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MOTIVATION: the answer for everything — water.
Drinking water can change everything. It impacts our energy, focus, your skin, physical abilities, sleep, hunger and more. So how to get in all that water? Three tips below:
Add fruits or veggies to naturally flavor your water — think lemons, oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cucumbers, apples, mint, etc. Pick flavors you love and add them to your water to entice you to gulp it down.
As if you needed MORE reasons to move your booty, working out makes you drink more. Sweat more, drink more. Done.
Play a numbers game. Pick a safe container and set a goal for your typical work (or study) day. Three containers? Maybe five? You wanted an excuse to get up and walk around anyway, am I right?
We’re all looking for a FREE, easy solution for everything. Could water be it? Get chugging.
Emily @ MYB
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MOTIVATION: coming to terms with the kitchen.
@manrepeller has conquered her closet + the fashion scene with her not-your-typical-fashionista sassy outlook on life. Next up? Her kitchen. Cue the DUH DUH DUHHHHHH music. Check out her latest to feeds my fire when it comes to my #eatrealfood mantra:
"Until about a week ago, I took great solace in the contents of my oven (which were takeout menus), but with a recent health kick now pervading my sense of that-which-is-consumable, my wanting to save money and the dubious sense that my home will neverreally feel like my home until food is being produced from it, it seems like high time to put that previously-deemed futile spatula to the pan and cook.”
(Read the full essay here via Coming To Terms With The Kitchen | Man Repeller)
MOTIVATION: eat real food.
via Chipotle (yes, Chipotle):
MOTIVATION: food is fuel.
It’s tough to make the right food choices when we’re bombarded at every turn with advertisements engineered to ensure that you consume as much as possible. Food isn’t a reward or a strategic device. Food is fuel. You can’t “fight cravings” or “curb hunger.” Hunger is your body asking for something it actually NEEDS. But what you can do is learn how to tune into those messages and give your body the BEST possible form of what it’s asking for. Because when we ENJOY food is when it’s most delicious and nutricious.
These extra workouts this month will likely increase your appetite. But they will also realign your relationship with food. Some tips:
- Eat REAL food. Is it food if it sits in a package on a shelf for months, even years, at a time? No. The real food is sitting naked without any packaging in the produce aisles lining your grocery store. Getcha some.
- Eat the BEST: Whether it’s a burger or a salad, eat the BEST version you possibly can. Whole ingredients grown with care and assembled with culinary passion feed and nourish you in more ways than one. So whether you’re putting together a killer salad or going all out on the best burger in town, do it up right. Confidently eat the best version of whatever you’re eating — and I don’t mean most expensive, either. I mean the best QUALITY. Your body is working hard this month. Give it the fuel it needs to succeed.
- Marketers know that the worlds HEALTHY! or WHOLE GRAIN! or GLUTEN FREE! are hot sellers right now. Stay one step ahead of them. Usually the foods that already are “healthy” don’t have labels on them screaming at you — they’re just healthy as is.
- Super foods are foods with super powers. And most REAL FOODs have tons of ‘em — even foods you’re probably already eating. Like these: olive oil, fresh fish, blueberries, almonds, dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, collard greens, etc), avocado, lemons, mushrooms, onions, brussels sprouts, broccoli, sweet potato, eggs, high quality dark chocolate. Each some of these foods every single day and ensure your body runs smoothly. Healthy doesn’t have to be a salad snoozefest. Check out more superfoods here.
Emily @ MYB
MOTIVATION: don’t BE healthy. DO healthy.
Healthy isn’t something you are or aren’t — it’s what you DO day in and day out in the decisions you make at every turn (or at as many turns as possible!)
Check out a great list from @mindbodygreen here (via 10 Truths All Healthy People Know):
Like you, and thousands of others, I am on a journey toward optimal health. Along the way, I’ve realized that there is no traditional definition of this lifestyle. ” It’s not strictly paleo, vegan, vegetarian, Mediterranean, flexitarian etc. In fact, it’s so much more.
How do you know if you are part of the new healthy?
These are 10 of the characteristics of the New Healthy:
1. You want to live actively into your 90s.
The life expectancy worldwide is 70 and rising. However, what really matters is how functional we are in our later years. I want to be walking, running, playing, bending all into my last days. Many of my choices today have that long-term goal in mind.
2. You don’t freak out about calories.
Seriously, who wants to track calories and worry about tallying them? Talk about taking the joy out of eating! As we all know, calories are not all equal, so a simple calculation of calories is very misleading (and obsessive).
3. You don’t always believe what the FDA, USDA, or big brands tell you.
Not everyone is invested in your health. In fact, many big name food manufacturers try to sell you products that are addictive or known (and in fact, designed) to cause cravings. Don’t believe me? Read this.
4. You’re not a slave to the scale.
As you know, muscle weighs more than fat, so you might weigh more when you build more muscle. Being a slave to the scale will send you on an emotional roller coaster.
5. You incorporate weight training.
Gone are the days where we do cardio everyday without ever doing weight-bearing exercise. You need it for your bones, your metabolism, and more.
6. You know that fat is not evil.
The New Healthy are intimately familiar with avocados, coconuts, omega-3’s, and favorable fats. It’s the type of fat that matters.
(Want to see up to 10?? Click thru here: 10 Truths All Healthy People Know)
Don’t blame your pissy mood on your boyfriend — blame lunch!!! Check out 7 Food Ingredients That Are Destroying Your Mood via @MindBodyGreen
MOTIVATION: sugar vs. natural fruit sugars.
There’s lots of talk about sugar these days — as there should be — with huge amounts of sugar being unknowingly hidden in all kinds of store-bought food products, including YOGURT and TOMATO SAUCE. But what about sugar in fruit??
Yes there are natural sugars in fruit, but when you eat the entire piece of fruit, you’re also eating fiber and all kinds of antioxidants and nutrients that help your body digest the fruit and get all the magical benefits it provides.
So KEEP EATING FRUIT! It’s a great morning food, a great snack and a great dessert choice. Wanna hear what the @NYTimes has to say about it?? Click on through (and then grab a peach!)
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Bowl of Life
Handful of Kale
Handful of Spinach
1 red bell pepper
1/2 red onion
1 table spoon earth balance
curry powder, chilly powder, sea salt
Chop and brown onions in cast iron use earth balance in skillet
Chop and add tomato
Break and add kale
Chop and add peach
Mix and stir for 5 minutes
Add sea salt, curry powder & chilly powder
Add quinoa & stir for 5 minutes
Remove from heat and enjoy!
MOTIVATION: feeling gross.
Ever feel super gross? Like after a long weekend or crazy busy work full of late nights and stress?? Often all it takes is one delicious (and secretly nutritious) meal to turn it all around!
Check out this recipe from the awesome @tarastiles packed with summer goodness. Maybe even throw in some feta and mint?! Go nuts. Go delicious. #eatrealfood
Health isn’t just about food, exercise and our bodies. It’s about relationships, goals, fun and happiness. You can sit and eat broccoli by yourself all day long, but guaranteed you’ll be miserable and UNHEALTHY.
BALANCE IS WHERE IT’S AT!
Click thru to read an article that taps into what Primary and Secondary Health is all about.
via MIND BODY GREEN: I Was Borderline Orthorexic. Here’s What I Learned.
Check out MYB nutrition and food thoughts from along my Health Coaching journey over @ moveyourbootyeats!
MOTIVATION: re-imagine “take out” food.
As humans, mammals and Earth-dwelling creatures, we’re engineered to eat seasonally. But when our grocery stores are overflowing with all kinds of foods all season long, how do we know what’s in season?
Lucky for us, Williams-Sonoma has launched a beautiful and easy-to-follow website featuring what’s currently in season + great recipes for each food item. Check out In Season Now to fall in love with and get inspired by seasonal produce.
Get seasonal. Get sexy. #eatrealfood
Photos via http://theyearinfood.com/
Food is good and all that but YOU REALLY FUCKING NEED WATER. I always drink one glass of water before each meal and another glass right after. Shit, that’s almost all the water you need in a day.
Feeling tired? Got a headache? Nauseous? Fuck those Rx commercials with their crazy ass side effects, drinking more water is the cheapest way to feel better. I drink mine straight but if you’re fancy as fuck then toss in some lemon, mint leaves, lime, cucumber, lemongrass. I don’t give a good goddamn, JUST DRINK IT.
MOTIVATION: revolutionizing the dinner party.
We’ve all been there. The dreaded big group dinner. Whether it’s a group birthday party, an expensive bachelorette celebration or a girls night out, you might as well throw $200 bucks down the toilet. And don’t forget to get ready for an upset stomach, limited healthy menu options and a random guy sitting next to you who refuses to agknowledge that you just dropped “my boyfriend” in every sentence since he sat down and started hitting on you. And you didn’t actually expect to talk to the guest of honor, did you?!
Well, last night I was lucky enough to get an invite to the answer to all your big group dinner woes! Two @NutritionSchool grads (and friends!), Caline of Health with Caline + Danielle of Vital Dish have launched The Seasonable Social, a private cooking class + dinner party business that offers group classes and private events in the NYC area featuring originally created recipes tailored to fit all kinds of events. While last month’s event featured healthy “game day” eats, last night’s focus was gluten-free recipes using whole foods and none of those wannabe-healthy “gluten-free” processed faux-foods. Check outwww.moveyourbootyeats.tumblr.com for the delicious Kale Salad with Mape Dressing recipe that Caline + Danielle created!
Instead of dining out with your friends in a super loud and expensive restaurant, #SeasonableSocial is awesome because you’re in a kitchen with your friends, drinking wine, learning cooking tricks of the trade, cooking up your own dinner and learning new recipes and ingredients along the way. THEN you’re dining together and digging in just like you would a restaurant, but this time you’re chowing down on your very own creations! Now show me some fancy Manhattan restaurant that can do that?!
Want to bring @TheSeasonableSocial over for your next event? Want to attend their next group class? Connect with them over at The Seasonable Social Facebook page and get seasonably social! Thanks Caline, Danielle and everyone in the class last night!