Hi, so I never really do posts like this - as I'm more concerned with mental, emotional, spiritual, and environmental health. But it's the truth that much of that stems from what we put into our bodies and how we treat ourselves on a physical level. I gave up alcohol and sugar. Here's what happened.
First of all, let me be the first to admit that I was a dancer for 18 years. Since I was 3-years-old until my second year of college and I was ridden with body images, staring at my ass in the mirror, weighing myself, counting calories - all the psychotic sh*t you can imagine. I was 110% a victim of it. It has been a life-long process to understand what works for me and my body and a major process of elimination. It wasn't until I went to school in Italy and moved to Hawaii did I see health and nourishment in a new way. I had to develop a love affair with food and a nurturing approach to my body...and mind.
#1 I gave up as much sugar as I could.
I went on a retreat with SuperShe hosted by Kristina Roth and our in-house nutritionist named Lana Mikeeva (an Olympic Gymnast). When they told me we were going alkaline & giving up sugar completely I was like a kid at fat camp hoarding dark chocolates and mac nuts in my backpack. She told me we weren't even going to have carrots or beets because they were vegetables high in sugar. This meant, no fruit, no caffeine, no bread, no dessert, all I heard was a bunch of NO's and by the end of the week I was stoked saying HELL YES because I had never felt so good. We ate all organic, whole nutritious meals to give us long-lasting energy for our Hawaii activities like surfing, hiking, yoga, running. To my surprise, I stuck with it... I wasn't trying to lose weight but I slimmed down majorly, my energy was and is longer lasting, and the best part of it all - I don't have any weird cravings ever...
#2 I gave up alcohol, for the most part.
After the retreat, my friend Catherine Aeppel and I went on a 2-month road trip and we decided to kick alcohol to the curb, eat out at farm-to-table, vegan, and otherwise cook for ourselves on the road. We did it! With the exception of a few crazy nights out in Montauk. The nights that we had a glass of wine or two at dinner, neither of us could sleep and had headaches the next morning... it was as if we sent our bodies into shock with the sugar overload. I was and am self-conscious giving up booze because it is such a major part of socializing, but honestly over-doing it on alcohol never was and isn't for me. I don't get excited when I hear margarita, I just hear gut rot, headache, and hangover. But, don't judge me if you find me out taking a tequila shot on my vacation to Mexico...
#3 I stick with work-outs that work for me.
If it isn't fun, I'm not going to do it. To me, that's not a sustainable model - waking up at the ass crack of dawn to get yelled at by a fitness coach. My go-to is yoga, and typically hot yoga. It helps me with everything in my life: breathing, meditating, relaxing, moving every inch of my body and so I can stay lean & mean when I get into the ocean. It's hard for me to go a single day without doing something, but I will typically rest one day out of the week.
5 Days/Week HOT YOGA
2 Days/Week SURF (weather permitting)
3 Days/Week 3 MILE RUN (I stick to low mileage these days to save my knees & joints, I stretch before and after)
1-2 Days/Week HIKE
#4 I cook at home.
Shopping list and meals at home:
Organic Buckwheat, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Chick Peas, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Butternut Squash, Raddichio, Avocados, Organic Sourdough Bread, Icelandic Salt, Coconut Oil, Organic Eggs, Goddess Dressing, Soy Sausage, Kale, Arugula, Apples, Almond Butter, Red Potatoes, Mushrooms, Sauerkraut, Tamari/Soy Sauce, Lemons, Nutritional Yeast, Maca Powder, Cinnamon, Chia Seeds, Coconut Milk, Blueberries, Tumeric, Caffeine Free Chai Tea, Fair Trade Coffee.
2 Pieces of Toasted Sourdough Bread spread with Coconut Oil topped with Fresh Cracked Pepper and Icelandic Salt and a cup of coffee. (Light)
One Fried Egg in Coconut Oil on top of cooked Buckwheat topped with Arugula and Sauerkraut. (High Energy)
Chia Seed Pudding soaked overnight in Coconut Milk topped in the morning with Cinnamon, Maca Powder, Diced Almonds, Blueberries, and Almond Butter.
Sauteed Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Squash, Mushrooms, Soy Sausage seasoned with salt, pepper, Herbs Provence on top of a large bed of greens covered in Fresh Squeezed Lemon and Icelandic Salt.
Diced and Baked Red Potatoes, Purple Potatoes, Onion, and Butternut Squash. Cooked Quinoa mixed with Tumeric and Nutritional Yeast. Poached Egg. Topped with a drizzle of Goddess Dressing.
Fruit or Tea with Honey.
Popcorn cooked on the stove or almonds.