053: Deprivation vs. eating for health and first steps with Megan Olson

Hi friends. <3 I recorded this episode a few weeks ago with my friend Megan Olson and I’m excited to share it with you today.

Here’s a little bit about what we discuss:

– Her personal health transformation story

– The difference between deprivation and eating for health

– Why all foods should be a part of your healthy lifestyle

– Tips for first getting started

and so much more!

Weight loss can be a taboo topic, but in certain cases, it can be a stepping stone on the way to becoming healthier overall. Of course, I think there are some important factors you need to take into consideration, like how you FEEL, muscle density (or body composition), hormonal balance,  etc. I love how Megan takes all of these considerations while working with clients and focuses on the entire picture.

eating for health vs deprivation and first steps with megan olson

Download a full transcript of the episode here.

Here’s a little bit about Megan if you haven’t met her yet:

Megan is a nutrition practitioner in Phoenix, Arizona who helps women over 35 lose 20 to 50 pounds or more and keep it off. She is the creator of Skinny Fitalicious, a website with low calorie, gluten free recipes.

Megan started Skinny Fitalicious after losing 80 pounds. She is the author of the Low Calorie Cookbook, living with Hashimoto’s disease, is a group fitness instructor and manages a private weight loss practice that focuses on lasting weight loss for women.

Connect with Megan on her blog here or on Instagram.

Check out her new book on Amazon here. 

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Thank you so much for listening and for all of your support with the podcast! Please leave a rating or review if you enjoyed this episode. If you leave a rating, head to this page and you’ll get a little “thank you” gift from me to you.

COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment below with your favorite quick and healthy meal and a lucky winner will receive a copy of Megan’s new book.

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  1. Dianna on June 11, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    I have loved making healthy chipotle chicken bowls for meal prep! Another great podcast Gina!!

    • Amanda on June 12, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      It would be not so good if I said my favorite recipe right now was a good ol chocolate chip cookie ‍♀️ Thanks third trimester of pregnancy LOL but on a normal day I do like to make salads and a go to is chili! So versatile and can dump and go!

  2. Stephanie Woods on June 12, 2020 at 9:09 am

    One of my favorite easy meals is grilled chicken, grilled zucchini (marinated in some olive oil and balsamic vinegar), and roasted potatoes. Great summer meal and very easy cleanup. Grilled zucchini is my favorite grilled vegetable!

  3. Erin on June 12, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I loved how you discussed the 1,200 calorie Cosmo diets! I used to follow them allllllll the time. It is such terrible advice, but as a teen I gobbled that up! Great content as always!

    • Erin on June 12, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      I also love making pineapple BBQ salmon: skillet, salmon, pineapples, organic BBQ sauce, red pepper flakes, and a favorite veggie! SO so so easy and so so so good! I just put it all in the skillet and move it around a little…BOOM done!

  4. Laura on June 12, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    I love making taco bowls: steamed riced cauliflower, can of corn, can of black beans, browned ground turkey with taco seasoning, and a jar of salsa. Only one pan gets dirty, and it makes enough servings for multiple days of yummy leftovers! I like to mix in cottage cheese before eating for some extra texture and protein, too. 🙂

  5. Vicki on June 12, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Smoothie bowls have become a recent favorite of mine – especially since I started portioning out the fruit, banana, and spinach/kale in baggies in the freezer. All I have to add is milk and protein powder in the blender and I’m good to go!

  6. Shari on June 14, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Just made the stuffed peppers from Megan’s site. I think this may be my new favorite recipe! I’m pretty much a just load up a bowl with veggies for a salad type of person.

    • Susie on June 15, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      Like Megan, some of my favorite go-to lunches are an egg bake or giant salad with whatever protein and veggies I have. I have overnight oats for breakfast most days – so easy to prep – and some type of roasted vegetable every night with dinner. Cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, carrots… I love them all!

  7. Sara M on June 15, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I love making salmon and roasted veggies. Easy and tasty!

  8. Debbie on June 16, 2020 at 11:07 am

    For breakfast, always a smoothie & for lunch, giant kale salad w veg & protein 🙂

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