Today we’re thrilled to feature Lindsey Bomgren, the incredible voice behind Nourish Move Love! Not only do we love Lindsey’s blog, we are also inspired by her desire to help women create a healthy lifestyle and a body that they love. We’re so grateful to have her sharing her wisdom with us as a part of the Healthy Her team! Enjoy!
Raw, vegan, gluten, and dairy free is a lifestyle that some people thrive on. For others it’s bacon, avocados, limited fruit, and soy free that keeps their tummies happy and satisfied. Similarly, some people run till their bumper is filled with 13.1 and 26.2 stickers, whereas others curse running and cardio of any kind and swear only to lift heavy objects.
I personally have my own preferences — warm lemon water or tea every morning with two eggs, sautéed greens, and avocado toast. I follow breakfast with a plethora of workout scenarios. I like to mix it up, from teaching barre to strength training, HIIT (high intensity interval training), and sometimes running.
I follow my workout with a protein-boosted green smoothie while I read and set my intentions for the day (in a perfect world, I’m still working on mastering a more peaceful start to my day). And then I jump into my day. If you want to know more about my personal nutrition and training plan, you can check out my blog, nourish move love.
My point is we all have different preferences; we are biochemically, metabolically, physically, and genetically different. The number one question I’m asked as a health and fitness expert is, ‘What nutrition plan should I follow?” And, “What is the best form of exercise?” Yes, I have my own opinions to answer these questions:
1. A clean, nutrient dense, real food diet.
2. The most efficient form of exercise, in my opinion, combining strength training with HIIT.
But in reality, the best nutrition plan is one you can realistically adhere to with a satisfied tummy. And the best workout is one you actually do, and enjoy doing. I have my own personal experiences; experimenting with my diet and training programs. From carb loading and running marathons, to eating tilapia and asparagus and competing in fitness competitions.
Like most women, I tend to have an ‘all or nothing’ attitude. I’m not going to eat a single piece of chocolate, or I’m going to eat the entire dark chocolate and almond bar with a sprinkle of sea salt. And like most women, I’ve had my fair share of body image issues and calorie-counting food complexes.
So how have I overcome the vicious cycle of body-shaming? To be honest, I haven’t, not completely, and I’m not sure if I ever will. But I can assure you that the little voice in my head creating these complexes has gotten a lot quieter as I’ve taken an oath to fall in love with myself on daily basis. And pray, pray a lot about my complexes.
And I have a little trick for those days when it’s really tough to love the body I see staring back at me in the mirror. I pull out this picture of me as a goofy, adorable, happy little girl (see picture below, I’m the little girl in the front). Look how carefree I am rocking my flip up shades, flamingo shorts, and pink fanny pack. No judgement, just a happy little girl. That goofy, happy little girl is still somewhere inside me on on the days I have a hard time loving myself I choose to honor her.
This has allowed me to show myself more love and grace in living an 80/20 lifestyle — 80% on point with fitness and nutrition and 20% grace.
Because at the end of the day it’s not about being perfect, but finding consistency. Consistently nourishing your body with real, nutrient dense foods and consistently moving your body to feel good.
Listen to your body and honor your uniqueness. Learn what whole, nutrient dense foods and active forms of exercise your bodies thrive on, and make those the foundation for your healthy life.
My prayer for you and me.
God/Universe (whatever you believe in), I’m worn out and losing steam trying numerous health and fitness fads. I long to truly love this body the way you intended when you fearfully and wonderfully wove me together in my mother’s womb. Help me learn what real foods and enjoyable forms of exercise fuel me; for you created my inmost being and know me better than anyone. Amen.
So I ask, what are you going to do with that beautiful body fearfully and wonderfully designed for you?
And on those days when you’re sore, tired, lacking energy, and not wanting to move your body, I encourage you to do this short, yoga flow sequence. Because when you create movement in your body, even on the days you don’t want to, you create movement in your life.