Beautiful Body – Day 9 & 10

As you’re living through this challenge you might notice two things.

  1. First of all your personal life and BEAUTIFUL BODY challenge might collide. Making time to self-care, eat whole or workout daily can cause scheduling conflicts.
  2. Secondly, the honeymoon feeling and excitement of doing something new might have worn out and you may consider cutting corners.

Clutter, in the world of Feng Shui, represents a blockage of chi (qi) or energy flow. And almost everyone in the physiological world agrees that a untidy lifestyle  represents a busy busy mind.

Earlier I listed the names of two de-clutter gurus that I admire and follow Peter Walsh & Marie Knodo. Creating an atmosphere of success takes time because it causes you to address every area of your life. (Which I am still working on.)

My household is full of children (7 all mine) a husband (mine too) and I can’t handle a pet, yet. There’s schedules for every person and always a mountain of laundry but these de-clutter specialist are a wonderful  resource for me.

Foodie Fit: fresh farm to table.

Quality living takes time to develop but once you’ve achieved it guard it violently 🙂 Namaste

Dance Fit: my fave dance crew of all time. Motivation.

Everyday is a brilliant creation & every breath is a miracle.

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Beautiful Body – Day 7 & 8

Think about the last place you shopped or ate at… Was it clean? The chances are that you would have walked out if there was rude  service or a dirty environment. Your subconscious is drawn towards beauty, symmetry, organization and design. I say subconscious because most times you don’t even know that it’s happening.

Now think about your  meals. When you look at your lunch does it make you happy? The term “Spark Joy” is from a book by Marie Knodo but it got me thinking about every aspect of life. Does my food spark joy?

I appreciate kawaii food styling and it might seem like too much extravagance but it does something for the mind. It makes one feel happy.

Foodie Fit: here’s Ochikeron using kawaii meal prep with a western lunch box.

I’m a foodie going into fitness therefore my approach to food is different.

Dance Fit: Zumba’s Loretta Bates breaking it down for us. 💃🏽

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Beautiful Body – Day 5 & 6

Eating clean, going organic, meal prep are examples of lifestyle choices. They say that much of our diseases today are preventable. If that’s the case then what are we doing to add vitality, energy & beauty?

Side note: I use to work as a chiropractic assistant and noticed that over time a person could change the health of their body. After awhile I catagorized the patients into two groups the Doers and Do Not.

Doers: took the advice given, made changes, finished their treatment & I never saw them back. They often looked at their situation as a wake-up call and made some drastic changes. They only returned if they wanted maintenance care.

Do Not: crew wanted the doctor to fix them, didn’t know how they became unhealthy, didn’t change their lifestyle and wanted a perscription instead of adopting healthy habits. Even after the doctor tried 1:1 coaching.

If you’re reading this then you are a Doer. We are walking this path together and you have arrived just in time. 💙

Make space for your healthy habits to thrive. Much like the food board you created on DAY 3 & 4 you will need a visual reminder of your choices.

  • A basket or bin in the fridge or pantry makes it easy.
  • Prevents you from grazing into other foods that are on the no list.
  • Trains our brains to stay focused.
  • Works well in shared spaces.

Sabotage yourself into success! Minimize obstacles or remove them.

Foodie Fit: pasta alternatives while shopping at a local Korean store.

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Dance Fit: I like how Zumba brings people together from all over the world.

You’re not alone. Comment if you want feedback during your journey. 😃

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Beautiful Body – Day 3 & 4

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Welcome to a healthier, sexier & vibrant you 💚. The action of you taking time to read this blog and share its content is already a step in the right direction. The goal of BEAUTIFUL BODY challenge is to workout your organs. Yes I said organs. Did you know that the your digestive system deserves a regular fitness schedule.

Fitness for the organs? Everything you chew & swallow puts your esophagus, digestive enzymes & colon (the list goes on) into a synchronized routine of movement.

It’s pure genius, our internal system.

Eating Clean is the simplest non-diet program that anyone can incorporate into a busy lifestyle. It’s reconnecting to food and the gifts of nature & life. Everything you consume should be…

  • Simple, from farm to table
  • Raw, whole a.k.a. real food
  • Minimally processed & lightly handled
  • Void of preservatives or additives
  • Foods your grand or great-grand parents would recognize

Meal Prep is important when adopting this lifestyle because it’s not as easy to find whole-meals-on-the-go. And in a perfect world we could get our entire family involved but that might not happen today. Until then, start simple and begin with your meals. (Many of the women I coach & mentor have separate space in their fridge & cabinants just for them.)

Foodie Fit: This is a vlog I made for you, it has five (5) tips to make shopping easy.

Good food is a great workout for your digestive system. It will thank you by giving you energy & vitality.

Dance Fit: I got a real retro feeling with this one but I’m sure you can rock it at home 🙂

Confession, once you start incorporating clean eating you might notice regular fast foods might make you sick. I went out with my Ohana (family) and bit into a burger… OMG I felt like a oily & gross mess. My stomach was NOT happy with me. Almost as if it was saying, “Where’s the love? Why are you feeding me this junk!”

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My new fave in the kitchen. It saves me time and it was under $30 at the time of purchase. Watch the Foodie Fit vlog to find out more.

Beautiful Body – Day 1 & 2

 

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I have to be honest with you all because there’s a part of me that’s saying, “What are you getting yourself into?” Writing regular, putting what I teach & share in my classes on a blog for all to see! Here’s my Why Story – my sister had a series of intense chemo treatments (read her story here) and couldn’t Zumba with me for awhile. So I decided to post it in order for her to access them at her convience but I’m learning that this can help others in transition.

This is part two, BEAUTIFUL BODY, clean eating for a better future. In the coming weeks we will address a few changes that I know will benefit all of us. And don’t worry it will be gradual because good habits take time.

We’re going to demystify clean eating and simplify it to fit our lifestyles.

(Part one was – BEAUTIFUL MIND)

Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes and not intended to treat any disease. Please consult your physician. (Technical stuff.)

To get started…

  1. Start a Pinterest board of new healthy recipes. You can call it BEAUTIFUL BODY (Here’s mine)
  2. For a little creative fun you can collage an inspiration page of foods you want to try. DIY (Do-It-Yourself)  vision board of food. Here’s one example from my class at the Puyallup Tribe’s Youth Center  
  3. Use a healthy food shopping guide. (If you’re in my class we’re using Plate By Zumba® if not I pinned one for you here.)
  4. Keep in mind the dirty dozen or foods which may contain chemical residue.
  5. Start simple and think about a dish you like to make or eat. Then do a healthy swap-out. (Example: Regular pasta for spaghetti squash.)
  6. Be curious & explore your options.
  7. Always read labels for example NATURAL is not the same as ORGANIC.
  8. Get Ethnic, as in explore foods from other cultures. Japanese soba noodles is made with buckwheat. A whole grain that’s good for you. (Check the labels for percentage.)

Eating healthy is affordable!

Foodie Fit: Hold on to your seat here’s Dr. Barnard, one of the contributors for Plate By Zumba® I caught his TEDx Talk years ago and thought, “More people should know this stuff!” Then in 2015 Zumba®  made their new program which included Dr. Barnard and two others.

Dance Fit: This couple has natural swagga 😉 (Okay so I don’t use swagga often but they’re the exception.)

You are beautiful.


Places to shop… 

  • Local Farmers Market!!!! – Quality, little carbon footprint, support your community & get to know your growers. It’s expensive to use the organic label on produce but often local farmers already practice pesticide free farming. (Look for Non GMO)
  • Local Butcher – We have one who’s product comes from several farms in the area. Their chicken’s are free range and animals are feed a healthy diet.
  • Fred Myers –  (or your equivalent) has a great organic section and you can find bundles of apples in a bag. They often feature local farmer’s produce. (Some stores will sell you organic apples individually and you could end up paying $35 for 8.)
  • Cash & Carry – originally created for restaurant owners but you can find Bob’s Red Mill grains in bulk. Seriously folks it’s awesome. Not to mention wild rice, brown rib & legumes in bulk.
  • Costco or Sam’s – Frozen organic fruits for smoothies. Almond milk, coconut milk, avocado oil, pine nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds and more in bulk.

PEACE Be the Journey.

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