I’ve disovered two great things to share with you this week:
ONE: a great explanation of “Clean Eating”:
“I stand by the principle of clean eating. I think there are a lot of benefits to eating foods as close to their natural form as possible. The more processing that occurs the less what your eating resembles an actual food, and the more it resembles some sort of science project. Loads of salt, sugar, additives, and chemicals we can’t even pronounce are added in to many processed foods, and the results can be scary.” Megan, munchercruncher.blogspot.com.
To that I would add Dr. Phil’s directive – shop the perimeter of the store!
TWO: a wonderful photo to share with you this week that presents weight in muscle and weight in body fat in the same person. I am not posting it here and do want to share when you come in for sessions this week. It will give you understanding of why the scale should not be your only measuring device for health and fitness.
TIP: Have a smart amount of grains for breakfast, and right before you eat, walk your dog or walk or complete 30 jumping jacks and get that metabolism started for the day!
This past weekend, a certain toddler and I built a story and a dance wherein we imitated lizards, moving on all fours close to the floor. She was really good at it and I got a workout. (Check out “All Fours Fitness”.) As in Yoga we are inspired by Nature to move and extend ourselves in other strong and fluid ways.
Core strength is demanded and strengthened as the body moves itself along “unconventionally” to our conditioning. We bring “movement” inside ourselves, not relegating it to the limbs only; it is CORE MOVEMENT, and in the process of this type of exercise we really become fluid – lizard like!
BTW: along with insects, lizards like to eat fruits and plants. We, as well, can support our flexibility with fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Chef Barbara shares a recipe below that is simple, inexpensive and delicious. Enjoy!
Drain and flake:
2 cups canned salmon
1/2 cup matzo meal (kosher section @ Publix)
2 beaten eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp paprika
Form these ingredients into cakes. Saute in oil until brown.
My friend, Donna, shared with me a blog post via Dr. Christiane Northrup on Facebook. The post is entitled, “An Open Letter to the Fat Girl I Saw at Hot Yoga in New York City” (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/ftk/?p=1675). It is entertaining and dear, and I share, particularly, these statements:
‘I remind myself that this body is not some shabby rental. It is home … It is more than home. It is more than where I live. It is me.’
A few of my clients ventured further this week in their fitness experience, from “I can feel my muscles performing this exercise” to “I feel my strength!” This is one of the big bonuses of healthy, challenging movement, and sometimes it is the difference between feeling “okay” about ourselves and feeling empowered!
Our physical bodies reflect who we are, and if the read is “strong” there is no doubt about it, is there? Who would have known that reverse pushups on the suspended rings and the electric blue straps would create grins and positive exclamations? ‘Nothing like a new toy in the studio to bring about surprise and excitement, as well as a refreshed understanding of ourselves!
Fun Fitness – Fantastic Food – Frankly, FIERCE!
Nutritional Tip: Saute’ whatever vegetables you have in a large skillet. Add seasonings and maybe low sodium broth, and simmer just a bit. ‘Can be used for any meal or snack and feels/tastes so good! (Olive Oil, Garlic, Onions, Celery, small amount of Carrots, a small Potato or Sweet Potato. Add Zucchini chunks, thinly sliced Pepper, and a few greens for the last few minutes, and maybe some Rosemary. A few Tablespoons of Corn or maybe a half cup rinsed, canned Beans is good too.) Play with it. Make it just right for YOU!
When I was eight months pregnant with my first child, I approached doorways, wondering if I could fit through. Thankfully, I had gained weight, although my awareness of my proportions was distorted. I share this because I often witness clients and friends in a negative attitude or hesitance regarding the mass of their bodies.
If “thoughts become things” and we believe that we create our reality, do we suggest that this stops just short of our physical boundaries?
Just as important as quality nutrition and exercise, a healthy self image impacts and creates our physical manifestation. Maybe the following affirmations are helpful:
“I appreciate every part of my physical self. No part is an ‘it’ – something that needs fixing or changing. It is all ‘me’, and in that respect I begin a new conversation with my personal physical ‘community’, speaking thoughts/words of respect, kindness and love.”
“As I move I feel my very bones and joints “joining” in pure cooperation. I feel my muscles contracting and extending to bring about my intentions. I realize the magic in all this.”
“As I choose clothing and footwear I look for comfort and the most becoming selections. I enjoy the plethora of possibilities and the many ‘costumes’ I can create.”
“As I nourish myself, I select the very best; I explore to find my favorite tastes; I fuel myself appropriately, because I care for ME.”
“I inhabit myself totally. I view myself positively. I have a joyful pride in my physical self as I interract with the greater community beyond.”
Clients and Friends, please share a favorite affirmation of your own!
One of the most rewarding pieces of weight lifting is SEEING the muscle in its sculpted definition – the beautiful roundness of the upper arm as the deltoids display, and we excitedly look for sleeveless apparel to wear.
Then there is the awareness of the “good sore”, that bit of sensation we FEEL the day after hanging out in a wall sit for a few repetitions, an initial CONNECTION with the muscles in the fronts of our thighs.
Suddenly, one day, as we progress through a Pilates segment, we FEEL the actual contractions of the oblique muscles; and it is here, not through pain or soreness or visual evidence, that we are CONNECTING with our body’s magnificence. It is not direction we give and the body responds; it is our COMMUNITY OF ONE, merged in movement and power. In this moment, how can we help but love ourselves?
This is a year for Fascination, don’t you think?