Month: October 2016

Motivation Monday: October Wrap Up

For being such a long month (day-wise) this month flew for me. Whenever there is a holiday, planned activities or birthdays I feel the weeks fly by so fast and we’re on to the next month. This month was important to me for two reasons 1) Launch of MSF plank-a-thon for October 2) Growth (both for the blog & personally) In the theme of Monday Motivation I wanted to keep this post about what fed my spirit this month, planking for a cause, some festiveness for today’s holiday and a very fitting quote that rounds this month out perfectly. MSF Breast Cancer Awareness Month Plank-a-thon This was quite the challenge, and ironically not the actual physical part of the planks but keeping myself accountable and remembering to actually do it! Having a task this important to do each day really made me focus on being more present, less scattered and to SLOW DOWN because when I wasn’t, I would forget and end up doing a plank before bed in my PJs or in the kitchen …

Fit Friday: Healthy Halloween Candy Swaps

There is nothing I enjoy more than a good decadent treat. I have a sweet tooth and is something I have had since I can remember (just ask my brothers about my infamous candy-induced belly aches & treat hoarding-so embarrassing!). There is no reason you can’t be healthy and still enjoy the treats you enjoy. All you need is a little bit of tweaking and preparation. With Halloween around the corner, I know I’m looking forward to a comforting fall meal, a scary movie to curl up on the couch with and of course CANDY. There are very few chocolate component candies or treats that I don’t like, but my ultimate weakness is a good ol’ Twix bar. Nothing can really compete with the crunch of the shortbread cookie, chewy caramel layer and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate coating. However, the scariest part of Halloween may not be the ghoulish masks and haunted houses instead the list of ingredients found in most of the commonly passed out candy. Corn syrup, soy lecithin, artificial flavors, cottonseed oil (?!), TBHQ, …

Wellness Wednesday: Witches Brew, A Look Into Bone Broth

Bone broth-the name alone reminds me of a creepy nursery story I read when I was little. Which makes the topic of bone broth perfect for this Halloween-inspired week of posts. Bone broth is nothing new but is a hot topic that is trending in the health and wellness field. There is a lot of back and forth when it comes to the benefits of eating meat vs. eating vegetarian, but there is a pretty consistent school of thought on the benefits of consuming bone broth because of the high level of nutrients found in the bones of animals. There isn’t much research negating the benefits of consuming bone broth and what I did find was more of a “he said, she said” on which types of bone broth were more nutritious (however, still agreeing on the fact that there is a high concentration of nutrients in most). Maybe mom wasn’t too far off when she insisted on chicken soup when we stayed home sick. Read on to see the top 10 list I compiled …

Motivation Monday: In the Spirit of Halloween

To kick-off MSF’s Halloween-inspired week of posts, I wanted to begin with a look into the origin of the upcoming holiday. Halloween’s roots date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts (think Ireland 2,000 years ago) celebrated their new year on November 1st, this day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of a dark, cold time of year (winter). This dark time was also associated with death because of the large amount of loss that occurred during this long winter period. Celts believed the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred on the night before the New Year (October 31st). They celebrated this time by having Samhain to represent the ghosts of the dead returning to Earth. At these celebrations they made bonfires for animal sacrifices and dressed up in costumes. By the 9th century, Christianity had spread into Celtic lands and with that came the implementation of religious holidays such as All Souls Day on November 1st, which was thought to …

My Simply Fit: Revamped

I have a confession. I don’t know what I’m doing. I have been searching for a creative outlet (starting a cupcake business, writing numerous unpublished books, painting countless paintings, knitting scarves & blankets, experimenting with healthy recipes in the kitchen, the list goes on…) all very fun but nothing really filling that “void”. It was only when I began reading some lifestyle blogs that I had that “aha” moment. My background is much like a patchwork quilt. There is quite the variety of things that have made me the person I am today with the interests that I have. I have lived up and down both coasts of the United States, on the Big Island of Hawaii and went to school for fashion, interior design and even business. The only consistent thing in my life (besides my friends and family) is the passion I feel for health and wellness. Fitness and nutrition has never felt boring to me and I just can’t get enough sometimes. Connecting the drive I feel to be creative with content …

Driving Miss Daisy: 3 Ways to Make Your Commute Healthier

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans now spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to work. To put this in perspective, that’s more than the average two weeks vacation our working population takes in a year. I could go on a tangent about how we have it backwards in America with this whole work-life balance thing and how we could take a page or two from European countries handbook/way of life but that’s not the focus of this post. Instead, I was inspired to do a post on how to improve the dreaded commute to and from work because-lets face it, we won’t be changing the standardized American work week or calendar anytime soon. I spend a lot of time commuting because I live in one of the most desirable parts of the country and with that comes a lot of people = lot of cars & traffic. If you know me you know that it is LITERALLY painful for me to sit still. I readjust my position at least 20 times during …

Feet First: A Look Into Reflexology

Some girlfriends and I recently visited a spa whose focus was on reflexology. The experience was too amazing not to share and is what inspired me to do this post. Reflexology has always fascinated me. Like I shared in earlier posts, there are numerous Eastern philosophies that I practice (yoga, meditation, acupuncture, etc.) and although I indulge in massage therapy and BEG my husband to rub my feet at night, I didn’t give too much thought as to why it feels so good to have that physical contact, especially on your feet. After this last reflexology visit, I felt so energized and refreshed that I needed to find some answers to my questions. What are the connections with points in the feet to the rest of the body? Are there any studies or science that support these Eastern beliefs? First things first, what exactly is reflexology? Put simply, it’s the act of applying pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears which practitioners believe are points that connect to organs and areas throughout the …