{Love Yourself Up} Day 5: Indulge In Green

by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt on September 12, 2014

6Eating healthy often has a bad rep as being restricting, boring, joyless. However, it doesn’t have to be.

Eating green can be fun, soul-nourishing, delish, juicy and varied.

During my most restrictive times, I despised veggies and fruits and always, always, always longed for cakes, nutella, ice-cream, pasta, bread, butter and so much more.

Greens were my enemy until I began to eat normally and found out – quite to my surprise – that I loooove veggies. I love the variety of these delish little greens (and reds and yellows and oranges…). I still eat my ice-cream and pasta and bread with gusto, but I also enjoy eating loads of greens with delight.

Obviously, veggies are good for your body and when your body is happy, so are you, right?

So, today choose green and give your body a break from an overload of sugar and other no-quite-so-healthy-stuff.

Easy ways to go green are: 

Drink a green smoothie or a green juice (grab my favorite green juice recipe here).

Add some greens to your meals today. Maybe even go raw for some extra nutritious benefit.

Snack on veggiest instead of chooclate bars today.

Spend time in nature and soak up some sun.

Now, hop on over to the FB page and/or the Instagram feed and share your favorite ways to go green with us.

Search for #loveyourselfup to join the conversation.

Much love,

Anne-Sophie 

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{Love Yourself Up} Day 4: Breathe In & Breathe Out

by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt on September 11, 2014

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Today’s focus sounds simple, doesn’t it? Breathing in and breathing out – we do it every second, but do we ever do it mindfully?

I don’t. At least I haven’t done it 99% of my life. I just breathed. I mean, I had to. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here anymore, right?

However, when I began to tap into conscious and mindful breathing, I began to change. I began to feel better. I began to heal. It sounds simple, woo woo, silly, but it’s what happened.

Breathing mindfully is powerful.

So, don’t underestimate today’s seemingly simple exercise.

This morning or whenever you have time, take at least 10 minutes to breathe in self-love and breath out self-criticism and denial. This exercise will empower you and surely help you to love yourself up.

When I got into the concept of breathing mindfully, I began with 3 deep breaths before I allowed myself to have my first cup of coffee in the morning. Now, my coffee is sacred to me, so I made sure to “get the breaths out of the way” to indulge in my favorite treat.

Over time, I was able to slow down more, really focus on the breathing, take in the smell of my coffee, the way the air was flowing into my nose and out of my mouth and it helped me to ground myself in this very moment.

Then, after a while, I ramped my breathing exercise up to 5 breaths, then 10, then 15 and now I’m up to several minutes of conscious breathing in the morning (on top of my meditation routine).

Now that I have a 3-month old son, I am so happy that I’ve began to focus on my breathing a long time ago as it really helps me ot stay calm and relaxed.

Last week, I felt quite depleted. My mind was buzzing, my eyes were red, I was so tired. Thank God for my mom who offered to take care of Johann for an hour, so that I could lie down and focus on my breath. It was incredible. Afterwards, I felt refreshed, rejuvenated, clear and full of energy again.

There’s all kinds of scientific evidance for the power of mindful breathing, but I won’t bore you with it.

I trust you’ll experience how powerful the breathing in and breathing out is and that it’ll help you to reconnect with your body, pause and then continue with your day in a more balance, healthful, relaxed manner.

Share your experience with deep and conscious breathing with us over on the FB page and/or the Instagram feed.

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Much love,

Anne-Sophie 

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{Love Yourself Up} Day 3: Dream & Act

September 10, 2014

Welcome to Day 3 of Love Yourself Up. This day is all about dreaming and acting. Instead of dreaming up big, lofty goals, let’s begin small and focus on the way we want to feel on a daily basis.    So, as soon as you get done reading this post, take a few moments for […]

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{Love Yourself Up} Day 2: Feel Your Body

September 9, 2014

Today, we’re going to focus on our magical body. Yup, I’ve said it: the body is magical. I truly believe that we are so blessed with the bodies we’ve been given – no matter how we feel about them. Think about all the things your body does for you on a daily bassis. Think about […]

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{Love Yourself Up} Day 1: Commit to (Self-)Love

September 8, 2014

It’s Day 1 of the Love Yourself Up Challenge and we’re beginning our dive into self-love and self-care with the single most important thing when it comes to this topic: the commitment to yourself. If you’re like me, you’ve spend most of your life beating yourself up for so many things: from your toes to […]

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5 Unconventional Ways To Start Liking Yourself

September 3, 2014

[Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Joanna L K Moore. Body love, self-love, confidence, and self-esteem are abstract terms that no one ever really defines. We all know we’re supposed to be confident and like our bodies the way they are, but most of the self-love advice floating around on places like Pinterest is […]

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That Thing Called Motherhood – Having Johann After Years of Anorexia

August 28, 2014

„Pregnant.“ My gynecologist looked at me in surprise. She’d known me for more than a decade. Had gone through my eating disorder with me, had seen me at my worst and knew that I had just separated from my husband. Again. Mere 2 days before I sat on her chair. I couldn’t think. I didn’t feel. […]

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Beginning to Love Yourself Again: A Guide To Build A Relationship With The Most Important Person In Your Life

August 21, 2014

You used to have it. That rock solid confidence. That playful way of engaging with yourself. You used to be fascinated with your feet, your fingers tasted like honey on a buttered bread. You used to feel light, excited, free. Most of all, you followed your inner core, your peaceful self and were genuinely happy, […]

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It’s Not About Willpower

August 16, 2014

It’s not about willpower It’s about your story It’s about your patterns It’s about your life   It’s not about failure It’s about loss It’s about guilt It’s about shame   It’s not about force It’s about tenderness It’s about gentleness It’s about kindness   It’s not about laziness It’s about fear It’s about courage […]

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Transforming Your Relationship With Food Won’t Make You Happy

August 13, 2014

There’s a lot of talk about how to change your relationship with food in order to finally be free, happy and healthy and it got me thinking: Do we have to have a relationship with food? Whether good or bad, is a relationship with food healthy and even sane? I say NO. You see, the […]

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