Today’s blog post is a little bit more of a personal topic, more specifically about my personal health. Perhaps you’re wondering why should I care? Well you don’t, but if you’re interested in knowing why I’ve found a new source of fuel igniting my passion for health and fitness (re: my fitness instas and more frequent posts), read on. This post also does in fact relate to my recent advocation for a high-fat, high-protein and low-carb “diet” -hence the bulletproof coffee, and why I believe it to be one of the best ways to eat. I will touch upon this in greater detail in later posts, but this background story is required. Keep in mind that when I say “diet” I’m not talking about a temporary way of eating but rather a lifestyle choice or an alternate way of maintaining healthy eating habits. I was recently diagnosed
I know it’s been a while but now that I’ve gotten back into the swing of things as I’m home for the summer, I’m aiming to post at least every two weeks and hopefully every week…I’ve got a few new ideas in mind for the blog involving some possible re-designing, so stay tuned and don’t give up on me! (:
In the meantime, I wanted to talk about my workout routine (since I’ve been home) and how I train. Read more to find out!
As a busy student and health & fitness nut, I’m always looking for the best on the go, high-protein snack and well ladies and gentlemen, I may just have found it. I was recently delighted with the opportunity to sample Pure and Primal protein energy bars which happen to be GMO-free, gluten-free and vegan.
It’s evident that our environment plays a key role in our eating habits whether we realize it or not. At home, you eat what’s served for dinner. When you go out you choose what you want to eat at the restaurant. Well what about at school?
Having recently started university in the fall and being the health conscious eater that I am, this posed somewhat of a challenge. Not only did I have to adjust to my new environment but I also had to alter my eating habits of course. With this came various concerns, the main one being the dreadful “freshman fifteen”. In case you’re unfamiliar with this term, it is used to describe the weight gained by first year students when they move into residence at university. Many of my peers were equally as concerned with this idea. I quickly realized however, that although your environment can change, you’re eating habits don’t have to.
You’re healthy habits are completely in your control and can follow you anywhere you go. Yes, it is true that not everything you once had available to you will remain the same but this is where flexibility comes in. Humans are very adaptable beings and in the grand scheme of things, I’ve realized that adapting to a university environment, although difficult is not as daunting as it may seem. By keeping your healthy habits in check, the transition is even easier as this is one aspect of your life that can remain the same. Maintaining this consistent aspect of your life is exciting and reassuring. It leaves you more time to focus on your studies and the social aspects of university.
Think about it!
Given that I’ve only ever written about food and/or exercise, I realized it was time to introduce a new topic that has affected me on a personal level and continues to do so on a daily basis. I recently had an enlightening conversation with a very close friend of mine as she broadened my perspective in regards to dealing with body image issues.
It’s a way of thinking or approaching the issue rather than a solution, but a very interesting one to say the least. This is not a permanent solution, this is not a fix for any eating disorders or mental health issues. It’s simply food for thought to broaden your perspective for the better.
Let’s say you’re having a bad body image day (which we all do let’s be honest, some worse than others), and you don’t like the way you look in the mirror and you just can’t seem to feel good about yourself regardless of the angle in which you stand or the lighting you’re in. Instead of allowing yourself to go down a deep dark hole of negativity and allowing this feeling to ruin your day or put you in a bad mood, just acknowledge it.
Acknowledge the negative feeling you have towards yourself as you would a physical injury. If you had a paper cut, would you allow it to ruin your day? No. You would notice it, acknowledge the sliver in your finger, wrap it up in a band aid and move on, business as usual. What if we treated our body perception the same way? Acknowledge that you’re feeling negatively about yourself and accept that perhaps this is not your most “self confident day” and instead of putting a band aid on it, do something that makes you happy or feel good about yourself. Perhaps you like to bake, go for a bike ride or listen to happy music, whatever it is find your “band-aid” for your “paper-cut”.
If we think of it this way, and treat both a paper cut and a negative feeling the same way (with minor modifications of course) we set physical and mental health issues as equals, attributing them with the importance they both deserve. Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there but this also doesn’t mean it can’t be treated with a similar approach. Unfortunately, mental health concerns have been suppressed for way too long, but modern thinking, a change of attitude and comfortability with this topic are leading to continuous positive change.