How to Shake Off Perfectionism, According to a Body Image Coach

For this edition of the Wellness Confessional, our series where we ask health and wellness rockstars in Philadelphia to dish on everything from their morning routines to their gym-bag and fridge staples to their motivational mantras, integrative clinical nutritionist and body image coach Cristina Hoyt shares her secrets.

Below, the body-positivity advocate (her Instagram offers up a wealth of knowledge on the topic) shares why meditation is so integral to her days, how she chooses to take or leave wellness advice, and how her workout routine has changed since becoming a mom. Read up—and take notes!

The first three things I do when I wake up are …

My morning routine has drastically changed since we welcomed our daughter, Elodie, in October. The first three things I do in the morning are getting up with her, changing her diaper, breastfeeding her, and drinking a big glass of water. Breastfeeding makes you super thirsty, so I always have a glass of water next to my bed and some snacks (my favorites are dates and almonds).

Morning workouts or evening workouts?

Neither! Right now, I’m a fit-it-in-whenever-I-can kind of person. But if I’m being honest, I’m more of an afternoon/evening workout person. I have tried for YEARS to be a morning workout person and it’s just not in my DNA. Right now, most of my movement is bouncing around the house or strolling around the neighborhood with Elodie.

The one thing in my gym bag I absolutely can’t survive without is …

Hair ties and headphones. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have headphones at the gym—in fact, I’ve left before when I didn’t have them available.

My go-to post-workout products are …

I was just recently gifted these lavender essential oil post-workout wipes from Herban Essentials that I think are pretty amazing. Although, I’m not sure what that means as a gift. But I also have to have some water, Lush Cosmetics’ No Drought Dry Shampoo (they have a range of sizes, so I have one I keep in my yoga bag), and a snack of some kind. I’m a fan of homemade almond butter date balls, but I also love Larabars, especially the apple pie flavor.

Three items my fridge is always stocked with are …

Eggs, avocados, and kalamata olives. I don’t eat them together, but I have to say those are all items that are always in my fridge. I pretty much survive off eggs. I love them anytime of day, but they’re great to have on-hand to make a quick, easy, nutrient-dense meal or snack. Avocados because, come on, they’re avocados. I’m obsessed with kalamata olives. I love them as snack, but I’ll add them to most of my meals either as a side or to enhance flavor.

An indispensable part of my wellness routine that has nothing to do with fitness is …

Meditation is by far the most important aspect of me actively taking care of myself. It’s my time to connect with myself and quiet my mind and soul. It’s so important for me. I’m someone who can get hyper-focused on productivity (I blame being a capricorn), and when I focus too much on getting all the things done and don’t take time for quiet stillness and reflection, I end up feeling anxious and overwhelmed. I’m a better me when I have meditation as a cornerstone of my life.

My favorite motivational mantra is …

“My body is my home. I will not tear it down.”

The greatest wellness discovery I’ve made in Philadelphia is …

Without question, Mariel Freeman’s Sunday morning yoga class at Three Queens Yoga. I always leave feeling more connected, whole, and part of a larger collective. It’s my form of church.

My ideal self-care day in Philly would include …

I love having breakfast with my husband and daughter at United by Blue. We both read and relax as a little family. Then I’d pop over to Three Queens for a yoga class, stop into Moon + Arrow for some inspiration and woo-woo vibes, followed by a delicious smoothie bowl from Strip’d Juice (different neighborhood, but I’d bounce around). Then I’d head over to Roxborough for an acupuncture treatment from my favorite acupuncturist, MaryAnne Matta at Meeting Point Health. That’s a really good day.

The best wellness-related advice I’ve ever received is …

It’s actually something that I told myself once and it has really shaped the way I look at wellness advice. “Take what works for me and my body, and leave the rest.”

I think we can often get so caught up in an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to wellness, or think that we have to do it all and do it perfectly. It’s so important to keep it real and tune into your own body. What works for you might not work for me—and that’s ok. It doesn’t make the advice bad or mean that I’m bad at executing it.  It’s just not for me.

Once I let go of that expectation that I needed to be the same as the next person, I was finally able to connect with my body in the way it needed.


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