Healthy is the new hot!

"Everyday experience your beauty, your health, your gifts " unknown

Traveling the internet, I discovered this great blog The Champagne Diaries. It is the story of Cara Alwill Leyba, her struggles and self-esteem issues; dating men who were bad for her and trying every dieting option she could possibly get her hands on. Exhausted from this lifestyle, Cara reached out to a good friend that gave her the best advice “focus on eating rich, nutritious foods and exercise”. There is no diet that will do what eating healthy does.

It is an inspirational journey of self-acceptance, the celebration of life including the not so good stuff. As Cara says, “As long as I was eating healthy (most of the time) and working out regularly, I was treating my body with the utmost respect.” She discovered her individuality. We all have it a bio-individuality and an innate instinct that we need to respect in order to keep our body in balance. This is a key component to any life change we would like experience in order to restore harmony and create the life we deserve and want.

MindBodyGreen the e-magazine has featured one of Cara’s articles “Healthy is The New Skinny: How I Learned to Love Myself and My Body” It is very inspiring and worth reading.

Wishing you health and happiness!

The Happiness Challenge

I found this wonderful video series and challenge that I would like to share with you. It is called The Happiness Challenge, If we are talking about new year affirmations why not challenge ourselves to do more than dieting, exercising, etc. How about pursuing happiness, accepting and respecting ourselves just the way we are. Our positive outlook in life can heal not only our soul but our physical body as well. We are nourished by food, relationships, careers, physical activity and spirituality.

NutriSpire invites you to visit Action for Happiness, be inspire by this movement and perhaps become part of it.

(Via Action for Happiness )

In January 2011, Action for Happiness partnered with The BBC Breakfast to run a week-long Happiness Challenge. The aim was to get members of the public trying out simple actions to improve their happiness, based on the latest scientific research.

The Happiness Challenge involves simple daily actions in three areas:

  • Be Mindful – do less and notice more
  • Be Kind – do things for others
  • Be Grateful – remember the good thing

We found eight volunteers in Scarborough – including a bin man, artist, butcher, belly dancer, shop worker, marine biologist and retired couple.

Part 1: Can we learn to be happier?
The Happiness Challenge is introduced and we meet some of the participants for the first time.

Part 2: Being grateful for the good things
Our volunteers take time out to thank people they feel really grateful to.

Part 3: The importance of kindness and relationships
Our volunteers do acts of kindness and focus on their relationships with others.

Part 4: Can mindfulness help us deal with stress?
Our volunteers learn how mindfulness can reshape the way they think and bring big benefits.

Part 5: Did it make a difference?
Review how our volunteers got on, including a discussion with Linda Papadopoulos and David Sillito.