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How to get re-motivated to work out

Re-motivated to workout

Life happens and sometimes you get out of a groove with your workout routine and lose the will to want to work out. There are many reasons why we lose motivation to workout stress, depression, busy, whatever the case may be we all get off the track sometimes with staying in shape.

 I have a few tips to get the motivation back to working out:

  • Go with a friend! Usually, if I arrange a workout with a friend I will commit to doing the workout and won’t flake.
  • Go in the morning before you do anything else you will feel amazing for the rest of the day.
  • If you use a calendar schedule it like a task so you feel obligated to do it also it will become routine.
  • Start small commit to 10 minutes a day to start and increase until you can do at least 30 min a day.
  • Mix it up and try different workouts trying something new is a good way to keep things exciting and fun.

 

Those are my favorite tips to get back motivated to working out on a regular basis and become recommitted to keeping up your fitness routine. It can be hard and sometimes we all fall off but you can get back on track using one of the above tips. I hope you try these when you feel you’re in a fitness slump or just need a bit more motivation!

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Fruit & Vegetable colors explained- Eating color for good health

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If you are into healthy living like me you understand that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is critical to optimal body function. I make it a point to have a very colorful diet. What does that mean? Weekly I try to incorporate red, green, yellow, neutral and blue-ish/purple foods into my diet. Here is a breakdown of the different colors and their importance to your health. Read below:

Red foods such as beets, berries, apples, peppers and tomatoes contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant known to decrease certain cancer risks, reduce the risk of heart diseases and help memory and urinary tract function.

Purple and blue foods like blueberries (which I eat every day!), blackberries,grapes,purple cabbage, figs, and eggplant contain resveratrol, which is known to reduce the risk of certain cancers and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Yellow and orange foods such as carrots, peppers, yellow tomatoes, squash, and mango contain carotenoids. These are crucial to maintaining a healthy immune system. These contain Alpha & Beta-carotene as antioxidants, beta carotene helps mop up free radicals that may promote cancer. Alpha-carotene intake has been linked with a reduced risk of various cancers, including lung and cervical.

Green veggies and fruit contain chlorophyll. Long list here, but my favorites are kiwi, cucumbers, broccoli, sprouts, kale, collard greens and spinach. The list of benefits is long, but includes strengthening teeth and bones, fortifying the immune system, alkalizing the body, and helping to reduce the risks of certain cancers.

Neutral colored foods work wonders, too, like mushrooms, ginger, turnips, garlic, cauliflower, and coconut. These are actually my personal favorite because of the benefits in reducing cancer risk. These foods contain Allicin which can prevent tumor growth. Also contains Anthoxanthins which aid in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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Quote of the day 1/18/17

You cannot out run your fork

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Greenleafgoddess 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge

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Greenleafgoddess 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge

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Hey Everyone! Welcome to the Greenleafgoddess 30 day clean eating challenge! I wanted to do this because I see a lot of “clean eating challenges” with false information or just telling you what you cannot eat but not outlining what you can which is A LOT! Food is not your enemy and I think that a lot of people do not get that you need to eat to live and be healthy the best way to do this is by eating 4-6 smaller meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism up or eat 3 really well-balanced meals you just have to find what works for you. On the list I made I put all the foods you can eat, foods to avoid, and foods to eat moderately that are CLEAN or cleaner than most. The only thing I have on this list that is mixed is Soy which has mixed research about its health benefits so I added it to the moderate category. Also, I want to stress that this challenge is NOT A DIET I do not believe in diets  I believe in changing your eating habits for a healthier lifestyle. Eating clean makes you feel your best so that you can live your best life and that is what matters. Since my journey of losing 130 pounds my eating has gotten cleaner and cleaner right now it is as clean as it gets and I feel great every day so I wanted to share this clean eating list for everyone. On my blog, you can find recipes that are clean for this journey and you also can change to make vegan or vegetarian if they are not already. Eating clean is a lot easier than you think if you focus on all the great things you can eat and create with the healthiest ingredients possible. Many “dirty” dishes can be made into a clean version i.e my Vegan chili cheese fries 😉 . So try this for 30 days and share this list, let me know how you feel !

 

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Taking care of you health is wealth for long life

Health is Wealth

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The Greenleafgoddesses definitive guide to healing your body when you have a cold

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So I got my first and usually only little cold of the year cold & flu season is upon us and there are things you can do to lessen your time being sick just by changing what you eat and drink. When I used to get sick I would be sick for 5-7 days when I wasn’t eating clean now a days my downtime for illness is 2-3 days max. This article is about healing as quickly as possible when you have a cold. I have tried and researched many things and these are my tips on how to heal your body with food & drink during sickness! I know many people including myself have no appetite when sick but if you try to incorporate as many healthy things when you do eat you will see a difference in how quickly your body recoups when you get ill. So next time you get sick try some of these tips, these tips can also be used as preventative care if you feel something coming and you want to lessen the symptoms.

(Note: I am not a doctor and you should always follow a doctor’s advice if they tell you something when you are sick, these tips are through my own trial and error when ill with colds and flu’s.)

 

Avoid:

  • Dairy! Dairy is a MAJOR congestant and will cause you to produce more mucus making you feel worse
  • Refined Sugar – Avoid all sweets when ill they just do not help your immune system
  • Sugary drinks – Like soda and juice eat an orange instead
  • Foods high in fat or overly processed
  • Working out – Contrary to popular belief working out especially when you have chest congestion can be really bad for you, take it easy and eat clean instead

 

 

   Eat & Drink:

 

  • Vegetable or Chicken broth preferably chicken broth
  • Green Vegetables like spinach( high in zinc) and kale
  • Vitamin C – Foods like Oranges,Lemons,Limes,Bell peppers
  • Zinc- Foods like Oysters,Shrimp,Flax Seeds,Pumpkin Seeds
  • Protein!
  • Tea- Green or herbal with honey and lemon for a extra boost
  • Ginger root
  • Spices like Turmeric,curry powder,red pepper flakes
  • A lot of water

 

Other:

 

  • Sleep! – Make sure to get adequate rest when ill and do not over do it even if you are feeling better while still sick. ( Also sleep a bit elevated to help drain mucus downward as you rest)
  • Steam and eucalyptus can help open nasal passages
  • Use new tissues and wash hands often

 

Cold killing cocktail:

(Note: Not a tasty drink but I drink one or two every time I am sick and feel better the next day)

2 cups of spinach

1- ½  cup of water

Ginger root

1 Orange peeled

A handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

Blend!

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