Friday, June 30, 2017

Vegan Girl Resources


What's up Vegan Girls?! It's been a while. I wanted to write up a blog that has just my TOP resources that I usually offer in my Vegan Girl Bootcamp. This is where I help my vegan clients with their health, fitness, meal plan, mindset, self love, and of course...vegan resources!

To get a short background on WHY I went vegan, check out this video I did live on my FB page :)


So many of us make a plant-based diet WAY too complicated.
But where do I get my protein? Plants.
But what do I eat? Food.
But won't I be starving? Nope.
But But But...

Dudes, educate yourselves. If you eat enough plants, you're getting TONS of nutrients...probably WAY more than the average "omnivore." I've been stuck in the over-complicating stage myself...but mainly because I wanted to stick to my unhealthy ways and overindulge in fake cheeses and meats and I strayed from whole, plant-based foods way too often.

Let's simplify this:

1. Educate Yourself


These are just a FEW of my absolute favorite vegan cookbooks and documentaries. They are super informative, and the cookbooks are filled with delicious, nutritious vegan recipes! I'd also like to add my newest FAVE documentary on here, What the Health. It's basically a sequel to Cowspiracy and both are on Netflix!

Take the weekend and do some homework. I promise the documentaries will be extremely eye-opening--just keep an open mind and heart.

On that note....2. Build up an Arsenal of Tools


Along with documentaries and cookbooks (the easiest to consume), there is a plethora of knowledge out there about living a plant-based lifestyle! Here are some of my favorite books to check out. If you are not a reader, explore on YouTube. Click here to watch my video on how veganism changed my life.

3. Practice by Taking Action!


Perhaps this blog intrigued you because you've been curious about a vegan lifestyle, or just cutting down on animal products. The best (and most fun) way to try it out....is by taking action! Put your research to good use and check out some of the delicious foods on this grocery list. Make your way to a health food store and look at how many amazing new products there are for us vegans!

I also have 3 vegan meal plans I've personally used the past few weeks to lose 10+ pounds and 10+ inches and I feel incredible. You can find my favorite one here.

"Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy." --Gary L. Francione

If you are curious about this lifestyle, or in receiving my Vegan Girl Guide, an eBook where I go into how to easily transition to vegan, with more of my fave step-by-step recipes...shoot me an email or check out one of these platforms :)

LaurenMcHughHealth@gmail.com


Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to Get a Bikini Body




How to get a bikini body: have a body and put a bikini on it. πŸ‘™

I've seen this quote, probably posted it because I agree with it, but I just don't understand it. 
This blog is going to get real and vulnerable.

I've always treated clothes with hatred. I've never ever wanted to wear anything remotely tight to prove that I even have curves. Shopping is always a nightmare. I used to cry putting on jeans because my thighs always rub together. They were always too tight and there was no way I was going to go up yet another size. 

Shorts were laughable, leggings always. πŸ‘Œ

Bikinis were a far off dream. Sure, I could just 'wear' one...but how can someone with zero self esteem, self love, and confidence feel comfortable enough in her own skin to put one on without tons of self doubt and internal battle? 

Bikinis are more revealing than bras, and WAY more vulnerable than sports bras.

They're seen as a sex symbol. And let me juuuust say that posing in a shirt or sports bra, flexing, and feeling confident is COMPLETELY different than being extremely exposed, unflexing with your curves hanging out. It's the truth πŸ‘Š

So I wanted to make this blog (originally a post but it became way too long!) because ladies, I'm still at this point. I'm gaining confidence by the day, sometimes I'm like "omg I have a waist!"Yes, I feel proud of it, yes I'm going to post about it because I'm empowered AF (in that moment), but the bikini situation is something that will have to be worked up to. 

Shift Shop Progress 

Really. If you don't feel comfortable in one yet, you don't HAVE to go in the damn pool. 
Or, just wear what you want in there. I've always worn sundresses to the beach. 
Do I WANT to feel comfortable enough in a bikini someday where it's not an extremely emotional experience every time I even contemplate putting one on? OF COURSE!

But it's important to celebrate those small moments of empowerment...because many of them add up to huge significant change.

Work on loving yourself, your body, your confidence every single day, but be gentle too. If you're not ready for certain clothes, you're not ready. If it's going to be an emotional experience, do you girl.

No shame in posing in a sports bra and feeling like you can take on the world.
No shame in rocking a bikini.

But there IS a difference. Social media is posed, a million selfies are taken, editing happens, but I still find it empowering AF when years ago I wore a black pirate hoodie and trench boots and a bullet belt πŸ˜¬ yes, things have changed A LOT! ;)

Now I actually wear colors, and show off my tattoos, and THAT to me, is a sense of pride. Someday, a bikini might be part of that. But I just want y'all to know that I'm human, I deal with insecurities like all people, and sports bra pictures post workout and "pre-breaking my fast" are completely different than rocking a bikini and I'm ok with that. πŸ˜Ž


Just doing ME and continually working on my self love muscle so I CAN just put on a bikini and not have a ton of self defeating thoughts in my head. We can't expect years and years of tearing ourselves down to just go away with a couple years of working on ourselves...same thing goes with our physique. We can't expect years of treating our body like crap to just go away after a few months...it's a journey.

Keep up the positive self love talk, work on your body positivity at your own pace, and just keep swimming babe. Wear whatever you want, and never let anyone tell you otherwise! πŸ˜˜


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stop Decreasing the Goal...Increase the Effort!


Do you ever make a big goal, say it out loud, then a few weeks later decrease it? You back down because...in all honesty, you just didn't break it down to begin with?
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Been there!! I remember when I would be like, "I'm so losing 30 pounds by the end of the summer," or I'd make a big business goal and then freak out when my deadline was approaching and I hadn't done anything to work towards it and I was like ehhh ok I'm decreasing that immediately. πŸ˜


I didn't step up. I didn't take ownership. And guess what? I'm the only one who can do that. 

I mentor and support women for a living. I hear time and time again big goals mentioned, and while that's AWESOME, there's simply no point in saying a big goal if you have no roadmap. πŸ™…πŸΌit will just be defeating.

We hear it often....a goal is a dream with a DEADLINE. We must make action steps along the way to mark our progress. Is it realistic? Is it big enough? Can you do MORE? Make MORE time for it? Wake up EARLIER? Are you desperate enough to show up for it every single day?
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Shift Shop Test Group Results

I'm no longer interested in living small, thinking small, being "unmotivated..." because it's just limited belief thinking and the norm.


If we want to do something BIG and EXCITING with our lives....it doesn't matter what area it's in....we just have to follow through or we will not change. Nothing will.

Change things, or things won't change. Don't decrease the goal--increase your effort, yo πŸ˜ŽπŸ€˜πŸ»


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

STOP Your Limiting Beliefs!


Ladies, life does not have to suck!
You don't have to work for someone else's dream.
9-5 doesn't have to be the hours you are locked into sitting at a desk or grinding away with no freedom in sight.

I talk to women every single day who WANT to have a vision that is unlike the norm; to stay home with their kids, to travel whenever they want and not have to clear it with their boss, to live a life on their OWN terms...yet I see time and time again so much disempowering language. πŸ™…πŸΌ

"I am just too busy."
"I am so broke."
"It's just not the right time right now."

✋🏻Hold up: "Your thoughts become your words; your words become your actions; your actions determine your outcome! Most of our success boils down to our belief."

If you are using this disempowering, limiting belief language...of COURSE that will translate into FEAR and staying in your comfort zone.

There will NEVER be a right time...that simply doesn't exist.
There will ALWAYS be a way to get started...if there is a strong enough will to do so.
There is ALWAYS time...if you make it a priority.



Whether you are thinking about starting a fitness journey, business, or big life event that has the opportunity to transform your life for the better, fear is NORMAL. Pushing through that fear, using EMPOWERING language, and taking ACTION instead of using the same defeating lines over and over again is what will CHANGE the GAME for you.

I was a poor unemployed college student.
I was about to graduate with no game plan for my future.
I barely had time to workout in between classes and writing my thesis.

I get it. But saying that would not get me where I wanted to go. I had to rewrite the story I WANTED! πŸ™πŸ»

I also know women who work insane hours, have kids, yet still make their dreams work.
They FUEL me to BETTER myself every single day. Because if THEY can, I can! And that empowers me SO MUCH! πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ’–πŸ”₯

I made my PASSION my future, and every time a limiting belief comes up, I immediately shut that shit down. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

Life is too short to stay in my comfort zone. I strive to help women break FREE of theirs, and that's just one reason I show up every single day to be here for you when you're ready. πŸ˜˜

What we do TODAY is what matters MOST <3

Are you ready to break free of limiting beliefs? I'm an email away:
LaurenMcHughHealth@gmail.com



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