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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Motivation Monday: Balls to the Wall

With the holiday known for thanks and gluttony around the corner, I like to do things to prepare so I am able to enjoy time with family and friends and not worry about my diet and exercise. As with any occasion on the horizon, I like to up my workout regime by 1 or 2 days a week and really focus on nourishing my body with whole, nutrient-dense foods. I like to limit my alcohol consumption and up my water intake so that I am feeling hydrated and detoxed. Holidays usually mean you are exposed to foods you don’t normally […]

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Fit Friday: Tahini 3 Ways

As we head into the long weekend, I am prepping my fridge with grab’n’go snacks and treats to power us through some hiking and movie nights we have planned. I always like to “hide” some nutrition in my treats and snacks so I am getting in some nutrients while I indulge a little. I first came across tahini when I discovered Greek food and fell in love with the tangy flavor especially when paired with the bright flavors of parsley and veggies used in Mediterranean cooking. Little did I know the variety of foods both savory and sweet I could […]

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Wellness Wednesday: Power of Positivity

As I write this post, the election is coming to an end and the polls will soon be closed in California. No matter your position, this election has been highly emotional and controversial for all. It’s hard for me to watch others put one another down based on their beliefs and differences (especially at a time when we need to come together and make a plan for our future). It seems we are more divided than ever. This realization inspired me to look into the power of positivity and if there is more to visualizing the change you want. I […]

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