Why Natural Ingredients Doesn't Always Mean "Safer"

Recently, I saw a YouTube video about a garden in the United Kingdom that is filled with poisonous plants. All of the plants can cause some kind of harm and even death if ingested. 

The garden has become a tourist destination because of the different kind of plants in it. 

This made me think about how when we hear the word "Natural", we automatically think it's safe. I don't know why that is...maybe it's because we blindly trust cosmetic companies, but the fact of the matter is that the word "Natural" doesn't mean safe.

In today's vlog I'm going to talk about 4 NATURAL ingredients that are actually toxic and should NOT be in your skincare. 

  1. Petroleum: Petroleum is used a moisturizer and is linked to cancer. It can be found in baby products, cosmetics and skincare. Petroleum can be labeled as...
    • Petrolatum
    • Xylene
    • Toluene
    • Mineral oil
    • Liquid paraffin
  2. Lead: Lead is known to be carcinogenic but it can still be found in foundations and lipsticks. Lead is linked with miscarriages, infertility and cancer. Lead can be labeled as...
    • ACETIC ACID, LEAD SALT; LEAD DIACETATE; LEAD SALT ACETIC ACID; PLUMBOUS ACETATE; ACETATE DE PLOMB (FRENCH) ; BLEIACETAT (GERMAN) ; DIBASIC LEAD ACETATE; LEAD DIACETATE; LEAD DIBASIC ACETATE; LEAD (2+) ACETATE; LEAD (II) ACETATE
  3. Mercury: Mercury can be found in your cosmetics and it helps to lighten your skin. Mercury is highly toxic and is linked to cancer. Mercury is labeled as...
    • HG; MERCURY, DISSOLVED; MERCURY, TOTAL; COLLOIDAL MERCURY; HYDRARGYRUM; KWIK (DUTCH) ; LIQUID SILVER; MERCURE (FRENCH) ; MERCURIO (ITALIAN) ; MERCURY (ACGIH:OSHA) ; MERCURY FUME

  4. Coal Tar: This ingredient can be found in dandruff shampoos, psoriasis shampoos and hair dyes. Coal Tar is high cargenogenic and should not be in your hair products. Coal Tar can be labeled as...
    • COAL TAR SOLUTION; TAR, COAL; CARBO-CORT; COAL TAR SOLUTION USP; COAL TAR, AEROSOL; CRUDE COAL TAR; ESTAR (SKIN TREATMENT) ; IMPERVOTAR; KC 261; LAVATAR; PICIS CARBONIS

So again, just because something is labeled natural, that doesn't mean it's safe. Natural ingredients can be just as toxic just as the poisonous garden. It's very important that you educate yourself and understand what ingredients are being placed in your products. 

Your homework for this week is to throw out any products you have that may contain these ingredients and replace them with quality safe products.

Take Care!

Mirley

P.S. Here's the video on the poisonous garden

 

Resources: 

  • https://www.annmariegianni.com/toxic-chemicals-in-makeup-industry/
  • www.ewg.org/database
  • https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/chemicals-to-avoid-in-skin-care-organic-skin-care/

3 Benefits to Eating Outside

So, my husband and I bought a beautiful table for our balcony. I really wanted a table for our balcony because I love eating outside. Eating outside is just such a different experience than eating inside. 

I remember going to my grandparents house in Uruguay and eating outside often even during that awful winter. I loved every time we ate outside. It was as if everyone was happier and enjoying the moment more. 

Here are 3 reasons why I believe eating outside is so beneficial to you. 

  1. You Eat Slower: When we eat outside, we naturally eat slower. I don't know what it is...if it's the fresh air, the weather or the calm of the outdoors that allows us to eat slower. In fact, there have been moments when my husband said, "Let's eat inside, we don't have a lot of time." Now my husband and I eat slow but we eat even slower when we eat outside. 
  2. No Digital Distractions: What's great about eating outside is that we don't have distractions...unless you take your cell phone. For whatever reason, we just don't take our electronics outside. We actually talk about things rather than just stare at a screen. 
  3. You Stay Present: When we eat we are present. There is something about mother nature just keeping you grounded. There is so much to see when we eat outside. The trees, the sky, people walking...so much! This allows us to stay present, which is good practice for other moments of your life.

So, if you don't have an outdoor table, I totally encourage that you get one. Or if you don't have room go to a park or find a place to eat outside at least once a week. Your eating experience will change and you will enjoy your food more. 

Until next time!

Mirley

Why Your Skincare Isn't Working

Recently I've talked to people about their skincare not working. The fact of the matter is that, there could be a number of reasons why your skincare isn't working. Everyone is different, everyone's skin is different and everyone's lifestyle is different. 

Below are 5 reasons + *Bonus* reason why your skincare may not be working.

Reason #1: The skincare you're using is not right for you.

This may be an easy answer to just say, "This skincare isn't right for me." Although that may be true let's explore why your skincare may not be right for you. 

Your skin may be allergic to some of the ingredients. Does you skincare contain toxic ingredients that is causing your skin to react? Even if your skincare is safe, clean skincare that has an evaluation of a 1-3 in the www.ewg.org/skindeep/ database, you may just be allergic to one of the ingredients. There is no one size fits all skincare

Reason #2: You're not feeding your body beauty foods.

Before you come to the conclusion that your skincare isn't for you, try examining what you're eating. Are you including lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet? Are you eating plenty of greens, berries and all the colors of the rainbows? 

The fact of the matter is that our skin reflects what is going on inside our body. Our body reflects what's happening to us based on the food we eat. We need to eat nutritious, healthy food that helps us flush out toxins, which in turn gives us glowing skin. 

These foods help our skin look young, plump and supple because of all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

We also need to consider not eating dairy and gluten. I know, this is hard...trust me after having read study after study after study I'm not coming to the conclusion that dairy and gluten are horrible for our skin. It causes a lot of inflammation and our body doesn't process it well, which is why we end getting gassy, bloated and acne, which in turn makes us look older too.

Reason #3: You're not getting enough sleep.

Have you ever noticed what your skin and face look like after not having good sleep. Our skin looks withered, we have bags under our eyes and we don't look don't look good.

Getting good sleep helps us stay looking fresh, young and happy, which makes us look younger. Make sure you're getting enough sleep as well as creating a good sleep ritual at night that will ensure a good night's rest. 

Reason #4: You're not drinking enough water.

I've personally noticed that when I don't drink enough water, my skin looks tired, dull and not as radiant. Water, has been argued is the most important nutrient your body needs. If we don't drink water for 3 days, we die. It's crucial that we drink plenty of water to help our body flush out toxins and give us glowing skin.

If you don't like plain water, there are definitely ways to give your water flavor. Try adding fruit, cucumber or mint to your water to give it flavor. Consider drinking herbal tea or drink coconut water. Coconut water is a great way to drink water with an extra boost of hydration, which again is great for your skin. 

Reason #5: You may be under some stress. 

Stress is a killer. Not only do we look haggard when we're stressed, we don't feel good and our body doesn't absorb the nutrients necessary to flush out toxins and give us glowing skin. Some of us eat too much when we're stressed and others of us don't eat enough. 

Stress makes us look old, tired...it seriously ages us. 

Lastly, I want to add that no matter what skincare we use, no matter how well we eat, sleep, drink water or how free we are from stress, we all age. It's kind of a scary part of life, especially when we're seeing it happen. 

Aging is a part of life and embracing it will help us to age gracefully. I know it's hard especially when we see Hollywood celebrities who are 70 look 40. It's like what are you doing and whatever you're doing, I want to do that too! But there is something nice about aging gracefully.

Just think about our grandmothers. I have two beautiful grandmothers that aged gracefully. Perfectly smooth skin was not a priority and yet they looked young, beautiful and there was a sense of wisdom that you could see in their age. 

Aging gracefully should be our goal. 

If you liked this vlog, share it and pin it please! 

Mirley xo

5 Tips for Gym Etiquette

Hi Beauty! 

Have you ever been to the gym and not been able to use a machine because someone was hogging it up?! 

Well that happened to me yesterday. I wasn't able to use a machine because someone was hogging it up! 

Due to that experience I decided to create this video. 

Hi! This is Mirley Guerra Graf and you are at Natural Beauty Fitness.

This is a place to be if you are a woman who’s struggling to love your body and want to get healthy and strong, so you can feel confident and beautiful in your own skin.

Today we are going to be talking about gym etiquette. Yesterday, I went to the gym and I was a little turned off by the situation and it just bothered me because it forced me to waste time and that was completely unnecessary.

I went home and I looked up if there is was anything in gym etiquette and there are. There are various different people posting articles on gym etiquette and so I want to share with you my top five tips for having good manners in the gym so that you are respectful to others. And hopefully we could spread the respectfulness to everyone else.

My first rule is to wipe off.

When you’re in the gym, a lot of people sweat a lot, and they leave their sweat on the machines. This is disgusting. So it’s really important that you always take a towel, or they have paper towels, and just wipe it off. It’s just common courtesy to do so. Nobody wants to sit on your sweat, and you don’t want to be doing that to others either, so wipe off.

My Second tip--this is actually what got to me yesterday--is to not hog the machines.

Yesterday I was at the gym, and there was a man that had taken over two... He’s doing two workouts at the same time. Well, that is completely fine and I saw where his thought process was at. He just didn’t want to do the same workout at the same time.

That said, he could have actually shared the machine with me. We’re in a gym; this is not his private home. So, he was doing an oblique crunch so he had a way so he was crunching over to the side.

And then he had taken over the machine that was going to work on his thighs. I needed that machine; that was part of my workout yesterday. And it would have really easy for him to allow me to use the machine while he was doing his oblique crunch. That way I’m not wasting time and I am not really in his way. We’re just using the machine at the same time.

Anyway I asked him, “Oh, are you using this machine?“ as he was doing his oblique crunch. And he said, “Yes, I have my towel on it. I’m using the machine.” He went back to his Oblique crunch. That really bothered me because he was obviously not using the machine at that time, He could have let me use it while he was doing his oblique crunch.

Next time you’re at the gym, don’t hug on the machines. And if you are going to do something like that, just share and be like, “Yeah I’m doing this while I’m doing this, can you do that and just kind of save it for me?” because, yes, there is only one of those machines but he did not do that. And that’s when it really gets me.

The next tip is: Don’t be loud.

I’m sure many of us we probably have never done this but we all gone to the gym and we always hear that one person that was like “Ugh, Urg, Urg!” No one cares, we all can hear you. In fact, we don’t even know if you’re doing your workout right but we get it. You’re strong, you’re doing your thing.

We don’t want to hear you. That’s for TV entertainment, not permitted at the gym. Just don’t do that. If something is going to make you yell like that, you might need to bring down the weight just a little bit.

Also if you’re on your cellphone this really bothers people and they’re doing their thing and you get on the cellphone and you’re like, “Hey Toby! What’s up?” and you’re really loud and obnoxious. No one wants to hear that. No one cares about your conversation. Take it outside or ignore the call. If you must absolutely take it, just be courteous and tag it on the normal level. We don’t all want to hear the conversation, because people are talking to the gym all the time anyway. But sometimes when people get out to their phone, they lose their hearing and they just talk very loud.

My next tip is to please don’t spray these obnoxious perfumes or colognes.

Yes, you want to smell good. If you actually need to smell good because you are leaving the gym, you don’t want to smell all nasty. Go take a shower or you just put some extra deodorant but don’t spray your Chanel or don’t spray your Axe.

I had instances where when I was teaching, students would come in after they had PE and they had sprayed Axe. I had headaches, and I had horrible headaches. I asked them, “Please don’t, please don’t spray those stuff” and of course they would come back with a response with, “Do you want to smell it?” And I just, “No, you can put on your deodorant and you’re good, but don’t spray this. Like I had a headache, I can’t take this.”

If you’re in that situation where you just don’t want to smelly, either take a shower or put some deodorant. But don’t spray all about because there’s a lot of people with this kind of allergies that just can’t handle those smells. And we’re actually getting headaches from them.

My last tip is to put things back.

I’m sure you already knew that when you take something out you put it back. Just do that, if you have the way to or if you have five pounds dumbbells, don’t leave them on floor. Don’t leave them on the other side of the gym. Put them back where you found them.

It’s common courtesy; it helps keep the gym look clean. And it helps actually the people that are working at the gym, as well. It helps the people that are at the gym, when they’re looking for those dumbbells, they’re looking for that barbell weight, they’re looking for that other weight. They don’t have to scour the entire gym because it’s right there. People were decent enough to put it back.

If that’s you, if you are borrowing any equipment from the gym, put it back where you found it. It makes the gym look nice, and it’s just courteous to others.

Those are my five tips for gym etiquettes. I hope you liked this edition of Natural Beauty Fitness. And if you did, go ahead and subscribe. If you want to receive weekly workouts from me, make sure you that you hit the link at the bottom. And I would be sending weekly workouts to everyone that’s on the list. So with that, Have a good day and remember that when you love your body, your body loves you back.

 Goodbye!

Let me know below in the comments if you have ever had a similar experience happen to you and what other gym etiquette tips you might have for the community. 

Your Natural Beauty Coach,

Mirley 

3 Reasons Why Joining a Workout Studio is a Great Idea

Hi Beauty!

During the month of February, my family and I moved from California to Virginia. We drove for three weeks and enjoyed getting to know the country and seeing so many museums, national parks, meeting new people and going to barre studios. 

Although I seriously love barre, I did not join a studio it because there were none in my town that included child care. On my trip, I learned that some barre studios come with child care, which makes it so much more awesome! 

I learned that going to barre studios is great for everyone because they are more intimate, you're more excited to workout, you get the appropriate attention while exercising and a great support community. So let me explain in further detail why joining a barre studio or any studio is so great to join. 

Barre studios or any other studio focus on one type of workout. This means that you become good at that exercise. The instructor changes the actual workout and challenges your body in many different ways but the type of workout is the same. This is great for anyone that has found their soulmate workout and doesn't care to do anything else. 

When you find a studio that fits your needs, you're more excited to workout. The fact is that when you find the workout that you love, that makes you look naturally beautiful, you're more excited to exercise and go to the studio. 

Lastly, the instructor cares about your fitness progress. Because the classes are smaller, the instructor gets to know you, correct your positions and guide you. It's almost like having a personal trainer but with a group of friends! 

It's seriously great! 

So, would you consider joining a workout studio? If so, which one? Let me know in the comments below! 

Mirley xo

How to Create a Traveling Kitchen

Next week, my family and I will be off on an adventure to Virginia from California. We are going to drive there! 

My husband is going to be stationed there so we are all moving there. In an effort to eat healthy and save money on the trip, we are going to cook some of our meals. I'm not totally sure how we're going to do this but we are definitely going to try. 

I remember being little, my parents taking a portable electric stove, a pot and food for us to eat in the hotel room when we went out. I remember not being grateful for the fact that my parents were being health and money conscience. However, now that I'm older I really appreciate and am grateful to the lessons they were teaching us. 

So, now it's my turn to create healthy meals while being health conscience for my family.

I'm taking my vitamix, an electric stove and a small pot and pan. 

My plan is to make breakfast, lunch and snacks. Here is what's on my mind...

  • Breakfast: green smoothie with polenta, oatmeal or chia porridge
  • Snacks:  trail mix made by me
  • Lunch: tempeh burritos, veggie sandwiches, or veggie burritos and maybe soups

I can't say I know how this is going to turn out right now, but this is my plan. I'm looking forward to sharing with you my health and fitness journey as we travel across the country. 

Let me know in the comments below how have you made accommodations for your meals when you travel. 

Talk to ya soon!

xo Mirley

What is Natural Beauty?

All my life, I have admired natural beauty. The type of beauty that is real, honest and simple. I have always tried to embrace natural beauty in my own life. 

Here is how I define natural beauty:

Natural Beauty: honest, graceful and timeless. 

Natural beauty does not meal not taken care of, abandoned or trendy. It's a type of beauty that lasts forever. 

Over the centuries, we've seen time and time again fashions come and go. Even the definition of a hot body changes. What was seen as beautiful in the 1920s for women is very different in the 2010's. 

We really need to be careful as to what trends to follow and really be true to our femininity so that we can have that timeless beauty.

So what do we have to do to have timeless beauty? Well here are 5 of my suggestions:

  1. Use Toxic Free Skin Care: The use of skin care is something that starts for most women in their teens, when they begin to breakout. We immediately go and purchase the skin care that all of our friends are using and the one that the commercials says work.  Instead of using toxic skin care that actually creates more harm to our skin like dryness, use skin care without toxic chemicals and that nourishes your skin. 
  2. Wear Light Makeup: Make up trends change over the years. However, one trend that never goes away is wearing a natural subtle look. It looks great in all your pictures and in real life too! Remember to wear makeup that is also toxic free so that your skin may benefit from it.
  3. Eat Clean Leafy Greens: We all know that eating healthy is something we should do. But did you know that the foods you eat actually impact the way your skin and hair looks too?! Not only that, it impacts your energy as well. Including more fruits and veggies will bring our energy up and make our skin glow. 
  4. Exercise: If you want a feminine body that is timeless, choose an exercise that will help you get there like: barre, yoga, Zumba and strength training with high reps. These types of workouts will help you get a lean, long body that is feminine and graceful.
  5. Wear a Dress: That's right, wear a dress. Since the 1970s, women have worn more and more pants. Don't get me wrong, I wear pants and I do believe they have their place. However, pants tend to restrain us and make ups feel uncomfortable no matter how thin you are. Wearing a dress will help display your body in a beautiful way without being judgmental of the foods you eat. 

So there are my suggestions to brining out your natural beauty. Your natural beauty is timeless. Don't hide it! Embrace it! 

Your Natural Beauty Coach,

Mirley 

3 Reasons Why You Should Find Your Soulmate Workout

Have you ever met a person that found their soulmate workout? This is the person that is excited to try out the new trend...but rather than getting bored from it, they're still motivated to workout and continue this form of exercise!

You see, what this person has found is their soulmate workout. Their soulmate workout is the exercise that gets them motivated to move, get fit and get healthy. This workout gets them excited to start the day. 

Now to be clear...not everyone doing their soulmate workout is necessarily doing it to lose weight. In fact, you may see people that plateau. However this does not matter to them. 

They love to do their soulmate workout because they feel naturally beautiful.

Here are the reasons why finding your soulmate workout is so beneficial:

  1. You'll love to workout
  2. You'll meet people who have the same interests as you
  3. You'll reach your natural weight faster. 

Watch the video below and listen to my explanations for each of the points. 

Now, in the comments below, let me know if you have found a soulmate workout. What is your favorite to exercise?

Mirley xo

P.S. Share this blog with anyone you think would benefit from it. 

How to Eat with Pleasure

Hi Beauties! 

Do you love to eat? I mean seriously...do you love to eat?

I honestly do. It's so relaxing to sit down and eat my meal. It's honestly one of my most relaxing times of the day! I love to sit down and either hear the wind outside, have a conversation with my husband or whomever I'm hanging out with and just taste the food. 

Eating, is a pleasurable moment but somewhere in history we lost touch with the yumminess of food. We made it bad and then we gave it bad labels. 

I've always loved eating and it's for this reason that I created this instructional video for you. 

Watch the video below and let me know what you've taken from it. I want to read your thoughts.

To eating with pleasure!

Mirley 

Why I HATE Diets

Hi Beauties!

Diets have never been my thing. I don't believe in dieting.

In fact, dieting actually makes you gain weight! Here is why...

1. FAT TUESDAY:

I'm just going to call the day before starting a diet, Fat Tuesday like the holiday before Ash Wednesday, when people binge on their favorite foods or bad habits before they give it up for 40 days.

The day before a diet begins is very similar to Fat Tuesday. People binge on their favorite foods before they are forced to give them up causing them to deprive themselves even more.

2. I CAN'T EAT MY FAVORITE FOODS!

Not eating our favorite foods, whether it be ice cream, donuts, fries, pasta or whatever, actually causes us to crave those foods even more! Suddenly eating our favorite foods becomes a "sin" and we feel like we need to sneak these foods in and furthermore, we feel guilty for eating them! Whoever said food is supposed to make you feel guilty!

3. DIETS MAKE YOU FAT!

Yes this is true! That fact of the matter is that after having been deprived of our favorite foods, the first thing to do after completing a diet is go straight to those forbidden foods and binge on them. This causes seriously damage to your metabolism. Now your metabolism is starving for food for weeks and then suddenly it's fed HUGE amounts of low quality food! Our metabolism does not like extremes.

In conclusion, diets are seriously not something you ever want to adopt or fall into. No matter which of your favorite celebrities is doing that one diet that gave her great results. We've all seen the evidence of these celebrities bouncing up and down when they're on and off a diet. It's not healthy and it's not worth it.

So let me know in the comments below, what are your frustrations with diets?

My Secret Ingredient to Making a Green Smoothie Taste Good

Hi Beauties!

Recently, I was asked how to make a green smoothie taste good. This person was trying the new trend to drink green smoothies and just could not get passed the bitter green flavor. So I told him what my secret ingredient is. 

To learn more, watch the video below and learn how I make my green smoothies taste good. 

Let me know if you will be adding my secret ingredient to your green smoothie and also let me know how it tasted after you did! 

Talk to ya soon!

Mirley 

How to declutter your life

Hi Beauty!

In the last week by coincidence I have been reading about decluttering. First in the my latest coaching program that I'm taking with Melissa Pharr, then in the book I'm reading Miracle Morning for Network Marketers and finally in my skin care's newsletter Spread the Light by Kora Organics

Yesterday, on my own I decided to clean the office and one of my closets. I didn't plan to clean them, I just did. It was as if my clutter had gotten to me and it was time to clean. Or was it that everything I had been reading got to my subconscious and I just had to declutter. Whatever the reason, I got rid of so much! Now I feel light and relaxed.

So what does this have to do with fitness?

When it comes to fitness people collect fitness equipment, videos, protein, eBook guides and much more. This is all in the hopes of motivating themselves to workout. This is not to mention the like of fan pages on social media, magazines, dusty old gym memberships and recipe books. 

However, it still seems like many of us are reaching our fitness goals!

The reason is clutter. When we have all of this stuff, our minds become cluttered and tired and they just don't know where to begin. 

I'm definitely guilty of cluttering. I especially clutter and collect when I'm not sure what I'm looking for. So I collect hoping something will inspire me but instead I get overwhelmed. 

This is what clutter does to you:

  • Stresses you out
  • Keeps you tired
  • Confuses you as to where to begin
  • Overwhelms you
  • Blocks your ability to move forward
  • Limits God or the universe from showing the way

What should I get rid of?

  • Workout videos you don't use
  • Workout equipment
  • Cancel your gym membership and use the workout videos
  • Fitness magazines
  • Recipe books

Take the Clutter Test

  • Does it fit who I am?
  • Do I get excited when I look at it?
  • Do I love it?
  • Is it useful? 
  • Is it necessary? 

What do I do with my old stuff?

  • Donate it
  • Sell it online (There are many sites like Amazon, Ebay, Criag's List and more)
  • Save it and use it!

What does decluttering do for me?

  • Makes me feel light
  • Allows me to breathe
  • Allows me to make clear decisions
  • Forces me to get back on track

I hope this helps you. Let me know of all the things you got rid of. 

XOXO

Mirley 

She wanted to be Confident and Beautiful

Hi Beauties!

This message comes to you as a friend, as I recently learned about the death of mother of three beautiful children.

Like many of us women, she wanted to feel confident and beautiful and she believed the best way to do that was through stomach reduction, followed by a Mommy Makeover, (a tummy tuck and boob job). 

Five days after her Mommy Makeover surgery, she passed away from a blood clot.

While not all who undergo Mommy Makeovers have this fatal outcome, the risk is there.

The pressure of looking a "perfect" so we can feel beautiful is so intense that taking short cuts has become a resolution to being overweight or managing health concerns that may be resolved through healthy habits and efforts. What I believe we must strive for is better health and appreciation of our bodies and ourselves, NOT pass the impossible test of looking perfect.

Healthy looks different on everybody, and even more important, we must remember what our actions are teaching our children and young women.

Think of the women in your life who you love, and about the different things that make each of them beautiful. Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vergara and Sofia Loren all have different body types that are beautiful in different ways.

I can't help but think, and believe, that a tragedy such as this may have been avoided, if we and our daughters were taught to love ourselves instead and practice habits that display that, rather than feel we must alter our bodies in ways that involve such risk, only to hold ourself to the impossible standards that the media promotes, which often leave us feeling not good enough.

I feel I can't not speak up as this event and message is so closely tied in with my message of embracing your natural body shape and finding healthy, natural ways to take amazing care of yourself so you feel fantastic and teach your children the same.....

Mirley xo

P.S. If this resonated with you, please leave a comment where we can continue the conversation. 

Rules for Eating Well

Hi Beauty!

Last Friday, I talked about four simple rules to eating well. When you follow these rules you will see how your body will, on its own, gravitate to its natural shape. 

The rules are

Rules for Eating Well
  1. Eat a variety of foods
  2. Eat seasonal and local
  3. Eat lots of veggies
  4. Drink 2-3 liters of water a day. 

Do these simple steps and see your body look amazing! 

Love. Move. Fuel. Connect.

Mirley 

5 Lessons From a Baby

Five months ago I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. She is a handful but seriously so much fun! Over the last 5 months I've learned so much from her and continue to learn. Here are five lessons she has taught me.

1. Wake up Happy
Every morning when my daughter wakes up, she wakes up with a smile. She is so happy to start a new day. So happy to see the sun and to make the best of the day. 
In this same way, we should wake up with a smile. I know we are sometimes tired or don't want to wake up so early but every day is a new day to make the best of. A new day to make change and do something new.


2. Be excited about life
My daughter is starting to explore everything. She is so excited by all the new things that are around her. Everything is exciting, everything has life and everything is worth smiling about. 

If there is something I haven't lost is getting excited about new things. Whether it's new soap, new book or something I've just never seen. This excitement over things makes life worth living. I don't necessarily go out and look for new things, I just spot them. Try looking for new things and getting excited about it. Trust me, it makes life a lot of fun. 


3. Be present
Guess who is teaching me to keep the phone out of my bed? Yup! My daughter. In the morning when she wakes up I feed her in my bed and let her hang out there. She does not like it when I have my phone out. She'll be telling me a baby story and smiling and I'll have my phone behind her head. She'll stop her story and look at the phone and stop smiling. I've noticed that this phone does not make her happy. 
My daughter wants me present. She wants me there attentive to her stories. I'm learning to put my phone away when I'm with her...except when I'm taking pictures. That said, being present is very important. Every day with her brings something new. I don't want to miss it because I was on my phone. 


4. Move
My daughter loves to move around. She has a lot of energy. If she could, she would run around everywhere. She is very happy when she is active. She smiles, she giggles, she is alive. 
 

Moving, exercising, doing something out doors is a great way to bring back life into your body. It's a great way to pump blood into your system and make those endorphins come alive! Moving makes you happy :)


5. Eat
Eating for adults and babies is a different. However, I'm learning somethings from her that I think apply to us all. Whenever, my daughter is hungry she eats. When she is full, she stops. She does not eat more than she can handle and she eats what her body needs. 
In this same way, we should listen to our bodies and only eat what we can. Over eating does nothing good for our body. Listen to your body and when you are full stop. 
 

Now it's your turn. In the comments below share what lessons have they taught you? 
I can't wait to hear from you! 
 

XOXO
Mirley