nutrition coach tonya tittle travelers rest sc

November 12, 2021

My husband has this little saying that he passed on to me and the kids. Have you heard of the acronym? ICKY (Impatience can kill you). Mark’s dad told it to him and we are blessed to have it passed on to us for many reasons. If it doesn’t kill you then it could at least hinder or mame you.

ICKY can be applied to numerous situations but the overall looming concept is to be present. Being present in the situation allows you the wisdom and foresight to make better choices.

Here are a few situations that come to mind and then of course down the list I turn it to health and wellness of course, what did you think this post would lead to.

  • Waiting for the right time to pull out into an intersection in a car or cross over during a run, walk or cycle.
  • Not being aware of your surroundings in a new town and find yourself in a bad part of town.
  • Doing things to fast (like chopping vegetables) and cut yourself.
  • Using hand tools or power tools without safety equipment.
  • Taking shortcuts that lead to lazy man works double or gets hurt

and here comes the part where I tie ICKY into health and wellness……………….Think of wellness choices like change that adds up. A penny, dime and quarter here and there aren’t much but over time it can add up like my husband and late fathers large coin holders.

  • the added choices over the years of no sunblock
  • the added choices of choosing nights out drinking alcohol instead
  • sleep deprivation over a good show or night out
  • passing on exercise because you don’t feel like it
  • cycling without a helmet (“nothing will happen to me”..thought process)
  • not drinking enough water or too much water you dilute your sodium stores
  • nightly sugar “treat yo-self” self medication
  • choosing pain pills over alternative options
  • not lifting weights and it’s time to move furniture..you either can’t or get hurt in process
  • hurting an elbow during foosball because lack of warm up or flexibility in joints and muscles (actual client story)
  • not going to doctor(s) for routine check ups…can lead to delayed and untreated illnesses and issues
  • not being productive enough at work because you skip workouts and fuel with caffeine or sugar
  • too lazy to make or have breakfast which leads to poor food choices that stack up over time
  • too many carbs which make you sleepy and less productive at work leading to costly mistakes because you were foggy brained.
  • not taking a multi-vitamin (you need more than your mediocre diet provides)
  • not forcing your kids to eat fruits and vegetables which leads to either childhood obesity or adult struggles as habits have set in.
  • choosing tv, social media or shopping over building relationships with friends or family. Depression can set in with lack of emotional support which can lead to a whole down spiral of poor choices.
  • stress and not managing it or asking for help when needed

This list can go on and on. I’m sure you have some to add to this list as well.

Bottom line, STOP, Be Present and work on Patience (“it’s a virtue”) so you can live your best life!

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1

Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
South Carolina Energy Fitness relocated site update: Framing is up for showers, bathrooms and massage rooms. This week I marked with red x where we need dedicated 120 volt outlets for 2 treadmills and elliptical. Also scoped out where reinforcements go for walls in stretching area where we will install a ballet barre for stretching, holding onto for balance and strength exercises. Still figuring out where boxing bag will hang. Of course I scoped out the best area for light where filming exercise videos, pictures and continued service of virtual personal training for my clients now and when new ones travel but want to keep accountable with their personal training sessions. It’s coming together.
While you wait for onsite or if you don’t live in the area, why put off your fitness…..
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1

Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training


July 29, 2021
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What if you could do something good for health and save lives at the same time? Count me in as I like being effective with my time and resources. Every day, about 44,000 units of blood are used to save lives across the United States. This blood is vital for cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, and victims of accidents. Although 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent does so each year. Studies reveal many possible benefits of regular blood donation.

Not sure how YOU like to give back. Personally, I only have so much energy to go around for workouts 6 days a week, healthy nutrition and numerous self-care habits, be involved in my kids life and tote them to different life enriching activities and doctors appointments, household activities, be a good spouse and run a business. I am so appreciative of the many people that volunteer their time and efforts for different organizations, it is a gift of service. This said, I would rather give blood than spend more of my energies volunteering and it makes me feel good that I might be saving 3 lives. Donating blood, especially on a regular basis, can be similar to volunteer work. You give of your time (and your literal blood) to help strangers in need.

An average adult has between 9 and 12 pints of blood in their bodyThe volume in a person’s body will vary according to their size and other factors, but the average quantities are as follows: An average-sized woman has about 9 pints. An average-sized man has about 12 pints.

How much do the blood donor
centers draw
from you? 

1 Pint


Enjoy these benefits from giving blood:

  • Prior to the blood draw it’s like getting a mini-physical in which someone will check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin (iron count) and more. You might even find out your iron levels are too low and you need a supplement. I don’t eat meat and I was anemic during pregnancies so I always take an iron supplement.
  • Giving blood can reduce harmful iron stores – most people don’t even know they have Hemochromatosis which is a disease that causes iron overload. This can develop early in life or at age 40 or 50.  Too much iron can be damaging to blood vessels, and a regular decrease of iron-rich blood and subsequent replenishment due to blood donation can lead to a more beneficial lower iron level. I know 2 clients that routinely have to give blood aka: blood letting.
  • Phlebotomy (the process of drawing blood) was found to be an iron-reduction method that is associated with lower cancer risk and mortality.
  • Donating blood can help your liver stay healthy
  • Giving blood can be good for your mental state as it takes you out of the ME..ME..ME mindset and helps you focus on what you can do to help others. Volunteering has positive effects on happiness.
  • Find out what your blood type is so can try one of my favorite types of diet. The Blood Type Diet is very intuitive and can make a lot of sense or radically change some of your nutrition habits to help you lose weight, have more energy, sleep better or have less digestive issues.

So maybe you are one of those peeps that need to be motivated by fear or the away from something bad to take action.

Here’s What You Want to Avoid!

According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, 88% of blood donors are less likely to suffer a heart attack. With heart attacks to hold the record for most deaths in the US why not try and edge that one down on your list. Numbers aren’t out yet on if Coronavirus is going to be atop of this list at least for 2020. What we do know is that 80% of corona cases don’t become serious, it’s the underlying health causes that add a compound ill health risk and effect.

If you don’t give blood then you may not be giving your body that extra help with blood flow, giving it a lower viscosity (resistance) and thus making it less damaging to blood vessels.

Did you know that men tend to store more iron in their body than women?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a lighter note, I remember my mother giving blood often when I was a kid. She said they loved seeing her and she felt appreciated for giving. If we don’t hear others encouraging us to give blood then most people simply won’t do it or think that someone else will. Consider this post a means of highly encouraging you to make an appointment to give blood. Side note…I was motivated by the Taco Tuesday T-Shirt email. They give gift cards too sometimes and you get points for every donation you give. 800 points each time which you can redeem for prizes or gift cards. Different collectors have different age requirements. South Carolina minimum is age 16 and the upper age limit in some countries is age 65.

The average adult has approximately 10 pints, or 8% of body weight, and it takes a number of weeks to replenish those stores (this is why donors must wait 8 weeks between donations).

Tips  & prior to giving! 

  • hydrate with water and or electrolytes (I pop a nunn electrolyte tab in some water)
  • Fuel up before you go & afterwards! Yesterday there was a woman that said she didn’t eat before giving and they pulled out a cold pack for her neck/chest, plugged in a fan and gave her sodium laced crackers and a sugary drink. With my diet, there’s no way I’m gonna eat crappy processed peanut butter crackers and a soda. Although last time I was served some veggie straws (gluten and dairy free…wohoo!). I usually time it to eat a salted brown rice cake with sunflower nut or cashew nut butter an hour before giving and then have an Aloha protein bar afterwards and water.
  • do your exercise several hours prior to donating
  • bring a jacket or long pants. they may or may not have warm blankets for you.
  • you might feel tired for 2 days post donation.
  • no strenuous activity immediately following – take it easy for 2 days (I lifted and ran on day 2 but easier effort)
  • you might feel lightheaded the day of and for up to 48 hours

I’ll leave you with this a a few pics from yesterday @thebloodconnection in Greenville, SC.

What’s not pictured is the yelp I let out when I get stuck with needles. I mean who loves them right, unless your a junkie and at that point you have bigger problems.

Bloodletting is one of the humanity’s oldest medical practices, dating back thousands of years and linked to many ancient cultures, including the Mayans, Aztecs, Egyptians and Mesopotamians. The typical purpose was to cure a person suffering from some kind of infirmity (leprosy, plague, pneumonia, stroke, inflammation, herpes, acne – pretty much anything). The patient was pierced or cut and then drained of several ounces of blood until they fainted.”  ~Medtech.edu~

I didn’t know until my son (age 15) pointed out that the bag that your blood goes in is slowing swinging back and forth during the process. Cool, it keeps it from clotting. They keep it out of sight, thank goodness as I always look away when they stick me.

 

 

 

 

Find Tonya online with live personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Greenville, South Carolina site to be available this year in the town of Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Stay tuned for more details as we are working on securing a location. Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 is no longer onsite for training, massage and nutrition coaching.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.


May 13, 2021
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I’ve heard about bee pollen for years but never decided to add it to my already extensive health and wellness regimen. That changed last week after sitting in on the guest speaker for a Gardening Merit badge for Scouting that my boys attend. She was from Clemson University and was sure to tell us that Clemson isn’t just known for football but also for grants to educate the public and groups about pollination, commodities and why pollinators are so very important to the environment and the food chain. I could go on and on about all the interesting facts she shared with the group but alas I just want to focus on Bee Pollen Benefits and teach you the Waggle (the language of the bees).

She held up a Bottle of Bee pollen that she had gotten in my new town of Travelers Rest, about 1/2 mile from our rental house. Apparently it’s the only local shop like it around. I went in to that store to get a few gifts for some friends on my last trip to Memphis. The Carolina Honey Bee Company has an additional larger store a few paces behind the main street store. This store has all the gear if you want to do honey hives. Way cool!

On to the Bee Pollen discussion:

Bees store this pollen in their legs and when they go into the hive they empty them into a holding place. The collectors get the extra whilst the bees empty their “honey belly” in order to make the hives and thus honey. Some people might say bee vomit! Laken and I didn’t know how in the world they are able to get the pollen from their legs. We had visions of human workers somehow extracting the pollen from their little legs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bee Pollen benefits:

  • Protein, carbs, water and fats, vitamins, minerals, antibiotics and antioxidants. Up to 7% protein in some regions and up to 35% for other regions
  • over 250 active substances including calcium & phosphorus
  • summer is different than fall collections reaping different benefits with spring time collection containing different ammino acids.
  • Test-tube, animal and some human studies have shown that bee pollen antioxidants can reduce chronic inflammation, eliminate harmful bacteria, fight infections and combat the growth and spread of tumors. (healthline.com)
  • may help lower heart disease and the “bad” cholesterol and lipid (fat) oxidation
  • may boost liver function (Your liver is your largest filter!)
  • anti-inflammatory and swelling reduction
  • may reduce allergies and kill bacteria which can boost immune system
  • may aid wound healing and prevent infections
  • may contain anti-cancer properties
  • Ease Menopause symptoms like HOT FLASHES (ladies, go buy some today!) One study showed that women’s symptoms improved by 71%
  • Iron deficient rats absorbed 66% more iron likely linked to the vitamin C and bioflavonoids which boost iron absorption. They aren’t sure if results can be translated to humans benefit yet.
  • also helps increase absorption of calcium and phosphorus
  • it may speed up metabolism and promote longevity

Aren’t You Loving These Benefits? 

We were concerned about how it was going to taste so I just sprinkled a few into my hand as well as did both of my kids ages 15 and 11. We all liked the taste and have been eating some every day. I like to put about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon in my protein shakes. Other uses are in soups, salads and in my honey mustard sauce for my sweet potato tots. Thus far, my allergy eyes and spring sniffles have gone into hiding.

Try and find some at a local nutrition shop harvested in an area near your city.

On to the Waggle Dance. This is their form of communication. By performing this dance, successful foragers can share information about the direction and distance to patches of flowers yielding nectar and pollen, to water sources, or to new nest-site locations with other members of the colony

Watch the short video below to see direction and next time you have an opportunity to see some of these amazing creatures at work you will have a greater understanding and appreciation of their place in our world.

1 waggle to the left and one to the right = short distance
2 waggles to the left and 2 to the right = medium distance
3 waggles to the left and 3 to the right = long distance

I had a video of Laken leading fellow troop members while role playing the waggle but I have spared him embarrassment for this post.

Can you make your yard more bee friendly?

Do you have a water source nearby? If you put a bowl or a hanging bath be sure to put a rock for the creatures (wasps, bees) to rest on to get a drink to avoid drowning.

Can you leave a patch of wildflowers un-mowed?
Do you have shelter nearby so they can rest from the elements like sun, rain and wind?

For those of you who wish to shop online at The Carolina Honey Bee, here’s a link to their website. I already checked and did not see bee pollen online. #carolinahoneybee

My Memphis peeps, you will have to come visit me to get some.

BEE HEALTHIER!!!!!!

Find Tonya online with live personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Greenville, South Carolina site to be available this year in the town of Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Stay tuned for more details as we are working on securing a location. Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 is no longer onsite for training, massage and nutrition coaching.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87)
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.