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“The Scariest Moment is always right before you start” -Stephen King

I heard this quote and thought it was SO appropriate for my health blog!

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How To Make a Green Smoothie! Vegetarians, this is especially for you :)

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I really need to start making more green smoothies!

I’ve got the morning fruit smoothie routine down to a science, but I’m having a hard time getting some green veggies in there. Definitely going to use this on this morning’s smoothie. Being a life-long vegetarian, I need all the green veggies I can get.

Not to mention, I just got some AWESOME green tea lemonade from a health food store by my house that I can’t WAIT to try. It’ll be a perfect addition to a green smoothie.

I’ll post the recipe that I come up with later today 🙂

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Dancing with Daddy <3

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My dad is one of my biggest heros. He used to be a ballroom dancing champion, and I get to come along with him when he goes out to dances 🙂

Dancing is a fabulous way to get in some extra exercise. Wether it’s a ballroom dancing class, a Zumba class (which is my love) or even a latin salsa dance- it’s all great cardio!

If you’re looking for something fun to do on a free afternoon, check your local studios for some awesome classes near you.

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Food Binging- Your Questions Answered!

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Hey girly,

food binging is common among people beginning their Fitspirational Journeys. 

A lot of people try to change their diets all at once, and go from eating chips, soda and suge- to full on fruits and vegetables in one day.

A few days of a 360 change in diet will most likely cause mental meltdowns and a sudden craving for your old eating habits.

Here’s some awesome ideas of what to do if you do find yourself food binging:

  1. Don’t starve yourself. Eat. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but fasting after a binge will only make you severely hungry, which can easily lead to another binge, decimating your self-esteem. When you’re hungry again, eat. If you binged at night, start fresh by giving yourself a healthy breakfast. Stick to clean, whole foods (sugar free if you can) and drink lots of water. Lots of veggies and lean protein works best for me. You can’t change the past, but you can prepare for your present and future by feeding yourself whole, healthy foods to prevent a future binge.
  2. Forgive yourself. Trying to starve yourself the next day is a sneaky way to try and get away with bingeing, to “make up” for your slip – “I’m going to make up for yesterday by not eating today.” Instead, admit you made a mistake. Forgive yourself. Be very, very kind to yourself:  Beating yourself up or criticizing yourself won’t make you change.
  3. Get back on track as soon as you can. When you slip up with a sugar binge, you usually have terrible sugar cravings for the next 3 or 4 days. If you are trying to get back on track, do what you need to do to support yourself through the sugar cravings. 
  4. When you’re ready, examine what happened. Binges are fabulous learning opportunities. Try and examine what was going on:  how were you feeling beforehand? What thoughts were running through your head? What expectations or shoulds ran the show? Write about the event and see if you can make sense of it. This can help you prepare for the next time. Think of how you can support yourself next time so that you can act differently.
  5. Drink Water! Drinking water is a great way to flush toxins out of your body. Up your water intake and it will also curve your cravings 🙂

I hope this helps, I wish you the very best. Remember, it’s NOT that big of a deal, and tomorrow is a brand new day 🙂

Xox Brittany ❤

(Thanks firstourselves.org) 

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Make goals- Plan ahead

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This was TOO awesome not to put on my health blog!

Take a second to sit down, turn your computer monitor off and silence your cell phone.

Write a list of 5 simple things that you can start implementing into your life RIGHT NOW that will make you proud a year from now. This is a great idea for beginners just getting started on their Fitspirational Journeys!

A few things on my list:

  1. Add ONE more serving of fruit to every day as a daily snack
  2. Complete 2-3 runs with my boyfriend by this time next year (Color Run CHECK!)
  3. Make 2-3 health blog posts every day
  4. Start going to bed earlier, ensuring at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night
  5. Make a “goal board” with 20 things I’d like to do in the next year. Cross things off as I do them!

Try it out 🙂 What’s on your list?

 

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Appreciate your fruit- fun vintage fruit fact!

Did you know, back in the day in New York; an ORANGE was a traditional Christmas gift?

Groceries haven’t always been stocked with delicious fruits and veggies as they are now. Oranges were grown in Florida, so it was a really big deal to get one if you lived out of state.

I think we forget how blessed we are to have constant access to nutritious natural foods. That being said, mom if you’re reading this- you better not put an orange in my stocking this Christmas!

however, you can bet I’ll be thanking God for every blessed bite into a juicy piece of fruit.

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P.s On a side note- only 5 months till Christmas!!! (I’m a Christmas fanatic)

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Take your dog for a long walk- a great way to add exercise to your day!

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I just got home from teaching Sunday school at church, and then took my little yorkie Locket for a long walk!

Taking your dog for a long walk is a great way to fit in some extra exercise in your day.

We went about 2 miles around the lake by my house which she really enjoyed. That extra 2 miles put me in such a great mood!

Finishing our walk off with some healthy doggie cookies and a fresh fruit smoothie.

If you have a precious puppy of your own, use her as a fabulous excuse to get your butt off the computer and explore nature for a while.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!