Self Love // Weight Doesn’t Determine Your Worth

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The scale doesn’t typically stay the same. Weight can fluctuate in varying degrees. Sometimes I look in the mirror and scrutinize myself about what I want to change and what doesn’t seem good enough. Sometimes, it’s the unhealthy opposite of that. If i’ve made any headway in my journey to being healthy, I look in the mirror with pride about how I’m coming along, as if I’m a better person because I lost a few pounds or inches.

I’m not saying that hard work and discipline shouldn’t be celebrated. I think that those are amazing traits to have and to take pride in. However, the number on the scale shouldn’t determine our level of self-worthiness. Losing or gaining 5 pounds doesn’t make us any more or any less valuable.

I was talking to a friend of mine, and she was talking about making a mental switch in terms of working out. We tend to work out because we want to fix ourselves. We want to fix our abs, our untoned arms, and the whole 9 yards. But, rather than doing something healthy like working out in an unhealthy way (self-loathing), maybe we need to shift our thinking to working out because we LOVE ourselves. We LOVE and RESPECT our bodies so we want to do things that make us feel better. That sounds more appealing to me than shaming myself about what I need to change, which in so many ways, is translated into not being good enough, or worthy enough.

I’ve decided that from now on, when I’m preparing to work out, I’m not going to put myself in ‘beast mode.’ I’m simply going to love my body where it is and do something for the love of it.

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I Miss You!!!

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Here are some sweet kisses from Milo for you!

I promise, I’m not gone…completely. I have been doing lots of hard work and PCOS activism over at PCOS Awareness Association (PCOSAA). I was recently given the opportunity to be the Co-President and serve alongside a small group of wonderfully dedicated, brilliant, and sassy women. We are laying a lot of ground work so it has been awesomely time consuming. I have so many things to share with you. Soon. Very soon. Cross my heart.

Big love to all of yous =P

Product Review: Curl Junkie

Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix

Temperance (my hair) has been going through a dry season over the last few months so I tried this deep conditioner by Curl Junkie. It’s a pretty popular conditioner that’s gotten some rave reviews so I decided to try it out for myself.

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I used it on clean wet hair and I went through less than 1/4th of the product. It smoothed on pretty well. My hair softened almost instantaneously. However, this product didn’t give me a ton of slip to detangle with. If you like a ton of slip while detangling, you may need a rinse out conditioner. I forewent the rinse out and went straight to my leave-in with not much of a problem. If you don’t mix your own deep conditioners, this product could work for you as well.

Let me cut to the chase. Here are my pros and cons:

Pros:
-Very moisturizing
-You don’t have to use a rinse out.
-For my Non-mixtress Naturals:All the deep conditioning you need is in the one container
-If you like Tropical Banana scents, this would be a pro for you

Cons:
-I don’t like Tropical Banana scents so I pretty much hate the way it smells
-A little pricey at 8oz. for $20 plus shipping if your total order is under $100

If you don’t mind paying 20 bucks for 8oz of product and if you love the smell of floral-ish bananas, this may be for you. I, however, will not be ordering this product again. Love the moisture, but REALLY hate the smell.

Have you named your hair?
Do you have any staple deep conditioning treatments? Do share!

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs

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If you haven’t had a chance to read my previous post, ‘PCOS, Insulin, and Carbohydrates,’ you can check it out here.

*Please keep in mind that some of the items on the ‘Good Carb’ list are not Paleo friendly (if this is the lifestyle method you’ve chosen).

I can clearly remember when my mom switched us from white bread to whole wheat bread. It was a sad day to eat toast. I’m sure we’ve all either had a similar moment or a knowing of wheat bread being a healthier option than white bread. So what’s the deal with this whole ‘good carb, bad carb’ situation?
Good carbohydrates provide your body with very important nutrients; whereas bad carbs don’t do anything positive in way of your health. Don’t get me wrong, they can be very fun to eat, but your internals and your waistline won’t be too happy over time.

When the rubber meets the road, carbohydrate quality is very important. The ‘Good’ ones gives you the phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that your body needs. ‘Bad’ carb don’t give you those things. They are void of these healthy elements are are easily digestible, making you hungry sooner.

Eating high quality carbs are VERY important for women with PCOS because it can help to stabilize you blood sugar and help you to avoid sugar spikes and crashes.

So what foods are considered ‘good’ carbs or ‘bad’ carbs?
Good Carbs
-Whole grain products (whole wheat breads, whole wheat pasta, brown rice)
-Fruits
-Non-starchy vegetables
-Legumes
-Nuts
-Non-sweetend dairy products

Bad Carbs
-Sugars
-Added sugars
-Refined/Enriched products (white breads, white rice, enriched pasta)
-Starchy vegetables (white potatoes)
-Cookies, cakes, donuts, etc.

Next, we’ll look at ways to incorporate more quality carbs into daily eating.