Monday, January 26, 2009

Climb this pyramid today

I was surfing the internet over the weekend, and happened upon Dr. Weil's food pyramid I loved that it had veggies and fruit at the base of the pyramid. So many people don't get enough fruits and veggies. When we should be doing though is basing most our meals around them and adding other food groups as condiments basically. For example instead of putting a little sauce on a big ol pile of spaghetti. Try making a super hearty sauce full of peppers and mushrooms and top that with a sprinkling of spaghetti.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Practice mindfulness

Being mindful is so important in everything we do. Let's choose today to be mindful in making healthy choices. Being a little more active by choosing the stairs, going for a walk, or just doing a couple push ups. Every little bit helps:) Maybe you want to be more in tune to your eating habits. Try to stay hydrated by drinking water more often during your day. Spread it out through your day. You don't have to feel like your drowning yourself in 8 cups at once, because you really only just end up peeing more. Craving sugar? Eat some fruit such as a banana with pb(well due to the recent salmonella outbreak maybe almond butter), or have a few dates which are a super sweet candy like treat. Feeling stressed? be mindful of positive and relaxing thoughts. Nip those negative I'll never get it all done thoughts in the butt. Find a few seconds to close your eyes and take nice deep breathing. Do something you enjoy. You deserve it and if you are happier you are more productive and healthier:)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I need some energy

So I've been recovering since my test out on Saturday. I think it's mental recovery:) Because every time I thought about writing something I shuddered. The good news is that I passed! Yay I'm now level 2 certified through Peak Pilates. Next is level 3 which I need to go buy ink so I can print out my registration papers. I have also been looking into a website for my pilates business and advertising. I hate being in debt, but I am sort of coming to realize I might have to put out money to make money. The key is though that I want to be able to work from home so when we have kids, which we are hoping is sooner than later I will be able to still do some work. So with needing to buy a car that is family appropriate as well as continuing education I want to accomplish soon; I want' to be careful about how much debt I put myself in. On the other hand it's hard to try to find a job that pays decent but I won't feel guilty getting hired with the intention of quitting once we have a baby.

Friday, January 16, 2009

It's Tip day!

Today I feel like being helpful. So I'm going to post some tips I've used this week to Be healthier, save money, and maybe even be a little greener.

Tip #1: Switch your yogurt from flavored to plain. You will cut out quite a bit of sugar, preservatives, or fake sugars if you are getting the sugar free kind. Without the sugars you can flavor your yogurt however you want to sweet or savory. If you want it sweet you can control how much you put into it. This really helps if you are cutting back because you find that it really doesn't need that much to make it yummy!

Tip #2: I use bare minerals and was noticing they have a special cleanser for the brushes. So I bought it....the teeny little bottle for $15. Then before I used it I as thinking, hey there is prob not a lot of difference between this and my face cleanser or my shampoo! So I returned the cleanser and I'll use my face cleanser to clean my brushes. Bam! $15 saved:)

Tip #3: I also noticed that I have been throwing away a bit of food lately because it goes bad before we use it. So I have avoided the grocery store the last week in loo of being more creative and making meals from what we have. Now if I run out of veggies I'll be back there in a heartbeat though:) If you are having trouble trying to come up with ideas? Check out I have found many Delicious recipes here and the greatest perk is that it lets you search for recipes by listing ingredients you have as well as ingredients you don't have. I made a yummy curried shrimp last night. I'll have to post the recipe later today.

Tip #4: I am always freezing! And we have our thermostat set to fluctuate up and down so it's not always blasting at 70 and making our heat bill rise. I got this wonderful plush robe from my hubby for Christmas and it is getting a lot of wear lately. So what's my tip? Dress warmer. We have all heard it but it's really true. If you think about it 65 degrees should not feel cold! It doesn't when it warms up from 10 to 60 outside. So why should I be shivering in my house at 65? Socks, slippers, sweatshirts, or a fab fuzzy robe:) Better yet cuddle under a blanket if you are chilling on the coach or at your desk.

Hope these help you out and inspire you to make other healthful changes in your life:)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I finally gave Acupuncture a try:)

Yesterday I had acupuncture for the first time. I had always sworn I would never do it, because I used to be quite wary of needles. I have to say the needles we're so small that I didn't even feel them going in. Occasionally I felt it hit a nerve or something, but it doesn't feel anything like a shot. It was a really enjoyable experience. My first session was about 2 hours and my acupuncturist took my whole health history. After the first set of needles we're in I just relaxed under some blankets for a bit. My next appointment is in two weeks, and I'm excited to go back. One of the main reasons I finally decided to try acupuncture was for headaches. I have heard many positive experiences about it, and hey if it helps I'm all in!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My AHA Moment!

Well I have to say that it just hit my like the bale of hay that fell off the truck in front of me today!.....well it didn't really hit me and it was two cars ahead of me, but I did have to swerve. No harm:) But as I was recently beating myself up for racking up my credit card which happened to have a zero balance in December! When I have debt I feel like I need to not spend money on anything else and just put my whole paycheck towards it till it's gone! Well I'm not really making enough dough to actually get that done quickly. So I would spend the next few weeks/months miserable and then once it's paid off I would either do it again...come to think of it I think I did it last December too! Well today I made the realization that the pattern I was in sounded a lot like my diet pattern used to be. Get fat, starve yourself, then pig out, then get fat again! I normally don't think I would have put two and two together if it was for reading about the skinny debt diet So then I put it into perspective that it's ok to have some fun money but to be more frugal in other areas, just like I learned that healthy eating is about moderation. It's ok to have chocolate just not the whole cake!
My other aha moment was when I realized what my issue was. Ya I have dealt with body image issues, borderline eating disorders, depression, anxiety, etc. You always hear that food isn't the issue there is something that you are hiding from. Well I think I knew what it was all along, but I just would only claim part of it or was afraid to actually say it. It comes down to me feeling in control and learning to accept and love myself and enjoy life! I grew up in a unhappy environment basically. Emotionally and verbally abused. You could even say brainwashed from the extreme views of my parents. I'm actually a little shocked that I even wrote that. Because I was always afraid of what they would think due to being again "brainwashed". As I become more comfortable with the subject I will prob write more. I have also been playing with the idea that I may add another blog to my repertoire so maybe that will be the subject of another site entirely. However I do agree that health encompasses emotional and spiritual contentment as well as the physical and nutritional aspects.
I consider myself lucky that I seem to be figuring out what to fix and how to move on at such a young age, because I grew up watching Oprah and seeing these older women in there 60's, 50's and 40's (which I don't' think is old at all!) just now discovering that life holds so much more happiness.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Inspirational Monday

Sometimes I forget why I love my job. When I only focus on the now and not about the future as well, I find myself guilty of hating my job sometimes. Just sometimes(well except for the hours;)) However it's not the job I dislike it's the hours, the sporadicness, perhaps my boss some days, I am sure there are many other reasons too that throw me for a loop. But when I think about the impact I have on peoples health and overall wellness, when people look refreshed and relaxed after class, and when I think about all the exciting things I can potentially do with my career I love it! So I was inspired this morning to make myself an inspiration list or mural that I can add to or change as my goals change. I am visual person and I think that having that visual reminder I can look at to get a little inspiration from is a fabulous idea. I encourage you to make your own. It doesn't have to be just about your career or just about your health. It could be all encompassing of your life's goals. Or you could have different lists. It can be as simple or complex as you like. Remember that change can be good so once you make your list it's ok to let it keep changing. Find your true inspiration.

Holistic Health

I have to say I have an extreme interest in holistic or natural approaches to health, weight loss, stress reduction, medicine etc. I don't think that conventional medicine or health care is bad at all. I think it's all quite amazing the diseases and symptoms we can alleviate and cure both through traditional and conventional practices. I am a strong advocate for knowing what you are getting into. For example if I was given a prescription from my Dr I want to know what the side effects are now and what they could potentially be doing to my body in the long run. If it is essential for my current health what can I be doing to improve the chances I won't have to take it very long? I hurt my foot last year and was told to take a whole lot of ib profin....I mean a whole lot. I'm thinking to myself that the pain isn't that excruciating I can live with it. Heck I have been for about a year. I have heard lots about the downside of taking ib profin in large quantities. Such as it's bad for your stomach lining and your kidneys. Now I do take it occasionally if I have a headache. Because it does the job when I can't really function.
I have an appointment at the podiatrist this Wed to see if they can figure out what the problem is and why it's not healed already. Then I have an appointment with an acupuncturist to see if I can naturally alleviate some pain, as well as a few other issues that it can be helpful with. I will write more later this week on that experience. I've never had acupuncture before....
I happened across a potentially helpful sight for holistic living this morning, and haven't had a chance to check it out yet. Once I do I'll post a link and possibly some others that may be helpful for you too.

Friday, January 9, 2009

A green kick for the New Year

Here's a new twist on my smoothie recipe. I was inspired to add some veggies to my mix from workoutmommy So I did the normal 1 cup of plain nonfat yogurt, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 banana, and I added two large handfuls of baby spinach and a tablespoon of fresh parsley. Yummy! It was really good. The parsley added a nice fresh kick and I didn't really taste spinach at all. It was very festive looking with red and green flecks throughout. A great way to add some green stuff to one of my breakfast favorites.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thursday is running day!

Today is the second day on my running program. I again only have to do 1 mile. Today it's 44 already so a lot warmer than Tuesday was! Today I woke up not feeling super motivated. Which sometimes happens a lot for me. I have to work harder to remind myself of what I am working towards. I had a great idea yesterday of mapping out my life. Starting with my childhood and seeing how far I've come emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The reason I think this will be so helpful is that I'll be able to see how far I have come today and be more patient with the progress I want to keep changing. So as I work on this I'll be posting incite to what I have found helps me.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Cheap Cardio Option

Are you stuck inside and need a new cardio idea? Maybe it's snowing outside and you don't own a treadmill. Besides going up and down your stairs or jogging up and down the hallway. Grab two paper plates, plastic plates, or frisbees. With shoes on place feet on plates and slide around. You can mimick ice skating or just shuffle around. Make up your own moves if you like.

Eating in Season

Ever wonder what's in season? You always hear about cooking or eating what's in season. However I'm not sure I could walk into the produce section and tell you what is and what isn't. Maybe some things, but certainly not very many. The way they genetically engineer things these days, many things can look fine, but may not taste as good as they normally would in season.
One of my goals this year is to eat cleaner and though I may not afford to be able to buy organic all the time, but for the most part I'm going to try.
I've been researching what fruits and veggies are in season right now so I can share that info with you guys. Here are a few: winter squash, sweet potatoes, kale, leeks, root vegetables, papayas and blood oranges. Yum sounds good. I think I like all of them especially kale and sweet potatoes.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Let's hit 2009 running!

Is starting a running program part of your New Year's resolution? Maybe you have decided to run a 5k, 10k or Marathon! I know I have a few friends that are planning on running a race this year. One of my best friends and I are tentatively going to pick a half marathon at some point in time this year. Hopefully when travel expenses go down since we live on oppossite sides of the country from each other.
I don't know about you but I haven't gone for a run in quite awhile. It's actually enjoyable when I keep up with it and am able to comfortably keep up a nice pace. Key things that have changed my experience with running: Shoes! Everyone needs good running shoes. I went to a store that specializes in running shoes and I haven't gotten shin splints since then. It's amazing because I always hated running because I always got shin splints and my knees hurt. Also you need great music(optional) you can always listen to nature. I love my ipod and a great song keeps me motivated. Remember to be careful of traffic etc if you have headphones on. Maybe try running with one in and one out. If you want to start a running program check out EXRX and pick the running program of your choice. I'm going to start the half marathon Level 1. I'll keep you posted on my progress. Start slow to decrease your chance of injury and increase your chances of success! Best of luck and keep me posted on your progress.

Super potion juices...really?

Has anyone tried the acai berry? I have been hearing bits and pieces about it lately but I haven't tried it yet. Apparently it's jam packed with antioxidants and other miracle potion like substances. Kind of like the pomegranite. Now I am curious if these fruits are actually that much better than the rest of the bunch or if it's just a marketing ploy to get us to spend $5 on a glass of juice. Acai berry is supposed to taste like a mixture of red wine and chocolate. I am thinking that you can't go wrong with that! So the next time I make it to the store I'll have to pick some up and tell you what I think.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Scoop that belly in and up!

Today I am going to post some helpful tips for really getting into your powerhouse. Everyone is different on how fast they really feel their powerhouse connection while doing Pilates exercises or just getting that scooping feeling your instructor is talking about.

You always want to feel like you are still able to breathe. So sucking it in so much you are holding your breath is not the feeling you are going for. Try lying on your back place your hands on your belly,and take in a nice deep breath expanding your lungs all directions. You should feel like your rib cage is also expanding front to back and side to side. As you start your exhale draw your navel slightly inward toward the floor and slightly upwards towards the crown of your head. Your belly should feel deflated. Even if it's only slightly that's good it will get better I promise. You have to retrain the neuromuscular pathways. So it takes some time. You can also imagine you are putting on a really tight pair of pants and have to suck it in and up so you can zip it up, or you just pulled them out of the dryer and the button is super hot. Which makes you hold it in so that you don't burn your belly. Mindful that you are still breathing;)

You want to practice this multiple times daily until you finally make a habit of engaging your powerhouse all the time. Practice lying down, sitting at your desk, driving your car and standing in line.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a fun and safe Christmas. Today is the day we are supposed to make a resolution or start our resolution. Did you set any goals? Please feel free to share in the commments. I am still deciding on mine I guess. I want to do something meaningful, something that will feel really great to accomplish. Maybe write cookbook, learn more about blogging, or expand my career. Maybe it will just be to become more confident, work on my public speaking skills, offer an educational class. Perhaps I'll do a complete overhaul and set lots of goals. Remembering though that working towards these goals is achieving success. I may not get them all accomplished by next year, but as long as I am moving forward I am not failing. Even if I change my mind and do something else I am making progress because I am figuring out what it is I am passionate about. That's it! My resolution will be to find out what I am truly passionate about.