Since creating my website and instagram account I have stumbled onto a scary trend among women and girls, strict exercise and diet regimes that they pride themselves on coupled with overwhelming guilt for whenever they stray from their "plan".
Be healthy to better your body, not deprive it.
Work out to improve your fitness and see what your body is capable of, not to look a certain way.
Eat healthy foods to feel good, not to be a certain size or number.
Don't limit yourself, everything in moderation!
The intense guilt over not going to the gym or eating too much dessert/carbs/food is unhealthy and NOT worth it!
SO WHAT YOU DIDN'T GO TO THE GYM, guess what, I didn't go to the gym for two weeks once and I didn't turn into a big ball of flab. Sometimes things happen that are more important than your cardio and lifting routine....
SO WHAT YOU ATE TOO MUCH, I probably do that at least once a week or every two weeks. What can I say, I have an incredibly large sweet tooth and an extreme addiction to peanut butter.
Life is meant to be enjoyed. Some things are simply good for the soul, whether that be indulging on a certain food item or skipping the gym so you can spend time with someone else or just relax cause that's what your body wants. A healthy lifestyle is not a restricted lifestyle.
I am not going to sit here and preach to you about not feeling guilty when I myself have been there before, but then I stop and think to myself, "Why?". Why feel bad because I didn't go to the gym, or I had half the jar of peanut butter...What good does feeling guilty or beating yourself up over it do? NOTHING! As my dad always says, "Guilt is a wasted emotion" and he is one hundred percent right.
Being healthy and fit is all about balance! That means still enjoying yourself while eating right and exercising! Let go of those guilty emotions and forgive yourself, tomorrow is a new day with a fresh start. You can cho
"Insecurity will always rent the space it occupies, but confidence will own the building and any other room it steps in"
To be confident is to appreciate your own abilities and qualities, it stems from self-love not looking a certain way. Confidence comes from within, it is a feeling others can sense on you. The opposite sex finds nothing more appealing than someone with confidence. Someone who can walk into a room with their head tall, and know that "I got this" or "I'm owning this outfit". To me, the most important aspect to confidence is your attitude, you have to believe in yourself, or in your own beauty to possess confidence.
Instead of bashing your body, why not try appreciating it? Look at what makes you unique and embrace those qualities instead of trying to hide them. I have a cleft chin and all through out my life I have been teased for having what kids and even some students that I have taught refer to as a "butt chin". Looking in the mirror, I saw nothing wrong with my indentation, because of something my daddy told me when I was younger. He told me, "Amber, that's considered an angel's kiss, not many people have that, it's what makes you, you". And he's right, I wouldn't be Amber if I didn't have my cleft chin, it's just part of who I am. Instead of hating or trying to change what makes you, you, embrace it.
You don't have to love every ounce of yourself all the time, but work towards celebrating the positive instead of harping on the negative. Being insecure is only a waste of time and takes away from your self-worth, and believe me you are worth it. You are worth it right now, at the exact size, shape, weight you are, in the skin that you are already in.
Be confident in who you are, not just physically but as a person as well. The confidence you have in yourself spills into all areas of your life, not just time spent in front of the mirror. At school or at work, be confident in your abilities! Don't doubt yourself, you are far more capable than what you give yourself credit for! When feelings of insecurity and doubt do come lurking, remember all that you have already achieved or accomplished as a reminder of how awesome you are!
Now go out and rock that confident attitude I know you have inside, remember, life is too short to be anything but happy, especially with ourselves.
I love peanut butter. I love chocolate. The two combined is a match made in heaven. Today I had a bad craving for dark, rich, chocately goodness with a hint of peanut butter, so I got a bit creative when making my post-work out protein shake. I just bought Peanut Butter & Co's Dark Chocolate Dreams spread and knew it would be the perfect way to satisfy my intense chocolate desires. Not only was this shake thick and creamy, it offered a hint of peanut butter with every chocolatey sip.
Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter Protein Shake
1 scoop Isopure Dutch Chocolate (or protein powder of your choice)
1 spoonful Dark Chocolate Dreams Spread by Peanut Butter & Co
8 ounces of water (you can use your milk alternative here as well)
3 small slices of frozen banana to add thick consistency
Place all ingredients in a blender, blend for 2-3 minutes
Tip: Like your smoothies/shakes super frosty?
Place a mason jar (or in my case, a very well cleaned out sauce jar that I use as a mason jar) in the freezer while prepping and blending and then pour your shake/smoothie into the jar to give it that extra chill factor!
My favorite, easy to whip up, last minute or when you're pressed for time dish is my Teriyaki Salmon. Prep work and cooking time total is only twenty five minutes, a healthy and delicious meal made quick, now that's the type of fast food I like to eat! Depending on your preference you can broil, bake, OR saute this recipe, I will provide instructions for on the stove top and broiling. Also, if you're not pressed for time, let the salmon sit in the 'marinade mixture' for a few hours!
FOR MY FELLOW CELIAC/GLUTEN INTOLERANT/GLUTEN ALLERGY FRIENDS - PLEASE READ THIS:
- Teriyaki Sauce is not gluten free unless labeled as such due to the fact that Teriyaki Sauce is made with Soy Sauce, which is also not gluten free
- Buy a certified and labeled gluten free teriyaki sauce
- Wegmans carries a GF Teriyaki Sauce that I love (for those who have this store locally)
- Kikkoman brand
- San J bran
- I am sure there are others out there but I personally have heard good things about Kikkoman and San J
- create your own teriyaki sauce using a gluten free soy sauce such as Kikkoman, San J, or La Choy
BACK TO THE RECIPE, I just wanted to put that information out there, since I want all of you to safely enjoy my recipe ideas!
2 pieces of Salmon filet defrosted
(forgot to defrost? No worries, run salmon under cold water for 30 minutes to fix this)
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic (I used the jar kind remember!)
Teriyaki Sauce - the amount truly depends on you!
(A little bit goes a long way, I probably use less 1/8 of a cup if I had to measure)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Put olive oil in pan
2. Salt and Pepper each salmon
3. In the pan, put garlic and half of the amount of teriyaki sauce you plan on using
4. Add the salmon
5. Pour the rest of the teriyaki sauce on top
6. Cook on medium heat on one side for 7 minutes, flip over to the other side
7. If you like your salmon crispy, flake the salmon into pieces while cooking and let cook 7-10 minutes
If you like your salmon in one whole piece, cook for 7 minutes and test to see if it's done, if it flakes apart easily with clear juice, you're good to go
1. Use a broiling pan or baking dish, line with aluminum foil
2. Rub olive oil on salmon
3. Salt and Pepper each salmon
4. Rub garlic and teriyaki on both sides of salmon
5. Set oven to broil (make sure your oven rack is closest to the top!)
6. Cook for 10-15 minutes depending how "done" and crispy you like your salmon
Serve this with quinoa or brown rice OR "fried" quinoa and vegetable of your choice, I always prefer green beans!
I hated baked chicken. The thought of chicken just simply cooked in the oven grossed me out, it lacked flavor and juice and to me was just down right disgusting, until I found out the secret to cooking the juiciest, most flavorful baked chicken ever, aluminum foil. This dish is simple, quick, and most importantly, delicious! All you need are chicken breasts, your "flavorings", a baking dish and a good amount of aluminum foil. The possibilities of types of chicken you can make are truly endless with this!
So what do I mean by "Flavorings"
- marinade of your choice (my two favorites are pictured below, Wegman's Balsamic Rosemary or Honey Mustard)
- dressing of your choice
- seasoning of your choice/spices - be careful though, without any liquid the chicken could become dry, I have never made it without a liquid base!
Juicy Baked Chicken
4-6 Chicken Breasts Defrosted (more or less depending on how much you want to cook!)
Enough "Flavoring" to cover the chicken
Aluminum Foil - one piece for each breast
1. Preheat oven to 360 (My friend gave me this idea and he swears by this temperature)
2. Create an aluminum foil piece for each breast of chicken, put in baking dish
3. Add some "flavoring" to the bottom of the chicken breast, place in aluminum foil
4. Add "flavoring" to top of chicken breast
5. SEAL EACH BREAST IN ALUMINUM FOIL TIGHTLY, so it's completely shut
6. Place in the oven, 4 breasts take about 25-30 minutes.
7. When finished cooking, take breasts out and open your pouches, your chicken breasts will have cooked and soaked in all the juices of your "flavoring"
8. DINE ON YOUR DEVINE AND EASY CREATION
- This is a great way to prep and cook chicken for the week, depending on your flavoring, the chicken can be eaten as is through out the week, shredded for other dishes or made into delicious chicken salad (my favorite, made with greek yogurt!)
- Get fancy and create different "flavor" pouches, make half of your breasts one way, the other half with a different "flavoring"
- If using just seasoning, I would add some olive oil, but also can toss in some veggies to roast as well!
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