Let me introduce myself my name is Nancy Howze, and I am a Health Coach in Hanford California. I’m honored Kelli invited me to write a piece for her upcoming Boudoir Sessions. I’m guessing some might be feeling a little nervous about wearing lingerie in front of the camera and wondering what to do to look and feel your best.
To radiate beauty, you must OWN your beauty. Regena Thomashauer, the author of Mama Gena’s School of the Womanly Arts, says it best, “You gotta dig down and own yours to have yours. Every Sister Goddess, no matter how beautiful the world tells her she is, has to know and accept herself if she is to get hold of her own special brand of beauty if she is to own it truly.”
Well said Regena Thomashauer. Notice Regena didn’t say own your beauty when you lose 10 pounds. Own your beauty and body now just the way you are. Confidence is sexy.
I’m guessing some might be thinking of crash dieting, you know lose 10 pounds quick before the upcoming boudoir session. Most likely the crash diet will be no fun, and at the end, you will still feel like you’re still not where you want to be. Bypass all that and make the powerful decision to love and accept YOU just the way you are right now.
The truth about beauty is that its already within you. You don’t need a crash diet or any other quick fix to feel beautiful. You are beautiful right now, just as you are. Decide to see your beauty, embrace it, and own it.
Experiencing beauty is an inside job that starts with a decision. By embracing all of ourselves, especially those parts of ourselves that we don’t approve of, we then become truly gorgeous. You’re probably thinking, this all sounds great but how do I actually do this.
I have a simple tool that I give to my clients. Choose a part of your physical self that you normally criticize, and appreciate it for the next 7 days, several times a day, look at the part of yourself in the mirror and list what you appreciate about that part, listing everything that’s good about it. Speak your appreciations out loud, write them down or at the very least list them in your head. Resist the urge to criticize, most likely you’ve done enough of that already.
It's counterintuitive, but by owning all the parts of your body, even the ones we typically deem “trouble areas,” you can then lose them. In other words, you have to own a $1 to lose a $1; you have to own, accept and love the parts of your body you’d like to see transformed. This might sound a little crazy, but I promise you it’s the truth.
Here are a few tips for feeling your best physically for your upcoming Boudoir session.
Tip #1: Cut out salty food. Excessive salt causes the body to retain, or hold onto, water causing excess bloat. Processed foods, fast foods, and restaurant meals are notoriously high in salt; it’s a good idea to cut these out before your photo shoot.
Tip #2: Drink a ton of water. Water rids the body of any excess salt. Yes, drinking water will cause more trips to the bathroom. However, this is one way the body detoxifies itself. Not to mention it’s getting hot around here, time to up your water consumption. A good rule is to drink half of your weight in ounces. For example, a 160 lb. person should drink roughly 80 ounces of water a day.
Tip #3: Increase your intake of potassium-rich foods, like bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes (with the skin), spinach, asparagus, white beans, salmon, halibut, pistachios, and broccoli to name a few. Potassium is a key nutrient with many uses including regulating the fluid balance of the body, reducing water retention.
Tip #4: Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. When we eat quickly, we make it hard for the body to digest causing gas and bloating. Make a game counting how many times you chew a bite of food. Take a bite and chew as you normally would, count how many times you chew before swallowing. Most people average 3-5 chews per bite. Increase the number of chews for each subsequent bite with the goal of 30 chews per bite. For reference, softer foods like yogurt aren’t going to be 30-chew bites. However, a bite of chicken is a 30-chew bite.
Tip #5: Breathe. Breath is a key component of digestion. When we practice breath, we turn on our Parasympathetic Nervous System, the one responsible for rest and digest, and we turn off the Sympathetic Nervous System, the one responsible for Flight or Fight.
Here is a simple breathing exercise. Get comfortable, either sitting or lying down, close your eyes if you can, Inhale through your nose for a count of 3-5, pause and hold for a count of 3-5, then exhale, through the back of your throat, for a count of 5-7.
Continue this breath pattern for 3 to 5 minutes, longer if you have the time. Practice this before meals, setting your body up for optimal digestion; you will also be more present in the meal. I practice this breath anytime I’m feeling stress or overwhelm, before I go to sleep at night, even in the car (obviously with my eyes open).
I wish all of your ladies a fun Boudoir Session. Kelli is an awesome photographer, and she is sure to make you feel comfortable. Boudoir Sessions are empowering and sexy. What a great way to step into your brand of beauty, the essence of you. Enjoy!
If you're interested in Health Coaching, email me at email@example.com. We can set up a time for your complimentary Total Body Transformation Discovery Session.
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