"It is better to live one day as a tiger, than to live for a thousand years as a sheep." Tibetan Proverb        

               

                                           Jessica Burns                                                                             Personal Trainer | Online Trainer | FitGurus Trainer | Lover of Nature, D.I.Y and Alternative Health

I'm not an all-or-nothing kind of girl, I take pride in my baby steps. I'm not a vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist, but I try to make sure that the majority of my meals are healthy and homemade. I still eat meat in moderation and usually only purchase chicken. I've yet to end my relationship with cheese and eggs and I don't intend to ever break up with butter. I love honey and coming from a family of third generation beekeepers I doubt that will ever change. I get excited when I discover a new healthy recipe that's simple, healthy, tastes good and doesn't require the purchase of tofu. Sometimes I track my calories and sometimes I don't. I don't follow all the “health and fitness rules” because you can't, they change every day and newsflash....everyone is different!! I don't know if being a vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist is for everyone, however I do believe that we should all care a lot more about where our food comes from, how it's treated prior to processing and the methods by which it's processed.

I'm a huge fan of D.I.Y (Do It Yourself) recipes. It's a pretty rewarding feeling when you learn how to make things from scratch, especially when they're affordable, natural and healthy. Some of the things that I make are; household cleaners, moisturizers, bug repellent, sunscreen, chapstick, bodywash, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, dog treats, sauces, salad dressings, protein bars and dryer balls. I'm intrigued by alternative health methods like; osteopathy, herbology, homeopathy, dry brushing, oil pulling, meditation, aromatherapy and essential oils. I love researching and learning and I always try to be open to new information even if it's contrary to what I think I already “know”.

When it comes to working out I've been at it for years, so to prevent extreme boredom and plateaus I have to have diversity. Give me some weights, a suspension trainer or kettlebells and then I switch it up with yoga, intervals, HIIT, bodyweight workouts or just the good ole chin-up bar. I don't take a bunch of supplements to “pump me up”, I'll have a plant based protein smoothie please! I'm working on my flexibility, balance and perfecting inversions. In a former life I'd like to believe I was a gymnast and a super wicked dancer. Someday I swear I will finally enter a fitness competition and if I could meet any celebrity it would most definitely be Ellen.

My boyfriend and I are avid fans of the outdoors; kayaking, backcountry camping, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing and swimming. We're also pro's at curling up and watching movies and documentaries when required! We're working towards our dream of building a tiny home, purchasing land and living completely off-grid, with greenhouses, gardens, cob ovens, treehouses and all!

I believe that overall health and fitness can only be achieved and maintained through proper balance. A cohesive mixture of growth and change, both mentally and physically, with the realization that each individual is different. What works for one will not always work for another. 


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small doesn’t' serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that others won’t' feel insecure around you. We're meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us it’s in all of us. As we let our own light shine we unconsciously give others permission to do the same, as we are liberated from our own fears our presence liberates others." Nelson Mandela

  

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