A few months ago, I started with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become an Integrative Health Coach. Immediately, I felt connected with this school as the first lesson introduced was about Primary Food. When I read the heading of the unit, I figured this was going to be all about fruits and vegetables, the “primary” foods we should be eating no matter which diet we follow. Boy was I wrong. Primary Food as discussed with IIN is about the activities, experiences, and relationships that fill our lives.
If you were about to build a house that you wanted to stand for 100 years, would you go to the junkyard and pick up disheveled, broken down materials? No, because there’s no way your structure could withstand the test time using that as a foundation. So why is it as humans we vie to grow old, yet we fuel our bodies with poor building materials?
Whether you’re big, small, old, young, a professional athlete, or someone who has never exercised a day your life, yoga is for you. It’s easy to be intimidated by those who are super flexible- you know, the ones that post daily shots of themselves with their legs behind their ears. Or maybe it’s the ultra strong that dishearten you- the ones who, judging by their Instagram feed, seem to spend more time upside down than they do right side up. Whatever or whomever has been holding you back until this point, don’t let these glorified characteristics deter you…there’s much more to yoga than meets the eye.
When people ask me about my diet, I tell them I’m vegan, followed by, “Well, I’m
90% vegan.” That usually prompts a snide comment such as, “Oh, so you just
choose when you want to care or not?” And my response to that is, I’m not
perfect, and the stress I’d have over trying to be perfect would be worse for me
than any food I could consume. At some point a line must be drawn between
minimizing detriment on the world, and the amount of ill those efforts cause me
as the individual.
I’ve loved sweets since I was a little girl. It’s characteristic of my dad’s side of the family, and my mom is sure to remind me of that whenever I’m complaining about how I need to quit. Put some fast food or a bag of chips in front me, and my willpower is rock solid,aaa
How many times have you come home from work after a really stressful day, and taken it out on the pantry? Only to find yourself feeling more stressed because now you have to add “burning off” everything you just ate to your to-do list; or maybe you’re now feeling comatose and unable to focus on the work that needs to be completed to relieve your stress.
Bingeing, or emotional eating, was a huge part of my life this time last year when I was working and living in a toxic environment. Everyday I went to work I felt unhappy, stressed, exhausted, depressed, and the only way I could numb those feelings was to reach for something to snack on, usually something loaded with sugar. The problem with these sugary “snacks” was that the sugar was acting as a drug on my brain, temporarily numbing unpleasant feelings, but only leaving me to crave more once the effect had worn off.
Who doesn’t love parties? I know I do, especially during the summer with extra hours of warm sunshine to spend outdoors. The funny thing about parties is they almost solely revolve around food and drink, which can make sticking to your healthy diet a challenge.
I used to be someone under the mindset of “more is better”. More reps, more sets, more weight, more cardio, more dietary restriction….it’s all got to help right? Unfortunately, I could not have been more wrong as I didn’t see the results I wanted, and instead simply found myself exhausted. So I started focusing on rest, which is one of the most important parts of the program.
Let’s face it- eating healthy is expensive. Add eating organic on top of simply eating “healthy”, and the bill only continues to go up. Although it seems unfair that our society charges us more for the food that is good for us, until a food revolution takes the world by storm, we’re going to haveaaa
Some days simply having too many thoughts and too many things on my to-do list paralyzes me. You’ve probably seen the meme, “I’ve got 99 problems but I’m going to take a nap and ignore them all.” Yep, this is me more times than I’d like to admit, simply because I just don’t know what my next step should be.