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Infused Water Blends

Summer or winter, I always need help drinking water. It’s not my favourite. In order to get as much water as I can, I like to mix in some fresh herbs or fruit!

1. Watermelon mint

  • Dice some watermelon. Muttle some mint. Combine with ice and water. Shake or stir and enjoy!

2. Blueberry Rosemary

  • I like frozen blueberries. I muttle the blueberries and add a sprig or two or Rosemary. Shake or stir with ice and water πŸ™‚
  • Option: sweeten with agave

3. Lavender Lemon

  • I use dried lavender beads but fresh would be great! Muttle with lemon flesh. Sweeten with honey or agave if you’d like. Shake or stir with water and ice! πŸ™‚

4. Mint Lime

  • Muttle some mojito mint with lime flesh. Shake or stir with ice. Add a lime wedge for show. This works awesome with soda!

Those are a few of my favourites and some ingredients I usually stock in my kitchen/greenhouse. You can add anything. It’s fun to get creative. I love having some kind of beverage on me all the time (lol) so this is a fun way to get flavour and water!

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Four Steps to Relieving a Tension Headache

The last weekend before Christmas is always crazy! If you’re on the island like me, this also means you’ve been without power this weekend! The stores are crazy, the weather is crazy….it is feeling hard to stay organized this week. If the extra crazy has brought on a little tension, here is my 5 step process to relieve a tension headache and how to incorporate your essential oils. I always like to try natural methods first, it often works if you catch it early enough.

One thing to keep in mind, like western medications, essential oils can take 20 minutes to two hours to start taking effect. I like to start by apply the oil so it gets working asap for me.

1. Apply your essential oils! Make sure they have been properly diluted in a carrier oil, you can also use my Head-Helper roll-on, designed specifically for headaches. I like to apply it to my temples, back of my neck and traps. I usually roll on and massage in.

2. Apply heat. I use a neck pillow, throw it in the microwave and voila!

3. Use peanut or massager on neck/traps. Once my heat bag has cooled, I use a roller for the back of my neck/head and traps. If you have someone near by, I’m sure they could help you out! If you don’t have a roller, a tennis ball or hockey ball work great. I usually apply pressure as it feels good.

4. Drink lots of water. Water helps flush toxins out of the body. If you’re massaging the area, different chemicals may be released in the body bringing out toxins in the body πŸ™‚

When we have busy days we sometimes forget to drink water (I’m guilty…it usually starts with forgetting my water bottle at home). When you become dehydrated, your brain tissue shrinks causing it to pull away from the skull. This often causes headaches and can be solved with hydration!

As someone who suffers from chronic migraines and headaches, the best thing you can do for yourself is listen to your body, respect its needs and rest! Making sure you notice when it’s coming makes a huge difference too πŸ™‚ if I can catch it at the early stages, I usually start drinking water and I apply my roll on and massage it in. Often times this is enough to stop it !

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Cellucation: cellulite education.

Ohhhhh Cellulite….according to studies 90% of women and 10% of men will get this at some point in their lives. Regardless of its frequency, we hate when it shows up. Cellulite appears when the layer of fat under the skin presses against the connective tissue and bulges. There are numerous causes of cellulite, some we can control and some we can’t. I get asked about the causes and ‘cures’ of cellulite all the time which is why I decided to write about it. It’s SO important to remember it’s normal, natural and nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by…it’s life 😊 That being said, a little education never hurts.

There are sooo many different ‘types’ and classifications of cellulite…I am going to explain two predominant ‘types’, hard and soft. Soft cellulite is soft, saggy and covers a larger area. It does not attach to the muscle making it move around more. It can be the result of lymphatic problems and can often be cold or clammy to touch. It is also usually with looser skin. On the plus side, it sits closer to the surface making it easier to treat. Hard cellulite is more concentrated and lives closer to the muscle. Hard cellulite is haaarder to see and treat as it sits deeper. Most of us have soft cellulite.

For me, hormonal changes during pregnancy gave me cellulite. Hormonal changes (especially a decline in estrogen) may contribute to changes in circulation and a reduction in collagen production. A thinner collagen layer, an increase in fat cells and change in blow flood can all create the appearance of cellulite.  This means that cellulite is also common around menopause as estrogen levels decrease Prolactin can also make cellulite more visible as it increases water retention in fat cells making them lumpier and larger. 

Prolonged sitting or inactivity can also cause cellulite. Decreased activity can change circulatory patterns in the body.

High levels of insulin increase the amount of fat your body produces in the form of triglycerides. Insulin sends the carbs to fat cells to be turned into these fatty acids and stored. So a high intake of carbs results in higher insulin levels and may create the appearance of cellulite.

Unfortunately ladies, some of it is in our make up. We have a higher risk of developing cellulite because our connective tissue and fat cells are arranged slightly different to men. I’ve attached a couple photos to demonstrate soft cellulite. It covers a large area around my hips. After pregnancy I noticed it in the front a little as well. I think this was largely due to water retention as it disappeared faster and easier than the rest. It’s mostly gone now but is still visible in the fatty area below my butt #2018goals. Right now I’m working on cleaning my diet after Christmas and bumping my total body water a little.

So we all want to know…how do I get rid of it?? Thankfully, there are tons of ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. πŸ˜‰

Massage. A low, gentle pressure applied slowly over the area helps elongate the fascia and connective tissue. It can also improve circulation in the area. Get someone to massage the area, do it yourself or grab your foam roller. Dry brushing is another method to exfoliate and improve circulation.

Coffee scrub or wrap. I personally didn’t find this worked for me, but it definitely might for you! Caffeine stimulates blood and lymphatic flow to the area. It also exfoliates the skin. Coffee is rich in antioxidants which some think can penetrate the skin and boost collagen and elastin.

Balance your hormones. Paying attention to your diet, exercise, sleep and carbohydrates. These things may affect your hormone balance thus affecting the appearance of cellulite in your body. If you’re unsure of these things, see a health care professional.

Essential oils. The correct use of EOs can improve the activity of your lymph glands and improve circulation thus reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Change your diet. Monitor the amount of carbs you consume. By balancing your diet you can reduce the amount of fat that goes into storage. Drinking lots of water will also metabolize toxin buildup and hydrate connective tissue.

That’s the quick and dirty edition to cellulite education and helpful tools to reduce it’s appearance. πŸ’•πŸ’•

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Motivation Monday…Where are you at?

Happy Monday friends!

I’ve decided to start partaking in motivation Monday as a place to get organized and jazzed for the week! With winter here daylight hours are short and we are slammed with holiday activities and festivities. It’s the easiest way to forget about our own wellness and fitness.

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So, the question is…what will motivate you each week?

A lot of the time, remembering why I care for my body is my best motivation. Sometimes this changes, but being clear on WHY keeps me accountable. Right now my why is to be healthy and balanced. This has changed after getting pregnant. My goal is to be the healthiest home for baby G as possible.

But what does it mean for you? Maybe you’re in the same boat as me, or maybe you have kids and you want to enjoy playing with them more. Or maybe it’s for the jeans hidden in the back of the closet you’d like to wear again. Whatever it may be….make sure you know what’s driving you to care for your body.

so now you know why, what’s going to get you there every workout?

  • Post your why somewhere visible to remind you
  • Plan your weeks workouts and post them in your house, or online for accountability
  • Set out your workout clothes the night before
  • Connect with others in the same boat
  • Do activities you love! If you don’t like going to the gym, go running or take on at home program etc.

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today”

-Jackson Brown

Lastly, the most importantly part, just get moving. Whether it’s 10 minutes or 60 minutes, you have to start somewhere and you have to start at some point. Instead of putting it off another day, just start NOW! You can do it 😊 Don’t cut yourself short.

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Black Friday Specials

Take advantage of Black Friday and invest in your health!

Save 25% on packages with 6 sessions and save 35% on packages of 8 or more sessions!
Interested in online? I can offer you great deals there too 😊

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Insanity Max30 Review and Transformation

Hey guys!

As I get ready to start another fitness program I thought I would review Insanity Max 30 and share my transformation! I can’t love on this program enough. I participated with the fitness program, drank my shakes every day and cleaned up my diet a little!

What you get…

-Your first 30 day supply of Shakeology, the superfood protein shake that helps give you energy, reduces cravings, and accelerates your results-I LOVE THE SHIT out of my shakes.

-12 kick ass workout classes available online and via your own discs

-a FREE 30 day membership in team Beachbody, where you can start streaming your program online. You also gain access to hundreds of workouts on demand.

-nutrition guide

-Max Out Calendar and tracker

-No time to cook meal guide

Purchase It Here

Each workout is 30 minutes and they all use body weight only which means anyone can do it from anywhere…and you should!

The classes are organized by ‘type’ each focussing on something new each day. For example; tabata power, tabata strength, cardio challenge, sweat intervals, max out power, pulse and so many more! The goal for each workout is to MAX OUT! This means you push your hardest for 30 minutes, and hit your max. This Program comes with a workout guide, and a calendar to track what time you maxed out at so you can watch yourself progress. Through the 60 days I watched myself go from maxing out around the 3 minute mark, to making it through 30 minutes STRONG.

Not only did this program transform my body, it also gave me a lesson in mental toughness. There were days where I had to talk myself into my workout…but at the end of the day…I always told myself ITS ONLY 30 MINUTES and its embarrassing if I can’t make that time for my fitness and wellness…even on the most hectic days.

In addition to my physical and cognitive transformation, I also noticed a difference when it came to doing the things I love. I can hammer off a 16km hike, no problem. Beyond the hike from a couple weekends ago, I don’t think I had hiked more than once in around 6 weeks (which is shameful now that I think of that out loud), but this program has conditioned my body for hiking, Β walking, working out, running, you name it! <3

The bottom line…I highly recommend this program to anyone hoping to shape up! I gained muscle, and lost fat and feel 100x healthier.

For More Information or to Purchase Click Here

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Have a Healthy Weekend: 10 tips to stay on trackΒ 

Ok ok…it’s the weekend and let’s be real, a lot of us let things slide a little Friday-Sunday and pay for it Monday. If you know me you know I CONSTANTLY (probably obnoxiously) stress improving your health and fitness through LIFESTYLE adjustments. And lifestyles don’t take a break on the weekend 😊 Super sorry!

So, how can we stay on track over the weekend. The key to success is BALANCE. This goes for every day, some of us can go balls to he walls with our nutrition and fitness and maintain it, but that isn’t sustainable for most. You need to treat yo self, you need rest days, and most importantly you need to listen to your body…within reason. πŸ˜‰

So here we go…


1. Stick to your workout program. This is crucial and makes your weekday transition smoother. (Is that a word? πŸ˜‚) whether you trade it for a hike, a run or you stick to your regular plan…I don’t care, make it happen! 

2. Stick with your 5 meals a day, maybe give yourself a little break and splurge on a meal. But NEVER GO TO PARTIES UNFED AND HUNGRY. unless it’s a dinner party…but choose wisely..we all know we fill up on appies before dinner.

3. Get plenty of sleep! It’s so important guys! I want you to start every day fresh and rejuvenated! 

4. If you’re eating out, eat your salad before your burger, or your veges before your steak. Make sure you are filling up on the nutrients you need first 😊

5. Don’t drink pop. If you like to mix alcohol with soda, try trading it for club soda with a splash of ________. This will help keep those sugary kcals down. 

6. Share your lifestyle with others. If you’ve been to a party of mine you’ll know when I’m watching my diet. I’ll make you healthy dips, and offer veges. Having others sharing your experience helps keep you accountable and HEY, maybe it will inspire your peers to eat a little healthier too! (Disclaimer, I have the healthiest friends, they keep me honest).

7. Have a productive Sunday! Get outside, get shit done, and start planning for your week ahead. Consistency is key, which means your health doesn’t take a break because it’s lazy Sunday. Plan your weeks meals and workouts to keep you organized until next Sunday!

8. Shift your mindset. Treat Sunday like the first day of the week, not the last. This gives your brain a prep day! 

9. Work smarter not harder. Delegate your chores throughout the week so that you don’t end up with a huge, miserable to do list for the weekend. Easy. Create some ‘me time.’ 

10. Stop procrastinating. We can all sit around and say we’ll start Monday,  but that’s bullshit…you should have started last week. Don’t make excuses, make time. It is the TRUTH that we make time for what we want to, so make time for your fitness and for fuelling your body right. 

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Self-love PracticesΒ 

Hey guys! SO you’ve probably seen/heard me mention my “Self-Love Practices” a few times lately. 

I think that these three practices are necessary on a daily basis. So, I’ll get right into it.

1. Gratitude. I have started a Gratitude Journal. Every morning when I wake up, I start the day with a grateful heart and write at least one thing (in point form) in my journal. Sometimes it’s something simple like the sunshine or the rain, other days its a little deeper than this. Either way, connecting with positive energy first thing in the morning, starts every day right. πŸ™‚

2. Personal Development. Read read read. I am not naturally a reader, however I have gotten in the habit of reading every morning and I’ve really grown to enjoy it! Every time I sit down with a book I learn something knew and my eyes are opened to a new concept or idea. Not only does this empower me, it improves my self-esteem. Pick a book that speaks to you and you’ll have no problem πŸ™‚

3. Physical Wellness. This doesn’t mean you have to crush a HIIT session or pump some weights…I mean you can, but that’s not what this is about. This is about listening to your body and treating it well πŸ™‚ Some days, I treat it to a yoga session, sometimes it is cardio, sometimes tabata, sometimes just a core workout and a walk…other times, I say fuck it and dance instead. The goal is to get moving every day, in whatever way your body wants and needs. 

Committing time each day  for these things, (ideally first thing in the morning) not only sets the day up for success, it starts each day with a happy, grateful Heart. I challenge you to try it, and share with me what you experience.  

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5 things you didn’t know about me…

Hey everyone!

There have been quite a few new people added to my Facebook page and Instagram and I couldn’t be happier about that!
I decided I would take this time to quickly tell you a few facts about me you might not know! πŸ™‚

1. I am a creature of habit and routine. I find myself the most productive on days where I follow the same routine. For me this is mostly morning and bed time…every afternoon is a little different but my morning routine consists of coffee and my self love practices; fitness, yoga/meditation and personal development.

2. I meditate! I used to practice meditation daily for sleep, I had mastered a 3 breath sleep routine. Somewhere along the way I lost the practice, BUT it’s back. Whether I meditate for 5 minutes or 20, I love this space to connect with my body and Source energy.

3. I am an introverted homebody by nature. I spend all day LOVING all the seconds I get to connect, share and explore with others. I wasn’t always this way. I grew up very shy and introverted and through self love, and support…I have embraced the loud, bubbling side you all know now! I dance, I sing, and don’t give a fuck. It’s a life of freedom. It was a long journey of introvert to extrovert and I’m so happy about where I am now. That being said I still love to unplug and hide inside and snuggle my husband and pets sometimes πŸ™‚

4. I work with kids! I don’t share this often, but I have an amazing opportunity with my local community schools running their after school sports program! This program and these kids have taught me SO much already, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the school year holds for us.

5. I have never been successful at headstands. It’s a real bummer…they hurt my head haha apparently I don’t have a flat part on my dome…can someone teach me?! πŸ˜‚ This has always been a goal of mine…unfortunately never a successful one. Handstands maybe.

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JuicingΒ 

I had some leftover fruit in my fridge and decided to do some juicing!

You guys know me, I didn’t measure anything…I just use what I have and blend each ingredient in small amounts one after another until my mason is full! Here are three of my favourite recipes πŸ™‚

Green Goddess

Kiwi

Lime

Kale

Apple

 

Strawberry Sunrise

Yum! This one is all fruit and probably more sugar than I need but damn it’s delicious!

Mango

Strawberry

Peach

Nectarine

Last but not least…

Vitamin C-itrus

As you can assume by my incredibly cheesy name…this ones a citrus kick πŸ™‚

Orange

Grapefruit

Ginger

Lemon

Carrot