Once upon a time I was a devout processed food junkie who detested the idea of healthy eating. Today I eat healthy all day, every day. I don’t have ‘cheat days’, count calories or worry about my weight, and I never have to say no to dessert. It’s been a complete 180. Becoming a healthy foodie is one of the best things that I ever did for myself. It’s part of my self-love language; my body deserves to be fed with love. And it’s allowed me to thrive with Graves Disease, something I never could have imagined 4 years ago.
I could have made this transition sooner. If only I had known how easy and fulfilling healthy eating could be. I believed that a healthy lifestyle was built on sacrifices, but in actually it’s built on adjustments. There were so many healthy eating myths that held me back for years… that hold many of us back from making the switch to a healthier lifestyle. It’s time we shatter those misconceptions and move forward (with a healthy body and a happy sweet tooth).
Here are 5 Healthy Eating Myths that are Holding You Back:
With fall slowly slipping through our fingers it’s time to load up on tons of root veggies, winter squash and all of the goodies that autumn harvest has to offer. I’ve been on a huge carrot binge (thanks to a bountiful harvest) but I think it’s time to move on to other orange friends, like the beautiful sweet potato.
Sweet potatoes have almost twice as much vitamin A as carrots! On top of that you’ve got tons of vitamin C, manganese, copper and lots of B vitamins! These lovely tubers have anti-inflammatory properties, may help to improve blood sugar levels and (my favourite part) they’re freaking delicious! Especially when you bake ’em and stuff ’em with extra yum (foreshadowing!)
And just when we thought things couldn’t get any more awesome, it turns out that eating sweet potatoes with a good fat (like fan favourite avocado) allows you to absorb even more of that awesome fat soluble vitamin A.
With all of this in mind I got to creating! I’m happy to present you with these super yum Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (complete with avocado):
Life is strange… It’s strange because shit happens, things blindside you and sometimes there are no right answers and no clean outcomes. It’s certainly strange for a plethora of other reasons; our very existence is strange if you stop and consider it… but I digress. Today I’m focused on that no right answer, sudden happenstance strangeness that occasional blinds many of us. Those moments when finding gratitude seems impossible.
We all know what to do when life gives you lemons, but what about when life gives you carrots? You make carrot soup of course!
Have you ever dreamed of making a huge change? Felt the need to pursue your passions in your gut? The scary desire to flip your world on it’s head? Many of us have been there, but finding the courage to pursue a new path can be difficult.
The lovely Kaye Hudson knows exactly what that’s like! This amazing wellness warrior realized that her acting career was no longer fulfilling. She was passionate about health and nutrition and felt a deep desire to pursue those interests and build a new career.
Today she is a graduate of the University of Westminster, London. She has a Bachelors in Biological Science (with honours). Her tenacity has allowed her to achieve her dreams. Her business, Health and Hudson, allows her to design and present nutrition workshops, run boot camps (this amazing woman is also a fitness instructor) and run a nutritional consultancy service.
Kaye’s story will not only inspire you to follow your dreams, it will inspire you to care for your incredible body, treat it with kindness and provide it with the best possible fuel.
Without further ado, I am so pleased to introduce you to Health-Esteem Queen Kaye:
I’m the girl that gets crazy excited about food! I’m always eager to try new things and create new recipes. And when I have the opportunity to do both – HEAVEN! Enter kohlrabi and the kohlrabi fritters that followed!
I have a treat for you! Today I’m calling on my favourite Essential Oils Educator, fellow Graves Warrior, and Health-Esteem sister Misty Totzke to share her experiences and wisdom regarding essential oil uses for emotional balance. Negative emotions can be good for you (learn more here) and it is incredibly important that we sit with our emotions, listen to what they are telling us and move forward… but while heavy emotional states are great learning opportunities, we cannot live there. And essential oils are one tool that we can tap into when we’re ready to move forward.
Without further ado, I’ll let lovely Misty take the wheel and share her goodness! Let’s learn all about essential oil uses and how they can help with our emotional balance. Thanks Misty!
My idea of heaven is chocolate and peanut butter. They were made for each other and I was made to adore them! So I decided to christen my new tart pans by honouring my love of peanut butter and chocolate and creating giant chocolate peanut butter cups (best idea ever!)
You store these babies in the freezer, so you can take your time eating them if you’d like… savour the heck out of them. And know that if you do that you have far more self-control than I (they lasted a day in my house).
Here’s how you can make your own!
Are you on a pursuit of happiness? Do you strive to create a foundation of joy and gratitude and greet the world with a smile on your face? I certainly do and I think that this ideal is fairly popular, especially among the wellness community.
And how could it not be? Happiness feels good! A positive outlook is good for you. Emotional vitality and a sense of optimism can help you to avoid and/or manage illnesses like heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and depression (source).
But there’s something to be said about emotional balance. It is impossible to live a life where you never feel negative emotions. Sadness, anger, fear, anxiety… these are inevitable facts of life. The question is, can negative emotions be good for you?