or cherry tomato is fine)

1/4 avocado chopped

Basil 1-2 leaves, cut into small pieces (probably smaller than this even)

I typically add a light drizzle of olive oil over my salads, sprinkle with salt, and add some type of vinegar. For this one I added pear infused vinegar.

Will post the rest of the pictured salads from that post within the week!

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