If you’ve been browsing, first of all, thank you! ❤ And second, you already know that I’m a total health nut. Here’s how it all began.
When I was in high school, I was constantly stressed out and needed a way to channel that negative energy into something positive. So I started working out and eating clean, and I fell in love with it.
As a senior now at Princeton University, I’ve been living this lifestyle for almost a decade, and over the years, I’ve developed many tips and hacks that make this healthy lifestyle easy and exciting.
So… after many years of keeping these fitness secrets all to myself, I thought I’d finally share with the world and show that: healthy eating is delicious, and active living is fun!
Here on this blog, I post clean and delicious recipes, now and then cooking videos, my crazy intense but fun workouts, and yoga flows.
My general approach to fitness is to focus not on what your body looks like, but what you can do with your body. Instead of focusing on when you’re going to get that six pack or a pair of toned legs, think about: How heavy can I squat? How many push ups can I do? Can I do a headstand? Of course, this wasn’t always my way of thinking. Like many girls (and, even more so, guys), I started my fitness journey with a goal of getting those six pack and toned legs.
8 years later, I still don’t have a six pack. But now that doesn’t bother me anymore because, I’ve found that the key to this healthy lifestyle is not obsessing over how you look but how being fit makes you feel.
As for me, strength training makes me feel strong and independent. (Ladies, ever carried 60 lbs of groceries without a man? Yeah that’s what I’m talking about!). Yoga makes me feel calm and sexy. Running makes me feel energetic and vibrant.
When I used to focus on the aesthetic part of fitness, I would never feel confident in myself, but when I shifted my focus to performance, I started truly pushing myself when I worked out. Never in a bajillion years would I have imagined that I could do clapping push ups, unassisted chin ups, handstands, and this jump(!!):
That said, I certainly don’t mind that being fit also gives you a nice bod, but that part has become more like an “additional” asset. 😉
While I love being active, I also love to eat. 🍌 After years of keeping fit, I’ve come to realize how important diet is when it comes to performance and just overall energy levels.
I’ve always been a pretty high-energy person, but I think my diet choice has a lot to do with it too. I’m not vegan, gluten-free, or paleo, but I just focus on eating healthy, which means natural wholesome nutrient-dense foods. My diet is largely plant-based with lots of vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, whole grains, etc.
I’ve been keeping up with this way of eating for almost a decade. I was always the weird girl who brought salad to lunch in high school, and I haven’t touched a Big Mac in 10 years (it used to be my favorite McDonald’s item lol), and nor do I ever crave it.
The reason why I’ve been able to stick to a healthy diet for so many years is because through experimenting in the kitchen (and failing lots as well), I’ve developed so many ways to healthify the same foods and make them taste great or even better. When I think about healthy foods, I think abundance. Healthy eating is not about what you can’t have, but what you can have! Think about all the beautiful vegetables and fruits all straight form nature. That said, part of the reason why I don’t crave a Big Mac is because I have a healthified version that tastes even better. And healthy chocolate chip cookies, oh fck yeah, those help too.
While things have changed now, when I was growing up in Texas, being healthy was for tree huggers and granola chicks. Nowaday, everyone is looking to be healthier. Hey, I get credit for being healthy before it was cool, right? 😉
I think that clean food is not only real and delicious, but it also gives me the right kind of energy to be active and feel great. Eat to Live? Or Live to Eat? Why not both?
So, take a look around and get some ideas! Feel free to leave a comment on what you want to see from me: either recipes, workouts, YouTube videos, etc.
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