Friday Faves: Hydroflask

This post is long overdue. If you know me well, you know that my Hydroflask water bottle and I have become one over the past year and a half we’ve been together. In its 40-ounces of glory, it can be found with me at all times. It has become an extension of me, if you will.

Why do I love my Hydroflask, you ask? And how does this relate to my blog (besides the fact that it’s just something I love)? Here are a few things you should know: Continue reading “Friday Faves: Hydroflask”

Every Day Is “Cheat Day”

I often have friends ask me for advice on working out and eating healthy. While I love to help them out, I have to remind them that I’ve had no professional training whatsoever and I go by both research from health experts and the things I’ve found to work for me. The other day, a friend was asking how I’m able to stay in good shape while eating whatever I want. I explained to her that I follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of what I eat is veggies, lean protein, fruit, minimally processed, and low-sugar foods. The other 20% is whatever I want. “So like you eat healthy 6 days and unhealthy 1 day?”, she asked when I was done explaining. Not exactly, and the rising popularity of “cheat days” is something that confuses me. Continue reading “Every Day Is “Cheat Day””

The Dangers of Added Sugar

This post is sponsored by Salad Power. All writing and opinions are my own.

I’m no nutrition expert, but I took Anatomy 101 once upon a time and let me tell you, it scared the HELL out of me. I also like to credit a lot of my knowledge of sugar to the documentary Fed Up, which is amazing and shocking and beautifully produced and I highly recommend that everyone in America watch it. (What sort of process do I need to go through to make something part of high school curriculum? Let me know.)

Overall, I know one thing: sugar can be extremely dangerous. It isn’t always, but it CAN BE. So let’s start with a super basic breakdown of why sugar is dangerous. Continue reading “The Dangers of Added Sugar”

How I Gained The Freshman 20 And Lost It Within a Year

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April 2016 to April 2017

This post is going to be super personal, but I feel like I’m at a place where I can (and should) talk freely about my health journey over the past year and a half. My life has been full of changes, from going to college to completely dumping toxic friends to starting three (!!!) new jobs. My body has changed with these things, bringing me to this point, where I am completely comfortable and confident in how I look and feel. The photo on the left above is from April 2016, where I weighed about 125 lbs. The right is from this week (almost April 2017) at 107 lbs.

All my life, I have been a very small person. In elementary school, I was always the shortest in the class and it took me until junior year of high school (and starting birth control) to break 100 pounds. It never bothered me; I liked being small. My volleyball career didn’t exactly work out the way I wanted it to, since, you know, all the good volleyball players are giants, but that was okay. I was a champ at hide-and-go-seek and never thought twice about what I ate. (Which is why I ate french fries every single day at lunch in high school– my stomach turns now just thinking about it.) Continue reading “How I Gained The Freshman 20 And Lost It Within a Year”

How To Eat Healthy At Chipotle

Okay, you’re trying to eat healthy, but you don’t have time to make dinner and need to grab something quickly. What do you do? Chipotle can be a great healthy option that has restaurants in many cities across the country, but most people choose to make unhealthy choices when eating there. Like, let’s be real, is eating a burrito that’s the size of a small baby healthy? Probably not.

I’ve learned that it can be hard to find low-carb options at fast food restaurants. However, I’ve found that Chipotle is one of the easiest fast food places to make healthy choices. This is how I do it.

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Everything You Need to Know About Kombucha

Lately, I feel like I’ve seen a lot of buzz around kombucha. This drink has been on my radar for a while– my health nut mom introduced it to me a few years ago. At first, I was apprehensive. The drink smelled like vinegar and didn’t taste that great. But once I started having problems with my stomach and carbs, it seemed like kombucha was an easy, quick fix when my tummy wasn’t feeling so hot. So I decided to give it another chance.

It seems like a lot of other food and wellness influencers have been hopping on the kombucha train, and for good reason. But what exactly is this magical drink, and what does it do? Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Kombucha”