No bread. No grains. No rice. No beans. No dairy. No sugar or added sweeteners of any kind. No alcohol. To you, this probably sounds like a crazy person’s diet. For me, these were the guidelines for eating during a recent challenge the studio competed in, called the Whole Life Challenge. You’re probably thinking, “what DO you eat?” That’s … Continue reading
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What Will You “Look” Like on March 14th?
Just for a minute consider something… Consider who you want to be on March 14. If you were at the very top of your health and well-being, what would you feel like? What would your family members and friends say about you? How much energy would you have? So fast-forward and paint yourself a picture: … Continue reading
Who are you?
“I am not a dancer.” “I am not flexible.” “I am not graceful.” “I am not strong.” The next time you find yourself in class thinking these thoughts, stop and ask yourself: “Compared to who?” What is your definition of a dancer? Of flexibility, gracefulness, strength, beauty? What does someone who possesses these things look like … Continue reading
Weekly Meal Prepping
One of the easiest ways to maintain healthy eating habits is to dedicate time each week to prepping your food, meals, and snacks for the week ahead. Remember that saying, “fail to plan, plan to fail?” In the case of sticking to a clean eating plan, this definitely holds true. Having healthy snacks on hand … Continue reading
Sugar and Your Health
Let’s talk about sugar, in all its forms, and how it affects the body. You might be saying to yourself, “well, I don’t eat a lot of sweets, so that doesn’t apply to me.” Keep reading. Sugar exists naturally in many foods. By itself, it contains no nutrients, no protein, no healthy fats, and no … Continue reading
Clean Eating and Eliminating Processed Foods
What is “clean eating?” The basis of clean eating is eating things that are real food, in their natural state, without chemicals or preservatives. The focus is on lots of vegetables, fruits, meat, healthy oils and fats, etc. When eating clean, you want to eat locally raised and/or organic as much as possible, especially when … Continue reading
Reaching New Heights in 2014
Ah, 2014. A new year, a clean slate. There’s always goal setting and resolutions that come with the new year. Before setting new goals, though, it’s important that we appreciate the accomplishments of the year past, and remember just how far we have come. Let’s visit the accomplishments and goals achieved in 2013 by the … Continue reading