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Dianna Saa
Finish Fit boot camp has demonstrated to me that I am VERY capable of pushing my body to its limits. Prior to starting the class I was nervous because it had been a really long time since I had been physically active. With Finish Fit I am now 5 pounds away from my pre-baby weight, something I had been trying to lose for two years! Thanks Lauren, Brett and Armen for helping me lose 10 pounds in four weeks!

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David Binns
My name is David Binns. I began working out three years ago and while I was able to lose weight, I still lacked tone. I began lifting but only showed very small results after a year. Since I have started training with Armen, I have gained about 8 lbs of muscle in a short 3 months. I have more energy, better stamina, and my workout regimen has improved as well to be more rounded. These are things that I tried to do myself by reading books on the subject but that I am now convinced only comes with years experience and an extended education in training. These are both things that Armen possesses and has used to guide me to very favorable results. Using his advice I have improved my diet, and focused on foods that help burn fat and build muscle. My workouts have reached new levels with him pushing me to attain the best results. Armen has also helped me to create a workout schedule for the whole week, not just at personal training. I would recommend personal training to anyone who wants fast results that last.

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Health and Fitness News

Defining the Relationship

Steps to a healthy relationship with food.

You need food. Without it, you’d be in all sorts of trouble. You would struggle to breathe, move, maintain body temperature, and grow. Fortunately, you never forget to eat. And if you do, your body reminds you. As an added perk, food tastes good. So eating is enjoyable.

Everyone has their own relationship with food. For some, this is a healthy relationship. For others, the relationship becomes something it’s not meant to be. This can lead to eating disorders, overeating, and weight gain. No one has a perfect relationship with food, but understanding your relationships helps you change it.

A Healthy Relationship

You know what healthy relationships with people look like, but what about food? Food should be valued and enjoyed for what it is. What exactly is food? It’s a way to nourish your body. It’s also a way to find pleasure, socialize with others, and carry on traditions.

All types and varieties of food are permissible. There is no single food that’s bad in and of itself. You just have to enjoy certain foods in moderation. This gives you freedom. You eat when you’re hungry and stop when you feel satisfied. With this healthy relationship, eating doesn’t produce guilt, shame, or stress. You enjoy the process and don’t overindulge. Nutritious foods that fuel your body and make you feel good are your foods of choice.

If you don’t love it, don’t eat it, and if you love it, savor it. - Evelyn Tribole

An Unhealthy Relationship

At its worst, a bad relationship with food leads to an eating disorder. But there are less extreme dysfunctions. Someone with an unhealthy association with food often feels guilt or shame after eating. This is usually because they overate again or ate food they’ve sworn off and labeled “bad.” Feeling guilty can lead to excessive dieting or exercise to compensate for the excess calories.

An obsession with food can indicate an unhealthy relationship. Do you constantly think about your next meal, whether or not a food is good for you, or how many calories are in a food? Perhaps you lack control when it comes to food and feel a compulsion to eat more than you should.

Rather than viewing food as nourishing, food becomes a coping mechanism. It can help you deal with negative emotions or fill an emotional void. Maybe this began as a child. You were given a bottle when you cried or sweet treats after a bad day. Whether you deal with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, or boredom, you use food to distract and comfort.

Extreme or excessive dieting is another manifestation of an unhealthy relationship. Instead of enjoying all food groups or listening to your body’s hunger cues, you restrict calories, avoid certain foods, and skip meals. You make lists of what foods are allowed and which aren’t. You allow a calorie-counting app to tell you when you’re done eating. No questions asked. No exceptions. Ever.

Repairing the Relationship

If you have an unhealthy relationship with food, it’s never too late to make things right. After years of unhealthy patterns, it will take time to repair the damage, but it can be done. In some cases, you may need to seek professional therapy.

In the meantime, learn to eat in response to your body’s natural hunger cues, and give yourself permission to enjoy good food. Eat when you’re truly hungry—not when food sounds good or you’re anxious. A rumbling tummy or a lack of energy means it’s time to eat. Pay attention to your body, eat slowly, eat without distractions, and enjoy each bite. Stop eating when you’re full.
Eating healthily and enjoying food should be your goal. So have a seat, relax, and enjoy your meal.

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