4 Ways to Enjoy Essential Oils Smell

Essential Oils Uses & Benefits

Do you ever get headaches from certain smells, even if they're very "subtle"? I absolutely do. Especially strong potent smells. Most of the smells that give me a headache come from synthetic fragrances. These are chemically made fragrances that are meant to mimic a natural scent.

These synthetic fragrances have been linked to autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer's disease, dementia and even cancer. Although it's difficult to get away from synthetic fragrances all together, it is possible create a lifestyle to minimize one's exposure to synthetic fragrances. 

Inhaling different essential oils can improve one's mood and purify there are of unwanted smells and odors. It's also the safest way to use essential oils. Listed below are just a few examples of how essential oils can help:

  • Inhaling peppermint oil can help boost energy levels

  • Inhaling lemon oil can help decrease nausea

  • Inhaling orange oil can help with depression

When creating blends, rotate the essential oils. You can make calming blends as part of your night time routine or invigorating blends as a wonderful way to start the day. To fully enjoy the experience of essential oils, try one or more of the four ways to enjoy the smell of essential oils:

  1. Diffusers: Add water to the fill line then add 5-7 drops of oil in the water. Place the diffuser on a cloth of some sort to absorb any oil and to not damage your furniture.

  2. Opening up a bottle and smelling the scent.

  3. Cupping: put a drop in your hand, rub your hands and place by your nose and take a deep breathe. Great for anyone who needs support with nausea, anxiety and stress.

  4. Spritzer: You can create hand sanitizers or create personalized perfume by mixing oils with a carrier oil.

Safety tip:

If you have children or pets, make sure you always use a diffuser in a ventilated room. You don't want to lock the smell in a room because it can agitate them. 

These are just a few ways to enjoy the smell of essential oils. Let me know below, which way you want to try next time.

P.S. If you're interested in learning more about essential oils and learning how to use them safely and effectvely, join my How to Oils facebook group. 

Resources

  1. “Safety and Usage.” DōTERRA Essential Oils, 20 Mar. 2018, www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/science-for-kids-safety-and-usage.

  2. Zielinski , Dr. Eric. “Essential Oils for Abundant Living Masterclass: Lesson 2.” YouTube, YouTube, 9 Jan. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_D4iNnUJnM.

How to Eat Healthy Every Single Meal

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Hi Friend!

One of the questions I've gotten in the past is how do I eat healthy. I didn't know to answer the question because I was just eating normally. You know, the way my mom taught me. It wasn't until I started learning about nutrition and paying attention to my habits that I learned how explain to people how to eat healthy. 

Before I became a health and confident life coach, I ate the way I ate without giving any thought to it. But then when I made the commitment to eat healthier, I became overwhelmed with all the different takes on eating healthy.

Part of it was because of all the different approaches to eating healthier but also it was because I was trying to change my habits way too fast. I wanted to improve breakfast, lunch and dinner all at the same time. Although I was making some improvements, trying to change all meals overwhelmed me and I wasn't going anywhere with it. 

It wasn't until I myself decided to change one meal at a time. My dinners were pretty good. I needed to breakfast and lunch. So I decided to start with breakfast, then lunch and finally snacks. The Meal-Makeover Bootcamp follows a simple application to eating healthy every single day and every single meal without stress and guilt.

Start by improving the meal you have the most difficulty eating healthy. Then move on to the next difficult meal. This way, you just focus on improving one meal and making a habit to eat that meal healthy even when you go out to eat. Don't worry if your other meals need improvement. Just focus on one meal and everything else will fall into place. Eating healthy will come easy once you tackle one meal. 

Once you've made a habit to eat healthy for breakfast, for example, then go on to your next difficult meal. 

Look over the sample below to understand how to put together a healthy meal.

Breakfast:

Breakfast should start with a 16oz - 32oz green smoothie and followed by an entree like oatmeal or an entree of your choice. Now keep in mind that many people will feel full after drinking their smoothie. So the breakfast entree can be their mid-morning snack

Lunch

Lunch can be a number of meals. The key is to include a salad with a homemade dressing (I like mine the best) or a soup (the soup can be creamy or hearty), with your entree. The entree can be a burrito or wrap or leftovers.

Dinner:

For dinner, always being with a salad or soup. Then go on to your entree.

Snacks: 

Snacks can be fruit veggies and a healthy dip like hummus or guacamole.

Once you apply these simple tips, you'll see how eating healthy can be such an easy routine. 

P.S. Let me know in the comments which meal you need to most help in.

3 Simple Steps to Meal Planning

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Meal planning is something that I've learned to do over time. It didn't come naturally to me and sometimes I still lag it. 

Anyway, meal planning is actually pretty simple. In this blog, I'm going to teach you how to meal in a very simple way. 

Step 1: Give Each Day of the Week a Theme
For example you can give each day of the week a theme like the ones below...

  • Sunday: Fancy Meals (i.e. lasagna, enchiladas, meals that take a long time to make)
  • Monday: Italian or Asian meals
  • Tuesday: Latin Nights
  • Wednesday: Leftovers
  • Thursday: Soup & Wraps/Sandwiches
  • Friday: Homemade Fast Food
  • Saturday: Eat Out

For breakfast, pick out one set of greens and fruits to put in your green smoothie and one entree to have the whole week like oat meal.

For lunch, pick out one wrap and salad and just have that the whole week.

Choosing one meal for breakfast and lunch will save you time and money.

Step 2: Choose a Meal

Now that you have a theme, choose a meal. Do this by going to the grocery store specials of the week to decide your meals. This way you can purchase items that are on sale. This will make your meals less expensive and still have good nutritional value.

Step 3: Grocery Shopping

Now that you know what you're going to eat throughout the week, make a grocery list. Again, go for what's on sale. This helps keep more money in your pocket. Stick to your list and go when you're not hungry so you aren't tempted to purchase unnecessary items. 

Now that we have that covered, meal planning should be a lot easier. 

xo Mirley

P.S. Reply to this email and let me know how your shopping went this week. 

6 Benefits to Making Green Smoothies a Part of Your Daily Routine

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Green smoothies has become a trend that, I believe, is here to stay. There are all kinds of green smoothies and all kinds of formulas. Committing to drinking green smoothies daily is a lifestyle change. It's not meant to be a temporary fix but a part of your daily routine. 

Green smoothies are easy to make. You just get some greens, a tablespoon of lemon and some fruit. And voila! You have a delicious, nutrient filled drink!

Here are the benefits of drinking a daily green smoothie

  1. Green smoothies help increase your energy. The fruit in the smoothie gives you sugar and breaking down the food in the blender helps your body absorb those nutrients faster.
  2. Green smoothies give you glowing skin. The greens in the smoothie helps clean out your system from toxins. These toxins clog your pores and ages you. The chlorophyll replenishes your skin giving it a healthy glow.
  3. Green smoothies give you clarity. The fiber in the fruits and leafy greens gives you energy and the ability to focus. This helps a lot with getting rid of brain fog. 
  4. Green smoothies help strengthen your immune system. The fruits and leafy greens in your green smoothies contain vitamins K, A, C, all which helps you fight viruses and infections. 
  5. Green smoothies help give you regular bowel movements. Having regular bowel movements is very important to help you flush out toxins that are giving you acne and unnecessary weight gain. 
  6. Green smoothies help you lose weight. When you drink green smoothies, you're body automatically stops craving "fun" food. You will still eat "fun" food but not regularly like in the past. Furthermore, green smoothies are filled with fiber and healthy fats that keep you full and energized while reducing cravings. 

Make green smoothies a part of your daily morning routine and see how your body will change and improve.

Mirley xo

P.S. Leave me a comment below about your thoughts on drinking green smoothies. 

Resource:

Hansard, Jen, and Jadah Sellner. Simple Green Smoothies: 100 Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body. Rodale, 2016.

Why Natural Ingredients Doesn't Always Mean "Safer"

Recently, I saw a YouTube video about a garden in the United Kingdom that is filled with poisonous plants. All of the plants can cause some kind of harm and even death if ingested. 

The garden has become a tourist destination because of the different kind of plants in it. 

This made me think about how when we hear the word "Natural", we automatically think it's safe. I don't know why that is...maybe it's because we blindly trust cosmetic companies, but the fact of the matter is that the word "Natural" doesn't mean safe.

In today's vlog I'm going to talk about 4 NATURAL ingredients that are actually toxic and should NOT be in your skincare. 

  1. Petroleum: Petroleum is used a moisturizer and is linked to cancer. It can be found in baby products, cosmetics and skincare. Petroleum can be labeled as...
    • Petrolatum
    • Xylene
    • Toluene
    • Mineral oil
    • Liquid paraffin
  2. Lead: Lead is known to be carcinogenic but it can still be found in foundations and lipsticks. Lead is linked with miscarriages, infertility and cancer. Lead can be labeled as...
    • ACETIC ACID, LEAD SALT; LEAD DIACETATE; LEAD SALT ACETIC ACID; PLUMBOUS ACETATE; ACETATE DE PLOMB (FRENCH) ; BLEIACETAT (GERMAN) ; DIBASIC LEAD ACETATE; LEAD DIACETATE; LEAD DIBASIC ACETATE; LEAD (2+) ACETATE; LEAD (II) ACETATE
  3. Mercury: Mercury can be found in your cosmetics and it helps to lighten your skin. Mercury is highly toxic and is linked to cancer. Mercury is labeled as...
    • HG; MERCURY, DISSOLVED; MERCURY, TOTAL; COLLOIDAL MERCURY; HYDRARGYRUM; KWIK (DUTCH) ; LIQUID SILVER; MERCURE (FRENCH) ; MERCURIO (ITALIAN) ; MERCURY (ACGIH:OSHA) ; MERCURY FUME

  4. Coal Tar: This ingredient can be found in dandruff shampoos, psoriasis shampoos and hair dyes. Coal Tar is high cargenogenic and should not be in your hair products. Coal Tar can be labeled as...
    • COAL TAR SOLUTION; TAR, COAL; CARBO-CORT; COAL TAR SOLUTION USP; COAL TAR, AEROSOL; CRUDE COAL TAR; ESTAR (SKIN TREATMENT) ; IMPERVOTAR; KC 261; LAVATAR; PICIS CARBONIS

So again, just because something is labeled natural, that doesn't mean it's safe. Natural ingredients can be just as toxic just as the poisonous garden. It's very important that you educate yourself and understand what ingredients are being placed in your products. 

Your homework for this week is to throw out any products you have that may contain these ingredients and replace them with quality safe products.

Take Care!

Mirley

P.S. Here's the video on the poisonous garden

 

Resources: 

  • https://www.annmariegianni.com/toxic-chemicals-in-makeup-industry/
  • www.ewg.org/database
  • https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/chemicals-to-avoid-in-skin-care-organic-skin-care/

3 Benefits to Eating Outside

So, my husband and I bought a beautiful table for our balcony. I really wanted a table for our balcony because I love eating outside. Eating outside is just such a different experience than eating inside. 

I remember going to my grandparents house in Uruguay and eating outside often even during that awful winter. I loved every time we ate outside. It was as if everyone was happier and enjoying the moment more. 

Here are 3 reasons why I believe eating outside is so beneficial to you. 

  1. You Eat Slower: When we eat outside, we naturally eat slower. I don't know what it is...if it's the fresh air, the weather or the calm of the outdoors that allows us to eat slower. In fact, there have been moments when my husband said, "Let's eat inside, we don't have a lot of time." Now my husband and I eat slow but we eat even slower when we eat outside.

  2. No Digital Distractions: What's great about eating outside is that we don't have distractions...unless you take your cell phone. For whatever reason, we just don't take our electronics outside. We actually talk about things rather than just stare at a screen.

  3. You Stay Present: When we eat we are present. There is something about mother nature just keeping you grounded. There is so much to see when we eat outside. The trees, the sky, people walking...so much! This allows us to stay present, which is good practice for other moments of your life.

So, if you don't have an outdoor table, I totally encourage that you get one. Or if you don't have room go to a park or find a place to eat outside at least once a week. Your eating experience will change and you will enjoy your food more. 

Until next time!

Mirley

Why Your Skincare Isn't Working

Recently I've talked to people about their skincare not working. The fact of the matter is that, there could be a number of reasons why your skincare isn't working. Everyone is different, everyone's skin is different and everyone's lifestyle is different. 

Below are 5 reasons + *Bonus* reason why your skincare may not be working.

Reason #1: The skincare you're using is not right for you.

This may be an easy answer to just say, "This skincare isn't right for me." Although that may be true let's explore why your skincare may not be right for you. 

Your skin may be allergic to some of the ingredients. Does you skincare contain toxic ingredients that is causing your skin to react? Even if your skincare is safe, clean skincare that has an evaluation of a 1-3 in the www.ewg.org/skindeep/ database, you may just be allergic to one of the ingredients. There is no one size fits all skincare

Reason #2: You're not feeding your body beauty foods.

Before you come to the conclusion that your skincare isn't for you, try examining what you're eating. Are you including lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet? Are you eating plenty of greens, berries and all the colors of the rainbows? 

The fact of the matter is that our skin reflects what is going on inside our body. Our body reflects what's happening to us based on the food we eat. We need to eat nutritious, healthy food that helps us flush out toxins, which in turn gives us glowing skin. 

These foods help our skin look young, plump and supple because of all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

We also need to consider not eating dairy and gluten. I know, this is hard...trust me after having read study after study after study I'm not coming to the conclusion that dairy and gluten are horrible for our skin. It causes a lot of inflammation and our body doesn't process it well, which is why we end getting gassy, bloated and acne, which in turn makes us look older too.

Reason #3: You're not getting enough sleep.

Have you ever noticed what your skin and face look like after not having good sleep. Our skin looks withered, we have bags under our eyes and we don't look don't look good.

Getting good sleep helps us stay looking fresh, young and happy, which makes us look younger. Make sure you're getting enough sleep as well as creating a good sleep ritual at night that will ensure a good night's rest. 

Reason #4: You're not drinking enough water.

I've personally noticed that when I don't drink enough water, my skin looks tired, dull and not as radiant. Water, has been argued is the most important nutrient your body needs. If we don't drink water for 3 days, we die. It's crucial that we drink plenty of water to help our body flush out toxins and give us glowing skin.

If you don't like plain water, there are definitely ways to give your water flavor. Try adding fruit, cucumber or mint to your water to give it flavor. Consider drinking herbal tea or drink coconut water. Coconut water is a great way to drink water with an extra boost of hydration, which again is great for your skin. 

Reason #5: You may be under some stress. 

Stress is a killer. Not only do we look haggard when we're stressed, we don't feel good and our body doesn't absorb the nutrients necessary to flush out toxins and give us glowing skin. Some of us eat too much when we're stressed and others of us don't eat enough. 

Stress makes us look old, tired...it seriously ages us. 

Lastly, I want to add that no matter what skincare we use, no matter how well we eat, sleep, drink water or how free we are from stress, we all age. It's kind of a scary part of life, especially when we're seeing it happen. 

Aging is a part of life and embracing it will help us to age gracefully. I know it's hard especially when we see Hollywood celebrities who are 70 look 40. It's like what are you doing and whatever you're doing, I want to do that too! But there is something nice about aging gracefully.

Just think about our grandmothers. I have two beautiful grandmothers that aged gracefully. Perfectly smooth skin was not a priority and yet they looked young, beautiful and there was a sense of wisdom that you could see in their age. 

Aging gracefully should be our goal. 

If you liked this vlog, share it and pin it please! 

Mirley xo

For Smooth Skin, Eat Spinach

Spinach is one of my favorite leafy greens. I especially love it raw. I'm not a total fan of it cooked but I will still eat it anyway. I love it's crisp and fresh texture. It's virtually tasteless when it's raw. 

How do spinach benefit my health?

  • Spinach help people who have low iron.

  • Spinach is full of vitamins and minerals.

  • Spinach also has a good amount of protein. Remember Popeye?!

  • It's very good for your eyes and liver

  • It also helps reduce inflammation

Who should consume spinach?

  • Everybody can benefit from spinach unless you're allergic

  • Anyone with low iron.

  • Anyone looking for an alternative to meat protein

Spinach Benefits

How will spinach improve my skin?

  • Spinach contains vitamin A, which helps prevent wrinkles

  • It also contains antioxidant vitamins C and E

  • Spinach also helps fight free radicals

  • It contains beauty minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium and more

  • lots of fiber and protein

What are the best ways to consume spinach?

  • You can eat in salad

  • You can eat it cooked, which helps you absorb some of the vitamins easier

  • You can eat it as part of smoothie

  • Also, make sure to add some type of vitamin C food like lemon or strawberries to help you absorbing the minerals

In the comments below, let me know how you use spinach. If you don't consume spinach, do you plan on doing so now? Let me know! 

References:

  1. Hart, Jolene. Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, inside and out. San Francisco: Chronicle, 2014. Print.

  2. LSnyder, Kimberly. The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You. North Sydney, NSW: Harlequin Enterprises, 2013. Print.

Toxic Ingredient #2: Mineral Oil & Petroleum

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What is MINERAL OIL & PETROLEUM?

  • Mineral oil is comes from petroleum (A.K.A. petrolatum, petroleum jelly and paraffin oil)
  • Mineral oil is natural but NOT safe

What's so bad about MINERAL OIL & PETROLEUM in my beauty products?

  • Using products that contain petroleum derivatives can lead to cancer and direct skin contact should be avoided

What should I look for instead?

  • Choose products that contain coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, almond oil, avocado oil, argan oil etc. All of these oils provide moisturizing benefits without the risk of getting cancer. 

Resources

  1. Cates, Trevor. Clean Skin from Within: The Spa Doctor's Two-week Program to Glowing, Naturally Youthful Skin. Place of Publication Not Identified: Rockport, 2017. Print.
  2. "May." EWG. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

Let me know in the comments below, do your products contain petroleum ingredients? What do you plan to do in the future now that you know the harmful consequences of having petroleum ingredients in your products?

For Youthful Skin, Eat Avocados

Avocados are one of my favorite fruits. I have at least one avocado once a day. They are filling full of nutrients and you can make so many different dishes out of them. Dips, smoothies, salads, sandwiches and so much more! It is one of the most versatile out there! 

How do avocados benefit my health?

  • Avocados are great for people who have mystery infertility, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, autism and more!
  • Avocados are filled with vitamins A, C, E and K
  • Avocados are also filled with potassium, copper, iron, antioxidant enzymes and glutamine
  • They are filled with fiber and good fat, which helps control blood sugar levels

Who should consume avocados?

  • Everybody can benefit from avocados unless you're allergic
  • If you suffer from memory loss
  • candida overgrowth
  • food sensitivities
  • weakness
  • gas and bloating
  • panic attacks and anxiousness

How will avocados improve my skin?

  • Avocados make your skin look and feel soft, supple and youthful
  • The vitamins and minerals help protect your skin from environmental damage
  • Avocado helps prevent premature aging
  • Help repair and reduce redness in the skin

What are the best ways to consume avocados?

  • You can eat one as a snack with honey, salt or alone
  • You can eat it in a salad like the one I made.
  • You can eat it for breakfast on toast.
  • You can eat it in a smoothie.

What are some avocado beauty products? 

  • Foods Now Avocado Oil: You can avocado oil as a body oil and on your face. It helps create a youthful, supple look.

In the comments below, let me know how you use avocados. If you don't consume avocados, do you plan on doing so now? Let me know! 

References:

  1. Hart, Jolene. Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, inside and out. San Francisco: Chronicle, 2014. Print.
  2. LSnyder, Kimberly. The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You. North Sydney, NSW: Harlequin Enterprises, 2013. Print.
  3. William, Anthony. Medical Medium Life-changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits and Vegetables. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2016. Print.

Orange for Brighter Skin

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Oranges are great for your health and skin! I remember learning in school about pirates getting scurvy because they didn't have a lot of vitamin C. Know, unfortunately, lately I've heard people look down on oranges because of their sugar content. Let me tell you, there is so much good in these foods, that they should not be avoided in your diet. 

How do oranges benefit my health?

  • Oranges high vitamin C content helps you avoid getting sick
  • Oranges helps with digestion issues, depression, adrenal fatigue and more
  • Oranges also helps with skin discoloration, lowering high blood pressure and so much more! 

Who should consume oranges?

  • Everybody can benefit from oranges unless you're allergic
  • People with constipation will benefit from oranges
  • dehydration
  • sore throat
  • tingles and numbness and more

How will oranges improve my skin?

  • oranges and citrus helps brighten your skin 
  • improves skin tone and texture
  • stimulates collagen production

What are the best ways to consume oranges?

  • You can eat one as a snack
  • You can make juice (avoid store bought OJ and just make your own).
  • Include oranges in a smoothie
  • You can cut a slice of orange and make that part of your salad dressing. Garlic salt, 1 tablespoon of orange juice and olive oil

What are some orange/citrus beauty products? for $10: This lip balm includes SPF 15 and it moisturizes and protects your lips leaving them plump and smooth. 

  • Beautycounter Rejuvenating Toner Pads ($45): These toner pads are amazing. They seriously even out your skin tone without burning your skin. They are extremely gentle. You can cut each toner pad in half and make them last twice as long.
  • Beautycounter Rejuvenating Serum ($63): The rejuvenating serum along with the toner pads really help in create smoother skin tone and reduce age or sun spots. It too is very gentle on your skin. 
  • Essential Oils: Essential oils are great as a soft soothing fragrance as well as making your house smell lovely by diffusing it.

In the comments below, let me know how you use oranges. If you don't consume oranges, do you plan on doing so now? Let me know! 

References:

  1. www.beautycounter.com/mirleygraf
  2. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=37
  3. William, Anthony. Medical Medium Life-changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits and Vegetables. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2016. Print.

Toxic Ingredient #1: Fragrance

What is FRAGRANCE?

  • Fragrance is a blend of chemicals that can be disruptive to your hormones and give you allergic reactions. 
  • Unfortunately, the blend of chemicals varies from brand to brand and not a lot is know about what is included in their "fragrance" ingredient.
  • Even if a product says "natural fragrance", very little is known about what those ingredients actually are.

What's so bad about FRAGRANCE in my beauty products?

  • Fragrance can be disruptive to your hormones and give you allergic reactions. 
  • Fragrance chemicals have not been tested for safety.
  • In my case, I get ugly headaches as a result of fragrance in my cosmetic products

What should I look for instead?

  • Look for products that contain essential oils. All ingredients need to be disclosed and not hidden under the word fragrance. 
  • Check the http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ to see how they rate the product you are interested in. 

Now let me know in the comments below, do your products contain fragrance? What do you plan to do in the future now that you know the harmful consequences of having fragrance in your products?

3 Reasons Why You Should Find Your Soulmate Workout

Have you ever met a person that found their soulmate workout? This is the person that is excited to try out the new trend...but rather than getting bored from it, they're still motivated to workout and continue this form of exercise!

You see, what this person has found is their soulmate workout. Their soulmate workout is the exercise that gets them motivated to move, get fit and get healthy. This workout gets them excited to start the day. 

Now to be clear...not everyone doing their soulmate workout is necessarily doing it to lose weight. In fact, you may see people that plateau. However this does not matter to them. 

They love to do their soulmate workout because they feel naturally beautiful.

Here are the reasons why finding your soulmate workout is so beneficial:

  1. You'll love to workout

  2. You'll meet people who have the same interests as you

  3. You'll reach your natural weight faster.

Watch the video below and listen to my explanations for each of the points. 

Now, in the comments below, let me know if you have found a soulmate workout. What is your favorite to exercise?

Mirley xo

P.S. Share this blog with anyone you think would benefit from it. 

Why I HATE Diets

Hi Friend!

Do you love to eat? I mean seriously...do you love to eat?

I honestly do. It's so relaxing to sit down and eat my meal. It's honestly one of my most relaxing times of the day! I love to sit down and either hear the wind outside, have a conversation with my husband or whomever I'm hanging out with and just taste the food. Eating, is a pleasurable moment but somewhere in history we lost touch with the yumminess of food. We made it bad and then we gave it bad labels. 

Dieting is actually what I believe what made eating so stressful for many in our society. I don’t believe in diets and they are not my thing. In fact, dieting actually makes you gain weight! Here is why...

1. FAT TUESDAY:

I'm just going to call the day before starting a diet, Fat Tuesday like the holiday before Ash Wednesday, when people binge on their favorite foods or bad habits before they give it up for 40 days.

The day before a diet begins is very similar to Fat Tuesday. People binge on their favorite foods before they are forced to give them up causing them to deprive themselves even more.

2. I CAN'T EAT MY FAVORITE FOODS!

Not eating our favorite foods, whether it be ice cream, donuts, fries, pasta or whatever, actually causes us to crave those foods even more! Suddenly eating our favorite foods becomes a "sin" and we feel like we need to sneak these foods in and furthermore, we feel guilty for eating them! Whoever said food is supposed to make you feel guilty!

3. DIETS MAKE YOU FAT!

Yes this is true! That fact of the matter is that after having been deprived of our favorite foods, the first thing to do after completing a diet is go straight to those forbidden foods and binge on them. This causes seriously damage to your metabolism. Now your metabolism is starving for food for weeks and then suddenly it's fed HUGE amounts of low quality food! Our metabolism does not like extremes.

In conclusion, diets are seriously not something you ever want to adopt or fall into. No matter which of your favorite celebrities is doing that one diet that gave her great results. We've all seen the evidence of these celebrities bouncing up and down when they're on and off a diet. It's not healthy and it's not worth it.

So let me know in the comments below, what are your frustrations with diets?