The Idea of Yoga

How was everyone’s Monday?! Yesterday, was great! Jumped right back into the swing of things. It was a day of catching up on lots of emails/calls/and work. It was definitely a long Monday! I even ended my day with a little body pump!IMG_3020

 

Oh and can we talk about The Bachelor?! Can you say #drama My goodness! Lots of crazies and fun! Who do you like so far?! I still think it’s too soon to tell, but I did like Brit! I can wait to see what this season hold, my total Monday night guilty pleasure!

Today, I am trying a yoga class. I don’t really “like” yoga but I think I love the idea of yoga. I personally feel It’s too slow, leaves me with my thoughts, thinking of everything else I could be doing, makes me feel anxious… Not sure why?! You may be thinking… Then why are you going to a yoga class? #weirdo
Because my friends, I feel need it. I need the movement, I need the calmness, stillness, and to learn how to center my thoughts. I’m not even sure I know what the means. But the “idea” of centering my thoughts sounds like what I need. I constantly crave the feeling that yoga gives…Or maybe it’s the idea of yoga I crave. That “let it be” motto, go with flow attitude, calm ora that I’m striving for in 205. Is that real life? I mean, come on?! Any yogis out there, can you justify!
One of my “intentions” for the new year is to be more mindful. More mindful in all I do! To be present in all moments. And that folks, is hard for me! I think it’s hard for most, right?! I can’t be alone in thinking that! That’s why yoga and meditative practices are so challenging for me. I mean, #TheStruggleIsReal.
I came across this article tonight and wanted to share and thought you guys would like it… 12 ways yoga changed my life.
Do you take yoga? How do you practice mindfulness?

 

Back to Basics

First of all…Happy 2015! WOW! I am really coming off from a long, amazing, fun/food-filled holiday bender! Are you?! I am SO ready to get back in the swing of things around here after all the fun. ¬†I spend ALL weekend organizing, cleaning, cooking, and figuring out how to make this year better than the last. I think I have some good ideas! ūüėČ ¬†and thanks to Heather from FitNCookies , my blog¬†will stay more organized! (More on that later in the week!)

Today, I want to chat about going back to the basics.  This month, I want to focus on cleaning up my diet a bit! After a season of holiday festivities, it could use it! More fruits, more veggies, more water! All about the healthy eating in this house.

Yesterday, while figuring out how to keep¬†my health goals attainable, I started to think about what I always tell my clients. ¬†I actually took my own advice, I “walked the walk”. ¬† It may sound silly, but these easy tips will help you stay on top of your healthy eating goals for 2015. ¬†None of these tips are new, rocket science, or state of the art…however, they work!

Back to basics fridge organization

Taking it old school…

  1. ¬†Plan Ahead. I can’t stress this enough! What will you eat? Do you have enough food to last you until you head back to the store? Healthy options to grab and go? We all know what happens when you’re not prepared. ¬†Think, plan, shop, prep!
  2. Meal Prep. Yesterday, I prepped all my veggies, salads, and snacks. ¬†As you can see above in my fridge! I have carrots, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, and red pepper! I made a bunch of hard-boiled eggs too! I created¬†a quinoa salad with loads of veggies. ¬†I didn’t add any seasoning or dressing, so we can switch it up through the week. ¬†It’s so much less stressful to make a salad with 90% of the work is already done for you.
  3. Stick to your list. I think this was the first time in a LONG time that I made a grocery list and stuck to it 95% of the time.  I was proud of myself.  I was also realistic about what to add to our grocery list.  Snacks and treats were on the list too, I know its important to indulge!! But I planned them into the week!
  4. It’s all about the placement. ¬†I switched around my whole fridge around yesterday. ¬†All my fruit, veggies, and healthy grab and go snacks are all placed conveniently on top. ¬†All in clear containers so I can see whats inside. I am much more likely to grab carrots and celery if they are placed in my face and already cut up!! Again, it’s all about the placement!
  5. Keep track. When I am “cleaning” up my diet and trying to lose a few pounds, it’s essential for me to track. ¬†I know, it’s not for everyone, but that is what works best for me. I either write it all done, or on my phone! ¬†It really helps me to look at what I am eating and how I can improve. ¬†I will be tracking with Weight Watchers, simply because I love it, and it works really well for me!

That’s it folks! Five¬†basic tips to help keep you on your A game!

What is your favorite basic tip to stay on track? 

Are you cleaning up your diet this January?! 

Skip the Taco Bell: Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas

I have heard a buzz about the Taco Bell Breakfast. ¬†I am not even going to go into detail about why you should skip the drive-thur, you know why you should. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Believe me, it really is! It kick starts the metabolism and keeps your energy levels high¬†so you can work hard through the¬†morning until lunch. ¬†Some people enjoy a savory breakfast, sweet, or even salty! I personally like¬†a light breakfast but packed with protein. Unlessssss it’s the weekend, then were talking pancakes and omelets…that’s a different story!

Most mornings I am running around and I need something easy that I can grab and go!
Below you will find a few ideas of healthy, quick, and nutrient packed breakfast! 

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

 

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

 

 

  1. Overnight Oats!   Any oatmeal for that matter!
  2. My go to…A banana with a Greek Yogurt. ¬†Chobani is my favorite! Even plain, I add a touch of honey. ¬†Its packed with protein.
  3. An apple with Almond butter, even with a touch of yogurt!
  4. Hard boiled eggs! I will grab a banana with an egg, keeps me full til lunch.
  5. A cheese stick with a piece of fruit. Any fruit is a great option.
  6. A whole wheat waffle OR whole wheat english muffin with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter or another type of nut butter.
  7. A shake.  There are SO many ways to create a delicious shake.  Coconut milk, strawberries, a banana, spinach/kale and a touch of almond butter!
  8. Breakfast burritos.  I will be posting my recipe for my breakfast burritos soon.  I often will make them on a Sunday and throw them in the freezer! I have them for the week.  Nick Loves them too! Much healthier and tastier than the Taco Bell Breakfast craze that everyone is talking about!
  9. Nuts! Raw cashews, almonds, pecans, and walnuts.  Whatever your favorite is! Grab a handful, a cheese stick, and a piece of fruit and your set!
  10. Quiche! Again, you make ahead of time in mini muffin pans and either keep in freezer.  Add loads of veggies for a wide variety.

There you have it folks, 10 ideas for quick and easy breakfasts…and also cheap!

Since last week, I mentioned it’s time for me to get back into the swing of things! Since it is finally a tad bit warmer here in the Burgh,¬†I am feeling motivated to keep my workouts going! Here is my plan for the week!

Monday– Workout DVD, not sure which one yet
Tuesday–POWER STEP
Wednesday–POWER¬†Step
Thursday–Body PUMP and Cardio of choice
Friday–Rest
Saturday–POWER Step/Weights
Sunday–Walk/Run
 
What are your favorite quick and easy breakfast ideas? What is your go to? 

9 Foods You Should Eat Everyday!

Hi Yall! Happy Friday! This week as been so strange…I feel like it flew by but then again was super long! All I know is TGIF!!!

My favorite “food” quote of all time is ….
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”~ Hippocrates
And I truly believe this for many reasons. Check out the list below on why you should add these nine foods to your daily diet! 
 
Here are NINE foods that you should eat everyday for your health and well-being! 
  1. Garlic–This food has anti-bacterial,¬†anti-fungal, and anti-viral benefits. ¬†Garlic is full of antioxidants!¬†
  2. Grapefruit–Boosts your liver function! It is packed with properties that aid the body in detoxifying!
  3. Avocado–Research shows that this “fruit” may lower our cholesterol.
  4. Tomatoes–Rich in vitamin C. ¬†Also, has Lycopene, a carotenoid that offers antioxidant protection again several types of cancers.
  5. Hemp Seeds–Packed with loads of essential fatty acids and full of protein!
  6. Kale–It’s a super food! High in iron and again, packed with antioxidant powers!
  7. Cucumbers–Known for their hydrating qualities but also their cleansing abilities inside the body.
  8. Peppers–Rich in color, loaded with rich antioxidants such as Lycopene, Lutein (great for eye health), and Chlorophyll which aids in elimination free radicals in the body!
  9. Spinach–Anti-inflammatory. ¬†Research is telling us the inflammation in the body is the start to A LOT of diseases and cancers!

Here is a great picture I found from Food INC. to showcase these nine foods! nine foods to eat How do you add these foods to your daily diet? 

Vanilla Peppermint Tea Latte

I am ready for the holidays. Now that snow had made its first appearance in Pittsburgh, I’m ready! I actually enjoyed the snowy, blustery weather over the past two days, call me crazy I know! (I can’t believe I said that!!) It gets me in the holiday spirit. Come January 1st… I’ll want 70 degrees again, for now… I’m loving it!

In the Fall/Winter, I drink A LOT of hot tea. Lots of different types! My favorite, peppermint! Always has been. Last night, I was freezing, needed something to warm me up! I wanted one of my almond milk lattes. This is so easy, I can’t actually call it a recipe. But so worth it’s own post!

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Pick your favorite flavor of tea, I picked peppermint!
Next, in a small saucepan boiled 1-1/2 C. milk. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. You can use any type. Whisk continuously until hot and frothy. Pour into your favorite mug along with tea bag for about 3-5 minutes. You can always use half water and milk…add some honey if you’d like! So many variations, be creative!

Cozy up with your favorite book and relax!