Sweet potato salad

This is my favorite lunch! I used to get something similar to it each day at my local coop but I figured out how to make it on my own and now I just make big batches of it! It’s filling, healthy, and tasty!

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Sweet Potato Salad
serves 3

ingredients
3 sweet potatoes, chopped
5 celery stalks, chopped
1 small shallot, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Put the diced sweet potatoes into a large pot with enough water to cover the top of the sweet potatoes. Boil for 15 minutes.
2. Put the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl. Once the potatoes are done boiling, drain and add them to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
3. Toss until everything is well combined.

Keep this in a large container in the fridge and just serve yourself throughout the week!

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Self Talk

“Like food is to the body, self-talk is to the mind. Don’t let any junk thoughts repeat in your head.” -Maddy Malhotra

I talk a lot about food and fitness but a huge factor of health is also how you talk to yourself. Self talk can either help or hinder you, depending on what’s going through your mind. Plenty of people don’t believe that positive self-talk actually does anything, but there is actually scientific research backing it up now. The mind can’t differentiate between reality and the stories that you keep telling yourself (as long as you believe those stories to be true). If you keep telling yourself that you’re fat, ugly, stupid, or any anything else, your mind is going to believe it’s true. However, if you look yourself in the mirror and repeat that you are beautiful, smart, worthy and fit, your brain will start to believe it. Funny thing about the brain, it really does create your reality. Once you believe that you are smart, healthy, fit, worthy, and beautiful, your brain will start making it happen. 

I challenge everyone to write on your mirror a positive affirmation to repeat every day, out loud, at least 12 times. Look yourself right in the eye and say those words. Do this for a month and see if your mood starts to lift, if you lose that extra weight or if you simply just feel happier. 

I write my own affirmations on my mirror at home to repeat to myself every day. I switch it up depending on what I am currently having issues with. If I’m feeling insecure I’ll write “I am confident and strong”. If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll write “I am determined and disciplined”. It feels awkward at first saying these statements out loud to yourself, but it’s what you have to do. Say it without hesitation or else it won’t work. 

I also just found a product that I am in love with. The company is called Conscious Ink and they make temporary “affirmation” tattoos. They actually look like real tattoos as well so they can be trendy while also serving a purpose! Plus, they last a few days and then you can change your affirmation to something else!

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In these photos, I’m wearing “You are beautiful”. It’s a great constant reminder to practice positive self talk. Plus, they’re super cute which is a nice bonus!

Try out some positive affirmations and notice your life start to feel lighter and more manageable! If you’re a skeptic, do some research. So many lives have been changed from positive self talk so it’s at least worth a try!