Go Loco for Cocos!

You’ve heard it time and time again, coconut water is good for you. But don’t get confused between coconut water, and coconut milk – they have different benefits for you!

Coconut milk is higher in fat and calories, and it has a great source of potassium. It’s also lactose free, so if you’re not a fan of dairy or are lactose intolerant, coconut milk is a great substitute. With this substitute, you can also further eliminate dairy from your diet by implementing the use of coconut milk into your preparation of meals.

And maybe you’re sitting there worried that just because coconut milk has roughly 552 calories per serving , I’m here to remind you that it’s okay!

According to research done by Dr. Bruce Fife, “those who get an adequate amount of fat in their diets generally eat less than those to try to reduce fat intake”. In other words, it’s okay to include some fatty nutrients in your diet, because it will ultimately balance out your diet and make you feel better.

Some other benefits of coconut milk include protection of the immune system, prevention of heart disease, and healthier skin and hair.

If you aren’t convinced yet, try it out yourself. If it tastes good, and you’re still skeptical, do some more research on your own. But don’t be afraid to give coconut milk a try, especially if you are already loco for coco water!

Run, Forrest! Run!

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run”. This quote just so happens to come from one of my favorite movies, Forrest Gump. His motivation to run was simply because he wanted to run, or maybe it went all the way back to when he was being chased by bullies and Jenny yelled out her very memorable line, “Run,  Forrest! Run!”.

Everyone’s motivation to run, or exercise, is different. Some people like it, some people despise it. Regardless of which person you are, there has to be a type of motivation out there for you to get your running shoes on and to get going.

For example, my motivation to exercise is to continuously live a better life, and stay on track to feel healthy and happy. For some people, this isn’t enough.

There are six types of motivation that can work for just about everyone, and they include   achievement, growth, power, social, fear, and incentive. However, if these seem too advanced for you, there are other ways to get motivated.

You can be motivated by your music playlist, your workout apparel, the cute guy/girl at the gym, the various fitness activities you can complete, the steam room/sauna after you’re finished, the clothes that will feel a lot bigger in a month, the number of miles you run… you get the point.

Motivation comes from within, and there can definitely be influencers that are impactful (like me, I hope). If you don’t think you can be motivated by yourself to work out, then you should definetly speak with someone that enjoys doing what you dread the most. There is a reason why some people love it, and all it takes is asking “why”.

So if you’re lacking motivation, try it out anyways, and one day, for no particular reason, just decide to go for a little run. See how far this technique takes you, and maybe you’ll pick up some motivation along the way!

Zen Spot

Think about your favorite spot in the whole entire world. This could be an island on the Bahamas, a ski mountain in Vermont, a little village in Eastern Europe, a swing in your backyard, your school library – any place in the world (I just named a few of mine). Now, picture yourself in that place, and think about the comfort and gratification you feel tingling throughout your entire body when you are present at this exact spot. Now that you’ve got all the hard stuff out of the way, take this spot with you to a place that challenges you to doubt your reality. Sounds kinda impossible – right? Wrong. If you can take with you the feeling you get when you are in your favorite spot or in a peaceful, crazy, lively environment that soothes you (whatever your flavor), you can enjoy just about anything. And that includes the most dreadful spots in the entire world – the doctor’s office, a steaming, hot desert, your 9-5 job, and most specifically, THE GYM. If you can create a habit of making the gym your zen spot, or your favorite spot in the whole entire world (just by transferring your feelings), you will slowly, but surely come to realize it has its own comfort and gratification, and you will love it just as much (or maybe even more) than any other spot in the world.