It’s called BREAD.

Another one of my biggest pet peeves is when people break foods down and call them by a singular nutrient.

This irks me in a huge way majorly because I was guilty of this.

Now when I see it all over Instagram and other blogs, I just roll my eyes. This peeve of mine has helped in significantly reducing the amount of blogs I read. I simply get annoyed when a whole food is reduced to one of it’s elements.

I am studying nutrition to become a holistic health coach. Yes, I know that it is not a dietitian or nutritionist. I do not claim to be those things. Yet, I do not understand when these same dietitians and health “role models” continue to speak of foods in regard to what they consider the “most important” part of that food.

Just because you’re eating a baked potato does not mean that the only good thing about that potato is #carbsfordayz

A potato also has potassium, protein, fiber and tons of Vitamin C.

Also, by reducing a food to a singular nutrient, you take the love and comfort out of the food.

Think about it. Say you sit down to eat with your friend and ask what they’re eating and they say,

“I’m having a carb.”

What image comes to mind? Not too much right? Snore. Move on from that table and sit with someone else.

Instead, if they say,

“I’m having mashed potatoes and gravy.”

That image is a lot more relatable and fun right? Mashed potatoes sound delicious!

I also think that people want to confess to eating something like #carbz or #fatz yet brag about eating #proteinz because #gainz

I would need a few hundred hands to count the number of times the description of a meal has the hashtag #carbs when it is followed by the hashtag #legday or #gymsession

Why does this matter? Honestly I am guilty of doing this in the past too (but lets be real, my “gym session” is laughable). When describing a recipe of some sort, it makes sense to embellish it with a statement about the nutrition in the food, but for most of us, there is no need to explain your food choice.

Understand this: YOU, yes YOU, do not need to JUSTIFY your food choices to anyone.

There, you’re free. You can eat WHATEVER you want and NOT TELL ANYONE what is in it or WHY you chose to eat that.

You can leave the gym and eat apples, bread, cheese, cookies or GOD FORBID EAT NOTHING and it’s NO ONE’S BUSINESS but YOUR OWN!

Rant coming to a close:

It’s called bread.

It’s called banana.

It’s called avocado.

It’s called a cookie.

Food is more than #carbz, #protein and #fat.

Food is your own. Food is delicious. Food does not need to be justified.

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Have a macronutrient-free day, and enjoy your food.

 

When Self Acceptance Prevents You From Living Your Life

I do accept myself.

I have worked hard to cultivate a love for my body and spirit and I truly believe I have that. It ebbs and flows and I do not always feel 100%, but that does not stop me from taking care of myself.

However, this self acceptance has been limiting my life in the past year and in full transparency, it’s time to change that.

self-acceptance

When you work closely with a few people like I do at work, you get to know them really well. At my job, I am the one people usually ask random questions about running, vegetables (not food, just vegetables) or reasons why they feel sick.

I am not a doctor, so I give my best guess and usually they can feel better if they move a little more, and eat a few more plants. I think we all could benefit from that.

Regardless of what I say and even if they agree with me, change is slow to come. I believe this is for a few reasons.

1.) They don’t know exactly how to change.

2.) They aren’t ready to give up something that is preventing change.

3.) They accept the way they are, even if it means living a lackluster life.

Today, let’s discuss number 3, because this is the biggest reason some parts of my life are stale, and others are not.

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Self-Acceptance

What a beautiful thing, isn’t it? I accept myself the way I am.

Wow!

Way to go!

Congratulations!

Reality: I don’t want/am not ready/it’s hard to change, so it’s easier to say this.

Example:

1st Time:

Coworker: “I feel really tired and hungover”

Me: “Go to bed earlier.”

Coworker: “I was trying to beat this level on PlayStation while drinking beer and it was fun.”

Me: “Ok, was it worth it?”

Coworker: “Yes.”

Me: “Ok then.”

2nd-7th time:

Coworker: “This job suck is, I feel like crap because I’m tired.”

Me: “Why?”

Coworker: “Same as last time.”

Me: “Was it worth it?”

Coworker: “No, I hate feeling like this at work, beer is expensive and I don’t even win the level that I stayed up for.”

Me: “So stop.”

Coworker: “It’s what I always do and my buddies expect me to be there.”

Me: “So?”

Coworker: “It’s just what I do (it’s a habit, routine, it’s comfortable)”

Me: face palm, but I get it.

I get it.

I recently read an article from Psych Central coming from the thoughts of therapists on self acceptance.

What really resonated with me was number 9:

Realize that acceptance is not resignation.

Accepting things for how they are is not allowing them to continue, but a jumping off point toward making change.

In my personal life, I have used the wall of self acceptance to hide behind when I am afraid of putting myself out there.

“Oh, she’s the runner, she doesn’t stay out late.”

“Oh she’s so frugal, she doesn’t spend money or go out for dinner.”

Things I’ve “accepted” about myself have really prevented me from forming relationships or having experiences.

The times I do branch out, I usually have an amazing time. Ragnar was a huge jumping off point as I knew no one and changed everything about my routines.

However, there is still a small voice in the back of my head creating doubt about the positive experiences these things may provide.

“What if I pay money for this and it sucks?”

“What if I get no sleep and am a zombie tomorrow?”

What if, what if, what if???

The part of me that has accepted the sentences above is trying to keep me safe, but also is keeping me from living.

I have decided to change.

Here is how:

1.) Visualization

I will visualize what leaving my comfort zone will feel like, both the potential positives and negatives and implement coping methods to deal with them.

2.) Begin Easy

The first time I spend money out to eat, it won’t be extravagant, but simple. That way it wont feel like so much of a loss if it was bad.

3.) Repeat

I will make reoccurring dates with others and myself to get out of this zone. Again, starting easy with once a month, and building up as my stamina increases.

In a way, this is like running (you knew I would go here right?)

Visualize yourself running, start slow, repeat.

It gets easier doesn’t it?

Has self-acceptance stopped you from doing something characteristically “not you”?

What can you do in the next month to step out of that zone?

 

Identify A Priority and Stick To It

When other runners ask me how they can increase their fitness I tell them these three things:

1.) Increase distance

2.) Increase speed

3.) DO NOT do both!

In my own personal life, I have fallen into the trap of doing too much too soon.

I want to be able to run 10 miles AND run a sub 6 minute mile.

I want to run a marathon and race a fast 5K.

Then I get injured and ask myself why.

I have a problem straightening out my priorities.

Priorities
Identify your priorities, and stick with them!

Just this morning I decided to do a leg workout instead of a run and now my quads are so sore, I might have to take off tomorrow from running or run less because I went hard on the lifting.

Recently, outside of my running and fitness life, I have been struggling with determining what to focus my time and energy on. My life is a bit full at the moment. Here is a snapshot of what is on my plate:

8 hour job at CTB

Part time job at Blissful Eats

Part time school

Running schedule

Food/recipe creation and photography

Writing blog posts

Marketing my personal brand

Commenting on and connecting with other bloggers

Now, I’m not bragging. My goal with all the hustle now is so in a few years I can have my weekends off and work less in a more fulfilling career.

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But right now, I’m trying to hustle. I want to create quality content for my readers and future clients.

Also notice the lack of social life (however I do see a lot of people at my job)

Because I do all these things, the time I have to devote to my blog needs to be prioritized and focused. This is the problem I am having because I want to do all the things. In my free time I read about how to maximize my blog, see what others are doing and ask questions. There is just so much to do and it’s all fun!

I want to figure out what to focus on right now that will maximize my time. What should I do in the few hours I have each day to devote to my blog?

I was encouraged by Nicole Culver, my boss and owner of Blissful Eats to determine what skills I have to offer and refine those for my audience.

Right now I am in school working on learning the content I will be providing to readers and clients. That is part of building my brand even if I can’t see those results yet.

I need to hold off on food photography school for now. I can work on that after I start making an income with health coaching.

I need to keep exploring my running and veganism because that is who I am. That is how I get experiences to share and how I relate to you guys. I am good at taking my experiences and applying them to other areas of life.

Today I challenge you to prioritize your life.

What should you focus on today to maximize your potential?

What do you think my niche is? What is your niche?

You Can’t Save Animals If You’re Dead

This week in IIN, we began a lecture series on vegan and vegetarian diets. I have been vegan for almost three years now so obviously I have a biased towards this way of living.

Not only do I believe it is healthy for the body, mind and spirit, it is also good for the planet and of course, the animals.

In the first lecture, something Joshua, the founder of IIN said stood out to me. He was speaking about young adults and how we have the ability to eat a vegan diet successfully because we are young, vibrant and have healthy bodies simply because we have not yet lived as long.

He made the comment that what works for us now, might not always work in the best way, so we need to be mindful of that toward our clients and not force a certain diet upon them.

This made me think about my own personal choices and evaluate what I would do if such a situation were to arise.


What if a completely vegan diet wasn’t working for me at a certain point?

What if I had a disease and the only food my stomach could handle was some sort of animal product?

What would I do?

Well guys, you can’t save animals or promote healthy lifestyles from the grave.

I went vegan for ethical reasons and stay this way because it works for me, both healthfully and morally. However, if there came a point where I was ill or needed some form of calories from animal sources to survive, I would not hesitate to consume them.

This topic can be tied into my experience last Sunday with Coke.

Do I drink it regularly? No.

The situation I was in led me to consume it greedily.

Do I regret it? No.

Let’s say I was in another situation like that and the only thing available was cheese. Would I have eaten it?

Yes.

Why? Because honestly, I would not have made it home without something.

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I am lucky (actually, we all are lucky) that we live in a culture and society that allows us the choice between animal calories and other types of calories. Given the choice, I will always choose the cruelty free option, unless my life and well being depend on it.

Consuming a small portion of an animal source to sustain my health and life is collateral damage for the good I can do alive to protect hundreds of other animals through my message.

Cruelty free and vegan is something I will always strive for, but I acknowledge that perfection is not always possible.

Tying this into my future health coaching practice, I will remember that each of my clients have their own lived experience and know what things they prefer in order to be successful. Just because I thrive on a vegan diet, doesn’t mean they will.

It will always be my message that a vegan way of eating is best for the planet and the animals, however part of meeting a client where they are at means allowing them to pursue their truth and realizing they might not be ready to embrace what I believe is the best way to eat.

Now, I am linking up with JenArman and Laura for WIAW!

Breakfast:

6

Pumpkin spice waffle with peanut butter, coconut butter and maple syrup. Side of apples and cold brew.

Lunch:

3

Budda bowl with tofu, roasted veggies, black beans and snap peas

Snack:

5

3 year old granola bar I found in my backpack

1

banana chips

Dinner:

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Almond butter, grape jelly and banana burrito, bowl of broccoli with dip

Is it pumpkin spice time for you yet?

Would you eat something out of the ordinary for your health?

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Finding out “Why” is not going to fix you

When there is a problem in my life, my first thought is often to ask “why”?

Why did I bonk last weekend?

Why do I feel lousy right now?

Why can’t I sleep?

Asking myself that question, and then figuring out the answer, is often a catalyst for change.

What happens when it isn’t? What happens when you ask yourself why, figure it out, and then do nothing about it?

finding out why

Asking the question “why” itself is not going to solve your problems. I know it hasn’t solved all mine.

The following two examples are true in my life.

Example 1.)

Why am I tired today?

I didn’t sleep well last night.

Why didn’t you sleep well last night?

It was hot and I was sweaty.

Solution: buy an air conditioner

I answered the why and gave myself an option on how to solve the problem. Is my problem now solved? No, because I am not going to pay for that right now. It is not worth the money. Finding out the why did not propel me to change.

Example 2.)

I do not spend time with other people outside of work, yet I want to.

Why do I not go out more?

I like my alone time.

Lies, answer the question.

I lack the confidence to fit into social situations and I don’t like to stay up late and spend money.

Why don’t you have the confidence?

I was treated poorly growing up and those skeletons are still in my closet. I was also taught that saving money is a great accomplishment.

Solution: make a plan with someone that feels safe and gradually go out later each week.

Will I do this? I have provided my own solution that seems very reasonable to me and I have discovered why I do not like to go out. The answer again is no, I probably won’t do this.

Why? Because there is no big motivation to do it. It’s not life or death, it’s just a social stigma I feel pressured to fit in to.

Finding out the whys in each situation here has not motivated me to change.

This is the problem I sometimes have with therapy or health coaching and why I think some people stay stuck. I have been in therapy before (granted it was a few years ago now) and it seemed to me that most therapists helped you figure out the why, but did not focus on moving past it and getting on with your life.

Now, this is not all situations, but roll with me for a bit.

Too often, we search for reasons why we are the way we are as if unpacking that will help us change. I certainly did when it came to my family. If only I could change and fit in. If only I were better.

What if we just accepted the person we are, stopped asking why, and just moved forward?

What if instead of asking how we got that draped it card bill, we simply worked hard to pay it off?

I believe that sometimes, it’s best not to look too far into the negative things about ourselves, but to either accept them, or change them and move on.

I’ll give one more example.

When I lived at home, it was a very negative environment. Everyday I got the message that I was a worthless being. While I lived there, I would constantly ask myself why I was treated this way, as if I could change it.

But you know what? By simply being in that space, just physically being there, was enough for them to treat me poorly.

Asking the why was pointless because there was nothing I could do to change their behavior. It was just the presence of another human being that made the negativity spew out.

So, I decided not to change myself. I simply moved out and started living to be me. When I am a health coach, my goal will be to give people the tools so that they don’t need me. I will constantly evaluate my client’s progress and if things aren’t progressing, I will change my methods or suggest they see someone else.

I challenge you, instead of asking yourself why you missed that workout, just do the next one.

Instead of asking yourself why you made a bad grade on the paper, just try harder on the next one.

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I have decided to stop asking why something bad has happened and just do what I can to make the next moment a good one.

Do you find yourself asking why instead of making change?

How has this help you back?