We need Proteins, Fats, Carbs, (these three together are sometimes called macronutrients because we need large portions of them - macro) and water. How confusing is that? I hope that it’s not. These simple elements are the building blocks that our bodies use to energize, rebuild, detox, and heal. Let’s just take a look at each of these elements individually and then we can put them together into the perfect feast for the tastebuds.
Are Fad Diets Safe?
This week we’ve been focusing on fad diets. We’ve all tried them with little to no success. But before we talk about the positives and the negatives, let’s actually define a fad diet. During my research I found many definitions out there, but they all say basically the same thing:
Summer is here, and for many women, it is the most dreaded time of the year. Not so much because of the heat, but because of the fashions, and most of all, the swimming pools and beach days. Around spring break every year, it seems all of the gyms start telling us that we need to get our bodies swimsuit ready. Mind you, they (whoever they are) have never seen us, but it’s safe to assume that however you look, it’s not good enough. If you don’t start trying now, your summer is ruined. If you haven’t kicked yourself into high gear by mid-May, never fear, because there are last minute cleanses that are guaranteed to help you “lose the weight fast.” How you feel in the process isn’t really the concern, according to popular #fitspo, “pain is weakness leaving the body.” The ONLY thing that should matter to you is that you aren’t good enough no matter where you are, and you should buy this to make you better!
It’s exhausting. . .
Okay, so friends this week we're talking about summer and the need to change up our summer skincare and haircare routines. Obviously, the clothing that we wear gets adjusted for the summer months. But did you know that you should change out much of your skin and hair products as well?
One of the main points on which almost everyone seems to agree is to create a program with a start, a finish, and specific steps. Don’t offer anything open ended. So I avoided offering you exactly what I really wanted to give. Another point that all the cool people say is imperative is that my offers MUST be authentic and in alignment with who I am and what I believe. I decided that latter was more important to me than the former. So I’m about to ignore what everyone says and will soon be offering an *GASP* open ended program.
Did you know that our unconscious daily habits add up to be the single biggest factor in our overall health? If you’re really honest with yourself, how much time do you spend carefully considering what you are going to do today?
Pilates once said, “After 10 sessions, you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a brand new body.” Those are pretty bold claims, but I can honestly say that after two weeks, I did notice a difference.
It took me months before I could just sit on a bench near the sandy square that was usually the site of the local boules game and enjoy myself. I walked daily from elementary school to elementary school, just breathing in the atmosphere. I learned all of the scents along my path. I began to distinguish the ones that I liked from the ones that I did not.
As Ironman Texas 2016 gets closer, I can’t help but reminisce about my experiences last year. At this time in April, I was riding a long ride of 80-100 miles on Saturdays followed by a 12-15 mile run on Sunday, and running a long run of 17-20 miles every other Wednesday.
Well, it’s Spring! And every Spring I get the itch to travel somewhere warm. I know that I'm not alone in this. It's a pretty common response to being indoors all winter. So I thought that for this blog, I'd share some of my favorite places that I've visited