Friday, July 10, 2015

Favorite Pin Friday | Volume 14

Hi lovely readers! I’m so glad you’re still following me and if you’re new to Lexi & Lady, welcome! Today’s post is pretty long so sit down, relax, and enjoy the topic of wellness.

As women I feel we sometimes get bogged down in the daily grind. Not saying men don’t have similar circumstances, but hey most of my reader are women so today is about you! I categorize wellness into 3 pieces; food/nutrition, physical fitness, and mental wellness.

Let’s start with food. Ever eat a cookie, piece of cake, bowl of ice cream and then think WHYYYYYY did I just do that!? I’m guilty, but every now and then you deserve a treat. I’m always perusing Pinterest for meal ideas and often times I’m searching for healthy options because I’m beginning to see food as fuel for my body. Having a positive relationship with food is key. Emotional and/or boredom eaters often eat dessert, snack endlessly, indulge in an extra helping of pasta, and lick the plate clean pretty often. Emotional eaters turn to food for comfort or as a stress reliever, but the truth is, it doesn’t fix anything. In fact, afterwards emotional eaters feel guilty. Boredom eaters…well good luck. My suggestion is to find more stimulating activities! Here are a few “healthy” recipes I ran across this week.

Earth Bowl Salad w/ Smokey Candied Walnuts and Basil Vinaigrette | Iowa Girl Eats
Roasted Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Noodles w/ Bacon, Crushed Pecans, & Spinach | Inspiralized
Sweet & Sour Thai Carrot and Cucumber Noodle Salad | peas & crayons

Physical fitness…now I’m not talking about being a body builder or a marathon runner. If you want to do that, more power to you and I salute you because I do not aspire to be either. What I mean by physical fitness in association to wellness is get up and move. Take a walk around the office to clear your mind and get some blood flowing. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours has been proven to be unhealthy. Take the dog for a walk, play with your kids at the park rather than watching them play, go to a yoga or pilates class, stretch at home. There are a million and one ways to stay active. Pinterest can help with this too! Tons of links to workout routines, YouTube videos, and fitness gurus with great websites full of information. Here’s a few beginner ideas.

Quick-Start Morning Workout

Lastly, mental wellness. This is where I refer back to the “bogged down” feeling. Endless to-do lists, responsibilities, expectations, etc. They all eat away at your soul! Take a minute for you! Especially the moms who are reading today, I know you really need this one. There are several ways I focus on mental wellness for myself. Take time to be alone with your thoughts without distractions. Why not have a lunch date with a good friend who makes you laugh. There is nothing more relaxing than laughter. Have an area near you with antique stores, little boutique shops, why not go explore by yourself. Get a massage or a pedicure. Identify what makes you calm, gives you clarity and a chance to reboot. Do it!

I know this post was long today, but I felt like it was needed. Many of my friends have expressed the overworked and “I’m too busy” feeling to me lately and it made me think taking care of yourself should be priority.

Until next post…xoxo Becca

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