Q&A Monday

Small Steps to a Healthy Routine

 “What are some small steps I can take to start making eating healthy a routine?”

The urge to eat healthy can easily come and go.  Often when we begin we are so excited about it but eventually that excitement fades away.  It’s natural but can be very discouraging when we are trying to find long-term wellness.  Here are three steps to get started right away:

Step One:  Look at the big picture.  It’s important to look at everything you are doing.  During this step, don’t judge yourself, just start to become aware.  Notice your eating habits; do you tend to eat more around certain people or around certain times of the day?  Do you tend to over eat certain foods/drinks?  Notice your stress levels; what causes or makes you stressed?  How does overeating, bad foods, stress make you feel physically and emotionally? Remember, this is not the time to get down on yourself or beat yourself up.  Just notice your routines.

Step Two:  What are your top five go-to overeating stress foods/drinks/negative actions?  Now pick one and eliminate it.  Start with just one thing. Don’t worry about anything else.  Just focus on eliminating that one thing from your routine.   Try to eliminate this from your diet for 2-3 weeks and see if you start to notice a difference in your body, physically and emotionally.  For example, if you are a heavy soda drinker and you find yourself drinking soda every day around 3:00 in the afternoon, for 2-3 weeks try to replace soda with lemon water or herbal tea.  Set yourself a reminder at 2:55 so you stay strong and do not give in.  The hardest part will be to break the routine, so by replacing it with something healthy, it can make it a little less challenging.

Step Three: Once you have successfully eliminated that one thing move onto another unhealthy routine.  Ice cream before bed? Smoking while driving? Whatever it is for you!

Remember that sometimes when we focus smaller victories we are more inclined to stay on the path to wellness.  It is easier to eliminate one bad habit at a time then all of them at once.

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Q&A Monday

Hitting The Weight Loss Plateau

In case you did not know, I started a Q&A Monday!

Every Monday I will be answering your questions.  I’m so excited about this first one:

“How do you jump start the plateau? What healthy ways can help when I get to a weight loss stop sign?”

Find my A to the Q here:

Have a question? Email me at brittanyraeyoga@gmail.com or leave a comment below and I will answer on the next Q&A Monday!

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10 Reason Why I Detox Seasonally

1.) Energy

It seems that with each change of season on comes the colds, allergies and exhaustion. By eating clean, practicing yoga and meditation, I am able to gain my energy back and kick that exhaustion to the curb.

2.) To remove any toxins I’ve created from eating processed and sugar filled foods

Wheat, dairy, sugar, fast food, red meat…we all know it’s not good for us yet they are just SO HARD to resist (thanks to scientists who make them irresistible, read Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss). Sometimes I wish I didn’t love baking so much, but it is a hobby and I will never be able to give up cupcakes so detoxing helps me remove some of the sugar and toxic foods I’ve digested during my baking filled days.

3.) To find peace and calm

When I detox, I meal prep which saves a huge amount of time in the long run. I’m not rushing in to the morning to get my meals ready for work because my breakfast and lunch are already made thanks to meal prepping. One less thing to worry about.

4.) To find a sense of self-worth

As humans, even more as women, we put ourselves down daily, hourly! During the detox week you feel so amazing about what you are doing for yourself it is so hard to put yourself down. In fact, you’ll be struttin’ your stuff from feeling so amazing. Work it girl!

5.) To lose a few pounds and feel lighter

Back to the whole cupcake thing — they certainly do not make me feel light, at all. Eating a week’s worth of clean, nutritious foods makes me feel full, nourished and light! Buh Bye bloating! See you never.

6.) To let go of things I don’t need in my life (mentally and physically)

Through meditation, yoga and journaling, stuff will start to brew. Emotions will rise and come to the surface. This is the PERFECT time to scrape those emotions away and start fresh. To heal through them and grow. Transformation is amazing.

7.) To test my willpower (ohhh yess)

Temptations are all around. And I have like zero willpower, which is why I need a solid plan covering ALL aspects. When I follow a plan exactly, I am setting myself up for success!

8.) To help with breakouts and skin issues

We all want that GLOW. Wheat, dairy and sugar are so harsh for your skin. They cause major breakouts, overly oily or overly dry skin and rashes. When you eat a clean diet your skin will glow, shine and sparkle!

9.) Awareness

I am most aware of how much toxins I have taken during the first 2 days of the detox. Headaches are all to common during the first two days as your body goes through sugar and caffeine withdrawals. Day three you’ll feel amazing and you will really become aware of what those nasty things do to your body.

10.) Happiness

When we are energized, eating clean, active, glowing and aware we naturally become HAPPY! Day four and five you will be high-fiveing anyone who comes your way. I always feel so proud of what I have accomplished and I just want everyone else to feel the same way! It’s contagious.

Interested in doing a detox? Check out the 3 Day Soul Cleanse!