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Wellness
Published Thursday Nov 14, 2019 by Mooch and Mel

4 Habits You’ll Be Thankful to Forget This Thanksgiving  

Food
Nutrition
Expert Advice

Turkey-Day-Trepidation. It’s real. Worrying the feast will derail your fitness goals, giving side dishes the side-eye, and wondering how it’ll all affect your stomach. Then, alleviating fear from these worries by vowing never to eat cookies, carbs, or canned onion strings, ever again.

Thanksgiving just so happens to be our favorite holiday of the year. Not only because it synchronizes food, family, and football, but because the energy of the day aligns with what we love. Gratitude. So let’s cut the panic that keeps us from truly enjoying this holiday. 

Carry these reminders with you to ease your worries and relish in your turkey (or tofurkey) on the big day.

Earning your food isn’t a thing.

We’re all for a Turkey Day trot, but when people hit the streets to sweat so they can “earn” their food, we cringe. Food brings a different value. Sometimes it’s to fuel, sometimes to recover; sometimes it’s to nourish, and other times it’s just to enjoy. Focus on the value of your food at any given moment and forget the idea that you have to do tricks for treats.

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Earning your food isn’t a thing.

We’re all for a Turkey Day trot, but when people hit the streets to sweat so they can “earn” their food, we cringe. Food brings a different value. Sometimes it’s to fuel, sometimes to recover; sometimes it’s to nourish, and other times it’s just to enjoy. Focus on the value of your food at any given moment and forget the idea that you have to do tricks for treats.

Turkey doesn’t make you sleepy.

When teaching about food combinations and energy related to digestion, we use Thanksgiving as the prime example. Turkey isn’t what makes you want to curl up into a ball on the couch for three days (with a slice of pie within reach, of course). The fatigue stems from the energy your body is employing to digest and break down intricate food combinations and large quantities of food. Digestion is an energy source. When we have to use massive amounts of energy to break down our food, that’s when we become sleepy.

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Turkey doesn’t make you sleepy.

When teaching about food combinations and energy related to digestion, we use Thanksgiving as the prime example. Turkey isn’t what makes you want to curl up into a ball on the couch for three days (with a slice of pie within reach, of course). The fatigue stems from the energy your body is employing to digest and break down intricate food combinations and large quantities of food. Digestion is an energy source. When we have to use massive amounts of energy to break down our food, that’s when we become sleepy.

You don’t have to start on Monday.

You don’t have to earn your food, nor do you have to “make up” for eating it. That kind of thinking can cause you to consume almost twice as much food on the holidays, which hurts your digestive system more significantly. Please do not turn to deprivation, juice cleanses, or extreme dieting to undo the holiday. Not only is that worse for your body, but it’s even worse for your mind. There is nothing wrong with choosing to enjoy your favorite foods and flavors.

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You don’t have to start on Monday.

You don’t have to earn your food, nor do you have to “make up” for eating it. That kind of thinking can cause you to consume almost twice as much food on the holidays, which hurts your digestive system more significantly. Please do not turn to deprivation, juice cleanses, or extreme dieting to undo the holiday. Not only is that worse for your body, but it’s even worse for your mind. There is nothing wrong with choosing to enjoy your favorite foods and flavors.

Your value is not on your plate. 

If your favorite foods happen to be greener, healthier versions of traditional dishes, or simple meals lacking in decadence, that’s fine, too. When someone takes it personally that you won’t eat the same things as them, remember that you aren’t responsible for anyone’s health and happiness but your own. The bottom line: your value is not on your plate. And you don’t need to prove your value by filling, or not filling, your plate with certain foods.

Remember, the best part of the holiday season is the connections you make. Make eye contact, listen to others, and tell people you love them. Be present, be grateful, and know that food is a way to connect and celebrate no matter its form.

Change your thinking to toss the trepidations, and truly enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Your value is not on your plate. 

If your favorite foods happen to be greener, healthier versions of traditional dishes, or simple meals lacking in decadence, that’s fine, too. When someone takes it personally that you won’t eat the same things as them, remember that you aren’t responsible for anyone’s health and happiness but your own. The bottom line: your value is not on your plate. And you don’t need to prove your value by filling, or not filling, your plate with certain foods.

Remember, the best part of the holiday season is the connections you make. Make eye contact, listen to others, and tell people you love them. Be present, be grateful, and know that food is a way to connect and celebrate no matter its form.

Change your thinking to toss the trepidations, and truly enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mooch & Mel - MINDBODY
Written by
Mooch and Mel
Co-owners | Move With MM
About the author
A finalist in America's Most Inspiring Trainer, Mooch is a nutrition nut and personal trainer in bootcamp and cycling classes. Mel, a yoga instructor, life coach, and gut health educator, loves guiding others to overcome anxiety and feel more energized. Together, they bring a balance of compassion and tough love to help busy women who feel stuck, move!
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!