Beautiful Inside and Out

So I understand that the term beautiful inside and out is usually a term referring to beauty outwards as well as having an amazing personality to boot, but in the last three days I decided to take that term literal.  For the past four months I have had an eating routine that was far from glamorous and was really starting to feel the effects from it. I was moody, constantly tired, had stomach pains, was gaining a bit of weight, and was starting to have issues keeping my blood sugar up. Now coming from a family with a laundry list of issues such as thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, I felt that I needed to make a change now that will become habit as I get older. The problem is, as much as I would like to sit here and say that Burlesque pays my bills, the truth is quite the opposite. Burlesque is my release which I would love to one day have pay my bills, but realistically I have to work… a lot.

So back to my healthy take over dilemma. I work seven days a week between three different jobs as well as full time school. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very difficult, and there have been countless times where I’ve had a breakdown or two, but I consider myself very fortunate. I live in California; it’s expensive to live here, and I know many people searching for one part-time job just to get off unemployment, so the fact that I hold three makes me very fortunate.  So as you can imagine, there isn’t much time for me to cook or go grocery shopping, and any food that I pack may or may not be able to be heated or stored in a refrigerator during the day.

My conclusion? I decided that during the day, while I was at work, I would try to transition to more of a fruit’s and veggies raw food diet.  There are many recipes out there that don’t take long to prepare. You get adequate nutrition from a plant based diet and I can snack all day, since these are very light foods.  This is good because I love to snack, and this doesn’t make you feel glutenous. Now I love meat, so don’t think that I’m going vegan, but I’ve heard many friends say they’ve noticed a huge difference in how they feel when they went to a high in plant based diet and I wanted to see if some of these effects were true. I’m also not cutting myself completely off from my favorite bad foods. I live in Southern California, to not indulge in a carne asada burrito every now and then would be a sin.

Fair warning though for anyone thinking of trying this, the firstday was HORRIBLE! I’m used to eating a lot of heavy foods throughout the day. Switching to light foods made be feel like I was continuously starving, but I kept eating and snacking, especially on sunflower seeds and I’m not going to lie, I split a breakfast burrito with one of the girls at work. But by day two, it wasn’t that bad.  My stomach wasn’t rumbling all day, and my co workers didn’t have to hear me say I’m starving two million times throughout the day. I’m sure they were very happy about that.  So here I am at day three, and I have to admit I didn’t have that morning headache I usually get, and I’m actually pretty energetic despite the fact that I got roughly four hours of sleep.

Beauty is more than just being a pretty face and I think it’s very important for us to make sure that we take care of our bodies.  Burlesque is about loving yourself, and celebrating our bodies.  If we don’t take care of ourselves, there will be nothing to celebrate. More updates to come, and don’t forget, it’s okay to indulge responsibly. I may have treated myself to a vegetarian burrito last night after work. 😉

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