Taking Care of Number One

Girl, last week was insane for me.  I have to say, it was probably the most stressful week I've had in a really long time.  I was so incredibly busy that my self-care routine went completely out the window.  My main focus last week was getting enough sleep so I could get through my hectic schedule.  My self-care was non-existent and I found myself in a funk by the end of the week.

Lesson learned.

When To Skip A Workout

During most weeks, my schedule includes working out in the morning at least three times a week.   However, this week my schedule is jam packed and I literally do not have time to get a solid workout in until maybe Thursday or Friday.  When I was struggling with body image issues, this fact would have made me feel guilty all week and my self-esteem would've plummeted.

Do you feel guilty when you skip a workout because you are too tired?  When you are too busy to get a workout in, do you restrict your food to "make up for it"?  Are you really hard on yourself even when you are doing the best you can?

Body Shaming to Body Loving

To be honest, I've been super crampy and moody lately.  Last week, I was on an emotional roller coaster and this past weekend, the cramping and bloating was real.  During this time (especially over the weekend), I found myself hating on my body.  Yes, I'm a Food Freedom Coach that specializes in food freedom and body love; but this does not mean that I'm perfect.  Like you, I still have my struggles.  I have them under control after years self-healing and therapy, but every now and again they pop up.

When I'm feeling down in the dumps about my body, I like to remind myself the reasons why I love it.  Here are some ways to bounce back when you find yourself hating on your body.

Can You Have Food Freedom?

So my last post was all about eating delicious foods at new restaurants.  This post is all about juice cleansing, the complete opposite!  Continue on though, I promise it is worth the quick read.

Even though I am all about #foodfreedom, I have to avoid gluten and dairy for digestive reasons.  In high school, I was diagnosed with IBS and the only thing that helped was changing my diet and learning how to deal with stress.  From high school to my mid 20's, I ate very little dairy and significantly reduced my sugar intake.  About a year ago, I found out gluten was not working for me either.  I remember one week I was extremely tired, my brain was foggy, and my stomach started getting IBS cramps again.  I thought to myself, "Oh heck no, ain't nobody got time for that!"  

Screw Dieting

Happy Tuesday, my friends!  I'm pretty sure this day of the week is going to be my new blogging day so keep your eyes peeled for a new post every Tuesday!

This past weekend was full of good eats in Durham.  I went to my first tapa restaurant for dinner and grubbed on an awesome brunch at a local diner.  Oh, and I ate some ice cream (even though it was 20 degrees here).  Who says it needs to be hot outside to enjoy delicious ice cream?  Not me, that's for sure.

Comfort Food

Happy Tuesday, my loves.  It has been quite the week for me.  If you follow me on Instagram, you would've seen that I lost my grandma this past weekend.  She was the best lady I've ever known and I'm going to miss her deeply.  I know she is with me in spirit but that truth has not made these past few days any easier.  All I want is to hear her voice again, calling me "my angel".  Now, she is my angel watching over me for the rest of my life and I will always have her in my heart.

I've been mourning her loss for the past four days and it has been really tough.  I've noticed myself turning to many different things for comfort.  I've been calling family and close friends nonstop and seeking comfort in their voices and healing words.  I've found comfort in TV shows that make me laugh and also make me cry.  I've held meditating and journaling sessions with myself so that I could feel my grandma with me.  My comfort these past four days have also come from food.

Self-Acceptance

Happy New Year, my friends!  I hope your New Year's celebrations were everything you wanted them to be.  Whether that was going out on the town or staying in, I hope it was true to you.  Today, I'm going to discuss a topic that keeps coming up for me in my own life and that is self-acceptance.

Post-Christmas Thoughts

It is the day after Christmas and I know there are a great deal of women who are suffering from anxiety at this very moment.  These women are anxious because they are thinking about the treats they chose to indulge in on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  There are also some women who are suffering from anxiety because they did not let themselves enjoy any treats the past two days.  

Which woman are you today?

Enjoy Your Holidays

It is the day before I fly home for the holidays and I'm feeling super excited!  I love this time of year and can't wait to enjoy much needed family and friend time over the next week.  Back when I was struggling with dieting and body image issues, I did not look forward to this time of year because it meant lots of gatherings centered around food.  When food was in complete control of my life, the holidays brought up so many triggers.

The Importance of Self-Care

It's been quite a week over here!  I've been a tad stressed to say the least.  Starting a new job, meeting new people, and adjusting to a new city is hard.  My body started shutting down mid-week because I was letting the stress get to me and my self-care was out the window.  Self-care is something I tend to forget about when I have a bunch of other things on my plate, so this was a good reminder for me to make it a priority again.

Since I was letting self-care go on the back burner, I noticed that my mind started reverting back to old ways of thinking when it came to food and exercise.  I found myself getting paranoid about my food choices and I started judging my body because I had not been working out consistently for over a month.  The fact that my mind was reverting back to this way of thinking had me scared.  I've been through enough when it comes to these issues and I did not want them to creep back into my life.