Courgette, kale, mushrooms and peas.
Cucumber, honey dew, basil and filtered water smoothie/juice.
Vanilla soya yogurt (but been recommended a coconut milk yogurt instead) with pear, banana, dried cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and raw honey.
Frozen berry smoothie. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries with filtered water and aloe vera.
As you’ve probably read, I’ve been giving my body a bit of natural loving.
By this, I’ve been going to the gym three times a week and working with someone to help get me back to feeling in control and healthy. It’s not like I’m saying I’m overweight but I’m mentally and physically quite weak at the moment. I’m taking a different approach, as I’ve previously mentioned, with getting back on track with my health and by doing so I feel it’s addressing many things to help make me feel more supported.
It sounds so silly and I know people look at it and say, well, eating right and exercising is simple and easy. Its actually a little bit more complex than that. Eating right is such a broad thing to say, not everyone knows what is the right thing to eat and sometimes the obvious isn’t actually the best. I’m being introduced to foods I’ve never heard of and trying things I’m not a fan of. Thats ok, because the great thing about having that support from a professional is finding alternatives that will work for you. I’ve worked out that eating vegetables I’m not so keen on, on their own is a challenge, mainly greens, which are annoyingly the most important. However I’ve found out that drinking them is a bit easier. Of course you want to enjoy what you’re eating and what you’re drinking but I’m only just learning what I like and what I don’t. You have to start somewhere.
Frying greens in coconut oil is great and very healthy but I really did struggle. You’d think it would be an easy and tasty way to eat them but it just didn’t settle right with me, taste and texture. I need to find something thats a little more basic, a bit easier and enjoyable. I don’t want to get stressed or dread having my meals but when you don’t like something and you’ve tried it a good few times and still don’t like it, it’s just not for you.
Thats why I’ve been introduced to green powder. It’s full of so many nutrients and important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Taking one scoop of the powder and adding it to a morning or lunchtime smoothie is perfect for me and will ensure I’m getting what my body wants and needs. It’s full of so many superfoods just blended into a powder, easier to consume. I’ve never been a huge lover for vegetables but I always made sure I was eating enough of the ones I really do like. However, now knowing the value of some of these superfoods and how important they are has made me want to be a bit more open minded, which I have been.
When it comes to exercising, learning about the body and how important it is to be gentle with it, is key. I go into my gym and see so many people running themselves ragged and thinking its ok and feeling like they’ve done a good job. I now look at them and it makes me think they’re so psychotic. We all are or were at one point I’m sure. I used to think the only way I’d be able to look like a hot piece of ass would be to go to the gym every single day for the next three months and starve myself. However I’m in a position now where I’m being educated. Its all about working with your body and ensuring you have a good foundation to be in a position where you can progress. Whilst everyone is on the treadmill doing their routine of sprinting for 20 minutes I’m on a yoga mat working on my strength, stretching and focusing on releasing water weight and finding out what my limitations are. I work to fail. As negative as it sounds I get gently pushed to see where I’m at and over the next few months I will develop.
It’s not that I mean to slander anyone who steps foot on a treadmill because I have cardio days too but everything I do is within my reach and I get pushed but gently. On my cardio days I start off with a power walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes at a gradient and on the last five minutes I push the gradient and test myself. I then go and work on the floor with different types of equipment. I have three sessions a week and after cardio the two other session are based on strength and flexibility. A lot of the stuff I do is yoga based and has some sort of sequence. I am also working on my strength at home mainly focusing on the plank and press ups. I’ve had sequences put together for me that consist of these and I don’t even know I’m doing them!
So far I’m really enjoying what I’m doing. The gym is just as important as the food. They work off each other to get you feeling fit and healthy. I always knew that but to actually dissect everything and understand the reasoning behind a lot of it is so interesting. I want to be strong on the inside and it to show on the outside. In a few days I’ll show my progress.
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