Pegah's Summer Snacking Guide

Summer time is probably one of my favorite times of year. I mean lets be honest it's everyone's favorite time of year. There is sun, beaches, swimming, vacations, concerts, the list can go on and on. 

However growing up in a place that gets to be over a 100 degrees majority of the time in the summer your appetite for meals or food in general really dips.  I know I'm not alone in the "not really eating that much when it's hot" routine. But it's so NOT good for you and is a behavior I'm working to correct. (P.S. totally helps that I no longer live in a place that gets that hot BUT I know a lot of people do.)

So to help you and myself out I asked So She Slay's go to health and fitness gal, Pegah of Pegactive, about some of her summer snacking guidelines. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I BE THINKING ABOUT WHEN SUMMER SNACKING?

I generally advise my clients to stick to three meals and two snacks per day. Since summer is SUPER busy for most (travel, events, parties, etc..), meal preppin' and planning ahead is CRUCIAL! You shouldn't have to compromise your health goals due to a busy schedule. For example: attending a BBQ? SO fun! Prep what you plan to have for the event! Another example: Going to a theme park? EPIC! Most parks allow you to bring your food inside! Woot! 

 

WHAT TYPES OF FOOD SHOULD I BE EATING IN THE SUMMER?

Always try to stay with food that is in season. Here are my favorite:

  1. WATERMELON
  2. ZUCHINNI
  3. TOMATO
  4. ORANGES
  5. BLACKBERRIES
  6. RASPBERRIES
  7. STRAWBERRIES
  8. AVOCADO 
  9. SALMON
  10. APPLES 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR GO TO REFRESHING SUMMER SNACKS?

I LOVE quick & easy snacks, so the easier the prep, the better. 

  • any fruit that is in season with either barney butter's amazing almond butter or frozen, so delicious coco whip! 
  • a nutrient packed & filling protein bar with a refreshing kombucha. 

(top three favorite bars right now: FITJOY, PERFECT FOOD BARS & G2G BARS) 
(top three favorite kombucha brands right now: KEVITA, BREW DR. & LIVE soda kombucha) 

  • protein ice cream. 

(top three favorites right now: HALO TOP, SLIM TWINS ICE CREAM and ENLIGHTENED)

 

Following some of Pegah's summer time snacking advise I've come to understand her love of Halo Top ice cream. I must admit it sounded too good to be true but ugh I was wrong. It's as every bit of good as you could imagine. Ice cream that is good for you...sigh.

In paying attention to the list of in season foods she likes I've now been on this kick of eating my fast, easy version of avocado toast with Trader Joes gluten free whole grain bread, Trader Joes classic hummus, and yummy avocado slices with a touch of salt and pepper. I've also implemented the fruit with peanut butter or yogurt as well as having fun making recipes that include zoodles! Aka zucchini noodles for those that haven't caught on to this wonderful dish but totally should. 

Hopefully some of her awesome suggestions on summer snacking can help you too!

5 Simple and Useful Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling

English has sort of become what Esperanto tried to be – a default international language nearly everyone speaks. Therefore, even if you are in a foreign country, you can still be able to communicate with the locals. This means you can ask the residents of the city or town you are visiting for recommendations. Looking for “insider” food information when it comes to the best meals in town for the most reasonable pricing might just be the smartest strategy to keep eating healthy while you are on the road.

Traveling can be physically taxing, so it’s really important to keep your dietary habits healthy and light to keep your vitality up. However, there’s a caveat that comes with such advice – if you tend to get really anxious when you are forced to hit the road on behalf of your company (or anyone else for that matter), food choices can be futile no matter how healthy they are. With that in mind, here are five simple and useful tips for eating healthy while traveling.

No airport food

 

To be perfectly fair, some airports boast reliable food joints that offer amazingly tasty and healthy food. However, nine out of ten airports will house establishments with questionable quality control and every time you decide to eat while waiting for a flight can be a gamble. Most big airports around the world are truly going out of their way to become better in the realm of food service, but it’s a long process and there is hardly any rhyme or reason behind the quality of meals. Therefore, your safest bet is to completely avoid them. Prepare your own light salad meal or something a bit more substantial, and put it in your carry on, but don’t forget to seal it carefully so the smell wouldn’t spread, not to mention that it will be fresh longer.

Differentiate diners from family restaurants

 

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Diners are a bad choice for hungry travelers. Cooks are usually barely professionals and they prepare thousands of meals every day, so the process turns into a careless blur to them. Plus, they tend to prepare these meals by using a pile of ingredients that tend to spoil a lot faster. Most of the food is grilled or deep-fried which doesn’t bode well for your cardiovascular system or your energy levels, which constantly need to be kept up while you travel. Family restaurants might look like diners, but they are a whole different beast. They usually have a more private and comfortable atmosphere and the layout tends to be roomier. The food in family restaurants is infinitely better when compared to diners.

Check out the local fitness scene

 

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If your traveling timeframe gives you a bit of breathing space to work on yourself, you should check out the local fitness scene – especially if you are staying in one specific city. Every lifestyle enthusiast knows that they can improve their digestion and absorption of minerals and vitamins with a well-timed exercise. This can be really important if you are traveling to a different time zone. Try to activate your body at least two hours before and two hours after the meal. Check out the local scene for activities such as yoga, gym classes, but also use the opportunity to become familiarized with the local highlights through mountain climbing, hiking, and swimming. You can contact a reliable DMC and get insider tips for the local fitness center that is true to your liking.

Ask the locals for recommendations

 

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English has sort of become what Esperanto tried to be – a default international language nearly everyone speaks. Therefore, even if you are in a foreign country, you can still be able to communicate with the locals. This means you can ask the residents of the city or town you are visiting for recommendations. Looking for “insider” food information when it comes to the best meals in town for the most reasonable pricing might just be the smartest strategy to keep eating healthy while you are on the road.

Keep your body on a clock

 

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We tend to live in a bubble and on a schedule. Every time we break away from this schedule and go on a trip, there is a lingering danger of wrecking our metabolic habits. In other words, our bodies are probably on a clock – used to “scheduled” intakes of food in very specific time intervals. Try to keep these eating habits while you are on the road and eat when you usually eat no matter where you are, in which time zone or what part of the globe. By keeping your eating habits consistent, you will surely increase your chances of staying healthy even if a particular meal does not completely agree with you.

It’s enticing to walk into familiar fast food restaurants as you travel around the world on behalf of your company. Recognizable brands are all fine and dandy, but you should be aware of the fact that the content of these meals is not exactly beneficial to your metabolism. They are usually tasty mixes of spices meant to mask the poor choice of basic ingredients and a fatal combination of starch with salt and sugar. In order to stay healthy while traveling, you simply have to make sure that each of your meals provides you with a sufficient daily intake of complex vitamins your body requires.

 

WTF is Kombucha? And Why Should I Drink It?

Other than being a really fun word to say it turns out this popular drink has a lot more to it than you might think.

On my recent trip to sunny San Diego I stopped by the sister shop of the Living Tea Brewing Co. to get a first hand lesson in what Kombucha is. A shop that I must confess I'm a tad bias to since my dearest friend Michelle, her boyfriend, Danny, and his dad, Bill, run it.

Having never been to an organic Kombucha tap room I had no idea what anything was. There isn't a lot of organic Kombucha shops poppin up around the Bay Area - I honestly know of none.

Anyways, not only did I get to try lots of yummy, fresh, ice cold, flavors of Kombucha (can you tell I'm a fan) I learned that this fizzy drink is actually pretty healthy for you.

Here is what I learned!

 

SO WHAT IS KOMBUCHA AKA "THE BUCH?"

It's may sound a little weird but it's fermented tea. However, it's this fermentation process that creates the probiotics. If you don't know what probiotics are allow me to sum it up for you. Probiotics are live microorganisms that help your digestive system and even your immune system, they are also known as healthy bacteria. BOOM...yay science!

Traditionally, Kombucha is made with sweet black tea but at the Living Tea Brewing Co you can find up to 12 different flavors. My favorite is the gut healthy blend of ginger and liver love with a shot of pear chai for some extra flavor.

 

WHY SHOULD I DRINK IT?

Most people drink it to help with digestion and energy levels. Kombucha, as we said, has a lot of probiotics and Vitamin B benefits. For example, say you had a delicious meal but now you are so full it's painful. You can drink a little bit of organic ginger Kombucha and it will help you digest your food quicker. It's also said that if over your lifetime you've had five courses of antibiotics your gut flora is probably all out of balance. So if you drink organic Kombucha it can really help you rebuild and balance out that gut flora.

 

KEEP THE BOUCH IT IN THE FRIDGE!

I say this because if you don't and you let Kombucha get to room temperature you run the risk of bottles poppin and not in a good way!

Kombucha is a living tea that all starts with this little guy called a scoby, which is a symbiotic colony of good bacteria and yeast. The scoby gets placed on top of the sweet tea and eats all the sugar in order to survive. By the time this part is done you are left with about two grams of sugar, maybe even less, per serving. Then when you add in the fruit juice the live enzymes that are leftover from the scoby feed off of the sugar in the juice. What happens when you allow Kombucha to reach room temperature those very enzymes and bacteria grow and multiply which can then cause your bottle to blow. Just picture a soda being shaken and exploding all over the place...same type of effect. However, if you keep it refrigerated the fermentation stops because it's too cold. So the bacteria and enzymes are still alive they just aren't able to multiply while in the fridge.  

 

THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IN STORE AND ON TAP.

People are beginning to treat Kombucha like a healthy soda that you can buy in bottles at stores. Although yes you can absolutely treat Kombucha as a WAY healthier version of soda I would also be careful when purchasing in store. Manufactures are beginning to add more sugar into their mixtures along with other ingredients that only dilute the actual Kombucha in order to keep bottles from exploding on store shelves. All I can say is read your food labels and know what you're feeding your body before you purchase.

So what makes the buch different at the Living Tea Brewing Co? Their Kombucha is made with all organic ingredients, under goes a rigorous process just to be made, and is kept in temperature controlled kegs to ensure only the best Kombucha is served.

You won't be finding the Living Tea Brewing Co.'s Kombucha on store shelves but you can definitely find it at one of their two locations in San Diego. So if you happen to be taking a nice vacation this summer and enjoying the sunny weather of Southern California make sure to stop in grab yourself a glass and tell them I sent ya. Oh and make sure to follow them on Instagram!

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HEALTHY FIX: 10 Quick Fixes to Keep You Healthy!

This #WellnessWednesday JAM talk about how a busy life can sometimes impact our health goals, how can you stay on track with them?

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We have 10 quick and easy ways to maintain that Healthy Fix ;)

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How to Create a Basic Gym Wardrobe

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If you were intrigued by this title, you are probably a gym neophyte, quite possibly that person who keeps saying that they’re gonna hit the gym at the beginning of next month, or even next Monday, but you know what the thing about Mondays is – as soon as they arrive, we press the snooze button and wait for that next elusive Monday. Well, in case you didn’t know, there is actual scientific proof that having the proper workout clothes (and placing them in a highly visible spot, like a chair that you see as soon as you get up) is enough to motivate you to get up and stop postponing your pursuit of your fitness goals. To that end, we have created the ultimate shopping list for you, so as the movie says, once you build it, it will come, and by build we mean the wardrobe, and by it we mean the boost and motivation you need, so let’s go shopping.

Gotta Support The Girls

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Whether or not you like to be constrained by additional layers is irrelevant here; every decent workout depends on the kind of support you provide for the ‘girls’. Now, there are infinite options when it comes to sports bras but sometimes finding the one that’s just right might seem like a scene from Mission Impossible. They’re either cute but offer zero support, or very supportive but completely devoid of stylishness. We’ve done our homework so you don’t have to, and we found the bras that represent the perfect mix of style and support. Solow Workout Bra is definitely our pick, and here’s why: the straps are super cute (and wide), and the cut of the bra exudes those cute retro vibes that will make you feel like a pin-up model. The cups are lightly padded and have underwires, which we all know are crucial, especially when you are beyond the B cup. Of course, there are other options out there if you’re not a fan of the underwire, so check them out and snag the best one for your needs.

The Additional Layer

 

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Sure, some women don’t feel as comfortable working out in just a bra, but there are tons of options, stylish ones at that, that you can put to work. There are Ivy Park crops and hoodies by no other than queen Beyoncé, so you can feel comfortable and look super fly at the same time. Of course, since we live in an age in which athleisure rules all, feel free to take your top out to lunch or just a protein shake after – tops this stylish deserve to be taken for a walk around the block.

Talk About Bottoms

 

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Most celebs these days are opting for the high-rise leggings when either working out or simply sporting their athleisure off-duty looks. They usually opt for black versions of it. However, this is the season for a splash of color – blue or burgundy women's exercise tights does wonders for motivation and you have tons of choices, so just take your pick. They are great because they provide good support, and great compression while exercising.  Also, if you feel like leggings or sweats are too constricting and especially if your body tends to get overheated quickly, perhaps you can consider workout booty shorts that provide optimum support. There’s no doubt that you’ll look hella hot in these, and you can always wear them under your sweats, if you want both coverage and support. 

A Touch Of Millennial Pink

 

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Again, renowned sportswear brands have done an amazing job at bringing us not only sneakers that offer amazing sole and ankle support (vital for safety and an effective workout), but in the sea of options, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Nike’s millennial pink line that, aside from all-pink attire, offers incredible millennial pink sneakers, that are perfect for any form of exercise. This collection also features a cap – very handy if you have long hair and are working out outside, along with the super cute and sleek pink water bottle. There’s no way you won’t fall in love with these pieces and feel pumped about rocking them at the gym.

Final Touches

 

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Ok, now that you’re all set in the basics department, let’s talk about the must-have additional items that will both save your life and your style. You’ll need a killer playlist on your iPod to keep you pumped. Don’t forget to snag some cute wristbands that serve as accessories but are also your savior because you’ll need something to dab that sweat with. Dehydration and all the sweating can take a toll on the lips, so always have your go-to lip balm in the bag, and speaking of one, you need a bag that will allow for both a grand entrance as well as exit. The best possible choice, hands down, is the Marc Jacobs D1 Packables Duffle. It’s big enough to fit all your stuff, and speaking of stuff – don’t forget to throw your ‘I’m a diva’ sunglasses in there, along with a towel (basic gym etiquette), and of course, deodorant and face mist. Now you’re ready to own the room.

 

The Healthy Fix: Fat's Labyrinth

This week Sam and Jenna discuss Low Fat Diets and Body Fat Percentages.

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Why these are actually just fads that should've faded when they came out in the early 80's. Navigating these fad diets always feel like a labyrinth, but that's why JAM is always here to guide you!

 

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The Healthy Fix: Body Positivity

Here we go our first #WellnessWednesdays: The Healthy Fix Podcast!

Today's episode: "Body Positivity” The movement that is sweeping across social media, Body Positivity. What is it and how can you extend body positivity beyond just self image? What started as a term coined in 1996 for those recovering from anorexia, which then was adapted into health and acceptance at any size. All bodies and beautiful and unique!

This new movement further evolved into not doing ALL the work, forgetting the core value of being body positive: HEALTHY

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The Healthy Fix

Hey guys! Sam and Jenna here from the Healthy Fix Podcast.

We want to thank Chauncey, Heather and the girls from So She Slays for collaborating to bring you more content on their wellness page!

You will be hearing from us on some of the latest trends in the health world. We break them down for you and also give you some of our experiences. 

And on that note, we would like to share with you a little about ourselves. First off, we have been friends now for 20 years!  We met in 2nd grade and have been attached to each other, no matter how far we have lived from each other or how long we haven’t talked. Currently, Jenna lives in Germany & Sam lives in California. Jenna is the Shawn Hunter to my Cory Mathews.

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Jenna is a certified holistic health coach just getting into the industry. She has had a passion to live a healthy life for many years but has taken detours before getting there. She has many life experiences such as addiction and going to rehab. Now she is in a state of great potential and is thriving everyday and will for sure be sharing her experiences in life and education to help others. She challenges you to defy everything you already know and that has been ingrained into you about health. Change starts with you at DefyHealthCare.

 

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Sam is a badass fitness guru. Starting out her life in fitness at an early age in karate and becoming a black belt in her early adulthood. She is also a Pilates, yoga, martial arts, and well pretty much everything badass instructor. She has dedicated her life to the knowledge of the human body and how to push it to get maximum results. She has also started the #WarriorWomenMovement to help empower women through martial arts to live a kickass life. Activating their inner warrior.

 

 

We started the Healthy Fix Podcast naturally by just talking to one another about who was doing this and what trend people were following and not doing correctly. We have a goal in mind to educate through our knowledge and experience and give you facts rather than what you should do. Of course, we do give you suggestions and go on rants buts ultimately we love to help.

 

Join us in understanding the latest trends to make a healthier decision on the latest health fix every Wednesday. 

Make sure to stop by on April 11th for our first Podcast on Body Positivity

 

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Jenna on IG @jenna.defy, Facebook: Jenna Elizabeth Health Coaching, Website: defyhealthcare.com.

Sam on IG @bodysamantix, Twitter, Facebook, Website: bodysamantix.com

Body Confidence: Prepare Yourself for Spring

Every wise lady out there knows that getting that smoking-hot summer body isn't such an easy achievement.

What's even more important is the fact that we cannot fit in our favorite bikinis in July if we start preparing in June. Obviously, we want to look good for the summer vacation, but how exactly can we get what we want? In order to answer that question, we present to you the guide that will help you make a big change in your life or a few small ones that ultimately lead to being both fit and confident. Starting early is what's essential and that's why we want to prepare you for spring!

Sleep

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Many claim that sleeping is the absolute laziest way to lose weight. Ladies, if you are sleep deprived, you'll crave food more. That happens due to the increase of the hunger hormone called ghrelin. On top of that, lack of sleep can also slow the rate at which calories are burned. That's why you need to have a good night's sleep. Sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night is optimal. You'll get your metabolism back on track and therefore aid the process of losing weight. If you exercise on a regular basis and you should, you'll feel energized after 7 hours of sleep. Remember to turn in on time each night and please, refrain from your smartphone at least 30 minutes before bed. We don't want you to have difficulties trying to fall asleep.

Diet

 

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Before we start talking about workouts and exercising we have to mention an equally important segment of your body preparation journey. Eating healthy is a must. Simply put, ladies, junk food has to be avoided. It's okay, you've indulged in junk food a bit but it needs to stop now. Consider eating a home-cooked meal every single day. Make sure that your daily menu is full of fruits, vegetables, lean meat, seeds, nuts and whole grains. Also, don’t forget to add protein supplements to your healthy diet! You should go for a quality protein powder, since you'll want it to be absorbed as fast as possible for better fitness progress and muscle recovery. Protein is an important nutrient for weight loss, getting enough will boost your metabolism and reduce your appetite which helps you lose fat without losing muscle mass!

Exercising

 

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Training is as important as eating clean. You'll lose weight if you just eat right but with a bit of exercise, you'll do wonders to your body. First of all, you need to find the right fitness program for your goals. If you really want to just cut weight, you should do cardio. Running or cycling is a great cardio exercise. Your heart rate increases and you sweat more. That's when you really start burning calories. On top of that, your glutes will look amazing. However, if you want to build some muscle, head for the gym and do some weight exercises. Consult your coach if you are a beginner at the gym in order to avoid injuries. Strength training will help you build your muscles and you'll also burn calories. The options are there, the choice is yours.

Reasonable goals

 

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Many of us get frustrated when we reach a plateau in our weight loss or muscle gains. Especially when you consider the fact that we drug ourselves with no-limits, self-help philosophy in order to find that much-needed motivation. Ladies, it is important to know that we all have an equilibrium and genetic set point where our bodies want to remain. That does not mean that you cannot achieve your fitness goals. We just want to emphasize that you must not be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle. That's why you need to set a reasonable and achievable goal. Acknowledging your goal and setpoint doesn't mean giving up, that just means that you're aware of the obstacles you face. We need to say once again that you should expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results. That's why it's important to work around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate.

Eliminate comparison

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Every woman is beautiful in her own way! That's why you shouldn't be obsessed with other people's results or looks. This should apply to every aspect of our lives, not just to fitness. Almost all fitness professionals claim that you should never feel bad about yourself just because someone else has more shredded figure than yours. It's alright to look up to certain people but do not compare yourself to them. Measure success by the progress you're making and by remembering why you started in the first place. Take some time every now and then and reflect on how much progress you've made. Instead of looking at how far you have to go, look at how far you've come. We believe that that's the winning formula.

Being confident should be our top priority. That is the ultimate goal we are aiming at. We really hope that we helped you learn how to achieve it.

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Scarlet is a passionate writer, interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.

The Beginning to a Better You!

It’s that time of year when many talk about new goals they would like to achieve. And, almost always on the top of most lists is the subject of weight.

Some want to lose weight, some would like to maintain while others may want to gain. But, of course we know that the highest number goes to the ones who want to lose weight. It’s a desperation that so many have long desired. In 2016, I wanted to eat better, feel better. I had heard for many years how exercising can help one to feel better. I lose weight (and gain some back) every year. However, I wanted to make eating right and exercising a way of life. For months, I got up at 4:30 .M. almost every morning to exercise. I would do different exercises throughout the week, so that it would remain exciting to me. Some mornings, I would walk and exercise on my equipment in our garage. Some mornings, I would go to Fit Body Boot Camp in Baton Rouge for 5:30 A.M. The 30 minute workout that I did there was an encouraging experience. I was the new one in boot camp. Each time I would feel that I was too out of breath to complete a workout or that I would need to catch my breath, there would be someone else in bootcamp doing the exercises on my left and right telling me to keep going and that I can do it. It was empowering to see woman that were all in the room with a goal to get fit and who wanted to motivate others. One day, the trainer was in a car accident. He would not be in attendance on one of those days. That’s when I saw India for the first time- the head trainer at Fit Body Boot Camp. During the session, when the exercises were a challenge she would call me by name and tell me to keep going.

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Eventually, I started working out at home only. I had lost a good amount of weight and felt that I could handle getting to my goal size. I was getting closer to the body I wanted when my autoimmune disorders started to make me feel weak, sore and in pain. I even endured a time frame in the winter of the same year when I would have to limp because my left foot was so much in pain. So, of course I didn’t get a chance to exercise and honestly, I didn’t always make the best eating choices. So, at the beginning of that year I had done so much to exercise and make healthier eating choices and there I was gaining weight . . . again. After months went by, I decided that I wanted to join Fit Body Boot Camp again. I saw India. She was extremely nice. I followed her to her office as we discussed what my goals were. She made me feel that it was going to be a reality. I cried at her desk. Tears of joy . . . and honestly tears of frustration that my autoimmune disorder made exercising seem impossible at times. Well, that same dayI found out that I was pregnant. I was extremely excited and knew that was another blessing. I told India that as soon as I delivered my baby and recovered that I plan to come back to her.

One of her posts was titled, “You 2.0”. She said this was her meaning behind it.

“I think people needed to be reminded that doing new things, learning new things, change in general is a part of life and the longer we avoid it, the more unrealistic it seems for us to get started and the finish line becomes farther and farther away. As we get older, it seems that being “stuck in our ways” becomes a fact of life, and it shouldn’t be like that. If people would take challenges as they come as opposed to waiting until they have no choice, they find that the task is more manageable. The longer we ignore our problems or challenges, the bigger and more daunting they seem.

Fitness in itself can be overwhelming and intimidating. So when it comes to trying to find a fitness routine, I want people to feel more comfortable with the idea and understand that starting is the hardest part and it’s hard for EVERYONE! Everyone had a first day at one point! It’s the people that continue past that first day that becomes successful and that is my main goal. Not just getting people started, but keeping them motivated once they do get started.”

This is an incredible and encouraging way to work on YOU . . . 2.0!

Fit Body Boot Camp is located on Siegen lane near Airline Hwy at 11641 Investor Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. They offer an early morning session as well as 3– 30-minute evening sessions Monday through Thursday.

If you’re interested in getting started, email them at fbbcbatonrouge@gmail.com or give us a call at 225–246–2867 and they’ll meet with you for a one on one consultation and free session, discuss your fitness goals, and choose a program for you.

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Wait Meditation Works

Meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual focuses their mind on a particular object, thought or activity to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.

So let me honest I was super skeptical about the newfound love for Meditation. I just did not understand the concept of sitting still and breathing.

Yes, I love yoga, and I can be all namaste and feel at ease, but I was not sure I was the mediating type of girl ya know?

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Meditation to me was a new concept for me. I never thought I could stay still for an extended period and clear my mind of unnecessary stress. Just me, myself and my breathing techniques. 

I recently start mediating in 2017, and it has honestly improved my daily life and sleeping schedule. A friend of mines give some excellent apps to use to learn how to meditate properly finally. 

I take moments in my day to find a quiet space to sit and breathe. I love to meditate in the early morning or before I go to bed. It helps me collect my thoughts and ease any anxiety I am currently feeling at the time.  

I use a few apps on my phone to help me learn how to breathe and clear my mind.

Here are a few of my favorite apps:

CALM-Price: Free to download, $12.99/month

 

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HEADSPACE-Price: Free to download, $12.99/month

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MEDITATION STUDIO-Price: $3.99

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STOP, BREATHE & THINK- Price: Free to download, $9.99 per month

 

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Learning how to meditate correctly has helped me refocus my thoughts. I often deal with stress and anxiety and my mind is always running, but with meditation, I feel at ease. To get more insight on some dope meditation apps and vibes check outRefinery29

Trust me mediation will slay your life.

The Ultimate Plan for Eating Clean

The newest trend in the world of food has actually been a step in the perfect direction: clean eating.

Simply put, it’s not about what you eat, what its nutritional stats are or whether or not it’s pricey – it’s about how it got to your plate. Supported by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, clean eating focuses on food that is as natural as possible. Forget processing, refining or any other form of making the food less natural. The ideal scenario is you growing your own food without any pesticides, and then consuming it raw. But as we live in a less-than-ideal world, let’s see some more realistic options to get you eating clean.

 

REDUCE MEAT

This doesn’t mean that you need to cut meat out altogether, or that meat is particularly bad for you, but if your focus is clean eating, then it’s not the best choice. Not only does it create a lot of methane and increases your carbon footprint, but it’s usually a lot more processed than plant-based options. Going meatless for at least one day per week will give you a clean boost and allow you to discover the wonderful world of plant-based food that you might have never tried if you didn’t ditch meat for a day.

 

CAREFULLY PLAN EATING OUT

The food served in most restaurants today is highly processed and has a lot of sodium packed into it to make it taste good and have you coming back for more. However, the moment you try eating clean, you will realize how different the food tastes, and start to appreciate the natural flavors of food. But when you do go out, try to choose restaurants that offer clean food, or ask them to prepare something for you from fresh ingredients. Alternatively – make your own food and go for a picnic!

 

USE PROFESSIONAL HELP

Eating clean can be easy in some cases, but it’s not always the case. Clean foods can sometimes be more expensive, and unless you want to eat them raw, the recipes can take some time to master. Luckily, there are many great catering companies that are picking up on the trend and offering clean food, either for events, or for everyday eating with breakfast and lunch packages, or smoothies for on-the-go. It will make your life easier as well as give you inspiration for your own recipes in the future.

 

READ THE LABELS

Not everything we eat can come from our yard, or a local clean farm. Sometimes, we need to go to the grocery store and pick up those packages. But it’s not the end of the world, as long as you know how to navigate the labels. A good rule of thumb is to only buy things that have six ingredients or less on the label. On top of that, if you don’t know what any of the ingredients are, put it back on the shelf, or do the research before buying. There are clean options out there, it just might take you some digging to find them.

 

LOVE THE CARBS

Carbohydrates are not the enemy. They get a bad rep because they’re the main part of many highly-processed, sugary foods, but that’s like saying that you should never eat tomatoes because they are in ketchup. Carbs – and primarily whole grains, vegetable, quinoa, rice and fruit – are great for you, and you shouldn’t give them up. They might actually be even more important for your body than protein and fat, so don’t cut them out, but instead learn to work with them in their natural form.

 

Starting to eat clean is not a huge step that will change your life to the core, but if you do some careful thinking when buying produce and eating out, you will in return gain more energy, a healthier lifestyle and a mindfulness around your food. So the next time you’re wondering how you can make yourself a bit healthier, give clean eating a try!