Healthy lifestyle.

Health is super important to me. I started working out after college, so about eight years ago? Took me awhile to come to love it, but I’ve done it all. Cardio, ab workouts, dumbbells, squat racks, barbell classes, yoga, hot yoga, hiking,reformer pilates, lagree fitness, kickboxing, HIIT- you name it, I’ve probably tried it. What helped me get into working out is going with friends and making it more of an activity, and it helped that I had a personal trainer for a little bit to show me the works. And of course, YouTube- so many free workout videos online! My favorite are HIIT workouts on Fitness Blender.

I personally enjoy working out in the morning so I don’t have to worry about working out after work, and because I’ve been told that it helps you power through your day with all the endorphins! FULL disclosure, I am not ripped or super toned. Working out helps me manage stress, stay healthy and allows me to consume more calories because your girl definitely loves to eat.

You know what they say though, heath is 80% diet, 20% working out. I enjoy dining out and trying new food and restaurants I’ve never been to or tried. When I’m not dining out, I cook clean food, or if I know I’m going to have a “not so good for me” dinner that day, I try and eat a SUPER healthy breakfast and lunch to balance it out. Typically, my breakfast consists of overnight oats and chia pudding, oatmeal, acai bowl or hard boiled eggs and ½ an avocado with Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning. For lunch, I try and eat something healthy like a salad, rice/quinoa bowl with tons of veggies and some sort of protein, or whatever I can find or am in the mood for that day. For dinner, I do the same or dine out- after all there’s so many places for me to try in California.

Reading labels is key to me! It’s so crazy that we can easily miss key ingredients like “natural flavors” found in Rx Bars, La Croix and even Yogi Tea. If you want to learn more, definitely follow: The Food Babe.- she’s a true advocate in breaking down the ingredient list. And if you’re looking for some clean eating recipes, love Pinch of Yum- she taught me that there’s sugar in most marinara sauces and that you can easily substitute sweet ingredients by replacing it with natural sugar like medjool dates.

When I was dealing with all the health issues, I cut out alcohol and refined sugar as both aren’t that great for your body. And followed a plant based diet, especially because there’s proven data and research regarding plant based diets healing illnesses, diseases, etc., and being beneficial for your health long term as meat proteins contain hormones, antibiotics. etc.

Fitness and diet is definitely key to health, but so is your environment. It’s so crazy to hear that the paraffin used in most candles releases highly toxic volatile organic compounds when burned, so it’s actually beneficial to spend the extra money and purchase soy or beeswax candles. And essential oils is a great alternative.

And whatever you do, don’t forget about the every day cleaning products as they play a major impact on air quality and your overall healthy. A great alternative is Branch Basics, plant based cleaning solutions that are essential for your well-being.

What changes are you going to make today to start living a healthy lifestyle?