Kate Deering

Kate Deering

Personal Trainer / Fitness & Nutrition Coach

For over 20 years Kate Deering has been involved in the health and fitness industry helping men and women of all ages achieve optimal health and wellness. Read More…

Why Eating Like a “Celebrity” Will Ruin Your Metabolism

Why eating like a “celebrity” will ruin your metabolism There was a time in my life, many, many years ago, that I used to buy into “celebrity” diets.  I’d pick up the current People or Us magazine and read how Oprah or some other celebrity had lost extreme amounts of weight–quickly.   The celebrity would claim that all they had to do was eat pre-packaged food, or consume a liquid-only diet, or eat a low calorie diet and/or take a magic supplement to drop pounds rapidly.  I would see the before and after pictures and think, “Wow, that diet really worked, look how fast they lost weight, and see how good they looked.”. Both the celebrity and I would assume the diet really worked! What you didn’t see or hear about was how the celebrity, three months later, was struggling to keep off the weight.  Then within the next 6 months to 2 years, the same celebrity would show up in People or Us magazine with all the weight back on confessing they had no will power and they had failed, once again, at keeping their weight down.  Oprah, it’s not you fault!!! How many of you have seen these headlines in a magazine, TV show, on the Internet or one of the other million of places you are marketed to? *Learn how insert celebrity name here lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. *Or learn how insert celebrity name here lost her baby weight in 60 days. *Or learn how insert celebrity name here got red-carpet ready. The story above and all of these statements NOW irritate the crap out... read more

Nuts and seeds…Too much of a good thing?

Nuts and seeds…Too much of a good thing? For years, nuts and seeds were a BIG part of my diet.  Nuts, seeds, nut and seed bars, and nut butters were staples when it came to my everyday food plan.   I ate almond butter in my oatmeal in the morning, a bag of nuts for a snack, a few nuts on my salad for lunch and a scoop of peanut butter in my protein shake later on in the day.  Nuts and seeds, seeds and nuts…how could you lose with such a tasty nutritious snack? The only problem, were some digestive issues: stomach bloating and seeing the undigested nuts and seeds in my stool (I know…too much information).  Quite honestly, I didn’t think much about any of these things because I knew how healthy they were for me. I thought of nuts and seeds as a good source of protein, filled with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals…plus they were convenient and tasted great… right? These days, almost every-health conscious person loves their nuts and seeds.   Almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts… these crunchy, tasty snacks go great with any salad, casserole or just eaten by themselves as a snack.  Eating nuts and seeds has become a staple for individuals who want a healthy snack, that’s easy and taste great. BUT — (you knew there was going to be a BUT)—have any of you, like me, ever had digestive upset, bloating or undigested nuts and seeds in your stool?  I’ll guess most of you will say “yes,” and for those of you that said “no”, you may... read more

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"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. "

-Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning"

I absolutely love this quote. It reminds me that I have choice to let life break me or to allow myself to find meaning, even in the most devastating of situations.

Viktor Frankl was a professor of neurology and psychiatry. During WWII he spent three years at Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps.

Everything was taken from him. His wife, his family, his freedom, food, his possessions, etc. He was beaten, worked to the bone, fed food scraps, faced the fear of death everyday--yet, he did not allow his situation to break him, as he knew he still had choice in what he told himself. He still had choice in his attitude.

I can not even fathom what it must have been like for a holocaust survivors. Luckily, my life does not bring such hardships, but there are different pains, disappoitments and struggles. And somedays I feel like life is going to break me--and then I remember I still have choice.

Here is the thing about life..there are no guarantees. You can do everything right, yet still meet disappointment, illness, pain, loss, and heartache. I know when things like this happen, life doesn't seem fair. I have been there--many times. The truth is life isn't fair and shitty things happen to amazing people. Nobody is getting through life unscathed. We all have many lessons to learn. What is realized is the painful, challenging times are the pivotal times that makes us stronger, wiser, and better human beings--if we choose. And yes, it is a choice.

Like every holocaust surviver, Viktor Frankl could have let his experience break him, and we would all understand if it did. It would make sense if he was angry, resentful, hateful, depressed, etc after such a horrible experience. Yet, he still choose differently. Im sure it wasn't easy, and it took a lot of hard work. Yet, he still choose a different attitude, one that allowed him to survive, even thrive after his liberation

So what am I trying to say..
Even in the shittiest of times there is meaning. You may have to dig really deep, but there is meaning... The trick is to allow yourself the time and space to find it. To not avoid things but work through things. To allow yourself to feel whatever emotion that comes up. And then to be able to accept what ever life has brought to you. Once you reach acceptance, you will be free.
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