What’s on the Menu this Week?!

Monday, we meet again! What a fast weekend, aren’t they all?!

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So what is everyone cooking this week.  Fill me in, I need new ideas/recipes! Keep reading to find out what I’m making.  But first, how was your weekend?

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This weekend was a good one, Nick and I crossed a lot off a lot on our “to do” list for our house! We finally sold our couch! Yay!! We loooooved our sectional couch when we bought 3 years ago, but we were def over it! So I had the genius idea to sell it! And Craigslist came in handy! So now  I just want to decorate and switch things up in our living room.  We enjoyed a date night at home on Friday with sushi & wine! Yum! Saturday, we went out in the AM to a new Farmers Market, it was a good one!  Saturday evening, my mom invited us over for dinner and nick mulched her yard.  Ya know…while I relaxed on the deck with a drink in hand.  And yesterday, I had a quick meeting with Brittany, a friend I found on IG (social media is awesome) all about essential oils! Then I was off to buy and plant a ton of flowers, clean a bit! Then we were off to a graduation party.  And here we are now….!

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And now…what do I plan on eating this week.  That’s really why your reading this post, right?! Lets get to it!

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So here is what’s on the menu this week.  Lots of weight watcher friendly choices and high protein.  Do you have a fabulous summer recipe, please pass it my way. I need some new ideas! Also, I am doing a summer recipe swap, stay tuned!

Pesto Marinated Shrimp with zoodles, peppers, olives and artichokes

Turkey Burgers on a lettuce wrap & roasted sweet potatoes

Marinated salmon on top of Kale salad

Mexican Fiesta Chicken bowls

I’ll give you all recipes next week! Stay tuned….Whats on your menu this week?! Have a FANTASTIC week everyone!

 

See ya Later May, Helllllllllo June!

Almost halfway through 2016…say whaaaaat!?!

I didn’t post too much in May, but I am getting better. Its one of my June goals…read on to find out my other plans in June.   Here is what happened in May! Just in case you missed it, and want a quick catch up!

I saw my best friends in Ohio, threw my friend Amanda a wine themed shower!  Oh, And I RAN 4 miles in the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay!

I cooked up some amazing buffalo chicken spaghetti squash casserole! Mmmm, you guys have to try it!

I chit chatted about how to eat clean and what exactly that means.

I told you all some random things…like how I LOVEEEEE snap chat (follow me: jhiggs787), the new workout pants i’m loving, and some new makeup!

Lastly, I told you all about my dream office! How I want to decorate and where my inspiration comes from!

Wow, only five posts in May, I hope to double that for y’all in June…so cheers goodbye to may and hello to June!

JUNE GOALS! I am putting it all out there, because if I don’t, who knows if any of it will ever happen…and I’ll have to answer to all of you! 🙂

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  1. Yoga, twice a week! Yep, I’m going to try.  I have NEVER done yoga more than say… twice a month, not even. So I have no reaped long term benefits. But, I am having some back pain and a little anxiety in general.  And I think Yoga is just what I need.  I personally love hot yoga, so that is what I will be doing & incorporating into my workouts. If I cannot make it to a class, I will do something at home.  I am actually excited to see if I notice a difference in my body, mind, and my back! I’ll keep you all posted.
  2. Continue Orangetheory.  I love it.  I will continue going.  Just make it more consistent.  Just once a week, that’s my goal! I don’t think I would like doing it more, but maybe!
  3. Blog, blog, blog! I love this little piece of the web, I can call it my own.  I love saying what is on my mind, sharing, connecting, and yeah…I love it.  So I plan on doubling my posts for the month of June.  So just ten, that’s a walk in the park! Anything you’d like to hear more about?! Let me know!
  4. Ramping up my business! My essential oil & wellness coaching business is really blossoming, and I truly love it.  I have turned it from a hobby to a money making business.  I have had so much personal development and have connected with so many amazing people, I just want to keep going.  If you like to learn more, shoot me an email… myhealthypassion1@gmail.com
  5. Limit dairy and White flour/processed foods.  Honestly, I have to.  Simply because I feel 100% better and healthier when I do not eat dairy.  Now, the white flour and processed foods…they are not normally in my diet, however, I have became a little bit too relaxed with these items.  So especially on the weekdays….I will be trying to really limit dairy and white flour!

Okay, I have rambled on long enough…now tell me, what are your goals for June?! 

My Dream Office Makeover Wishlist!

I would call myself creative, imaginative, and crafty.  However, designer…. no way! I have a hard time standing back and bringing my imagination to real life when it comes to room design.  This brings me to my biggest problem in our home, our upstairs.  I really slacked in the design and “decoration” department.  I put my main focus on the downstairs, which is super important, however, its def time to move to the upstairs.  Our bedroom and other room are in need of some desperate love & TLC.

Our “back room”.  Its SUCH an eye sore.  The reason is, its our EVERYTHING room. It causes me great frustration. It is so many things… My closet, crafting, jewelry, office, Nick’s office, ironing…you name it, it goes on in there.  But, I am learning, its needs to be significantly more functional.  With my business growing, I need an office space that really inspires me to sit and do work.

The struggle is finding balance between office, nick’s space, and everything else that goes on in there.  I need a corner of that room to be designated to a work space.  That’s the first step because I can no longer wait, its that simple!   So here is my wishlist for the “office” space.

So first up for my upstairs makeover…our backroom. Then I will tackle our bedroom!

I want an environment that is light, refreshing, bright and cheerful.  I want to feel inspired & motivated when I am in there. All about the environment my friends…

Here is my Dream Office Makeover Wishlist! 

  1. A great desk! Some that is again, functional.  I love this industrial look, but…I also like white and clean lines. desk
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  2. Shelving & storage space that looks nice, neat, and fabulous! Again, clean lines! storage space

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3. Creative space.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea.  It would make a great back drop for pictures for my social media outlets.

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4. Cute office decor! I love all of these ideas! I love golds & bright colors!

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5. Fun paint colors.  A beautiful color scheme.  Right now the room has one accent wall of a bright, cheerful yellow.  I love these colors!

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So there you go.  This is my inspiration for my NEW “back room”. What do you guys think?  I will keep you all up to date! I am SO excited to move forward with this makeover.  I plan on keeping fairly inexpensive too…Thrift store here I come! 🙂  I will take some before/after pics for y’all to check out!

Do you have an eyesore in your house?! How did you tackle it? 

 

Marvelous in my Monday!

I am joining in on the FUN of MIMM for the 1st time! Finding some MARVELOUS in my Monday! Something that Katie, from Healthy Diva Life started! Trying to kick off the week with some positive vibes.  This is a total hodge-podge post of weekend review and things I’m excited about, so enjoy!

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This weekend was very chill.  Lots and lots of rain and wine.  We kicked off Friday evening with a dinner date with our two friends.  Cheers to good food and even better friends.  Headed into Saturday with plans of shopping at outlets and some family time, then Sunday was all about house projects/grocery shopping, and brunchin! You know… the usual.

What am I excited about lately, read on!

This sports bra.  Yep, I bought it at the NIKE outlet…for TEN DOLLARS! Guys, it said it was originally $75.00 and I about died when I saw that it was on super clearance.   I couldn’t find the exact one online, but its VERY similar to this on below.  I love it.

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Next thing…I am LOVING Snapchat.  I  think it is SO much fun.  I just snap away.  Whether its food, recipes, facts, essential oils, or complete randomness…I snap about it.  So…Follow me for some  random fun.  (Jhiggs787) Also… who do you follow on snap. Looking for so new peeps!

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-Early morning workouts.  Yep. You read that right.  I am LOVING my early morning workouts.  It feels  SO awesome to get them out of the way.  However, I DO cringe when that alarm goes off.  But once I am up, I feel pretty good.

-With that being said… I have been going to OrangeTheory Fitness (OTF) once a week sometimes twice, kind of like a supplemental workout.  And guys, I love it.  As a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, its SO nice to go and feel like I am the one who is getting trained.   I will do a solid post of Orangetheory and will give you a full run down.  But, in the meantime, give it a try if there is one in your area.

-This Maybelline concealer.  Its amazing. It really works under eyes to brighten.  Just take my word for it and try it.  And, you can buy it at the drugstore, won’t break the bank.

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-This lip oil.  Its my go to for just a little shine on the lips.  Again, drugstore buy! Big spender!

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-Food! I have been loving Aldi lately.  They have really stepped up their game on organic & healthy choices.  Yesterday at  our trip to Aldi’s, we picked up a new flavor of hummus.  Nick’s sister recommended a new flavor…Jalapeno & pineapple hummus.  It is out of this world delicious.  I was snacking on it with some sugar snap peas and pretzels, pretty much I could eat with a spoon.  Give it a try, you will love it!

-Lastly, I can’t stop buying FUN colored workout pants.  I mean, I wear them daily, so its important to me that they are 1. cute. 2. comfy 3. supportive.  And, these ones I found at Victoria Secret fit my needs.  IMG_2329

Ok friends…that’s all.  This is such a mess of a post with lots of randomness…but hey, we are staying positive on the beautiful SUNNY Monday!

What is the marvelous in your Monday?!!? 

How to Eat Clean

How to eat clean.  A questions I have been hearing a lot lately. As a Wellness Coach & Personal Trainer, I work with several individuals who are trying to live healthy lifestyles, lose weight, build muscle, lower stress….a little bit of everything.  And one topic/question that I keep hearing again and again…”How do I eat clean?” or “What does it mean to have a clean eating diet”.  I thought for my “Wellness Tip Wednesday” we would discuss what clean eating means…What is all the buzz about!

Wellness Wednesday Tip 2, What is Clean Eating? 

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As I mentioned above, “Clean Eating” is creating a buzz in the health & wellness world.  Many people often will try clean eating to lose weight OR many try to eat clean on the reg.  To keep it super simple, clean eating basically means and stresses the importance of eating healthy, whole, unprocessed foods.  Eating foods in their most natural state!

Your body thrives off of eating a diet rich in whole unprocessed foods.  Just think how your own body feels after eating…say a McDonalds sandwich VS a large salad grilled organic chicken topped with sweet potatoes and  sprouts.  You have much more energy with the latter! AMIRIGHT?! Eating clean really is not a diet, its a lifestyle.  It has built in flexibility, and really anyone can do it, but you DO have to plan ahead.  Meaning, you have to be a grocery shopper and think before you walk in to Trader Joes.

Follow the tips below to start your clean eating adventure.  

  • Minimize processed foods and turn towards whole & natural options.  Put those boxes, bags, and wrapped foods away and reach for the fresh choices!
  • Don’t get stuck on counting calories.  Instead, count ingredients! Read those food labels and make sure you know what your eating.  You want to limit the ingredients in your food.  The less, the better.  And…you want to be able to pronounce those ingredients.

  • Limit your sugar.  Sugar, the new drug.  Try to eat foods that have natural sugar in them rather than added sugar. The less processed, the better.
  • Make sure your eating a diet rich in lean protein, health fats, and carbs.  You need all three!
  • Try more “meatless” recipes.  load up on beans, seeds, nuts, whole unrefined grains, and veggies!
  • Shop clean, cook clean, eat clean.  Just keep repeating!

I hope this answers your questions.  Just remember, the main goal to eating clean is to avoid processed foods. Clean eating is a simple concept with a pretty big payoff. Eating clean makes you aware of where your food comes from and makes you read labels.  You know exactly what you’re putting into your body and paying attention to how it makes your feel.

So remember, clean eating isn’t about counting calories or eliminating food groups, but to eat foods that your body will love.  Eat foods with a BIG nutritional punch!

Do you consider your diet clean?