No Doesn’t Always Mean No

Something that I have really been awakened to lately is the timing of life. I always heard and believed that, “Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen.” It’s one of those things people tell you when they want to help you feel better but don’t know quite what to say, right?

Well, kind of. But it’s also strangely accurate, as simple as it sounds.

Timing really is everything, and sometimes that’s a tough pill to swallow because it rarely makes sense at first. As humans, we try to resist change and/or anything that doesn’t seem 110% “right” to us. We will kick and scream until we get our way, essentially; whether that means fighting for what we believe in or being blind to reality and missing the mark on where we’re supposed to be.

Sometimes the my-way-or-the-highway attitude can get us really far in certain situations, and can be a great quality to possess. But other times, it can mean being totally blind to WHY we should perhaps wait silently until the right opportunity comes along.

Sometimes, what you think is so right for you can turn out to be so wrong, so God will close that door in order to lead you to the correct one. However, when that first door is shut, we tend to shut down and get angry. We take it as a huge negative, or a major setback. We don’t realize that He’s saying, “Hold on just a little longer, I’ve got something even better for you if you’ll just take a chill pill for a hot sec.” And then, in the end, whatever He told us a big fat NO to ends up being a blessing in disguise because of the new door that opens and puts our butt right where we’re meant to be. Funny how that works, right?!

So, whether you’re struggling with people saying no at work, in your personal relationships, in your financial situation, etc… try to see those NO’s in a new light and look for the positive that can come from it! If God’s closing a door, He’s probably getting ready to open a new one, whether it’s what was in YOUR original plan or not. “No” doesn’t always mean NO, it often means “Not right now.”

Not only is timing everything, but so is perspective. Look for the good and the good will find you πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading! Outfit details below!

XO beth

Photos by Elle Lua Photography

Pants: HERE *use code “reasoner” for discount // Shoes: Nike women // Top: similar HERE

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Blueberry Cacao Smoothie

It is HOT out there, so I have the perfect, refreshing smoothie for you!

I came in from walking the beach today dripping sweat, and all I wanted was a cold drink but I also needed some fuel. So I made a smoothie and it was heavenly.

I’ve been on a major smoothie kick lately, probably because it feels like it’s 10000 degrees in FL right now. Fall where you at?! But I’ve been trying to change up my smoothie game a bit so this one was definitely a winner. I used to only do PB banana protein smoothies everyday, but I needed something more berry-y, ya feel?

Here it is:

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen strawberries (optional – they add a little flavor)
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 tbsp natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice; more or less depending how thick you prefer)
1 stevia packet

Blend until smooth and amazing. Enjoy!

Full of protein, antioxidants, and all kinds of goods. πŸ™‚ Also good topped with granola, coconut flakes, or chia seeds!

Happy Sunday xox

Beth

Wellness Wednesday

HIII happy hump day! Halfway to Friday people.

So lets talk about my favorite yoga pants. These blue and gray ones from Firepower are seriously the shiz. They feel so amazing on! The material is comfy and high quality. They are a little more expensive than what I normally buy BUT hear me when I say SO. WORTH. IT. They’re still cheaper than Lulu though but still the same quality (hello, score). And they’re squat proof ladies!! I love how high waisted they are so no riding down your booty as you squat.Β This black mesh sports bra is also from Firepower. You can get a discount with my code – ‘REASONER’!Β I’ve got more exciting, new Firepower looks coming soon so stay tuned for those.

I have mentioned recently that I’m struggling with a knee injury that has set me back in my workouts (hashtag anxiety). Fortunately it’s looking like I won’t need surgery (thank God!) but they still don’t know why it’s still hurting. So frustrating! But anyways, at first I used my knee as an excuse to skip my workouts completely. Yes I was in a lot of pain so that’s understandable… to an extent. But now I have realized that instead of letting it defeat me, I can use this time as a chance to focus on what I CAN do instead of what I can’t.

For example: one of my biggest fitness goals right now is to do a pull-up on my own. So instead of being sad I can’t work legs on leg day (my fav workout) I can focus that energy on improving my upper body strength. My knee may be weak but my arms are perfectly fine. Might as well go hard with them! If you have something that you feel is holding you back from your goals, let it motivate you instead!

While rest days are extremely important, don’t use the little things as an excuse. Get out there and kick that excuses butt. Tired from work? Even just a 30 minute walk can boost your mood and energy. Too hot outside? Go for a swim – then you’re cooling off AND getting cardio in. Whatever it is, just do it.

And get some Firepower so you’ll look badass doing it πŸ˜‰

Thanks for reading!

xo beth

**shoutout to Elle Lua Photography for these bomb pics

 

My Review of “What the Health”

*actual picture of the eggs I ate last night ^

I’m sure you’ve heard by now all the rave about the latest documentary on Netflix called “What the Health.” I certainly have, and was shocked at the response and number of people claiming they needed to instantly change their whole diet based solely on this documentary. So I immediately decided I needed to watch it and form my own opinions on it.

If you haven’t heard about it or seen it yet, this documentary looks at the link between our diets (mostly meat and dairy) and major diseases they can potentially cause. It is clearly produced by people pushing the vegan agenda, and it also completely discredits several major health organizations (like the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, etc.).

I will start by saying this: I do acknowledge and appreciate that the health of our nation is being discussed. We are certainly experiencing an obesity epidemic in this country, and it should be brought to light how to prevent it further. The majority of people need to start understanding how the type/amount of foods they are consuming is affecting their overall health.Β However, the way this film goes about it is not so much informative as it is simply one giant scare tactic with little valid research to back it.

One of the biggest red flags to me was that, throughout the whole 1.5-hour-long film, they interviewed only TWO Registered Dietitians, and one of those two only spoke for about a whole 20 seconds. The rest were mostly doctors who simply stated their opinions without backing it with hard scientific evidence.Β AND, at the end of the film, several of the doctors even admitted that doctors hardly get ANY nutritional education and know little about how diet affects the body… so then why are we taking everything they are pushing on us without questioning their research or validity?!

Here are my main points I wrote down while watching it that I want to share:

YES processed meat is not the type of meat you should be consuming for the majority of your meat choices… NO meat will not give you cancer, as long as you are choosing the right kinds! (Lean meats that are organically raised/fed are best, but this is not always realistic. It isn’t the meat that’s harmful, but the chemicals/antibiotics that are sometimes put in them.) I personally am not the biggest fan of meat but only because it’s a preference thing – I do still try to eat a serving of lean meat at least a few times a week.

YES a vegan/plant-based diet CAN work for people! Don’t get me wrong, I find nothing wrong with a plant-only diet, if you have your reasons for doing so. You can still get all the macro- and micronutrients needed from plants if you follow it correctly. But if you choose to do so because this video scared you into thinking meat of any kind at all is going to kill you? NOT a good reason. You do not have to rely on a plant-based diet to avoid disease. People on a plant-based diet can still get sick, just like people on animal-based diets can. Every body is different and handles food in its own way.

NO sugar alone does not cause diabetes… the main contributors to diabetes are genetics, lack of physical activity, and high energy (calorie) intake. So yes, a diet full of sugar is often associated with a high energy diet. Don’t let the wording of that whole diabetes conversation confuse you. And no, eating plants will probably not reverse your diabetes in a week or two like they imply. Food can certainly be the best medication in many circumstances, but it’s very complex and disease-dependent.

NO eating one egg a day is NOT equivalent to smoking five cigarettes a day!!! This one really pissed me off, to be honest. If eggs were as bad as smoking five cigarettes a day, I’d probably be dead or have cancer by now. It is also not equivalent to a whole egg McMuffin.

YES eggs have cholesterol in their yolks! NO it is not going to kill you as long as you’re eating them moderately, and yolks also have nutrients not found in the whites of the egg.

YES diets high in red meat (*note I said HIGH in red meat, not just eating a serving. A small amount in the diet won’t hurt you*) can be a risk factor for cancer… BUT this film claims that even lean chicken can cause cancer! Um, last time I checked chicken isn’t red meat so bye.

YES you can consume dairy and NOT DIE!!!! Let’s think about this… if dairy is terrible for us, then WHY IS IT A WHOLE FOOD GROUP?! Yes you should choose low/non fat options and yes you should not eat it in excess… but to go to the extent of saying that even babies don’t need milk? A bit excessive if you ask me. And if you’re reading this then I assume you pretty much asked me, so you can’t get mad at my somewhat sassy opinions. πŸ™‚

YES you should try to avoid constant medications IF possible, but some people simply need them based on their conditions. So yes, the pharma industry is huge and all about the money, but some people can’t simply be healed by eating plants. If it were that easy then this would all be a different story.

YES some of the sponsors of these organizations do happen to have a conflict of interest, and I do find that odd and slightly off-putting. But at least the organization is there and is making the effort to do something about the issue. Before completely discrediting them, you should make sure your research is accurate.

Overall, I would not recommend this documentary to someone because it is so one-sided and misinformed that it is completely misleading people. My advice? Find what works for YOUR body, based on YOUR specific needs, and focus on a balanced, varied diet consisting of REAL whole foods, while also making healthy lifestyle choices. If you want to lose weight and trim fat? Energy in must be less than energy out… AKA eat less and/or workout more. Adequate amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrate are key. Don’t buy into everything you hear, unless you know they are a valid resource back by scientific evidence.

Thank you for reading! If you disagree with my opinions, please know that I respect that and don’t mean to offend ANYONE! I simply want people to be informed of misleading information so that they know to make the best choices for their body/wellbeing πŸ™‚

If you ever have questions about nutritional information, feel free to comment or email me!

XO beth