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126: Melanie Morton on Getting Knocked Up in College and Fitness Lies on Instagram: This week I'm chatting with Melanie Morton, a wife and mom from Chicago who works as a personal trainer, nutrition coach, and co-founder of Next Level Fitness Chicago. She's the creator of the Busy Mama Lean for Life Method and The Busy Babe Lean for...

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This week I'm chatting with Melanie Morton, a wife and mom from Chicago who works as a personal trainer, nutrition coach, and co-founder of Next Level Fitness Chicago. She's the creator of the Busy Mama Lean for Life Method and The Busy Babe Lean for Life Method, two amazing programs designed to help you stay lean for life through healthy fitness and nutrition habits! In this episode, Melanie shares her journey to meeting her husband and becoming a mother - which was quite the rocky road! Melanie got pregnant in college unexpectedly and quickly decided to be the best mother she could be. Melanie discusses what it's like to be a young mother and how getting pregnant at a young age affected the relationships in her life. We also discuss common fitness mistakes women make, bad exercise habits on social media, and Melanie's best tips for getting in your best shape ever without killing yourself. We talk about Melanie's path to finding a diet that works for her,  how she feels about macros, nutrition tips to feel your best, and more! For more from Melanie, you can find her on her website, melaniemortoncoaching.com, or on Instagram (@melanie_morton). You can also find her Facebook group here. For more from Christina, head to her website, christinaricewellness.com, to find her services, blog, programs, and ebooks. If there's a question you'd like answered or a topic you'd like discussed on the podcast, send it in to podcast@christinaricewellness.com! Don’t forget to join the Facebook group, Wellness Realness Podcast Tribe, to meet other podcast listeners! If you're a woman looking to learn everything about using the Paleo lifestyle to reach your health goals , sign up for Christina's online course, The Paleo Women Lifestyle Program! This course has hours of video lectures, audio lectures, and PDFs that cover nutrition, fitness, sleep, stress management, balancing hormones, self love, cooking and grocery shopping, and more. You can sign up at bit.ly/paleowomenlifestyle. If you're finally ready to reach your fitness goals, check out the MAPS programs from Mind Pump Media at www.mindpumpmedia.com/christinaricewellness. You can use the code "WELLNESS" for 10% off! I recommend MAPS Anabolicto anyone who goes to the gym and wants something that will increase their strength and fitness levels while also reducing body fat, and I recommend MAPS Anywhereif you're looking for a program that doesn't require a gym and focuses more on bodyweight exercises. Interested in switching to safer beauty products to protect your health? Shop at beautycounter.com/christinarice for safer skincare, makeup, hair care, and more! If you need help with color matching or product recommendations, feel free to reach out to Christina. You can email her at christina@christinaricewellness.com. If you want to change your life with essential oils, head to bit.ly/doterracrw to get started! Feel free to email Christina to learn more about how doTERRA essential oils can transform your health! If you're not sure where to start with essential oils, head here. Christina's latest ebook, #NoSugarNoProblems: A Lovely Collection of Paleo Sweetener-Free Desserts, is now available! This ebook is filled with 30 paleo desserts (with plenty of vegan options) that are free of all sugar and sugar substitutes - cookies, brownies, cupcakes, puddings, milkshakes, cheesecake, cream pie, and more! No sugar, no stevia, no xylitol, no maple syrup, no honey, no erythritol, no bananas, and no dates! This is perfect for anyone who is on the Candida diet, ketogenic, low-carb, diabetic, low-FODMAP, paleo, primal, vegetarian, vegan, or just looking to limit their sugar intake! You can get your copy at christinaricewellness.com under "ebooks" or at bit.ly/nosugarnoproblems. Use the code "wellnessrealness" for 20% off! Do you love Primal Kitchen Foodsproducts as much as Christina?! If you want to stock up on healthy paleo mayo, salad dressings, bars, collagen, and more, use the code "WELLNESS" for 10% o

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