There is no such thing as the “perfect healthy lifestyle”. In fact, there really is no one size fits all when it comes to creating one. Your healthy balanced lifestyle should be as beautiful and unique as you are.
But don’t just take my word for it! Today I’m sharing a peek into the healthy lifestyle philosophies and experiences of Maryann Auger, the creator of Mani Fitness, a certified personal trainer, fitness coach and group fitness instructor. And, my favourite part, she’s a fellow self-love advocate and encourages her clients and followers to build their own unique, healthy balanced lifestyle too. No cookie cutter wellness ideals here!
Maryann’s beautiful advice on the importance of creating a healthy lifestyle that’s tailored to your own wants and needs is nothing short of inspiring. And something I think we all need to hear more often.
So I invited Maryann to share her personal experiences, healthy lifestyle struggles and advice. And you know I couldn’t help but ask for a delicious, healthy recipe too! This girl likes food yo!
So let’s talk with Maryann about healthy lifestyles, fitness, body positivity, food and more. Ready to have some fun?
Meet Maryann, personal trainer, fitness instructor, healthy balanced lifestyle advocate, YouTuber and all around sweetheart:
1. Tell us about your health philosophy.
I believe that there is more than one way to be healthy. We have to listen to our bodies and find what works best for US. No one will have the same workout routine, the same diet (diet as in what you eat not a restrictive, temporary regimen) or the same self-care routine.
It’s all about creating your own healthy balanced lifestyle. Something that makes sense for you. I also believe that the foundation of good health is self-love.
2. What’s your favourite part of your health-esteem journey so far?
Growing as a person and becoming confident in who I am! Practicing self-care, gratitude, eating nutritious foods and exercising has helped me become the best version of myself.
3. Why do you think self-love is an important aspect of someone’s health?
Self-love is important because it means you respect yourself. You respect yourself enough to make choices that will benefit you and make you feel good instead of the opposite. You treat yourself like you would a dear friend. We all deserve that!
4. What changes were necessary in order to achieve your state of self-love?
Working on changing my negative thoughts into positive ones. Saying affirmations until I believed they were true. Treating myself like I would a friend.
5. What inspired you to become the Healthy Foodie you are today?
Long story short, when I was younger (around 12 or 13) a family member commented on my weight as I was standing next to them. That comment and how it made me feel led me to obsess over my weight and build a really negative relationship with food and my body. I became so extreme with my diet and exercise. It really wasn’t what I’d call a healthy balanced lifestyle.
One day I went to a fast food place with my boyfriend before going to see a movie and after taking a few bites of a chicken sandwich I was hunched over in excruciating pain. That’s when I snapped out of it. I realized that what I was doing to myself wasn’t healthy. And that I shouldn’t be in pain after eating a chicken sandwich.
I suddenly felt inspired to create a balanced, fulfilling healthy lifestyle and stop focusing on numbers and restricting myself. The rest is history!
6. What motivated you to become a personal trainer?
I was always into health and fitness. When I was little I would watch cooking shows with my mom and play with my plastic kitchen and my plastic food. In school, I enjoyed any activities or classes that revolved around cooking, nutrition or physical activity. When we finally went to the school’s gym instead of playing team sports outside in PE, I felt like I was in my element. I enjoyed it and I was no longer that awkward girl that wasn’t good in sports.
In high school my dreams always involved becoming a dietitian or nutritionist and a personal trainer, mixing both of my passions. So I got to work, started chasing my dreams and became a certified personal trainer!
7. Any tips for those wishing to start a fitness routine?
Explore different things and get out of your comfort zone! Start by doing YouTube videos at home or go to your local gym, as they normally offer free orientations on basic programs. Try a group fitness class or join a yoga studio near you!
If you try new things you’ll find ways to be active that you actually enjoy. This helps you implement them to your life. And then you’ll have a fitness routine you love!
8. Why do you think it’s so important people aim to create a healthy balanced lifestyle?
Balance is unique for everyone and is super important! If you don’t have any balance, you won’t feel satisfied in other parts of your life, which doesn’t help you create something fulfilling or sustainable.
For example – for you, family time might be super important. If your workouts always take over that family time, you most likely won’t be very happy. That’s not sustainable or balanced.
9. What is a daily health ritual must?
Brushing my teeth and washing my face. I know it sounds simple but it helps me feel good and it’s good for my teeth and my skin!
10. What advice would you give for someone wishing to make some health invoking changes?
Do things one step at a time. When you try to do everything at once, you get overwhelmed and often give up.
For example, if you want to eat better that’s awesome! But start simple by adding more veggies to your meals. Once you nail that, you can focus on something else like adding more whole grain foods like bread, rice, etc. Little by little and you’ll go far.
11. What’s your biggest health misconception pet peeve?
That you need to do ONE specific thing like following that strict diet to be healthy or that particular workout program.
Nope! That’s not how it works. We’re all unique so different things will work for different people. That’s why I believe so much in customized programs and coaching.
12. What is your favourite health food staple?
Hemp hearts. They’re delicious, add a bunch of nutrients and create a creamy texture to so many different meals!
13. What’s your go to healthy snack?
Honestly, a bar. Something I can grab at any time or that I can easily place in my purse and gym bag. My favorite is Larabar! (Not sponsored by the way.)
14. What are 3 daily self-care activities you swear by?
Writing down 3 things I’m grateful for in my journal, meditating and reading before bed!
15. What does Health-Esteem mean to you?
It means doing things out of respect for yourself. For example, aiming for a balanced diet instead of restricting yourself and having negative feelings towards food. You wouldn’t want your best friend to feel like that so neither should you! We need to be kind to ourselves and treat ourselves with the same respect we give to those around us.
16. Please share a favourite healthy recipe
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Simple and simply delicious overnight oats recipe. Gluten free, dairy free, vegan and perfect for breakfast!
- 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
- 3/4 Cup Almond Coconut Milk Or Milk of Choice
- 1 Tbsp Cacao Powder
- 1 Tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter
- 1.5 Tbsp Honey Or Sweetener of Choice
- 1/2 Tbsp Flax Seeds Optional
- 1/2 Tbsp Hemp Hearts Optional
Add ingredients to a mason jar or container, mix together and leave in the fridge overnight.
(This is Sara taking back the wheel!) Thank you so much for sharing your journey, experiences and advice with us Maryann! Wasn’t this awesome guys?! It’s a powerful reminder that we should feel empowered to build a healthy lifestyle that works for us. Everyone’s journey is beautiful and unique!
What’s your favourite take away from Maryann’s Health-Esteem Queen interview? Any personal experiences you’d like to share? What advice would you give to someone wishing to build a healthy balanced lifestyle? Share all of your thoughts and feels with us in the comments below!
Health and love,
Thought of the day: You have the divine right to create a life that makes you feel awesome. Love yourself, take it one step at a time and you will go far!
Maryann Auger, the owner of Mani Fitness, is a certified personal trainer, fitness coach and group fitness instructor. She creates weekly Inspirational YouTube videos where she shares tips, tricks, experience and advice to help you build your healthy balanced lifestyle.
She’s a self-love advocate that strives to help people get fit while loving themselves and their balanced lifestyles. She loves her dog Zea, food, Disney movies and fantasy books.
You can find her goodness right here:
Get started on your healthy balanced lifestyle with Maryann’s awesome nutrition guide right here (or by clicking the image below).
The Nutrition Guide contains
- A look into intuitive and mindful eating
- Information on macronutrients (carbs, fat and protein including info on fiber, glycemic index, etc)
- Specifications on water intake
- What you need to know about micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) with extra information on the DRI (dietary reference intakes)
- Explanations on supplements like protein powder, Pre-workout and BCAA’s
- Tips on how to get the nutrients that you need with every meal (the balanced plate)
- Tips on how to read nutrition labels and ingredients list
- A guide on counting your calories, if you choose to, in a safe and effective way (with regards to fat loss or muscle gain)
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