It’s Called Flirting

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It’s Called Flirting.

 

We all have to start somewhere!  Changing your lifestyle habits like how you eat and exercise can seem pretty overwhelming.  Too often do I hear, “I could never do it”, or, “There’s no way I’ll be able to keep it up”.  This is not the case.  Give yourself credit for all that you are and all that you do, and see what little, simple decisions you can make everyday to improve.  You don’t have to bend over backwards to see results. When you make those little simple decisions to be kind to your body, your compassion will show ;-).  Flirt with more plant foods.  Instead of the steak, try the ravioli?  Instead of the elevator, use the stairs.  Maybe don’t try and get such a close parking spot, and try swapping that white bread with whole wheat.  There are lots of packaged snacks offered at fraternities and sororities, try grabbing a couple of pieces of fruit instead!

 

Help me eat healthier?

 

Your compassion is showing J.  Think about what you’ve eaten today.  Think about how you could make that more whole and fresh- less additives, refined grains, flours, or sugars.  Aim for unprocessed.  The foods that work best with your body are the foods that grew from nature. They are chock full of readily available nutrients that are easily assimilated by the body gently, the way they were meant to be.  These foods naturally make you feel full because 1. The nutrients are all right there so you’re not left craving more. 2. Whole foods make you feel satisfied a lot longer than refined foods because it takes more time for the digestive system to process.  3. There are no empty calories adding to your waistline; the body uses all naturally occurring calories beneficially.  So, let’s think about breakfast.  Maybe you had a bowl of Reese’s Puffs?  Although they might claim to be “whole grain”, there is clearly nothing “whole grain” about them!  A “whole grain” would be something like barley, quinoa, or brown rice.  Closest thing offered at Kappa Kappa Gamma to a “whole grain” for breakfast would be unflavored old fashioned rolled oats.  Of course, the most “whole” option would be the fruit!  Quickly and easily digested, the bananas, apples, oranges, and grapefruits offered at Kappa are a great breakfast!  Guaranteed to start your day with energy!  Some other ideas to flirt with:

  • Drink more water- hydrate when you wake up and always carry a water bottle with you
  • Chew your food- try to just notice it!  Don’t guzzle in front of the computer, take time to recognize and appreciate J
  • Healthy snack on hand- I always have a banana in my backpack.  When people get really hungry is when they start craving something seriously naughty.  Keep your cravings under control and have something healthy on you to snack on between meals.

 

I’m too out of shape to work out…

 

False!  First of all, have fun, and the work out will take care of itself!  This is you’re life we’re talking about!  Every moment to be enjoyed and embraced!  What’s your favorite t.v show?  Watch it on the treadmill!  Got reading to do for class?  Bike with it!  Gently, flirting with this!  You don’t have to push yourself to the point of agony to burn calories!  If you feel uncomfortable going to the gym, bundle up, pop some head phones in, and go for a walk!  Try doing a 2-minute wall sit while you brush your teeth.  There are lots of great workouts on YouTube and pinterest!  If you’re early to class, walk up a flight of stairs!   How many pushups can you do in 30 seconds? Try it before bed, and beat your number next time!  Then!  Roll out of bed and try a 2-minute plank!  Little by little, in the privacy of your own environment, you can certainly work out!  Secondly, you are never too out of shape to work out!  Everybody is different!  My workout would be a stroll in the park to an Olympic athlete!  Don’t let comparison steal your joy!  Do what suits you and what you feel comfortable doing.  Set an attainable goal, and do not give up!!  Everybody started somewhere. Obviously, if you put in a little effort, and stick to it, you will improve!  Patience is a virtue.  You know you can do it, so use those two working legs you were blessed with and get to it! J

 

It’s easier to wake up earlier in the morning and do a little fun workout than to look at yourself in the mirror each day and not like what you see.  No matter how much advice I give, only you can help yourself.  With that in mind, make a conscious decision to transition.  Behavior change takes a long time.  Habits can be your best servant, or your worst master.  I guarantee it will be worth it!

 

 

 

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How To Actually Get It In When You Go Out

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How to Actually Get it In When You Go Out

 

 

If you don’t care for yourself, how do you expect others to care for you?  Set your priorities straight.  Once you respect yourself enough to really be kind to your body on a daily basis; that confidence you need to, not just get it in, but to get anything you want will come.  Confidence, confidence, confidence.  Where does confidence come from?  Feeding your body foods that work with it, not against it; moving your body, giving yourself a chance to use this beautiful machinery you were built with!  Hearto my hints, and you are sure to go home happy.

The quite obvious; the physique.  Ya, it’s hard to be confident when you look in the mirror and see a nice Santa Clause beer belly.  Prescribe yourself a little lifestyle medicine!  Diet and exercise everyday, baby.  “Diet” does not mean, “go on a diet”.  It’s simply what you eat.  Be conscious of it.  Recommendations are at least half your plate fresh fruits and vegetables, one quarter of the plate whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat, barley), and one quarter, a clean source of protein (lean meats, beans, sprouts).  The minimum exercise recommendation is 30 minutes of cardio at least 5 days of the week and 30 minutes of muscle conditioning at least 3 days of the week.

 

The apparently not so obvious; happiness.  People want happiness.  It’s universal.  Nobody wants to be with somebody that’s begging him or her to take a pull or following them around nervously all night.  Where do you get happiness?

1. You are what you eat.

First of all, we create our own emotions.  It isn’t up to me, or that guy/girl you’re trying to get with to make you happy.  Be someone vibrant and bright!  Someone alive in the moment! Someone sustainably sweet!  Someone that even has his or her own healing power to survive (antioxidants, fight off virus and disease)!  Fresh fruits and vegetables all day, baby!  Fresh fruits and vegetables take the energy straight from the sun and that energy synergistically gets absorbed and emulated.  A brighter outlook always follows a brighter diet!  Don’t believe me?  I invite you to challenge that notion!

2.  Endorphins are real!

Elle Woods was right.  “Exercise causes endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy; happy people just don’t kill their husbands!”  Real life, guys.  You are one work out away from a good mood.

 

An optimistic outlook on life goes a long way.  People want that!  Be the kind of person you would want to spend the night with.  I don’t know about you, but I would much rather go home with somebody who was really present in the moment and enjoying their time.   Either enjoying their time with me, or seeing them enjoy themselves from a distance, it’s captivating.  When you see that confident, happy person, you just want a piece of that!  Just relax, have fun; don’t try too hard!  If you are having fun with yourself, than, more often than not, he/she will want to have more fun with you too.  You always want what you can’t have; so show them how fun you are, how confident you are, and let the life force of that diet and exercise do it’s magic 😉

 

I believe you are good enough to get it in.   Take better care of yourself, and you’ll believe it too.  Have a great night! 😉

Three Necessities To See Your Soul Mate

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Now, granted I am no relationship expert.  However, I do know that it is impossible to love somebody if you don’t love yourself first. This Valentine’s day, turn off your ego, and let yourself shine!  Open up to a new you, indulge in the positives that everyone has to bring!

 

  1. Love yourself

Taking care of your body is the number one way to boost confidence and decrease depression.  A diet rich in fruits and vegetables brings ample benefits to a relationship!  Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake are shown to:

  • Increase spiritual health- a healthy mental clarity leads to formation of deeper connections with people
  • Give you smoother more sensual soft skin
  • Increase serotonin production- makes you feel good about yourself, giving you natural confidence
  • Make you taste better- Do you think “ew” when you hear oral? Try eating sweet melons and pineapple! Yummy!
  • Increase natural lubrication- (ladies) high water content naturally found in these foods helps hydrate the entire body
  • Illuminates body odor- a more fruity aroma is produced as opposed to a high protein diet which leaches ammonia through the pores in the skin (blegh!)
  • Cleaner mouth- fresher smelling breath and a cleaner tasting mouth!

 

If you incorporate exercise into the mix, a whole slew of benefits come along too!

  • Increase endurance
  • More oxygen and blood flow to the penis and the clitoris (an even harder banana 😉
  • Give you a sexy and tone bod- (obvious)
  • The ability and stamina to try more fun positions
  • Endorphins making you feel more energized and excited!  You are one work out away from a good mood!

 

  1. Turn off the ego

How can you fully embrace a potential soul mate for all that he/she is worth if you cannot even do so for yourself? Turn off your ego!  What is this ego?  Everybody has one.  The “ego” can be described as the little voice in your head.  The “you’re not good enough” chatter.  How can you accept the “flaws” of another, (which are totally bogus and brought upon by the comparative demon side of human nature), if you can’t accept the “flaws” in yourself?  You are enough!  Give yourself credit for everything you do and everything you are!  Until you truly believe you are worth it and deserve to be in a healthy loving relationship, nobody else will believe it.  And once you have turned off the ego that judges yourself, turn it off when it starts to judge other people!  See the best in people and realize that everybody is worth it and deserves to be loved.  No “Shallow Hals’” allowed!

 

  1. What Brings You Joy?

Who can you see yourself doing the things you most enjoy with?  Something that is such an invigorating experience for you might be contrary to the potential soul mate.  It is wonderful to bring different things to the table as far as interests and abilities, but the toes of each should test both waters.  If you’re a guy who loves football, it would be quite silly to settle for a soul mate who is simply disinterested.  If you’re a girl who loves to dance, how could you stand to be taken by a man who “doesn’t dance”?  This also goes into the importance of building a strong friendship foundation before you think about soul mate status.  “Love at first site” just brings us back to the ego.  Think about multiple aspects of your life.  Who will make you grow into a better person in the long run?  Who inspires you and instills you to be the best you can be?  Who is selflessly always there for you and always wishes the best upon you?  Until you have found that person, don’t settle.  I know your soul mate is out there.  Don’t get impatient and just settle.  You know you are worth the best!

 

If you already have that special someone in mind, or even if you don’t, I hope this article brought you clarity and guidance that will help today!  Reach out and spread the love.  Valentines Day is a day never to be trusted with emotions.  Today, don’t hesitate.  Just text them, “come over.”  You’ll be relieved you reached out.  It sure is better than waiting all night to receive.  The more you test the waters, the closer you are to that realizing whom that magical “soul mate” relationship is supposed to be with.

 

 

Cauliflower Rice Rawsome RawNori!

 

caulirice Cauliflower Nice:

  • Food processor/ good blender? (I used immersion blender attachment thing-very small food processor)
  • 4-5 cauliflower florets
  • 1/4ish avocado
  • juice 1/4ish lime
  • 4-5 stems of parsley (rip off stem) (jus dah leaves)
  • dulse flakes to taste

layoutnoriroll

  • rolling mat
  • 2 nori sheets overlapped a lil (where rice is)
  • 1/8ish avocado
  • celery thin slicey
  • cucumber potato skinner sliced
  • nicerice

rolled

slice

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Seven Fitness Myths- BUSTED

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7 Health Fitness Myths- BUSTED

 

Unfortunately, you can’t believe everything you hear out there.  But don’t worry, I’ve debunked some debaucheries deeming you doomed!  Check out what I have to say, and having a confident and wise outlook you may!

 

  1. I CAN SLIM DOWN BY SWITCHING TO DIET SODA- There is nothing in soda or diet soda that is at all beneficial to the body.  Recent research shows that artificial sweeteners stimulate taste receptors that sense sweetness in both the esophagus and the stomach.  So, chemicals are sent to the brains satiety center, which becomes confused as to whether or not the body is actually receiving calories.  As the sugar substitute tricks your body, cravings for more sugar commence!  You become susceptible to overeating in order to feel satisfied, leading to weight gain.  Also, artificial sweeteners are more than 100 times sweeter than natural table sugar; which is terrible and freaky because it causes naturally sweet foods, like fruits, to not seem as sweet, ultimately desensitizing the palate.  Try a healthier alternative like a glass of seltzer with lemon or lime!
  2. EATING CARBOHYDRATES MAKES YOU FAT- Carbohydrates are the body’s energy source!  The number of calories you eat and burn on a daily basis is what determines your weight, and cutting carbs could rob you of significant health and nutritional benefits like energy, fiber, digestive health, and lowering blood cholesterol.  Carbs are made up of sugars hat break down to provide either quick energy or slow burning, sustained energy over a period of several hours.  “Simple” carbs, such as those found in most fruits, are quick energy sources, while “complex” carbs as in whole grains, provide longer-lasting energy.  If you want to be able to function at your best, carbs are certainly necessary!!
  3. LIFTING WEIGHTS WILL MAKE YOU LOOK BULKY- Been avoiding the free weights for fear of becoming the Incredible Hulk?  Testosterone is the secret to increasing muscle size.  Men have 20-30 times more testosterone than women, which is why they can bulk up so noticeably.  If you’d like to become Arnold Schwarzenegger, you’d need to do an obscene amount of weight lifting, take steroids, or have some sort of hormone imbalance genetically.  Tone and firm are in!  And muscle mass is key to revving up your metabolism to keep you trim in the long term! Stretching those muscles also helps get longer leaner muscles.  Try incorporating yoga or foam rolling with your weight training if you are really nervous of bulk.
  4. VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS ARE NECESSARY FOR EVERYONE- If you eat the right quantity of calories from a variety of foods including a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains you don’t need to supplement.  Most American’s don’t eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, so a multi-vitamin is considered a good idea.
  5. CONSUMING EXTRA PROTEIN IS NECESSARY TO BUILD MUSCLE MASS- Contrary to claims of protein supplement companies, consuming extra protein does nothing to bulk up muscle.  The protein needs for significant increase of weight training can easily come from food.  The problem with supplements is the body has to work overtime to get rid of excess protein!
  6. SPOT REDUCTION- Think doing crunches or using the abs machine will get rid of belly fat??  Think again!  In order to reduce the circumference of your waste line, incorporating endurance, cardio exercise as well as all over muscle conditioning is necessary!  And don’t think running is counterproductive to strength training!  Unless you’re looking to gain weight and dramatically increase muscle mass- incorporating cardio is key to reduce the percentage of fat on the body.  Sorry ladies, spot reduction is impossible.  There’s nothing you can do to get the fat off your belly to move to your booty.  To get all around healthy and tone, the recommendations are 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week and strength training 3 days a week minimum.
  7. YOU NEED TO TAKE FISH OIL- By now, the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have been well established and it seems as if everyone has to take fish oil.  This increased demand has led to a mass production of fish for their oil.  If you still think you need the stuff, search the source and make sure it’s clean- no use of hormones, antibiotics or coloring to make up for the black overcrowded murky waters those farmed fish live in.  There are lots of other great sources of omega-3 fatty acids like walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and algal oil that are a much cleaner, delicious, and a more sustainable alternative J!

 

Sweet relief!  You know what’s up!  Now that you’ve read this, it’s already begun! So get down, and get it done!  I can’t guarantee it will be easy, but I can assure you it will be fun! Especially in the long run!

DAY 22?!

Ok so really really busy week, we canceled our blood drawings to be moved to a later date on account of:

1. I have so much to do I don’t even have time to blog!

and

2. WE LOVE BEING VEGAN AND RAW!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ CAROLINE EVEN WANTS TO TRY RAW! WHY STOP AT 21 DAYS!?

HOLLAH

The Big 1-8

-3 apple 1 orange smoothie with spinach, spirulina, and sprouted quinoa (out of nanners)

-dates and dried apricots

First day on the job 🙂

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(well, job training) :).. Here, I made virgin Sangria 🙂 We got to practice a bunch of the recipes that they have set up for us to make in the various classes.  I will be the first food demo instructor ever at Purdue!  February 12, 2013 at 7:00pm! BE THEERREE!!  In the brand new demo kitchen in the corec! The class is called “Decadent Desserts”.. so I will be making desserts!  …with animal products, and sweeteners and refined flowers and sugars 😥 .  I hope I can still be an enthusiastic demo-girl making these things.. my passion and expertise lies in incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables in the most delicious and healthy and easy ways possible.. I don’t know how to …properly scald milk!  Haha, wish me luck :-/ !  The menu selection is banana chocolate chip bites and oatmeal flax cookies…hmm when I hear the word “decadent” I think of something rich and chocolatey!!!  If I’m lucky they’ll let me demo Alissa Cohen’s Chocolate Mousse.  Cross your fingers for me!!! ❤

– ate lots of bananas at the demo kitchen, and blueberries and strawberries 🙂

and this w. nutritional yeast

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