We had the great opportunity to interview Emily Schromm. And if I could sum her up in 2 words, it would be, ROLE MODEL.
She is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Crossfit coach, personal trainer, and winner of The Challenge (Rivals 2) on MTV. Among MANY other achievements. Click here to learn more about Emily's fitness journey.
She is currently running two businesses (soon-to-be-THREE), interviewing top health professionals on her podcast, Meathead Hippie, creating nutrition and fitness programs, and appearing on MTV's The Challenge for her charity, GirlsInc.
Like I said, role model.
And for our readers, she is offering 20% off her EMFIT CHALLENGE, which begins January 2nd, when you use the code EMFIT20. As an added bonus, when you register for the EMFIT Challenge, you will receive an email with a discount for her EmPack, a fully functional backpack that doubles as a weight training pack.
Now, to the interview. Enjoy!
I have been "paleo-ish" for over 6 years. Taking out gluten and dairy completely changed my life. So, I like to say I'm fat-adapted. I eat a higher fat diet, but I'm not keto. And I'm "paleo-ish" because I do some grains. I think paleo is kind of a broad term that is just not necessary.
I eat what makes me feel good, and I move how I feel good.
So like I said before, I do some grains, but only after I healed my gut. When I took out gluten specifically, and also gluten-similar products, like buckwheat, my skin changed, and my gut changed. My skin changed BECAUSE my gut changed. My small intestine has always had issues. I grew up with IBS and chronic stomach pains, and never knew what the issue was. I was put on many medications, excessive fiber, ulcer medications, etc., in order to fix my body, and the only thing that fixed it was taking out certain foods. So for me, I don't just feel the impact physically in the stomach pains, but I also feel the impact with my brain. I get very brain foggy, irritable, and anxious, and for me, somebody that struggles with mental health and depression, something that immediately triggers it is grains. I just don't have time for that.
Do my 21 Day Challenge. I think that nobody really knows what they are doing when they go keto, or they go paleo. They miss out on the point of just eating real food, and they completely cause their body trauma. They eat way too many fats, way to quickly, with a poorly functioning gal bladder. And with a lack of enzymes needed to digest all that fat, it can be really stressful. It's $21, so basically, do my challenge.
Figure out what works for you, and ease into it. Increasing fats can't be something you just do overnight. And I just hope that everyone listens to that if they are doing keto. I have seen so many people harm themselves on keto. Some basic advice, make sure your gal bladder is functioning. Taking a gal bladder or bile supplement can be really helpful. Digestive enzymes can help break down that fat, which can also be very helpful.
I love tater-tots! So if I can find some gluten free tater-tots on a cheat day, game over!
(laughs) I don't know. I don't what's trending, I'm not gonna lie. I love that everyone is going outside and talking about adventure. I feel like that is really trendy. I would like to say that it was Evolved Motion that started that, but I think we just got lucky with our timing. So for me, it's getting outside, getting outdoors, and getting barefoot. Just working out wherever you can. And that's the whole concept of my invention, the Empack . Not being stuck inside.
I start out with some supplements on an empty stomach. Then I have an espresso, usually some eggs, spinach, tahini, [and] sometimes some plantain chips. Sometimes I just do an RX Bar. If I have more carbs, I try to workout soon after I have those. If I don't workout for a while, I try to keep my breakfast pretty high protein, high fat. Then, I eat when I am hungry, or if I workout, I have a post workout shake.
For lunch, if I [have] just worked out, I have more carbs. So I will have a sweet potato hash or a sweet potato, grass-fed burger, greens, and sauerkraut. I like sauerkraut a lot.
Dinner is usually steak and veggies and depending if I workout at night, white rice, or potatoes. I'm pretty easy. I love food, but I keep it simple.
I am doing conjugate method, so my 6 week strength program. Build 1 and 2 are already out, and I am doing Build 3. It’s a conjugate method, which is getting me really strong. Banded bench press, banded press, banded squats, box squats, etc. I really love doing that. At the end of that strength session, which is usually dynamic effort, upper/lower body, and max effort, upper/lower body.
I do a mini conditioning set. [It's] usually no more than 10 or 12 minutes. I just go all out, go crazy. Kettlebells, sprints, uphill treadmill, sled pushes, sled drags, box jumps. I just get crazy, and I love it.
And then I go have a protein shake.
I have always been an athlete. I played soccer growing up. But even in college, I got really into flag football and really into beach volleyball. [Well] sand volleyball, since I lived in Missouri. I've always just been really natural at sports, but I don't think I really appreciated my athleticism until I did The Challenge on MTV. I always knew I was a bigger athlete, someone who was strong, and who could hold their own, and not get pushed around by the guys. I loved playing against the guys because I loved beating them. But when I was on The Challenge, I realized, oh my God, I'm really good at random shit. You have one chance to do something and I think that's the sign of an athlete. It's not practicing over and over the same thing. It's when go time happens, how quickly can you adapt and change. That's what I really have appreciated about myself. You can definitely train that and become better at it, but there are sometimes things you can't train. I feel really blessed that I have that athletic gene. It's probably from my mom. (laughs)
My job is the best job in the world. I am so overwhelmingly blessed because, you hear people talking about waking up and doing what they love, and you never work a day in your life. All those cheesy quotes are totally me. I wake up and am excited to open my laptop, and I just feel like I can explode of happiness after seeing picture of people who just received their EmPack , or doing wall walks from my strength program. It's just insane that I had this vision in my head six years ago to help people learn about food, really learn about food, not just the dieting, but nutrition, and help them get strong with functional movement. It's just turned into something I couldn’t even have imaged in my head. It was everything I wanted, but now that it's here, it's real. I feel so excited to do that.
My motivation comes completely from that place of, I am so grateful for what I do, and I want to be the best at it. How can I think clearly, how can I be the best at this, and how can I stay stress free, because it is so much. I’m about ready to launch my third company, [and] I have to take care of myself. So my motivation comes from, I know what makes me the best me, and what makes me the best me is just basically eating well, moving, avoiding certain foods, and doing things that I love. It's pretty easy to stay motivated when your job is depending on it, but it’s a job that you really love.
I'm a snowboarder!
I am obsessed with the sauna. I love winter because it gives me an excuse to go into the sauna.
I love working out at a rec center in the mountains. Its called Silverthorn Rec Center, which is where my journey began. When I decided I was going to become, not just an athlete, but change my body, get fit, and work really hard, that happened at that rec center in the mountains. So it's so easy for me. I make sure that I find a gym that has a sauna, then I go to the sauna for ten minutes, I warm up, and then I am ready to go. I just love it because you have to find a place that lights you up a little bit. If you are walking into a cold, dead, low energy gym, it’s the worst. I have been there. But if you are walking into a gym and everyone is there lifting, and getting strong, it changes everything.
But snowboarding is a huge piece of my activity during the winter.
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