While I am all about nourishing my body with whole foods and exercise, I also emphasize balance— I believe you can still indulge in chocolate while living a healthy life!
Healthy food and proper nutrition are key to a happy and healthy life. I know because I am on my own path of self discovery and can feel and see the difference! Before five years ago, I had no clue what it meant to eat clean and balanced, how listen to my body or how to even make a meal. I grew up on fast food most days of the week and was blessed with an active lifestyle and good metabolism.
That lifestyle followed me into my college life and early twenties until I realized that food from a box was no longer cutting it.
When I found a passion for fitness, I also started to understand the correlation between what we put in our mouths and how that fuels us, makes us feel and even look from the outside. Food has some serious power! I love learning about food, fitness and wellness so much that I decided to join the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to follow my passion to become a health coach.
Keep reading for some general Q&A with BalancingB!
Q: What does it mean to you to live a healthy life?
Health, for me, extends beyond the number on a scale. I believe that living a healthy life means one that is filled with things and people that nourish you, your body and your soul. Over the last year, I left my job because of the amount of stress it was bringing into my life – it was directly impacting my health and that was something I was not okay with. Our health is our responsibility – fill it with love, veggies, laughter, passion and some good chocolate!
Q: You eat ‘Lean, Clean and Green.’ What does that mean exactly?
Well, first of all, I strive to eat lean, clean and green. Ha! What that means is you chose foods that are unprocessed, or with as little additives and processing as possible. Feeding your body with fruits and veggies gives us a great dose of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. Before I buy a food, I look at the label and check for five ingredients or less.
Q: What are some of your favorite foods?
I love fruit! I eat at least one piece a day, sometimes three…I have to stop myself. Yum! I also like oatmeal, greek yogurt, greens of all shapes and sizes (kale, spinach, collard greens), beets, hummus, almond milk, coffee and kombucha!! Also, I love to drink juice – fresh pressed juice is so delicious, nourishing and refreshing.
Q: Motivation can be a tough barrier to getting in your workouts. What keeps you motivated?
In all honesty, it is the feeling I get from working out. I find that a workout is my therapy in a way; I can clear my mind in yoga class, get out aggression with a great circuit routine, or go on a run so my mind can do its best work. A lot of times I decide my workout for the day based on how I feel that day and honor what my body needs.
When it comes to motivation, I think it is best to be really clear on setting your goals and intentions. When I was getting ready for my wedding, I knew I wanted to knock it out of the park. I was very focused and driven, and honestly in the best shape of my life. Now that I am looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I have relaxed a bit and let the feeling of a workout be the motivation rather than the way I look.
Q: What is your favorite exercise?
That is tough! I love spinning and yoga because they challenge me on so many levels. In both classes you need to have your mind and body ready to go, which can be a challenge. But on a daily basis I like to do some form of cardio and body resistance work.
Q: When and how often do you workout?
I am a morning girl all the way! If I don’t knock it out I usually find a reason (aka excuse) to not workout. Depending on my schedule, if I am training for a race or any other goals, I workout four to six days a week.
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