Life Updates: Pink Hair (Again), Radio Show, Nutrition+ More!
Can I just say that I am really excited to be here? Meaning, in this life? I’ve been feeling so charged up and grateful lately it’s almost indescribable. I credit this feeling to taking action. Creating opportunities. Finding new ways to grow and evolve. Staying in motion. I am really at my best when I’m extremely stimulated. I do not do well with an idle mind!
I wanted to pop in and share some life updates because it feels like there’s so much going on. First of all, I dyed my hair pastel pink again, and dare I say it’s even more fun the third time around? I went pink for the first time last spring, and I loved it, but decided to go back to platinum toward the end of the summer (whhyyyyy?). Within a few weeks I missed my pink hair desperately, so back we went. Here’s the result of our latest confectionery concoction. Don’t you just want to eat this color!?
I feel like I am so much more ON when I look how I feel. I used to be so hesitant to wear the things I wanted to wear because I felt like everyone was judging me. I obsessed over whether or not I looked silly or stupid. And then one day I simply said fuck it. Inspired by the bold and beautiful women who do as they please in life, and in their own personal style, I began daring myself to make changes in my appearance that were aligned with who I am at the core. I don’t have a “preppy” mind, so why was I wearing preppy clothes!? I began obsessively researching women like Iris Apfel and even created a Pinterest board dedicated to eccentric older women with killer style. These ladies became a major source of inspiration for me and I finally dropped my fears and started to reinvent myself. And I have never felt better.
I also wanted to update you guys on my recent nutrition and lifestyle changes. If you read my post last month about eliminating gluten, dairy, and alcohol from my diet as a little (big) 30-day challenge, then you know why I set out to make those changes. If not, you can catch up on that post here for some background. In short, I wanted to see if those changes made me feel any different/better. I had been feeling bloated and tired and I had a sneaking suspicion it was because I was not paying close attention to my nutrition and had perhaps developed some food sensitivities. I wasn’t cooking as many healthy meals, I was skipping out on veggies, eating way more bread and cheese than I probably should, and I was going out and drinking a lot more than usual.
So, I made some changes to see if I’d feel better. I went cold turkey and completely cut out all dairy, alcohol, and gluten. And at first, these tweaks helped. I noticed a major upswing in my energy levels. I felt less bloated. I felt clear-headed. I felt super creative. Until, I didn’t. By about Day 25, I started to feel really strange. Tired, drained, moody, clouded, and bored. As much as I was really proud of myself for coming this far in my challenge, I felt it was time for a change again – mentally and physically. I decided to allow myself to incorporate these things back into my diet again, but made the mistake of doing it all in one night (yikes). Note to self: never do that shit again. After the worst food/alcohol hangover of my entire adult life, I decided to slowly introduce gluten, dairy, and wine back into my life. Key word: slowly.
To date, I am now eating all three of those food (and wine?) groups again. In moderation. Mindfully. In the beginning, I truly thought I might become a sober vegan for all of eternity. By week 3, I knew that would never happen. Not because I couldn’t, but because I didn’t want to. I desire freedom within my diet and my lifestyle. I love going out. I don’t enjoy modifying every single thing I eat. I realized after all of this, I don’t need to. I just needed to press the restart button, so to speak.
By bringing these things back in the mix in moderation, I realized they don’t really affect me the way I thought they did. I don’t think I have major food sensitivities to the point I need to never eat these things again. However, I will absolutely moderate them. Big time.
But this wasn’t all in vain. This challenge did something I needed to do for a long time – it helped me reset my body. It helped me push the pause button on my bad habits and reassess what’s best for me. I feel like I detoxed my system. I took a serious “time out” and re-learned how to treat my body and my mind. I went out to bars multiple times without even drinking (a huge win for me). I realized I was truly capable of more than I believed I was.
I want you to know that these are my very personal results. I’m not advocating you try what I did, and I believe that we all respond differently to changes in our diets and lifestyle. Those 26 days taught me a lot – mostly the fact that I’m a lot stronger than I realized when it comes to self-control. All in all, I deem my challenge a massive success, and I highly recommend creating your own challenge as a way to prove to yourself that you are capable and you are worthy. Whether it’s related to food, alcohol, whatever – we become empowered by doing the things we think we cannot do. That I know for sure.
And speaking of empowerment…I am so thrilled to announce that I am hosting my very own live radio show and it begins Thursday night!
I love radio. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been a guest on many live shows, and its always been a dream of mine to have my very own show. And now, it’s happening! Slay Baby Radio launches on the W4WN (Women 4 Women Network) and will air live on W4WN.com around the world every Thursday night at 8 PM ET. If you can’t make the live show, you’ll be able to listen to the podcast on I Heart Radio beginning in December. Yes, THE I Heart Radio! Literally a dream come true. For now, if you want to hear the show replays, visit my SoundCloud page here.
The show will feature inspiring and empowering topics each week, aimed at helping you live and think better. I won’t be having guests and I won’t be interviewing people. I want this show to be about you, the listener. I’ll be opening the line up for live callers and answering your questions on the air. I’ll take topic requests, questions, and we’ll do a post-show in my private Slay Baby Collective girl gang Facebook group, so make sure you email me at Info@TheChampagneDiet.com if you want to be a part of that. That group will be an integral part of the show and a place for you to connect with other like-minded, supportive, positive women, so come join us! Here’s the official show description:
Slay Baby Radio is a girl power driven show for bad ass babes who want to live brilliant lives. Each week, inspirational authoress Cara Alwill Leyba serves up her secrets and strategies for thinking and living better. She invites listeners to call in and ask questions around topics like self-love, relationships, career, spirituality, and more. A must-listen for passionate powerhouses committed to living outside the box.
Speaking of amazing women, my Brooklyn Sip & Sign event last week was a huge success, and I want to thank everyone who came out and even those who couldn’t attend but sent good vibes from afar. We packed out The Owl’s Head wine bar wall to wall with women from Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, New Jersey, Philly, Boston, Long Island, and beyond. I am so grateful for each and every one of you who came out, and I can’t wait to do more girl power meet ups in the near future! Stay tuned for details on where we’ll be meeting next.
Here are a few pics from our night!
Till next time,