Useful Links: Part 2
Create healthy habits, not restrictions.
For two months, I posted weekly polls on nutrition and exercise on my Instagram stories, gathered my followers’ responses, then shared my research and own personal view. I saved this collection of bite-sized advice in a highlight called “Fitness Q&As”, and have now edited and converted it into a series of blog posts.
I proudly present to you the first 10 questions!
This week’s topics include:
I’ve learnt to appreciate my body, because it’s taken me all the way here and will take me to the end.
For a transgender man, the first day on testosterone is the first day of a new life.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can make a huge difference in a trans person’s quality of life, but it also comes with some health risks.
I want to point out first that testosterone alone would likely not cause conditions or diseases, but it can be a contributing factor, as it can be for an average person born in a male body.
If you were born in a female body, it may be that no one ever advised you about these potential issues, thinking you would never have them. So I hope my article sheds light on these topics, not put you off taking testosterone.
I’m not on HRT at the moment, but I plan to. In the UK, you have access to it for free through the National Health Service (NHS), but you have to be referred by a general practitioner (GP). Moreover, there are only a handful of gender clinics in the country and the wait lists are very long.
As an alternative, you can get private treatment, but the cost can be crippling.
I was referred to an NHS gender identity clinic in September 2018. The current wait for an appointment ranges from one to two years, so I have a long way to go, unless I can save up enough to fund private therapy.
The benefit of waiting this long is that I’ve had time to conduct research on the topic of transgender health.
I believe I owe it to my body to be as informed as I can about all the risks and, most importantly, all the ways to minimise them.
What I found enforced my belief that a healthy lifestyle may be even more crucial if you decide to take hormones than if you don’t.
In this article, I’m going to touch upon three of the most important aspects of healthy living for a transmasculine person.
For me, fitness is not just about hitting the gym; it is also about an inner happiness and an overall well-being.
When I was seventeen, I spent six months as an exchange student in America. I lived with two host sisters, one of whom went to the gym every day.
Whenever she was about to leave the house, I would wish her a good workout.
Every single time, she would give me an odd look and reply, “You don’t work out because you enjoy it,” as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
Eventually, I realised what she meant. She only went to the gym because she was scared of gaining weight. Her main goal was to burn calories, so she ran on a treadmill for half an hour, counting the seconds until it was over.
Raise your hand if that’s you or has been you at some point in your life.
You can’t see me, but I’m raising mine.
We live in a culture obsessed with losing weight, mainly for aesthetic purposes. When someone dares to say they genuinely like exercise, they get made fun of.
But what can working out do for you besides weight loss and maintenance?
In this article, I’m going to explore three benefits that go beyond these usual suspects.
It’s always hard to deal with injuries mentally, but I like to think about it as a new beginning. I can’t change what happened, so the focus needs to go toward healing and coming back stronger than before.
So you went to the gym, you got a little cocky, and a barbell disagreed with you.
Or maybe you had a minor accident at work and the doctor said no heavy lifting for three weeks.
Do you just hide in a corner, crying over the imminent loss of all your gains?
Heck, no. Do all you need to recover, so you can get back to training at your best and pick up from where you left off.
In May 2019, I bruised my sternum, so I had to take two weeks off training. The first few days, it was so painful I could hardly lift my arms, let alone a dumbbell.
Here are my four tips to get better and save muscle, based on my own experience.
Prior to our sessions, Kahina's diet was limited to 13 food items and the same three meals every day. We worked on increasing the variety of meals she could have at home and when eating out. This is one of her new favourites: wholegrain rice salad with red kidney beans, almonds, avocado, cauliflower, and kale.
The habits and attitudes I developed while working with Nikias helped me not only reach the goals we set at our first meeting, but also improve my relationship with food as a whole.
I was going to write an article about what a nutrition and weight management advisor does. Then I thought, who better than a real client to explain that?
Kahina and I worked together for eight weeks. She was worried about her diet, which consisted of the same three meals every day, and she felt restricted to a dozen food items in total. For this reason, she was supplementing with a multivitamin to make up for possible nutrient deficiencies.
For the duration of our work together, I asked her to stop taking the supplement. By the end of our sessions, she decided she didn’t need it anymore. Thanks to the changes we made to her lifestyle, she feels healthier, more energetic, and confident that she can get all the nutrients she needs from her food.
She also kindly accepted to answer some questions for my readers. So, if you’re wondering what a nutrition and weight management advisor can do for you, read on!
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