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This is the one secret you need to travel healthy

This is the one secret you need to travel healthy

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0P08YXLUZI Be prepared and bring snacks. This is my #1 tip for you if you're looking to travel healthy! Packing snacks for yourself ensures that you will be much less likely to give into unhealthy temptations. What's more, it will prevent you from spending money on overpriced airport and rest stop food.

The one secret to travelling healthy // rawincollege for the PumpUp Blog

Stone fruits like peaches and plums are easy to grab and go. Fresh berries can be packed away without much preparation. 

How to travel healthy

Cut up some veggies and fruit, put them in some plastic tupperware, take a few handfuls of nuts and dried fruit in a Ziploc, and you’re good to go!! ALWAYS hydrate while you are traveling—you will not only be pushing toxins out of your body, but you will also keep your immune system strong while you are surrounded by new environments and people.

The one secret to travelling healthy // rawincollege for the PumpUp Blog

 

It's pretty straightforward and do-able. If you fail to plan, prepare to fail :) // The PumpUp Blog

Ashley Hampton (PumpUp: @rawincollege) is a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog

Fruit does NOT make you fat

This is a post by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp: @rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

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Finally putting the fruit controversy to rest, I am going to tell you why fruit is so beneficial for you and your body and why fruit does not make you fat!! After doing some research, I found a general consensus that people who eat more fruit on a daily basis have lower BMIs. Think about it this way—if you swap your regular morning muffin for an apple every day, you would save about 135,000 calories in one year alone! Isn’t that amazing?! Making small swaps like this will absolutely help you achieve your long-term goals. I am not saying to change your entire diet overnight—taking baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle will help you keep it up forever! It is all about quality and quantity on a raw vegan diet—fruit calories are packed with water, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. This means NO restriction!

Just to put things into perspective for you:

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I included the image above to give you a visual understanding of why you never feel full after eating a donut that is high in calories– those calories are not nutrient dense! The calories in processed foods do not give your body what it needs to thrive and properly function throughout the day, therefore sending your brain messages that you need more—now it is up to you to give your body what it truly needs. The endless nutritious components of fruits and veggies allow you to consume as much as you desire while constantly feeding your cells with what they need to survive.

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Fruits and veggies do not only benefit the inside of your body, but they also help you to flush out toxins, radiate from within, and give you the energy that you need to get through your busy day. The antioxidants in fruits, for example, even out skin pigmentation and improve circulation giving you that desired “natural glow.” Fruits and veggies also fight off free radicals that could lead to diseases such as skin and lung cancer. I could truly go on and on about the benefits of this lifestyle but for now just remember to start making small changes that could eventually overhaul your life and your health inside-out.

Check out more from Ashley at rawincollege.com and find her on the pumpupapp @rawincollege!

How your mindset and your environment influence your health

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How your mindset and your environment influence your health

This is a post by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very simple in theory but very difficult in practice for most people.You have to change your environment to match your goal—you have to make your environment work for you instead of against you. When you remove the unhealthy options from your environment, the wholesome, nutritious foods in your home become both Plan A and Plan B. The beauty of this solution is that it almost completely takes will power out of the equation— if the bad choices are not there you won’t eat them!! When you remove the barriers to your success, the road to success becomes a much smoother ride. To be successful, you have to minimize the difficult decisions being made. You have to identify your personal “trigger” foods and make a promise to yourself to not keep them in your house anymore. This is not to say that you will never have these foods again—of course you can! This strategy is for that moment in time when you crave those trigger foods and the decision is already made for you—the food is not in your environment so you will most likely not eat it!

Healthy eating should be the default, not the exception.

You should never feel hungry or deprived…this lifestyle is based off of pure abundance. If you give your body what it needs, it will heal itself—from headaches to chronic illness. One thing that truly blows me away is how much our food supply has changed over time. Our food supply has changed more in the past 50 years than it has in the past 10,000 years. As a result of our food supply, we are dealing with health issues that we never had to face before. The youth of today are suffering from celiac, auto immune diseases, other food sensitivities, digestive disturbances, and emotional issues that used to be a rarity amongst children. Food should be looked at as a way of life, not a habitual thing we consume throughout the day—that is the perspective that takes away the term ‘diet’ and creates the term ‘lifestyle.’ I completely understand that food is not just for our bodies— it’s for our mind and our emotions as well—it’s sitting around the table with our friends and family for hours enjoying each other’s company’s and the food we have come to love together. I believe that awareness is the first step towards changing anything. If you have the mindset to change your environment and the environment to fuel your success, you will never fail on your journey to becoming your best self.

Ashley Hampton (PumpUp: @rawincollege) is a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog