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How to Recover From Stress & Emotional Sabotage

If you have ever thought, ‘I feel like I’m wasting my time,’ ‘All this work is pointless,’ or even ‘I am so sick and tired of my self-sabotage,’ this message is for you. The other day I was reflecting on these thoughts that inevitably come our way when we are trying to improve our nutrition, fitness, and body goals. Self-sabotage comes easily, and we feel guilt, shame, and frustration around not meeting our own expectations. I CONFESS: I used to be SO DANG HARD on myself whenever I’d break from my goals, eat the cookie (or whole bag, haha), and lay in bed miserable with a tummy ache, gas, and shame. What was wrong with me? Why couldn’t I follow through? Was I broken? Maybe you’re no different than I used to be? The fact is: It’s very, very, very difficult to be ‘perfect’ even when you know better. That’s...

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Episode #168: “Practical Solutions for Aesthetics Goals” with Peter Fitschen, PhD

If you are a female who is wanting to better understand dieting, caloric restriction, tapering for competition or a photo shoot, and you are ready to stop hitting plateaus, this is the podcast episode for you. Kristy Jo interviews Peter Fitschen, PhD, to discuss the practical side of reaching Aesthetics goals in a world where many women are desiring to reach a lean, chiseled, carved look. Is it realistic? Is it maintainable? What about female hormones? In this conversation, you will learn: how long it takes for hormones to reset after a competition, and how long you should wait before competing again when you shouldn’t begin to prep for a show or photo shoot steady, maintainable rates of body fat loss per week where treats fit into competition prep vs. a healthy lifestyle What the difference is between “stage lean” and “gym lean” Whether or not you should test your body...

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When Your Friend Is Bingeing and Purging…

When you know your friend is bingeing and purging, what are you supposed to do? What are you supposed to say? It can be a very difficult situation as you WANT to help, but you’re just not sure what to say. There certainly are better things to say than others, and I want you to be careful you don’t make mistakes of saying things like: “Just eat healthy!” …or make the mistake of saying nothing. Tune into this episode where Kristy Jo, past binge eater, creator of “Binge Bye Bye–the 12-week online binge recovery program,” and coach to thousands of women shares perspectives and insights that will help you as you think how to tactfully approach this with your friend (OR YOURSELF) 😉 LISTEN TO THE BODY BUDDIES PODCAST “EPISODE #167: WHEN YOUR FRIEND IS BINGEING AND PURGING” NOW You also might like . . . How to kiss Binge...

Body Buddies 8-Week Challenge CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (Summer 2017 Group)

You can’t help but be motivated by seeing these photos and reading the stories of powerhouse women who did the Body Buddies 8-week Challenge! CHALLENGE WINNER Name: Cheryl Coulter Scale Weight: released 25 lb. (averaging 3.125 lb./week) Did you read the entire book? Yes, prior to the Challenge. Please share how have you grown and changed through the 8-week Challenge: “The PFL saved me, I have several health issues and my weight was out of control and growing! Between cross fit and PFL, I and feeling so alive and energetic!” What was the most important principle you learned or of which you improved in your mastery? “I have learned how to shop and read labels and what foods are best to consume or avoid with my thyroid issues! Reading labels! Eating and fixing foods from scratch and how to eat in restaurants by portion control.” What was the biggest body differences you experienced? (Digestion? Skin? Energy?...

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7 Reasons to add the Sauna to your Health Regimen

Does your gym have a sauna, yet you haven’t known why you should step foot inside? Or have you heard of people discussing the amazing benefits of their visits to the sauna? I can first handedly tell you the benefits are 100% IMPACTFUL on your health and overall well-being. In this blog post (which I also discussed as a podcast episode even more in depth–click here to listen now), I’ll discuss with you 7 reasons why you should strongly consider making the Sauna a regular part of your health regimen. I hope you’ll join our monthly 10-Day Power Foods Detox group which strategically uses the Sauna as a physical and emotional purge to detox and cleanse the body and mind! 1 & 2. Saunas Detox Fat AND Negativity Our goal is eliminating the “toxins” from our body, whether it be fat or negativity, right? I am an advocate for both! What...

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Episode #165: “Take Off the Guilt Goggles” with Amanda Barker

Are you a mother who feels guilty whenever putting time into fitness and your health? Do you feel that you’re doing your family and children a disservice by putting yourself as a priority?   Tune into this Body Buddies episode where Kristy Jo interviews Amanda Barker, founder of HalfTee Layering, about how SHE does it as a mother, business owner, and fitness advocate. You will gain insight and perspective from this mother of 8 who runs a successful business into how she views personal boundaries, keeping health a priority, and focusing on being the best person she can be. In this episode, Amanda and Kristy Jo will discuss: How she incorporates a variety of fitness activities into her life Her morning routine that powers her up each day Parenting tips for how she manages 8 children and a business Setting boundaries for workout time. When do do a gut check...

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Episode #164: 7 Ways to Make Fasting an Enjoyable Experience

Fasting can be an experience you dread, whether it’s a monthly religious principle or a physical effort that you know will help you to jump-start your body into better health. However, when this tool of dietary intake control is utilized properly, fasting can be a safe and extremely effective way for the body to repair itself. Tune into this podcast episode where Kristy Jo will help you learn 7 Ways you can make Fasting a VERY enjoyable experience. Be sure to share this episode with others who also practice fasting whether for health or spiritual purposes. Below are just a few of the many health benefits of fasting for 18-24 hours once per month: Eliminate toxins from your digestive system Increase energy and improve concentration Burn more body fat due to elevated human growth hormone Lower the risk factors of heart disease I look forward to helping you learn more about...

Ditch Digestive Distress with the Body Buddies Morning Detox Drink

If you’re experiencing Digestive Issues, Constipation, Gas, Bloating, or feeling like your body is ‘off,’ this blog post is for you. When you’re experiencing digestive issues, it hurts! It’s uncomfortable! You get frustrated as you apply health advice that often backfires. I know that when I experienced digestive problems in my life, it took me a long time accept there were a few tweaks to my nutrition I would need to make. Although I was following the Power Foods Lifestyle at a Tier 2, even 3 at times of my fitness training, there were elements of Tier 4 (the trickle-down, apply-at-any-tier principles) that I should have been applying. What did I need to change in my nutrition? Go dairy-free Start a pH-balancing protocol for my acidic blood.* * (How did I know I had acidic blood? In spite of my strategic nutrition, caloric balance, intense fitness training, and discipline in indulgences,...

Detox Diets 101 and How To Avoid Disastrous Health Consequences

Detox Diets  are everywhere you look for quick-fixes for the body. These dietary methods are often one of the first recommendations made to those who are trying to improve their health and cleanse their bodies. I CONFESS: I used to be swayed by Detoxes and Fix-Quick Diets back in my days of frustration and swinging from diet to diet. Maybe you’re no different than I used to be? Back from 2008-2012 when my Binge Eating and Dieting  cycles were at their peak, I would have never believed I was about to embark on an educational and transformation journey–one that would begin with some awful dieting advice and resultant psychological consequences, but ultimately lead me to nutritional discoveries nothing short of miraculous. I will get to that wonderful stuff, but first, let me share with you the basics of Detoxing. Detoxes  can come in the form of juice fasts, elimination of food...

The Top 10 Mindset Podcast Episodes from Body Buddies

What does it take to get motivated and build a strong mindset? I think it comes down to hearing new ideas and perspectives that help you dislodge the apathy or lies you tell yourself. You see, your brain tries to protect you. It comes up with stories that you attach emotion to, and those stories and emotions frame the foundation for your behavior. Here is an example: Let’s say you are struggling to follow through and eat your healthy meals each day, or avoid the desserts altogether. What could possibly be stopping you from following through when you say you want to do better? Though the possibilities of solutions here are endless, I have found with many of my clients that they have created a story in their mind that it is vain, or putting too much focus on themselves and the look of their body to eat healthily. The emotion rides...