I have not had a chance to stop and even think the past 2 days. It's crazy for me sometimes, and I know it is for you. But the importance of taking care of yourself and resting- still remains a top priority. Even when you don't put it there. And man oh man, have I not been putting it there. But hey, I am right now. Thats what matters. As you all know- I'm in the entertainment business- and updating photos- is something I have to do often. :p I had lots of photo shoots this past week. And it's great. But it's also exhausting. Because I know for myself, I am a huge critic. I like things to be perfect- when it comes to art- including in photos. But when you see your self in images- all different angles, every which way. You get a little sick of yourself. And for me. I get down. I look at all the things I call 'wrong' with me, by agency standards. Which isn't good. I know. This is a very hard business, I know this. I've been modeling since I was 11. I have a pretty strong back bone. I know the things people say to you about your natural born look can be hurtful. And I've experienced it all- and I'm sure there is much more to come. But the critic I am to myself is probably the worst of all.
Becoming a woman and owning it. Is very hard. Especially for me and my body type. I'm considered a healthy shape. But a tad overweight for modeling standards and just 'normal' size- which isn't a good thing- weirdly enough. I've been told I could become a very successful model- if I were to lose 20 pounds. Like I said- this business, aye ya ya. Got to have a back bone for the words they throw at you. When I first moved here from Georgia- I never even looked at myself in a negative way. I completely changed after living here and being around girls who were so concerned with what they ate. It was awful to be around. A few years ago- the way I ate was terrible. I knew what healthy food was- and I would over eat intentionally- only to start a new 'diet' the next day. I'm definitely over that phase of my life. I now understand what the point is of eating healthy and treating your body right and excercising. Has nothing to do with outer image.
I think if people focused more on this- then weight would come off easily and it wouldn't be so stressful- if you just focused on the fact you want to be healthy. To live longer. and feel better. All the other benefits will happen because of that. I know it's easier said than done- believe me.
Anyway- after having been 'busy' lately. I have felt rushed and anxious more than ever. And accidentally skipping meals- by being on a shoot for 5 hours. It's been very bad. skipping meals for me makes me go crazy! I eat 5 x in a day- and try not to go over 3-4 hours in between. But that has not been whats been happening :( So if this is going to be the way my life is. I have to play along- and figure out a plan. Cause I've had zero time for working out as well. This can't be the way it is! Balance is such a huge thing! And I've lost it.
I'm embarking on a new journey. And the plateau I've been on for a very long time- is going to be broken. I've remained the same- same habits for about 2 years now- and I'm not happy with staying the same- were supposed to evolve and get better- feel better. Learn. Grow. I want to do this. And I can. And so can you. So create an action plan for yourself. Put your goals at the top- and then write the ways of what you have to do to get there. and thennnnnn do them :) Slow and steady. no rush!
A couple of mine are:
-Run/walk 2 miles every morning.
-Get up in the morning! (yeah this will be a hard one for me)
Well my oh my. It has been quite a while since we last spoke. What can I say, life happens. And that it did. And always does ;) Sometimes my balancing system gets a little thrown off. Um, I think I speak for everyone on that one! Regardless. I'm back from hiatus and will try my hardest to keep The Daily Kale as updated as possbile. My fellow readers know I am a working actress. So balancing life with the added awesomeness of running a website can be tricky. But I love the challenge. Anywho. Since we last spoke I booked a gig- have had several auditions... and working a lot at my regular ole job. And from all of that- sadly I got quite uninspired to be creatively healthy. :( I'm typically- always healthy, but the way I aim to eat- hadn't been happening.
But I'm happy to say I am back! With some changes also.
I finally had a bit of time off last week- and got to make food, (yay!) and also do research on food! (Yay again!) So being the sometimes vegetarian/vegan I am. I decided to once again to drop dairy/fish & eggs -for a little while. Vegan if you will. but even more than that. Sometimes- we think back, look at an old picture, and see a person that we used to be- and remember we were happy then. And what the hell happened from then til now? We are ever evolving. Don't blame yourself or get mad... it happens to the best of us. Including myself. We just get a little lost and start going down not the wrong path necessarily- but a bumpier one. When all this time you could've taken a short cut. Oh well! It is what it is. And I have finally had enough realizations- to understand that that person in the picture is still me. At that time in the photo I'm referring to. I remember it as happy- only cause I felt so great then. I remember my diet then too. It was actually when I just started the new year with a challenge from engine 2 diet. By going plant based vegan for 1 month- I ended up doing it for like 5, and felt so good! So what happened from then? I have NO idea. I went back to eating fish and cheese. None of which make ME feel good. When I say this I want to emphasize, me. Cause I don't care what you eat. I don't know if you eat meat or whatever, but I honestly don't care- I'm not a vegan preacher by any means telling you to not. If you want to research it yourself then do so. I don't like being criticized for eating the way I do- so I have respect for both and won't do anything in return. Engine 2 is just a great way of eating and I really admire it. It's not so simple I guess- for me it is, but possibly for others I could see it being challenging. But I really love it so it's very easy to me.
Anywho. So yes- I've gone back to my engine 2/forks over knives ways of eating. And it's like day 5 and I'm already really feeling good! Love starting September this way. I have 5 months until my big birthday ! And I want to be super fit and healthy and feeling good. My goal is with every year I get older- to feel better, be more active than the last year. And believe me- that will be easy! I used to do absolutely nothing when I was in high school but eat and drink soda. So I have lots of cleansing still to do from all those times :) It's nuts to me. To look at myself right now with how I eat and how open minded I've became around food. and all the possibilities. I truly urge to research all things related with fruits and veggies and all the things it can do for you. Like cure diabetes, certain diseases. It's all about diet!. it really is. Cut sugar out completely. And limit wheat products. Oh oh. The biggest news I have to share is the fact I have completely dropped soy from my diet except for the highest quality form of it, Tempeh- which I'm allowing myself to have 1x a week. I also urge to research that! Seriously. I didn't want to believe it only cause , as a vegetarian/vegan- what am I gonna eat? Ahhh. no worries. My options are endless too. So it's beans & lentils for me. Now anyway! I'm off to enjoy the labor day weekend at work ;) I just went for a 1 hour walk and got a little toasty accidentally :/ I wore sunscreen! I dunno what happen :o Ya'll have a great weekend! Be careful! & take care of yourself! Heres a recipe on how to make a colorful lunch :)
& always remember to eat breakfast folks! <3
So basically- what veggies do you have in your kitchen?? The components of making a beautiful colorful lunch or dinner is as simple as this. No wasting veggies! I swear- once you put it together- it'll make sense, and taste good!
+ Protein (Lentils or Beans)
+Veggies (lots of them)
+ Complex Carb /Starchy Veg. (ie. Quinoa or Sweet Potato)
+ Sauce (ie. Cashew cheeze , or salsa)
I'm obsessssssssed with red cabbage right now and add it to everything. It's sooooo good. Just amazing seriously. When I have herbs in my fridge like basil or cilantro, green onions, etc. I chop them up and top it on it as well! :) I've had different variations of this all week- with whatever I have available in the fridge. Very VERY good. Enjoy your colorful lunch or dinner!