When you want a hot bod but you also love food

My number one dilemma in life is this – What do I want most…a bangn’ beach babe bod or to devour all the delicious foods?

I love food! All the foods! Sometimes I really wish I didn’t love food. Any of the foods! Because well, what I would reeeeeally love is cheese-grater abs and the type of defined legs that don’t wobble when I walk.

Raw balls or buff biceps? Burrito bowls or a bountiful booty? Hot chips or hot rig?

Life’s tough decisions.

Going out for brunch and trying new cafes around Perth is probably one of my favourite past times. I mean, who doesn’t appreciate a piled-high avocado bruschetta or a decadent warm chocolate brownie?! My camera roll is a smorgasbord of screenshots of food to try and places to eat. Yet, there are just as many snaps of bikini babes and #fitspo motivation.

It’s like my brain is constantly fighting between ‘treat yo self’ and ‘eat for sustenance.’ I want to be able to eat all the yums, but I want a ripped rig just as much!  You see the struggle?

Taking your tastebuds to pleasure town is all well and good (in moderation), until the kilos start creeping on and your jeans don’t zip up anymore. And if that still doesn’t drive the point home there’s always that moment when you stand in the Myer fitting rooms and see your cellulite from every possible unflattering angle. Every last, wobbly inch of it!

For me, it was the Target change rooms (those bloody mirrors don’t lie) and the realisation that my bali holiday was no longer months away, but just a matter of weeks. Maybe those sneaky kgs were easily hidden in the cold winter months under layers of clothes, but now the sun is (occasionally) making an appearance again, shit’s gettn’ real yo. And did I mention I go to Bali in less than 2 weeks?!

If like me, you struggle to say no to temptation as much as you should or you are also stressing that bikini season is fast approaching, well it’s time to get your shit together! Food should be fuel for your bodies not just for sensory satisfaction. Before reaching for that treat, ask yourself, is this going to nourish my body and fuel me throughout the day? Is it going to help me achieve my desired body? Are my goals really worth sacrificing for that piece of cake? Will I regret it later? Is a fleeting moment of tastebud satisfaction more important than feeling happy, confident and sexy every single day? 

Look, I get that it easy to say ‘no’ in theory (especially for me right now, as I sit here writing, love handles and stomach rolls buldging as a reminder of all the calories consumed the past few months). It’s easy to say, ‘I’m not giving in to temptation anymore!’ but when you come face-to-face with a cabinet of raw treats will you still have that focus? Or will the internal monologue start all over again as you debate with yourself whether to eat the cake or not. 

I’ll tell you what works for me in these moments, other than knowing I’ll be in sunny Bali exposing all my limbs in under two weeks. It’s this.. DON’T GIVE UP WHAT YOU WANT NOW FOR WHAT YOU WANT MOST!

And so from here forward I’m going to go all Charles Boyle (hello Brooklyn Nine-nine fans) and only eat for sustenance now! Or at least try.

Love Elo xx

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Would You Juice?

Juice cleanses are like, so hot right now! You just have to jump on Instagram to see thousands of photos tagged with #juicecleanse to know that.

Some people love the idea of juicing, others hate it. Some people think it is a great way to reset and detox the body, others believe only consuming liquid for 2, 3 or 5 days must be unhealthy. Valid points. I mean, each to their own. Prior to the weekend, my opinion was pretty neutral on it. I’d never done one before so how was I to make an educated judgement? However, after completing my 2-day cleanse experience, I am now totally an advocate!

There are a bunch of different reasons why people decide to do a juice cleanse – for just a bit of a kickstart, a light detox or a more intense cleanse. Me, I did it for a bit of a reset. To get my body feeling fresh and most importantly, get my head in the right gear. I had been struggling with my food choices lately. Eating too much and not always making the healthiest decisions. I needed a bit of a kickstart – a reboot of my body but mostly my mind. I wanted to get back into a healthy mindset when it came to diet and making good food choices. A mental cleanse if you may.

Before I got stuck into my 2-day cleanse I did a bit of research. With so many brands and cold-pressed juice companies around now, I wanted to make sure I choose the right one. Made Juice was recommended to me by a friend and also happened to be the best value for money. Winning! Not to mention, the options they had available to suit all types of cleansers, was a huge draw card. It meant I could choose the cleanse that best suited me. I opted for the ‘made for health’ 2-day cleanse, but next time (yes, I said next time) I think I’ll try the next step up and get the ‘made for recharging’ pack.

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So what were my thoughts on the cleanse? I loved it. More than I expected to actually. The juices were filling and super delicious. Admittedly, I did have a bit of a headache on day 2 but otherwise I felt surprisingly energised. Post cleanse I feel incredible. Refreshed, reset and energised. Since finishing I have been less hungry and I all I want to put in my body is health and nourishment. Goal achieved!

Were the juices tasty? Were they ever! My favourite was the ‘fruit’ and the ‘root’ juice. And as far as cold-pressed green juices go, the Made Juice one is the nicest I have ever tasted.

Did I feel hungry? Truthfully, no. Any time I felt any kind of hunger pangs I knew it was time to have my next juice, which would keep me full for a good 2 or 3 hours. At the sight or smell of food, sometimes I thought I was hungry, but in reality I was just envious of something I couldn’t have. Take a toy away from a child, the child will only want it more.

Would I do it again? Absolutely! Next time bigger and better! I don’t think I could ever commit to a 5-dayer though.

Thinking of doing a juice cleanse? Here are my tips to get you through:

1. Think ahead and plan your cleansing days wisely. Perhaps do it on your days off or on a day you know you won’t be surrounded by temptations… Preferably not on a day that coincides with a social event or anything involving food. Seriously, don’t torture yourself.

2. Give your partner/friends/colleagues/housemates a bit of a heads up about your cleanse. You might get moody and you might get HANGRY so it’s in everyone’s best interest to be forewarned.

3. Don’t be around food. Seriously, if you can avoid being around food, avoid it. Seeing food, seeing other people eating food, smelling food isn’t fun when you know you can’t have it. It’s the old ‘we always want what we can’t have’ thing.

4. Distract yourself. Keep yourself busy. Read a book or watch some movies in bed (or in my case, multiple episodes of the OC). You’ll find being preoccupied will stop you from counting down the hours until you can eat again.

5. Get a buddy on board. Anything difficult is always made easier when you have someone by your side. Even just for accountability. I have to admit, at times I wished my boyfriend was juice cleansing as well so we could at least suffer (I mean, enjoy it) together.

6. Stock up on toilet paper. When you are literally only consuming liquid for 48 hours you need to pee A L O T! Part of the juice cleanse process is the elimination of toxins from your body – that means your kidneys will be working in overdrive and yep, you will need to wee pretty much every half an hour.

7. Master your mind. It really is a mind over matter thing, the ole’ juice cleanse. Half the time when you think your hungry for food, it’s not the case. The juices are quite filling and to be honest there weren’t that many times I felt famished. But when a certain time of day comes round in which you are usually eating lunch or dinner your mind can start to trick you into thinking you are hungry when you are not. So keep a strong mental focus and you’ll be fine.

8. Drink plenty of water. Drinking lots of H2o between your juices is necessary to stay hydrated and help the detox process.

9. Light exercise only. This one goes without saying. With less energy (food) going into your body, the less energy you should exert. Keep exercise to a minimum. Probably opt for some light walking over a heavy weight session or intense HIIT workout.

10. Enjoy it, Don’t resent it. Just enjoy the process.  Be proud of your willpower and the fact you are doing something amazing to nourish your body. Notice how light and refreshed you feel and focus on that feeling accomplishment once it’s all over!

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No matter your reason for cleansing – whether to completely detox your body or just get your head back into a healthy mindset, I highly recommend giving it a go.

What are your thoughts on juice cleanses? Love them or hate them? Have you tried one before? Leave me a comment below.

Love Elo xx

Dressing Down Vs Dressing Up

I hate dressing up. Hate it. Anyone who knows me, knows what a rarity it is for me to don a dress and heels or squeeze myself into a pair of skinny-legged jeans. Close to, mmm maybe 80% of the time, I can be found in activewear and if it’s not LJ I’m sporting, it’s my favourite baggy denim shorts chucked on over my bikini.

I’m just not one of those girly girls. I do dress up every now and then, it’s just not a common occurrence. I still take pride in my appearance, but when it comes to make-up I’m more a minimalistic, natural kinda a girl – basically what ever is most time efficient. That’s just how I roll and here are some reasons why.

13 Reasons Why I Hate Dressing Up

  1. Sports bras are WAY more comfortable (and supportive) than any of those pesky underwire bras.
  2. No bra is even better.
  3. Casual and comfortable is probably a more accurate representation of my personality than sophisticated and stylish.
  4. New clothes cost money. Fashion is expensive.
  5. Shopping sucks! Crowded shopping centres are pretty much my idea of hell. Navigating my way through busy shopping malls overrun by slow walkers, spacially unaware trolley pushers and aimless meanderers is not on the top of how-I-would-like-to-utilize-my-spare-time list.
  6. Trying on clothes is the WORST! All that time spent in those multi-mirrored fitting rooms, seeing yourself from all angles and witnessing lumps and bumps you didn’t even know you had? Nup. No thanks!
  7. The very occasional times I do put in a little bit of effort to dress up, are all that more special. Seriously, I can even see the sparkle in my boyfriend’s eyes when he sees me dolled up.
  8. Messy bun… is my hair dirty? Is it clean? Did I just go to the gym? Did I wake-up like this? No body can ever tell.
  9. Wearing activewear every day is totally acceptable now anyway. Activewear is the new black. Duh!
  10. Bonus: I can go from work or lunch dates straight to the gym. #Convenience.
  11. When it comes to make-up, less is more. Nobody likes a cake face. Just like I don’t like spending hours contouring, highlighting and pencilling.
  12. I’ve managed to compress the time it takes to get ready in the mornings down to a 10-15minute turn-around. That means less time in the bathroom and more time in bed. Who’s winning at life here?
  13. Baggy tops and comfy loose-fitting clothes are great at hiding food babies.

 

I guess you could say, my personal style is best described as low-mainetance. I choose comfort over style.

Love Elo x