All posts tagged: healthy

Motivation Monday: The Importance of Independence

With a day to celebrate independence on the horizon I wanted to take a moment to reflect. While I could go on a tangent about the state of the world right now and how unity is SO important, I’m not going to. Instead I wanted to talk about something motivating to us as individuals. Something worth discussing because now more than ever, I feel like the world is becoming more unsure and even a little scary, especially with social media and how quick news seems to travel these days. I don’t remember being so uncertain about the future. This can be attributed to me being naïve in my youth or maybe even a little sheltered. Or it could be due to the times, and how we get our news now compared to 20 years ago. Regardless, I think it’s worth mentioning that we should not be afraid. That the world is a wonderful and exciting place, still filled with promise and adventure. I left home to travel to the islands of Hawaii during college and …

Wellness Wednesday: Bountiful Berries

Happy hump day friends! How has your week been going? I hope you’re having a productive week and getting ready for the holiday coming up. Fourth of July is my FAVORITE holiday, it has always been a favorite (I mean fireworks, BBQs, and we all know I love a good theme). However it has progressed to being my absolute favorite because not only was it our ‘dating anniversary’ but three years ago this July 4th Tyler and I got married <3 Anywho, I apologize in advance for all the Americana and independence-inspired posts from now until the 4th 😉 When I think of red white and blue I first think of my favorite snack, berries. I love all kinds of berries and especially blueberries and raspberries. I know from past research that berries are always suggested to be included in your diet because of their high antioxidant content, but I wanted to investigate a little further on some top favorites that may be included at your outside BBQs this time of year. Strawberries-antioxidants are just one …

Fit Friday: Pilates On the Road (A Review Of Pilates Anytime)

One thing I don’t like to do while traveling is miss out on my workouts. While I try to not drive myself crazy with trying to fit one in every moment, I like having the option to do something when I have some down time. My cardio of choice when I’m on the road is jogging and walking. Going for a jog around a new city I’m visiting is always a great way to explore and catch my bearings. When I’m looking to stretch out, especially after a long flight I turn to some yoga poses and stretching. My favorite way to stay toned (especially before I hit the beach) is to do a Pilates routine. While I have a plethora of moves in my rolodex, it is nice to have some help when I’m lost for inspiration or would like to just turn it off and follow along. A great resource (that for me has been a worthwhile investment) is a subscription to Pilates Anytime. This post is not sponsored, I just truly enjoy …

Wellness Wednesday: Travel Well

Hello and happy hump day! As I mentioned before, my summer travel is in full swing and the last thing I need is to be slowed down by any illness or inefficiency. Packing correctly is an art and when done correctly can change the vibe of your trip. I thought it would be useful to include some of my go-to tips I use when traveling that help me stay well and healthy on the road as well as efficient in my packing. MSF Tips To Travel Well Build a defense-keeping your body fueled with the right nutrients and vitamins before your travel is just as important as when you’re on your trip. Putting the right fuel in before you leave will give your immune system a better chance to fight off anything you come across, especially when your defenses are down during travel. Hydrate-travel (flying especially) dehydrates our bodies. It is extremely important to keep hydrated with water and be mindful that coffee or alcoholic beverages will only contribute to the issue when in the …

Fit Friday: Light & Fit Guacamole

Happy Fridayyyy! Summer is officially here for me because I am on break and getting ready for some summer travel. Whenever I think of summer meals I go lighter. I’m not sure if it’s the heat that makes me want to eat this way or the idea that I’m going to be in a bathing suit, regardless I’m always looking for inventive ways to go leaner in these months. A staple side at every summer barbecue is hands down, guacamole. There is something about that rich green hue, satisfying creamy texture and how it’s the perfect accompaniment to those crispy tortilla chips or chopped veggies. While avocados are full of healthy fats and boast so many benefits (more here), some of us may be looking for an alternative if we just can’t resist polishing off the entire bowl (not so great for the waistline) or just had some avocado toast for breakfast so looking for a different route at lunch or snack time. Regardless the reason, I have the perfect lightened up alternative to feed …

Wellness Wednesday: The All Powerful Turmeric

Turmeric is having a moment and even though it’s been used for thousands of years, it deserves to have one. This herb has quite a pedigree, being used in thousands (make that 6,000) of studies boasting health benefits that surpass any prescription medicine and qualifies it as one of the most frequently used medicinal herbs. So what’s all the hype about? Simply stated, it does all the things. Turmeric is comprised of a compound called curcumin which is known for it’s renowned healing properties. Curcumin is known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and extremely high anti-oxidant. Consuming turmeric with black pepper helps with absorption because solely it is difficult for us to absorb in our bloodstream. Black pepper contains piperine, which is a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. I’ve listed some of the top benefits I found that were QUITE impressive. Top 5 Benefits of Turmeric Brain health-curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which is a fancy way of saying neurons in the brain forming new …

Fit Friday: MSF Slim For Summer Routine

It’s Friday!! Yay, yay, yay. Time for the weekend which hopefully means some rest and relaxation for you all and plenty of time for play. With summer upon us and bathing suits becoming an outfit staple, many of us have begun to work on our summer bodies 😉 If you’re like me you and looking for something short and sweet (so there’s more time to get outdoors and enjoy the gorgeous weather), this one’s for you. I included just the routine to get you summer ready and your workout plan kicked into gear. This series is not only efficient but one that will work your entire body, tightening and toning where it counts, if ya know what I mean! All you will need is a bench or step and a timer if you prefer to be strict on timing. So head over to a park or your backyard and get to sweatin! MSF Slim For Summer Routine Warm Up 25 jumping jacks 25 mountain climbers 25 walking alternating lunges 15 jump squats 15 skaters Step …