Wellness Wednesday – 4 Wellness Tips

Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday!

This week I wanted to touch on 4 wellness tips that I try to practice daily. They are all simple, easy and healthy and definitely make me feel better when I’m consistent with them. So, with that, let’s get to it.

  1. Eat Breakfast

Everyone has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You need to make sure that you are boosting your metabolism first thing in the morning and starting off your day with a healthy breakfast! When you eat breakfast you providing your body energy and helping your focus for the rest of the day.

I also utilize breakfast as a tool that will ensure I eat healthy the rest of the day. When I start my day off right with a smoothie, protein pancakes, eggs etc. I know that I have already taken a step in the right direction for the day and don’t feel exhausted and tired. Often times when I eat a heavy breakfast or brunch (my favorite meal of the day) I tend to need a nap afterwards. Every once and awhile I love doing that but nothing makes me crankier than waking up and feeling bloated and still sleepy. Therefore, eat healthy breakfast and kick off your day the right way!

2. Drink Water

Since the human body is made up of about 60% water you want to make sure you’re giving it the proper nourishment! I love to always drink a glass of water before each meal. Sometimes when you are craving food or sweets it is actually because you are thirsty! So put the brownie down and take a big ol’ gulp of water before biting into that treat.

Above is the main reason I like the drink water below are a few other fun facts I wanted to shared:

Without water your muscles feel extremely fatigued. When fatigued, muscle cells will actually shrivel until replenished. This for sure goes hand-in-hand with drinking water while exercising. Before I go to the gym I make sure that I am completely hydrated so that my muscles are able to stretch and grow versus just trying to replenish themselves. Since you’re sweating your body needs water constantly to replace the loss of fluids.

I also notice that when I am drinking enough water my skin clears up! When you are dehydrated your skin starts to look wrinkled and dry. But once you hydrate enough the skin will loosen and the kidneys will start to secrete the extra fluid through urine. Once enough water is drank, it is important to moisturize to lock the water into your skin.

3. Eating Habits

So this one is super short and sweet! Throughout the day I try not to eat two bad meals in a row. When I eat one bad meal I’m instantly craving another one … but if I don’t allow myself to do so then it resets myself back on track to continue eating healthy for the rest of the day.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

So this is one that I have yet to try but I’m going to start incorporating this into by everyday routine! Every morning I want to drink a cup of hot water, lemon and apple cider vinegar. It has sooo many health benefits and I will list a few below.

· Weight Loss

· Reduced Cholesterol

· Lower Blood Sugar

· Kills Bacteria

· Heart Health


Well that’s all, folks! Since I’m preaching breakfast, breakfast, breakfast. This week I’m going to share a smoothie recipe! It actually isn’t mine … I stole it from my friend Jayde. But I started drinking these in the mornings and they fill me up and make me feel energized.

Pineapple/Banana/Spinach Smoothie

Prep Time : 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 Pineapple

4 Bananas

1 tub Croyo (Natural Grocerers)

Vanilla Extract

Hemp Hearts

Chia Seeds

1 bag Spinach

Unsweetened Almond Milk


Step 1: Add 8 drops of vanilla extract to the coconut yogurt (this sweetens it just a tad) and stir well. Divide the yogurt into four mini-mason jars.

Step 2: Chop one pineapple and divide it into four ziplock bags. Cut four banana and also add those to the ziplock.

Step 3: Add 1c spinach, 2 tbsp of flax seed, 2tbsp hemp hearts and 2 tbsp chia seeds

**These nutritional fats add so many benefits to your diet

Step 4: Freeze the four baggys and place the mason jars in the fridge. When ready to drink, add all ingredients together in a blender and add 1/2c unsweetened almond milk. Drink up – you won’t be disappointed.

Tune in next week for another Wellness Wednesday!

Toodles,

Christine

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Fourth of July Recap!

I haven’t posted a recap in forever so I thought I would fill everyone in on what’s new! If you haven’t picked it up in the previous posts; I am moving to Charlotte, NC at the end of August. I was dying to expand my horizons and start a new adventure so I decided to take a leap and move in the fall. But, besides that.. I’ve just been a busy little worker bee and just saving as much money as possible and trying not to put myself in a poor position when I move.

May

May brought the end of a semester and a small vacation. My best friend and I traveled to Portland so I could visit some friends and she could visit her sister. While I was there I got bangs, many brunches, and lots of clothes that I didn’t need. I had so much fun visiting my friends and was sad to come home. On the way home we drove an hour in the wrong direction, yikes, and had to turn around make it a two day trip. Although it felt like a lifetime to get back home, it’s always nice to travel with someone that you’re so close with because it never makes for ‘awkward’ car silences or conversations.

ALSO! My sister graduated high school! Woohoo! I’ve never been more proud of anyone and she is such an inspiration to ME (even though she is the younger sister!).

May also brought my friend Michelle’s birthday. We went out to a few bars and definitely had a few too many drinks! We had sooo much fun and it was totally a night to remember. Sometimes it is so nice to catch dinner and drinks with friends instead of curling up at home and watching movies (which is what I would rather do 99% of the time). I felt so blessed to be apart of her special day but I was for sure regretting some of the drinks the following morning.

June

This month I got to go to… Taylor Swift! She was playing in Denver and it was a last minute purchase. Kenzi, Michelle and I were spontaneous and just randomly bought the tickets to go see one of my favorite pop stars. And it was safe to say that she put on the most amazing show. Besides that, the trip was cut super short because it is hard for us all to get the same time off. We drove back in a hurry but it didn’t make the trip any less amazing.

Believe it or not, but I went to four movies in June. I am beside myself that I spend that much money on movies but who doesn’t love a good matinee? I went to see Book Club (awful, don’t see!), Incredibles 2 (movie of the year for sure!), Tag (so incredibly stupid), Jurassic World (eh) and Oceans 8 (Sandra Bullock will forever be a babe). Even though all these movies were so wonderful, I think the best movie that I have seen this year yet would be Love, Simon. It is so touching and heartfelt and if you haven’t seen it – you need to.

July

Well, it is only the 7th ..  but my fourth was pretty great with great friends. Besides getting sunburnt to a crisp while on the lake with my family, my friends and I went to the lake and had some drinks and basked in the sun all day (woohoo!). It is so rare to get these times with my friends and I really do cherish every single moment.


I know my life seems super boring at the moment but I promise I’ll be more exciting soon! Until then .. here are some photos my sister took of me last weekend to practice studio lighting. She is so talented and if you all don’t follow her on Instagram already then you should start! @alexajorgensonphoto

ttfn,

Christine

PS. This week on Wellness Wednesday I’m going to be discussing 5 wellness tricks I practice daily. It will also be featuring a cilantro lime shrimp salad! Check back Wednesday & subscribe!

Wellness Wednesday – Social Media Detox + Recipe!

Happy fourth and welcome to my second Wellness Wednesday.

This week I’ve decided to talk about the social media detox I did a last month and how it affected me and why everyone should give it a try.

I was definitely the typical girl who was always sending her girlfriends memes on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat etc. I was constantly scrolling through the popular page and comparing myself to fitness models, makeup bloggers, YouTube stars and so on. I was so consumed in other people’s lives that I felt like I truly wasn’t living mine to the fullest. The point being, why was I doing that? I decided that it was extremely unhealthy to be doing so and honestly exhausting mentally. I hate participating in things that make me feel sad or upset afterwards and I knew that I could easily make a change for the better by just putting my phone down.

Because of that, I decided to deactivate my Facebook, delete my Snapchat and Instagram apps from my phone and take a break from social media for awhile. At first I was constantly grabbing for my phone to start scrolling through mindless posts that I’ve already seen a hundred times. But after just a few days I noticed that I was reaching for my phone less when I was at home, with friends, driving (we are all guilty) etc.  I really was trying to focus on being aware in every situation. I’m so tired of hanging out with people that are constantly on their phones! Please put it down and be present. If I could have a life motto it would for sure be to be present. 

I did have certain vices that helped this detox. I definitely saw myself on Pinterest more and instead of browsing or being so invested in other people’s lives and what they were doing; I was getting ideas for my new home in Charlotte. What I really wanted from this was to pull myself away from everyone else and focus on myself instead. And you know what? I truly believe that is the reason I came back to blogging! I wasn’t comparing my blogs to other blogs, or myself to insta-models anymore. I was so consumed in my well being and it really opened my eyes.

Moral of the story – everyone should take some time off social media and be more engaged in conversations with anyone you encounter. Make sure you are listening and giving your full attention to the people that deserve it. Because at the end of the day, that Instagram model you stalked for over an hour and ended up on her brothers-daughters-friends page doesn’t give a crap about that hour you gave her. But your friends/family/strangers will remember these moments forever.

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Since we got the ‘serious’ talk out of the way I wanted to start incorporting recipes in my blog. Soooo, starting this week I hope to have at least one recipe up a week of healthy eats that are easy to make. This weeks topic is Sweet Potato Brownies.

Ingredients:

· 1 medium sized sweet potato (finely grated)

· 1/2 c of cacao powder

· 1/4 c coconut oil

· 1/4 c honey

· 3 tbsp almond meal

· 2 tbsp pure maple syrup

· 1 tsp vanilla extract

· 2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

1. Preheat over to 320° F

2. Combine all ingredients into a bowl once sweet potato is finely ground.

3. Line a baking tin with parchment paper and pour batter into tin.

4. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 min.

6. Place in fridge and eat next day – they are much better and more dense when chilled until the next day!

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Topping:

Heat 1 tbsp of peanut butter, 1 tbsp cocoa and 1 tbsp coconut oil and combine together. Wait until brownies are completely cooled and then drizzle overtop. Enjoy! 🙂