Beautiful Body – Day 15 & 16

I’m ready to dive into the outer layer or skin. After all we spent days talking about beautiful organs. (Yes I said organs.) Are you prepared to hear the secret of having beautiful skin?

Naturally beautiful skin comes from what you consume & what is in your atmosphere.

My top three rules to eating clean also applies to having beautiful skin. I’ll show how they relate.

  1. Choose life when shopping.ย Food & skin care products should represent life. It’s the difference between choosing something that came from natural plant cells or test tubes (modified organisms). You can usually tell by the price. Example: Quality products take time to create therefore it may cost more. But it will save you money over time. (Ponder about that last part.)
  2. Educate yourself, be in the know.ย Learn to read labels for both the foods consumed to the cosmetics you use. Look up stuff! Most of us can Google. Simpler ingredient list has less to hide. Also the front of a package is designed to trick you into buying. (Bottom line.) However they can’t lie on the label. Example: I bought something that said all natural coconut but the word natural means nothing to the label and coconut was the last ingredient.
  3. Pure (raw), organic, whole should apply when shopping for products that you will eat or wear on your skin. Here’s the best part… you can buy wonderful products locally or make them yourself. One of the best facial mask is a mashed avocado. Unlike the store bought plastic tube filled with chemicals and avocado is the last component.

Simple ingredient list has less to hide.

Skin Fit: For the adventurous you can try this avocado mask.

Have fun! ๐ŸŽˆ ย (Bottom line.)

Foodie Fit: Since we’re talking about avocado why not have it in a smoothie. Here’s a regular & vegan recipe.

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Dance Fit: I have to share part of my heritage, after all dancing Ori Tahiti kept me fit during my young adult life.

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Beautiful Body – Day 13 & 14

We’re halfway through the BEAUTIFUL BODY challenge and then we’re going to switch things up but before we do let’s complete a checklist. I want to make sure that you have everything in place to succeed. Do you have…

  1. Containers – separate dishes for main, sides or snacks. I like using Mason jars for my meals and designated fridge & cabinant space for my food.
  2. Lunch Bags – If paper bags make you feel happy then use them for lunches or find a bag/lunchbox that spark joyย each time you use it. (A trick to boost your subconscious into enjoying the process.)
  3. Schedule Shopping & Meal Prep Days – Treat your body like an athletic powerhouse (even if you’re not there yet) that requires consistentย preparation time & quality fuel.

We all appreciate it when our nation wins goldย at the Olympics but the unseen preparation is theย gold. What you do when no one is watching is more important then your actions in public.

Treat yourself like a Powerhouse of unimaginable greatness.

Foodie Fit: Today I just want to feature some of my creations. I treat my kitchen like a laboratory where I can mix & match flavors. Fusion. ย 

Below is a soba noodle fusion bowl. It’s part of my eating plan and to learn more about shopping and preparation click here. I’ve also included a video below about the Japanese tradition of soba.

Dance Fit: The sheer joy & energy would motivate me to get up and dance. Movement & good food go hand in hand. This routine is so fun that I literally got up off of my duff to jam out with them. Lol.

 

Cooking Class: (I have to share this one.) Check out the tutorial that made me feel comfortable enough to cook soba noodles.

 

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Beautiful Body – Day 11 & 12

 

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I’m sure there’s nothing I can say or write that would convince you to believe my examples over your personal experiences. In other words if I said, “A rainbow is one color” you would probably argue with me. (Why?) Because your observation has taught you something else.

When it comes to food your experience is separate from mine. Maybe you react differently to food or are triggered into a memory because of a certain scent. Take a few minutes to answer the questions in the picture above. Is there a connection or contrast in what you consume when you’re happy or sad?

We often dive into diets when we should dive into our food connection.

Five HEALTHY FOOD tips to get you looking at food in a whole new way.

  1. Acknowledge the type of foods that you rely on to get you through your day.
  2. Decided if it brings life or death? In other words after you consume the product will your organs thank you with energy & vitality or feel sluggish & irritated.
  3. Make space for a few substitutions to jump-start healthier choices. (For me it was trading in mashed potatoes for Okinawa sweet-potatoes.) Change one thing at a time.
  4. Don’t force your new eating habits on others. aka: Don’t act weird at a gatherings where everyone is eating fried foods and cinnamon rolls. When I started I would eat before an event, just in case. That way I wouldn’t give into the cinnamon roll. (Okay, I did pick pieces off my daughters plate.)
  5. Tweak as you go! (I said tweak not twerk) Nothing is set in stone so reevaluate often and when in doubt ask yourself question #2 and decide from there.


Above is an example of a family gathering where I substituted the romaine lettuce instead of rice. Simple solutions.

Foodie Fit: Pressure cooker Japanese curry. (I just bought a new pressure cooker that can do rice, quinoa, yogurt & now I’m going to try this.)

Taste the freshness, that’s the flavor of life.

I really hope you’re enjoying the BEAUTIFUL BODY challenge because I am. I’m more conscious about my organs & bowel movements, Lol. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Fitness for the digestive system may prevent disease. It doesn’t hurt to eat right.

Dance Fit: Don’t forget to move daily. You’re fitness routine should be 4-5 time a week with variations. Here’s some inspiration from our Party In Pink movement.

Why not start your own movement? All you need are 3 participants: me, myself & I.


One of my most favorite quotes in the world of famous quotes. I’m learning to live by this ancient wisdom everyday.

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Beautiful Body – Day 9 & 10

As you’re living through this challenge you might notice two things.

  1. First of all your personal life and BEAUTIFUL BODY challenge might collide. Making time to self-care, eat whole or workout daily can cause scheduling conflicts.
  2. Secondly, the honeymoon feeling and excitement of doing something new might have worn out and you may consider cutting corners.

Clutter, in the world of Feng Shui, represents a blockage of chi (qi) or energy flow. And almost everyone in the physiological world agrees that a untidy lifestyle ย represents a busy busy mind.

Earlier I listed the names of two de-clutter gurus that I admire and follow Peter Walsh & Marie Knodo. Creating an atmosphere of success takes time because it causes you to address every area of your life. (Which I am still working on.)

My household is full of children (7 all mine) a husband (mine too) and I can’t handle a pet, yet. There’s schedules for every person and always a mountain of laundry but these de-clutter specialist are a wonderful ย resource for me.

Foodie Fit: fresh farm to table.

Quality living takes time to develop but once you’ve achieved it guard it violently ๐Ÿ™‚ Namaste

Dance Fit: my fave dance crew of all time. Motivation.

Everyday is a brilliant creation & every breath is a miracle.

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Beautiful Body – Day 7 & 8

Think about the last place you shopped or ate at… Was it clean? The chances are that you would have walked out if there was rude ย service or a dirty environment. Your subconscious is drawn towards beauty, symmetry, organization and design. I say subconscious because most times you don’t even know that it’s happening.

Now think about your ย meals. When you look at your lunch does it make you happy? The term “Spark Joy” is from a book by Marie Knodo but it got me thinking about every aspect of life. Does my food spark joy?

I appreciate kawaii food styling and it might seem like too much extravagance but it does something for the mind. It makes one feel happy.

Foodie Fit: here’s Ochikeron using kawaii meal prep with a western lunch box.

I’m a foodie going into fitness therefore my approach to food is different.

Dance Fit: Zumba’s Loretta Bates breaking it down for us. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ

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Beautiful Body – Day 5 & 6

Eating clean, going organic, meal prep are examples of lifestyle choices. They say that much of our diseases today are preventable. If that’s the case then what are we doing to add vitality, energy & beauty?

Side note: I use to work as a chiropractic assistant and noticed that over time a person could change the health of their body. After awhile I catagorized the patients into two groups the Doersย and Do Not.

Doers: took the advice given, made changes, finished their treatment & I never saw them back. They often looked at their situation as a wake-up call and made some drastic changes. They only returned if they wanted maintenance care.

Do Not: crew wanted the doctor to fix them, didn’t know how they became unhealthy, didn’t change their lifestyle and wanted a perscription instead of adopting healthy habits. Even after the doctor tried 1:1 coaching.

If you’re reading this then you are a Doer. We are walking this path together and you have arrived just in time. ๐Ÿ’™

Make space for your healthy habits to thrive. Much like the food board you created on DAY 3 & 4 you will need a visual reminder of your choices.

  • A basket or bin in the fridge or pantry makes it easy.
  • Prevents you from grazing into other foods that are on the no list.
  • Trains our brains to stay focused.
  • Works well in shared spaces.

Sabotage yourself into success! Minimize obstacles or remove them.

Foodie Fit: pasta alternatives while shopping at a local Korean store.

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Dance Fit: I like how Zumba brings people together from all over the world.

You’re not alone. Comment if you want feedback during your journey. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Beautiful Body – Day 3 & 4

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Welcome to a healthier, sexier & vibrant you ๐Ÿ’š. The action of you taking time to read this blog and share its content is already a step in the right direction. The goal of BEAUTIFUL BODY challenge is to workout your organs. Yes I said organs. Did you know that the your digestive system deserves a regular fitness schedule.

Fitness for the organs? Everything you chew & swallow puts your esophagus, digestive enzymes & colon (the list goes on) into a synchronized routine of movement.

It’s pure genius, our internal system.

Eating Clean is the simplest non-diet program that anyone can incorporate into a busy lifestyle. It’s reconnecting to food and the gifts of nature & life. Everything you consume should be…

  • Simple, from farm to table
  • Raw, whole a.k.a.ย real food
  • Minimally processed & lightly handled
  • Void of preservatives or additives
  • Foods your grand or great-grand parents would recognize

Meal Prep is important when adopting this lifestyle because it’s not as easy to find whole-meals-on-the-go. And in a perfect world we could get our entire family involved but that might not happen today. Until then, start simple and begin with your meals. (Many of the women I coach & mentor have separate space in their fridge & cabinants just for them.)

Foodie Fit: This is a vlog I made for you, it has five (5) tips to make shopping easy.

Good food is a great workout for your digestive system. It will thank you by giving you energy & vitality.

Dance Fit: I got a real retro feeling with this one but I’m sure you can rock it at home ๐Ÿ™‚

Confession, once you start incorporating clean eatingย you might notice regular fast foods might make you sick. I went out with my Ohana (family) and bit into a burger… OMG I felt like a oily & gross mess. My stomach was NOT happy with me. Almost as if it was saying, “Where’s the love? Why are you feeding me this junk!”

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My new fave in the kitchen. It saves me time and it was under $30 at the time of purchase. Watch the Foodie Fit vlog to find out more.