All posts tagged: Featured

Minimalism

It’s no secret that we live in a consumer-driven world. It’s increasingly difficult to go about everyday life without encountering some form of advertisement. Whether it’s a logo, a commercial, or a brand promotion on Instagram, everywhere you go, someone is trying to sell you something. There’s nothing inherently wrong with advertisements, but more often than not, we buy things that we don’t need, because we’re led to believe that we need them. Have you ever been guilty of buying something under the false notion that it will, for one reason or another, augment some aspect of your life? Odds are, you have. Don’t feel bad about it! It’s so easy to get caught in the figurative consumerism trap, because society tells us that in order to be successful, we need the big house and fancy car and everything else that goes along with achieving the “American Dream”. But here’s the thing. The true meaning of the American Dream, the ideal in which any American citizen can have equal opportunity to find success and achieve …

5 Key Steps to Form Healthy Habits

Why is it so difficult for us all to stick to a new habit? Every year, millions of Americans create a New Year’s Resolution, and these resolutions are discarded in a matter of weeks or months. It’s easy for many of us to start a diet or a fitness program, but what is keeping us from forming these healthy habits long-term? Is it a lack of motivation, forgetfulness, or that it’s “just too hard”? The answer may lie within the Trans-Theoretical Model, a tool that can be used to assess one’s “readiness” to start a new healthy behavior. The Trans-Theoretical Model, or TTM for short, is a cyclic model with 5 stages. Here, I will outline each stage of the TTM, as well as some tips to continue moving forward in pursuit of your health goals. STEP 1 – Pre-Contemplation Pre-Contemplation is the beginning stage of the Trans-Theoretical Model. If you are in the pre-contemplation stage, it means that you have no desire to change your behavior in the immediate future. A person in this …

Maintaining Balance in Your Life

Welcome to the NEW AND IMPROVED web page for Everything Alexandra! It has been FOREVER since I’ve published a post on my blog, and I’ve been itching to create and share some new content. Since I’ve returned to Boston for school, I’ve been juggling my full-time education studying Chemical Engineering, work, and extracurriculars. Unfortunately, the Everything Alexandra blog has taken a backseat as I’ve focused most of my energy on my classes, and my priorities have felt soooo out of balance. After I created the new Instagram page for Everything Alexandra, I noticed that the majority of my posts were about vegan food. Although I think that food and nutrition are a super important part of wellness, there is so much more that goes along with wellness, including mental health, that go unspoken about. Wellness is so much more than just nutrition and exercise (although I do believe that these are still super important), and it’s easy to get so caught up in the “physical” aspects of health that we forget to take care of ourselves on the inside. I …

Why We Should Stop Worrying About Weight

“The only way to solve the weight problem is to stop making weight a problem—to stop judging ourselves and others by our size. Weight is not an effective measure of attractiveness, moral character, or health. The real enemy is weight stigma, for it is the stigmatization and fear of fat that causes the damage and deflects attention from true threats to our health and well-being.” – Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size I remember the first time I weighed myself on my Wii Fit balance board. I was 11 years old, and I weighed 92 pounds. That was a healthy weight, according to the video game, because I had a BMI (Body Mass Index) that fell within the “normal” range. I didn’t really care much about this new information, because, well, I was a kid. I wasn’t supposed to care about my weight. It had been a few months since I had last played the game, so when I turned it on, I received a message telling me I was due to weigh myself again. So I, now at 12 years old, stepped …

The True Reasons Why You Should Work Out

I’ve lived most of my life with low self-esteem. I’m not quite sure where this lack of body confidence originated, but it seemed to haunt me throughout my childhood, through high school and into college. I can vouch for many adolescent men and women out there who probably feel the same way as I did. I was always proud of my accomplishments, but I set my fitness goals for all the wrong reasons. I worked out to look thinner, and I aspired to look like the models on magazine covers. I would calculate my BMI and not understand why I was categorized in the middle of the “overweight” and “obese” categories, even though I wore size 6 jeans. It took me almost 19 years to realize, everybody – every body – is different, and we have to stop focusing on scales and measurements and BMI to tell us if we’ve met our fitness goals or not. So, if you’ve ever felt cheated by your scale, this post is for you. Work out to strengthen your body and mind It’s …