Is it Friday? Is it my last day of thesis writing? Am I excited? Yes, yes and YES! Another reason to be excited? Today’s Healthy Living in a Nutshell post comes from a very special British lady… but let’s have a look back first: The series has made it through a whole month already and (including today) four health heroes of mine contributed their inspiring healthy living approach. If you did miss one of them, here is your chance to catch up:
Today I am proud to announce that Laura, a well-experienced expert when it comes to Healthy Living, shares her story and take on health with us. She has been successfully blogging over at Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish for over 4 years now and has started her own Health Coaching business Uniquely Healthy after becoming a certified health coach. Her thoughtful posts are always such an inspiration and I am delighted to have her over today!
First of all big thanks to Ksenija for asking me to take part in her Healthy Living in a Nutshell series!
I’ve been blogging at Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish for a little over 4 years now. I started the blog after I’d lost a lot of weight as a way to help me maintain my weight loss. I fell in love with blogging and the healthy living blogger community and discovered so many new things. I started running and signed up for my first half marathon, became vegetarian and then eventually vegan. For a while I felt great but it soon became apparent that I was taking ‘healthy living’ a little too far. I had lost a lot more weight and was starting to realise that my love of healthy food and exercise had turned into a bit of an obsession.
When my periods stopped I knew I had to take action. Up until that point I had believed that veganism was the healthiest choice, but now I started to question that. I reintroduced eggs and diary and eventually meat and fish into my diet and my health gradually improved. I also reduced my exercise and even stopped running. I gained weight, but my health improved dramatically. At the same time I had just started to study with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach. That opened by eyes to a concept known as bio individuality, or simply put, different things worked for different people. I became really passionate about an individualised approach to health and even called my new business Uniquely Healthy in celebration of that.
I do believe that health is different for everyone as an individual and that each of us is on a journey to discover what that is. For me, my healthy is all about balance. I know I could be smaller and slimmer if I wanted to be, but I would need to be eating a fairly restricted diet and exercising a lot to get there. For me it’s just not worth it when I can be perfectly healthy at a bigger size and have a much better quality of life. Embracing my body as it is – not particularly desirable as far as society might be concerned, but healthy, is more far important.
When it comes to food I don’t have ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods, I can appreciate that certain foods are good for my body, but at the same time I know that other foods are good for my soul. I never again want to turn down a slice of birthday cake when celebrating with a friend! Food is such a big part of life I believe it should be enjoyed. Thankfully healthy food can be just as tasty, if not more so, than less healthy food – so achieving that balance of good for my body and good for my soul foods is easier!
When it comes to exercise I try and move my body in a way that I enjoy. Sometimes that might be a gym workout, yoga, going for a walk, hula hooping and occasionally accepting that rest and relaxation is going to add more to my health and happiness.
At the same time as loving and accepting my body, I sometimes want to get back to a healthier place after a period of indulgences such as a holiday. I never diet, but instead I ‘dial up’ all my healthier habits. For me, thinking of things like a dial instead of a diet switch is a useful way of conceptualising the habits needed for healthy weight loss without falling into the ‘all or nothing’ trap.
So I guess my version of healthy, in a nutshell is this: eat good for your body foods most of the time, with a few good for your soul foods thrown in for good measure. Move your body in a way that you enjoy. Love your body, even if you want to change it, because it’s the only one you’ve got!
If you could sum up your version of healthy in a couple of sentences what would it be?
Thank you so much Laura for sharing your thoughts on the topic! Also this amazing lady recently spilled the beans on an exciting life event – Congratulations Laura, we all cannot wait to meet your lovely baby this autumn! If you want to follow this health hero of mine for more healthy living updates and life stories, she is social :
Happy Wednesday foodie friends! Welcome to another edition of me eating my way through France – or at least through my university’s cafeteria, since I am basically living there (here actually – guess where I am right now) this week. Also being busy doing brain work all the time with the only exercise of heading to the vending machine to get more coffee I surely noticed a decrease in appetite. It’s fine, I’ll make up for it starting Saturday, when my mom, Jay and – surprisingly – also my favorite aunt will come! Remember the aunt I have been to Istanbul with and who I did visit last September? She spontaneously decided to join my mom for a few days. So we surely will take a few day trips and enjoy delicious French food.
But let’s talk about What I Ate
Wednesday Tuesday, first – and I hope you forgive me, that I’ll keep it short today, with due date being on Friday and having a surprise ok, I knew it 2 weeks ago French exam later today, I am kind of astound that I even made it to the party!
I was so busy that I didn’t even bring any food with me yesterday and had to make do with what the cafeteria offers. This resulted in croissant (sorry, I was so hungry at that point, that I started eating before I remembered to take a picture) and petit creme for breakfast, plus the banana I threw in my purse.
Because I forgot to keep the soup spoon for it. I had soup out of a cup with free baguette – the amazing thing about a French cafeteria, you can take as much baguette as you like with your lunch. The soup was carrot coriander and I really liked it. Sadly a small cup is never enough.
Yesterday was the first day in a while that I left school and managed to still catch a few sun rays. I headed home to Skype with Jay while cooking dinner and booking his return tickets (who wants to think about that before he’s even here?). I barely managed to eat a few spoonfuls before I headed over to the girls next door for French exam preparation – and don’t even ask, I don’t feel prepared whatsoever.
Making it back home around 10 pm, I finally managed to fill myself a bowl with my recent go-to-dinner: orecchiette pasta (my favorite type) with ratatouille and salmon patty chunks. Might sound weird, but it’s so easy to make and tastes divine – especially if I get the perfect ratio of pasta to ratatouille – didn’t do well yesterday, too much pasta, I prefer it on the soupy side. I ended my day by mindlessly passing out in front of the Bachelor. By the way, is it only me or is Juan Pablo slightly cross-eyed?
I’ll send you over with this important question in mind to our amazing host Jenn where you can probably see a lot more exciting, vibrant and delicious What I Ate Wednesday eats, than I had to offer today:
Save to say that I don’t do that well with my veggie intake these days – who’s gotta time to worry, though? And I am quite sure there was at least half a carrot in this cup of soup… and doesn’t baguette count as French vegetable anyways? All right, let’s stop here before it get’s even weirder and let me go back to work. Only 3 more days left!!!
As some of you may know I am an international business student with a chosen major of online marketing. For the last five month I have done some intensive research on online marketing strategy for medium sized companies and written a thesis about this. What I noticed is that a lot of the results would also apply to blogging and that I have not really engaged myself in adopting them to With An Open Mind. I do blogging for fun, it is a hobby, and I do not feel the need to extensively market my blog. But now that I have the knowledge I am interested to share and dig deeper and try to apply some of it myself. Therefore I would like to start a little series called Blog Marketing 101 where I collect some of my research results in a useful way for people who enjoy blogging as a hobby and do not want to spend hours worrying about extensive marketing strategies.
Today’s topic is all about the right timing. There are tons of statistics and infographics out there dealing with the question when to blog and when to share your blogged content on social media channels. I collected the data and summarized it plus linked up two free tools which find the best custom time to share content with your twitter and pinterest followers.
Weeee, the next time when I’ll be posting an Open Mind Weekly, my mom and Jay and most likely also my aunt are going to be here, my master thesis will be finished and I will enjoy a week with my loves. Cannot wait! This week, even though I was busy putting finishing touches on my thesis (aka writing more pages in a week than I have ever done before), has treated me pretty well:
Do you like my kitty mask for a friends birthday party with masquerade theme? I most definitely did and even though I only stayed for three hours, I still had a blast. On the left you see a picture of the cloud ceiling covering Rennes most of the time and in the back the blue sky coming through, which we enjoy this weekend. Makes me really want to go for a run today – let’s see if I find the time to do so. But what I will definitely make time for is to look back and share some link love:
Weeeeh, it is an exciting Friday morning, since I have a new Healthy Living in a Nutshell post for you guys today! Remember how I mentioned that Jo bailed on us and decided to be all fabulous and move to the Rockies instead to become famous for
stalking people on instagram being a health guru (not sure if that is what she’ll do up there, but I’ll bet she’d be an awesome one)? You did not have to miss out for too long, because another amazing health guru of mine wrote a post for my new little series:
The Healthy Maven aka lovely Davida is sharing her passion for healthy living with you. This girl came like a bombshell to our health blogger world last year and swept us of our feet with her heartiness, honesty and passion. Of course I had to ask her if she could contribute by sharing her health story!