Uncomfortable Zone

I’m not sure if it’s because of my Taurus tendencies (or Kapha tendencies, for Ayurveda nerds like me) but I love to feel grounded and close to the earth. Thus, inversions where both feet are off of the ground TERRIFY me. Although logically I know I’m physically capable of certain inversions, my mind prevents me from fully exploring those poses.

Everyday I try to step out of my comfort zone. I hurdle into the unknown in hopes of slowly overcoming fears and weaknesses to only emerge with peace and strength. Whether I ask for a cute guy’s number, run (bleh.), cook an unfamiliar meal or travel and create new adventures, I learn more about myself with each experience. 

Understanding inversions will be on the top of my to-do list this summer. How will you step outside of your comfort zone this week or these next few months? How will that help you realize your goals?

Remember, baby steps!

 

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Morning Motivation

I always joke about how dorky my white board is, but in reality it helps me stay focused and wake up early in the morning. This board is on the wall across from my bed; prime location. It’s the first thing I see when I open my eyes. At night, I either write down quotes, my weekly, monthly or daily goals and go to bed knowing I have a fresh agenda to tackle in the morning.

These visual, organized reminders help me work toward my goals one day at a time. When I have a day off I feel lost about how to organize my time, so setting up a plan beforehand is always helpful!

How do you get and stay motivated?

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Avocado & Blueberry Salads

I know it sounds strange, but these two belly-flattening ingredients pair beautifully together to make a quick, inexpensive meal.

Avocados are full of heart-healthy fats that are great for your hair and skin. Blueberries have antioxidants that also help your complexion. Together, they make a killer beauty combo!

Breakfast Avocado & Blueberry Bowl

Ingredients

1 avocado, pitted, diced
1-2 cups blueberries
Juice from 1/2 lime

Directions

Combine all ingredients and enjoy immediately or within the next two or three hours.

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Avocado & Blueberry Salad

Ingredients

4-5 cups milk mixed greens
1 avocado, pitted, diced
1-2 cups blueberries
Juice from 1/2 lime

Directions

Combine all ingredients and enjoy immediately or within the next two or three hours. Add any seasoning you’d like; salt, pepper, fresh cilantro etc.

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Enjoy & Stay Fit!

5 Day Detox

I don’t know about you, but after today’s Christmas festivities I could use a quick cleanse before I enter 2015. This little detox that I created seems like a feasible way to begin the new year with a healthy, clean mind and body.

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Here are some links about food combining that were super helpful. When I properly combine whole foods, then my body feels light and energetic:

My New Roots: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Food Combining

Body Ecology: Food Combining

The Detoxinista: Food Combining Chart

Here’s a printable version of my 5 Day Detox:

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If you’re interested in a PDF or design for your website like the one in this post please email: bodyculture.us@gmail.com

Stay Fit & Happy Holidays! xx

From Skinny to Fit II

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My friend, a fitness manager, once said that most people have a little screw loose that drives them to pursue a career in fitness. As strange as that sounds, he’s right.

In my case I had depression and anorexia or orthorexia in high school, but labels are irrelevant. Essentially, I played two sports with just enough food to energetically feign a smile and conceal my intern battles.

Read more of my story here, or read my first STF post here.

I posted this photo on Instagram (body.culture) and got an overwhelmingly positive response, which I appreciate so much. As the caption says, “I’m wearing floral skirts differently nowadays. I’ve progressed from malnourishing my body to fueling it, from physical weakness to strength and from discomfort to confidence.”

When I see the girl that I used to be, I feel sad for her. I wish I could help her and tell her that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. She seems sad, alone and lost. However, the girl on the right drastically contrasts her qualities. That girl loves herself fully.

If you’d like to talk, please email me at bodyculture.us@gmail.com

If you’d like to follow my journey follow me on Instagram (@body.culture)

How to Not Eat all of the Cookie Dough.

Holiday baking fills the house with intoxicating, sweet scents. The aroma of decadent, warm cookies brings a sense of ease and delight. Although my senses may be happy, my waistline may not be as content.

On the rare occasion that I create a sweet confection I eat a VERY generous portion of the batter or dough. First I convince myself that I need to taste test my concoction, you know, for the sake of my friends and family. One small taste turns into two dainty teaspoons, which escalates into ladles of smooth, sweet batter. This mindless eating not only downsizes my cookie yield, but also leads to a sugar coma.

If you have the same dilemma taste testing your sweet or savory creations, then this list of tactics is for you.

  1. Chew gum
  2. Brush your teeth
  3. Sip on hot herbal tea
  4. Meditate beforehand/focus on the breath during preparation
  5. Nibble on baby carrots or sliced cucumbers
  6. Blast some music and dance/sing
  7. Eat a huge salad or healthy meal before you bake, you’ll be too full to crave anything and hopefully won’t want to undo your healthy choice by eating poorly
  8. Do a 20 minute HIIT workout; some studies show interval training reduces cravings
  9. Cook or bake with a friend who has the same health goals as you, or who is willing to support you through your journey of eating nutritiously
  10. Lastly, cook or bake naked. Or nearly naked. I know it sounds absurd but you’re less likely to eat mindlessly when you have less clothing on. For me, I am less likely to order a burger on vacation if I’m wearing a bikini. But that’s just me!

Let me know if any of these tricks work for you!

Strong is the New Skinny

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“Strong is the New Skinny.” Love this saying! Instead of focusing on attaining a specific body shape, focus on building strength. Let’s change “I wish I was thin” to “I will be strong.” Shifting that perspective will allow you to accept your body while feeling empowered during your fitness journey.

Stay fit, and keep persevering!

Spin Class & Getting Rid of Cardio Face

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Intrinsic motivation is a limited resource and depletes throughout the day. Therefore, it’s at it’s highest first thing in the morning. That’s why I sleepily dragged my body to 6AM spin class.

As exhausted as you feel walking out your front door, once you’re surrounded by that positive energy you have no choice but to wake up and have fun!

Only problem? My face gets insanely red, almost purple, after a hard cardio workout and stays that way for an hour or two.

However, I found an awesome solution that may help you out. Place an ice pack on your neck as you get ready for errands or work. This should solve the problem in no time!

Have a great day today, stay fit!

Victoria’s Secret “Perfect Body Campaign”

My friend brought this article to my attention and I think everyone should give it a read. Essentially, Victoria’s Secret created a new ad campaign branded with the tagline “The Perfect Body.” This slogan appears under beautifully photoshopped Victoria’s Secret models. Although these models have gorgeous physiques that they work hard for, that does not give VS the right to deem it the perfect body. By giving these thin, beautiful, genetically gifted women the title of “perfect” it makes women with other body shapes feel inadequate. Perfection alludes to the idea that this is the quintessential look for every person; we must strive to be this ideal in order to be accepted.

This is not the case.

This emphasis on aesthetic perfection from the media is damaging to young women. Everyone has a different body shape, genetic makeup, and fitness level. Their goals should be tailored to their lifestyle and culture. Shame on VS for making any woman feel less than beautiful or worthy.

Sign the petition here because “we would like Victoria’s Secret to apologise and take responsibility for the unhealthy and damaging message that their ‘Perfect Body’ campaign is sending out about women’s bodies and how they should be judged.”

If you’re on instagram hashtag #iamperfect to retaliate against this campaign.