Now, I’m no nutritionist, but I like to think of myself as a fairly healthy eater. People sometimes consider me a weird eater since I don’t eat a whole lot of meat and I usually have some hodgepodge concoction put together for lunch or dinner. “Are you eating caviar??” (referring to the quinoa on my plate). Ummm, not quite haha. And while I’m not a big meat-eater unless my dad shot it himself, I still get plenty of protein and plant-based nutrients that keep me fully satisfied, my energy levels up, and my body (seemingly) thriving!
It’s a new year!!! 2017!! The new year always brings about feelings of renewal and longing to bring on a whole new YOU. While half the time people only make resolutions because they feel like they are obliged to, resolutions aren’t really necessary. It’s healthy and encouraged to try to better yourself in any way you may choose, but not when it sets you up to feel discouraged.
The beginning of fall is always bitter sweet. With changing leaves and cooler temperatures marking the end of summer, there is such an energy shift in our bodies! While summer provided us with light and carefree attitudes, autumn brings with it more introspective energies that leave us wanting to stay snuggled in and pensive. We must be able to tune into these energies as the weather goes through this transition in order to keep us feeling at our prime this season.
Getting the recommended amount of vegetables into your diet can be challenging with a hectic schedule. The recommended daily amount varies based on age, sex, and physical activity, but for the average grown woman it is recommended to consume two and a half cups of vegetables a day, with 3 cups recommended for men. This may seem daunting at times, however, there are simple tricks you can utilize to pack those vegetables into your day! You shouldn’t have to go without simply because of your busy lifestyle! Or maybe you have time, but you simply don’t like vegetables! Vegetables add so many nutrients to your diet such as potassium, vitamins A, K, and C, dietary fiber, and soooo much more. You are really doing your body and health a disservice by not including them in your diet. Hopefully these tips will empower you to start incorporating more vegetables into your day!
Having an optimistic outlook on life can take you a long way. When you start transforming your way of thinking from a negative outlook to a positive one, your life opens up in ways you never would have expected, both in your relationships with others and even your physical appearance. It’s easy and natural for our minds to wander to ‘the dark side’ every once in a while when things don’t go our way or stresses are thrown at us from every direction. However, it’s important to step back, think about the situation, and realize when you have the capabilities to change something or when you should just let it go. Releasing bottled up tension is so critical to your well-being, and is the only way to truly allow yourself to free your body and mind for more important things in life such as your health, goals, love and relationships, and puppies of course.
Ahh, spring is in the air! As the cool, dark winter fades away to longer days and dimly lit evenings, birds are eagerly chirping and plants are awakening after the long winter slumber. Spring is a time for new beginnings, renewal of our spirits, and revival of nature. Just as everything in nature comes alive again, so do our bodies! In winter our bodies tend to get rigid.
Inflammation in the body is always uncomfortable. Sometimes you may notice inflammation when you injure yourself or are fighting an infection, and other times inflammation may be chronic and unnoticeable. When you live a high-inflammatory lifestyle for a prolonged period of time, your body stops being able to turn off the inflammatory response and as a result, your healthy tissues may become damaged. When your body is constantly inflamed, you may start to suffer from conditions such as arthritis, bowel disorders, cancer, heart disease, dementia, and so much more! The sad part is that a lot of people don’t know the warning signs that their bodies are in a state of chronic inflammation until it’s too late. Why must we torture ourselves???
There are thousands of people every year that make their New Year’s resolution to lose weight. THIS is the year you are going to shed those pounds, fit into your skinny jeans, and strut your new physique at work. This is the year you cut out all fast food, excess sugar, and finally work out the recommended amount every week. Yet, it never fails that come February, most people are out of the gym, back on the couch, and stuffing that ice cream into their mouths. So, what happened? You were SO incredibly motivated and excited about your new goals, but then when it came down to actually taking the steps to reach those goals, your motivation tanked. Why is that? Is it possible that you are sabotaging your own weight loss? That seems absurd doesn’t it? You are the one making those goals so why would you want to ruin them? Well, chances are you don’t even know you are doing it! Here is a comprehensive list of possible reasons your weight loss goals keep hitting the wayside and tips on how to prevent it from happening to YOU this year.
February is American Heart Month! You know what that means? It means that I want you to take care of that glorious beating bottle of love you have thumping away in your chest right now. And how can you do that? By eating a diet that gives you the essential vitamins and minerals you need to support a healthy heart. This means loading your plate with fruits and vegetables of an array of colors, filling up on fiber, and focusing on good-for-you fats and omega-3’s!
With a social media dominated society, it’s easy to start to feel down about your own life while looking through the eyes of everyone else through their posts and pictures. One friend may be running a marathon while another just got a promotion at work. And what have you gotten? A free cookie at a gas station. Wooooo. What you have to remember, however, is that most people only post the things they feel most proud of, not the things happening in their lives that make them feel lazy or embarrassed. It’s only natural! They want people to view them in a positive light. And you know what? They may be on to something. It’s been shown that people that talk about their accomplishments rather than their failures are truly happier. There’s a reason that those pessimistic Negative-Nancies are just that – negative and miserable.