Chris Tina Bruce

Trans Fit: How to become an "Iron Man"

If you’re an athlete or an active person, you probably already know that exercise can put stresses on your body that ultimately increase your daily nutrient needs.

What you may not know, is that your daily intake of key vitamins and minerals is also crucial in supporting the body’s ability to exercise intensely.

One essential nutrient that often goes unnoticed until it becomes a problem, is the mineral iron.

Iron’s Role In The Active Body

Iron plays a key role in oxygen transport and fuel utilization. But how exactly does this mineral affect peak physical performance?

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Trans View: Is LGBT transforming into "Alphabet Soup"?

LGBT. LGBTQ. LGBTQI. LGBTQIA … even in our own community we are not clear on all the acronyms that represent us.  

As a person in the LGBT community, if I am having a hard time understanding and knowing all the acronyms sprouting up every other month, how can we honestly expect mainstream America to understand?

Our message is supposed to be about unity to obtain equality, although we cannot even communicate a clear and consistent message.  

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Trans Fit: Fiber choices for active people

You can barely pick up a health magazine without reading an article about how wonderful fiber is.

Yet, many people struggle to consume the recommended amount of fiber. 

Learn why eating fiber is so beneficial, how athletes should add fiber if they need more and what foods are rich sources of fiber. 

Benefits of Fiber

Besides keeping you “regular,” why should you make sure that you’re eating enough fiber?

Fiber has a protective effect against cardiovascular disease in the overall population.

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Chris Tina's Trans View: Transgender rights or deviant behavior?

Our Bill of Rights is the cornerstone of our democracy and the Ninth Amendment clearly states individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.

As a white, heterosexual, college-educated male living in suburbia, the sky was the limit as to where I could go or what I wanted to do with my life.

Trans Fit: Beware of those "extra tastes" during the week

Gaining and losing weight is really about math.

In order to lose a pound, you must burn or cut out 3,500 calories per week (500 calories a day).

Unfortunately on the other side of the equation, if you consistently overeat an extra 500 calories each day ... well ... that's how you end up not fitting into your pants.

Calories add up, and here is a simple breakdown to illustrate how easy it can be to eat an extra 500 calories in one day.

Do this over the course of seven days, and you are bound to see the scale jump up one pound.

Breakfast

Trans Fit: Happy, healthy holiday eating

Create and Stick to a Plan

To help maintain healthy habits, identify potential problem areas and anticipate situations that may present challenges.

Allow yourself some slack and don’t aim for perfection.

Choose to focus on two areas at most, such as sticking to a firm workout schedule and avoiding the cheese tray if that is a weakness.

By recognizing and anticipating your primary weaknesses, you are more likely to stick with a plan, she says.

Maintain a Regular Schedule

While the holidays can be hectic, it is important to eat at normal mealtimes.

Trans Fit: The lowdown on artificial sweeteners

With all the artificial sweeteners available, you may find it challenging to separate fact from fiction.

In fact, so many new sweeteners have made their way to market.

With all this sweet talk, it’s no wonder that you may be confused about which sweeteners to use.

Artificial Sweeteners vs. Sugar

Are foods that contain artificial sweeteners in some ways healthier than those that use natural sugar?

Consuming products that contain artificial sweeteners instead of pure sugar can help lower calorie and sugar intake for people with diabetes.

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Trans Fit: Be Eggstravagant!

It’s been called everything from “incredible” and “Nature’s perfect food” to “lowly.” 

For years, the egg was maligned by the scientific community, owing to concerns over elevated cholesterol levels and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Thanks to a recent media campaign, the egg is now being viewed in a more positive light by health experts and consumers, alike, and here’s why:

Health Benefits

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Trans Fit: Try these new waves of grain

We should be eating more whole grains on a daily basis, according to the latest federal dietary guidelines.

The good news is that manufacturers are introducing a cornucopia of unfamiliar whole grains into the marketplace to entice health-conscious consumers.

Here’s a look at some "exotic" whole grains (or grain substitutes) to consider next time you are shopping for your family:

Competition was positive for transgender bodybuilder despite loss

SAN DIEGO -- Bodybuilder Chris Tina Bruce didn't win her first bodybuilding competition in 18 years, but she still feels victorious.

That's because Bruce, a 43-year-old personal trainer in San Diego, is transgender and her participation in the Border States Classic Bodybuilding competition on Oct. 29 represented not just three months of intense physical preparation, but also a lifetime of coming to terms with her true identity as a woman.

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