Carla Miguelina

We'd like to introduce you to our new friend, Carla Miguelina. Carla lives an extremely active life and is a mother of 5. She uses yoga as a form of mediation and as a way to remain fit. Here's a little more on her story:

“I made a promise to myself before my kids were born that I would stay in shape and not let age or circumstance affect my wellbeing. Going through 4 pregnancies that resulted in 5 kids certainly made it difficult to keep that promise but my mind was set and focused on following through. Through the years I've tried different diets and exercise routines but I would go back to my old habits when I would reach my post pregnancy weight goals. As time progressed I realized the issue was not the food but the emotional state that needed to be addressed. As soon as I was able to get that under control, maintaining a healthy lifestyle became easy and a way of life. It was no longer a chore to eat healthy and live healthy. My body now craved it and needed it to feel good every day. Now I keep eating simple. I don't measure or count calories but I eat as much raw and unprocessed food as possible. Of course I indulge once in a while. If I want ice cream I eat it and I don't beat myself up about it. I've also simplified my exercise as well to just yoga 5 to 6 days a week. I found that this gentler approach keeps me balanced and my stress levels low. My body is also more toned and lean. Not stressing over my body also helps me to be a better mom and helps to set a positive body image for them that they emulate. I never tell my kids to diet and exercise. I lead by example and tell them that eating heathy and exercising is not about wanting to be skinny and fit into a size 2. It's about having a quality and healthy life for many years."

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