Friday’s Food for Thought

“For me, + for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didnt get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours & the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of… Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack… This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life.” — Lynne Twist

It’s Fri-yay, it’s Fri-yay!
I know that for myself, this quote rings true more than I’d like to admit. The second I open my eyes, my mind begins to list the tasks that must be completed for the day. If I wake up to my alarm, my first thought is more than likely, “Wow, I’m still tired!” or “I already can’t wait to get into bed tonight…”
But luckily, our minds are trained that way. Which means that they can be also be trained to think more positively. Day after day, repeating the same (positive or negative) thoughts to ourself, it becomes engrained in our morning routine. 
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California Dreamin’

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Currently experiencing withdrawal from my trip to California so I’m totally using pictures to take me back. I’m not really sure if it’s the progressive vibe that Californians have or the beautiful rocky Pacific coast. Maybe it’s the cool weather (year round…) or the baby seals basking in the sun with their mother, but it’s safe to say that California will never let you down! While going through my pictures, I’m not sure if I could pick a favorite part of the trip.
We hiked, we biked, we trolleyed, we drove, + most importantly, we ate, & ate… & ate.
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Friday’s Food for Thought

“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night & day, to make you everybody but yourself — means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight — and never stop fighting.” — E. E. Cummings

TGIFri-YAY!
Yesterday I started (oh yeah, and finished) Brené Brown’s The Gift of Imperfections. After reading Rising Strong, I was like you know what… I’ve found an author that I really enjoy reading (rare!), she really gets me thinking on a deeper level about my everyday life, & she makes it so RELATABLE. She doesn’t come from a viewpoint of “Here is how to live a happier life… 1, 2, 3. Listen to me because I live every day as though it’s rainbows & unicorns!” Instead, she shares her own challenges, struggles, experiences & admits that she still struggles living a wholehearted life, every. single. day.
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Find Comfort in the Uncomfortable

 

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

I often times catch myself trying to find the most comfortable plan of attack. Our bodies have the potential to react to presumed stress with increased heart and breathing rate, muscle tension and even the release of the stress hormones: epinephrine and cortisol. But luckily, feeling uncomfortable signifies new territory and growth.
The treadmill (or shall I say, dreadmill) is one of my worst enemies but I truly think that it pushes my body beyond what I believe to be possible. One day, when I was really struggling to get through my workout, Lil Jon’s “Get Outta Your Mind” came on. All of a sudden it hit me. I turned the volume up louder than my thoughts because I realized that my run was only painful because my mind was telling me so. My mind tells me to stop long before my legs are going to give out or my lungs are hurting. I know that my body can physically do so much more than my mind tells me sometimes. It seems to put up invisible gates to prevent our bodies from being uncomfortable. So, I’ve challenged myself to push my thoughts out of the way. To get out of my mind. To encourage myself past my assumed limits and step out of my comfort zone. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will become being uncomfortable.
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Sweet, Sweet Summer Time

Happy Wednesday Y’all! Or shall I say Happy National Wine Day?
If you haven’t noticed, some changes have been made over here on Betox & I’m thrilled to share them with you all!
In other news… IT’S SUMMER! Whooooo… This girl couldn’t be more excited to get a BREAK. During the school year, it feels like my mind and body are always go, go go. Between school, tennis, training and finding time to spend with friends and family, there is little to no time for relaxation. There is always something to do or something due. So to get a little break, to wake up without an alarm clock, to let my mind engage in things other than school is such a relief. As relaxing as it is, I think it’s healthy too! I sure get worn down after the constant racing of my mind, mental to do lists and physically pushing my body.

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Knock, Knock

Who’s there?
It’s me, Bri!
While I wish I was reporting back to you all with a crazy story about my undercover mission, forcing me to be MIA… Sadly, the tsunami that is college has taken over my life. While that is no excuse for my lack of posts, I am back!
Where shall I begin? Firstly, I’m going to share some of the college-budget friendly things that I have been eating + drinking that are both nutritious & yummy!
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New Year, New Me?

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I am sure that you have heard the saying “It takes 21 days to make or break a habit.” Here we are, 32 days into the new year. Have you stuck with your new years resolutions? All of them? Some of them? Maybe you’ve forgotten that you even made one. It seems to be a common pattern that people start off strong and slowly fizzle out. The gyms are usually packed during the first week of the year but slowly, people stop coming. Does that sound like you?
Maybe your resolution is already a habit or a routine in your daily schedule… Or you may have already achieved your goal. It is so important to frequently revisit your goals for the new year. This year I have made it one of my goals to stay on track with my goals. By putting them on paper, I hold myself accountable as well as providing myself with a reminder of what exactly I plan to achieve. With that in mind, I can use it as a baseline to determine whether or not I have met my goal or am on track to. It is important to set realistic, specific, and attainable goals. Yes, you should absolutely shoot for the stars! But in the meantime, make small stepping stone goals for yourself. By doing so, you not only reduce the chance of becoming discouraged with your progress, but you also motivate yourself along the way by reaching small milestones.
If you have already achieved your goal for the year, continue to push yourself. Goals are a great way to provide focus and allow us to stretch and grow in ways that we didn’t think possible.
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Organic: To Be or Not To Be?

foodiesfeed.com_red-carrots-at-farmers-marketOne of the most perplexing questions for even an accustomed grocery shopper is whether or not organic produce is worth the extra dollar. Organic foods offer a number of benefits, including lower pesticide exposure and a lessened environmental impact. In all honesty, buying organic can be expensive but you can get the most out of your next shopping trip by prioritizing which foods you should purchase organic.
Each year, The Environmental Working Group releases an annual dirty dozen list, which includes foods that you should buy organic. The group analyzes data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little the samples have. It is important to note that some crops face high numbers of fungus and insect threats, therefore prompting farmers to use more pesticides.
Often times, a cocktail of pesticide residues remain on the food after we purchase them and when we consume them, doesn’t that sound yummy?
Find out some of the worst pesticide residue culprits below! The list contains a culmination of the most recent dirty dozen list along with some additions.
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