Biggest Myths About Weight Loss

Biggest Myths About Weight Loss

Hey guys,

So this post requires some story time. Earlier this year I embarked on a journey to make this the healthiest year of my life. I wanted to feel my best mentally and physically. Also, I created some fitness goals like gain flexibility, strength, and become more toned. I really want some abs y’all. Mostly because I never pushed myself in this area and now I’m addicted to the process haha (in a healthy way)

PSA: As I continue this story I want to be clear about one thing… I am not complaining, I don’t think this is the end of the world, and I am truly happy with my journey. I just want to be as open as possible with my experience.

For a while, it seemed my routine was working. I was dropping inches and seeing improvements, but then… it just stopped. I am hanging on to fat in certain areas like my lower belly, hips, and arms, and I don’t seem to be gaining muscle (that I can see anyway)

I won’t lie. For a while, I was frustrated. I was doing the hardest workouts I have ever done, and eating clean and balanced. I do have some gut issues that contribute to all of this, but I knew it couldn’t be causing all of my issues.

So I went to school. I studied articles, research papers, and have been reading books. I feel so beyond thankful for this part of my journey. For many reasons that I will save for another post, but I was able to de-bunk so many myths, challenge my thinking, but also help me shift focus to be more holistic in my journey.

Stress and our hormones play a HUGE role in our ability to gain and lose weight. It’s absolutely vital that we care for ourselves and combat stress along the way to avoid some of the symptoms I listed above. (I go into more detail in this post)

So here are some of the myths I have de-bunked while on my journey! I hope you enjoy!

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3 Delicious Nice Cream Recipes

3 Delicious Nice Cream Recipes

Hey guys,

Many of you may have seen this title and thought “What the heck is Nice Cream?” If this was you, sit down because I am about to rock your world. Nice cream is basically frozen bananas blended to create an exact dupe of ice cream. Revolutionary, I know!

I have been obsessed with nice cream for such a long time, and I am happy to share that I have officially mastered the texture to make it fluffy, thick, and creamy.

The key is to use as little liquid as possible. If you are using fresh fruit or juicy fruit (like papaya) then you won’t need to add any liquid at all. Also, you want your bananas ripe and frozen. I like to freeze a bunch of bananas every week just so I am ready for smoothies and bowls.

Now if you are worried about consuming bananas you can add avocado, papaya, or frozen cauliflower and it will come out just as creamy.

I uploaded the recipe video to my Youtube channel so check that out if you want step by step directions on how to make the perfect bowl of nice cream! See it HERE

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5 Healthy Habits That Changed my Life

5 Healthy Habits That Changed my Life

So this year is all about GROWTH and CHANGE. I have adapted so many habits into my life in order to make my lifestyle the healthiest it has ever been both physically and mentally. I wanted to share a few of the habits that have completely changed my life.

I have many more that have shaped my life in one way or another, but I was able to take the list down to my top 5 habits! I hope you enjoy!

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15 Reasons you Should Try a Vegan Diet in 2019

15 Reasons you Should Try a Vegan Diet in 2019

Health:

1. The foods that you consume in a whole food plant-based diet have been shown to prevent cancerous cells from forming/reproducing.

Many studies prove that following a vegan diet can dramatically decrease your chances of getting cancer. In one well-known study, blood samples were taken from women with breast cancer, who were then asked to try a plant-based diet for two weeks. After the fourteen days, the women’s blood was taken again. The results showed that the vegan blood had nearly eight times the stopping power when it comes to cell cancer growth, as compared with blood taken from people who follow a Standard American Diet.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US. The Cancer Society estimates that in 2019, there will be an estimated 1,762,450 new cancer cases diagnosed and 606,880 cancer deaths in the United States.)  This scares the you know what out of me- so if eating a diet in plants minimizes the risk of developing cancer… count me in.

2. Veganism lowers your risk of  developing Type 2 diabetes by 60%

Many studies have replicated these results. The crazy thing is that a diet high in fruits has actually been shown to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. This was surprising for me because all we hear is “Fruit will make you fat.” Now, I know that isn’t true, but I really want to de-bunk this for sure. I will be doing lots of research on this and will let you know what I find.

3. Veganism can help you lose weight

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Look, I’m not one to push this part of the lifestyle, but the reality is eating a whole food plant based diet will result in a lower body fat percentage. In fact, those who follow a vegan diet are on average 20 lbs lighter than those who consume meat, dairy, and eggs.

4. A vegan diet results in lower blood pressure compared to those following a diet high in meat products

1 in 4 Americans have high blood pressure, and only about 50% of those with high blood pressure have it under control. A vegan diet, greatly decreases the risk of hypertension and high blood pressure by 33-75%.

5. Leads to lower cholesterol

High cholesterol levels lead to coronary heart disease and in some cases death. Consuming meat, dairy, and eggs results in 25% higher cholesterol levels than a diet in plant based foods.

6. There are a lot of unwanted hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals found in meat and dairy products.

70% of the antibiotics used in the US are used in the animal agriculture industry. Antibiotics are fed to farmed animals to offset the disease risks posed by overcrowdingstressful conditions, early weaning and maximising production. These are given regardless of whether the animal is infected or not. Greater use of antibiotics in modern animal farming raises the risk of antibiotic resistance, meaning increasing antibiotic failure for human diseases.

Just, no bueno.

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Why I No Longer Eat Eggs

Why I No Longer Eat Eggs

I once loved eggs. They were a huge staple in my diet. Even now I can think of my favorite dishes that involved eggs. Even when I was considering going vegan, eggs were the one thing I struggled to let go. Once my values and priorities changed, cutting out eggs became not only easy, but necessary. This isn’t a post meant to sway anyone to a vegan diet. I just want to start sharing my take on food and nutrition, as I am sharing so much of my lifestyle here and on my other channels.

Even if you decide to keep eggs and simply cut down your egg intake you will be lowering your risk for heart disease, obesity, and various other health problems tremendously : ]

So without further ado, here are the reasons I no longer consume eggs:

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Vegan Protein

Vegan Protein

Getting enough protein seems to be everyone’s biggest concern- No matter the diet you follow. Even those who consume meat at every meal will supplement with protein powders.

When I went vegan, I kept seeing all of these posts about vegan protein deficiencies, and how there is no way that being vegan will give you enough protein. I’ll admit… I bought into it a little bit. Suddenly, every single symptom I experienced while transitioning was blamed on not getting enough dang protein.

After stressing about my muscles eating themselves to survive for a week I decided to do some research. I believed that there was just no way that protein did not exist in plant-based whole foods.

Here is everything I learned…

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2 Amazing Dessert Recipes

2 Amazing Dessert Recipes

Hey Guys,

 

It’s been a minute. I recently started at a new job, which has taken some time, and I have been putting a lot of focus into my other platforms, but I’m here (for good!)

 

I have been planning and working on vegan yummies for you all, and I can’t wait to share everything with you!

 

I have so much planned for this blog and my other platforms. I plan to incorporate more fitness, health, and nutrition – so stay tuned because this will all be starting very soon! (like this week soon)

 

So to kick this all off I have 2 “dessert” recipes for you!

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Protein Packed Granola

Protein Packed Granola

Hey guys,

I have been known to work extra protein into my meals. One of my favorite recipes is this homemade granola, and I have now tweaked it to include extra protein!

This granola is cheap, easy to make, and full of a variety of foods. This would be a great addition to your weekly meal prep as you can add it to so many different meals.


 

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The Recipe:

1.5 c lentils (cooked)

2 c rolled oats

1/2 c raw almonds

1/2 c raw pecans

1 c unsweetened coconut

1/4 c chia seeds

3 tbs maple syrup

1/4 c melted coconut oil

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients in a mixing bowl
  3. using your hands to blend the ingredients- stir together until everything is coated with the oil
  4. place parchment paper on a large baking sheet
  5. spread on the baking sheet and press down
  6. bake in the oven for 10-15 min
  7. let cool
  8. store in refrigerator

 

I hope you guys give it a go! Feel free to add any nuts or seeds of your choice!

All the best,

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How to Stick to Healthy Goals and Resolutions

How to Stick to Healthy Goals and Resolutions

Hey guys,

If you know anything about me at all then you know that I love living a healthy lifestyle. I am constantly infusing my life with healthy habits and routines that can improve how I feel both on the inside and the outside.

Each year, I create health focused goals in three different categories.

  1. Physical (fitness, endurance, appearance, specific performance based fitness)
  2. Emotional (self -care, self-love, personal or professional improvements)
  3. Health (diet, routine, beauty)

These three categories combined create my healthy lifestyle. I made a lot of goals this year regarding my health. I feel like 2018 brought so much growth, but it also kicked my ass. I went through a lot emotionally and physically. I want to be better this year.


My Goals and Resolutions:

Physical

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  1. Get lean and toned- Have Abs – I know that this may seem vain, but I have never had abs (or, even one single ab.) I want to push myself in my fitness, and see my body in a new way. It just seems fun!
  2. Do a handstand/headstand (yoga)- I want to be able to do more advanced poses and flows in yoga. I know that I will have to build upper body strength in order to do this.
  3. Be able to run 3+ miles without resting- I can run long distances no problem, but I struggle to not take breaks due to mild asthma. I get really wheezy so I want to get better at pushing through.
  4. Stretch at least 10 min daily

Emotional

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  1. Let go of perfectionism and become more courageous with putting myself out there
  2. Practice more self-love
  3. Be more upfront and honest with myself and others- I hold back how I really feel a lot
  4. Read before bed each day
  5. Wake up at 5 am Monday-Saturday

 

Health

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  1. Improve my gut health- I have terrible digestion (IBS) it affects how I digest, process, and take in nutrients. I want to be able to achieve my fitness goals, but I know that I won’t be able to without fixing my gut first.
  2. Eat clean, balanced, and more green- I just want to increase the good food. Not necessarily eliminate anything. Just add more.
  3. Take better care of my hair and skin- vitamins, products, taking time to care for my body
  4. Read one health focused book a month (12 books)

 

So, how do I ensure that I don’t get overwhelmed and quit? How do I make these goals last?


 

Tips and Practices to ensure success:

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My Vegan Starter Pack

My Vegan Starter Pack

Hey Guys,

Happy 2019! I can’t believe another year has already come and gone, but I know this year will be our best yet.

With each new year- comes goals and resolutions. One of the most common goals of the new year is to eat healthier, and I know many people will be trying plant-based eating. According to a survey completed in the UK, it is expected that 3 million people will be going vegan this year.

There is no denying that the plant-based trend is growing. Between the new brands and products on store shelves, the continued increase in obesity, heart diseases, and cancer, and the research that is being published regarding the state of our environment – more and more people are considering transitioning to this lifestyle. Luckily, it’s easier now more than ever.

I wanted to make it ever easier…

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