DAILY AFFIRMATION: I NURTURE MY BODY. I LOVE MY BODY.
Hi! I’m super excited about today’s category: Health & nutrition!!! I’ve been waiting to include this because I think you are going to agree, this is the key ingredient to living a fruitful life. As an athlete, I serve my body with a variety workouts. But the only way to a healthy life is the proper balance of exercise AND a nutritious diet.
One of my good friends told me today that I was her nutrition guru 🙂 I’m flattered because I’ve always loved my exercise but it’s definitely taken work to dismiss bad habits & eat healthy. It seems so simple now. I have done a lot of research & have become very educated on what we are really putting into our systems. I think it all changed after my accident when I was told I “needed” all these pills, anti-depressants, drugs!??? I researched everything I was told to put into my body & read the pages of side effects it has on our bodies & mind. It’s the same for food too! Processed foods, refined sugars, preservatives, pesticides, chemicals chemicals chemicals!!! Half of the junk that has been “approved” by the FDA is just that, junk! I was fascinated with what I found on how certain foods not only effect us physically but mentally as well; our moods. I feel as if I have more energy, more clarity, & all around am more chemically balanced by weeding out the junk & sticking to very clean, nutritious foods. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life!
There can be a lot to a healthy diet, especially when it’s ultimately a shift in your lifestyle, like it was mine. The best way for me to start is saying this, I eat clean. Most anything that comes from the earth, I want. And if it comes orgainic, assuming it really is organic, I choose to eliminate all preservatives & pesticides. Once you get the hang of it, you discover what works for your body. What works for me isn’t necessarily what works for you. I just want to encourage you to enhance your nutrients from the best foods on earth.
My can’t live withouts:
Skin & brain foods (vitamins!). Nuts, nuts, nuts. Avacado. A variety of petty much all veggies & fruits. Salmon! Organic, 80% coco, dark chocolate. Organic greek yogurt. Organic peanut butter. I snack on organic trail mix (almonds, walnuts, seeds, pistachios, cashews, etc), goji berries, or granola every day 🙂 I’m a pescatarian but I’m not encouraging or discouraging you to eliminate meat. If you need your chicken or steak, I get it! If I were you, I wouldn’t go near anything that isn’t organic and hormone free. There’s some crazy stuff going on in the meat industries. Highest demand in America = YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE REALLY EATING! Whole Foods has a wide selection friends:)
Here are some additional, yummy faves. Yams. Cooked mushrooms. Light popcorn. Shrimp. White fish. Salads! Don’t get turned off, you have to get creative & add the goodness: nuts, fruit, veggies, light organic cheese, light dressing & some kind meat or protein. My boyfriend must think I’m crazy because to top it all off, I add Cayene pepper to pretty much everything! I like to spice it up, literally!! Even my special Smoothies: all fruit, maca powder & cayene. I don’t know the last time I shopped anywhere other than a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. That’s a great kick start to stocking up on the goods that do the body good!!!
Eating a balanced diet keeps me fuller & more satiated throughout my days. Now don’t get me wrong, I NEVER deprive myself. I can’t live without my Mexican, frozen yogurt & a lot of Sushi. I pretty much eat healthy all week & do whatever I please on the weekends! You’ve heard it a million times, everything in moderation. Ooow I have so much fun with this category! Stay tuned for lots of fun health tips!
Remember our body is our temple. The more you nurture it, it will serve you.