Seasonal Depression

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The winter season is officially here. As I sit here writing this it’s snowing in GA!

Seasonal depression is definitely real. For me it usually comes on when its rainy and cold. I find it hard to get out of bed and to be in a good mood. If you feel this way around the holidays or in the winter, you’re definitely not alone.

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Once I figured out why I was feeling unmotivated, sad or alone in these situations it actually made me feel better. I realized that this feeling was totally normal and a lot of people go through it.

Because of a combination of different wellness tactics I have incorporated recently, I haven’t really experienced the usual symptoms this winter. And if you know me, this is HUGE!

What I like to do to combat season depression:

  • Choosing happiness everyday
    • This idea might sound crazy, but it has turned my life around in 2017
  • Consistent exercise
    • This season is not an excuse to forget goals. I need to sweat at least 3X a week to feel myself. This can also be a great way to connect with friends during the holidays instead of meeting up for drinks. I went to yoga with my friend Liz the other day and it was a blast!
  • Choosing to have alone time rather than isolating myself
    • I love to be alone, it’s how I recharge. In the past I would isolate myself from friends which lead me to feel even sadder. Now, when I need alone time I realize I could be doing other things but I choose to recharge and have that time to myself.

 

Do you suffer with seasonal depression? If so, I feel you and wish you the best this season! Moral of the story-keep up with your goals & routine during this busy/stressful time of the year.

Happy Holidays!

 

ILY,

nutMeg

My December Intentions

Helllooo December! In my mind, it’s officially Christmas.

But, what’s life without goals? I love to have intentions for each month and even every week. December counts people, it’s not 2018 yet.

I was inspired by Jordan Younger,of The Balanced Blonde, because she always posts her intentions on Insta and they usually resonate with me. So a couple of months ago I started to do the same!

I love to write them down because it sticks in my mind more rather then just half ass-ly (did I just invent a word?) thinking about them.

My main focus this month is to be more present overall. I wrote about that in my Thanksgiving/Holiday post earlier in November. But I’m such a type-A person that I needed more concrete things to focus on as well…

 

Donate & Declutter

Even though I just moved into my apt in May, I feel like I have junk around the house that needs to go. So, I’m gonna kill 2 birds with 1 stone and declutter and donate those things at GoodWill.

Adding Fiber To My Diet

I just listened to a podcast on the F-Factor diet and the importance of fiber for healthy living and weight loss. I’m not trying to drop 50lbs but I do want to tone up before my wedding in March. I’m going to try and increase my fiber to feel more full, snack less and clean me out (TMI? Oh well)!

Soak In The Love

Like I mentioned in my last post I’m going to try and focus on friends and family during this hectic month. Life can get overwhelming so easily and I want to try and keep my mind clear and focused on the important things in life.

Find My Routine

This past month my exercise routine has kinda gone out the window. I used to be an avid 6:00 a.m. exerciser but lately I cannot for the life of me wake up that early! In the afternoon my motivation is lower but I’m going to try and get back into a regular groove at the gym.

This intention is going to be super important because we all know that weight tends to creep on during the holidays, naturally. And I’m not gonna deprive myself of my (future) mother-in-laws Christmas cookies but I’m just gonna make sure to not neglect my fitness goals as well.

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I want to know your December intentions! Leave them in the comments below 🙂

ily,

nutMeg

What’s Your Focus This Holiday Season?

What’s your focus around the holidays?

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Anxiety floods in from Thanksgiving through New Years about weight gain, guilt, family stress and pressure to stay in shape over the holidays. All this pressure usually leads to an explosion. Or in this case, eating 15 Christmas cookies in one sitting…Been there.

I wanted to write a post about the stress that surrounds the holidays and guilt that ensues. In the past I’ve felt SO guilty about the holidays and that I got “off track” from being healthy.

I’ve tried to not eat as much the day before and morning of Thanksgiving because I knew I was going to overeat too much at Thanksgiving dinner.

OK 2 things here.

First off, why do we absolutely stuff ourselves to the brim during Thanksgiving? Because we have to? Because it’s just “what we do” on Thanksgiving? Tradition?

Nope, not anymore. I 100% know that I’ll want to try everything on the table, I mean, ’tis the season, but I’m gonna keep my portions under control so I don’t get over full. This one random day out of the year shouldn’t be an excuse to eat so much we feel sick.

Second thing, I’m going to stay on my usual healthy routine during the time around big holiday parties or events. Starving yourself the day before your Thanksgiving is only going to make you eat more the day of…#facts.

Side note–Please don’t feel guilty about eating a damn piece of pumpkin pie. When have you ever heard of someone gaining 50 lbs from one slice? Never. One day isn’t going to throw off progress or make you gain weight. The next day just jump back into your normal routine!

With all the stress I’m sure you’re under day-to-day, try to really enjoy the holidays and days off from work or school.

My focus this season is going to be on the ones surrounding me and what the season is truly about, love and family. The food is just the cheery on top of this time of year!

I encourage you all to focus on family and friends this year and, of course, treat yourself!

 

ILY & Happy Holidays,

nutMeg

 

No Shame November. My Movement.

Image 10-31-17 at 9.39 PM (1)No shame November.

This idea came to me when talking about the more well known November challenge, No Shave November, with some of my co-workers.

I thought, wow, what a concept! A month dedicated to living your truth, no matter the judgements.

I try and live this way as much as I can but I do hold some things back. And, I know when some of my friends confide in me about who they truly are and they are afraid to share that with the world, it really hurts me. Of course, in some circumstances this is necessary, but why are we so scared to be ourselves?

Why am I scared to suggest a certain movie in fear that the group will reject it? Why am I scared to suggest going to a healthy restaurant when everyone else is on board for McDonalds? Why don’t I shop at Goodwill, fear of being perceived as “lesser?”

This month, I’m deciding to live with no shame!

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My true form. Kale queen. 

So what I want to go out to eat somewhere healthy? I’ve got goals, people!

And what if I don’t want to go out with my friends one night? Sometimes I need time to myself.

Choosing to go to a party sober instead of drinking with everyone else? Yep, because I’ve got an early morning spin class I really want to go to.

Don’t be afraid to be yourself, whatever that means to you!

If you’re a guy and want to wear heels out to the bar, dammit you rock them!

Want to join poetry club but none of your friends know you love it yet? Join and let your talents shine!

You get the point?

This month, I’m challenging you to No Shame November and to live your truth!! Personally, I’m going to try and be more open with the people in my life about my love for health & wellness. I sometimes try and play it down, but, honestly, it’s my passion and I should share it with them! I’ll admit it, I’m that girl who brings salads to work everyday, goes to 2 different grocery stores to buy organic meat and probably follows every fitness studio in ATL on Instagram. That’s me…no shame

I’ll be using #NoShameNovember on social media and I hope to see you doing the same.

 

ILY,

nutMeg

How To Bounce Back After A Night Out

Oh, we’ve all been there…Woken up after a night of drinking or eating out and just feeling like the crap and/or extremely bloated. The worst.

So, what do we do from there? How do we become #health again?

My Shelby and I living it up!

To me, enjoying a night out with friends or a significant other is worth it, despite the bloat or headache the next day. Balance means not feeling bad about treating yourself once in a while!

Too many times have I turned down hanging out with friends because they were going out to a “non-healthy” restaurant. I’m over that mentality!

Here are some of my go-to tips for bouncing back after a night out:

Hydrate Before Hitting The Town

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Hydrate before you load up on salt or alcohol. Just trust me.

Hydrate ALOT The Next Day

Your body is gonna be so full of salt (maybe alcohol) that it’s craving water! You might want to go straight for the coffee, but trust me you need to hydrate first. I try and keep a bottle with me the whole day.

Sweat It Out

If you can, try and get a workout in to rid your body of toxins. Sweating is so good for you, especially after a night out! I also love to sauna to really get the detox going. Plus, if you feel sick/lethargic you can still sweat by sitting in the sauna.

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Nourish Your Body

After a night of eating out you might feel like the last thing you want to do the next day is to eat more. BUT, I’m not suggesting to carb load or anything, just don’t forget your body needs nourishment. Have a refreshing smoothie, some coconut water (great for hydration), or a big salad! Something light but full of nutrients. This will help you get back on the right track and not down an unhealthy spiral.

 

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Upbeet in ATL + charcoal lemonade (Charcoal is great for detoxing)

Give Yourself Grace

It’s so easy to get down on yourself after a fun night of eating and drinking with friends. TRUST ME, I’ve been there. Forgive yourself, having fun with your friends is not a crime. Know that today is a new day and you can get back on your health grind!

 

My biggest tip is to remember you are what you do most of the time. If you eat healthy 6/7 days a week and want to have some french fries with your boyfriend on Saturday, you’re still a healthy person!

 

 

ILY,

nutMeg