Hey guys! I can honestly say that I have never felt better mentally and physically in my life and I wanted to share some of my tips I have with you, and what I have been doing consistently that I feel have contributed to my overall wellbeing.
Work out EVERY DAY ok well maybe not every day.. that's a little excessive, but I would definitely get in a good rhythmic routine of going to the gym and intermixing that with an alternative workout- my outlet being yoga. If you've never tried yoga I highly recommend it (not just because I'm a new instructor), it completely transformed my mind and body. Being a competitive gymnast since the young age of 7, I was often teased for being so muscular at such a young age, beat all the boys in an arm wrestle though. Being a girly girl it was hard for me when I was constantly building muscle and being compared to a "mans body", so when I had accepted gymnastics' defeat on my body I switched gears to yoga and it leaned out all my muscle and gave me another challenge to work at and stay toned as I didn't have my rigorous routine of training to fall back on anymore. I think this is an important concept to people whose sports careers are ending, and to have a plan B so they still train their bodies and minds.
Juice/Acai Bowls y'all I literally have an acia bowl every day I feel so basic, but they are SO GOOD I am addicted! I juice everyday which was hard at first since it's so much nutrients in your body, but after a couple weeks your body becomes inclined to those nutrients and I have never felt better, and I know for a fact juicing is a big reason for that. I try to avoid added sugar, but juicing vegetables with fruit in the morning or late afternoon to give time to digest all the natural sugar and burn it off before bed is ideal (fruit in general). I also am converting to a more plant-based diet which does not include meat at all and the only dairy product being all natural plain Greek yogurt. I do most my shopping at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods for more natural, organic, and cruelty-free products. Getting enough nutrients and finding a diet that works for you is very difficult, but when you find something that works you will never think twice about McDonald's french fries. (Recipes coming soon).
Keep enough time for yourself this is literally so important. Have you ever heard about the girl that gave and gave and did nothing for herself? She was never happy. Happiness is key to a healthier mind and body. I had been so unhappy for so long I had no idea what happiness was anymore. When I gained it back and recognized my strengths and things that made me happy and brought joy in my life I have been able to add in so many other places in my life including feeling full enough to give back to others. It can honestly be the smallest things: going to a coffee shop (alone) and gaining back some independence as well will be such an empowering step to gaining self love.
Cut toxic people/things out of your life I can absolutely not stress this enough, not sure why it isn't number 1. You cannot let relationships (bf/gf/friends/family) be a negative influence in your life. Learning to cut off ties is one of the single-most hardest things I have done. It's a slow and painful process, but once removed there will be an enormous understanding for the control you have in your own life by allowing who stays and who has to go. This also goes for habits- recognizing what is deteriorating your life, and changing/eliminating it.
I hope these were somewhat helpful, as I shift my journey towards health and fitness. I am so excited to be sharing healthy recipes, workouts, and personal journey struggles. Thank you for allowing me share and hope you stay tuned for more to come!