Thursday, February 26, 2015

How Are You?

Mental and emotional health play a huge role in your overall health. They are very important as they affect how you are able to function daily. You can appear to be physically healthy on the outside but dealing with so much within.

Everyone deals with stress in different ways. Personally, the gym is my place where I can escape and be in a world of my own for the most part. Even though I don't generally talk a lot about things that I go through there are times when I just need to vent. Communication is very important in dealing with mental and emotional stress. We all need someone to talk to. We need that personal connection, someone who gets what we are going through. God has placed some people in my life to be there for me when I need to express how I'm feeling. Without them, life would be so much harder right now.

Doing too much and holding in feelings can cause one to burst. It can cause one to say and do things that they really don't mean to do. Never let things build up to where you have had too much. Even though I try to manage my stress and my feelings I don't always do the best job. Depending on the situation sometimes I just shut down and don't want deal with the situation. However, in order for the situation to get better you have to deal with it.

One thing that I'm learning is that there are people that will understand what you are going through and then there are others that may never be able to comprehend what you're going through. When people say "How Are You," they may not really be ready or equipped to hear what you are really dealing with. You can't share everything with everyone, because many times people don't really care.

I had a friend of mine reach out to me to check on me and the family and to also get some nutritional advice. At the end of the conversation that friend was able to pray for me and that really means a lot to me. A good way to manage stress and emotions is to maintain relationships with people that you can give something to, but they can also give something to you in return.  In this case I was able to provide nutritional advice and in return I was able to be encouraged. Never allow someone (even family and close friends) to continually drain you. Rather keep people in your life that motivate and strengthen you.

I focus a lot on fitness and health because those are my stronger areas. However, I'm gradually learning how to communicate more and express how I feel in order to build better relationships with the ones that I love and others that I may come in contact with.

Progress not perfection. Work in progress. A wise person deals with all aspects of being a healthy individual.

Knowledge is great. However, wisdom is being able to understand how to use what you know. I'm on my way.

Proverbs 3;17

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015


The other day I had someone ask me my opinion of waist trainers. I personally wouldn't wear one. For one, I know that I would not be comfortable in one. I enjoy breathing comfortably and moving without restriction. More importantly, you lose weight and inches through a healthy diet and exercise. There are no shortcuts to losing and maintaining a healthy weight.

I tried the It Works Wraps before and in my opinion it was a waste of money. I probably didn't really need it in the first place. You might see some temporary results from these weight loss trends out here but it won't keep the weight off forever. I work my butt off to be where I'm at today. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires hard work, dedication, and consistency. You have to work hard for whatever you want.

There are many exercises that you can do for your core, abs, and obliques. I'll take exercise and eating right any day over wearing a waist trainer. I also know that there are no magic pills, waist trainers, wraps that will get keep off belly fat. If leading a healthy lifestyle was easy everybody would do it.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Health Is My Wealth

It is my belief that many women aspire to be skinny, while many men aspire to be fit. However, being skinny or fit does not necessarily mean that you're healthy. Nutrition is included in health. If you're working out all the time but not eating right then you're not healthy. If you stay in the gym but you smoke or drink you are still putting toxins into your fit body. You might be able to fool others from your outward appearance but inside will tell a different story.

Eating right and being skinny is not bad. However, eating right and being fit makes you a stronger individual. I believe that I am the strongest that I have ever been in my life due to eating right and working out regularly. Being physically in good health effects all aspects of my life. It allows me to think clearer and to operate better. Health is how you look, how you feel, how you think, and how you perform.

Don't get so caught up on that outward appearance that you forget about what you are feeding your mind, soul, and body. If I'm healthy first spiritually, mentally and physically I will prosper in ALL things.  HEALTH IS WEALTH!!!!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015


Since I have switched to a vegan lifestyle one of the questions that I am asked is, "So What Do You Eat?" I mean I probably would ask the same question if the roles were reversed. Truth is, when you are limited to eating the foods that you are use to eating you discover that there are so many other healthy good foods out here.

So, I'll start with breakfast. Particularly, throughout the work week I have oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins. More recently, I try to have at least a cup of almond milk in the morning as a source of Vitamin D and Vitamin B12.

I use to try to eat something every two hours during the work hours but honestly sometimes it's shorter than two hours but definitely longer than two hours after I leave work.

Nevertheless, I have plenty of snacks between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I typically have a banana, orange, and cashews about five days a week. I also love brown rice cakes with almond butter. Some other snacks that I may eat include pumpkins seeds, cucumber slices, and almonds.

For lunch, I try to cook mostly but occasionally I do buy out. I just set a new goal to only buy lunch and dinner out once a week.

Dinner usually consists of spinach, asparagus, avocado, sweet potato, squash, or zucchini.

Here lately I have been drinking green tea a lot and I have even graduated to drinking it without honey or any type of sweetner. I only drink water, almond milk, green tea, ginger tea (haven't in a while), and I drink juice that I make with my omega juicer.

Well there you have it, some of the things that I eat and I try to add variety every now and then. There is always something new to learn and try.

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