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This is kind of a sensitive topic (for me), but lately, I have been not feeling very good in my skin. I could try to blame it on a lot of other things, but I know it all comes down to me and how the choices I have been making are impacting my body. I have been feeling irritated, sluggish, bloated, lethargic, kind of like a put on a few pounds, anxious, etc. 

I have always struggled with how I feel in my skin. It comes and goes in severity. I fluctuate a lot, and the food I choose to eat impacts how I think because I have a lot of stomach issues, as well as food sensitivities. Lately, I have been feeling worse than I have in a while. I have noticed it impacting my mood, energy, and like I stated earlier, my anxiety. It is all I can think about. Also, I guess because warmer weather is coming I feel the pressure to have my “summer body,” which adds another of stress for me! I tend to be hard on myself and have never understood how some girls can compliment themselves, which I know sounds crazy..because it is!!!! Everyone should be their own biggest hype man and not rely on others for validation! 🙂 Anyway..back to the topic, lol! I know I have made poor food/drink choices and have been eating foods that do not agree with my body. I struggle with this a lot because sometimes I get bitter and think, “if other people can eat this, why can’t I?!” But, I need to reverse my mindset and think, “why do I want to put something in my body that is going to make me feel like crap?” Also, this is why one of my goals for March was to cook more and make delicious food that is gluten-free and dairy-free, and FODMAP diet-friendly (I talk about this in previous blog posts). 

I need a re-focus on my health and to be honest with myself about the choices I have been making. It is crazy how much your gut health affects your overall health. They are very connected. BUT, also I want to touch on how you don’t need to live up to other’s expectations; from the magazines, media, Instagram models, even your friends or family. It is all about how YOU feel in your skin! Give yourself grace and be kind to yourself. 

I love this quote: “Those 5 – 10 extra pounds, that’s your life. That’s your late-night pizza with your man (or girl), that Sunday morning bottomless brunch, your favorite cupcake in the whole world because you wanted to treat yourself. Those 5 – 10 ponds are your favorite memories, your unforgettable trips, your celebrations of life. Those 5 – 10 ponds are your spontaneity, your freedom, your love.” 

Life is so hard already, you don’t need to beat yourself too. We continuously pick out what we want to change about ourselves or harp on what we don’t like about ourselves. This quote always puts things back into perspective for me. 

This being said..I also feel like if you aren’t feeling good about yourself, you need to figure out a game plan. It honestly is the worst feeling. If it is affecting how you feel and function, ONLY you can make the change. It is all up to you! You set your boundaries, expectations, and standards. I usually place blame, but it is your choice what you put in your body and how you take care of it! Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you. Start by making little sustainable choices, drinking more water, adding more veggies to your diet, going on a 30 min walk after dinner, drinking less, etc. For me, reverting to following the FODMAP diet. Don’t make it miserable, and don’t go to the extremes. Extremes usually lead to binge eating or burn out (from my experience). I feel like we continuously tend to over complicate things when it comes to health. Just eat clean (most of the time), move your body, and listen to your collection! <3 Love yourself in every stage you are in! 

“You know who is going to give you everything? Yourself.” XO  

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