Health begins in your mind – not your mouth. Every week I ask the same 5 questions – and shine a spotlight on how different people think about health.
Lindsay Lopez became a professional Pilates instructor in 2001 and built a thriving business in Los Angeles. A job on the Broadway stage brought her to New York City four years ago. Now Lindsay owns her own studio, FORM Pilates in the heart of Manhattan. She combines her passions and her charismatic writing style on her blog, 5 Things I’m Smitten With. Lindsay thrives, creates, and teaches in New York City.
What does ‘healthy’ mean to you?
Healthy to me means being happy with yourself and your choices. When I do types of exercise that feel good, or eat food that makes my body feel good, I feel healthy.
What are your specific reasons for wanting to stay healthy?
Again, feeling good is my motivation for staying healthy. For example, having had a back injury, doing my Pilates weekly keeps my back feeling good – keeping me “healthy”.
What is a simple healthy habit that you practice every day?
I start the day with a hot cup of water with lemon, it’s very cleansing for the body. Then, most days, I spend about 30 minutes writing in my journal. This helps me clear my mind and focus for my day. I also have scheduled my days to make sure I get at least 8 hours of sleep. I know that my body needs the sleep and I try not to deny it.
How do you handle cravings – or those challenging moments when you don’t feel like making a healthy choice?
If I have a craving, I believe that my body needs whatever I’m craving. As a young dancer I suffered from anorexia, so I don’t deny myself anything. However, having said that, I eat things that are indulgences in moderation, but I never deny a craving otherwise I find it gets worse!
Name one ‘health’ food that you used to think was weird – but now you love it!
When I was living in LA my good friend, Margaret , was a healthy chef and she taught me this amazing breakfast recipe. There’s nothing really that I think is weird – I love all foods but this “Moosh” recipe makes some people roll their eyes (including my boyfriend). I think it’s delicious!
-Fill a deep pot with about 3 cups water, add about 1 cup of steel cut oats. Cover and bring to a boil (watch the pot ’cause it’ll overflow quick!)
-Uncover and lower to a simmer, stirring regularly.
-Once you’ve reduced the liquid a bit you can add some quinoa and more liquid (either more h2o or a milk of your choice)
-Once that liquid has reduced some add either some maple syrup or agave nectar and 2 heaping tablespoons of Almond butter. Stir until melted.
-Then if you want extra protein you can add 2 or 3 egg whites. Make sure you scoop out a bit of moosh into a bowl and let it cool before you add the eggs otherwise it’ll scramble them, yuck! It’s called tempering them. Then add the moosh/egg mixture back to the big pot.
-Once it’s thick, turn off the heat and add some dried fruit and nuts. In the fridge it’ll last up to a week. Make sure to keep it refrigerated at all times if it has egg in it.