Most people associate eating too much with many negative side effects like weight gain, blood sugar issues, and poor digestion. But did you also know that not eating enough can also be bad? Here are 6 signs that you might not be eating enough: 1. Fatigue Did you know that food gives us energy? It’s true! Without food our bodies wouldn’t function. So if you’re not eating enough you’re most likely going to feel sluggish and tired most of the day. Try adding in a healthy snack during your typical “afternoon slump”. 2. Rapid Weight Loss This one is usually obvious, but most of theRead More →

You know by now that sugar is something you can always do with less of. So you’re checking the ingredient labels on your favorite packaged foods. That’s smart. But beware; ingredient lists can be far from forthcoming with the actual ingredient. Just because SUGAR isn’t at the top of the list—and it likely won’t be—doesn’t mean whatever food or beverage you’re perusing isn’t packed with it. Sugar’s Many Shapes Sugar comes in many different forms, and in many different levels of unhealthy. You may be surprised to find huge amounts of it in foods specifically labeled as “healthy” or “low fat” or “sugar free” likeRead More →

After writing a post about the benefits of stretching the other week, I wanted to explain to you guys another way of improving your mobility. Foam rolling (also called “self-myofascial release”) is a tool widely used in the physical therapy and personal training industries. Foam rolling in the simplest sense, is like giving yourself a massage. You roll your muscles over these cylindrical rollers that are made of foam, and it helps to lengthen and loosen your muscles, and work out any knots that may have formed from overuse or poor daily posture. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), “using the foamRead More →

If you know me personally, then you know that I’m obsessed with fitness. And that’s why having my own home gym is such a necessity for me. My fiance and I are actually in the process of buying our first home, and having a separate space for a gym is a “must have” on our list! So what items are needed in order to make a home gym? And in what order should you buy them? Let me help you! Keep reading for how to build a home gym of your very own without breaking the bank! The Necessities  I like to consider these itemsRead More →

As we get older certain things happen to our bodies. We may become less flexible, we may experience back and joint pains and we may start suffering from bad posture, but these things aren’t a guarantee. If you’re determined to stay flexible, reduce pain and remain upright into later life then there are things you can do to make that happen. Something as simple as stretching every morning before work can do wonders for your posture and ensure you remain subtle and flexible into old age, so what are you waiting for? Read on for 5 reasons why you should start stretching every day startingRead More →

In the digital age that we live in its common to get most of your recipes online (hopefully some of which come from my website!). However I still think that keeping a few fantastic cookbooks on hand is important. So here is a list of 12 healthy cookbooks you need in your kitchen ASAP! 1. Skinnytaste The original Skinny Taste cookbook is my favorite by far! According to the Skinny Taste website, this cookbook is packed with 150 recipes: 125 all-new dishes and 25 fan favorites. Everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert with 100 full color photos. All recipes are presented with nutritional facts asRead More →

I think most people can agree that fast food is not a healthy option and not something you should rely on regularly. However I’m also human and realize that sometimes it’s the only option you have. Most fast food chains have some lower calorie, macro-friendly options on the menu, you just need to know where to find them! For this post, “macro-friendly” means 20g of fat or less, and at least 15g of protein. So here are some macro friendly options at 8 popular fast food chains: McDonalds McDouble (no cheese) and kids fries: 20g fat/47g carbs/21g protein (450 calories) Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich and kids fries: 12gRead More →

the best non-slip workout headbands

Over the years I’ve wasted hundreds of dollars on different headbands that claim to be made for “fitness” or “exercise” and promise to be “non-slip”. However despite these bold claims, they all fall off 5 minutes into my warmup. Or even worse, they fall off when I just wear them around the house. After all of these years I’ve finally found a few brands that stand up to even my toughest workouts. So whether you do Crossfit, Pilates, Zumba, Spin, or are a marathon runner, you can trust that these are the best headbands for any type of exercise. Here’s a list of the topRead More →

If you’re currently following a macro tracking diet (aka “iifym”) then you’ve probably run into the issue of how to accurately track alcohol. We all know that alcohol isn’t the healthiest beverage, but I think it’s extremely important to know how to properly include it in your healthy lifestyle. I’m not going to lecture you on the empty calories in alcohol, that’s not what you’re here for. I’m a realistic person and I understand that there are going to be times where you just want a damn drink. And instead of talking you out of it, I’m going to show you how to accurately track it! StepRead More →

I am a big believer in tracking your food intake. I think it not only helps open your eyes to the calories in the foods we consume, but it gives you a better idea of realistic portion sizes. It also helps hold you accountable for the food choices you make. I’ll admit that tracking your food is a lot of work, but when done correctly it will pay off. If you’re taking the time out of your day to track your food, then you want to make sure that you are doing it correctly. So here are 7 mistakes you’re making when tracking your foodRead More →