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“Take care of your body.
It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn.
Our bodies are such sacred places and many people take them for granted. We encounter people every day polluting their bodies with cigarettes, processed foods, negativity, lack of sleep, drugs & alcohol, etc. It’s hard to remember: we are what we consume. What we don’t encounter every day are people positively changing their lifestyles to better their bodies. For some reason, we believe we embrace the negatives and enjoy polluting our bodies. Our mothers always told us, “it’s the only one you got.”
Why do we enjoy eating a half a bag of Doritos (did you know there is MSG in Doritos?)? Why do we enjoy those ten puffs of a cancer stick? Why do we embrace being lazy? Why don’t we care about what we are eating? Why do we binge drink? We asked ourselves these questions years ago.
We were never lazy, nor abused our body, but we definitely knew that we could be treating it better. For example, after a stressful day, we wouldn’t mind knocking back a few Scotches, Gin and a couple glasses of wine, only to wake up the next morning feeling dizzy, dehydrated and completely unproductive. Another example, we wouldn’t mind grabbing late-night McDonalds at 3 a.m. after a night of drinking. The most disgusting part about those late night adventures were waking up the next morning and discovering salty French fries in our beds and a box of half eaten Chicken McNuggets under our sheets. We guess you could say that our lives never had a routine or structure. We treated our bodies like a free-for-all.
For example, Gillian was never unfit. She still dragged herself to the gym. She always had a nice set of abs, practiced Vinyasa Power Yoga everyday and during the week would eat healthy (so she thought).She was working out hard at the gym and thought that was good enough, but in reality, all she was working out was the outside of her body, not the inside. The core. Our reason for ‘being.’
Before pregnant and becoming pregnant, we indulged in research and and started researching foods. This led to us becoming obsessed with the ingredients in foods, the make up of foods, what foods are healers and what foods are harmers, etc. We wanted to change our lifestyles for the good and wanted to treat and thank our bodies by not only working out and staying active, but by providing the correct nutrients. We wanted our core to be 100%. We wanted to cut out all of the negativity. We wanted to be Pure.
In our opinion, the hardest part about living a healthy lifestyle is the fact that there is so much noise in the “healthy living, healthy eating and dieting world.” Every day there seems to be this new “trendy diet” or new supplement that we should be doing or taking to be skinny and to “better our lives.”
False. It’s only temporary.
Sure, these diets and supplements will get you to that ten-pound loss on your scale, but it’s only short term. Those diets and supplements never create a lifestyle for anyone, just a quick fix. Then, after a couple of months, you’ll find yourself doing a “juice cleanse” because you need to lose those same ten pounds. However, let me back up a bit. It may not necessarily be about losing those “ten pounds” though. It may just be that you want to feel good and have a healthy lifestyle and feel good inside your skin and treat your body well. Remember, our mothers always told us, “it’s the only one you got.” Another aspect of eating healthy is to look at all of the ingredients on packaging. The smart consumer buys few foods that have more than one ingredient.
Let’s take a look at Special K Bars. “Wow, they look so healthy,” you think to yourself, “only 90 calories and 1.5 grams of fat! Sold!” ….Yeah…not so much. Now let’s check out what is really inside these magical bars that are only 90 calories and will leave you starving after you eat them (these ingredients are from specialk.com):
“CEREAL (RICE, WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT, SUGAR, WHEAT BRAN, SOLUBLE WHEAT FIBER, SALT, MALT FLAVORING, MALTODEXTRIN, THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2]), CORN SYRUP, SOLUBLE CORN FIBER, FRUCTOSE, STRAWBERRY FLAVORED FRUIT PIECES (SUGAR, CRANBERRIES, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL STRAWBERRY FLAVOR WITH OTHER NATURAL FLAVORS, ELDERBERRY JUICE CONCENTRATE FOR COLOR, SUNFLOWER OIL), SUGAR, VEGETABLE OIL (SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL)†, MALTODEXTRIN, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF DEXTROSE, SORBITOL, GLYCERIN, NONFAT DRY MILK, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL STRAWBERRY FLAVOR, SOY LECITHIN, SALT, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NIACINAMIDE, COLOR ADDED, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), BHT (PRESERVATIVE).”
We're sorry, what was all of that? There are some major, major red flags that should have gone off in your head while reading these ingredients: Fructose, Corn Syrup, Maltordextin, and more! Why are we polluting our bodies with foods in which we don’t even know the make up of them? This is the problem with our society and education on foods. Also, it’s the marketing behind it. A health claim on a food product is a good indication that it’s not really food. This example is just one out of thousands. Our advice: get educated on what you are eating and start reading the ingredients on the packaging.
In addition, pregnancy is a funny thing. Our societies notion on pregnancy and foods are to “eat for two.” What literally kills us is when we see a pregnant woman stuffing her face with processed foods or any sorts of unhealthy foods and soda – as well as drugs and alcohol, (but that is another topic for another day). First of all, in pregnancy, you do not “eat for two.” Pregnant women are required to only intake 300-400 extra calories in their second and third trimester. The 300-400 extra calories can be as simple as organic peanut butter, oatmeal, or range-free chicken stuffed with spinach. Not a Snickers bar or Oreo cookies. But, this goes back our theory on humans not looking at their bodies as sacred places, not to mention there is a child growing inside who needs all of the nutrients it can get –and it’s sure as hell not going to come from a Snickers bar. Another fun pregnancy notion are cravings. We may be the odd women out here, but not once during our pregnancies did we get a “craving.” We tout this due to our exercise and diet. We have been feeding and fueling our cores with the correct nutrients it needs – not ingesting foods with ingredients that I have never even heard of and trick our bodies into thinking that it’s still hungry an hour later. We could go farther and farther into foods and the consumption of Americans. For example, dairy. It is one of the scariest things. If you are not drinking organic milk, what the heck are you thinking? We actually completely cut dairy out of our diet, but, dairy these days has so many hormones in it from the way that our agricultural system is built and built off of producing mass amounts of dairy for the American society.
Taking all of this into consideration, we changed our lifestyles. And we continued that same exact lifestyle throughout our pregnancies, children and family. We call all of our eating, exercise, things we practice in life, positivity, etc – our Purely Plummer lifestyle. There are no books that define it. There are no guidelines or rules we follow. Simple, pure, nutritious ingredients that fuel the body. We hope you enjoy our Purely Plummer journey.
XO, Kate & Gillian
Zealous mother to Savannah Belle and wife, when Gillian is not running marathons or riding her horses, she is either practicing yoga, surfing, traveling, cooking or reading. She is a fur-mom to Aston, Buster, Maserati and Trigger. Gillian is a marketing executive in the fitness industry, motivational and public speaker and has been featured in the Huffington Post as a top Woman In Business. Additionally, she is a Board Member for the March Of Dimes and dedicates her time to volunteering.
Photo Credit: Maler Photography
Devoted mother to Grace and wife, Kate loves spending time in her garden, running, walking, hiking, horseback riding, any form of exercising, yoga, swimming, painting, cooking/baking, spending time with her fur-babies Khloe, Maddie and Rockie, softball and coaching little league. Kate is a Licensed Massage Therapist, owns her own business and works on every walk of life including celebrities.
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