Getting into yoga led me to change my eating habits & mental thought patterns as well. I basically developed new self-awareness that was really awesome!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how your health & fitness journey began…
My journey began in high school probably. I was never athletic at all and actually really hated gym class and all sports. I loved jumping on the trampoline and swimming as a kid but that was the extent of my activity.
In high school though, I took an elective yoga class and fell in love with yoga. The teacher took us on a field trip to a hot yoga studio and I ended up from that day forward practicing at that studio everyday. Getting into yoga led me to change my eating habits & mental thought patterns as well. I basically developed new self-awareness that was really awesome.
What is your training philosophy and how do you like to move your body?
I don’t have a training philosophy other than to not be dogmatic about anything that I do. With that, I do try to move my body in some way at least once a day but opt for more functional exercise above really intense stuff, meaning choosing the furthest parking spot or climbing the stairs rather than an elevator. I love taking long walks and doing yoga as much as I can, but I don’t beat myself up if I can’t make it to my mat or I was pretty sedentary on a particular day.
What are your beliefs about nutrition? Can you give us an example of what your daily diet might looks like?
I’ve completely dropped labels and just eat what sounds good and feels good in my body!
Similar to exercise, I try not to be dogmatic about any one diet or way of eating. I used to be the opposite, I was really dogmatic and strict about my diet and struggled with a pretty hard-core eating disorder at the end of college. Since then I’ve been on a path of finding a way of eating that works for me and makes me feel good without being devoid of pleasure. I used to be a strict vegan and now I’ve completely dropped labels and just eat what sounds good and feels good in my body.
Each day is really different but a typical day would be something like what I ate today which was:
- warm water with lemon, green smoothie with berries and an apple with almond butter and cinnamon for breakfast with green tea,
- then a salad with avocado and cabbage soup for lunch
- and then kale chips for a snack with a green chia kombucha
- for dinner I had a little warm salad which is pretty much greens such as spinach, kale, arugula and broccoli sautéed in coconut oil with tons of spices like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, sea salt and pepper (I add in sea veggies like dulse as well as some other veggies like carrots and mushrooms and radishes and cook it all up and add hempseeds on top or sometimes wild caught fish or organic pasture raised eggs on top) So good!
How do you stay focused, disciplined and committed to your healthy & empowering lifestyle?
Pleasure is highly underrated and pleasure is as important as kale for your health!
I just trust that however I eat and whatever I do I am okay. Nothing is wrong with me if I miss exercising for a day or week or if I want to eat something I normally wouldn’t because it would be enjoyable and bring me pleasure. Pleasure is highly underrated and pleasure is as important as kale for your health. So to answer your question, I don’t really stay focused anymore, rather, I stay kind to myself and I stay inspired by knowing how I want to feel in my body and then acting accordingly.
What is your biggest achievement when it comes to mind-body health so far?
I would literally lay in bed and judge if it was a good day or not based on how much I had eaten or exercised which is such a stupid way to judge our worth!
Looking in the mirror and not beating myself up for the person I see. I’m not happy with myself all the time, but that is the path that I’m on now which is the complete opposite from how I used to be where I would constantly hate what I saw in the mirror, now I try to be happy with whatever I see. Also, I used to judge my worth on my size and how “well” I had done that day with my eating and exercise. I would literally lay in bed and judge if it was a good day or not based on how much I had eaten or exercised which is such a stupid way to judge our worth. I realize now that my body is not my masterpiece, my overall life is my masterpiece and what I need to focus on now is loving the current body I’m in and teach women how to do the same.
What are your current and future health & fitness related goals and projects?
To release any lingering fears of a changing body and just be happy with the way I look now and in the future as I age. No projects, no goals with my body, rather using that energy for my life and work.
What advice would you give to people who are struggling in staying committed and reaching their health & fitness goals?
To stop, I would tell them to listen to that “struggle” as their body is yelling at them to stop, and allow it to rest. Perhaps do something loving for your body instead, like get a massage or go to a slow yin yoga class.
What are your top 2 favorite exercises?
Trampoline and yoga.
What’s your all-time favorite food?
- Banana egg and almond butter pancakes
- Apple with cinnamon and pumpkin seed butter
- Kale chips!
Can you give us 3 Fun Facts about yourself?
- I have every single word to the musical Rent memorized since I was seven years old.
- I love journaling and I have a book coming out about how to start a journaling practice of your own.
- My favorite book to this day is one I had to read for school in middle-school, Stargirl By Jerry Spinelli and I read it again every year.
Stay tuned for next week’s Food & Nutrition post by Katie Dalebout!
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