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6 of My Favorite Instagram Accounts for Daily Healthy Food Inspiration

I love following food accounts on Instagram. They give me insights on food, body positivity, mindfulness, and recipes. When I see healthy food that looks delicious and beautiful, it has me craving healthy food, instead of junk food and being able to see them when I scroll through Instagram gets me in the healthy, sunkissed state of mind.

Mia Zarlengo, MS, RD – @bitesbymi

Mia is a women’s health dietitian and recipe developer. Her feed is full of beautiful food and delicious recipes. Her captions talk on life, recipes and tons of different types of food. Her story highlights consist of her favorite recipes and food products, not to mention her everyday stories with her everyday food journey.

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5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself this May for Mental Health Awareness Month

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself this May for Mental Health Awareness Month

 May celebrates Mental Health Awareness month. There are a lot of ways to celebrate, that involve taking care of you, but the first step in all awareness months, is to be aware and knowledgeable.

So, here is a link from theSkimm to help you learn more about mental health. 

This has the basics, different mental health conditions, information on the stigma and some more ways to take care of yourself. Did you know, that one in six adults are living with a mental illness of some sort, this could range anywhere from anxiety disorders, to eating disorders to addiction disorders and so many more. Being in college, I know people who have had issues with all of these and some people are going through battles that I would never know about.

An issue is that there is a huge stigma around mental health, but in reality it is so common nowadays for people to have some type of mental illness. The stigma is usually always negative and due to that it can affect whether or not people will seek out treatment or even admit to themselves they might have a mental illness. One suggestion that the Skimm talks about is that you should re-word the way you talk about your mental illness. An example is don’t say “I am bipolar”, say “I suffer from a bipolar disorder”. THis will help you to mentally not let that mental disorder define you. It is something you are going through, not who you are. I think you should definitely go check out their link here and learn more about the stigma and the fights different people around you could be going through and how to fight back the stigma.

Take Time for Yourself

A lot of people are too busy and overwhelmed that they don’t know how to take care of themselves properly. You might be eating right and working out, but if you don’t take time to relax for a minute this can really hurt your self-esteem and your overall mojo. Being busy is great, but not taking time for yourself can hurt you. It doesn’t have to be a whole day or even a large sum of it to take time for you. Some tihngs you can do is:

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Meditate

I, personally love meditation, even if it’s for 3 minutes, 5 minutes or 10 minutes. I think it is a great way to start the day or even a way to calm down mid day. I use the app Headspace which is super great. It is free, but you can buy more packages for different situations. They have it for anxiety, stress, grief even if you have cancer or need to be more productive. This app has really helped me when I felt like I was at my worst and just overall mad or stressed. If you don’t want to get an app, you can just sit down and meditate. Taking this minute for yourself can help you to bring yourself back to a calm mindset where you can focus on what is important and to stop overthinking.

Spend Time With Friends

Humans are social creatures, they are meant to make connections and be around other people. It is known to make people feel better and boost moods. Half of it, is surrounding yourself with the right people, think positive and uplifting people and stay away from the negative people and thoughts. Go get coffee together or grab dinner or drinks. Spending time with people that uplift you, doing something that give you joy (yes, food and coffee give me joy) will really help your mental health. Lack of social interactions is actually known to hurt your mental health, so grab a buddy and work on your mental health with a simple conversation or friend date!

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Redesign or Clean Your Room

I know, this one might sound a little stupid. But, your environment plays a huge part in your mental health. I know that when my room is a mess, my anxiety gets worse and I feel overall stressed and uneasy. I think designing your room to have light and filled with things you love will help you to feel better overall and more days than not. Being in a gloomy, messy and dark room will aid your emotions to feeling alone, closed off and stressed. It is known that certain colors can also affect your mood, so think about that when redesigning. Yellow is meant to boost your mood and blue can be calming. Cleaning can also be soothing for some people. For me, it can be sometimes, but other times not so much. The feeling of accomplishment after cleaning your room is nice though. You can even treat yourself after with a little something-something.

Get Outside

This is one of my favorite ways to cheer up and it works even better that Summer is right around the corner. A little sunshine can cure a lot of things and genuinely make you happier. When people are stuck inside day in and day out, that isn’t good for your body. Even if you talk a walk, with or without a dog (I suggest bringing a dog if that is an option), it can really boost your mood for the rest of the day and even your week. I will be honest, I definitely don’t do this as much as I would like to, but right now, if I have work to do, I try and sit outside, in the sun or in the shade and work on my laptop. It isn’t exactly the same thing, but it is better than nothing and still makes me feel better.

I also would like to share a few signs that you should keep an eye out for and if you start to notice, you should reach out to a professional. Reminder, signs and symptoms of mental illnesses are different for everyone.

  • Feeling Sad
  • Having a hard time concentrating
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Pulling away from friends and family
  • Being significantly tired
  • Having low energy and trouble sleeping
  • Struggling with daily problems and stress
  • Major changes in eating habits
  • Excessive anger
  • Physical problems, this could be stomach pains or unexplained aches
  • Suicidal thinking

If you are having suicidal thoughts or think you might hurt yourself, always get help right away. Call 911 or a local emergency number immediately, call your mental health specialist, call a suicide hotline number, in the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also reach out to a close friend or loved one.

What are some ways you are taking care of you and your mental health this month? Leave your answer in the comments! 

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Healthy Desserts for the average person, even on a budget!

8 Healthy Desserts to Get You In the Summer Mood

With summer on the way, people are all about the #BBG and the healthy lifestyle. In case you are anything like me and had to Google what #BBG means, it means #BinkiniBodyGuide well at least that’s what my research brought me to!

Now, I am graduating soon as most of you know and graduating is very stressful. When most people are stressed, they don’t eat or have to eat. I am of the latter. I tend to crave sweets or carbs, but with Summer on the way, neither are very good for me. So, here is a list of some healthy alternatives to the normal desserts and sweets you crave.

Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream 

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Oh My, Oh My, What To Do With An Avocado?

So, I have been asked this great question a few times… “what can you do with an avocado?”.  SO I have complied a list of all the yummy things that I do with Avocados to make your life just a little easier!

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Make a pasta sauce // I hav recently discovered a super yummy pasta sauce that you can make with avocados. I take one mini avocado (Trader Joes), add pesto and a tablespoon of vegan spread (Trader Joes). I toss this over tortellinis or zoodles. Please note it may look like green mush, but it’s actually pretty amazing! Read More »

Trader Joes Haul on a College Budget

Trader Joes is one of my favorite places to food shop. I love the food they sell, from he freshness of their produce to the quality of their frozen food and the samples that leave me speechless. I think that learning how to shop for healthy food that you enjoy on a budget is really important.

So, I have broken down some of my favorite things from Trader Joes that you can afford on a college budget. Below they are broken down into categories, but I will include what I use them for next to each item! After the list, I’ll explain the way I shop! Read More »

Why It Is Okay to Not Be Okay & 5 Ways to Help Pull Yourself Back Together

“It takes 10 times longer to pull yourself back together than it takes to fall a part”.

Why is it okay to not be okay?

This is simple… because we are human. We are not born to be perfect, zero emotion creatures. We all f*ck up and we all get sad and that is what makes us human. Cry because you need to. You are allowed, it is okay. But remember, you will always be okay.

You are allowed to not be okay because something has happened and it has knocked you off your feet. That is the point. This obstacle came here to knock you down. When you hit the ground, it will hurt, it may hurt more than anything you have ever felt. You will take minute, you don’t have to stand right away, and you will feel the pain. Sometimes it knocks the air out of you and you have to find your breathe before you do anything. But, the fact of the matter is, you will still get up. You will get back up on your feet and you will walk forward. That is not an option. You fall to stand taller and stronger than you ever have before.

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