Because working on you is good for you.
Whether it’s working out or working on you, health has been a big topic amongst my family these past couple weeks. I’m not sure if it’s about being in your 20’s or if it’s just my personal world – but taking care of my health has been on the forefront and it’s there to stay. Health [in my mind] looks like a lot of different things; whether it’s emotional health, spiritual health, physical health – so many different things contribute to one’s all over healthy goal. In this post, I wanted to break down what health means to me–my personal routine, my workout routine, and health. After that – I’ll be dishing my favorite workout brands at Nordstrom and why. So let’s go.
H E A L T H:
What I’m putting into my body on a daily basis:
- Water – I notice a dramatic change in brain fogginess, and my skin, hair, etc. when I’m hydrated. I even sleep better when I’ve gotten my full water intake. I’m quite the coffee drinker, so the more the caffeine (or alcohol), the more I double the water. For me personally, carrying around water bottles helps me meet goals; otherwise I just simply forget to drink up.
- My Daily Vitamins & Supplements – these include a multiple vitamin, fish oil, b12, milk thistle, and probiotics. I use Care/Of Vitamin packs and I love them!
- Lots of Proteins and Vegetables – my meals are always focused around a protein and a vegetable. I know it sounds boring (and let’s be honest – it is), but I truly feel the best when I stick to this regimen.
- Avocado: a lot of it. Good fats are good for you and they fill me up; I love avocados and the benefits they contain for my skin!
What I try to avoid eating on a daily basis:
- Sugar. Although I love myself a Pillsbury cinnamon roll or cookie or 2 or 5 (ha), I know disease and cancer primarily feed off of sugars in our body; plus it sticks to our figures too. I really struggle with this around “that time of month” but other than that – I try to not eat too many fruits (they break down into sugar) or keep any products with sugar in my apartment. When I have them around, I’ll snack on them immediately.
- Bread. Reducing bread in my diet probably has more impact on my figure than anything else. On top of that – reducing bread also has huge effects on my everyday health. Within the first 20 minutes after I eat bread, I instantly fall into a sleepy fatigue. After cutting down on gluten 3 or 4 years ago, bread is something I’ve tried to stay away from due to the effects it has on my body. However, I will splurge on an occasional thin-crust pizza 🙂
- Unhealthy Snacks. I’ve noticed once I start, I can’t stop – so I usually just eat 2 1/2 – 3 large meals a day, sans snacking. This is personal, however, as what I usually choose to snack on is unhealthy and again – once I start I can’t quite stop.
- Cheese. I still eat it; just not as much of it.
- Alcohol. Although I do love a crisp glass of vino, I limit drinking due to the way it makes me feel. The less I drink, I’ve noticed the better my figure and the better I feel.
My emotional and spiritual health on a daily basis: They say emotions and stress are some of the biggest causes of diseases that wreck your health. What to do to avoid it? Laughter, joy and peace are a few of goals I’ve made for 2019 – as emotional well-being is something that can be overlooked or forgotten in the middle of so much visible success. For me personally, here are some of the ways I maintain a healthy mind and healthy life.
- I pray every single day. It’s the first thing I do and I use a prayer journal because it’s meditative and I read the Bible because it’s encouraging. On days I miss this routine, the entire day is out of whack and it’s obvious the reason why.
- I fill my life with people who make me laugh. I love to be around people who make me laugh– whether it’s friends or family time. But if you ask me what the number one thing I look for in a prospective boyfriend (my answer is Jesus #1 duh), it’s that he can make me laugh or laugh alongside me.
- I listen to podcasts & music that soothe my soul. I’ve noticed anxious thoughts happen most when the world is so silent that my thoughts take over and are too loud. I love listening to encouraging podcasts; and a peaceful worship playlist for late nights.
My workout routine: Staying fit and active is so much more important than just having a body you’re confident about and feel good about. Staying active is a major part of a healthier you. It’s about feeding your cells with oxygen, letting them breathe and getting out and simply doing things.
- I take spin classes at RIDE between 3-4 times per week. I love the “challenge” associated with rhythm-based spin classes, and I believe the cardio increases dopamine, feeding creativity! For me personally, some of my best ideas are made in my mind in a spin class. Not joking!
- I walk every single day with Chloe. I add this in because I do believe walking (even if it’s not a lot) and staying active in the smallest way possible is important in keeping your mind and body healthy.
- Since things are so busy, I’ve had to forego it, but the other workout routine I love is Barre classes! It is so shaping and toning.
What I’m wearing while I’m at it: Although my fitness resolutions don’t change with the season, my gear does. I feel like January is the perfect time to freshen up on looking’ good while you’re working on feeling good. I live in an extremely casual city – where athleisure wear is the only wear – meaning I pretty much live in the below brands. And of course, when it comes to shopping at Nordstrom for activewear (it’s a really good idea with those free shipping and returns) – I’ve learned a thing or two about my favorite brands Nordstrom carries and why. Here goes:
- Outdoor Voices – hands down my favorite workout brand; the leggings are perfect for spin classes and I love their company and what they stand for. If you haven’t tried their Athena crop or their high-waisted leggings yet, put them on your list! The leggings are not pictured above, but you can definitely find their pieces through my Instagram and pages of my blog.
- Zella – the most bang-for-your-buck kind of gear at Nordstrom. The Zella high-waisted legging starts at $54 and is probably one of the cheapest high-quality leggings at Nordstrom. I love this set by Zella – it fits so well and is so comfy! My only complaint is that the black high-waisted pair collects lint easily.
- Al0 – the chic-est of them all, this yoga brand (fit for yoga; but can stretch to other routines) also does the trick for me when it comes to their tops and sports bras + these really cute ripped leggings.
Photos by Jordan Afshin.
Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.