Month: November 2016

Wellness Wednesday: Top 5 Reasons You Should Try Cupping

This past week I indulged in some self-care and got some cupping done. This is something I have done from time to time when I felt like I needed a little more than a typical acupuncture or massage session. Most people that saw my back after a session would have a similar reaction, WHY?! It looks like it could be painful because of the bruise-like appearance cupping leaves behind, and most westerners were not aware of this eastern practice until it made headlines in the recent Olympics. Michael Phelps (USA Olympic gold medalist swimmer) had some markings on his shoulders and stories began flooding news circuits about cupping and the benefits it can bring. Athletes in particular look to cupping when they are looking to recover faster and to find some relief in tense areas of the body. For me, cupping has always been a spiritual cleansing-like ritual. I feel lighter when I leave and do feel a sense of relief from tension and stress. After leaving my most recent session, I felt compelled to …

Motivation Monday: Easy Peasy Smoothie Bowls

Besides meal prep, I think the most important thing to keep you motivated to eat clean and choose foods that are more nutritious and beneficial for your body is variety and taste. While I have been successful the times I stuck to a standard oatmeal, green juice, protein and veggies type of meal plan, it is not something I could sustain everyday for the rest of my life, and quite honestly not one I would want to! To get the most nutrient punch in my diet, I love a good smoothie or smoothie bowl which packs the most good-for-you foods and boosts and literally feels like a cheat meal (if you make it right). However, beware that it CAN be just like a cheat meal if you make them incorrectly. The types of smoothies and smoothie bowls that are in mainstream food places are loaded with sugar, dairy, and who knows what. I am very careful about ordering them anywhere unless I can choose exactly what I would like in it or I know they are …

Fit Friday: Fight Fat With Fat

There was a time when consuming fat became a stigma and we all tried to avoid it like the plague. Fat-free foods quickly became diet staples and for those who haven’t been reading up on health and wellness in recent years, they still may be afraid to get on board with fat. I’m not saying all fat is good, of course not all fat is created equal and anything in excess will negate the positive affects of something but it can be extremely beneficial for weight loss and overall health by contributing to healthier hair, skin and digestion. Lets talk about the good fat. Polyunsaturated fats are the fats found in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and fatty fish. You may have heard them referenced as containing large amounts of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (essential fatty acids our bodies can’t make on their own) but they are also known for lowering your cholesterol! Unsaturated fats are found in most oils and can be easily detected by their ability to remain in liquid form at room …

Wellness Wednesday: One Side Not To Pass On This Thanksgiving

Pass on the stuffing, pass on the gravy, but please don’t pass on those cranberries. Find out why these pint-sized berries may be the one thing you can’t pass up on this Thanksgiving. I was inspired to look at the traditional Thanksgiving meal and find out if there is anything truly beneficial to our health. Althought this isn’t the holiday known for keeping us on track health-wise, there may be some hidden gems on the table we can feel good about. Cranberries, in my opinion, are an over-looked powerhouse of pure wellness. I’ve included my top 5 benefits of consuming cranberries as well as a My Simply Fit recipe to incorporate them into your turkey day spread. Top 5 Benefits of Cranberries Cancer fighter: due to the potent antioxidant-polyphenols found in cranberries there has been research that supports they protect against cancer (particularly breast cancer) Fights Inflammation: cranberries contain 20% of the daily recommended fiber which maintains a flushed out system Urinary Tract health: cranberries have high levels of proanthocyanidins which make it difficult for certain …

Motivation Monday: THANKSgiving

This holiday could not be coming at a better time. With the aftermath of the election being so negative and segregating, I feel a day devoted to being thankful and being around those we love is just what the country needs. When looking at gratitude, you can easily apply it to health and wellness, specifically mindfulness and being gracious for all your body does for you on a daily basis. One can also look at being grateful for those around you and the energy you receive from all beings and surroundings. I find when I am frustrated, irritable and finding things to complain about, the one thing that allows me to snap out of it and gain perspective is gratitude. I begin listing the things I am grateful for and soon enough I am so full of appreciation and thankfulness for what I have in life that I no longer have room for negative thoughts such as jealousy or resentment. If we could all stop and think about the words we are choosing to say …

Fit Friday: HITT It

In keeping with the theme of preparation for the upcoming holiday season, I wanted to include something active for this Fit Friday that you can do anywhere. Whether we’re traveling or having company stay with us, our normal routines are affected and we can easily get derailed from our health and fitness goals. Instead of waiting for the guests to clear out or using the excuse of not having your typical gym nearby, I’ve included my go-to HITT workouts that I count on when I’m traveling or crunched for time when having guests stay. I even did this a few times a week in the hotel room/gym on my honeymoon 😉 I’ve included the workouts below, so if you’re read-up on HITT and don’t need the background, feel free to skip ahead. If not, I wanted to include some background on the type of exercise and why I believe it’s FITting for quick workouts when you want to burn more in less time. HITT stands for high intensity interval training and has gained popularity in group …

Wellness Wednesday: Moringa

I had a request a little while back to incorporate Moringa into a recipe.  Before I could deliver on this request I wanted to learn a little more about the “it” superfood so I had more to say on the topic instead of a simple recipe. First off, if you aren’t read up on Moringa (which I wasn’t entirely) the short-hand version is it is a powerful superfood that is gaining popularity because of its high nutrient content, antioxidants, and healing properties. There are many claims to what the Moringa plant can prevent and treat but I’ve only included benefits found from multiple sources which also seemed to be the most backed by scientific research. So here they are, the top 10 benefits of Moringa. Top 10 benefit of Moringa Brain health-Moringa supports cognitive function and brain health because of its high levels of antioxidants as well as large amounts of vitamins C and E which help fight oxidation (oxidation leads to neuron degeneration). Accelerates healing-it has blood clotting properties which means a reduction in wound healing …