Be a SmartyPants!

Disclaimer: I was given Smarty Pants Women’s Complete Gummy Vitamins to review and give away as a #sweatpink ambassador with FitApproach. As always, all opinions are my own!

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Sooooo I know the importance of taking really high quality vitamins. It’s super important! However, I always struggle with the consistency! And, the vitamins are always SO LARGE, I struggle with being able to get them down! Ya know what I’m talking about?!

I was lucky enough to try out these gummy vitamins! Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins are really delicious! I was able to try the Women’s Complete Multi + Omega 3s + Vitamin K2. It’s in all in one vitamin! And…. My favorite part, made in the USA, free if GMOs, yeast, wheat, milk,eggs, soy allergens,shellfish, high fructose corn syrup, synthetic colors, artificial flavors/preservatives/and salicylates!

These yummy vitamins include:

-Multivitamin
-Eco-friendly Omega 3 EPA & DHA
-Vitamin K2/MK7
-CoQ10
-L-Methylfolate
-Vitamin D3

The directions say to take six gummies a day and can be taken with or without food. I’ve been taking 6 a day and I’m getting in all of the above! Plus, they taste really yumma, honestly!! I actually treat them like my sweet treat!

Like I said above, I have a hard time with consistency with vitamins, but completely understand the importance. These smarty pants vitamins were easy for me to incorporate     Into my life simply because I enjoyed them and were easy to take!

So guess what! You can win a chance to try the yourself! Follow the directions below!

Giveaway:

Comment below and tell me why YOU want to try! Then, follow SmartyPants on Instagram* and Sharing the giveaway on Instagram, tagging SmartyPants and the campaign hashtag.

 

 

 

Best Ways to Relax!

Happy Friday Friends!!!!

STRESS?! Do you have stress in your life?! I know I do, I bet you do too.  And guess what…not to deliver all the bad news on a Friday…however, you will always have stress in your life! It’s not going anywhere.  “Stressors” came in all shapes and sizes, stress does not discriminate.  BUT…I am here to tell you, one thing that can change, is how you DEAL with stress. You have all the control! It’s so important to find ways to RELAX! In honor of Stress Awareness Month, I thought I would share some great things that work for me!

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Breathe Mindfully. I tell you what friends, deep breathing really works.  Place your hands on your stomach, breathe in deeply, pushing/feeling your hands move with each breath, and exhale deeply.  Do this five times.  You will feel more relaxed instantly.  Once I started practicing this, I noticed a big difference in how I deal with “stressful” situations.  It goes a long way…go ahead, try it!

Pamper Yourself! Yes, I mean it.  Take a bubble bath.  Take an extra long shower.  Get a manicure.  Whatever floats your boat! Treat YO self! I always feel better when I do. Do something you enjoy, quality “ME” time!

Move More! Yes, you didn’t think I would forget exercise, did you?! Move more and move often.  Get your heart rate up, break a serious sweat.  Your body will release those endorphin’s, you know, those feel good chemicals! Just do it, you’ll thank me later!!!

Create a Sanctuary. Light a candle.  clean your room.  hang a picture that makes your feel happy. Turn on your essential oil diffuser.  Create a room that feels positive! Do whatever it takes to create a sense of peace!

Read! Read something that you enjoy, simply for pleasure! All I know is when I divulge myself into a reallllllly good book, I don’t think of anything else! My mind is relaxed and next thing you know, two hours have passed by!

Hang with your pet! Maybe its just me, but when I hang with Henry or Louie…My heart just bursts! It makes me feel good when I snuggle with those cuties.

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Aromatherapy! You know how much I LOVE my essential oils!!  My life is so much better with them in it.  I use so many for so many different reasons, including relaxation.  Lavender and grounding blend are my go to’s for stress relief! If you would like a sample…send me email! myhealthypassion1@gmail.com

These are just a few things I do for relaxation…What do you do to relax?! Any tips?!

Core Crusher

WOW, its cold in Pittsburgh. As expected,it is January. But still, it’s just shockingly (is that a word?!) cold!!!

So I have a great core workout for you to warm up the body! I am not a fan of “AB” exercises.  They aren’t my favorite, unlike squats, I could do those for days (I know, strange!) But I find core circuits to be fun and a challenge that I like.  There are several different exercises on here, so its a good variety.  I created this for my own  workout but also tried  with a client, and she loved it! If you try it, let me know what you think!Core Crusher

Now, on to food. I am always looking for healthy recipes to try to  and also keep my interest in meal planning! I love to cook! So, I was searching SkinnyTaste which is one of my favorite spots to go to find new recipes…and This recipe sparked my interest.  Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast.   Guys, it was SOOO good, you have to try it! and anything in the crock pot is a WIN! I made it on Sunday and ate it on top of a large salad and same with Monday night. It had SO much flavor! I did splurge on a pork shoulder from Whole Foods simply because I am trying to buy better animal products when I do eat them. (That’s a whole post topic in it of itself) I feel it was definitely worth it.  Also, if your counting Weight Watcher Points, it was 5PP for a 3 oz serving! You must try it!

Have a fantastic Thursday, stay warm!

What are your least favorite types of exercise?! Do you have a must try recipe?!

The “New” Disease: Sitting

Are you sitting right now as your reading this? Stand up.  It just feels right!

Okay, so, there is a NEW disease in town. It’s the sitting disease.  Do you have it? I know I’m guilty of it sometimes.  The term sitting disease has been created by the scientific community.  It is commonly referred as metabolic syndrome and the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Americans sit up to ten to thirteen hours a day.  WOW! Think about it….getting ready, eat breakfast, commute to work, answer emails, phone calls, meetings, lunch, a little more calls/emails/meetings, commute home, eat dinner, computing at home, watching your shows, then you sleep….ya that’s a long time on your butt!!!!

For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is the same as smoking! So, ya, sitting is the new smoking.  We (as a nation) have become so sedentary that 30 minutes a day at the gym may not counteract the harmful effects of a long day of sitting.  We are made to move, stand, and walk.

So it seems pretty simple to me, stand more and stand often.
 Just by standing an hour more a day….
  • Significant increase in heart rate from seated to standing
  • Increase in calorie burn, you burn more calories!!! (That’s a WIN)
  • Reduce risk in cancer, heart disease, and diabetes
  • Increase endurance
  • Improve circulation
  • Speed up metabolism which we know aids in weight loss
  • Decrease muscle/joint issues

I could go on and on!!! Still standing….?

So what can you do? It’s pretty simple, move more and move often! Check out this clip from KDKA News Radio from this morning, I was a guest, speaking on the sitting disease! I share some tips on how to get moving in the office! 

So today, try standing, even if only for a few extra minutes, it all counts!!!