Eat Pretty: A Book Review

I just got done reading this book by Jolene Hart, entitled Eat Pretty.  I definitely give this one an A in the category of educating those who have no formal education in nutrition.

We are always taught that choosing healthy foods leads to weight loss and overall a more “attractive” physique.  Some people are lucky enough to get taught that good nutrition helps prevent or control diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, etc.  Very few people are actually taught how the foods we eat affect our complexion.

This book does an excellent job at classifying the foods that give acne, skin rashes, and more as beauty betrayers, while those those that promote a healthy complexion are deemed beauty foods.  The other great job the other did was classifying the foods by season, because as most of us know, not all foods are available year round.

The other also dedicated a section to non-nutritional factors that may affect our weight and complexion like stress, sleep, water, and hormone function.  Factors many people tend to look.

My favorite part about this book is how the author goes into how she perceives balance, which to me is the most important.  So many books stress restriction and don’t that they miss the overall point of a balanced lifestyle.

If you are interested in learning what foods and how they contribute to our radiant skin, I definitely recommend you Buy the book here, you won’t regret it!

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5 Amazing Apps To Help You Stay Fit

Technology coming in for the fitness journey win.  Here are 5 apps that I would recommend taking a look at.

  1. Fitness is also about mental health, which is why I recommend the Calm medication app.  It is a free app that helps you learn how to meditate.
  2. Runkeeper:  Love running? Track your runs with this free app
  3. My Water Balance:  If you suck at drinking water this app is a great tracker as it also sends periodic reminders to your phone to make sure you get your water in
  4. My Fitness Pal:  I am really tempted to do a post on how to use my fitness pal because it really is such a great tool for tracking goal progress, macronutrients, and micronutrients
  5. Seconds-Interval Timer:  Love HIIT, Tabata, Circuits, etc.?  Keep track of the intervals with this free app.

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5 Fitness Getaways that Can Help You Stay Healthy On Vacation

Vacations don’t always have to be about relaxation or fitting as many calories as you can in during vacation.  You can have vacations that are actually very active!

  • Fiji:  I went almost a year ago for our honeymoon and aside from having serious withdrawals, it was not only a destination for relaxation, but also one that kept us active!  The food was fresh, well portioned, and always healthy!  Activities like snorkeling, hiking, and kayaking kept us active.  I would definitely recommend this destination from personal experience as a fun and active vacation with a hint of relaxation.
  • St. George, Utah:  This destination is on my places to visit as the hiking scenery looks INCREDIBLE!
  • Key West, Florida:  Love kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, all things water activities…key west is the place to go!
  • Big Island, Hawaii: This destination is also on my places to visit as I do enjoy snorkeling, but more so the hiking!
  • Aspen, Colorado:  During the winter time, this destination becomes prime for snowboarding and skiing!

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8 Great Gifts for a Healthier Holiday

Are you like me and like to get your holiday shopping out of the way?  Have a fitness enthusiast in your life?  No idea what to give them?  I for one LOVE getting new toys to use during my workouts so maybe your friend does too!  Here are 8 different gift ideas for the health and fitness junkie in your life:

  1. Exercise Bars:  These are great because you can take them anywhere with you to workout or use them in your home to workout.  They are a decent price and come in different weight options to go best with your friends fitness level.  You can shop my favorite ones below:
  2. Battle Rope:  Have a personal trainer in your life?  Battle ropes are great because they can use them for themselves or even their clients.  Easy to store because you can use it indoor or outdoor as long as you have the hook to secure it with.  Click below to shop!
  3. Medicine Balls are another great gift for the fitness junkie in your life because like the bars they can be taken anywhere and are incredibly versatile and easy to store!  They also come in a variety of weights to fit their fitness levels.  Shop Below:
  4. Plyometric Box Jump Set:  What fitness junkie doesn’t love a good plyo session and this box set is a great piece of equipment that comes with 3 different box heights.  They can use them for step ups, jumps, switches, etc.  This is the pricier gift of the list, so definitely for that extra special fitness junkie.
  5. Kettle bells:  Like the medicine balls and exercise bars kettle bells are versatile, easy to store, and come in varied weights.
  6. Does your fitness friend love weightlifting and learning?  The Squat Bible is a great read and gift!
  7. Does your fit friend LOVE their green tea AND giraffes like me?  How adorable is this giraffe mug set?
  8. You weren’t feeling that mug?  here’s another giraffe mug that is absolutely adorable and great for the green tea or coffee lover.  sweet and simple!

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7 Ways to Change Your Think About Exercising

We’ve all heard the saying, 80% nutrition, 20% exercise, and 100% mindset.  As cliche as it sounds, fitness really is a mindset.  It’s not a chore, it’s something that should become a part of who we are.

  • We must stop thinking of exercise as a punishment for eating something bad.  Far too often I hear “I need to burn off what I just ate.” or “I can’t get off the treadmill until I burn the 250 calories that were in the chocolate bar.”  That is so wrong in so many different ways.  Exercise is NOT a punishment, it is a BLESSING.  We are not paralyzed, we are not confined to a wheel chair, we have the ability to MOVE, and therefore are blessed to be able to to exercise.  Even then, we’ve all seen the para-olympic athletes…so even then many of the disability excuses become invalid.  But I’m not here to talk about the minority.
  • Exercise is a part of life.  The same way eating, sleeping, and working, are part of life exercise should be as well.  We need to stop thinking about it as something on our “to do” list.
  • Exercising CORRECTLY, (I emphasize the word correctly because every time I walk into a gym I see a lot of people herniating discs, or torn meniscus in the making.  Simple because people lack the proper education) allows us to grow old gracefully and with less aches and pains.
  • Exercise not only allows us to age more gracefully physiologically, but it also allows us to look better in the process…who doesn’t like to look better naked.
  • Exercise is FUN!  Find a way that makes it fun for you, because we are all different some activities are more fun for some than others, so find what is fun for YOU.
  • Exercise energizes! Hate constantly feeling sluggish?  Exercise allows us to have more energy throughout the day.  Many people workout at night and then complain they could not sleep because they had so much energy, imagine if you did your workout first thing in the morning and started your day with all of that energy.
  • Exercise is point blank a MINDSET.

How does your mindset all  you to make exercise a part of your lifestyle?

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4 Ways to Keep Yourself Motivated To Workout

Working out is hard!  Feeling sore, sweaty, and smelly is not in the least bit glamorous.  At the end of the day a workout is typically 60 minutes or less out of your 24 hour day, so there’s really no reason you can’t set aside 3-5x a week where you make yourself and your goals a priority.  Here are 4 ways that I stay motivated, ways that work for ME and hopefully can work for YOU!

  1. I do what I like.  For example I HATE running, I HATE low intensity steady state cardio, I am not a major fan of yoga for myself.  Keep in mind I am not saying none of those have their benefits, because they do.  I just hate doing them for myself so instead I stick to what I love, weight training, interval training, and circuits.  You are more inclined to make what you enjoy a priority.
  2. This next method is a little vane, but it works in the short term. I buy an article of clothing that wearing it would require me to stay consistent in order to make the clothes/outfit look better.  It’s a great tactic to get me through those short term bouts of feeling lazy.  But you do need to hang it somewhere you will be constantly reminded.
  3. I don’t just set weight goals.  Sometimes the scale is not an accurate results provider, so instead I’ll make a goal like “I want to get my waist down to 27in” or “I want to gain 2in on my glutes” or less vane goals like “I want to get my squat back up to double body weight” “I want to be able to hit _____ rounds in this circuit”  This way we aren’t just fixated on the number
  4. Lastly, I am very much motivated by the fact that I am one of the first in my family to really make health and fitness a consistent part of their lifestyle.  I want to continue to do so because many before me let themselves go for a bit and are now scrambling to get it together.  I want to physically set the example for what a consistent health and fitness lifestyle during your 20s, 30s, 40s, and so on will do for you as you age.

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8 Amazing Spices To Give Your Favorite Foods A Low-Calorie Kick

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland!  It can actually be delicious!  Seasoning also does not have to be bad, you can add herbs and spices to kick p the flavor and it adds only 1 or 2, sometimes even 0 calories!  Not only do they provide added flavor at viturally no added calories, but they are all packed with vitamins and minerals aka your micronutrients.

  1. Ginger
  2. Cinnamon
  3. Cayenne
  4. Turmeric
  5. Cilantro
  6. Oregano
  7. Cumin
  8. Rosemary

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