Feel More Energized FAST

EASY Tips to Feel More Energized FAST

✨Be the type of energy that no matter where you go, you always add value to the spaces & lives around you.✨:

  • Reduce or (if possible) eliminate caffeine. Caffeine causes many ups and downs that include dehydration and blood sugar lows and highs, making mood swings more frequent.
  • Drink lots of water – Most of us are chronically dehydrated. Try to drink a glass of water before you go to sugar or caffeine and wait a few minutes to see what happens.
  • Eat tons of dark leafy green vegetables. Green is associated with spring, a time of renewal and refreshing. Greens are full of vitamins and nutrients and great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood, and strengthening your immune system.
  • Use real sweets. Avoid sugar and chemical artificial sweeteners. Use natural sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and agave nectar. Eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots, and beets or fruit to curb sweet cravings.
  • Get Moving. Start with simple activities, like walking or yoga. As this becomes a routine increase the amount or type of exercise.
  • Get more SLEEP, rest and relaxation. When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy. These cravings are often a result of being sleep-deprived, going to bed late, and waking up early for months and years on end.
  • Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat. Eating too much meat, dairy, chicken, and eggs can lead to low energy. So can eating too little! Experiment and see what your body feels the best with.
  • Evaluate your close relationships to see if there are people who drain you of your energy. It doesn’t mean that they are bad, but it is good to notice who drains you and why. See if you can transform those relationships by communicating and/or setting boundaries. Don’t be afraid to distance yourself or end the relationship.
  • Take time for YOU. Find activities that restore your energy, such as a walk, a bath, a movie, or whatever you might enjoy and schedule some time with yourself to do these things!

content via IIN

Tips to Eating Healthy While Eating Out

Eating out. These words are sometimes terrifying when you are trying lose weight or just trying to eat healthy. Going out to dinner is usually a pain point and causes a lot of unneeded stress, so how do we combat that?

My first tip of advice is to re-frame your brain; think about the experience, the fun, the good food, the feelings and emotion you will have that night! Going out to eat is a great way to socialize with friends, spend alone time with your significant other or just have a fun night out! Since you shouldn’t have to avoid restaurants just because you want to eat clean, we’ve come up with five easy tips for eating healthy when you’re eating out:

XXX

Research the Menu

Before you venture out to a restaurant, take a few minutes to look up the menu online. That way you’ll have time to think about what healthier options you’ll be able to eat and you won’t feel rushed or stressed out to make a quick decision when you get there.

Ask for Alternate Menus/Cooking Methods

If you’ve checked out the menu and don’t see many healthy options, try to find an alternate menu like one that’s gluten-free or vegan. (You may have to wait till you get to the restaurant to do this since not all menus are available online.) Not every item on a specialty menu may be super clean, but they’ll most likely have options that will better fit your dietary restrictions. If an alternative menu is not available, don’t be afraid to modify your order from what’s on the menu. Most restaurants are pretty accommodating and can switch up just about anything to ‘clean’ up the item. You can easily ask for things to be cooked with certain types of oil instead of butter, you can change the way your protein is cooked (ie, roasted, fried, grilled, etc.)

Double up on Veggies

Instead of ordering fries or a caesar salad loaded with dressing, try getting two sides of veggies instead. Baked sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli and grilled or sauteed veggies are all good options. Besides being healthier, these sides will leave more room for you to enjoy your main dish.

Eat Slow

Since many restaurants give you huge portion sizes (think lunch for the next day as well). It’s a good idea to eat slowly so you know when you’re getting full. Chatting with your company is a great way to slow down your meal. After all, you’re paying good money to eat at a restaurant, you should enjoy your food and the company you’re with and not rush to finish eating.

Skip Dessert or SHARE one

As wonderful and delicious as dessert is, it’s not going to help you stay on a clean eating path. Desserts at restaurants are often loaded with sugar, butter and other ingredients you may be trying to avoid so it’s best to skip it. If your group is ordering dessert and you don’t want to be the only one not having any, share a dessert with someone – you will satisfy your sweet tooth and cut your sugar intake in half!

Drink Tips

Wine or Beer (Splurge on the 12 dollar glass of wine and avoid a headache)
Skip the juice and try a seltzer (if necessary add a splash of fresh squeezed juice)
Limit to 2 drinks and sip slow 🙂

Movemeant Foundation Ambassador

 

Print

It’s an absolute honor to announce that I have been selected as one of just a handful of Movemeant Foundation Ambassadors, where together, we’ll be combatting a host of social issues that plague girls today – everything from rising rates of physical inactivity to an unrealistic standard of beauty.  As this issue is near and dear to my heart and own personal experience; I am so excited to join forces with this amazing organization to show girls how to love their bodies by empowering them through health and fitness!

movemeant

Some of the hard facts:

Negative body image and physical inactivity have grown to near epidemic proportions in the past 20 years. As many as 60% of women in national studies report that they don’t like the way their bodies look.  And there’s been a dramatic 32% increase in no reported physical activity among young women ages 18 – 39.

  • 31% of high school girls say they would undergo surgery because they feel insecure about how they look
  • Less than 3 in 10 high school students get 60 minutes of daily physical exercise
  • 44% of teens indicated that they regularly skip meals as a tactic for controlling their weight
  • 65% of teenage girls admit they are afraid of gaining weight

These facts are somewhat startling but there is hope through organizations like Movemeant Foundation that help change the way & create a brighter outlook for girls and women!

Capture

Stay tuned on some great events that I will be hosting in order to raise awareness and help change the way girls look and think about their bodies!

If you want more information and would like to get involved in my events please email me, I would absolutely love to collaborate!

movemeant2

Be Rebellious & Love Yourself

Over this past weekend I spent some time catching up on my some of my favorite health bloggers sites. My favorite, and one of my biggest role models in this industry, Elise of Kale & Chocolate, had posted an article that really hit home for me and I wanted to share with all of you; especially during this holiday season. The article is all about embracing your flaws and loving yourself. Below is an excerpt of the article;

“A few days ago, I had just come in from a run and was doing my early morning stretch-and-Instagram scroll when I came across this startling image on my friend Sarah’s Instagram page. In it, you see a young woman on a train. She’s staring into the middle distance and on the wall next to her is a flyer that reads, “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.” While I’ve never thought about it in those terms, I was taken aback by the truth in this statement. I’m a recovering perfectionist and over-thinker. I know what it is to doubt my choices, my habits, and myself. I’m very familiar with that tough inner critic. So the thought of standing up and saying “I like myself” feels terrifying and, yes, a little rebellious.”

– See more at: http://kaleandchocolate.com/the-truth-about-liking-yourself-why-it-matters/#sthash.tuaPQdj4.dpuf

kaleandchocolate

Elise continues the article by being “rebellious” and sharing with her readers a few of what she believes are her strong strengths and encourages her readers to do the same. I am very passionate about the topic of self-love and today I am going to share a few of mine below:

  1. Dedicated: I am very loyal and caring to those in my life that are close to me; family and friends.
  2. Creature of Habit: I like routines, schedules and planning. This keeps me on track, organized and feeling my best.
  3. Amateur Chef: I love cooking and experimenting with recipes in order to make them my own. I love fresh food and sharing my creations with family and friends.
  4. Adult Athlete: I consider myself in good shape and fit. I am fortunate to be able to try any class without fear of failure or discouragement.

3909d84b220b99043de6c8bab13486ff

I would love to hear from all of you! Comment below with one of your favorite traits or share this post on your Facebook page and add your favorite trait in the posting and start a revolution of self-love this holiday season!