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LifeStyle

This summer: Be the Happiest Version of You

Hello Monday! February is coming to and end and the sun has been shining more often and I can’t be happier! Here are some ideas I was thinking about over the weekend that I’d like to share with you:

As soon as spring begins, you suddenly see everyone worrying about their bodies and wanting to achieve the so called “summer body” but what does this actually mean? I believe that the term “summer body” is a socially constructed term that the society and media have created in order to make people feel uncomfortable with their own body so they consume services and products that “claim” to aid in losing weight/re-shaping the body.

However, reshaping the body, toning, and losing weight is not something that happens over night or in couple of weeks. I’m sure you’ve heard of so many people who have suddenly lost weight, or look better but these quick and easy alternatives and methods are usually not sustainable.

Personally, I do not believe in something called “A summer body”. Day by day, new trends emerge; we’ve been constantly bombarded, in the past couple of months, with the trend of big butts, for example, and more. These trends create pressure on many people and may lead to extreme measures being taken in order to feel accepted and “fit-in”.

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I haven’t been blogging or working out as much as before since the beginning of the year. It’s my last semester at University; I’m finishing up a double major in Economics and Media and Communications as well as working on a very exciting project for the blog that I can’t wait to reveal (I will be revealing clues soon, but full Revelation will be around May hopefully). My schedule includes long hours and breaks that are exhausting.. I won’t lie, I do feel weaker; I’ve stopped private boxing session (and it’s so frustrating); I’ve been doing Power Stretch class once a week as well as Pulse class, mainly weights; 2 to 3 times a week and from time to time some aerial yoga.

Being fit and healthy is not only about having abs! I don’t have abs; but I’m totally OK with that.

Be happy with your body, your curves, and most importantly LOVE YOURSELF. Don’t let the media make you question how beautiful you are!

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PS: All of these photos are taken in Mar Mikhael – Beirut 🙂

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Fitness

6 Tips to boost your health :)

  1. Make the best out of every situation you face

The mind is a powerful tool. Many studies have shown that positive thinking can affect health. When you are stuck in a certain situation, there is no point in wasting time regretting the past and neglecting the present. Face the situation and try to make the best out of it. I’m not saying that this is something easy to do, but you are capable of overcoming anything in order to reach your goals. And remember, it’s just a phase!

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  1. Never Skip Breakfast!

One of my favorite meals of the day is breakfast. Whether I woke up really early or very late, I never leave the house without having eaten. Having an early meal fuels your body for the day and minimizes the chances of overeating during later meals.

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  1. Exercise Regularly

Any type of physical activity is a plus for your health. Integrate some easy steps to get a little more active, like parking your car a little farther, taking the stairs, carrying your own groceries… Take the initiative and choose to try something new and fun with your friends. Join a dance class or try yoga or simply commit to being gym buddies. Joining a gym or new class gives you an opportunity to meet new people and enhances your mood. I exercise because it makes me feel good!

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Trying out Aerial Yoga Class
  1. Do more of the things that make you happy

According to Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of being happy is when an individual feels or shows pleasure and contentment. Doing more of what makes you happy helps release your stress and increase your positive vibes.

  1. Drink more water

Your body is made up of approximately 60% water. Drinking more water helps keep your skin hydrated. I sometimes tend to forget to drink water but I attempt to always carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go in order to at least drink 1.5-2 liters of water daily.

  1. Meditate from time to time

From time to time, spending some time alone simply doing nothing is all you need. Allow yourself some “me time”, enjoy the sunset from your balcony, or find a quite spot at a park, or mountain, and go there and be still from time to time. Escaping the hustle and stress of the day to day can help relieve stress and re-energize you.

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Product Reviews

Power Goodness NEW Ice Coconut Water with Watermelon

So, I’ve previously talked to you about Power Goodness’s yummy ice coconut water (Check out the blog post here) and most of you tried it since they were in the goodie bags distributed during #Beirutfitnessturns2 event a couple of weeks ago.

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Power Goodness has lately launched a new flavor: Ice coconut water mixed with fresh watermelon. The combination sounds interesting and personally, I love fresh watermelon juice; it’s just super refreshing. In order to get into the mood even more, they sent me real coconut cups (shown above) that were super cute! I poored in some coconut watermelon water into the coconut and enjoyed sipping it slowly. The combination was good, a little sweet, but just as I expected.

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Next time you need to cool down from the heat, go for a naturally sweet and refreshing drink. Try one of the flavors that Power Goodness Ice Coconut water offers!

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Events

Yaduna Cook off

Did you know that Heart disease is the number one killer of women? Well I did not know this fact up until Thursday.

Yaduna Women’s Heart Health Center is a medical center founded the former First Lady of Lebanon, HE Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman. It is dedicated for screening and preventing heart disease.

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Although I am actively a part of an NGO; I believe that the world is connected and we live in a place where everything is interrelated and dependent; therefore helping people, supporting NGOs and spreading awareness is one of the simplest forms in which we can help one another.

So, you always hear people talking about a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition is one of the fundamental factors that prevents not only heart disease but also many other diseases.

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Therefore, Yaduna organized a very innovative event on June 2nd that involved a healthy cooking session held at Kitchen Lab – Gemmayzeh.

Lead by a chef, we were split into two teams. We cooked a full quick meal that was made up of a salad, 2 main dish (chicken and fish), and a light desert. After all the mess we made in the kitchen, we ended our fun activity by tasting our master pieces.

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