This is slightly embarrassing for me to admit but I wanted to share it with you incase you’ve ever done something similar…I wanted you to know that you’re not alone.
So here goes…
My mom had given me a delicious lunch full of codfish and potatoes that I brought with me to work. She gave me a perfectly balanced meal that would have made me feel just the right amount of full throughout my shift. She wasn’t trying to overfeed me, but my mind made me think that she was. From all of the dieting information I had read, I thought that eating potatoes would make me gain weight. So, even though I had a perfectly balanced meal in my tupperware container…I just didn’t want to eat them because I thought they would make me fat. (more…)
I think that there is a huge misconception out there that people who are very positive and inspiring have always been that way. And it needs to stop.
I know that every time I scroll through my Instagram feed, it can seem like everyone is always one step ahead of me. I make excuses for myself all of the time to make up for the fact of why I’m not like them, and they go something like this…
“she was always flexible”
“she was a dancer”
“she’s much younger than me”
“she can obviously afford that because she comes from rich parents”
“she practices for 1 hour a day, every day…I just don’t have that time”
“her parents are positive people, that’s why she’s like that” (more…)
Can yoga really help you lose weight? I get asked this question a lot…
PS…I’m going a masterclass about the 3 biggest yoga tricks to help you lose weight! It’s happening on Saturday Feb 18th at 11am EST (a replay will also be available!)…you can sign up and get your free workbook right here: http://www.saralouyoga.com/february-weight-loss/
A few months ago I was looking through pictures from when I was in 1st year University. Although my small frame hasn’t changed much, my body looked very different back then. I had just started to recover from a gruelling roller coaster ride of Acid Reflux Disease and had finally found comfort in food again. I ate my heart out that year and was so happy that I could try a whole bunch of foods without being in pain. I was also drinking every single weekend and indulging in lots of late night post bar food. All of these new habits inevitably left me gaining weight that year. And when I look through some photos of my party moments, it definitely shows.
After I was uncomfortably called out on my weight gain one day when I came home for the holidays, I became incredibly uncomfortable with how my body looked. My issues with my physical body transferred into my mental and emotional well being. Before I knew it, I was starting to exercise and limiting my food intake. While this sounds like something that would have been healthy for me, my approach to my weight loss definitely was not. In fact, I would say that this approach actually made me much more emotional and insecure than what I was like when I was a few pounds heavier and enjoying life.
I sailed through a few years of food restriction, a not so consistent workout routine and binge eating until my body really started to become ill. I started developing IBS, acne and anxiety. One day, when I hit rock bottom with all of the stress and health issues, I knew I needed help with everything that was going on. I started doing less cardio, eating more whole foods that agreed with my body (not the latest diet trend) and started a consistent yoga and meditation practice. The results were tremendous.
It wasn’t until I started practicing yoga full time that I could really start to curb my food cravings. I became stronger and more visibly toned. As I calmed my anxiety, I found that I could make better choices with my food intake. Practicing yoga also helped me explore the world of self love in which I found an incredible way to stay consistent with my yoga practice by releasing my negative self talk.
Yoga was the secret sauce that I needed in my years of weight gain and weight loss that I never had. It was a saving grace for me later on when I needed it most. And it has allowed me to be able to indulge in sweets when I want to while maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. It’s helped me to develop a routine that isn’t restriction based but rather focused on my biggest needs. It’s made me realize that my body weight is not nearly as important as how I feel on the inside. And oddly enough, when I shifted my mentality from possessing the perfect body and the perfect weight…I actually ended up getting more toned than when I was restricting my food intake and on a yo-yo exercise routine.
So can yoga help you lose weight? My short answer is absolutely!
Yoga helps you lose weight by managing your food cravings, making better decisions and keeping you calm and focused on your health goals. Plus, when you practice power yoga, you get an incredible fat burning workout.
This is what I believe to be the missing puzzle of weight loss– the lack of mindset and breath work. The lack of work on self love and calming all of the negative thoughts in our heads. Yoga can help you to lose weight with this and so much more.
When you develop a yoga practice for life, you can keep the weight off for good, but, even more importantly– you give yourself the biggest gift of all…a body that both looks and FEELS amazing.
And feeling amazing is where the magic happens.
PS…I’m going a masterclass about the 3 biggest yoga tricks to help you lose weight! It’s happening on Saturday Feb 18th at 11am EST (a replay will also be available!)…you can sign up and get your free workbook right here: http://www.saralouyoga.com/february-weight-loss
Hope you can make it!
Hey there beauties!
How was your Christmas/Holidays? Can you BELIEVE that it’s already 2016? I can’t, but I am SO excited about what lies ahead. Seriously. I’ve learned that the more I set intentions for the new year the more those intentions are likely to happen. I absolutely adore this time of year for the sense of hope that it brings. I recently created a short 5 minute flow to open your heart to 2016 for my friend Erin and her gals, you can find it here. And since I’m all about holistic living, I wanted to include some help for you here from my friends who are in other areas of inspired living. My girl Michelle is featuring her tips on setting nutrition goals for the new year. You can find all of her amazing knowledge below.
Ayurveda, an ancient and sacred Indian medicine, uses three specific energies that humans have in the body. These energies are known as Doshas. They are very similar to taking personality tests, but have much more profound meanings. Doshas point out how calm, agitated, irritable, emotional, decisive, dependent and independent each one of us tends to be. Finding out what dosha you are more prominent in can also help to see how you can use the wisdom of other doshas to find balance. When placed in context, knowing your dosha is key to creating balance in your life, both in a physical and psychological sense.
Pitta, Vata and Kapha…which one(s) am I?
At work my girls and I are notorious for talking about food. Talking about, sharing celebrating and eating food is our lunch time treasure. One of them once told me that I would have an organic baby– I taunt and flaunt the importance of eating organic all the time. And yes, if and when I do have a child they will definitely be given organic foods. But it’s not just because organic is good for their health. Its imperative for their future.