INTRODUCING: The Balanced Bod Pod + Discussion on Extremes

If you’re new here: HELLO! I’m Corin Groustra and I have a blog, podcast and coaching practice to help women find their own perfect balance so they can enjoy their lives AND be healthy. They do not need to be mutually exclusive. I’m a holistic health coach and balance enthusiast (shocking based on the title of my platforms, I know). I started my blog, podcast and coaching practice to share a message that I believe needs to be mainstream: Balance is not only possible, but necessary. You CAN have your cake and eat it too!

I’ve worked with hundreds of people on weight loss and finding their healthiest, and most sustainable lifestyle, and the thing that keeps getting reinforced for me is that EVERYONE has something different that works for them. This is a concept called bio-individuality and it guides everythingggg I do. There is no one size fits all for ANYTHING in health, or in life. I truly believe that finding a balance allows you to get the most out of life in every area! It truly is the best of all worlds. WHAT I’M ABOUT + WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ME: The balanced bod pod (along with balanced body blog) and my health coaching practice are:

  1. a collection of ways ways to create a life you love that allows for flexibility and enjoyment, but also health.

  2. practical applications for real life.

  3. born of seeing the struggles of hundreds of regular people (myself included).

- We’re going to talk about the things that matter in weight loss and health, and what’s just plain myth.

- The podcast + blog will be a mix of me touching on topics, interviews with people in all walks of life who are doing well with balance, and all walks of life who need more balance. working through real life issues

- I feel strongly about working through real life issues and taking listener + reader questions and scenarios and walking through how to implement balance! I believe some of the most important conversations are the ones you can put into practice and that help you think about a challenging situation in a new way. That’s my aim here!

If you’re sick of being confused by the health industry on what is and is not a factor in health and weight loss, you’re in the right place. If you’re sick of dieting and “failing” all the time to maintain your weight or health, you’re in the right place. If you just want to get to a place where you don’t need to expend so much mental energy on healthy choices you’re in the right place. If you have no clue how to put this into practice, you’re also in the right place! My hope for the balanced bod pod and my other platforms is that you leave each week feeling like the steps were practical and actionable, and added value to your life. I want to help you find your own balance so that living well and living healthy don’t need to take up so much brain power! WHAT BALANCE MEANS TO ME: Balance is choosing the thing that will bring you the highest short and long term benefit in each moment. Balance isn’t yolo, or never having fun. The best versions of ourselves include physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual health. A life in balance includes things that add to each one of those at different times. In my own life. Physical health: veggies, water, exercise Mental Health: time alone with a good book and a fun coffee or kombucha Social Health: a glass of wine with friends, ice cream with my husband (shoutout to Sebastian Joes in MPLS) Emotional Health: good conversation with my husband Spiritual Health: time alone with a good devotional or my incredible bible study friends! Balance is a consistent evaluation of areas that are strong and areas that are lacking and choosing actions to reinforce the areas that are lacking. — the balanced bod pod If you’ve gone out every day for dinner this last week: High: social and even possibly emotional and mental health Low: physical health Balance: stay at home for a few days, lighten up on alcohol, get moving. If you’ve been in hibernation and your friends are wondering why you fell off the face of the earth: High: emotional, mental, physical health Low: social health Solution: go enjoy a night or two out with friends! Indulge if you feel it’s necessary/would add to the moment, don’t if you don’t want to and it won’t change the experience. Don’t beat yourself up over one week of less than great habits or an unbalanced season, but notice when things are starting to become habits WHY BALANCE IS IMPORTANT: We’re always seeking to find it. With everything we do, whether or not we realize it, we are always seeking to find balance. A place to sustain. We always burn out on one extreme or another. Think of a few things: if you work too much, your’e burnt out. If you’re working too little, you’re stir crazy or bored. If you’re exercising excessively, you’ve likely got an exhausted body with the symptoms of overtraining and little progress. On the flip side, if your’e not exercising at all, you’re not feeling your best. You’re likely very sluggish, low energy, and uncomfortable. Life is lived in the middle. Extremes of any kind are unsustainable. Whatever results you gain from doing something extreme completely vanish once you can no longer sustain that level. EXTREMES IN THE INDUSTRY: The health industry is NOT perfect, and far from it if you ask me. What’s important to remember is that the health industry is a business first and foremost. Their main goal is to generate income and be successful. While I agree they should be held to a higher standard because of the very obvious ethical concerns , they currently aren’t. I think we will see some great strides in the health industry in the future, however as things stand, no immediate changes are happening at this moment. This means we need to understand how to navigate the current health landscape to see red flags for what they are. The health/diet industry is the only industry with around a 90% fail rate and simultaneously experiencing incredible growth. It’s being said the health industry is the next TRILLION. WITH A T. industry. The industry is saturated with extremes. Every diet is an extreme. They tend to manipulate one macronutrient or general nutrient and make it seem like a very bad choice. Low carb, low calorie, high protein, low/no sugar, and low fat, are all examples of manipulating a nutrient or macronutrient. If it doesn’t look like an extreme, it’s likely not a diet and won’t result in diet-like results in the first x amount of days. Many exercise plans are extremes. They shred you until you can’t walk or panic when you see stairs, and the “no pain no gain” mentality rules. I mean #gainz amirite? The other thing that doesn’t get talked about within the industry much is the proliferation of products that are meant to eliminate our natural tendencies or the consequences of living the way we do. For example: appetite suppressants (whether with tea, lollipops, specific mints, etc.) that suppress an appetite that is so high because of: A) the type of food we eat, B) the amount of food we eat, or C) because 1200 calories are WAY too low for most people without damaging metabolism. If instead of turning to appetite suppressants, we turned to lower calorie foods and ate those almost to our hearts content, our cravings would change and we wouldn’t be depriving ourselves and starving all the time. These products drive our bad habits and allow us to trick ourselves into thinking we’re doing good for our body. EXTREMES AS A CULTURE: I hope none of us are surprised to know that we live in a culture of extremes. The anthem for the culture is “grind”, “no days off”, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, etc. People tend not to rest until they’re down for the count with an acute or chronic illness. Which will happen if you continue to push, push, push and leave no time for rest. On the other hand, we’ve got a counterculture of YOLO, Treat Yo’self, NO BAD VIBES, and “let go of what no longer serves you”. While this is a very different message, it’s still taken to the extreme. First of all, negative emotions are part of life. We can not run from them and expect life to just be fine. That’s literally like seeing a leak in your basement and being like “if I just don’t look then it’ll all be fine! GOOD VIBES ONLY.” Yeah, goooood luck with that. This “letting go of what no longer serves you” also allows you an excuse not to fight for the things that actually matter if things aren’t going well. I.e. a relationship, a marriage, a job, a dream, etc. For sure if you hate yoga you don’t have to do yoga, or stop hanging out with toxic friends, but not everything in life is meant to serve you in the way you think it is. As a culture, we tend to swing from one extreme to the other in response to each extreme. We can’t seem to make up our minds! For example: just in the health space we go from anorexic, itty bitty models to the health at every size movement and 300+lb models. We go from low fat and high carb (because fat is evil and makes us fat, obv) to high fat and low carb (because carbs are evil and make us fat, obv). I have also seen firsthand the reaction of some of my friends and family who are so confused at what is/is not “good” that they completely give up and just eat junk because they don’t know what else to do. HOW EXTREMES DISTORT OUR PERCEPTION OF OURSELVES, OUR HEALTH, AND WHAT IT ACTUALLY TAKES TO GET THERE: Extremes give us NO ground to stand on. We know they’re constantly changing so even getting on board with the latest extreme is bound to leave you feeling frustrated and confused when things swing the completely opposite direction in an attempt to overcorrect. The craziest thing about extremes is that we feel if we can’t sustain the extremes, it’s us. What! In turn, this decreases self-esteem and self-confidence, makes us more likely to try more diets and extremes or give up altogether. Extremes are flawed in their design so only around 1% of the population can stick with it. Although completely unsustainable, extremes offer quick results, which get used to. This means that when we are doing things in a way that is going to stick, we don’t have the patience to continue and 20 years later we’re still doing the same things and getting the same results (or lack of). The end result? A continuous downward spiral of self-confidence, self-efficacy (the belief that you can do it) and perceived self-worth. Extremes kill our metabolism and make it harder for us to lose weight each time. This, my friends, is yet another design flaw. Also, the people and companies promoting extremes are usually trying to sell us something or make us believe that we’re not complete. Even though we’ve got more problems after fad diets and extremes than we had going in, we still continue. GETTING OUT OF EXTREMES: How many times have you started a clean eating venture just to get so upset you can't have pizza that you trash it all? Exercising for two hours a day or not at all? Never going out or only going out? Oreos are black and white. What isn't black and white? LIFE. Actual human life. Just like the one you live. Friends, let me tell you a not-so-secret I've learned walking alongside hundreds of people on their weight-loss/self-acceptance journeys: it is 50 thousand shades of gray.There is no right or wrong and good or bad. There is no absolute anything. Our lives are just made up of choices. The ones specifically surrounding our health and wellness journeys are fairly trivial. Hear me out on this: there are giant decisions in life. The decision whether to have a salad or fries with your dinner is not one of them. This is great news. This means if you decide to have fries, you can have a salad with them, or continue on with life as though nothing tragic has happened and not feel as guilty as though you just stole those fries from a child (I'm going to assume you haven't). You always have the option to change your next choice.

How to kick the habit of extremes: 1. Get REALLY familiar with what's important to you. Is it more important to you to be down another 4 pounds quick from that crash diet (leaving you where you started and heavier than ever when it's over) or losing the weight slowly and doing things the hard way but keeping it off and creating new lifestyle change? To just make it to another event at a certain weight or size, or feeling comfortable around tempting foods at said events for the first time in your life? To change that behavior for 4 weeks or for a lifetime? 2. Get over the idea of quick. There are things that cannot be microwave quick. Lots of things, actually. Weight loss is one of them. Mental change is another. As humans we are slow to change and without the adequate time to do everything required to change in a given area it truly won't work long-term. Imagine a CEO: she didn't walk into an office one day from off the street and announce she was going to be the new CEO. That's not a thing. She worked her way up, one step at a time. And it probably took years but she knew it was worth it. You, friend, are worth it. Continue to put in the time for yourself! THAT’S A WRAP! THANKS FOR READING!

You can find my podcast by going to your favorite podcast app and searching for “The Balanced Bod Pod”. You can find me on social media @thebalancedbody_ xo, Corin Groustra

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