Happily Ever Ashley
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Hey ladies! Can we all make a pact? Let’s just support one another. Let’s not call someone ugly or fat behind their backs or to their faces. Let’s not make fun of someone’s outfit, or hair, or judge their life choices. Let’s not tell them what to do with their bodies or how to be a better mother or how to take care of themselves unless they specifically ask you for help or guidance. Let’s be each other’s cheerleaders (and if you are watching cheer on Netflix the cheerleader I want you to embody is obviously Jerry)! Let’s remember that every single one of us is fighting a battle with the angry demon that lives inside of us, telling us we aren’t pretty, smart, thin, kind, and/or good enough. Let’s be the voice that tells another woman’s angry demon to shut the fuck up because she’s awesome. Let’s put more love into the world than cruelty and when someone says something cruel about another woman, shut that shit down. Who’s in?
Wedding season is back! Today I’ll be assisting one of our associate planners on our first of 25 wedding this Spring! This shot is by @alyssareinephoto from a space we designed in November for the #uncommonyouworkshop with @ryannlindseyweddings 💜
I’ve been on a lifestyle overhaul for the last 2 weeks and here’s how it’s going: . . . . . In week one, I eliminated sugar, fried foods and caffeine. It sucked. I basically had a headache migrating around my skull for 7 days. But eventually it passed. I switched to all grass fed (and finished), wild caught and pastured meats. I also started a vitamin and supplement routine. I was very particular about what supplements I chose and made sure all pills were organic, vegan and most effectively made when applicable. Finally I significantly increase my water intake. ⠀ ⠀ During week two, my focus was on getting rid of gluten, dairy (except grass fed butter and ghee), eliminating nightshade veggies, legumes, and nuts. I’ve been utilizing intermittent fasting techniques and following the bulletproof diet. I also started focusing on my sleep tracking and bought some blue light glasses. ⠀ ⠀ So far, I have noticed a huge increase in energy and I’ve been in a much better mood. I haven’t felt hungry or deprived and I’ve lost over 6 pounds. I’ve been waking up feeling rested and I haven’t had any trouble falling asleep. I am really pleased with my progress and I’m looking forward to the changes that are ahead during week three when I begin incorporating HIIT style workouts and meditation! ⠀ ⠀ Another thing I should mention is I am also giving myself some grace. I haven’t been perfect. I’ll have lunches with vendors, tastings and out of town trips. I know I won’t always be able to control or prepare food options, but I’m committed to making the best possible choices for my current health and my longevity! #lifestyleoverhaul #healthyliving #progressoverperfection #biohacking #makingchanges #bulletproofbody #bulletproofdiet #intermittenfasting #healthjourney
I may have stayed up until 3AM watching Cheer on @netflix . It made me cry like 5 times. Also, I wasn’t to be friends with Jerry! Anyone else into this show?
Why did I go on an anti inflammation rampage? Well it was the culmination of a lot of things. First, I had been feeling like shit for a while. My body ached, especially the arches of my feet, my back and my glutes. I had zero energy- like none. I was experiencing consistently increasing brain fog and extremely high levels of anxiety. Second, my weight was on a steady incline regardless of all the conventional ways I monitored my food. Third, I was spending a lot of time thinking about all the ways I didn’t want to grow old/die. I didn’t want Alzheimer’s like my grandma. I didn’t want to fight cancer like some of my friends and family. And I didn’t want my heart to give out. So during one of my super late night rabbit hole google searches about how to avoid getting old, I stumbled upon a book called Game Changers by Dave Asprey. It’s about how some of the worlds most successful people hack their lives. If you know me, you know I am slightly obsessed with data and efficiency so the idea of biohacking sounded like a pretty fun way to solve all my health concerns. I kept reading and found an 8 week inflammation diet protocol and decided that I would combine that with Asprey’s Bulletproof diet to start biohacking my longevity. Worst case scenario I end up where I started- feeling shitty. But best case, I feel better than I’ve ever felt and ward off the four killers for a while or maybe forever! While losing weight should be a side effect, I’m not in this for weight loss, I’m doing this for health gain. #biohacking #bulletproofdiet #healthyliving #superhuman #antiinflamatorydiet #fixingmygut #healthjourney #wellness
So for the last week I’ve been eliminating things from my diet and utilizing supplements and let me be totally honest, it hasn’t been fun. Eliminating caffeine and sugar gave me awful headaches that literally lasted for almost the whole week. I also added lots of supplements and switched to cooking with ghee, coconut oil, grass fed butter MCT oil. It’s a lot! Next I’m axing gluten and dairy, though I’ve mostly cut it out already and adding back in some quality physical activity. This isn’t easy! It’s really really hard, but I’m committed to fixing the inflammation in my body and living my best, healthiest life!