I’ve had a few questions about what I eat, what my workout routine is, and other things related to health, fitness and wellness, so I thought it was about time to do a Q&A roundup to answer some questions!
“You said that you practice Ayurveda. What is Ayurveda, how do I find my body type/Dosha, and how do I eat for it?” The definition of Ayurveda is, “The traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing”. I could try to explain it more myself, but I think it’s better to read different books and articles from people who have studied/practiced it more in depth. You can read an article here, or read this book here that started me on my journey of practicing a more Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle.
“What are some Ayurveda books/sites that helped you find out how to best for your body type?” Besides the website and book mentioned above, you can take online quizzes to better understand your Dosha (body/mind type). One website I recommend is here. Another way to understand more about your Dosha would be to find an Ayurvedic doctor near you and schedule a visit!
Before going in depth, I just want to make note that 1. I am not a doctor, everything I write about is simply what I practice and follow for myself. 2. By practicing Ayurveda, I believe that every person has a different mind/body type and needs to eat for their Dosha (their type). What I eat might not work for you! Before you think about potentially eating what I eat, or following what I do, I highly recommend taking the above quiz to figure out whats best for you, and reading the book about Ayurveda! There are also plenty of Ayurveda cookbooks on Amazon for recipe ideas, or on Pinterest!
“Are there certain foods you avoid?” Yes, there are certain foods I avoid because they don’t do well digestively with my body type. Unfortunately, although I love cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts), my body doesn’t digest them easily and they cause problems for me. I also have to avoid certain types of beans, unless they’re cooked a certain way. I avoid cold smoothies (kills digestive fire) and make sure they’re room temperature if I have them. It definitely took me awhile to get used to this because I used to only drink ice cold water and smoothies! I also avoid strawberries, but love blueberries and raspberries and digest them easily.
“Have you ever counted calories or count now to stay in shape?” I don’t count calories and haven’t in the past. I believe when I’m eating for my body type, and living a lifestyle that helps my body/mind type thrive, that my body will naturally be what it’s meant to be, and look the way it’s meant to look.
“How many times do you let yourself have a cheat meal? What would be your cheat meal?” I don’t really do cheat meals. I eat mostly healthy meals with foods that digest easily for my type, but also don’t deprive myself of anything. If I want to order in a pizza one night, I order in a pizza. If I want to have a cupcake, I eat the cupcake. It’s all about balance for me. I’ve found in the past that when I’ve tried to stick to a strict way of eating, that I end up going crazy with sweets (I have a sweet tooth) or whatever it is that I’d love to have, and it just doesn’t work for me. So, I keep healthy food and what nourishes my body at the forefront of my mind always because I want to make sure that my body is getting the nutrients that it needs, but I have no problem enjoying a great dessert here and there. No cheat days, just balance and not going overboard when I have something that’s not the healthiest.
“What protein mix do you use?” I don’t use protein mix, but recommend this Daily Nutritional Support Shake. My beautiful friend Melissa Ambrosini shares a wealth of knowledge on her Podcast “The Melissa Ambrosini Show” with Dr. Stephen Cabral (Naturopath, Ayurvedic & Functional Medicine Practitioner) about health and he has an array of amazing products in his online store, along with tests you can send in to get your health completely on track and heal it from the inside out.
“What current food trend is overrated, and which one is underrated?” I haven’t been following what’s happening with food trends, so I don’t know what the current trend is. What I can say is that I don’t believe people should be pushy about the certain way they’re eating or living towards others. Do what works for you. Read, research, study, experiment, try new things, change the things that aren’t working, be open to alternatives to what you once thought might be the only way. What works for you might not work for someone else. I think there needs to be less judgment regarding someone eating/exercising/living differently than you, and more openness to everyone discovering their own truth and what’s best for them regarding health, fitness and wellness, among other topics. We’re all on our own journey, and it’s great to learn from each other with zero judgment.
“Do you snack throughout the day?” Snacking isn’t the best for digestion, as it typically takes 4 hours for a meal to completely digest (more on the importance of digestion and not snacking is in the book I mentioned in the beginning regarding Ayurveda). That being said, sometimes I am hungry before it’s been 4 hours, so if I snack it’s usually some type of fruit like a banana, mango, berries, etc.
“How do you stay motivated to keep a healthy lifestyle? How do you maintain your will power?” My motivation changes a lot. The majority of my motivation comes from the mental health benefits. I’ve dealt with anxiety, so making sure that I’m doing some kind of activity throughout the day to get moving has always helped “clear the clouds” so to speak and makes me feel so much better mentally. Other times I think about the longevity side of things. How what I eat and do now will affect me when I’m older, and whether I’m healthy and mobile or not. Other times I just want to feel stronger and healthier, or want to look more toned. Other things that help are to workout with a friend a few times a week. Set a meeting place and time, even if it’s at one of your houses/apartments, and workout together for 20-30 minutes. Having that accountability helps as far as working out goes in the beginning and keeping that motivation. Also, find things that you genuinely enjoy doing. Hiking, dancing, yoga, running. surfing, etc.
“I really appreciate your openness on anxiety. Would love to hear more!” I highly recommend the book: Freedom from Fear: Overcoming Anxiety, Phobias and Panic. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is very helpful. All anxiety, phobias and panic attacks are curable if you do the work. Making sure my hormones are balanced, I’m getting enough magnesium (I use Natural Calm), and I’m eating very grounding foods has also helped my anxiety (root vegetables like sweet potato, and grounding spices like cinnamon, etc). I also avoid stimulants like alcohol and caffeine, and if I need a boost of energy I use this Energizing Superfood drink mix from Rootz Nutrition.
“What is your typical workout routine?” I’m currently walking/jogging a few days a week, doing yoga a few days a week at home, and going to start trying P.Volve.
“Would you say that you are naturally fit/skinny or do you have to work hard for it?” I do naturally have a fast metabolism, and have my mom’s body type which is smaller, but can easily put on weight on the lower part of my body if I don’t take care of myself. I know what foods, lifestyle and exercise works best for me to physically be who I naturally am. I don’t strain my body with intense workouts anymore, I just practice what I know to be best for me, and let my body be what it’s meant to be!
I hope you found this helpful and useful! If you have any questions, always feel free to leave a comment below, send me an email or message me on Instagram!