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Model Health Regimen

22 Dec

Let me start out by saying that I don’t necessarily have the “model” model diet, if you catch my drift. Let me ask you a question, when you think of a model’s diet, what do you think of? 3 altoids and a diet coke?

For me and for many of my model peers, that is far from the case. Sure I’ve ran into models who have less than optimum eating habits. But for many of us, we eat. OBVIOUSLY you should have noticed that if you read my blog!

Even though you have witnessed many of my culinary experiences, there is some sort of restriction I maintain. If you’re interested I’ll spell it out for you.

I wish I could go without carbs but I love and need them. I try to stick to one, two max carb/starch sources a day. I usually start my day with 1/3 cup oatmeal JAM PACKED with pretty much every berry you can think of, plus kiwi and some random superfoods like maca and chia.

Coffee time, one cup a day with soy creamer.

I eat veggies like a pro, wish I got paid for it. My lunches are almost 100% raw. I posted before literally what I eat every day for lunch. See my Mean Green Super Salad here, I eat a giant bowl of it. I like to get as much nutrients as possible so I put a little bit of everything. Nowadays I add 1/2 cup of lentils or tofu in the mix, along with some artichoke hearts and sundried tomatos. I seriously never get sick of this salad.

Then for snacks I get creative…. I have a recipe I’m overdue in posting. I got sick of eating plain apples so now I cook them in a little almond milk, cinnamon, slivered almonds and some plain soy yogurt. That pretty much fills me up until dinner.

Then dinner comes more veggies, cooked this time though. I throw in everything into a steamer or I process them a bit and cook them with some soy sauce in a pan. And end my night with tea.

What you don’t see in this diet is soda, energy drinks, bagels, meat, alcohol, candy, cheese, creamy soups, cake and cookies. I’ll give you this though, my vice is fro-yo once or twice a month. I never keep sweets in my house because it’ll be gone in a day, I have a GIGANTIC sweet tooth. How I keep from eating sweets? I make things that taste decadent and delicious, but only using healthy and pure ingredients (like that apple yogurt crisp thing I was talking about earlier). When I’m out and on a job and they have a delicious spread of my favorites deserts, do I take a bite? Sometimes, but only one bite. One bite of sugar just makes you crave more sugar.

Of course I think about my figure. I have to, it’s in my job description. But I care far more about the quality of ingredients that I put into my body, and seeing how much I love sugar I have to pretty much constantly remind myself that sugar is really detrimental to my body. It leads to many diseases, disorders, infections and even cancer. I’d like not to take any part in that. I like foods that nourish my taste buds AS WELL as my body and spirit. (I did study holistic nutrition, after all).

As for exercise…. lately I’ve been getting better at this. It’s not my favorite part of my healthy lifestyle. I’ve been trying to do run/jog sprints for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week. In between I’ll do various strength training (a little) and Pilates.  I feel good when I do it but I’m still learning how to conquer my own mind when I’m just too tired to put on my workout shoes. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to update you on my progress on that front. :)

Thanks for listening all. Hope this gave you some insight to the mind of how a model thinks. We have pressures about our body and most of us think about that almost all the time.. occupational hazard. I just wanted to show you that there are a lot of us with a healthy, nurturing and nutritious mindset when it comes to our bodies, and we encourage EVERYONE to be the same, no matter your body shape.

xoxo, Alanna

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Honoring My Favorite Things and Planning My Life Transformation

30 Jul

Yes, I said planning. You’ll see what I mean.

If you read wellness blogs as much as I do, I’m sure you’re familiar with the practices of meditation, yoga, general exercise, deep breathing, affirmations and the like all to bring about inner-happiness and harmony. I’ve realized that I’ve read a lot on these subjects, even understand and believe the benefits, but fail to practice them myself. Occasionally when I’m in a good mood and get inspired (and when the house is clean and have nothing to do) I’ll try them out, but soon lose patience and get bored. Why? I’m completely sold on the idea of how transforming it can be for your life but haven’t taken the steps to practice it. I guess I’m a reader and believer but not a do-er, and have settled in to a comfort zone in my life. But with comfort comes boredom, and I know deep down that my life could be transformed for the better in ways I don’t even see possible now. So the big question is: how do I get there? I need a plan. I’m a big believer in baby steps and easing into a process as opposed to diving head first and subsequently falling out of it. So this is my first baby step, Honoring My 10 Favorite Things. I’m putting myself on a goal path, starting out with small daily practices of gratitude and appreciation of my current life and ending with consistent practices of nourishing my soul through fitness and meditation. I will stop thinking/analyzing and start doing, and I just know my life will be different. I’ll update through here during the process.

So let me get started with gratitude: My 10 Favorite things.

  1. My early morning routine of making my breakfast while kitty plays at my feet, then drinking my coffee/tea and reading my favorite motivational blogs while kitty naps next to me. Feeling the stillness of morning.
  2. The ritual of “rolling” with my boyfriend. Sometimes we’re zoned in on whatever we’re doing and we realize we feel a little distant. In a moment we’ll give each other a look, and run off into the bedroom to literally roll on top of each other. It seriously brightens our day.
  3. Taking a perfect photo of a thing, person or place that means a lot to me and printing it out for keepsake.
  4. Discovering a new recipe, shopping for the ingredients and serving it for my boyfriend and I, (or a crowd).
  5. Getting anywhere out of LA into the countryside or especially the forest. Seriously, I need to recharge in nature from LA sometimes.
  6. Feeling so accomplished that I don’t feel guilty allowing myself a treat/cheat.
  7. Editing photos after a great photo shoot, paired with great music and a cup of tea.
  8. Having a great conversation with my boyfriend, a family member or friend. The kind that makes connections and plans and leaves you feeling inspired, fulfilled and closer to them.
  9. Learning a new thing that will help me. I love researching and gathering knowledge.
  10. Taking care of someone I love by cooking for them, listening, showing kindness, anything they truly need at the moment.

Now on to my next step, creating a wellness goal chart. I’ll share it in a post later 🙂