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2015/02/05 by nikkiledford

Every once in a while I like to share some stories, ideas, and products that I’ve come across recently. Here’s what I’m liking lately…

INSPIRATION

We Got This.

This cause is near and dear to my heart. Alex, a former client of mine, was unexpectedly diagnosed with lung cancer last year. He’s an amazing, positive, and friendly guy with an incredible and inspiring story. Click here to read all about it and support his journey.

Eat to Perform 

Getting Bulky? Sheri Stiles hits close to home with this post at Eat to Perform.

“In the simplest terms, muscle is what people are referring to when they talk about bulk.  Want to be ‘toned?’ You want lean arms?  That’s ‘bulk.’ You want flat abs?  That’s technically ‘bulk’ too.  There is nothing wrong with putting on muscle, whether you’re a woman or a man.”

I can understand the concern that women have about “getting bulky”, but I really believe that this is entirely a matter of perception and goals. I have the kind of body that puts on muscle (bulk) really easily. I’m not leggy, I’m solid. I have a long beautiful torso (actually, my chiropractor told me that I have an  “extra” vertebrae… pretty rad) Which means I have a relatively lean back and core. My legs are shorter and I suppose some might call them “bulky”. In yoga, I have trouble getting a full stretch in ‘cow face’ pose because my thighs get in the way. My butt sticks out in ‘warrior two’ no matter how much I tuck my pelvis under. My arms, in the same way, tend to have a “hulk-like” effect in some shirts. Shirts that fit my body, but yet fill out the sleeves in a sometimes not-so-comfortable way.

lean back. thick arms. beauty.

long back. thick arms. beauty and strength.

So to hear people say that as a women, lifting weights won’t make you bulky, kind of hits a nerve. And why? Is bulk bad? As Sheri so beautifully points out, HECK NO! Bulk is muscle. Muscle is strength. Strength is beautiful.

Eat, Lift, and Be Happy

Neghar Fonooni. This post. All of it.

“Perfect is something altogether unattainable and nonexistent, but it’s something that many of us think we need to obtain and maintain. Through constant media and social media influence, we’re led to believe that some people have it all figured out–and unless we figure it out too, we’ll never be good enough/fit enough/successful enough. But here’s the thing…

No one has it all together. No one.”

Miss Neghar has been an inspirational and empowering voice during my self-love journey and her 2014 wrap-up post will show you why.

Summer Innanen

Are you on Paleo and not losing any weight? Well, Summer has some insights for you. And they are ON POINT.

“I’m eating 100% ‘strict’, sleeping 8 hours every night, exercising ‘intelligently’, healing my gut…what the F is wrong with me? Why can’t I lose weight?”

PRODUCTS

Margins Imprint

I really want thismoon

Think Geek

and these

leggins

 TIPS

Healthy Life Deals

A great website to check out some great deals and coupons on healthy items! Click here!

The Meanest Momma

Some great paleo finds at local grocers. She includes prices (may or may not vary based on region and year purchased)

Eat Local Grown

A quick guide to healthy eating that busts common myths with the no-nonsense voice of Kris Gunnars.

 and a new addition to the Links I Love…

TRIPS

This post’s trips are all yoga retreats featuring some of my favorite yogi instructors and friends!

I WANT TO DO THEM ALL!

I Heart Yoga in Mexico

Mexico with Jana Lewison and Elsa Stephens

March 27- 29

Soul Recharge Yoga Retreat

Costa Rica with Sesa O’Connor and Amy Guthrie

May 2 – 9

The Purist Villa Yoga Retreat

Bali with Nicolette David and Shannon Mancini

May 13 – 20

Ocean Soul Yoga

Haramara Resort, Mexico with Meredith Gnau and Claire Petretti Marti

May 16 – 23

RECIPES

Recipe Girl, Cauliflower Tortillas (grain, soy, sugar, nut, coconut-free)

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Tasty Yummies, Grain-Free Chocolate Cake.

This hot chickie makes amazing dishes from dinner to dessert!

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The Merrymaker Sisters, Blueberry Mousse.

Follow them on Instagram! (me too!)

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Paleo Chef, Pomegranate Pork Belly.

I’m a sucker for pork.

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The Clean Plate (of course), Bacon and Jalapeño Omlette.

So yummy!

omlette

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InstaPlate

Carnitas Bowls for everybody! And by everybody, I mean all my super special clients who will be eating well this week 🌶 Mango Chili Lime Chicken Salad 🥑🍋🌶🥒
This was SO EASY to throw together.
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The MVPs
1. Chili lime seasoning from Trader Joe's 
2. Mango Salsa from Costco (I blame @girlsgonewodpodcast for this discovery).
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Marinate the chicken thighs in lemon/lime juice and chili seasoning before putting on the grill.
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Chop up cucumber and shred some cabbage.
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Mix together chopped grilled chicken, salsa, cuke, cabbage, and too with some avocado. ☀️🥗☀️🥗☀️ Geoff has decided to try the keto diet which means more toast for me 😏 Doin' it.
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Had a bit of a meltdown last night and realized I need more life in my life.
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Social media is awesome. I love sharing photos of healthy food, fun times, and my awesome family @theledfordcrew; but nothing replaces time with them, giving life and work my full attention, and cultivating my in-person relationships.
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For Mother's Day, I'm giving myself the gift of presence and I'm going to do it for the whole month.
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Be back later!
#unplugthedrug

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