Posted in Health, Healthy Self Image, Nutrition, Positive Thinking, Real Beauty, Self Image

What is Real Beauty to You

 

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If you ever have said to yourself or out loud, “I’m so fat. I’m so ugly.” Or any other insult to yourself. GO RIGHT NOW, right this minute! Look in a mirror and tell yourself out loud. “I am sorry for saying those mean things to you. They are unacceptable. I am beautiful because, I am human, I have a soul, and I am spirit.” Then watch this video attached that I love from the Jean Killbourne, who talks about airbrushing craziness. One of my favorite quotes from this is by CINDY CRAWFORD, who says, “I WISH I LOOKED LIKE CINDY CRAWFORD.”

I don’t have statistics, but I know more than half our problem with our flawed body image is because of societies thought of “beauty”. I have witnessed plenty of friends and family growing up, and I know this has affected my own body image. I remember being a teen and sitting around with my three close friends looking at models in Vogue and actresses in teen and gossip mags, admiring them and all of us attesting, “I am going to look like that”. Then to confirm we need to look like a that supermodel we would overhear the boys or males in general (not their fault), whooping and yee-haa-ing over what they considered sexy, while they tacked posters of Paulina Porizkova or a chick laying suggestively on a 1965 Mustang Convertible, over their beds.

I specifically remember reading in a fitness magazine, which suggested as a daily motivational reminder not to eat junk and workout to hang a picture of a body I want to look like, from a magazine on the refrigerator. Great advice, except that it should have come with a warning, “MOST LIKELY, THIS IS NOT HOW THIS BODY LOOKS IN REAL LIFE”. I was not aware that all those sexy, skinny bodies with the hallowed out cheek bones were perfected with makeup, lighting, and airbrushing. And if you are a male reading this, photos of muscle ripped or toned men do not have much validity; they are just as brutally airbrushed and photo shopped. So, even though the picture suggestion was motivational, and I probably looked good, I did not think so because I was not six feet tall and I was striving to be shaped like something unattainable for my body type.

I feel we need to arm every male and female with this information. Two things I know would come to fruition. One, imagine how much more stuff we would get done and figure out if we were not obsessing over if we are fitting into a “mold”. Second, if we are in touch and balanced with what real beauty is and what is really healthy, that takes most of the pressure off and we would start down the road to being naturally slimmer, even if we have a lot of weight to lose. I am not saying thinking like this is magic weight loss secret. There is still a lot of practicing this thinking and learning how to eat and move to what is comfortable for your body, but knowing this instantly makes you feel lighter in your mind and body.

You are all beautiful. No matter what you look like or where you stand in life. Beauty to me is living in your authentic truth, being strong, brave, altruistic, and going after your dream.

What is beauty to you? Tell me in the comments.

Killing Us Softly 4 – Trailer [Featuring Jean Kilbourne]

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Posted in Natural Hangover Cure

Need a Natural Hangover Cure…

One too many? Paying for it? Fear not! The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But sometimes it is easy to overindulge and waking up with the bottle flu happens to the best of us. ImageThe most excellent way to get rid of that nasty feeling is NOT choking down a hair of the dog remedy or stuffing a greasy meal in your gullet, but turning to liquids and foods like these instead.

“Umeboshi pickled plums are thought to relieve the morning-after problems. The pyric acid in umeboshi breaks down the booze in your body, settles your mangled stomach, and breathes life into your liver.” Gaijin Tonic

Coconut water – I have friends who swear by this. It contains anti-oxidants and electrolytes, specifically potassium. Anti-oxidants and electrolytes are key components of any hangover treatment. The actual amount of anti-oxidants in coconut water is not very high. More info at Hangover Heaven

Water Hydrate the body of the alcohol dehydration.

A cup of Peppermint tea eases headaches, indigestion and nausea. Chamomile tea is great for general soothing and relaxation, but, like peppermint, as a hangover remedy, it works wonders on headaches and indigestion, especially when sweetened with raw honey. According to Men’s Fitness, Green tea is packed with antioxidants, which keep your body’s cells—and therefore organs—healthy. This means a healthier liver, which will help you recover faster.

Pickle juice, weird but it basically contains vinegar, water and sodium. Sodium is an electrolyte and is generally lost as a result of excessive drinking which leads to dehydration.

Potassium is your best friend! While you were drunk and peeing like a racehorse, lots of potassium drained from your body. Eating a banana, kiwi, or spinach bursting with potassium will give you some giddy-up and go.

Chicken noodle, miso soup or tomato (potassium) are great morning remedies — the broth rehydrates and restocks sodium levels while the fermented miso can help aid digestion

Oatmeal, like the Sprouted Grain Toast contain plenty of nutrients and also helps neutralize acidity in the body. Oats are a complex carbohydrate that burns slowly in the body, so your blood sugar levels will stay stable.

Cinnamon – Helps regulate blood sugar levels and with nausea.

Raw Honey is an ideal way to combat a hangover. The fructose helps the body metabolize alcohol, plus it contains potassium like the banana. It also contains antibacterial properties and is full of enzymes, all of which will help you feel better in a hurry. See more at: Mama Natural and a recipe for a hangover shake.

Try them and see! Comment in the comment box and tell me what your remedy is or if you have tried these and if they worked for you…

Opps, Chamomile is spelt wrong in pic. LMBO

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Red, White, & Blue Smoothie

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My Memorial Day mornings smoothie.

I will be working on this day of showing the men and women who have given their lives in active military service to protect our safety and freedom. So to be productive, it is probably best I don’t honor them with a beer or glass of wine. Instead, I decided to show my gratefulness to live in a country where we have freedom and possibility, by mixing up this delicious Red, White, and Blue green Smoothie in my blender.

This serves 2. Cut recipe in half to serve 1.

2 cups fresh Kale or spinach
2 cups coconut milk (or which ever milk you prefer. Organic, Almond, Rice…)
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup strawberries
maybe a few blackberries (I had I few that I didn’t want to go to waste)
1 medium banana
1 tbsp chia seeds

No matter how you are celebrating today, I would love to know in the comments below.

P.S. Try not to make me too jealous. :)) LOL

Posted in Healthy Self Image, Positive Thinking, Self Image

Smile. It Looks Good On You

ImageThink about when you are having a happy day… don’t you feel it through your whole body? The upshot of this makes you glow and produces better choices for your mind, body, soul, and even the people around you. Imagine having a bunch of positive thoughts throughout the day, week, month, and so on… A healthier, hot, happier you! Guaranteed!

Write down affirmations and/or everything you like about you, your job, your family, hobbies, etc. Anything that comes to mind which makes you twinkle. Keep it in your pocket, tape it to your computer, or anywhere that you think of for easy accessibility. Read it a few times a day. I place them in my pocket or tape them to my car dashboard because my job keeps me mobile. Continue writing, editing and placing it in your spot each day, until it becomes your natural way of thinking.                                                                                                                                                                                            If there is something that you deal with daily that irks you, try to think of what the circumstances silver lining can be. Write it down. A good example is, my boss is moody, but my job gives me freedom to be creative and learn more until it’s time to move on. Or maybe you are going through a rough time… For instance, it really hurts when a romantic relationship ends, but if it didn’t we wouldn’t have found better significant others. Or… Quite a few years ago, I was dating Matt, (names have been changed :)) a charming guy, but the relationship was rocky. If it wasn’t for that connection, I most likely would not have met his roommate, Cara, who has now been one of my adored best friends and confident for 20 years.

One small positive thought can change your whole day. Here’s one for you…

Your smile is radiance and will make another’s day.

Tell me in the comments below what is your positive thought?

xo, L