So far in 2016 I have learnt a pretty valuable lesson — working out is not meant for losing weight or obtaining the perfect body, it is meant for so much more.
When this new year started I began to look at my lifestyle and started thinking to myself, how can I be sure that this year I will be my happiest, both mentally and physically? I had already changed the way I eat to a plant-based diet which was very rewarding and I am already seeing the positive side effects from sticking to that way of eating. But there was still something else I felt I wasn’t giving my body and more importantly my mind. And that was exercise.
I started to work out 5-6 days a week for 30 minutes each day and it absolutely feels amazing. It has nothing to do with how I look in the mirror or if I can even see my abs, it is entirely a transformation in my mind. Not only does feeling physically stronger makes you feel amazing but the benefits it has on my mind, wellbeing and general happiness is staggering.
Exercising definitely clears my mind, and because of this I have realized that my objectives and goals have become clearer too. I have become much more efficient in my day to day life now because I don’t feel like my clouded head is bogging me down. Have a strong body is great, but having a stronger mind is beautiful.
And to nourish that strong body and strong mind I knew I needed an awesome superfood protein smoothie! Drinking a smoothie after working out is always one of the best feelings ever. Because you are not really hungry, your body is yearning for lots of nutrients and vitamins and you feel like you can hear you body calling.
In this smoothie I have added protein powder and açaí powder to really make sure I get all the protein and nutrients I need for my muscles and body after a workout. When choosing a protein powder, try to go for a paleo version and one from a reputable source. Mine was suggested by my doctor so if you have any doubts about what protein powder it’s always safe to ask them!
So do you guys workout and why do you workout? I’d love you know what exercising works for you and where you go to work out. Since I can’t find myself spending hundreds of dollars on classes and gym memberships, I use YouTube! Thanks Cassey Ho.
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 frozen banana (about 3/4 cup)
- 1 tablespoon açaí powder
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Pinch of Himalayan pink salt (optional)
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If it is too thick, add some more almond milk. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!