Monday, May 13, 2019

How to Clean up your Diet

Summer is literally weeks away and you're thinking it's time to make some changes so you feel and look your best. Am I right?! The simplest change is food. Small tweaks to the way we eat can sometimes make the biggest impact. Especially when you're consistent over time. Better sleep, more energy, clearer skin, or increased confidence, etc. I could go on and on.  Anyway, when it comes to a "diet" you have to find one that's right for you, fits your lifestyle and is sustainable over time. It's time to stop the yo-yo dieting and start fueling and eating for longevity.

Throw away the temptations.
I'm not kidding. If it doesn't align with your goals get rid of it. It's not doing you any good. Plus, if it's not in the house you won't be tempted. Simple as that! Can't bring yourself to through it away? Then donate it or give it to a friend.

Meal Prep
Did you know you're more likely to stay on track when there's prepped meals/food around? It's true. In today's society, it's all about fast, grab-and-go options. So why not make your own grab and go options at home. You'll have to be ok with leftovers.

Two Simple Meal Prep Methods:

  1. Prep full meals. Yes, cook and divide meals into various containers for the week. Think Salads, rice bowls, wraps, sandwiches, frittata, overnight oats, etc. Your options are endless. 
  2. Prep individual items that can be easily used throughout the week to create meals. This is the option I like and use. I chop all the veggies/fruit and cook a big batch of chicken. Then I used these items throughout the week to make various meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It helps cut down on time.

Eat Veggies
Like your mother use to say, "Eat your veggies." Your plate should be full with a decent protion of veggies at every meal. Plain and simple.

Limit processed carbs and dairy
Both can be inflamatory to the body. I'm not saying to cut them out completely, I'm just saying to limit the amount you consume. At the end of the day, we want to focus on whole nutrient desense foods and limit the amount of proceed foods we consume daily.

Cut Alcohol/Soda/Fruit Juice
HELLO! Empty calories. Need I say more?!

Eat balanced Meals
How do you do that? Make sure you're eating a combination of carbs, fats, and protein at every meal. This is where tracking food and counting macros come in handy. You're able to see the makeup of food, what portion sizes really look like, and if you're eating the amounts needed to achieve goals.

Simple, right!

Need help getting started? Reach out to your gal or ask all the questions below. Love Ya!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Recent Purchases - Fitness, Beauty & TARGET!

Hey there! Yes, I know it's been awhile. But life has been a little cray and I feel like I've been playing catch up for 3 months. lol. Anyway, don't worry I survived our crazy winter and promise to check in more often.

I don't know about you, but it seems like everything is always on sale!  You all know I'm a simple gal who doesn't spend a lot on clothes. Better yet I'm not a big shopper and really only shop when I need something or it's finally on sale. What can I say I'm becoming more and more of a minimalist the older I get. With that said, there are a few things I've picked up the last few months that are worth mentioning.

These days I pretty much live in workout clothes. I work from home so unless I have a meeting I wear leggings and a T-shirt. I just purchased these and these from Athleta and highly recommend them! For reference, I wear an XS.

Living a healthy life isn't just about what you eat it's about the products you use and the people you surround yourself with. This year is about diving head first into everything I'm doing. Aligning with the right people and in this case the right company. I've been using Beautycounter for the last 2+ years so it just seemed like a natural fit. I have a number of favorite products, but my top 3 include the Charcoal Cleansing Bar, Brilliant Brow Gel, and Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage. Let me know if you have any questions. Don't worry a more in-depth post is in the works with my WHY, etc.

Let me count the ways I love Target. I really wish it wasn't 25+ miles away. Either way, I make the most of it when I go and know I'm not alone. Emerson pretty much grew overnight so we grabbed these 5T jeggings. All the home stuff is currently on sale and I'm eying this curtain rod, this floating shelf, and this Metal Mesh & Faux Wood Patio Set.

Just being basic and ordering all the things from Amazon. HAHA. Anyway, I recently reordered my favorite Noniko Natural Deodorant. I finally bought Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit! The hubs bought a few new "fishing" items and I currently have this flamingo sweatshirtThe Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health book and Round Wall Mirror sitting in my cart.

Just a few of the things I've purchased over the last few months. But I want to know what you're loving and can't live without?!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Master Bedroom Update Plans

Today is all about our home. Actually our master bedroom! To be honest we haven't done anything to our master other than paint and new carpet since we moved in nine years ago! I know crazy right?

What's even crazier is our current dresser I had in college and I had the nightstands as a kid! They are quality (solid wood) pieces that have stood the test of time! It just goes to show why it's important to spend a little extra on furniture. I'm not saying a higher price tag will equate to higher quality, but don't be afraid to spend a little more. Just make sure to do your research and make sure it's something you will love in 5 to 10 years down the road.  No one wants to replace furniture every few years. I don't.

With at said, what spurred the update is our bedframe broke and there's no fixing it. We figured since we would be replacing the bedframe we should take the opportunity to paint and update our nightstands, dresser, and overall feel.

Regarding style, I'm a little all over the place. I love mid-century modern, industrial modern, and traditional. The way I typically decorate is I just buy want like and that's that. All the designers are now cringing. Anyway, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.


So here's what I'm thinking and I would love to hear your thoughts!

Bed: Contemporary Upholstered Storage Bed

Bedding: Organic Washed Cotton Duvet Cover + Shams + Pamela Wiley Organic Optic Stripe Quilt

Dresser: Mid-Century 6-Drawer Dresser (Might snag Emerson dresser, which is similar, and replace hers)

Sidetables: Penelope NightstandBlythe Nightstand or Flynn Nightstand

Lamps: Brass Nook Pivoting Wall Sconce

Mirror: Round Decorative Mirror (I actually have this already)

I'm also considering a gallery wall, art, etc.

Here's the thing I'm totally open to suggestions. I would even be open to someone literally creating a mood board with items to purchase, etc.

We'll likely paint the walls a shade of white and keep things clean and simple.