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    A toothy tequila smile.

    A few of my friends think I don’t eat a lot, but I promise you I do. According to my mom, I eat like a 5-year-old (portion-wise not mess-wise). I love food and I enjoy the healthy relationship I have with it. If you spend long periods of time with me you’ll realize I eat a lot of small portions several times a day. Many healthy eaters will tell you this is a great application of eating healthy. To be honest, my eating habits are mandated by my bloating and my tiny stomach.

    I cook most of my meals to make sure I’m eating as healthy as possible, spending less money on food, and to make sure I don’t waste food. I used to be so wasteful. Now I make sure I create shopping lists, check my pantry, check the fridge, and plan the meals I’d like to eat for the next few days.
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    Why I love yoga

     

     

    So let’s get a little serious and then we can chuckle later. I have patella tendonitis and a possible torn meniscus. I’ve been dealing this for almost a year and a half. At one point I couldn’t even straighten out my leg. I walked with a limp, and I was devastated. I have my own theory on what happened, but that’s for another day. I had to let go of running, tennis, and yoga. It’s been heartbreaking not to do sprints because I love them and my body responds well to it. I used to wish I loved jogging but I believe in getting from A to B as quick as possible! If you need another reason to be convinced why sprinting is kickass when you’re trying to tone up, look at the body of a sprinter and someone who runs long distance. They’re very different despite them training hard AF. It’s a preference. I’m not saying I let this get to my head, but this one time at band camp at the grocery store this lady came up to me and asked if I ran track. It was a complete mood booster.

    After breaking my pinky toe (which may or may not have happened because I fell attempting to do handstand push ups under the influence of Henny), I took to weight training. It was the best/worst thing that could’ve happened to me because now I love weight training. I also broke the same toe again a year later by walking into a couch. Less climatic. (I’m as accident prone as the little boy in Meet The Fockers. Seriously). Let’s fast forward to a year and a half ago when I finally had to accept there was something seriously wrong with my knee. Truth is, I was lovingly bullied by people who care about me into getting it checked out and going to physical therapy. I won’t get into my amazing therapy treatment right now, but I recently got cleared for yoga a few months ago. And it’s been interesting. I love it. But let me tell you if you haven’t heard me say this before. Yoga is not for punks. I did gymnastics as a child, and is it foolish of me to think that I would never lose my flexibility?? And there’s this pose where you’re a downward dog and you’re supposed to bring one foot and place it in between your hands. HOW?? THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE. MY BODY DOESN’T GO LIKE THAT.

    Skate Park in Old Fourth Ward

    Maybe it’s because I’m freshly into yoga, but according to my physical therapist, I’m dramatic. But if you’re reading this I’d like to believe you’re on my side, therefore, you don’t think I’m dramatic. I love attending yoga classes at my gym. But on Sunday’s weather permitting I’ll be outdoors absorbing sunlight at King of Pops Yoga. It’s free. Classes are located in the Old Fourth Ward at the field next to the skate park. It’s right off the beltline.

    Why I love yoga

    1. It forces me to slow down and pay attention to how my body moves.
    2. I actually zone out and focus.
    3. I pay attention to my breathing. I’m not saying I stop breathing but sometimes I don’t feel like I’m inhaling and exhaling efficiently. Which may sound weird. But I really do try to focus on my breathing when I work out.
    4. My hip flexors are so tight it’s annoying.
    5. I just want to be flexible. And that’s just real.
    6. It’s a great activity to try outdoors.

    The usual instructor Charlie left to go be with a man. She assured us he’s cute. So that’s fine. However, Racheal from Tough Love Yoga is now the Yogi in command. I’ve been in one of her classes before and it was the first I felt that yoga is something that I could do! Have you ever considered taking a yoga class? There are so many free classes now that it’s warmed up! So if you haven’t given it a go yet I highly suggest trying some downward dog and get some vitamin D outside. I’m so glad my friend Essence was able to join me and take these amazing pics! If you’re in the A and ever see me at the King of Pops Yoga one Sunday, come say namaste!

    Worn out from yoga!

     

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    Drinking + Activated Charcoal

    Activated Charcoal

    St Paddy’s day has come and gone! Which meant a lot green, drinking and booze. Yes, the last two mean the same thing thus proving my point on the amount of liquor people drank. What is St. Patty’s Day all about? It has to do with religion and drinking. Two things I’m interested in.

    So get this, St Patty’s day is a celebration of the death of a guy named St Patrick. It also marks the commemoration of Christianity in Ireland. So on this day Catholics and Anglicans go to church. But get this, any Lenten restrictions pertaining to Food and drink are lifted! On this day! How great. Is our God. This is great for several things.

    1. I gave up alcohol for Lent.

    2. If you observe Lent you know we don’t eat meat on Fridays. Guess what day St Patrick’s Day falls on. You guessed it.  WHOO! You is right. (OG Maco voice)

    So what I’m about to tell you is my little drinking hack Not just for this day, but anytime you I feel that I’ll consume quite a bit of alcohol. Activated charcoal. When the Irish car bombs are done and you pretty much know the next morning is going to be shitty. And if you’re at least my age, [redacted], recovering from turning up can be an all day sloth fest.

    I take some AC pills per the insructions and wash them down with spring water or coconut water. It makes my mornings less sucky and more functional. If you ever take AC please be mindful that it’s job is to absorb! So if you consume something of nutritional value then give it an hour before your take AC. Otherwise that nutritional content is moot!

    Activated Charcoal

    Activated Charcoal

     

     5 tips to for an epic St. Paddy’s day

    1. Eat. I mean it. You can’t go out there without properly coating your stomach. Because no one wants to baby sit you once you’ve poured out the contents of your stomach into a toilet.
    2. Hydrate. I personally prefer to drink coconut water (instead of sports energy drinks); Before and after the turn up.
    3. Wear something green. Why would you not?
    4. Don’t drunk text. Unless if you’re shooting your shot. Then I’ll allow it.
    5. Have fun!

    Shout out to all the designated drivers on this day. Ya’ll are the real MVPs.

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    P.S.S. – This might surprise you, but I’m not a medical expert. So please use your Googles to do your own research and consult with a health expert about your health. I ask mine A LOT of questions! Seriously.

    P.S.S. – Feel free to leave a comment about how you feel about this post. Or email me if that makes you more comfortable.

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