All posts filed under: wellness

How I Like to Travel vs. How Travel Blogging Wants Me to Travel

Originally posted on The 9 to 5 Wanderer:
This article was supposed to be a Weekend Wanderings post about my visit to Manhattan this past weekend. Last weekend, I posted a bunch of photos from my Labor Day Weekend back home on Cape Cod. They were beautiful to look at, and I enjoyed reflecting on how picturesque my home is, but as I said in the post, taking them was a conscious effort. I was constantly thinking about what would make a good photo opp. Passing by something interesting and dropping what I was doing to grab my iPhone and take a snap- it felt ridiculous to me. Left to my own devices, I rarely take photos. I’m not a photographer, I don’t enjoy posing for photos (which is why you won’t see too many photos of me on the blog), and I think selfies are just not ok. In life, and especially while travelling, I find taking photos to be a distraction to experiencing the moment. It’s not just the two seconds pressing click on the iPhone camera screen,…

A Quick Guide to Preparing Healthy Food

Originally posted on
follow these quick and easy healthy substitutions when preparing food. •Bake, grill, poach or steam foods rather than microwaving or frying foods •Try applying oils using a spray bottle or use nonstick pans rather than coating your food with oil, no matter what kind of oil is used •When baking or following a recipe try substituting 1.5 egg  whites instead of 1 egg •Use nuts sparingly. Remember that nuts, although healthy, are full of fats and should only be enjoyed in small quantities •Use sea salt instead of table salt •Try using low fat yoghurt instead of sour cream or mayonnaise- you won’t even taste the difference!

HIIT Cardio Workout

Originally posted on a health & fitness blog:
HIIT, aka high intensity interval training, is great for stubborn fat loss! You switch up between periods of high intensity which elevates your heart rate and rest. This style of workout is notorious for continually burning calories even AFTER your session is over. Tabatas are great examples of HIIT — a Tabata is 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest (totaling 4 minutes)   This is usually completed with a single exercise to cause muscle fatigue, but doesn’t have to be. Here is an example of my cardio day: Warm Up 30 minutes  stationary bike HIIT Tabata : jump squats (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest) Rest :60-:90 Tabata : kettlebell swings (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest) Rest :60-:90 Tabata : jump lunges (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest) Rest :60-:90 Tabata : burpees  (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest) Rest :60-:90 Tabata : skaters  (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest) FYI- I use a…

Fitness Resources: Nerd Fitness!

Originally posted on Kate's Castle:
Today I’m going to be talking to you about one of my favourite fitness websites, Nerd Fitness! (Because let’s face it – there’s a bit of nerd in all of us.) There are several things that Nerd Fitness does better than other fitness groups and makes it my go-to when I need a motivation boost or a good workout! 1. It makes exercise genuinely fun If you’re struggling to keep to a fitness routine simply because you hate workouts, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Making a habit is tough especially when it’s something you despise doing. Nerd Fitness works around the incredibly motivating idea that life is a video game. Sounds crazy? It sort of is but it’s also highly effective! In role-playing video games you work to become better, stronger, faster so that you can level up. You work on particular skills like speed and agility to improve them in order to complete tasks. Why can’t real life be the same? Steve Kamb challenges us to believe that it can be. “The overarching…

Move Over, Smoothies || Quinoa Porridge

Originally posted on she be kale-in' it:
sometimes a smoothie just isn’t cutting it. even in all their detoxifying, nutrient packed glory, occasionally i crave a warm breakfast to fill me up. so if you’re ready to swap your smoothie, try a healthy plant based porridge. quinoa porridge is the absolute best. enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee or tea and dressed with an array of healthy toppings- yes, please. the benefits of quinoa are that it’s a gluten free, complete protein with all amino acids &?plenty of fiber/protein. the good stuff that keeps you fueled during your busy days pre-lunch hour. the incans considered it the sacred “mother grain” & many vegans may tell you they feel same. for the porridge: cook 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1 cup almond milk (or any nut milk) bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer, cover, & let sit for 15 minutes as it is heating, add a tsp of vanilla or almond extract & a dash of cinnamon &/or nutmeg.?when all liquid is…

The Mind and Body Dualism of Health and Happiness

Originally posted on F R E E D O M:
Without one, you can’t have another. Though I often wonder, which one is more important, the body, or the mind? Before this get too chicken and egg, let me explain by saying that I believe in science. I also believe that there are things science has yet to uncover. Things like, how positive thoughts and self love potentially influences the body (don’t quote me on this, but perhaps, your thoughts also influences the chemicals in your brain and visa versa). Or perhaps, it’s the will and decision to put yourself first that sets the stage for a healthy mind and body, or body and mind. I find myself intrigued on this topic, as I’m always searching for ways to improve in every aspect of life. And of course, one of them involves happiness. What is it? What is happiness? Is it the rush we get when we accomplish something great? Or is it the steady flow of contentment? I think it’s both with the latter…

My favorite healthy meals when I’m out and about!

Originally posted on Kettlebell Beauty:
So let’s face it, we all like to go out and treat ourselves with a huge piece of cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory every now and then as a cheat meal, but what if it’s not your cheat day & you have to go out for a birthday, celebration, work party, etc? Below I’m going to list my favorite HEALTHY meals and options when I’m out to eat at some of my favorite restaurants! Cheesecake Factory: So God bless Cheesecake Factory for making the Skinnylicious menu because it takes the guess work right out of trying to find something healthy to eat – although the salt content is pretty high in some of these items (ya gotta make it taste good, right?) you can always ask to have you item cooked with minimal salt! So here’s a few of my favs! + Greek Salad as a starter + Skinnylicious Caesar salad (TO DIE FOR!) + Chicken lettuce wrap tacos (Mexican style w/ no crema) + Skinnylicious grilled salmon w/ asparagus + Skinny…

Finding My Health

Originally posted on a glass of red wine a day:
This past year was one of gigantic changes. I began a doctoral program and got married. Although I would say that I was going on a diet, or I was going to work out more, it never stuck. I became increasingly stressed, and allowed my weight to stress me more. In the past few weeks I’ve realized that this is the biggest my husband and I have ever been. It’s time for a change. There is really no excuse for our eating habits or for our lack of exercise. To be honest, we are members of a gym (and a nice one at that), and I love to cook. It just becomes so easy to fall out of routine and to order a pizza or Chinese take out rather than to cook a delicious meal. Starting yesterday we began a ten day diet detox based off of a book by Dr. Mark Hyman. The detox includes stripping your system of all sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and…