Thoughts on Food Freedom + Kettlebell Burpee Pyramid Workout

Good morning and happy MONDAY to you!

Since it’s the start of a new week, I wanted to share some #mondaymotivation related to food freedom and mindset and give you an awesome high-intensity kettlebell workout that you can do just about anywhere. It’s only two movements, but it’s definitely a challenge. I promise you’ll be a sweaty mess by the end!

Ok, here I am in typical Tina mode juggling a smoothie, a bowl of oats, and coffee! 😜

thoughts on food freedom juggling coffee and oatmeal

A few years ago, my food “rules” would have come into play at a yummy breakfast like this (we were on vacation at Club Med), and I would have been torn about what to order because I could only have the smoothie OR oatmeal – god forbid I ate both! But that’s the thing about finally finding freedom with food. When you get rid of those rules and eat what you want, you will find yourself ENJOYING your meal with no guilt.

Sure, breaking free from the strict (and silly) rules we place around food can be daunting. We often feel that if we don’t follow the specific guidelines that we set for ourselves, we will lose control and overeat. But the truth is, if you have some “bumpers” in place via macros and give yourself the permission to eat what you want, you’d be surprised to see that you’ll likely choose foods that make you feel great. One day that might be a plate of raw veggies and hummus as a snack, the other it might be a donut.

Some people might see macros as restrictive, but I see them as anything but! If anything, macros give you the food freedom and mindset to eat what you enjoy. Plus, once you have a gameplan for your choices, you’ll no longer need to obsess over what you’re craving because every meal you have permission from yourself to eat exactly what you want!

Kettlebell Burpee Pyramid Workout

I have a fun Kettlebell Burpee Pyramid workout for you that only requires a kettlebell and a little bit of space. I actually do this workout quite a bit, especially when I’m short on time. It’s definitely a burner, and I love that you can do it just about anywhere – at home, in a hotel gym or even in your backyard!

A video explanation with a short demonstration for this Kettlebell Burpee Pyramid workout is below as well as a visual image that you can save to Pinterest or desktop for later. I hope you like this Kettlebell Burpee Pyramid workout and give it a try. If you do, please let me know what you think!

Question of the Day

What are your thoughts on food freedom? Can macros be part of that equation?

What’s your favorite piece of equipment to use for workouts?

P.S. If you’re ready to get your diet on track after a fun summer, check out my FREE 5-day macro bootcamp. It’ll teach you the ins and outs of macros to get you started!

Also, our next Master Your Macros group starts on 9/9 – mark your calendars! Registration is now OPEN!

 

12 Comments

  1. Macros are absolutely not a part of food freedom. Counting macros is a diet meant to control body size, even when you say you follow it loosely. Showing before and after pictures of clients shows that more value is placed on smaller bodies. Food freedom means eating without regard for numbers and letting go of the idea that you can control your body. Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size are great resources for learning about true freedom from diet culture.

    1. I agree. If you’re still tracking what you’re eating and trying to fit it into a mold (even “roughly”), that isn’t food freedom. It’s a diet. Which is fine, but call it what it is. It isn’t freedom.

      It took me a long time to break out of the diet/tracking food mentality and really learn to eat intuitively and I wish I’d done it sooner.

      1. I’m so glad to hear that’s working for you! Some people don’t know how to eat intuitively all the time, so macros are a great tool for giving a framework while allowing a non-restrictive diet.

      1. Why do they make you cringe? They’ve been so helpful to so many clients. Not everyone knows how to eat a balanced diet, so macros have been an amazing tool.

  2. I have to agree with Amy. I’m kind of disappointed in how your message has changed through the years. I used to think it was really awesome how balanced your eating was, but now it seems super restrictive. Macros are just another diet and I have moved past the diet mentality.

    1. Really? My eating is anything but restrictive. If anything, macros are a tool to help you enjoy your food choices, so you’re not restrictive with your diet! 🙂

      1. Yeah, but it’s not completely free either. You’re still following a number that you’re supposed to hit or you haven’t done what you’re supposed to do. It seemed like you were more into intuitive eating for a long time which I really could relate to (and maybe I’m wrong about that, but that’s what it seemed like). And I have no issue with anyone doing whatever diet they want, but I don’t think I would call it food freedom. That’s misleading, IMO.

  3. Yeah, but it’s not completely free either. You’re still following a number that you’re supposed to hit or you haven’t done what you’re supposed to do. It seemed like you were more into intuitive eating for a long time which I really could relate to (and maybe I’m wrong about that, but that’s what it seemed like). And I have no issue with anyone doing whatever diet they want, but I don’t think I would call it food freedom. That’s misleading, IMO.

  4. I agree with the macros concept myself…..my problem has always been that I start off with discipline but yo-yo back to whence I came in a month or two. I’m currently Kindle reading this amazing book called Struggle Buster which advocates eating that which you grew up eating even if its deemed carb or fat heavy and not exercising too much….sounds too good to be true but hey…lets see if if works! Many thanks and keep up the great work, Katie:) Cheers – Kyle.

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