"Mens Sana In Corpore Sano." – "In a healthy body, a healthy mind."
This is the personal motto of fitness enthusiast and local fitness consultant, Brittney Russell. Founder of The MissFit Moment, Brittney is attempting to create a community of healthy and inspiring women through her passion of health and wellness. Brittney has recently opened her own gym, True Circle Strength, in the York area where she trains clients daily.
Today, we are continuing in our local guest blogger series and finding out a little more about the Paleo diet and how it can benefit someone in their health journey.
With the recent launch of our first Paleo-friendly granola, Cavewoman, we thought it was the perfect time to discuss how one way of eating can not be beneficial to your mind and body.
Founder of The MissFit Movement, Local CrossFit Coach, and Personal Trainer
Can you tell us a little bit about the MissFit mission?
I have been in the fitness industry for about 10 years, and I always wanted to do something more than just work with one person at a time. I wanted to find a way to connect to more women and inspire and motivate them to take charge of their lives in all aspects. I created the The MissFit Movement in hopes to add value to the world around me. I have an overall goal to help others help themselves, and this is my attempt to add to something bigger than myself. The mission of The MissFit Movement is to build a community of fit and confident women of all ages. The vision of The MissFIt Movement is to create a platform for women with the purpose of promoting fitness, sport, and achievement. By sharing inspirational stories of incredible athletic women, providing educational information about fitness, health, and sport, and by also providing words of motivation. The MissFit Movement hopes to empower, inspire, and encourage women of all ages and backgrounds to believe in themselves, take action, and take control of their lives. If you have a chance check out the MissFit Manifesto: http://themissfitmovement.blogspot.com/p/missfit-manifesto.html
Being a CrossFit coach and highly involved in the fitness industry, I'm sure you get asked this all of the time, but would you mind sharing some of your kitchen staples?
I try to approach life in very simple terms. I feel complexity adds complication. I carry this over to my eating as well. Luckily living a paleo lifestyle is perfect for keeping things simple, because essentially I eat vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, healthy fats, and low fat meats. Sure, I like to get creative from time to time, but I usually stick to the basics. I am in the gym most of the day, and I am constantly eating. My must have staples snacks are nuts and berries. I know how ridiculous that sounds, but it is true. When I’m in the kitchen, I cook with coconut oil and always have a wide variety of spices to add flavor to a dish I may be preparing. A lot of people think that living a paleo lifestyle is boring, and you are stuck eating chicken and broccoli, but that is simply not the case. You can be as creative or boring as you want, just like with any other nutrition plan.
What are some of the health benefits of following a Paleo diet?
Initially, I began eating paleo for two reasons; 1.) I heard it would help my workouts and aid in shorter recovery periods. 2.) It would make me a healthier person. I researched it and found that the benefits of living a paleo lifestyle are exponential. Many people think that leaving behind grain, dairy, legumes, and sugars is a detriment to health, but I had immediate results. Although my goal was not to lose weight, I dropped 8 pounds within a 10 day periods. I no longer felt bloated and my constant hunger was satiated. Due to the fact that I stopped eating processed foods and sugar, my energy levels soared. I have to be honest, starting was the hardest part. I must have started and stopped at least 3 or 4 times before I made the decision to fully commit to the lifestyle, and now I cannot see myself eating any other way. My advice to people is to educate yourself. Do your research, and give paleo a try just for 30 days. You just might like it. To read about Brittney and her daily journey, visit her blog at - http://themissfitmovement.blogspot.comhttp://themissfitmovement.blogspot.com.
To win a bag of Cavewoman granola and one of Brittney's MissFit T-shirts, leave a comment on this post. One winner will be selected, Tuesday, September 17th.