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PMM’s

To see a change in our bodies and get the maximum amount of benefits from this 30-day challenge we must turn on our PMM’s. What are PMM’s you ask, well that’s your Portion control, Modification and Moderation for food intake. PMM’s is not a diet it’s a lifestyle, using a well-balanced meal plan and adding your PMM’s will give you everything you need to achieve your goal for the next 30 days while also being allowed to get in some of those foods we crave so much.

Portion Control

First up Portion Control, I know I know every health guru, nutritionist and dietitian all say “it’s all about your portions” but I have to say this is true. No matter what type of food you’re eating healthy or fatty if you do not have control over your portions it’s a losing battle.

I try to make portion control as fun as possible when making food. I buy only what I need and because I am a single woman who refuses to cook every day, I also factor in leftovers when grocery shopping. This trick helps me stay within portion, I know if I take that extra piece of chicken tonight I will only be left with one for tomorrow and that means I have to cook, clean and grocery shop all over again which turns into me at Popeye’s drive thru.

Keep your portions colorful, a colorful plate is a healthy plate. When plating my food, I always start with the vegetables it’s the most colorful and most important for any proper lifestyle eating. Then I move over to my meat, I tried that whole thing about eating no more than the size of your fist for my meat portions but my hands are small so I can’t trust that(haha). Now I pretty much can eyeball what I need but in the beginning I used “My Plate”.

“My plate”

“My plate” showed me what my plate was supposed to look like which was a big help, I was able to see and understand how much I’m supposed to have while also noticing it wasn’t much room for those starchy potatoes I love ha-ha. Portion control is key to any healthy lifestyle but so are modifications.

MODIFICATION

Modifications are making changes to the way we prepare our food. This transition happens slowly and gets better over time. Instead of frying start baking, bake your French fries, chicken, fish etc. and if you do choose to fry use a low-fat high smoke oil like olive oil, avocado oil or sunflower seed oil. These smalls modifications will begin to change your taste buds and your love for healthier food will grow while the need for salt and sugar will lessen.

When making modifications to meals I am very crucial on keeping the flavor, food without flavor is like a stripper without a pole it just doesn’t work. The best thing to do is look up new recipes, with the health craze at an all-time high chefs and cooks are making changes to their meals and showing a healthier version that does not sacrifice flavor. This makes things a lot easier for you so you won’t have to experience the trial and error of making modifications, this is also a fun way to try new flavors with your family. Modifications can be big or small, and I know there will be times where you do wish to have that big Sunday meal with ribs, baked beans and coleslaw and I say have it.

MODERATION

If you grew up with southern cooking like me there will never be a time where you do not crave a good Sunday meal. A lot of times we restrict ourselves from these types of meals because they are full of fat(flavor), calories(love) and two seconds away from giving us high blood pressure(home). When we restrict ourselves from these type foods the moment we get a taste of BBQ on our lip we overindulge.

So how do we still eat the food we grew up on without overindulging? Simply by not forgetting the “PM”, portion control and modification while also having the food you love within Moderation. No matter what you’re eating always exercise portion control and keep your plate colorful, you have two ribs on your plate add a salad or fruit to modify while still having a small portion of beans or coleslaw (not both don’t push it ha).

Modify when you can but never forget your portions, having those big southern meals every so often will not affect or change the progress you have made. By not restricting yourself of these foods this will help with cravings and overindulging, the body is already use to having carbs and everything else because you have a well-balanced lifestyle so it’s less likely to react and crave for more.

Try adding your PMM’s to your healthy lifestyle and see how the changes affect your eating habits. Big or small every change in your lifestyle makes a big difference overall.

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Stepping Into My New Life

It’s that time of the year again, it’s the “New Year New Me” saga and I absolutely hate it. Every year around this time everyone makes their New Year resolutions for the new year, me personally I hate making resolutions. I forget about them two months in and I’m back to the same bull I was pulling the year before by the end of February, ok let’s be honest by the end of January.

Instead of making a New Year resolution I started to go on journeys. This will be my second journey in my fourth year of journeying (yes I have to repeat them first time is a trial run haha). As you may know my first journey was a positive journey and baby let me tell you she wasn’t a pretty one. Now I am on my second journey “stepping into my new life” and is excited and ready for part two.

Challenges

My “Stepping into my new life” journey this year was all about using the tools that I learned from my first journey and actually putting them into action. This for me was particularly hard, I’m a private person and having to actually express myself instead of going into a bubble was a very big challenge.

Me and fear do not get along in the slightest, if it looks scary I’m out. After going through my positive journey I learned that I’m not afraid of fear I’m fearful of rejection, I fear not getting the answer I want (which is always a yes) and the fear of someone telling me no. Having had rejection made me fear rejection but if I wanted to “Step into my new life” I had to meet fear and rejection at the door and trust me they said hello.

Stepping into my life also meant tackling my anxiety. I have always been open about my challenges with anxiety, my anxiety can go many different ways but mainly I become angry and frustrated and at times I become emotional and choose to walk away from everything. Now I was trying to balance fear and anxiety, I seriously had to ask myself are you sure this is what you want to do but I couldn’t address my fear without first addressing my anxiety.

What I learned

This year has not been the easiest, I have been tested in ways that I couldn’t imagine but because of my first journey I knew that if you meet anything with love something beautiful has to come from it and to always find the light even when it’s dark.

When it came to tackling my fear of rejection I have to get all the props to my mom and friends. Having a good support system is valid in any journey especially when society can make the most successful person feel small and lonely. They pushed me to try new things and take off the comfort blanket I have been sleeping under for the last 27years. They pushed me to show emotion, go places where I didn’t know anyone, they even pushed me to start dating (which was the absolute worst haha) they even pushed me to release my blog and YouTube channel that was not supposed to come out for another two years.

Having that support and knowing that no matter if I failed or succeed they were there, it didn’t matter that fear was standing at the door saying hello when I had comforting hands pulling me through. Now that anxiety whew child baby needed some work.

Anxiety is something no one but you can bring you through, yes your peers can say inspirational words and you can have a support system out of this world but what most people forget is anxiety is all in your head. You are fighting you, you are telling yourself you’re not good enough, you are saying you’re not worthy. This is where my positive journey had to really shine some light, everything my family and friends were pushing and encouraging me to do my mind was constantly saying you’re not ready for this yet. I had no idea what other tools I needed but my mind clearly had a list of things to do and stepping into a new life was not on the agenda.

I had to find something I could hold on to no matter where I was at to calm my mind so I turned to music (as 99.9% of us do), I made myself an anxiety playlist (list on YouTube channel journey 1807). I categorized my moods and feeling and played music to keep me calm from being aggravated or ready to kill one of my coworkers haha. Every song that made me feel strong when I need strength, a vision when I needed guidance I put into that anxiety playlist and who knew Cardi B could be such a great source for every emotion.

Today

Today I am ready for part two I am excited to see where my 2020 journey takes me. 2019 was a big eye opener and I know that there will be new challenges in 2020 but each year I gain new tools and a new perspective on life. My name is Malanna and my 2020 journey is “Stepping Into My New Life” she ready!!

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O.N.O It’s Organic

Are you eating organic and have no real clue on whether it’s organic or not or even what organic means? Well looks like its time for you to learn the O.N.O’s. If you are eating organic food to gain more nutrients or for weight loss, then organics is not for you. There are some instances when buying milk or honey that if you buy these items organically they do offer more nutrients then the conventional food, but that is not the case in most organic foods. Organic Food is broken down into three different varieties I like to call them the O.N.O.’s (get it “Oh no”, I know really corny haha). O.N.O stands for 100% organic, natural and organic. This is how consumers label organic food and we’re going to look into why.

Keeping it organic

Have you ever heard of the saying keeping it 100, well we are keeping it 100% organic. 100% organic means that there have been no chemicals or pesticides added to the food as well as no hormones or antibiotics just regular home grown food that has nothing but God’s work on it.

This type of organic is rarely sold in stores as it’s shelf life is almost nonexistent and most stores are not willing to take that big of a hit in food loss.

100% organic can be found at your local farmer’s market or at your local Farmer who grows organically, producing only a small amount of organically grown products. When buying from these markets or farms always be sure to ask how it is grown and the soil that is used, as this can alter the quality of the food and even the results of how organic it really is.

Now raise your hand if you ever went to the grocery store and saw a label that read 100% all natural chicken and thought you were buying organic? Raise them up high, I’ll even raise mine because I’ve done it to, but guess what it’s not (cue dramatic music)

Natural

Natural foods are quite different from organic foods that are sold for produce. Natural foods are not closely ran by the FDA despite the pressure from courts to define the term beyond meats and poultry it also does not have any real regulations. Which is why it is not associated in most organic categories.

Only 70% of natural meats and poultry are chemical and pesticide free. Natural foods are minimally processed and do not contain any hormones, antibiotics or artificial flavors, but all of these things are not guaranteed. With the lack of regulations consumers do not have to tell us how the animal was raised or fed and if any antibiotics or hormones was used elsewhere.

Natural foods were created to sooth the supply and demand of customers wanting to eat healthier and organic. Consumers make and sell these products fast and easy while cheating the organic system, buying natural foods is risky but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it. I know there are no guarantees but if I can possibly only have 30% or 50% chemicals in my food opposed to the 100% chemicals I’ve been eating I’ll take 30% for 200 Alex.

Organic

Who wants organic? We want organic and when we want it NOW!!!!! As the demands for healthier food and better treatment for animals grow we assume the FDA has finally listened and given us what we’ve been asking for. Organic products that only say organic with no percentage guarantee is only 95% organic as the other 5% can contain chemicals and pesticides but is usually used to sustain the product for market purchase.

I know what you’re thinking and yes this still does have chemicals and to be honest there is no real way around that. Consumers need shelf life and we need easier access to organic items, as I said before I’ll take the 5% Alex.

Organic food is not about how much it will contribute to your weight loss or even looking cool because you buy organic (ok your kind of cool). Organic food is about the cleanliness, to rid your body of the toxins and waste we have been eating on for centuries, so when shopping choose wisely and don’t forget to ask yourself O.N.O is this organic?

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The Keto diet

The Keto diet is one of the hottest diets out right now and there is no one who can say they haven’t heard of the Keto diet or at least tried it.

From celebrities to your own grandmother the Keto diet is like the new Kim K in the nutrition world and I’m going to break it all down for you, from the benefits to the infamous Keto Flu also how much of this diet is really a lifestyle.

The Keto diet is broken down into numerous variations and today we will be looking into the standard Keto Diet(SKD). The SKD diet is the most popular variation of the Keto diet, even my own brother was on the Keto diet, well a bacon added Keto diet (he’s not giving up that bacon) but when asked about the diet he gave me the same answer every Keto dieter has “it’s so great for your health, you’re going to feel so much better on this diet.” This is a standard Keto dieter answer and which I knew was a crock, so I wanted to find out more but first what are the benefits?

Benefits

The SKD is a 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carb diet, and with the extreme drop of carbohydrates entering the body it puts your body into a ketosis state. Ketosis is a normal process that happens when the body does not have enough glucose for energy and begins to burn stored fat instead, which is how you burn more fat on a Keto diet rather than a low fat or low carb diet.

Putting your body in a ketosis state does have very high benefits. The Ketosis state will help with losing weight a lot faster, a reduced appetite and the biggest plus of them all you don’t have to count calories. This diet has also been used to help with many health issues as in heart health and diabetes but one of the most astonishing facts was how it reduced the risk of cancer.

Studies have found that being in a ketosis state can shrink a tumor and lower the chances of cancer spreading. The reason why the Keto diet is so popular is because of its quick and highly effective way in being great for overall health. The real question most dieters forget to ask is how long? All diets come with a risk and you can never forget about the Keto Flu. This may be the first diet I know of that comes with its own warning label.

Keto Flu

If you haven’t been hit by the Keto flu then clearly you aren’t Ketoing right ( new word alert ha). A Keto diet is hard work to begin with like any other diet but the Keto diet takes it a step further, there are no carbs, no sugar you’re not even allowed a piece of fruit and after all of that don’t forget the flu.

The Keto flu is usually within the first couple of weeks after entering ketosis (so if you’re throwing up you made it sis congratulations), signs of the flu are vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, stomach pain and brain fog.

The severity of these symptoms range from person to person some are mild and some cases are very extreme, but you won’t know until you get there. The Flu is the most common and only symptom being advertised when talking about this wparticular diet but when asked about longevity, studies come up short.

There are actually no studies of long term effects from the Keto diet, most doctors only recommend that you stay on this type of diet no longer than three months. Dietitians have even come out to say that staying on a Keto diet can cause diabetic Ketoacidosis(DKA) which is a buildup of acid ketones that can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, feeling faint and excessive thirst. The likelihood of this diet ever becoming more then a trend is very slim and the likelihood of anyone actually living a normal life while being on the Keto diet from my guess is zero.

The Keto diet is not all bad but it is risky as any diet is. I personally do not like diets nor do I believe that any of them are effective for long term weight lost. Use all diets as a learning tool, the Keto diet may cut away your carbs and sugars but they show you a beautiful variety of healthy fatty foods and proteins. From oils to meat the Keto diet will show you how to utilize those foods and use them in the healthiest way possible. Implementing the Keto Tools into your balanced diet will only make things

better.

Why Isn’t This Working?

Have you ever started a diet and it worked, but three months later you’re gaining all of your weight back? I think this is a common cycle for most people right. Most of the time we’re losing weight because we have an event coming up and you want to look good, or you feel you’re getting too big, so you decide to lose weight. Whatever the reason maybe you go on these diets, get results, go to the party or meet your goal weight and then lose all drive to keep it going. Next thing you know you’re 10lbs heavier than when you started and you’re asking yourself why isn’t this working!! You lost the weight why can’t you keep it off, why can’t you maintain your weight and still enjoy good food. I have the answer to that, diets don’t teach you how to maintain they teach you how to eliminate and cut down to reach your goal in the fastest way possible.

Why

Why isn’t this working you ask? That’s because most diets aren’t meant for long term. Diets are a short-term thing. You get on a plan, exercise, lose weight, but when it’s time to go back to normal and you’re lost “af”. Going back into the real world after a diet is hard, hell being in the real world on a diet is hard, and now you have nothing holding you back. You’ve already went to the party; the weight is off so why not have a little fun and indulge in things you couldn’t have. AND THAT’S WHY IT’S NOT WORKING!!!! 

I am all for having those treats and good southern meals periodically but if you’re coming off a diet that restricted those things, the moment you get a small taste your body is going to crave more. Food is a drug you crave it; your body tells you when you need it; but the difference between drugs and food is one’s essential to life and the other is not. When writing this I was going to say drugs are a choice but, in all honesty, so is food we pick and choose what we want to eat and how much. Diets are a tool they will get you there, but they won’t keep you there unless you want to dedicate your life to eating boring ass meals for the rest of your life and never experiencing the joy food has to offer. You can’t maintain because you don’t know how.

How

So how do you maintain the weight after losing it? Well, my first suggestion is to not go on a diet, cutting back and cutting out are two different things. When you slowly adjust your eating habits and cut back on things, you give the body time to adjust and because you’re not eliminating anything the body won’t crave what it’s missing. This process is slower and it’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle that will last forever. Now if you’re eating junk food and ordering out all the time that’s a different story, you’ll need to cut out those things baby, you’re taking it too far haha. 

If you do choose to go on a diet (which is totally fine) and you chose a diet that eliminates different food groups, you’ll need to have self- control when the diet is over. Self- control comes from having a healthy mindset, if you didn’t have self- control before without a strict diet nine times out of ten you won’t have it after but that can be changed. When you’re on a diet you have to ignore those crazy cravings, walk away from tables of food that does not suit you, all to get that weight down to get in that dress or suit. Keep that same energy, the goal isn’t a dress or suit or even losing the weight, the goal now is a healthy lifestyle. Just as someone who did not go on a diet, you’ll still have to watch your portions and make modifications but when it’s comes to having the carbs or sweets that the diet said to eliminate, you’ll now have to add them back slowly. This is where the self-control really has to come into play because the body will be hollering for more and you have to say no. I know that can be tough, there’re a lot of times I have something good and want more of it because it tastes so good, but I know I shouldn’t so I don’t because I have good self-control and mindset, which took sometime build. You’re going to have to learn how to savor the flavor haha. 

A healthy lifestyle is all about portions and making the right choices but it’s a taught process and a skill learned over time. There will be days where you may have ate too much or didn’t make the right choices and that’s ok. Last time I checked 1 donut didn’t make someone overweight and one salad didn’t make anyone skinny it’s about consistency. As long as you’re consistent and can forgive yourself for those bad days there’s no reason why you can’t keep the weight off. Will it be easy?  No but nothing in life worth having is and I believe a healthy lifestyle is worth having. So to keep the weight off build a lifestyle even while you’re on a diet and make changes and choices that you know you can stick to and build around that, it will require work, it will require self- control, healthy food can also cause weight gain so portion size will play a big part in this transition. Most importantly maintain the body you love seeing in the mirror, not society’s version of healthy or beautiful, not even your partner’s version of you, just the version you love to see because self- love is something that can never be taken away from you. 

Still can’t keep the weight off that’s ok you can hire me as your nutrition coach, and I will show you how to keep the weight off step by step! Click the nutrition tab in the menu and let’s get started on your healthy journey. 

Stay safe 

Stay healthy 

Peace&blessings

Malanna S. 

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Eat Good Feel Good

Baby we made it!!! 2020 is over and we are ready to move on. 2020 was the year of vision and we saw a lot, a lot of heartbreak, truth and anger, but with all the bad juju that has come our way we’re moving forward and towards the light to our new vision andContinue reading “Eat Good Feel Good”

The Good, The Bad, The Realistic

It’s the Good the Bad and the Realistic. When it comes to dieting and losing weight food is often labeled as good or bad, you have the good food which is usually super healthy packed with nutrients and in my opinion boring (haha). Then you have your bad side full of junk and not a lot of nutritional value but damn tasty. This is the main reason I hate diets because no food should be labeled as good or bad nor should it be removed from your diet. I love healthy lifestyles because it shows you the realistic. A realistic eater is going to eat from the good and bad side and find balance between the two. Easier said than done right, let me break it down 

The Balance

In our unrealistic dreams we wish to have a nice size body cute boobs and a little pump in the trunk, all without having to workout or give up our favorite foods. In a realistic world we find it hard to navigate those paths we usually end up picking more from the not so healthy side, but in reality, you can have all those things with balance. Society tells us what food is bad and what you need to do to get healthy and stay in shape, well society fails to mention how to create a realistic balance.  When you eliminate different unhealthy foods from your lifestyle the body begins to crave it even more than usual, and because you are unaware of this change and failed to heal the mind before the body you have lack of willpower and back to square one you go. That’s because it’s unrealistic, now I’m not saying you can have one yogurt in the morning and junk the rest of the day and call yourself healthy but there is a way to achieve both. 

You have to take the good and bad and make it work, I personally live my life this way and have achieved great results. I simply take something bad and pair it with something good. The other day I was craving some local Cleveland chicken from Kim’s Wings, (if you’re ever in Cleveland get you some Kim’s Wings, they’re the best) I know these wings are going to be saucy, greasy, fried and downright delicious. So instead of getting a full 4 wing combo, I chose to order two wings with sauce and while I was ordering I was putting sweet potato fries in the oven so by the time I come back they will be done. Now I have my wings and fries, but I also need a veg. a well-rounded meal has a starch, protein and vegetable so I made a salad. Boom I have a full well rounded realistic meal and I didn’t have to give up what I love and grew up on.

Being realistic is all about how your pair it, you want that fried chicken well pair it with something nutritious and good to balance it out. When you go to restaurants order a la carte and make it your own or order off the menu and make substitutions that fit your needs. Healthy living does not have to be in this box of good or bad when it’s really all about how you make it.

The Realistic

Realistically we all want pizza, fried chicken, cakes, cookies, ribs and ya’ll know I grew up on southern cooking so when I sit down to eat, I need it to have flavor. I also want my stomach on flat, flat and ass on what’s that and last time I checked cornbread and collard greens will only help me in one of those departments, so I had to change my mindset. Changing your mindset to a more realistic view instead of what society has pumped into our heads is not easy. When I first got into nutrition, I thought it was going to be salad and celery sticks but it is so much more than that, so I often thought why are we not teaching this method, why so many people think healthy only looks one way and that’s because it’s not fast. In America we want it quick and fast the quicker the better they say. Going the more realistic route is not fast, I personally like to think of it as medium speed with real long-lasting results. This is why most diets fail because they’re unrealistic and the realistic route is often seen as bad because it’s slower. 

Having a realistic mindset about how you eat will give you longer lasting result’s because we’re not taking away anything just adjusting. Setting your PMM’s will help with adjustment it will teach you how to modify and enjoy the food you love. If you’re looking for fast by all means take the celery stick and salad route but if you’re looking for real results that last, change your mindset and get real about what you’re eating and how you can adjust it and make it work for you in a healthy manner. The most beautiful thing about having a realistic healthy lifestyle is it comes in many shapes and sizes; you can be a size 10,8 or 4 and be healthy in your own right. The goal is not to get skinny the goal is to become healthy and love the body you have right now.  

Stay healthy

Stay Safe

Peace & Blessings

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Fighting Cancer With Food

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Eat Good Feel Good

Baby we made it!!! 2020 is over and we are ready to move on. 2020 was the year of vision and we saw a lot, a lot of heartbreak, truth and anger, but with all the bad juju that has come our way we’re moving forward and towards the light to our new vision and goals for 2021. Most people around this time of year have made New Year Resolutions to either lose weight, be a better person or stop cursing at the kids, whatever your goals may be for the year the question for most people is how the hell do we start anything new after the year we just had. I mean we have no idea if this vaccine will get us back to normal or will we have a new normal with different restrictions, and after the year we just had if you are not cautious or have an ominous feel about 2021, you’re crazy (haha). 

  No matter what this new world may look like in the next year or the years to follow we have to move forward. At the top of everybody’s list is usually losing weight or to make healthier choices right, right so Let’s Get Healthy!!

Keep It Moving

Building a healthy lifestyle is not easy no matter when you start and 2020 gave people who wanted a lifestyle change quite the challenge, but now we are moving forward and planning ahead to set the record straight. 

I like to think of my lifestyle goals and health goals in steps after I set my big picture for the year (main goals). Most goals fail because of improper planning, we make the goal and skip the steps. I’m pretty sure there’re a lot of people like me who think of the end results and totally forget about the steps in between. I mean who is thinking of steps when all I can think about is pretty clouds with rainbows and butterflies in my new healthy lifestyle (haha). Instead of seeing my goal as a whole I think about it in steps and that is for any goal I have in my life. Instead of just thinking you need to lose weight and get back healthy think about the first step which would be setting a schedule.

Breaking goals down into steps makes them seem more obtainable and structured. Setting a schedule seems so basic right, I mean of course you tell yourself you’re going to the gym 3 days out of the week but did you set a time? What three days are you going to work out? How will this fit into your already busy schedule?  We skip steps and not because we haven’t thought about them it’s because we fail to define the details. Details that make the changes smoother and more sufficient, that will help prevent us from failing.

Step By Step

Step by step day by day (sing the song you know you want to haha) Schedule, plan and prep!! The beginning stages to a healthy lifestyle.

Steps can make or break the changes you foresee in your healthy lifestyle so let’s break down all the steps to a successful healthy lifestyle.

Step one schedule, but not that basic bitch scheduling, real details and defined. You want to set a schedule because this will be your cushion. Set days, times, duration times, and be real about your schedule don’t set it if you know you can’t keep it. We all get caught up with life and schedules may have to be adjusted or set to the side for a moment but with a set schedule you have something to pick back up and start again.

Step two planning, planning is for food and grocery shopping. Planning your meals along with the time you go grocery shopping can really save a lot of time and money, I break this down further in my (meal prep/plan article). Planning helps with making proper food choices…the grocery store is full of things that should not be consumed on a daily basis but if you have preplanned meals to make it through the week and you have your grocery list on ready you’re less likely to give into the temptations the grocery store has to offer (quick tip: never go grocery shopping hungry you are liable to buy up the whole store and temptation will win). 

Lastly step three Prep!! I know some of ya’ll are like prep what, prep the meals prep the day what is prep haha? Prep may be the last step, but I find it to be the most important, to really succeed in this you must prep your mind. The way we think can either harm us or push us forward. A healthy lifestyle is not only defined by the outer appearance, a healthy lifestyle is about making a person healthy as a whole, mind and body.

If your mind is still cupcakes and cookies when it’s time to make the decision between a healthy snack like fresh fruit over a cookie you will choose the cookie if you have not prepped your mind to think differently. This part is far from easy, make small changes if you have to, go at your own pace not society’s and please do not eliminate food groups as that only put the body in shock, which will result in more cravings. If you eliminate the bad slowly and not all at once you give the mind and body time to adjust.

The first two steps to me are quite easy right, we schedule, we plan, but prep is where the work begins the mind can be a powerful thing but if you have a plan and schedule to help ease those moments of defeat and lack of drive, you’ll overcome every obstacle. There’s not a lot of steps to a healthy lifestyle, it’s the details that define our outcome and the mind that controls you. Think of your goals and ask yourself what does that look like for me, what steps do I need to take to get there, am I ready for this?  The beauty is in the details.

Stay healthy,

Stay Safe,

Peace&Blessings

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Plant Based vs. Vegan Diet

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Meal Prep/Plan

I sat in front of my computer for hours (15min lol) trying to figure out a “catchy” fun way to talk about meal prep but I have to be honest I hate meal prepping, I’m so against it like who wants to eat the same boring piece of chicken every day. Can you imagine havingContinue reading “Meal Prep/Plan”

Skittles of the Earth

Did you know that if you eat your vitamins you will no longer need to take a daily multivitamin? God has given us the skittles of the earth that is packed with every vitamin and mineral the body needs. Fruits, vegetables and even some meats are packed with vitamins and minerals and so much moreContinue reading “Skittles of the Earth”

It’s The Blessings For Me!!

It’s that time of the year again where I set my new Journey for the New Year. 2020 was not the year of goals especially fitness goals, it was more the year of surprises and BS, but 2021 is right around the corner and me and my mask will be stepping up and showing out. Right before I name my new journey, I like to align my goals, what do I see, feel, what is my direction. 

If you’re new to the blog you’re probably wondering what journeys are and why are we naming them. Well instead of choosing a New Year Resolution I set a journey to follow throughout the year and I name it something catchy that inspires my overall goals.

I like to set my journey for the year in November, mainly because once the holidays start the last person I am focused on is me, so in the middle of November (sometimes towards the end if I’m already busy lol) I set my journey. 

Setting my 2020 journey was easy I just continued the journey I started in 2019 which was “Stepping into My New Life, now I wished I would have picked something different (haha). Setting my 2021 journey this year is looking to be slightly difficult because of this new world we are in but that will not stop me from moving forward. 

What I Learned 

In 2019 I set my 2020 goal and called it stepping into my new life pt2. I wanted to step into whatever God was calling me to do, I wanted to be open and honest with my feelings but also try new things without letting fear get in the way.

Now, if I knew 2020 was going to turn out like this, I would have just scratched the whole thing (I still can’t believe I bought a planner for this year what a waste). My goals were to start school (check) be open to love (check) help my mother(check) and not let fear drive my decisions (check) I wanted to step into my new life with open arms and I did. 

2020 had its share of challenges, I mean they shut the whole world down and I was trapped in a house full of snacks and my own thoughts while my only travel plans were to work and the grocery store. I was beginning to see Walmart as my main attraction for the week (haha). Despite these challenges I still found ways to grow. After anxiety and panic calmed down and paper towels were back on the shelves, I realized that this was a time to listen, so I did. I also knew I had to be patient, I couldn’t just go out and do whatever I wanted because everything came with a caution it’s 2020 sign attached to it.

See I’m a bit of a control freak, I want to have a plan, I want to execute that plan the way I thought it out in my head and that’s the end of it, but Corona and God had different plans and I was not ok with that. In this season of change I learned to adjust, be patient, not knowing what’s next is ok just live in your purpose and it will all come together.

I don’t know how many times growing up I heard someone in my family say “it’s not your time it’s God time” hell I even say “your will your way Lord” but saying it and actually doing it is two different things. I had to put my own words to the test, I had to relinquish control. 

Giving up control tested my fear while listening tested my trust and not knowing testing every damn thing. I really enjoyed this journey because even though The Rona put us in a bubble I still managed to step out of my personal bubble and step into a lifestyle that allowed me to be open with the people I love but most importantly myself. I basically kicked fear in the ass and I’m ready for more (haha) 

What’s Next 

I am quite excited to set my journey for 2021, so many things have changed in 2020 like how I passed my exam and is officially a Certified Nutrition Coach (small brag), or how I watched my mother step out her comfort zone and take a leap of faith moving to North Carolina, to repaired relationships and relationships ending all while feeling stronger in my faith than I have ever been before.

2020 had plenty of lows but it also had some highs too I mean hello 1,200.00 stimulus check, where’s them second checks at though…now What’s Next!!!! 

This Year I am naming my 2021 Journey What’s Next. So, what’s next for me you ask? Yeah, I have no clue (haha). My goals for 2021 is to remain open to people and new things, grow in my business, get a new job (hopefully that happens before 2021 haha) and find a place to call home. My pastor Steven Furtick said, “when you have more questions than answers that’s when you know God is working”.

So, work on God because he ain’t telling me nothing (haha). 2020 taught me you can’t plan that far ahead, yes set markers and goals, but you also have to be willing to adjust and change because everything is not concrete. I want to still actively work towards my goals, but I also want to leave room for God. Relinquishing control gives me room to ask God what’s next. It allows me to think and add more to my goals and life.

I couldn’t control 2020 and I damn sure won’t be able to predict 2021 so why try. I have my goals and dreams and the rest I’m leaving up to the universe.

I feel this journey will be a special one because I’m leaving room. I’ve never just left room to grow and expand on terms I may not understand, I always had control (well at least I thought I did haha). In these 29 years of life, I have learned life is a journey not a destination and I refuse to miss out on the little things. So, I’m going in the middle of the road looking to the heavens and shouting WHATS NEXT!! 

What’s next for the world, what’s next for me, what’s next in my career, just what’s next. I’m leaving space to grow, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  This will be a first for me you guys so pray for me, I’m nervous about this next chapter but I’m more excited to see what awaits. 

What are you naming your 2021 journey? Drop those names in the comments, who knows maybe you’re ready to make room and ask what’s next! 

Stay safe

Stay healthy 

Peace&blessings

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Reset, Reflect, Reconnect

One thing we all have in common is when shit hits the fan and things begin to go wrong in our lives, all those life changes and character changes we were supposed to be making this year go straight out the window. Since starting to name my journey back in 2016, I knew I wasContinue reading “Reset, Reflect, Reconnect”