Truth Tuesday!

2016…Whats up?

Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays my friends! Did everyone have a great holiday season? I am jumping back into things and getting into the groove.  After eating loads, drinking lots, hanging with friends and family, sleeping in….yesterday was HARD, amiright! Getting back into the groove of everyday is tough, but I am ready to take on 2016.  I thought I’d do a little Truth Tuesday for fun!

Truth-I rejoined Weight Watchers yesterday.  As I have mentioned before, Weight Watchers works for me, it always has. To put it simply, I am put on weight and I am SO ready to lose it, I don’t feel like myself! We have all been there….I will share all the details as I continue this journey! Even though I am a health coach and fitness trainer for a living, I am human and I know when I need to check in!

Truth– I am trying really hard to set “goals” for the new year.  I always enjoy sitting down and creating how I plan on reaching my goals and thinking through what worked and didn’t work from years past. This year, I am struggling.  It may take me a whole month to work on goals for the new year, I can’t seem to get my butt in gear.

Truth– I can’t get enough coffee.  I have been drinking way too much! Is that bad? :)

Truth– I am cutting back on wine. Yes, I said it.  Only on weekends…or really bad days LOL! I have been drinking waaaaaaaay too much.

Truth– I may have watched TWO seasons and half of season THREE of Pretty Little Liars! I needed something to watch over the holiday break….insert PLL.  I am addicted.

Tomorrow I’ll be back….with a workout! Talk to you all soon! Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Friday Thoughts: Balancing Act!

As I sit here drinking my coffee…I am hard core pumped about the NEW ADELE ALBUM! I will be listening all day. I have been patiently waiting for 4 years for her come back, I am obsessed! She is my fav! Can I get a HECK YES! :)  Anyone else!?

Anyways, balancing act. My plate is FULL folks.  I love being busy, but right now, I really feel like I am being pulled in about 1,036 different directions.  This “little” blog of mine isn’t an outlet for me to complain (maybe it is)…but I do love to use it as a sounding board. Trying to keep up with friends and family, personal training, wellness coaching, building a successful essential oil business, Junior League, this BLOG, staying healthy myself…oh and a full time job! I’ve been noticing that I would double book myself and feel pressure if I can’t keep appointments.  I have just been stretched too thin!

So what is one suppose to do.  I felt better after reading HealthyDiva’s Post on balancing…It made me feel better that I am not the only one! So…

How does one keep a sense of peace and balance?    Here is what I am trying!

I am learning to say NO more often, and learning ITS OKAY to say no.  I think that’s the key.  Taking one day at a time!

And most importantly, I am trying my hardest to prioritize more.  What is important and what do I enjoy doing! I want to do more of what makes ME happy.  And that is truly, this blog, wellness coaching, and building my essential oil business.  I love connecting with all of you on a daily basis!

Oh, and wine helps. a lot.

Have a fantastic weekend friends….I plan on chilling, shopping, and cleaning/organizing!

How do you stay balanced? 

Nutrition Power House: Hemp Hearts

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Manitoba Harvest and the Sweat Pink community in exchange for a review of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. All opinions are my own.

Hi! It’s Monday again! I can’t wait to share about my trip to the South! But first, I want to share about a nutrition power house, Hemp Hearts!

I was super excited to take part in reviewing this product. I am big on chia seeds and flax seeds. I often will add them to soups, salads, and smoothies! So I was pumped to try a different option.

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You’re probably wondering what Hemp is? Here are some facts taken directly from the Manitoba website:

Great tasting – Hemp Hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut.
Easy to use – Simply sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package!
Nutritious – per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.
Hemp Hearts have more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax

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And that’s exactly what I did… I am a grab and go breakfast eater! I simply added these seeds/nutty feature add ons to my peanut butter toast! DELICIOUS!!!! I will be adding these on to my salads, oatmeal, and even soups!!!

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Want to try Hemp Hearts? Use promo code: HHSP1015 to get 20% off the entire Manitoba Harvest web store! This code expires December 31, 2015.

GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway details –> one lucky ready will win themselves a bag of Hemp Hearts. All you have to do is comment on this blog post – comment below, tell me why YOU want to try Hemp Hearts! The winner will be announced on Friday. November 2015. Good luck and spread the word!

have a fantastic Monday everyone!

What’s Going On?!

Hey Yall! (gearing up for my trip down south)

It is definitely a Monday around here.  I am tired yet feeling energized for a full week ahead. It is SO chilly here in Pittsburgh.  My furnace was blasting this morning and I had to start my car 15 minutes before leaving.  UGH! Did everyone have a great weekend? Yesterday, I stayed in my PJs all day. Like literally.  No shame here! It was amazing.  And bonus points for me..I somewhat organized my closet! I have been on an organization/home projects kick.  Great for our house, not so great for my wallet.  I have been research flooring options.  Have any of you ever laid PERGO flooring?! Tips?

excuse me while I take a sip of coffee.

If you follow my on Instagram (myhealthypassion) you will see that I made an incredible brunch starring Pumpkin Pancakes.  I have no pics to prove it either.  Total blogger fail.  But I will say…they were everything you would imagine. Delicious!

I just wanted to stop in to say hello and wish everyone a Happy Monday! Stay postive my friends….positive vibes your way!

What is on everyone’s plate this week?! Busy?! 

Ambronite

I am so excited to say…this is Nick’s first guest post appearance on MHP!!! Be kind :) He was SO excited to try Ambronite when I was graciously gifted some to try.  He couldn’t wait!  Ambronite is a drinkable supermeal that takes hunger away for 4-5 hours and reach optimal productivity in 2 minutes! Ambronite is a quick and healthy drinkable shake. Each bag contains one full meal (500 kcal) of all of your essential nutrients, and all organic!  So I let him take the reins on this product review! Check it out below what he thought!
Disclaimer: I was given Ambronite to review. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support My Healthy Passion!
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For many of us, it’s imperative for  to get something healthy into our system first thing in the morning if you want to maximize the day. I usually make my own green shake, consisting primarily of Kale and Bananas. It would be nice to replace my usual drink with something that makes less of a mess, and takes a shorter time to prepare. When Jessica said she was receiving these in the mail to try, I couldn’t wait to taste it.  I have been hearing a lot about companies like this!
(Source http://us.ambronite.com/products/ambronite-healthy-meal-replacement-shakes-10-pack)
 Ambronite scores big points with me, someone who is skeptical of any food that can be perceived as artificial, for using high quality,natural ingredients. One of their shakes  provides you with Protein, Dietary Fiber, and Good Fats, nutrients to help you be your most productive self.  I was pleasantly surprised to have my hunger urges staved off until lunch time. The texture is a little bit thicker than most drinks, as you can actually taste the oats, which is the main  ingredient. The taste is pleasant, a lot like Cashew Milk. After I drank  half of my shake I would add roughly 4 extra oz of water to the rest or else it would become too thick.
It was also about as easy a clean up as there could be.  I would certainly recommend for use while traveling as it can be made practically anywhere at anytime. The shakes only have a shelf like of  about 4 months, so be aware if you plan on ordering and using occasionally.  Their price of roughly $9 per meal is more than I’d like to spend everyday for breakfast. However it is a fair price for a premium product using top notch ingredients. I am so thankful for being able to try Ambronite, and hope I get to enjoy again!! Thank you.
Overall: Definitely recommend everyone to try!
8.5/10
Have you ever tried a drinkable supermeal?!