Hello TNK tribees. In light of the new year I wanted to shed some inspo your way in regards to setting goals and my philos0phy around wellness. It’s more about creating realistic health intentions that provide a deeper meaning to YOU and less about restricting or detoxing. Atleast that’s my opinion and maybe it will inspire you in one way or another.
My Health Philosophy & TNK Mission
In general, you will not see me preach about a specific diet or right/wrong way to go about eating, movement and living your best life. I truly believe we are all made up differently and what makes you feel good may be totally different than mine. There can be a lot of judgement in the wellness space and it tends to be very black and white. Full blown vegan or you’re unhealthy. 100% paleo or you’re going to get fat. Anti-diet and HAES or you’re messed up in the brain. I don’t like to preach from a one-sided point of view. Nor do I enjoy learning from others that feel as though they know EVERYTHING. We should never stop learning, absorbing or listening. Because that is when our potential and growth stops.
My biggest mantra for you is to stay curious. Be open to the new research, delicious foods, fitness crazes and wellness tips but stay true to what works for YOU.
Less Judgment, More Exploration.
My hope is that TNK is a place of inspiration for you to try wholesome, REAL foods that are delicious and nutritious. Foods to fuel the body and feed the soul….without feeling pressure to sucumb to the latest diet craze. A place to help you explore YOUR version of wellness and feel good movement. I will never preach a specific way to live your life. It’s about giving the tools, resources and inspiration while you’re on the journey of discovering what wellness is for YOU.
Some people thrive off gluten free, plant based or following Whole 30 and hey more power to you! Same with exercise…some will swear by yoga everyday while others get hyped up for cross fit. Like I said, this girl is not about judgement. I think it’s so important to live a healthy life the way you want; what makes YOU a better human…to thrive, be happy, energetic and live a long intentional life. I’m not going to lie, it takes work. Don’t be misguided by my platform and pretty photos becasue we ALL have struggles. Our journies to discovery & feeling whole is anything but linear.
Remember, happiness is a fleeting feeling. Joy and confidence does not occur without some struggle and discomfort.
I have been around the block my friends and this year I definitely want to shed some light your way about my own journey. It takes time though, vulnerability is not easy. The courage to let those wounds open takes extreme strength. Stay tuned for a Wellness Wednesday series of some sorts in 2019 but I will link to some previous posts at the end this to give more insight on my path 🙂
Creating Life Long Habits vs. Quick Fixes
With the new year, every detox and diet centered marketing ploy is thrown our way. It’s tough. You see before and after photos and think YES let’s do it. 10 days to a better me? Sign me up!
Not my jam. My advice to you is to not start this year off on a “diet” or calorie restriction. Or even a fitness regimen you despise.
I mean, why should we kick off January feeling forced or miserable? Nuh nuh no. Let’s keep it real. Setting goals based on numbers or quick fixes will only lead to detrimental ways of thinking. And feelings of failure. Because if we don’t hit that number or get off track it’s going to feel like the end of the world. Then maybe we go completely off the rails, only to feel more bleh.
Take it from someone with an all or nothing mentality. I feel you. That’s why things like Whole 30 or cutting out nutrients doesn’t jive with me; not to say it’s not a valuable tool for others though! For me personally, I have come to find that creating sustainable, daily habits is key to living healthy ALL YEAR ROUND.
Sometimes we’re so far down the whole of living off donuts or following a number driven diet that anything else doesn’t feel possible. Sometimes we don’t even know how good we could feel. How much more energy we could have…Happiness, improved digestion, mental health, STRENGTH…both externally and internally.
One of my goals with TNK this year is to truly help provide you with tools to create LIFE LONG healthy habits.
That’s the basis behind the wholesome recipes here with nutritious ingredients (no fake, synthetic, crap or bland bro food) I create for you. Cooking and getting comfortable in the kitchen is timeless. It will carry you through life. “No Carbs Ever” will not. Sorry about it. What matters is what you do MOST of the time. Aka your wellness HABITS. Wholesome veggies, fruits, honest ingredients, homemade cooking, hydration, nature, human connection, daily movement, spiruality, REST…
The journey is all about developing the habits that bring abundance to your inner self. And yes, the occasional brownie from your favorite Bakery (looking at you Tatte), fresh from the oven sourdough bread + wine nights with your pals and making your mental health a priority are all included.
Tips For Setting YOUR Realistic Health Intentions
Dig Deep for your Wellness WHY: It’s important to understand the WHY behind your goals. Instead of focusing on losing X amount of pounds or numbers, ask yourself why you want to set those goals…how do you want to feel about life? What’s going to keep you feeling your damn self? Keep you waking up and excited to take on the day? Energized, strong, content…
Motivation is temporary. Purpose is what keeps you going.
Immediate gratification is not ever-lasting. That’s why this step is SO important and I think a great place to start is writing out your CORE values in life. Then each month, realign yourself with those values and set habits or intentions that line up with them. And those intentions won’t always be about food or exercise. Taking care of yourself goes well beyond that. Our mental health and taking care of our INNER being is pivotal. The other stuff won’t matter or make an impact if YOU aren’t in a good place…
Try Something New: This goes back to my whole mantra of “stay curious”. Be open to trying something new! For example, I’ve always been intimidated by kickboxing classes. Let’s be real, I’m this little girl in a room full of bags and boys the size of Mark Wahlberg’s arm. But you know what? It’s a new way to move my body. Meet new people with different passions. Being more open to it will only expand my mind and help develop more strength physically. You’d be surprised by the confidence and feel good endorphins that come with getting out of our comfort zones. Movement is a core value of mine and it can mean different things to us all. Be open and stay curious to finding something that lights you up.
Create a Morning Routine: How we wake up sets the tone for the rest of the day. It just makes sense. I am a HUGE fan of mornings and something to remember is that we may not be able to control all the craziness that happens to us throughout the day BUT you get to decide how it will start. I’ll admit, my life is cray right now from the internship & balancing TNK which makes my mornings super rushed during the week. But I try as much as I can to make that first hour MINE even if it means waking up earlier. It can be as simple as rehydrating with lemon water, making some coffee, deep breathing and getting in some feel good exercise that brings confidence. Only YOU get to decide how your day will begin.
A Mini Reset is Okay: We all know that feeling after over indulging or post-vacation food. This doesn’t mean we have to punish ourselves for LIVING life. Maybe you need a break from the alcohol, eating out or baked goods. Hey that’s cool. With that, focus on what you can ADD to your lifestyle instead of restricting. It could be implementing more water throughout the day (instead of focusing on less alcohol/sugary beverages). Or adding vegetables to your main meals/cooking at home 4x per week (instead of focusing on less baked goods and chinese takeout). It could mean taking time to read each night, a hot bath once a week (instead of surrounding yourself with negative energy)…whatever it is! Focus on the healthy ADDITIONS. Make note of how these implementations make you feel. Once we recognize that good feeling…our wellness habits start to form.
Implement Habits Slowly: Life is a journey. A damn marathon. Trust me, I ran one…it was insanity. Just kidding, but honestly there is no reason to go all or nothing. Start slow. Maybe it’s a green smoothie for breakfast or cooking at home you want to implement more of. Focus on that one habit for a few weeks. Then maybe you want to try a new workout class, yoga, journaling or take up running…ease into it! Sometimes less is better because then we can be more intentional with what we’re doing versus trying to be wonder woman all the time…only to burn out in the end.
Do you have health intentions for the new year? Align yourself with core values? I would love to hear your goals, inspiration or struggles in the wellness space. Remember, nobody’s journey is perfect and I definitely don’t have it all figured out. Life is made up of ups, downs and lots of fleeting moments. Embrace the journey. I’m learning to just that myself!
Check out these posts for more insight on my philosphy and wellness journey: