Holistic healer and fitness coach Arielle Simone got her start after a health scare in 2011. While modeling in Paris and trying to accomplish an unrealistic amount of weight loss, Simone became incredibly ill. She found herself in a hospital diagnosed with gut and bowel issues accompanied by an unpleasant case of vertigo. Her recovery plan required a total change in both fitness and diet.
While working with a personal trainer, Simone took the initiative to study nutrition on her own. This research inspired Simone to share her findings with others, particularly Black women. She has since gained certifications as a fitness coach and holistic nutritionist with the ultimate goal of helping people find a healthy way of living that works for them.
Because each client’s journey is unique, Simone varies her recommendations and programs depending on their wants and needs. Through it all, her main focus is “prioritizing the positives”—focusing on what we are doing right before eliminating what might be wrong. Here, she offers a set of ideas that can serve as a starting point for anyone who wants to get healthier and happier in 2022.
Establish a Morning Routine
“The first thing I ask my clients is how they start their day. How you start your day is a huge reflection of how we tend to live. Routines are a huge part of our lifestyle. It’s important not to rush out of bed or to grab a phone immediately. For starters, begin with something you like. Even if it’s five minutes to think about meditating or what you may need, even if it’s just a stretch. It’s perfectly fine to start with a glass of water or fruit. It can be reading or journaling as the answer to a more mindful day. When you start your morning off with more intention, you give yourself more energy to feel more in control.”
Eat Plant-Based—And Keep It Colorful
“When I say plant-based, I don’t mean you have to go vegan or start eliminating everything from your diet. All it means is adding more colors and greens to your diet. Think of where you can add a vegetable into your smoothies or lunch and start there. It’s important to try new vegetables. We need them for energy and for our brains to function at their fullest potential. By just adding colors, you’ll start to notice your plates will be packed with more nutrients. I find that when you eat colorful, you feel colorful and vibrant. Naturally, eating is emotional so you have to be mindful of what those emotions might be. Make sure that your kitchen pantry is just set up in a way that is in alignment with your wellness goals and plan your meals.”
Learn Your Body’s Love Language
“What I mean by that is implementing movement that is mindful and feels right for you. A workout shouldn’t be a chore or dragging your feet. It should feel good and fulfilling. That’s how movement has to feel otherwise you won’t stick to it. We’re all complex and multilayered people, so we have to find joy in exercise that feels right on an individual level. When we do something because we want, we start to realize our body’s strength and flexibility. I find that, personally, a slow-tempo activity works best for me. It’s easy to feel defeated but when you find what works for you, it’s important to remain consistent.”
Have a Creative Hobby
“As we seek joy it’s important to feed the little child within us. That joy helps with anxiety, which can also help suppress cravings. A lot of times we think we crave carbs and sugar, but we’re actually craving adventure and laughter or joy and intimacy. Just getting outside and having a creative hobby—be it nature or painting or dancing—that brings home a lot of emotions for us. It feeds us in a very intentional way. So many of us have jobs and responsibilities that can be overwhelming, but creative hobbies allow us to feel free and uplifted.”
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