Cooking · health

Stress Free Weekly Meal Prepping.

For me, dinner is one of the most stressful meals of the day. By the time it’s dinnertime I’m usually tired, hungry and unable to plan a well rounded meal. I always made my dinners on the fly, until I discovered the life saver that is weekly meal prepping! Meal prepping is taking one day at the beginning of the week to prepare your meals for the rest of the week. I use this method to prepare my dinners for the week since I have a shake for breakfast and a salad for lunch. They can’t necessarily be prepped (although I do make one large salad at the beginning of the week and store it in a mixing bowl in my fridge and it keeps for the rest of the week). I prep my meals on Sunday or Monday. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you meal prep like the pros!

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First you will need a plan. You can’t start cooking without a plan! You’ll want to simplify your cooking. Pick a few basic recipes like baked veggies and tofu, your favorite soup, and a good stir fry. These things will last in the fridge all week. You can make them in large portions and you can easily portion them out into single serving meals. You’ll also want to invest in some good meal prep containers. There are great ones available on Amazon!

Now that you have your plan, you’ll want to make a shopping list and purchase all the foods you will need for your food prepping for the week. Load up on veggies, chop them and bake them in the oven at 350 degrees until tender. They will keep in the fridge all week!

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After you have purchased all your produce, its time to prep! Clean all your produce, and starting chopping! After you’re finished you can begin cooking. Cook your chosen recipes in bulk then break them down into single servings for the week. You can freeze anything you have leftover for next week! You can also portion out your snacks for the week, like fruit and nuts.

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Now that everything is cooked you can put everything into meal sized portions in your containers and put them in your refrigerator. You’ll be set for the week and not have to worry about dinner!

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A weekly meal prep can actually save you time. It takes less time to do all your meals in one day than to prepare them individually. So, if your every day to day is as busy as mine, give this a try. Sometimes it’s the little changes that make the biggest difference.

 

DIY · health · Weightloss

D.I.Y Your Own Home Gym!

January is all about lifestyle changes and healthy choices. We make promises to ourselves that this year will be different and we start out strong. If you made a health resolution, it can be difficult to follow through. One thing that can help is having your own personal space to get in a workout! Working out is such an important part of leading a healthy life, why not put the effort into customizing a space to do it, just for you.

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The first thing you will need is a little bit of space! It can be the garage, basement or just a corner of a room, whatever works best for you. Clear it of any clutter and lets get started!

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Secondly, arrange whatever workout equipment you have in the space. For example, a treadmill, weights, and resistance bands. Get some cute storage containers to keep smaller equipment organized.

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Next, you will want to think about the floor. If you are working with a carpeted area, just laying down a yoga mat will work fine. However, if you are working with hard floors and want to go the extra mile, think about purchasing foam gym floor mats. This will give your space a serious workout vibe and give you enough padding to do your workouts.

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Make sure you have a TV in your workout space. This will come in handy to stream workouts from Beachbody on Demand or just to keep you entertained while you workout. Catch up on your favorite shows while you sweat!

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Lastly, you will want to personalize your space. You can add some motivational quotes to the wall or do like I did and add some Chalkboard Decals so you can keep track of things like your weight loss, your workout schedule, or to keep track of where you are in the program you might be using. I’m using The 21 Day Fix.

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Making your own home gym does not have to be hard! With these simple steps you can make your own in an afternoon with things you probably already have. I love how my gym came out. What will you do to make your own workout space? Get creative and comment with your ideas, I would love to hear them!

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Here are some more home gym ideas from Pinterest!

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health · Life · Seasonal · Weightloss

My Resolutions: Starting 2017 on the Right Foot!

Most of us make them, hellbent on making the new year mean a new you. Resolution are a tradition of second chances and fresh starts. This year I know I will be making my fair share of them. I want to take advantage of the new year’s opportunities and make 2017 the year that 2016 should have been.

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Firstly, my biggest resolution is to continue on my weight loss journey. I plan on stepping it up by making small changes to my lifestyle. I resolve to workout at least once a day and go on a walk as well. I also resolve to stick to my eating plan, the 21 Day Fix. The 21 Day Fix teaches you about portion control and making healthy choices for 21 days at a time to create new habits. I find that this plan really works. Learn more about it here.

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I also want to focus on my relationships more. I want to become a better listener and make myself more available to the people I love. I rely so heavily on them, I want to make sure that they can do the same with me.

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Lastly, I am making some resolutions about my blog as well! I am going to be posting more frequently and become more organized with my blogging. Hopefully these changes will lead to positive results! Let me know what you want me to blog about in the comments.

You can read about how to keep and achieve your own resolutions this New Year, here.

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health · Life · Seasonal

Your Resolutions: How to Rock 2017!

The year is coming to a close. Amidst the holiday celebrations, gift giving and cheer, we begin to think about what we want from the new year. The new year is a new beginning, an opportunity for change. 45% of American make New Years Resolutions, however only 8% achieve their goals (1). We start the year off with so much gusto but we don’t follow through. Let’s make this year different! With these simple steps you can rock 2017.

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  Evaluate

What do you want most out of life. Do you want to lose weight? Get control of your finances? Revamp the house? Consider what you could improve on. Take some time, sit down and think about what you would like most out of the new year. Pick one main resolution and you can pick one or two smaller resolutions.

Start Small

Instead of setting big lofty goals, start small. If you want to lose weight, start by promising to stop drinking soda for a month and go from there. Start taking walks at night. These goals are more attainable. By implementing small changes slowly, we are more likely to achieve the goals we set then if we try and make a big change over night.

Post It

Literally, post it! You can write your resolution on a post it and keep it somewhere visible like your mirror so you can see it everyday or go for gold and post your goal on a social media site so everyone knows what your doing. This will keep you accountable.

Make Time

Put some time aside everyday to work on your new goal. If you want to lose weight, put time aside everyday to workout or meal plan. If you want to work on your finances set time aside to work on your books. even if you have to give up watching your favorite show to give yourself that extra hour, it’s worth it, make the time!

Focus

Focus on the small achievements you are making while working on your goal. Every small step adds up to one big accomplishment. Remind yourself of these little achievements during times of doubt to get you through it.

Lastly, Don’t Give Up!

Everyone slips up, if you are trying to shed a few pounds and you find yourself enjoy one to many cookies, don’t beat yourself up and call it quits all together. Recognize that everyone has weak moments and refocus. The worst thing you can do is stop working towards your goal all together. Don’t let a slip up derail you.

I hope your holidays season and New Year is everything you hoped and dreamed of! What will you be resolving to change this year? What do you want out of 2017?

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1: http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

health · Life · Seasonal · Weightloss

Tips to Stay on Track This Holiday Season.

The holidays are a difficult time if your trying to stay healthy. With all the temptations of holiday treats and dense meals, it can be hard to stay on track. I have a few tips that can make the holidays a little less overwhelming.

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A great info-graphic by The Daily Star.

Make a routine and stick to it.

A routine is the key to success when it comes to health goals. I personally live and die by a scheduled routine. Take some time to write yourself a daily routine to better schedule your time. This will help you stick to healthy habits. If you schedule in time in your routine everyday for a workout you’re more likely to do it.

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Healthy Replacements.

This time of year is filled with cookies, hot cocoa, and chocolate. Instead of over indulging in all of these treats, replace them! Instead of putting out a tray of cookies this year at your holiday party, put out a tray of veggies.

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Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Staying hydrated is so important, especially when your taking in salty or sugary foods. Water helps flush all that out of your system. Instead of eggnog, cocoa or soda, grab a glass of H2O. Make sure you are getting at least eight 8 oz glasses a day!

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Be Prepared

If you know you are going to be at a party or event filled with treats galore, eat something healthy before you leave or pack something healthy to bring with you. You are less likely to go overboard at your event if you are prepared.

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Be realistic

This time of year is about celebrating with the ones we love.  it’s okay to enjoy a treat or two without feeling guilty if you are keeping up with healthy habits. Having a Christmas cookie can prevent a binge later on. Health is all about moderation.

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But most of all, enjoy the holidays with your loved ones!

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Depression · health · Life · Mental Health · Monthly Health Check In · Vegan · Weightloss

November, That’s A Wrap!

I know I’m late posting this but the past few weeks have been hectic for me. The last several months have been difficult for me, you can read more about that here and here. This month, unfortunately, was just as difficult. I’m getting pretty tired of writing about how hard of a time I have been having lately but I feel like it is important to be honest. Battling depression and weight issues is not a straight path, as I’ve been learning, it has many ups and downs.

This month I was lucky enough to go on an amazing eleven day vacation with my boyfriend to visit his sister and then my aunt, in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I managed to lose 9 pounds, even though I was on vacation! You can read more about my vacation here and here!

However, once I got home I plateaued, and didn’t lose any weight the rest of the month.

It’s not all about weight, however. I’m a bit disappointed in myself. I definitely didn’t live my best life for most of November. I have been having such a difficult time with other aspects of my health that I never anticipated when I started this blog. When I started writing this blog I felt on top of the world, it is amazing how quickly you can fall back to the bottom.

I try everyday to make the best decisions that I can but because of the adversity I have been facing, it has been very difficult. I’m not giving up though. I’m determined to get back on my feet and get my health under control, in all aspects.

I have so many goals I want to reach. I’m working towards so much. I just need to get a hold on my depression again before I can step forward.

There are some positive things to report this month!

On November 23rd I officially became a Beachbody coach! You might be wondering what that is. A Beachbody coach is someone who helps people reach their own health and fitness goals. I’m so excited to start this new chapter in my life. I am so passionate about my own health, I can’t wait to share that passion with others. The thought of making a positive impact on other people’s lives fills me with so much joy!

I also had an amazing Thanksgiving with my family in Mechanicsburg, PA! My cousin Elizabeth cooked a beautiful dinner and provided lots of yummy vegan options for me! I really appreciated the thought that went into making sure I had something to eat as well.

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How was your November? What do you have planned for December?

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health · Life · Monthly Health Check In · Uncategorized · Vegan · Weightloss

October, That’s A Wrap!

I’m not going to lie, my October has been one big setback. It all started when I got back from a trip at the end of September and ran out of one of my medications, I briefly addressed that issue here. I was without it for three days and became physically ill. I was racked with chills, nausea, throbbing headaches, and more. It was excruciating. After those horrible three days my prescription was filled, but unfortunately the damage had been done. I believe, and so does my doctor, that being without my prescription caused a relapse in my depression. To counteract my symptoms, he put me on a new drug and when it didn’t produce the results we expected, he quickly swapped me to another drug. The second medication made me so physically ill that I had to go to the hospital and quickly stop taking it. As of today I’m still figuring out how to manage. I’ve been frustrated with this whole process, but I’m not giving up. I’m confident that I can get back to where I was in September. I’m not done with my journey to be healthy. This month has just been a small bump, not a complete derailment!

This monthly check-in will not be like the others. There are no accomplishments to post because my biggest accomplishment everyday this month was getting myself out of bed. There is no weight loss to report because I haven’t had the energy or drive to work out or cook healthy meals. My only goal for the next month is to get back to where I was, to put myself on a healthy schedule and stick to it. I look forward to my November check-in, full of improvements and goals met.

I’m feeling a bit better now and currently enjoying spending my time with family in Massachusetts for Halloween, it’s much more fun to celebrate with the nieces! I am having so much fun with them, they are the perfect motivators. This was definitely the break I  desperately needed, to get out of my environment and clear my mind. Today is Halloween, my absolute favorite holiday! I hope you have a fun and spooky Halloween too, and keep the fun going into November! Be safe, and stay healthy!

 

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My nieces Addie and Millie. Read more about them on their mom’s blog at aisforadelaide.com

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Cooking · health · Recipe · Uncategorized

Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are becoming increasingly popular. It’s no wonder, they are easy to make, beautiful to look at, nutritious, and super tasty! I have a smoothie every morning for breakfast and I wanted to create a recipe that put the spotlight on this trend and was seasonal at the same time. So, I created a Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl. It’s really easy to put together and perfectly captures Fall flavors.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Canned Pumpkin
  • 1 Frozen Banana (Freeze outside of the peel)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Pumpkin spice
  • 1 Tablespoon of Honey
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Milk or Almond Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • A Handful of Ice Cubes
  • Pick your choice of toppings like Almonds, Chia Seeds, Banana, Pumpkin Seeds, Coconut, or Walnuts!

Materials:

  • Blender
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife

Step One:

The night before you make your smoothie, peel and chop a banana and put it in a Ziploc bag and place it in the freezer.

Step Two:

The next morning, remove your banana from the freezer.

Place your banana and all other ingredients in your blender.

Blend until smooth.

Step Three:

Place smoothie into a bowl and cover with your choice of toppings!

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Enjoy!

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