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What a seriously depressing topic, right? I was inspired after reading a post by Alex at Fitnancials.com called The Harsh Reality of Owning a Fitness Blog. It was all about people’s harsh words toward her when they didn’t think her fitness was fit enough. The fact that she lost weight while taking care of herself and bettering her health never crossed their minds apparently. While there are so, so, so many benefits to eating well and living a healthy lifestyle, the truth is, there are some serious downfalls as well. I have read posts that have similar titles to “10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle” but their reasons are always a little shifty. 1. It’s so hard getting new clothes once you lose weight and get your 6 pack abs! –Uhh, no, no, that all sounds great and you’re just tricking people into reading this. Not cool, ma’am, not cool. So I’m going to break it down and get real, 10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle.
The day I gave up processed foods was incredibly stressful. The amount of information was incredibly overwhelming. At the same time, that day was also one that totally transformed my entire way of eating. Working on a diet with no processed food can be challenging at first, but after you get the system down, it becomes second nature. The heart of my kitchen, and the key to my success with whole foods is of course the pantry. Now, I’m going to level with you, I do have a few processed foods in my pantry. Please don’t hold it against me. So besides the few odds and ends, let’s talk about what you need to get started on a no processed food pantry.
Getting kids fed during the morning chaos can get super tough. It’s every mom’s struggle. Especially if you want to make sure your kiddos are getting a well balanced, healthy meal. Pop Tarts might be quick but they lose points in the nutrition department. So I have decided to get my 8 favorite meal prepping foods together for quick, healthy breakfasts for kids. These are 8 quick breakfast options that we have in our house. We simply rotate them to keep things interesting. As always, prepping these meals is minimal work, few ingredients and can easily get you through a week’s worth of breakfasts. Because I am all gluten free, all these recipes are gluten free as well! For some of my other gluten free recommendations you can read my post all about it: Gluten Free Shopping List.
Alright, let’s start this off with a WCW. (Woman Crush Wednesday.) In all my years of fitness, healthy foods and genuinely caring about what I put into my body, I always go to my favorite female celebrities for inspiration. No, I don’t buy their posters and plaster them to my wall like I used to. Seriously, you should have seen my room as a kid. Instead, I do research what they are chowing down. After years of busting my butt in the gym, I eventually found out that most of the work I do is in fact, happening in the kitchen. This is OK by me because I’m usually a 30 min workout kind of gal. Oh yeah, so my woman crush: Blake Lively. Not only is blake stunningly beautiful and fantastic when it comes to fashion, but she now has an easy way to eat clean and slim down.
My crush started a few years back when I decided to start binge watching Gossip Girl on Netflix. Now of course, Blake is a mommy of 2, which makes her even better in my eyes. So when she released her newest move, “The Shallows” not too long after giving birth to her second child, I had to find out what her get back in shape plan was. Some sources say she cut out soy and gluten, others just say soy. We all know I’m a firm believer in what cutting gluten has done for me. You can read about my story here: Gluten Intolerance Symptoms. However, I was very interested to read about why exactly her trainer encouraged her to cut out soy and why that is not the only ingredient we should be looking out for.
So, hear me out on this. As a Holistic Nutritionist, why I will never help you lose weight.
I have done that mirror-of-shame stare down with myself. Cutting out pictures of other women and posting them up in hopes that I would be inspired to change who I am and be more like them. There have been times when all I could do was fixate on what physical aspect I wanted to change about my body. I have cut myself down and felt like I would never be good enough.
No one deserves to feel this way. Lately, I have had someone very close to me open up and admit that they hate their body. Honestly stating that they feel worse about themselves around me, because I have a smaller build. At first, I took offense to this, but truthfully, as a female today, I get it. Who of us hasn’t stood next to someone who was thinner, more toned, better “endowed’ and didn’t start to think less of themselves? As a society, we are so quick to pinch and poke at our reflection in the mirror and we are more and more losing touch with how we are really feeling.
Think about this for a minute; if you didn’t have a full length mirror, a scale or Photoshopped images all around you, how would you truly feel in your own body? No number dictating your self worth. No unreachable body image to live up to. Would you feel at peace in your body? My goal, as a holistic nutritionist is to help this answer be: “yes.”
There are so many self help books out there on all the best ways to get happy. Don’t get me wrong, I am a self proclaimed self help lover. While these books are loaded with a ton of helpful information, most of them bay be leaving out a few major details. The big detail being that there is actually food for your mood. Yes, crazy as it sounds there are foods you should eat to boost dopamine levels naturally. Dopamine being the “happy hormone” that our bodies naturally produce. Dopamine levels boost naturally with Vitamin D rays from the sun just be smart about how much sun you get.
Our dopamine levels also increase with things like exercise or when we are around people we love. Well, I’m pleased to tell you, you have another source as well in the foods that you eat! So what exactly are the eating requirements for joyful living? Read on to learn more.