Why do so many of us fail to maintain a consistent fitness regimen? Usually it’s because we lose motivation after failing to see results. That happens because we exercise to a achieve a long term physical goal, but in reality we want results NOW. Because it takes some time to see these physical benefits we begin to lose hope and eventually give up altogether. If we change our perspective on exercise and decide to workout for the instant benefits, knowing we actually WILL see results immediately, suddenly the thought of sweating it out at the gym becomes a bit more alluring. Right?!
I’m no good at waiting around for things, like most of us, I want to give 100% up front and reap the benefits as soon as possible. The same is true for exercising. When I first heard that exercise could make me a better person I was a little skeptical. Then I thought about it more, adopted this new outlook on exercising, and realized YEAH, it really does make me a better ME! That’s when I committed to the idea that working out was an investment worthy of my time.
Here’s a list of all the amazing benefits of exercise that you can enjoy instantly-–
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Sparks inspiration and motivation
- Makes you a better role model
- More conscious of making healthy food choices
- Improves your relationships
- Great time to catch up on personal development (like podcasts and audiobooks)
Exercise because you love yourself…
… not because you feel the need to achieve a specific physical aesthetic or a certain number on the scale. If you achieve everything on this list by exercising, not only will you enjoy exercise more consistently and be more active, but you will find it easier to let go of whatever weight you’re holding on to.
So every time I am dragging my feet to do some sort of exercise, I remind myself that I’ll be better for it, and I think of all these reasons listed above.
Now there are a couple of caveats with this whole thing. You MUST find a form of exercise that’s enjoyable for you. If weight lifting is not your cup of tea, then try yoga. If you’re not keen on the idea of running, then start with walks or hikes. Begin with workouts that will elevate your heart rate yet but won’t completely wear you out. If you hate the type of exercise you’re doing, then you won’t feel happy at the end of it and you definitely won’t stick with it. Find the right type of physical activity for you and start reaping the benefits of exercise asap! 🙂
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Recently I found myself in a serious health and fitness slump lasting several weeks. Oopsy! It happens. There had just been so much excitement lately and I was grateful for every minute of it– traveling, hosting guests, celebrating, and just life in general! Life gets busy. That’s just a fact! But how does one stay healthy when they’re so busy? How do you pull yourself out of a slump? I’ve learned it’s important to live a little, not take yourself so seriously and find YOUR version of balance. Continue reading
When I started this blog my focus was on health related topics like food, fitness, and overall wellness. As I’ve grown this past year I have realized just how comprehensive health is. It is not simply defined by the fuel we put into our bodies or the exercises that shapes us. Healthy living is more than the number on a scale or even the positive mindset we work so hard to foster. To live in good health, to live well, is to live freely, simply, and with optimism. I was really able to comprehend this on my recent visit to Costa Rica. The “Pura Vida” lifestyle is easy to embrace as it reminds me to take it easy. Continue reading
In honor of Valentine’s Day this past weekend, my husband and I celebrated by doing something a little bit “unconventional” compared to what other couples do on this day. We decided to stay in and cook up ramen! First, let me stop you right there– this is not the same type of ramen you ate in college. Ok let’s continue… So last year we started a new Valentine’s Day tradition where we decide on a recipe we would like to recreate together. We had such a fun time with this, we did it again this year and wanted to try our hands at making ramen. When we lived in Portland, Karim was on a very serious quest for ramen. There were so many great ramen spots there to explore and we’ve really been missing it since moving to North Carolina, so we thought what better dish to cook up on this day of love!
Earlier in the day I did most of the prep work by washing and chopping the veggies and garnishes. That evening we poured ourselves some white wine and got to work cooking up our very first homemade ramen. I have to admit I did not believe in our skills and was prepared for a not-so-great bowl of noodles. But, we outdid ourselves and it turned out to be delish! I couldn’t believe how easy it was. It was the perfect warm, comfort food for a cold winter Sunday night.
This recipe is totally vegan and gluten free, but you can add pork and a soft boiled egg like Karim did. What I love about this dish is how customizable it is! Even the flavor of the broth is totally up to you. I usually find it to be a bit too salty when I eat it at restaurants, but at home I am the one to decide how much salt or spice to add and can load up on the veggies.
So when you try this recipe out, put your own twist on it. I can’t wait to see your version of ramen 🙂
Gluten Free, Vegan Ramen Recipe
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat
Once the pot is hot, add oil, garlic, ginger and onion. Sauté, stirring occasionally for 5 o 8 minutes or until the onions have browned along the edges.
Add 1 cup of the mushroom broth to deglaze the bottom of the pan, scraping up any bits that have stuck to the bottom.
Add the remaining 3 cups of mushroom broth + 2 cups water, tamari, and mushrooms. Stir.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer on low for at least an hour, or up to 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. The longer this cooks, the more the enhanced the flavor will be.
Taste your broth and adjust the seasonings a needed (add salt, sriracha, or additional tamari if desired).
When your about 30 minutes from serving, start prepping your toppings (green onions and carrots*) then the noodles.
NOODLES: bring pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add ramen noodles. Allow to boil for 3 minutes, then separate noodles with fork. Allow to cook for another minute, then drain and rinse with cold water.
To serve, put 1/4 of noodles into bowl then pour broth over it. Top with carrots, green onions, cilantro and any other garnishes*
- Store your broth (separate from the noodles) in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Additional toppings for your ramen: tofu (or other protein of choice), bok choy, cilantro, soft-boiled egg.
- To make the tamari roasted carrots, chop up about 1 cup of carrots in coin-sizes. Toss with tamari and garlic powder. Roast at 350F for 25 to 30minutes.
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