NEW Youtube Videos!

Hi Everyone,

Have you all been watching my NEW Youtube videos lately?

I have about 12 or so new ones about my new journey… FIT BY 50! I will turn 50 in October and my goal is to be fit again by then. I haven’t yet defined what fit is to me, but I’ll know it when I get there. It won’t be all about looks, but more of a feeling of fitness and wellness… and being able to do physical activities with more ease than when I first started my journey on January 2, 2017.

At the start of my journey… everything felt hard. I was actually a little surprised at how hard everything actually felt. It made me really see just how much I had let myself go over the last few years. So basically.. I guess I could say that I just want to feel better overall and get back in touch with my body again and feel stronger than when I first started. I started out as this being a “Fit By 50” journey, but once I got going… this will be an on going journey to become my BEST version of myself… physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!

Here’s is the very first video to my journey that I didn’t post on my CliftaFit channel…. I posted this on my Little Buff Cowgirl channel.

I hope you all are watching my journey! And as of a couple days ago I am down about 4 lbs. and feeling better !!! 🙂

xoxo,

Clifta 🙂

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8 Foods That Fight Stress

I thought this was a good article By Sara Reistad-Long
Dark Chocolate

High in flavonoids, which are lauded for their relaxing properties (chamomiletea is another great source), chocolate also contains phenethylamine, a chemical that enhances your mood. The darker the chocolate, the more healthy substances you’re getting in your diet, so look for bars that are 70 percent cacao or higher.

Skim Milk

Turns out that a glass of warm milk really is calming. One study found that women who drank four or more servings of lowfat or skim milk every day were about half as likely to experience stress-related PMS symptoms than those who drank less than one serving a week.

Oatmeal

Carbs help you produce serotonin, a calming hormone that helps fight anxiety’s negative effects-which is probably why many of us crave them when we’re stressed. Go with the craving and choose healthy sources. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which means that your body will absorb it slowly. In one fell swoop, you’ll prolong the serotonin boost, keeping yourself feeling full for longer (and on less) and making sure your blood sugar’s in check.

Salmon

Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids-abundant in fish like salmon-can help reverse stress symptoms by boosting serotonin levels, and that an omega-3-rich diet can also help suppress the production of the anxiety hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

Walnuts

They’ve been shown to help lower blood pressure, which is critical for those whose hearts are already working overtime thanks to high adrenaline levels. In fact, research so strongly backs their health benefits that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration goes so far as to recommend 1 1/2 oz per day.

Sunflower Seeds

A good source of folate, which helps your body produce a pleasure-inducing brain chemical called dopamine.

Spinach

Studies show that magnesium, which you’ll find in leafy greens like spinach, improves your body’s response to stress.

Blueberries

Their antioxidants counteract the effects of stress hormones like cortisol on your body.