Self care is not self indulgence; It’s self-preservation🌸
My body still isn’t ready for weight training yet and I’m chill with that🤗 Practicing yoga most mornings instead - I’m sore, tired and in recovery mode. Yoga is helping me to keep strength, beginning to develop mobility (which I should have started years ago), it’s building my mind & body connection and most of all it’s making me FEEL good🙌🏼 .
Listen - Respect - Practice 🍃
This weekend will see me putting some more finishing touches to my Rebirth programme and going back to Glastonbury, to energetically and practically prepare for the retreats that will be part of this 9-month journey.
I can’t tell you how excited this makes me feel -and the heat wave that we’re having in London these days just adds to it!! ☀️😉☀️ On my way to @evolve.wellness.centre now, for my face-to-face sessions..I honestly consider working with women on the path to an empowered, loving, reverent relationship with themselves and their bodies to be both an honour and a holy vocation, and am humbly grateful to be able to do this work every single day.. What are your plans for the weekend ahead?? Hope you make it a deeply pleasurable one! ♥️✨🌈
Last van een opgeblazen buik? Valt je eten als een baksteen op je maag? Of last van andere darmklachten? Dat ligt niet per se aan wát je eet, maar ook hóe je eet. Je spijsvertering is veel meer dan alleen kauwen, het belang van rust is ook essentieel voor goede opname en vertering.⠀
Hoe dat precies zit en hoe je dat aanpakt? Ik vertel je er alles over in een nieuw artikel op mijn blog! De directe link naar het artikel vind je in mijn profiel. ⬆️ #eetpaleo ⠀
to reach a place of generosity and love towards oneself requires immense compassion and acceptance... one thing i’ve often failed to realise – while ceaselessly trying to attain some sort of ideal or standard of perfection – is that holding a perception like this will never bring you to a place of peace or content. while you’d think that happiness finally awaits at the other end of the tunnel, arriving at the other side will only leave you in search of more; “good” will never be enough, because there is always “better”. -
how, then, can we stop losing ourselves in an endless search for perfection and a vicious cycle of criticism? i struggle with this on a daily basis, and the product of these warped cycles of thought manifests in my life in different ways. similarly, when i learn to view my life through a different lens, my relationships improve, my mind is calm, my heart is centered; my joy for life is through the roof, and my capacity for love greater than ever before. -
just some thoughts that struck me hard today, and while i feel like these messages are told to us over and over again so often, it really does take an epiphany of my own to truly internalize and understanding the value of holding such mindsets. don’t wait to reach a certain place or condition before you decide to love yourself. every facet of your being is deserving and worthy of this love, here and now. -
because no change can be fueled by hatred; even if you are not happy with the place that you are in right now, learn to initiate change from a place of love instead. these are just little reminders that i hope i can tell myself more and more each day, and perhaps to anyone who may chance upon such words that resonate as well. had my first try at baking bread yesterday (recipe from @peaceful_cuisine 💕) and while these matcha azuki braided buns look somewhat pretty, the texture was a huge no because of my non-existent kneading skills hahaha. will definitely try this again next time though, hopefully with more success now that i know where i went wrong! on hindsight, bread-making actually teaches you a surprising number of valuable life lessons. 😌🍃
I am blessed enough that i dont often have to bring work home. I work from 8-3 most days and wen i do work till 5 its regarded as late. I then explain that to the boys so they know wot to expect. It takes me less than 5 mins to get home and i have the rest of the day to do wot i like. I have no illusions about this, cos there is no way id b able to have that being back in South Africa.
Our home is always filled with toys everywhere...i am honestly not concerned with our home looking like a playground. Our kids only have this space since they cant play outdoors often and therefore they LIVE in our home.
In the 5 years before we had kids, everything had its place. I hung towels in a certain way. My cupboards were "packed" and there was order. Now, i dont waste time on things like that lol.
This weekend however i do have to work. I lecture 4 courses and for each, i have to compile exams + resits and makeups. I am just in no mood to get out of the boys' bed, as this is where i start my weekend mornings off.
At 6am Abdul-Jabbar wanted breakfast. His request was a chicken burger. Nawaaz wakes up 2 hours later and his request is avo. Using last nights left overs, i grilled the left over quesadillas in the panini press and added some baby cucumbers - baby tomato - avo and the last of the tahini sauce. Rocking my food prep to the max 🤘
Ingredient tip for the day: 🥑🥑🥑 These r amazing to add your daily menu. They r filled with good fats and they r super nutritious. U can use it instead of mayo and it makes a great add in to egg salad - tuna salad or even chicken salad. These would b great to add to your suhoor (pre-fasting meal). With some coconut milk u can make them into smoothies and with some thick cream u can make icecream. Sprinkle with some chia seeds or poppy seeds, eat them as a snack. Add some garlic - lemon juice and make a guacomole dip. Wishing u all a fabulous Friday 💐
Do You Catch Yourself Saying This?
When I lose 10kgs then.... I’ll be happy, then I’ll feel confident, then I’ll get back out in the dating world, then I’ll be more social, then I’ll start that yoga class!
I hear this SO often but what you need to know ladies is that it all has to start on the inside first!
Now this doesn’t mean you’re not going to love it when you do start transforming your body because of course you’re going to feel better when you start fitting in the clothes you want to wear and you catch sight of yourself in the mirror and feel proud, but this all starts inside.
If you can’t find some love and gratitude for your body right now I promise you you’re not going to have it just because that number on the scales goes down. And it’s going to be an uphill battle if you don’t have your mindset on side for the journey! Trust me I did this for so long!
Stop waiting around for that day to come and step into the version of you who loves her body, feels good and owns the badass that she is 🙌🏼💕✌️
When you have bullied your body for so long and deprived it of so many different foods and quantities of food then naturally your body is going to crave those foods. Once you start truly tuning in to what your body wants, you’ll notice how your body knows exactly what it needs. If I am craving chocolate then that’s what my body needs. If I am craving fruits and veggies then that’s what my body needs at that point. Reaching beyond the fear of truly listening to what your body wants is something so beautiful. I love learning about intuitive eating because it all makes perfect sense.
I had a bit more to work with for #useitorloseitthursday dinner this week. I pulled everything that needed to be used out of the fridge and knew right away that I needed to make a frittata. I somehow thought we needed eggs when I went grocery shopping last week and ended up with about 5 dozen🥚🤦🏽♀️. I beat 8 eggs with the last half a cup or so @so_delicious unsweetened almond milk I had left in the carton and poured it over cooked @hemplerfoods bacon pieces and ends, @earthboundfarm Power Greens mix, some diced red onion and chopped roasted bell peppers. Added a little salt and pepper and baked for 15 mins at 375°F. Topped it with a sprig of parsley cause I'm fancy like that.
✨GOING INTO FRIDAY LIKE 🔥
💛Last long shift before I get the weekend off 🍾 to make shit happen 💸
✨What are your weekend plans girlies? Make me jealous 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
💛The sun is out, it’s bloody beautiful, embrace it, get outside and don’t moan about it being too hot 😂😂😂 #sunbaby
R5D5M2: I just had jerky for breakfast, I was so nervous about giving my testimony at an International Christian Women’s Club luncheon today!
I was also nervous about staying on track, but I did it! I made up two salads, at the buffet, added some tuna I brought along, drizzled it with ranch I brought, and sipped a Luh Cwah to ease my nerves!
It was an overwhelming success staying compliant at a buffet filled with yummy Asian fare!
You know what feels good?! Running the beach with your babies and keeping up with them.
Get excited ✌🏻🤸🏻♀️ This is going to change your life if you go ALL IN and trust the process.
I know it’s scary, you’ve had a million promises before, a different diet plan every direction you look, why this one?! The weight stays off & it’s a way of eating so simple that does not leave you feeling restricted 👌🏻 People keep saying -you’ve worked SO hard, I’m like, seriously i am just living life.
If you have felt like you can LIVE or like, I’m just meant to be this weight and owned it - open your mind, a change is coming for you 😘😘
when it comes to nutrition, there is a difference in what is needed for healing and reversal of disease, and what is needed to maintain and already present state of health.
when i first started eating a plant-based diet, i didn’t fully recognize this. the perfectionist in me wanted to do everything perfectly - the way that all of the experts i looked up to said was best. but what is healthy for someone trying to reverse heart disease or diabetes is not necessarily healthy for someone who is running marathons or trying to get their period back.
when someone is healing their body back to health from a state of chronic disease, overcoming food addictions, trying to lose weight, etc, their body is in a very different state than someone who is currently healthy. when your health is on the line, yes, avoid oil, avoid high-fat foods, avoid processed foods - your body needs this. but if you are currently healthy, your body can handle more variation, more fat, more slightly processed foods like pastas and cereals. bring your attention to where you fall along this spectrum, and see what your needs are. be honest in your assessment. where are you struggling, and how can you eat in a way that supports your physical, mental, and spiritual health?
i don’t mean to be hypocritical in this message - i fully recognize that despite being in a healthy state, i currently eat in a way that is very similar to what is recommended for people in a state of healing. for right now, it’s just what makes me feel my best. but the key is the mindset and intention behind it. i listen to my body more than ever. and i don’t box myself into any ideology anymore. at the moment, this is the way i eat. it looks different than it did last year. and that was different than the year before. i remain open, exploring, listening, growing.
my message tonight is this: look at where you are with your health, and how the way that you eat plays into that. know where you need to draw lines, and where you need to erase them for yourself. ❤️ xoxo
Today I made the big mistake of not eating my breakfast before leaving the house. I completely underestimated the time my appointments and meetings would take. By the time I got out, I was so hungry I was ready to get something fast, cheap and I didn’t care if it was Whole30 or not. But I didn’t. I took a deep breath, I stopped at my office deli and picked up a grapefruit and a bottle of water. About 20 minutes later I got home, I warmed up my breakfast and had it for lunch. I feel so proud of myself for sticking to what I’ve committed to. What a victory today was! #nonscalevictory#whole30#onedayatatime#changingmyrelationshipwithfood#foodfreedom
30th Birthday Celebration: Parental Edition. Aka Round 3. Preparing some prime, absolutely stellar grass-fed ribeyes for dinner tomorrow. We will marinate them overnight in Worcestershire sauce, sea salt, minced garlic, onion powder, and Tony’s. Then, we’ll add cracked black pepper right before searing the steaks prior to going on the smoker with some hickory.
I’m feeling very accomplished this week. I’ve pushed my body hard in my workouts. I have been 100% on point with my meal plan. Even though we had a luncheon at school this week for our seniors, who I sponsor. We got cute little cupcakes made with the school seal on them and everything. But I’ve tasted a cupcake before. I really was not that interested in them. Also, sometimes I feel self-conscious about my healthy habits when eating around others? I sometimes ditch my meal plan just because I don’t want to be the weirdo with freaky food habits. But I embraced my obscurity this week and ate a plate of olives and picked out the meat from a couple of deli sandwiches, all while sitting across from a Bexar County Justice. 💁♀️🤷♀️ It’s taken time and practice to be able to truly listen to what my body needs and deserves. I’m not perfect, but I know I would not have the skill set that I have today without a simple little container system that I tried out a couple of years ago. That meal plan that I started a little over two years ago put me on the right track towards reaching my health and fitness goals and I can’t wait to share it with you. I’ve got 2 health and wellness groups starting the first Monday of May. Both are centered around dialing in your nutrition, however one of them is a little more advanced when it comes to the workouts. Here’s what you’re getting as a member of one of these groups:
A meal plan tailored to your goals with an easy to follow portioning system.
Recipes, recipes, and more recipes.
A healthy dose of daily superfoods packed into a shake that tastes like ice cream.
A support network of other participants.
Amazing workouts that you can access through your phone or laptop.
My help with anything that you need!
Send me a message or drop a 💪🏻 below if you’re interested or even if you just want a little more information and I’ll get at you. Have a great Friday, y’all!
It’s after 8 you say... I shouldn’t be eating you say... definitely not carbs you say... Well I say shove it!! There are NO RULES to eating food! Eat intuitively & be mindful of your choices - eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full, enjoy the food you eat (this includes delicious waffles covered in Nutella & strawberries 🍓) and don’t eat stuff that you hate just because it’s “healthy”!
Lunch today was my quick & easy version of a Chinese Chicken Salad...
Y’all, this is one of my favorite salads to make...It’s super simple to throw together, the flavors are amazing & I love all the crunchy goodness. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Bag of Coleslaw Mix.
Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped.
Sliced or Slivered Raw Almonds.
Sesame Seeds (optional).
Toss with a little pre-made Ginger Sesame Dressing. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Simple + Healthy + Delicious 😘
The weather has been so nice the past few days in Northern California we've been thinking about dusting off the BBQ. What about you? Is the weather nice where you are?
One of the easiest & tastiest ways we get our BBQ on is by making kebabs! We love the easy peasy delicious recipe for my grilled chicken pesto kebabs! They are fun to make, even funner to eat & #whole30friendly ! You should give them a try soon, I promise you won't regret it😬🍡✌🏻Link to recipe above in my bio!!
DYSBIOSIS ✨ What the heck is that? Dysbiosis means an imbalance of good vs. bad bacteria in your gut. It can manifest in many ways, causing symptoms such a bloat, gas, stomach pain, constipation, brain fog, mood swings, weight gain and energy slumps. This all leads back to diet and how you feed the bacteria in your gut. One hundred years ago the average American consumed five pounds of processed sugar a year and barley any processed carbohydrates. Today, we are consuming an average of 600 pounds of processed sugar a year and massive quantities of processed white flour. Why does this matter? You probably guessed it. The food choice for bad bacteria is sugar and processed carbs (carbs that rapidly convert to sugar in your body). In other words, sugar feeds infection.
Want to form a better relationship with sugar? Quit sugar? Heal your gut? Get rid of symptoms? Good gut health is now more important than ever and I can help you achieve balance in your gut. Click the link in my profile to work with me✨
This is our random dinner. My toddler and I shared all of this. I needed to use a few things up before they went bad. I made a XO sweet potato puree with coconut milk and a little curry. Not sure what gave me the idea but it was so delicious! I also added some collagen to it since I didn't have a real protein source except 1 egg. We also had kale chips and veggies. #thmbeginner#thmnursingmama#foodfreedom
EMOTIONAL EATING INQUIRY FOR WEIGHT RELEASE •
Inside my #foodfreedom program I go into how to curb compulsive, emotional and stress eating. But this inquiry alone is powerful to check in.
I remember someone I knew when I was younger used to eat until stuffed, then say "I'm stuffed but I'm eating for taste now".
This is the epitome of compulsive and comfort eating.
Many women get caught in the cycle of eating and restricting (dieting) and then feel so deprived they cycle back to overindulging.
It's a painful roller coaster to be on. And it perpetuates #hormoneimbalance and #adrenalfatigue
Healing this pattern requires the inner work, and uncovering your self sabotaging behaviours.
Depending on the severity (whether you have 10 pounds or 100 pounds to lose to reclaim your health and longevity) the process is the same. But the root causes will be different. And it will take the time it takes while you heal from within.
One common theme is a loss of relationship to SELF.
“You can’t cheat when you do this program.” Um. ……..say WHAT??? 😲 .
Last night I was listening to the creator of a brand new, nothing-else-like-it-out-there nutrition program that’s being released next month speaking live on my company’s Facebook page. I’m already in a private, VIP sneak peek launch group to learn about this nutrition-based program ((exercise is OPTIONAL!)) but figured I’d listen to her talk a bit while I was cleaning up around my office. I kind of had her on in the background though, and this one line cut through all the other thoughts in my head LOUD and CLEAR. Let me say it again. ➡️”You can’t cheat when you do this program.”⬅️ .
My ears perked up. 👂🏻 After the live video was done, I went back to that spot and REALLY listened to what she was saying. I had to pause and rewind about 10 times to get it all down because it was THAT impactful to me. Here’s what I jotted down. “
❤️You’re never again going to be guilty around food.
❤️You’re never again going to feel like you’re cheating. ❤️YOU CAN’T CHEAT WHEN YOU DO THIS PROGRAM. ❤️If you have pizza and fries, you’re gonna have pizza and fries. ❤️You’re never again going to feel like you have to NOT eat the next day, or that you cheated, or that you fell off, or that you have to do a double workout the next day. ❤️All of that negativity goes out the window when you start this program.
Does this sound too good to be true to anyone else?! Because it did to me!!! 🙋🏻♀️ And yet EVERY person I’ve talked to who was in the test group has ASSURED me it’s not! ❤️ Needless to say, I’m SO ready to listen and soak up what I can about everything this program will have to offer!! And the REALLY cool part??? The creator of the program will be popping into MY private sneak peek group TOMORROW to speak to us about it too! 🤩 (I won’t be able to catch it live, but I certainly will be watching it later when I’m back home!) .
Would you like to learn more about this program with me? The sneak peek group is free, and purely informational! Just watch my story highlights on how to join! 👀 Comment below once that’s done! 😍 .
Thereis something SO freeing about eating to feed your body and not having to measure and weigh every bite. I thought i would feel more restricted on Whole30 because of all the foods you can’t eat, but it was just the opposite, #foodfreedom is real!
Eating out definitely has its challenges. Chipotle was a great option (salad with carnitas, pico and ALL the guac). I also had at least one Lara bar with me at all times (life saving) and often would eat them for breakfast when I was pressed for time.
No wine is SAD. If you’re feeling really sad, drink some kombucha out of a wine glass🍷. It’s only 30 days and you can totally do this.
As with anything you HAVE to plan. I would usually plan meals on Sunday/ Monday for the week. Make sure you have some staples on hand for a quick meal at all times (I loved epic jerky, homemade trail mix with coconut, cashews, and raisins, eggs, tuna, and fresh washed/ cut fruits/ veggies)
One thing that was hard was finding certain compliant snacks (plantain chips without peanut oil, bacon without nitrites/ nitrates, dried fruit or even tomato sauce with out added sugars and soy oil, ect) even BBQ sauce, mayo, salad dressings, or ketchup I could not find anywhere local to me and had to go the nearest Whole Foods (about 40 min) away. So that part was kind of expensive/ and inconvenient. That being said, the further into your journey, the easier it was to spot non compliant ingredients and you were able to know what you were looking for and find things quicker! I also learned to make some of this stuff myself (the homemade mayo with avocado oil is 👌🏼) It helps so much to do it with someone! I had wonderful starting advice from @kelseyarchi and I convinced @jkrupski and my instagramless boyfriend to join me along the way!
From this point on, I plan to continue eating REAL foods and focus on intuitive eating. I am planning on reincorporating beans and corn as well as some dairy. I am not going to be as strict with label reading but I am going to continue to stay away from added chemicals/ sugars as much as possible. I will continue to stay away from grains as often as I can because I. LOVE. BREAD. But bread does not love me
Pasta, (vegan) meatballs, marinara sauce, broccoli, and garlic bread - if you had put this plate in front of me 10 years ago I would have been SO happy, this was one of my favourite meals and I seriously could’ve eaten it every single day! Perfectly steamed broccoli (my fav veggie) and rich delicious pasta with buttery crunchy garlic bread and my absolute favourite @yvesveggiecuisine vegan meatballs - this is my own personal idea of a perfect plate of food, a plate full of my favourite things! But since my eating disorder took over my life, pasta became a #fearfood - something that I avoided completely, afraid of the carbs and calories. It didn’t matter that pasta was my number one favourite food - anorexia took over and turned pasta into my number one most feared food. While I was in the hospital I worked with my dietician to create a list of my ‘fear foods’ and she advised me to gently challenge those foods and add them into my meal plan. I’ll be honest, I have really been struggling with my meal plan as it is and haven’t been able to challenge myself much yet - it already feels so challenging that willingly adding more challenges seems impossible sometimes. But I went to the grocery store today and wandered through the pasta aisle - I got up the courage to grab a box....and then the anxiety creeped in and I immediately put it back. As I was about to walk away and find a “healthier” safe food, I noticed that the pasta I wanted was on sale and took that as a sign that maybe it was time for a #fearfoodchallenge . So tonight is pasta night! And I loved this dinner tonight just as much as I would’ve loved it pre-anorexia. It was just as delicious as it always is, the only difference is now I was anxious the entire time I was cooking, I was fighting a panic attack the entire meal - so tonight i’m planning on staying present and showing myself some compassion as I struggle through the lingering guilt and anxiety...but at the end of the day i’m proud of myself for challenging this fear, no matter how much of a struggle it was. #recoverywin
Thinking about how much has happened in the last THREE MONTHS
After years of binge eating, I now feel NO temptation to binge.
After years of fighting my body to lose weight, I now feel peace allowing my body to transform slowly.
I spent years beating myself up over a “cheat meal,” and now I eat whatever the hell I want without guilt.
I’d been spinning my wheels in the gym, trying to get my “spark” back for working out, and constantly falling off the bandwagon. Now I’ve found a love for powerlifting and I look forward to every session.
Years of refusing to wear a swimsuit because of embarrassment, and now I have self-confidence I never thought possible.
☝🏻NOT because my body is perfect, but because I choose to love it in all its imperfections.
Sure. Transformation often happens slowly and takes a lot of work. But Have a vision, be consistent, ask for help. And don’t underestimate how much can change in a short amount of time.
This week we have been having Instant Pot Chili from @nomnompaleo! Because of the beans it is not Whole30 compliant but a great addition to your food freedom diet. We learned from our Whole30 that legumes don’t bother us so now we eat them occasionally as they are a great source of fiber. It was super quick and delicious with avocado on top!
Find the recipe here 👇🏼👇🏼
The sun is shining! Still snow so no flowers blooming outside but I picked some flowers up after barre, and some for my mom, and added a spinkle of flowers to my turmeric chai latte! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Details on the beautiful blend of sunshine in my cup:
@bhaktifans chai concentrate and steamed Golden Turmeric Milk (recipe on the blog, or use @rebbl Golden Turmeric Milk) topped with a drizzle of @barehoneymn Bee Pollen Infused Honey, pinch of @navitasorganics Organic Daily Beauty Boost, bee pollen, and a pinch of @justspices_us Bloom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Cheers! If you need me I'll be sipping this and soaking up sunshine and 10 minutes of calm before running to get the girls, dinner, dance, and soccer.
The prettiest Double Daffodils are $2 a bunch at @wholefoods! Pick some up and a bunch to share to make someone smile. Also @rebbl us also on sale this week at @wholefoods. 😊
• JenniferVera •
Starting a journal through instagram sharing my journey through highs and lows of life!
I find writing things down connects me back to my soul and feel grounded.
I have learnt alot over the years about mind, body spirit connection.
Using this page i hope to educate others with my experience through anxiety, depression, eating disorders, health, food, body positivity, self love & a whole lot more.
Love and Light 🙌🏻💜