The best sports bra for women with a small chest

the best sports bra for women with a small chest

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Finding Flattering Sports Bras for women with a small chest

I have found the best sports bra for a small chest. Finding a sports bra can be hard whether you have a small chest or large can be challenging. Sports bras have come a long way, but not all styles work for all sizes. We all come in different shapes and body types. Thank God! And we all have to embrace what we got!  Although, many women focus on creating this idea of how they should look.  But even if we all looked like that perfect person, we would all be different because we all have different opinions.  After years of transforming my body from the inside out. I have come to accept what I was once teased for, like my forehead, which cruel boys would call “five head,” or my nose, butt, and a small chest.  Childhood bullies can really define people’s adult insecurities.  I’m not sure when I grew to accept these things, but I remember years of wanting something I didn’t have until I became grateful for what I got.

Finding a Sports bra after weight loss

My weight loss journey started with the intention to change my body because I knew I wasn’t in the body I was meant to be in.  I didn’t want to struggle to walk up the stairs. I wanted to have more energy. My vain pursuits changed from getting skinny to honoring my temple, and it is now to be strong in the Lord and physically strong. I am also mentally stronger than I was and more confident in the skin that I am in. I know I will never look perfect, but I no longer want to look like someone else. I’m okay with what God has given me.  This journey has helped me to become grateful for my body and all of its imperfections and strengths. This body that has endured hard things in life fallen but didn’t break and turned to God to pick it all back up again.  When you see yourself, how God sees you, you’re okay with your small boobs and big booty because that is how God made you.

God made me perfectly imperfect, but not all bras embrace small chested women. Don’t get me wrong, I would have been happy keeping the boobs and losing them everywhere else, but that is not the body that was meant for me, especially after nursing my babies. (I blame my middle, in particular; she was one hungry girl and born at 9lbs. There’s no turning back from that). Finding a bra that flatters my boobs and not flattens what is left is hard to find in a sports bra for women with a small chest.

Finding a sports bra for women with a small chest

I found Handful bras on Instagram through an Influencer I follow @thefitfork. She inspires me to actively fulfill my desire to age and is my goal not in body type but her outlook on life. She is funny, focused, fit, and friendly.  I’ve got focused down. I am still working on the others.  I am always amazed at how Jennifer of The Fit Fork does amazing exercises and poses, always rocking her Handful bra.  And her boobs look great!  When I got my first Handful bra, I remember it’s in my first favorite color (my second would be glitter), Kelly Green Y-Back Bra.  Something about green makes me happy, and it made my boobs look so good.  It was comfortable and easy to take on, and I was hooked. Every sale, every clearance, I was ordering a Handful bra for myself or my daughters. They love them too, especially my middle, who is thirteen and prefers sports bras over bras.

best bra for women with small chest

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This year, I was asked to represent the Handful bra, and it was an unforeseen blessing.  Not only are their bras comfortable, but they have been one of the best companies I have ever worked for.  Handful Bra not only supporting women with their bras. They are supporting women with cancer care, entrepreneurship, business, and relationships. I always shared my love for this company even before I was an ambassador.  On Fit Black Queens’ Podcast Season 1,

Look at God!  Months later, they asked me to be an ambassador. God gets all the praise and glory.  Handful bra has supported my endeavors like the Fit Black Queens IGTV Takeover on their channel.

 

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The Handful bra is the most comfortable bras for women with a small chest.

Handful bras are so comfortable. It truly feels like you’re not wearing a bra, and your boobs look amazing, but I prefer them for comfort overall.  Even their leggings feel like butter. The material they use is wicking and very soft.  The styles are so cute.  I’ve tried them all, and there is only one that I didn’t like.  The removable cups are labeled left and right so you know which can easily be added to your sports bras.  You can stack them or remove them, and they don’t bunch and twist. Even the removable cups are also made well with reinforced stitching outside, so the layers don’t come apart like other sports bra removable cups I have owned.

They have various styles, colors, and prints, and I have tried every style Handful carries.  I love them all except for their The Zen and Now. It just didn’t fit my body well, and the band was too tight for my broad back. Wearing the Zen and Now was not the same experiences I had with the Adjustable Bra, the Closer, the Y-Back, the Double-Down, Bound and Determined, and the Fav. I think it’s only fair to share my experience with each Bra.

Best bra for small chest

The Double Down Bra Handful bra is the best bra for the small chest. I can imagine all sizes would appreciate this bra. Its extra-wide band doesn’t dig into your side.  It’s supportive, and you don’t have to constantly pull it down, which most sports bra ride up on a small chest. It makes these little girls look good. I love the extra-wide band and double straps. It stays put and is very supportive. Handful also has great colors and prints. I have the Double Down in Purple Reign seen below and Booya Black.  If you want to check them out, use my code FAITHFUELED to receive a discount.

comfortable bra for women with small chest

A most comfortable bra for small chest

The Adjustable bra from Handful is the most comfortable bra I own. I love the ease of how this bra goes on and off, and it is so comfortable. Once you put it on, you’re not constantly adjusting it, but what makes it adjustable are the straps. You can do cross back, halter, or spaghetti straps.  I’m not a fan of halter tops; I don’t particularly appreciate how they feel of things on the back of my neck, so I usually keep it crossed or in spaghetti straps for certain tanks.

supportive sports bra for women with small chest

Best fitting bra for small chest

I love the Y-Back from Handful. It was my first Handful bra, and I feel it fits me the best.  It easily comes off and on and holds you up in all the right places. The Handful Y-Back bra is the best fitting bra for women with a small chest.  My daughters and I both prefer the Y-back because we love the way it fits.  It’s awful after a sweat session wrestling to take off a sweaty sports bra.

Most supportive bra for women with a small chest

If you prefer a zip front sports bra, you want to get the Closer bra from Handful.  Once you zip it up, the mesh top looks are cute, and you know that you can do any activity and your boobs are staying in place.  This is my box jump, jumping jack-friendly bra, and you look good while you’re doing it.  It also has clips, so by chance your zipper falls, you’re still protected.  I love the way this bra looks and feels.  It’s what I wear for HIIT workouts or something that involves a lot of movement.

Most stylish bra for small chest

 

When the Fav bra from Handful first came out. I immediately dismissed it.  I thought, “These itty bitties aren’t going to look good in that bra.” I thought it was too open in the chest, and I wasn’t going to fill out the bra.  It would probably gap or look weird. I was encouraged to give it a try, and I was completely wrong. I love the Fav bra from Handful. It’s so cute, and I love it in this print Glass Ceiling.  No matter your size or shape. Handful has a bra that will make you feel confident and feel supported. I wouldn’t wear it for a HIIT workout, but I would feel comfortable doing pilates with this bra.

 

I also like the Bound and Determined bra from Handful! It’s another stylish bra but with more support. You can do any workout in this bra.  I especially love how low it sits on my chest.  I have it in several prints.  This style looks so cute and keeps you fully covered.

Handful bra is the best bra for women with a small chest.

I have loved Handful bras for years, and my daughters do too.  It’s the only sports bra that we wear. What I really love is their heart and how they support women.  Handful bra gives 12.5% of revenue from their Battle Cry Pink bras year-round to YSC® (Young Survival Coalition) in recognition of the 1 in 8 women (12.5%) who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. They also give cancer patients a lifetime 30% discount on their bras.  I am beyond blessed to be partnered with Handful, and I am honored to represent them.

They also are advocates and allies for diversity and inclusion.  Their campaigns include all body shapes and sizes, and they are one of the best companies I have ever represented. I truly feel like I am part of the Handful family.  They are always commenting and supporting me.

If you want to give them a try the best sports bra for a small chest, use my code FAITHFUELED to let them know I sent you and receive a 15% discount. Like me, I am sure you will love all the styles and fit.

 

Do you have a hard time finding sports bras for small chests?

 

7 Fun Fit Dates for Couples

 

Finding New Ways to Date your Spouse

Love is in the air well at least that’s what the commercial said yesterday and the thought of going on a normal date is so boring these days.  I much rather enjoy a fit date with my love. Valentine’s isn’t our thing! Yes, we think love should be celebrated every day.  Just like most holiday’s I appreciate the fact that there has been a National Holiday to remind people to show the one they love some extra special attention. After 17 years of marriage, dating can get old and dull. We find when we do things that get us moving we have a blast, lots of laughs and memories that dinner and a movie just no longer compares.

Fitness Dates are Memorable

We’re not big on giving gifts to each other but aske me out on a fit date and I am ready to go. Although, I do love fresh cut flowers, but I have an expensive habit of buying those weekly when I go to the produce stand. I am not a big chocolate lover and hanging out with all of the couples’ of South Jersey at dinner is not my idea of romance. My husband is my best friend, and I feel like life is too short to celebrate our love with dinner and a movie. I want to make memories! I much rather invest in moments than physical gifts.  This year we decided to look for something active and fun to do as a couple.

Get Fit Together

Getting fit together is an excellent way to strengthen the bonds of your relationship. Some of our ideas are our inner kids screaming for some fun and others are just things that we would like to do together. Regardless of the activity spending time together, challenging ourselves and getting active is how we choose to spend this Valentine’s Day!

7 Fun Fitness Date Ideas

  1. Bowling- Depending on what you’re trying to experience bowling can be an easy fun, fit date. That’s if you’re not snacking on fries and beer the entire time. It’s also an excellent way to share the fun with other couples. Whether it’s Duck Pin, Black Light or Turbo Bowling I’m sure there be less of a wait on Valentine’s Day
  2. Skating– Oh yeah, old school four-wheel style right? Or you can strap on the Roller blades and reminisce to middle school! At least, those were my memories. Skating is an excellent and fun way to get fit together, and you don’t have the awkward search for a partner for the couples skate.This is actually what we chose to do this year for Valentine’s Day. I think it’s going to be a blast from the past and a memory of that one Valentine’s we went to the skating rink and was the oldest couple on the floor. Haha
  3.  Dance Lesson- Believe it or not, this was my husband idea. We have flirted with the notion of taking Salsa lessons, and there is a studio on his way that offers Couples Salsa, classes. What a fun way to let loose, get uncomfortable and learn something new. Who knows maybe one-day Dancing with the Stars will be calling and will be ready. Likely not but anythings possible right?
  4. Hiking- We tried hiking together for the first time at the end of last fall. Its definitely something we will be adding to our dates. It was peaceful to be in nature together. We got time to talk disconnected. There were even moments of mutual silence that was nice too. Moving and being outdoors was a great away from the world we needed for a few hours. It was also cool to see my husband’s adventourous side. Ordinarily he’s a pretty go with the flow no risk kind of guy. While hiking he surprised me with “Let’s check this out…”or, “Do you want to see what’s in there?” I’ve never really seen my husband in that manner.The two of us enjoyed our time and even got lost for a few hours in the “wilderness.” We are already looking into places to try this spring and summer. Got a few waterfalls picked out so I’m excited to explore more with my Love.

    5.Biking- I love how in Urban Cities you can rent bikes for the day. Before Philly decided to embrace winter we had talked about renting a bike and taking a tour of Philadelphia via Bicycle. We’re not a cyclist, so this would be a fun, active date for us to try. Something that is now on the list of the Spring if you’re in an area where you can get outside with your love do it! Enjoy your local area on two wheels.

    6. One on One Basketball- Guess who’s suggestion this was(for those who don’t know my husband is a Basketball Coach and Private Basketball trainer). Although I make a great cheerleader and basketball mom, it’s not my favorite sport. My husband has been trying to get me to play ball with him for years. Embracing the idea of trying something new I think this would be a great date for him to teach me his passion. This could apply to any sport that your partner enjoys and would love to show you.

    7. Wall Rock Climbing- I know this is not new but neither one of us has ever tried it other than at the playground, and I think that it would be a fun adventure.

A few more Fitness Date ideas

Then there’s the classics mini golf,monster golf, or golf, ballroom dancing, aerial yoga, cross fit, an evening stroll, Chip and Putt, running, kickboxing, paintball, batting cages,and indoor or outdoor skydiving. There are so many options once you start thinking let’s move on our date instead of sitting and watch.

Fitness dates make a memorable Valentine’s Day

The endorphins released from the physical activity and your hormonal attraction makes for a memorable romantic date this Valentine’s day! Marriage is an important relationship in the Christian faith and we believe that it should be nurtured every day of the year.

“If we believe Jesus’ words that husband and wife are one flesh, then doesn’t it make sense that this “one flesh” should spur itself on toward health and fitness?”Diana Anderson-Tyler

Fitness Dates are bonding opportunities

Life can be stressful and the enemy is attacking our marriages and bodies. Why don’t we fight them back together?What’s a physical activity you and your love likes to do? Any more suggestions for fit dates?

I went plant-based for 90 days and this is what happened

I went plant-based for 90 days, and this is what happened.

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I never thought I would go plant-based

I need to learn to “Never say Never.”  Six months ago, if you told me that I would go plant-based would laugh. Up until four months ago, I was an avid meat eater. 

But in hindsight, I’m not sure why I was so adamant that a plant-based diet wasn’t for me.  Over the years, I have explored different eating habits from Whole 30, which taught me that a gluten-free diet was better for my digestion.  I have been dairy-free for years and still suffering from digestive issues.  I’ve tried Keto. Check out my Keto experience, and that had remarkable effects on my body composition and energy during the beginning. In the fall, I started considering a plant-based diet and trying a few dishes here and there that were surprisingly tasty. 

Plant-based Influence

I began following plant-based content creators on social media. Out of curiosity, I started asking my plant-based friends questions about transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.  Then a few months ago, I woke up and decided that for August, I wasn’t going to eat beef. I read about how harmful beef is to our system and planet and was slowly convincing myself that I need to lay off the beef. At the time, most of my protein came from beef and fish. 

After prepping on and off for the last two years, I have grown disgusted with chicken and turkey left me with beef and fish as protein options.  Two days into my beef “fast,” I caved and had steak.  I thought, “I could never be meatless or plant-based.”

Changing my diet to plant-based

Fast forward to about three months ago. I’ve been trying to give myself downtime, which is hard when you are an entrepreneur.  You can find yourself working endless hours. I decided I would end my day watching documentaries.  I saw “What the Health” years ago, and the only food habit I changed was buying organically sourced food. 

The Game Changer movie changed my game. 

In October of 2020, I watched a movie called “The Game Changer” on NetFlix, and it made me curious.  Can an athlete maintain their strength without meat or animal-based products?  Patrik Baboumian

The strongest plant-based in the World response to, “How do you get as strong as an Ox?” “I eat like one,” it was like a light bulb went off in my head.  The strongest animals on the planet are herbivores.  

Plant-based athletes are Strong.

The movie was incredibly insightful because my ultimate goal is to be the strongest seventy year old in the world.  Like another inspiration of mine, Ernestine Shepard 

The next day I contacted a good friend of mine to pick her brain about going Vegan. I watched her family go plant-based two years ago and wanted some necessary information.  I’ve worked with plant-based clients before, so I was familiar with the lifestyle. I also was raised Seventh-Day Adventist, and many of SDA’s are vegetarian or vegan. I even went to a Seventh Day Adventist College, and our cafeteria was Vegetarian. The lifestyle wasn’t unfamiliar, but the desire to eat only plants was.

Went from Meat-Eater to Plant-Based Eater

Over the years, through all my experiences, I have always been adamant.  I WILL NEVER go VEGAN.  There’s so much more to going plant-based than eliminating animal-based products from your diet. I felt like it’s an exclusive club where the people think they’re superior to meat-eaters. It requires label reading and restriction.  But more education from friends helped me to change my mind. My friend Larisha was a great resource and guide to transitioning to plant-based. She has never been judgemental and gave me a safe space to ask questions and learn. Her family has a blog that makes plant-based cooking seem more attainable and delicious. 

With Larisha ’s help and sharing some fundamental meals.  I decided to give it a try for one day. I went cold “turkey” (actually, I guess that’s not the best phrase), but I eliminated all animal-based foods from my diet, and I was shocked at the results.

  • No bloat!
  • No naps!
  • I finally felt satiated! I wasn’t grazing like a cow all day.

My experiment continued for another few days, within several days of only eating plants. Now that I have been plant-based only for 90 days, I have found many other benefits, but I will stick to seven.

Seven things that happened to me when I went plant-based were:

1. Clear, glowing Skin

My skin has been improving since going Vegan.  Over the summer, I was getting lots of breakouts. Before going plant-based, I equated them to wearing a mask, but since going plant-based. I have had one breakout, which is not normal for me.  I also have hyperpigmentation that is going away.  You feel more confident when your skin is clear. I’ve been using NOW® Solutions Clarify and Illuminate Cleansing Gel and Moisturizer [Use FAITHFUELED for 20% off your order] that is cruelty-free, gluten-free, and helped improve the appearance of my blemishes

2. No bloat and flatter stomach

The first thing I noticed is I wasn’t bloated at the end of the day.  I’m usually bloated at the end of the day, even with the cleanest diet.  Since going plant-based, I rarely bloat, even with eating legumes, which I have stayed away from for so long. I haven’t seen any bloat, and legumes are great for your heart. (Monique Tello, 2018) If I eat all whole foods, I feel great, and I don’t bloat.  My stomach has also gotten flatter, which is every woman’s dream and struggle.

3. Brain clarity

You don’t realize you have been living in a fog until it’s lifted.  The last three months, I can’t explain it, but my mind feels clearer.  

4. Felt full longer

On average, I used to eat six meals a day because I was always hungry. Before going plant-based, I was regularly eating small meals.  I also ate two steaks a day and 3-6 ounces of salmon or shrimp.  During the day, I was always famished. Now I eat 3-4 meals a day, and I don’t crave salty or sweet foods. It’s a noticeable difference because I was walking around the hangry most of the time.  My mood has improved in general. I’m not sure if it’s because of my diet or not walking around hungry.

5. Better digestion

Through the years, I have explored many options to alleviate my digestion pains.   Without details, “my stomach no longer hates me.” I have eliminated gluten and dairy from my food because I am intolerant to dairy and have a wheat allergy.  Still, I was often bloated, gassy, or nauseous.  I stayed away from beans for the last six years because I thought that legumes would bloat me, and I was already bloated enough. 

Other foods I have eliminated from my diet were soy because of mixed research. It depends on who wrote what if soy is good or bad for you.   I’ve gone down very long rabbit holes through Healthline or NIH, but overall, I’ve gotten organic soy is best, and the amount varies from study to study. Since going plant-based, I have added soy or tofu to my diet without any ramifications.

6. Energy

Before going plant-based required a daily thirty-minute nap. Since eating plant-based, I don’t need a nap, but I still enjoy them if I have the chance.  The difference is before; it was a necessity to get through the day. Now it’s a privilege to get some rest.

7. Strength

Through this ninety-day journey, I have maintained my strength, which was a big concern.  I haven’t gotten any stronger, but I have not challenged myself.

Eating plant-based when your family is not.

Throughout this ninety-day journey, it’s been pretty simple to transition to Vegan.  My family isn’t plant-based, so it inspires my meal plan.  Whatever they eat, I make a two serving plant-based version for myself.  It’s helped me get creative in the kitchen and doesn’t feel overwhelming to make two meals.  I’m used to eating differently from my family from prepping for competitions.

My first-week eating plant-based

My first week, I was making too much food for myself. I quickly learned two servings is enough.  I still try to stay away from processed foods and mock meat.  On occasion, I’ll have a plant-based burger or grounds, but mostly I try to stick to whole foods.  I am also eating more intuitively, which has been great for listening to my body and feeling my needs.

This journey has opened my eyes to the world of plant-based eating.  I feel that I have found food freedom, and I am not thinking about my next meal as often.  This experiment is turning into a lifestyle, and I am excited to see where it takes me. 

My 90-day journey eating plant-based

Throughout this ninety-day journey, it’s been pretty simple to transition to Vegan.  My family isn’t plant-based, so their meals inspire my meal plan.  Whatever they eat, I make a two serving plant-based version for myself.  It’s helped me get creative in the kitchen and doesn’t feel overwhelming to make two meals.  I’m used to eating differently from my family from prepping for competitions.

There are a few questions that I often get since going Vegan.

What forms of protein do you eat on a plant-based diet?

When I first went plant-based ate a lot of mushrooms. It was part of every meal.  I tried several brands of mock meats. Some left me gassy and bloated, so I only eat plant-based protein like Beyond Meat once in a while. I am going to stick to plants for my protein sources and not plant-based meat alternatives.  It’s also hard to find gluten-free mock meat.  I eat beans, peas, tofu, and nuts for my protein sources. 

My first tofu meal

My first tofu meal was Crispy Tofu in Garlic Sauce. I make this at least once a week. It’s so easy. I love NOW® Sports Pea Protein and have been using it for years. An easy way to get plant-based protein is a protein shake. I have pea protein shakes daily.  Check out my post: What is pea protein powder?   Get a 20% discount with code FAITHFUELED.

Do you eat more on a plant-based diet?

No, I don’t feel like I eat more.  I do eat more intuitively, meaning I listen to my body and gauge my needs.  I typically eat 3-4 meals a day. Before going plant-based, I ate six meals a day and was always hungry. 

How do you feel about a plant-based diet?

Before I went plant-based, I had low energy, foggy brain, and moody. I feel that my mood has changed, and my anxiety has reduced. 

 

What did you eat when you went plant-based for 90 days?

For the first month, I had Pecan Tacos, Enchiladas, lots of Chickpea pasta, vegetable of course, and nutritional yeast with lemon has been a staple. In my second month, I added beans, lentils, and tofu. Tofu and beans initially were intimidating.  After trying some tasty recipes, they are a regular part of my meals.  Mostly, I throw together what we have in the fridge. I have a few criteria for a meal. 

Do you eat differently on a plant-based diet?

Not really; I still consume Protein, Carbs (non-starchy and starchy; it depends on the time of day), Fat, and Fiber.  I try to have this at every meal.  I don’t measure, but I base my portions on each macronutrient’s proper serving size. I’ve never been a calorie counter or macro calculator. So, I can’t give you specifics, but exploring new recipes has been fun. When I begin to prep again <LINK>, I may plan to compete as a plant-based this year, just not sure about the timing.

My favorite plant-based meals

One of my favorite and straightforward plant-based meals is this delicious smoothie bowl and the chickpea pasta. I use NOWI® Sports Vanilla Toffee Pea Protein and drizzle the Nutty Infusions™ Cashew Butter, Salted Caramel on my bowl, and the Nutty Infusions™ Cashew Butter Mango Chili on my pasta. It’s so delicious. [Use FAITHFUELED for 20% off your order]

Why did you remain plant-based?

I believe I have sustained plant-based eating so long because I replaced a habit with a new one that I enjoy more.  That is how you make a change. You can never remove bad habits, but you can replace them.  Enjoying the process and looking at it to explore versus a way to restrict is another excellent way to make a change like this Budha Bowl with so many new vegetables and fruits. Trying different things has been the best part of this experiment. 

What are you going to do now?

It’s challenging being Vegan, especially if you have a wheat allergy. You are getting what I call “mock meat,” which is rich in protein but has ALOT of ingredients and usually wheat, wheat protein, and gluten starch. So being creative in protein sources can be challenging. I have relied on some plant-based friends for inspiration and education. Going plant-based is a new journey that I am excited to embark on this year.  I co-host Fit Black Queens Podcast on my podcast; we share the New Adventures we’re taking in 2021. Check us out and see what else I am doing this new year. 

This experiment turned lifestyle has taught me to stay open to new things and try more things.  I’m not sure if this will be a forever switch or temporary, but now. I feel good, eat right and love being on a plant-based diet. I shared my perspective with my friend JQue for her January Veganuary Challenge. Check it out

I’d love to hear if you have ever tried something you thought you never try before?

Monique Tello, M. (2018, October 25). I love those legumes! Retrieved February 02, 2021, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/love-those-legumes-2018102515169#:~:text=Legumes%20for%20heart%20health,%2C%20heart%20disease%2C%20or%20strokes.

 

 

 

How to make Lemon Mug Cakes

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If you love Lemons, you will love this Lemon protein mug cake that is packed with plant-based protein! I love lemon! I have so many Lemon Recipes on my blog; it has to be kind of apparent. For the last three years, I have asked for a Meyer’s Lemon Tree for my Birthday to no avail. Maybe this will be the year I get the it-hint hint, fam! But even if I don’t, fresh lemons will always be in my kitchen, available to make a yummy treat and so many other benefits!

Lemon water is a popular fitness trend, but do you know why?

 

Benefits of Lemons you may not have heard.

 

There are lots of benefits to lemons, but here are a few that people don’t often mention:

1. Great for digestion-

That’s why the Lemon Water Trend began in America. We are always looking for a solution to our digestive issues. According to Fox News Health, About 74% of Americans experience daily Gastrointestinal Discomfort. Some people are now looking for natural remedies. Adding lemon- even if it’s in the form of Lemon Water to your diet can help aid your Digestion.1 Lemon are an excellent source of soluble fiber which especially in the form of pectin, which is a soluble fiber that helps slow down the digestion of sugar and starches meanwhile reducing your blood sugar levels. It would be best to ingest a lot of lemon pulp and skin to get the fiber benefits lemons to offer. That is why most people use juiced lemon to help increase their lemon pulp intake. Although that is the theory, most people don’t juice the required amount of lemons to improve gut health. If they did, they would help with their digestion.

 

2. Great Anemia protection-

Any fruit containing Vitamin C and Citric Acid is an excellent addition to someone trying to absorb the Iron that occurs in plant foods. Helping people absorb more Iron from their foods can be helpful for those who are Iron deficient. Veggies rich in Iron like Kale, Greens, Broccoli coupled with lemons can help with iron absorption from plants instead of animal sources of Iron.

Adding more lemon to your diet will help you get the absorption from plant sources harder for us to absorb than animal sources of Iron. Supporting add protection against anemia.


3. Great to prevent kidney stones

According to News Medical Life Science, “They noted that there was an over four times rise of kidney stones among women and the incidence had doubled among men over these three decades.” Mostly because of the overprocessed American diet. Our body and the lack of water and overconsumption of oxalates in our foods. 2

Lemons are an excellent natural remedy for chronic kidney stones. Studies have concluded that the high levels of citric acid found in lemons help increase urine volume and pH, making it less likely for kidney stones to form.3 Consuming a minimum of half a cup of lemon juice daily can positively affect kidney stones.4

4. Great for weight loss

This is probably the most common reason I found people drinking lemon water because they believe it helps them lose weight. It does but not to the extent that you think. Studies have revealed Lemons have polyphenols (which I have written about before) that help you lose weight, but a healthy diet and exercise are necessary to achieve quantifiable results. 5 My lemon protein mug cake is a great alternative for when you’re craving sugar. Check out post: Why you are craving sugar

5. Great for your teeth

Studies have shown that lemon’s chemical properties are excellent for tooth pain, cleaning, and cleaning your mouth naturally. Seek a toothpaste with lemon in it or add a drop to your mouthwash routine. It’s great to eliminate the bacteria in your mouth and neutralizes bad breath.

6. Great for Internal Bleeding

This is something that surprised me in my research. Lemons contain antiseptic and coagulant effects that have helped stop internal bleeding. Some people use it as a remedy for things like nosebleeds because of the coagulant effect. Put some lemon juice on a cotton ball and apply it to a nosebleed and watch it magically stop.

7. Soothes Respiratory Disorders

Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C, making them great to combat respiratory issues and breathing problems. Drinking lemon juice in water, diffusing Lemon essential oils can help assist with breathing and respiratory disorders.

 

Not only does lemon have all these and so many more benefits, but they taste great too! Give this 90-second Lemon protein mug cake a try next time you are looking for a delicious lemon treat. You can grab all the ingredients to make your Mug Cake from NOW FOODS. Use Code “FAITHFUELED” to receive 20% off your purchase.

Were there any facts that surprised you about lemons?

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What’s Bible and Bootcamps?

Have you ever looked back at where you’ve been and it all of a sudden make sense? That’s has been the last few months for me.  A few years ago, I was lost (Spiritually and Mentally), depressed, anxious, creeping up the scale and desperate for a way out.  It wasn’t until I completely surrendered all aspects of my life and sought God’s counsel that I found a direction to take.  Then a year ago almost to the day I had a “God idea.” I was scrolling through Facebook and an add for my current college popped up. I never thought of going back to school but as if I was forcefully pushed I pressed “Send me more info.” Within minutes I got a phone call that has literally changed this lost girl to having a clear vision that gets even more high definition by the day. Honestly, if I list the blessings that God has given my family and I in the last year it is nothing short of amazing and all God’s glory.  Well, here I am two years later with a degree in Fitness and Exercise Science.  Two NASM certifications and amazing opportunities to lead people to God’s kingdom through fitness.

Taking HUGE Risk

I believe so much in this vision God has given me to build a community of women that glorify God by honoring their temple and need to be fueled by faith.  After  prayers of “How”, “Why” and “Who.” God led me to an amazing team to get all of these floods of ideas into an amazing program that can help women:

  1. Increase their dependence on God through their weight loss journey
  2. Lose weight efficiently and effectively while learning lifestyle habits to help them honor their temple.
  3. Increase energy so they can be the best soldiers for God’s army and gaining confidence to lead people to Christ.

I wasn’t sure how that was going to look but slowly and methodically just as God has ordained and with a lot of inspiration my team and I have been drafting up an amazing program for women to use everywhere.

I wanted to make sure that my program addressed all fitness levels and spiritual needs.  My six-week transformation program has become a customized program that is designed uniquely for each women’s strengths and weaknesses.  Giving you all the tools that you need to make the transformation in your life.

Bibles and Bootcamps will be a Six Week Transformation Program. We will walk daily for Forty-two days in the Word and increase our dependence on Christ on our fitness journey.

Bibles and Bootcamp is an intense, unique, six-week transformation to boost your potential to get dramatic results inside and out. Bibles and Bootcamp has a three-step approach.

  1. Spiritually and Mentally we will help you change your thought patterns, increase your dependence on God and enhance your self-confidence and get rid of beliefs that have you held you back before.
  2. Nutritionally we are going to show you what to eat that really fuels you.  Educating you and on healthy eating guidelines and providing a Biblically based meal plan that will help support you in your goals.
  3. Physically we are going to apply the spiritual discipline and living sacrifice into a customizable workout program that increases your strength, flexibility, core, and endurance.

Bibles and Bootcamps will also be delivering some invaluable tools with our six-week program.

  • 6 week program
  • Grocery list of approved foods
  • Healthy Eating guidance, recipes, and accountability
  • Customizable workouts delivered on any device or in print
  • Daily tips and training
  • Group Q&A

I have pulled every tool out for this to be an amazing program. Utilizing my knowledge in Fitness Exercise Science.  Several groups Beta testing and tweaking. Also, teaming up with some amazing Christian Women authors.  Our series will tackle Food Fixation, Dependence on God and Nutrient Based Eating.

I’ve researched and spent countless hours exploring what Christian women need to stop sabotaging their efforts and start thriving.  What I have found that a key factor is your Spiritual relationship with God and a proven workout.  My Beta testers’ are also seeing some pretty amazing results.

“De is amazing I can tell you! She is a precious woman of God and she knows her stuff…she got me started on my fitness journey earlier this year and I lost some serious pounds (over 40) under her direction.” -Ammie B.

 

 

 

“Bibles and bootcamp has been an amazing experience. This is my first time putting my faith and Fitness together in one and the feeling is amazing. I have already starting see results after only 3 weeks and I’m excited for what left to come.”

— Dana

“I love it all. The nutrition is simplified. The workouts are fun, yet challenging and De is an awesome coach & spiritual support. ”

— V.T.
 

I cannot wait to see what this program does for you in your life.  I am honored and privileged to get to cheer you on the entire way.  If you’re looking to find a way to Honor God’s temple at it’s best and tired of the on again off again plans and looking for something that is going to sustain you inside and out than you must join us for our First program! If you are looking for more information check out some frequently asked questions www.BiblesAndBootcamps.com

Have you ever used your faith to fuel your workouts?

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