All posts tagged: diet

Fit Friday: No Muffin Top Muffins

The rain we’ve been getting in southern California has been making me want to stay inside drinking tea with cozy blankets, reading and snuggling my fur baby Finley. It has also been putting me in the mood to bake, especially things to go with my tea and coffee in the morning. I tried out a few recipes to incorporate things I had on hand and I was pretty excited about the results. So of course I had to share! These muffins are too yummy to notice they are healthy and hit all the right things you look for in a muffin, they’re not too sweet, fluffy inside with a slight crunchy top and bursts of blackberry and perfectly sweet banana…oh and we can’t forget the cinnamon 😉 I urge you to whip up a batch of these simple banana-berry muffins and you can feel good about the wholesome ingredients that will be sure to power you through your day whether that entails going for a run or cuddling up with a good book. MSF Banana-Berry Muffins …

Wellness Wednesday: The Incredible Edible…

One thing that has frustrated me about the health and wellness industry is the back and forth claims that seem to change with the season. Dairy is bad, dairy is good, fat is bad, fat is good, go grain-free, be sure to get your grains! It can be exhausting trying to keep up and is one of the reasons I decided to start this blog. Weeding through the trends, finding the research and relaying it back in a simple way has always been my goal with MSF. One of the controversial topics that I’ve personally struggled with is the debate on eggs. Through my own health journey there were times I was eating only egg replacements, flax eggs, egg whites, 2-3 whole eggs a day, it was confusing to decide what I “should” be doing. I’d like to lay it all out and cover what we do know about eggs, so you can make an informed decision for yourself and decides what best for YOU. What do we know for sure about eggs? For one, the …

Motivation Monday: R&R To Slim

With the New Year approaching and the time off I’ve had for the holidays there’s been plenty of time to reflect on this past year and more importantly on what I plan for the upcoming one. Starting this blog has been more than a creative outlet for me, it’s almost therapeutic and with content research I feel like I’ve been learning a ton and been given an excuse to learn more about the things I’m interested in. While I don’t plan on slowing down with content about health and wellness, I will say all trending diet and claims I’ve covered thus far inspired me to set an intention for the New Year and write this post. I plan to do away with any restrictive eating, activity, mindset, etc. in the New Year. Why? Because the one certainty I’ve found about dieting is-the more you restrict, count, and even think about your diet or losing weight, the further you are setting yourself back. This concept can be extremely difficult for people to grasp because control is …

Fit Friday: Follow Your Bloodline To A Healthier You

There has been a lot of conversation regarding the blood type diet. This is a topic that has truly fascinated me and ultimately inspired me to write a simple, concise overview of the idea and principles behind the blood type diet. Naturopath Peter J. D’Adamo created the idea of the blood type diet with the belief that eating a diet based on your blood type (O, A, B or AB) can help you achieve optimal health. He claims that the food we eat reacts with our blood type and by following a diet that correlates with a specific blood type; you will digest food efficiently, lose weight, have more energy and prevent disease. As with anything, depending on your accountability and dedication the results may vary but I feel it is something I am committed to trying and will do a follow-up post with my results. Below I’ve added a quick overview of the four blood types and a look into what each type should focus on consuming. Type O: High protein, with lots :of …

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 …

Not So Fast- A Look Into The 5:2 Diet

So what is it about fasting that has everyone jumping on the bandwagon? Fasting is something that has been around for centuries for medicinal and even religious reasons. So why is it #trending now? I feel like I am seeing and hearing about this everywhere. Whenever that happens, you can bet I will be doing some research and sharing here. A popular fasting “diet” is the 5:2 Diet or The Fast Diet, which is basically a plan formed around intermittent fasting. This diet was popularized by a British doctor and journalist whose guidelines are pretty simple, eat normally for 5 days out of the week and for the other two, consume only 500-600 calories (500 for women and 600 for men). There are no rule as to when to have your restricted days, just that you have at least one non-fasting day in between. While the choice of nutrients and types of calories you consume is up to you, it is recommended to not binge or overeat on the normal calorie days and to limit …