Happy Monday!!

So, guys… I have something major to share with you.  For all of you Netflix lovers out there, this is a watch now, as in TONIGHT, type deal.  It will change your life.  The documentary titled, “Hungry For Change” is so incredible, and literally will change your paradigm on dieting, your health and your life, forever.  If you’ve already seen it, please chime in, I love to discuss this stuff.  Like, send me an e-mail or comment below.

Basically this documentary is a real life glimpse of what Americans eat, why they eat it, what it does, and how to improve and know what your body needs.  The experts in the film used to be 200, 300, 400 lbs themselves, and they completely changed their lives once they became educated on food and health.  68% of Americans are overweight or obese. This film uncovers why and how we can change this.

If you’ve been with me on this blog for awhile, you know that I am a huge proponent of NOT dieting, ever. I do not diet, I’ll never diet again.  I don’t believe in any of the “diets” out there, from Weight Watchers to Atkins to the Zone, whatever, they’re all bogus to me.  Why? Because diets are only temporary.  If you’re looking to permanently change your life, you have to become educated on what causes weight gain, what foods do what to your body, and how to eat for your optimum health.  Plain and simple, you will not be the healthiest, happiest version of yourself eating processed foods, sodas, packaged foods, whatever. There is no escaping it, these chemicals will cause mass weight gain, a variety of cognitive issues, malnutrition and disease throughout your body.

My favorite takeaways from the film:

-Dieting causes people to feel deprived, with the attitude, “I can’t have it but I want it.”  Not dieting but becoming educated on what your body needs causes people to say, “I can have it but I don’t want it.”  This paradigm shift makes all of the difference in lasting weight loss and overall improved health.

-It’s  simple, once you become educated on what humans are supposed to eat, you add those foods into your diet, start to eat more organic fruits and vegetables, take notice of ingredients.  You keep adding in the good stuff, and it will crowd out the bad.  Once you start to feel better from this diet, seeing rapid weight loss, you’ll never want to go back.  Once you feel better, you’ll realize the other choices are no longer valid.

-Don’t manipulate your diet. Ie: No carbs, low fat, no meat, no dairy, just eat real unprocessed foods, it’s that simple.

-To detoxify your body eat a ton of greens, vegetables, chia seeds, parsley, cilantro, water and you will feel yourself letting go of the many toxins you’ve been accumulating in your body.  Get outside, take a walk, exercise, you will feel happier and healthier within days.  Oh, and JUICE!!! Major, major proponent of this. I use this one and love it.  Remember this recipe??

-Visualization is a HUGE part of weight loss.  One man spoke about when he was 300+ lbs, he visualized himself every day at a healthy weight.  He closed his eyes and visualized himself walking in the sun, running, smiling, out with friends, in nice clothes, all of these visualizations speak to your subconscious mind.  Keep visualizing yourself this way every single day, do it when your body is calm, your mind is calm, relaxed and your subconscious mind will begin seeing you that way, it becomes an intense motivator and it no longer seems like such work to reach this reality.

-Basically, getting to your goal weight, getting rid of disease, and feeling your absolute best can be done with three steps (in conjunction with healthy eating). 1. Sleep (get tons of it). 2. Exercise, get outside in the sun, biochemically this is everything. 3. Humor. Humor is known to improve stress, improve immunity, and decrease pain.

Let me know if/when you watch this. Again, highly recommend. I love learning more about this topic and would love to see everyone just as inspired as I am by this!!

Toodles!

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Hello everybody!!!

Sorry for the lack of posts the past week-ish (more like 2) weeks! As you all know very well, at times life gets a little too in the way of fun stuff like blogging! My apologies!

Halloween is a week from tomorrow. ONE WEEK!

How in the h-e-double hockey sticks did that happen?

Well, in case it has crept up on you like one of those creepy mummies in every Halloween movie you’ve ever seen, I have your party essentials covered!

BTW- Totally don’t need to actually have a party to throw a party, make sense? This year, I’m all about a small little Halloween celebration.  Think themed cocktails, scary movies, a little candy, a little snuggly time, a little dressing up my doggy and parading him around even though he doesn’t know what’s going on, type of night.

Hang with your BFF, your girl/your boy, your parents, whatever and just freaking have a ball.

1. Vintage Halloween Paper Straws

H1These cutesy straws are not only biodegradable but they are so damn adorable. I would throw a party just to use these straws, just saying.  Think a little spiked witches brew + cute vintage straws + a little spooky music. Done, done and done!

2. Black & White Swirl Pops

H2Lollipops are not just for kids this Halloween… I mean, I try to stay away from candy 99% of the time, but on Halloween, you’re allowed (encouraged, forced). ;) Try these cherry flavored pops for a cute little party accent & an end of the night treat.

3. Black M&M’s

H3There are certain things that don’t ever cross my mind.  Black M&M’s would be one of these things. Like who the f thinks to make such a thing?! People that love Halloween! That’s who. I love these to throw in a cute little skeleton bowl or a cute candy dish to add to your delicious decor!

4. Halloween Canvas

H4How adorable is this little vintage canvas with the little girl and cute cat?!? I love sweet little details for decor, without going overboard.

5. Orange Lanterns

H5I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I am always more than down for a pom pom hanging somewhere. They are so delightful and sweet, especially these orange poms for a dose of Halloween fun!

 

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I’m a girl who definitely likes her sweets from time to time…

I don’t like to deny myself or feel like I’m starving (remember this?) So, I whipped up an easy, healthy little ice cream alternative that did just the trick to curve my evening sweet fix.

photo 5Here’s the beauty of this little recipe vs. store bought ice cream:

+No dairy! The less dairy I consume, the less I want it/can even tolerate it when I do have it. Many people are lactose intolerant, if you don’t know if you are/are unsure, try cutting dairy, you’ll see a difference! Besides, drinking milk is not necessary for optimum health, and is potentially harmful (my opinion). I always go for Almond Milk, always.

+It’s very rich, feels decadent but ISN’T.

+A healthy alternative, all of the items used have fantastic health benefits, they aren’t empty additives, or icky ingredients you can’t even spell, much less pronounce!

+Cacao Powder is DELICIOUS!!! Cacao has a variety of great health benefits (in moderation) such as: magnesium, iron, antioxidants, omega fatty acids and fiber! I use this one. Sunfood Superfoods Cacao Powder is Non-GMO, and made from the highest quality cacao beans, cold pressed into a powder to maintain its full nutrient density.

+IT’S SO DAMN GOOD.

OK, so here we go:

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIngredients: 2 bananas (ripe), 2 Tbsp Cacao Powder, 3 Organic Dates (pitted), 1 Tsp Pumpkin Spice, 4 Tbsp Almond Milk.

This is a no brainer, throw all the ingreds in a blender, freeze, enjoy!

This makes two servings (technically), but mine is just sitting in my freezer for whenever I get the craving. It’s safe to enjoy within the week for optimum nutritional benefits. I just have a couple of scoops whenever the sweet tooth starts screaming and this does more than the trick!

photo 4BTW- ALL of my favorite bloggers have done a variation of this. Some add strawberries instead of cacao, some mix in dark chocolate bits instead of the cacao powder, this is totally customizable. Just think of your fave ice cream flavor and add that ingredient (all natural peanut butter swirled in, almond butter, fresh fruit, etc etc). Just think all natural, all organic and fresh!!

Tip- Sprinkle coconut flakes on the top for a little snowy sweet top! I use these.

Let me know which variations you try!!

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetHow’s everyone doing on the book?? Remember my book club?? I know I said I would wait for you to get the book, but I had a few e-mails to join and we’ve just been conversating as the book goes on. If you’d like to join the discussion LMK!

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There’s something that happens to girls when October rolls around… It happens every year. Every. Year.

We go from #EndlessSummer/loving our warm weather/eating watermelon/wearing flip flops every day to complete and utter pumpkin insanity/buying every candle there is/knitting scarves/making DIY turkeys/playing Christmas music.  Blame it on Pinterest, Target, all of my fave online shopping sites, OTHER GIRLS, whatever. Whatever the cause, we are down to get down with Fall like no other.

Yesterday was October 1, so you know what that means….

IT’S FALLLLLLLLLLL!!!

Love.Can’t.Won’t.Will.PUMPKIN EVERYTHING FOREVER.

Ahem. So, YAY top five with my faveeee October snags to start this season off right!

1. Urban Renewal Overdyed Flannel Shirt, $49

Fall1There is something so incredibly sweet and comforting about a flannel shirt done right.  This classic flannel can be styled in a million ways, and I love it as a layering piece, to get you through those days that start out icy and progress to warmer temps. Buy here.

2. Whistles Nami Crop Pullover, $125

Fall2Just because it’s Fall, doesn’t mean we have to tuck away the crops.  Thou shalt wear crops, forever.  This turtleneck crop is so chic and a beautiful staple for your Fall to Winter wardrobe.  Bonus- paired with this soft winter white skirt is everything. Buy here.

3. Bianca Sweater, $68

Fall3This is the type of sweater that I swear to you, you will wear about 95 times this Fall to Winter.  I can’t get enough of the color/bell sleeves/cowl neck.  It gives me goosebumps.  Can we also just take a moment for me to be Captain Obvious here?  The first three of this top five all involve winter white. I swear I didn’t plan this, but….. White!! So chic. Buy here.

4. Pendleton X UO Reversible Poncho, $198

fall4If I had kept what I originally wrote about this poncho on the first draft, you might feel like I had just a tad too much enthusiasm for this piece.  For once (in my life, ever) I’m going to scale back and be calm about this perfect jack… because I don’t need to freak out when clothing moves me.  So, in my calm voice, I will say, that this tribal ponch is killing it in every possible way and total bonus/winner of everything moment is you will wear this a billion times this fall/winter.  Think traipsing through a river bed (pictured), or sifting through a Christmas craft fair.  I mean, it’s literally perfect. (How’s that for restrain?) Buy here.

5. Nasty Gal Fast Lane Leggings, $48

fall5Leather/black goes with just about everything you are going to wear this fall.  Pair these leggings with the Bianca Sweater (above) and a little poncho (above), and you’re perfect. Buy here.

What are your favorite fall staples?

For a glimpse into last October’s Top Five Thursdays, click here!

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    Happy Wednesday, loves!

IMG_1703Today I bring to you, one of my favorite non-indulgent but totally feels indulgent recipes for a food we all can agree we love to eat- PIZZA.

Pizza is one of my all time favorite foods, but I rarely used to eat it until recently because it felt like way too much… I mean, all of that cheese, bread, salty pepperonis, sausage, etc. Yuck!  Like, sorry, I’m not going to eat well all week/bust a$s at the gym and erase all of that work with one meal… #Sorrynotsorry.  However, I HATE to deprive myself, so that’s why it felt completely necessary to try a skinny version. Trust me when I say this, you will love it! Bonus/TOTAL WIN- it won’t kill the waist line (HOLLA!)

IMG_1700(Cold Pressed, 100% Raw)

Recently, my buds over at Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil sent me some of their famed Coconut Oil to try, mind you, the ONLY RAW Coconut Oil on the market today.  Basically, this stuff is obsess worthy/mind blowing/everything.

I’m a huge fan of Coconut Oil, I use it every damn day. Why? Because it has AMAZING health benefits, ie: energy booster (long lasting energy, not the crash&burn energy you get from sodas, processed foods energy), helps burn fat, is a healthy source of GOOD fat, boosts immunity, and boosts metabolism. WIN.WIN.WIN.WIN.WIN.WIN.WIN.

x WIN.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is the only 100% Raw, Cold Pressed Coconut Oil on the market today.  They are pesticide free, wild harvested from Vietnam, and completely pure (we’re talking 12 coconuts per jar).. Coconut Oil is great for memory, cognition, attention, heart healthy, and helps stress levels.  Basically, I use this stuff for everything…. Cooking (below), and my fave smoothies on the daily (more here).

Living a healthy life isn’t just about looking hella good in a bathing suit, it’s about thriving, it’s about becoming the best possible version of yourself, and it’s about prevention/YOUR FUTURE. I mean, forgive me for being so blunt, but you can pay now with organic, healthy foods, or you can pay later with health bills… It’s 100% your choice.

On to the good stuff!! Skinny Mini Pizza, here we go!

IMG_1701Ingredients: 1 Tbsp Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil (buy here), 1/2 Tbsp Avocado Oil, Oregano (buy here), Thyme, Pepper, 1 Organic Zucchini Squash, 1/2 Organic Yellow Onion, 2 Organic Garlic Cloves, 1/2 Cup Organic Cherry Tomatoes, Organic Shredded Cheese (to taste), Tomato & Basil Marinara (or your favorite marinara), 1 tortilla or flat bread of your choice.

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350, place your tortilla (I used a whole wheat tortilla, it’s up to you what you’d like to use as your “crust”) on a flat baking pan.

Tip: spread a tiny amount of Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil on the tortilla to help make it crispy!

IMG_1704Step 2: Throw a small pan on the stove at medium heat, slowly add your Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil to the pan, 1/2 tbsp of Avocado Oil, Oregano, Thyme, Pepper and Garlic.  Slowly add diced zucchini and onion. Saute until onions are caramelized (you might fall over with absolute love from the aroma, FYI).

Step 3: Place the tortilla in the oven for 2-3 minutes to warm, remove and add marinara to the tortilla as your base (just use a little, no need to go overboard.)

Step 4: Stack onions, zucchini, on top of tortilla, tomatoes on top with a light dusting of cheese on the very top. Cook in oven for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Remove, DIE of absolute happiness.

Basically, the key to weight loss and to maintaining your weight is to make good choices.  Eating a full size pizza from any number of restaurants may sound great, but it will set you back significantly if you’re trying to lose weight or even maintain.  It’s all about portion control, using fresh and healthy ingredients, and curbing those cravings in a healthy, sustainable way.  Wash this Skinny Mini Pizza down with my fave green smoothie and you’ll be full & satisfied!

Enjoy!!

 

 

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