Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday: My Top 5 Wellness Wednesday tips

Hey there! I just wanted to stop by and give you some of my most useful and simple wellness tips so you can hit the ground running today and everyday. We are flooded with so much information on the internet, TV, from our friends and family and all over the place it is hard to know where to focus and what to believe. I personally take the simple approach to health and fitness and I think it’s a great place for everyone to start or to reset. Stress is a big contributor to weight gain and poor health outcomes so stressing about how to lose weight or how to feel better can make matters worse, not cool!

Life is not about what diet you are on or what challenge you opt in to is next, instead it is about living your life to the fullest at your optimum health. Wouldn’t you agree?

1. Chew Your Food. Sounds pretty basic and should go without saying BUT we all forget, and I am right there with you. We are so used to chewing feverishly or not chewing at all because we are so busy and want to get to either the next bite or our next task. Chewing is one of the first steps of digestion (thinking, smelling and salivating are the ones that come before that) and is a crucial step most of us miss. Have you ever eaten so fast you have a stomach ache? Could be because you swallowed too much air but could also be due to the fact that you did not give your body a chance to digest the food and it’s working overtime to do so. Slowing down and chewing will help you realize sooner when you are full. Start counting how many times you chew per bite today to see if you chew at all!  Slow down, enjoy your food and heck even put your utensils down between bites, make my day!

2. Sit Down to Eat. Another one that should go without saying, but how many of us eat in the car, standing up, at our desk but on our computer, in front of the TV with a plate on our lap? I could go on, but you get the point. We are so out of touch with food and meal times that we eat out of habit, mindlessly and in a hurry. I urge you to sit down to eat and not in front of a TV or computer but at a table or surface and really enjoy your food. You will most likely feel more satisfied after the meal and won’t be as tempted to go grab something else to keep you company on the couch. Leave the couch cuddles for pets and humans, not chips and ice cream.

3. Drink water and enough of it. How many times do you reach the end of the day only to realize you never drank a sip of water? Many of us get by with coffee, food and sugar sweetened beverages when our bodies really need WATER. Grab a water bottle and keep it with you. Rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces but if that is too big of a jump, add 1 cup extra (that’s a total of 8 ounces) today and see how you feel. (Note: if you up your intake drastically you will need to run to the bathroom more, which will in turn help you with tip #4).

4. Move throughout the day. This one is especially for all you 1-hour fitness couch potatoes. You know, those of us who work out really hard 1 hour a day but spend the rest of the day sitting in a chair? This is not great for your health. Find ways to get moving. Maybe it’s a short walk on your lunch break. Maybe it’s petitioning to have a stand up work station. Maybe it’s being creative and making your own stand up desk. Maybe it’s challenging the office to a 50 air squats/day challenge. You get the point. Whatever it is, get moving DURING the whole entire day! Use an app or reminder on your computer or phone every hour or so to remind you to get up, move, stretch and look away from the screen! Heck maybe get a fitness tracker to see how many steps you are really getting each day, you might be shocked.

5. Get to Bed. Seriously. We are walking zombies and sometimes we need to go to bed. You need 7 to 9 hours of sleep to be at your optimal health, yowza! Sleep can help with everything including athletic performance, memory, behavior, anxiety, weight loss, sex drive and oh so much more. We could all use a wee bit more beauty rest, so if you are reading this in the dark, in bed, on your phone, shut it down right now and go to bed, NOW!

If these 5 tips are overwhelming to you, that’s okay, start with one and you will be better today than you were yesterday. Once you’ve put one into place, start with the next and so on. Small steps can lead to a long term lifestyle change. If we try to change everything at once we can get discouraged, and that is no fun at all.


Transform 20 Review

Transform :20 Program Details

The Workouts

Well, if you were actually reading above you know the workouts are 20 minutes. 20 minutes. Not 21, not 24, 20. When Shaun T says “let’s go,” you better be ready to MOVE. HA!

There are 3 Phases to the program:

  1. Commit
  2. Climb
  3. Conquer

Each phase gets harder. The moves more intricate. And the motivation, more impactful.

Each workout has a different name:

  • Burn
  • Faster
  • Stronger
  • Powerful
  • Cut
  • Balance

Burn though Cut (aka the Monday through Friday workouts) are intense.
You’ll be doing lots of fast feet movements up and down the step (think Speed 1.0/2.0 from T25 with a step), to lots of pushups, lots of burpees, and lots of abs.

To be honest, Week 1 was super rough for me! Not only because the step makes it even harder, I just wasn’t used to the non-stop, go go go, cardio anymore. That first workout will test your will to continue my friends — just keep going. You will get stronger.

Balance incorporates stretching, lighter cardio, and strength work.
It’s the perfect ending to the week. As of writing this blog, I am on Week 5, and my mindset has undergone a complete shift. I look forward to my workouts and I am loving it!

Each workout has 3 “Transformers.”
A Transformer is a move timed for a minute where you have to push yourself to complete as many reps as possible. You track these in the Transformation Trackers. They really do measure your improvements week-to-week.

My suggestion for the Transformers — if you are like me and have a hard time counting and moving fast (not puking), to record yourself doing the transformers so you can go back and count your reps following your workout.

And as of Week 6, I’ve lost 6 pounds!

Have I had some cocktails — YES. On those days where I indulge in a glass of wine, I follow (strictly) 2B Mindset. Lots of water, lots of veggies!

The Transformation Trackers

When you can track it, you can improve it, right?! Well, Shaun T uses that concept and provides us with a daily tracker that not only tracks your Transformers, but your food, and your mood. Because let’s face it, that is bound to change over the course of 6 weeks. HA!

I highly encourage you – TRACK TRACK TRACK!

Really sticking to the tracking process allows you to see your improvements over time and to gauge your level of commitment. It was really a stretch for me to do it, but I am glad I did. I have seen my numbers improve, and well, my mindset strengthen.

My Transform :20 Experience (Weeks 1–5)

At this point, you should know I will never lie to you about my reviews of our programs, so, here’s the honest truth.

That picture above? Yep, that’s how I was feeling the entire workout!

I absolutely, positively, with 100% conviction — HATED Day 1.

Hand to heart, 10 minutes into the workout I pondered shipping my step back to Beachbody and saying “thanks, but no thanks!” But at the end of Week 1, I understood what this program was about.

It’s about a transformation from the inside out.

And while at that moment, I didn’t yet realize how the program would impact me personally, I knew that my quitting would prevent others from experiencing massive and transformative personal breakthroughs. It was about more than the tough and fast moves, it was about the words, the positive affirmations, the positivity, the growth. I could see where Shaun T was going with this. He was going to push us to our breakthrough point. Ahhhh, got it!

Part of my apprehension on Day 1 was also due to the fact that I thought I was in much better shape. Remember the “fittest year of my life” thing. Yeaaaaa, not so much. This would require a different kind of fit. So, feeling slow and winded was a humbling experience and one that I would need to get used to as I pushed and got stronger every day. Day by day, I would get faster and stronger. Faster and stronger. That would be my goal.

But Day 2 was better and by Day 3 I was getting the hang of it.

And it was in Day 2 that I realized I had missed the whole “Transformer” thing in Day 1. Likely, because I was busy planning my exit from this group. HA!

By the end of Week 1, I had already lost 5 pounds and I was feeling fantastic. Who knew you could get results to fast with only 20 minutes a day! Drops the mic. This is going to rock people’s world!

Alright let’s all calm down — on Week 2 we headed to Las Vegas and I had Amazon ship me a step to our hotel. I know, I am extra AF. The first test of will-power was upon me. Was it easy? HELLLLLL NO! I had to workout while people were hanging at the bar. Not fun at all. But I made a commitment and so I pushed through.

Week 3 (the Climb phase) was my personal breakthrough week. It’s when I finally felt myself coming alive in this program. I was now looking forward to each workout, to the message, to the Transformers. Instead of having negative thoughts for 20 minutes, I found myself being my biggest cheerleader. Pushing myself to new heights. Week 4 I absolutely found myself in the ZONE.

And here I am, in Week 5 (the Conquer phase) being pushed even harder and staring down the barrel of finishing this amazing experience.

I am going to end here and circle back when I can show you my results and my overall complete experience and results. Hopefully, by reading this, you have felt inspired to embrace a new and different journey like I have.

Trust and believe — it will be worth every minute.

Ready To Try It With Me?

I’ll be hosting monthly Challenge Groups for anyone wanting to try this program with me! I’ll help you get set up with the right Challenge Pack, help with nutrition planning, and encourage and motivate you every step of the way!


Week In Review


Happy Friday! This week was my week so get back on track and I’m really proud of myself. I officially finished Transformation 20 on Wednesday and started my new 21 day fitness program yesterday. The old Megan would have said, “I’ll start on Monday” but not the new Megan, the new Megan starts on a Thursday. Woohoo!🎉🎊

I’m still working on my eating. I’ve been on point with my meals, however; I fall off my program when it comes to snacking, (especially in the afternoons). Drinking my superfood shake at 3pm definitely helps me fight cravings but I’m still not doing as well as I should.

I know In time I will succeed. For now I’m proud of myself for completing my workout plan. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever successfully completed a workout plan I started!!

Here’s my goals for the next 21 Days:

  • Follow the program everyday
  • Drink my Superfood Shake in the afternoon
  • Stay on track with my points



One weekend of partying in Vermont and I am officially sick, just proves I can’t hang hang like I use to. Just Kidding but I really am sick. I woke up with morning feeling really achy and had a slight fever. Vermont was so fun catching up with old friends and making new ones.

On Friday when we arrived we all hung out and had some beers and wine and cooked dinner together. Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to head to the slopes. Mike and I mostly skied the green trails but did adventure to some blues. After skiing we did my favorite thing, drinking at the ski lodge aka Apres. It was so fun to hang out with the band and warm ourselves up after a cold day of skiing.

Saturday evening we all went out to one of the local bars called The Pickle Barrel. We had a blast dancing to the live music and just being with friends. Sadly on Sunday it was time for Mike and I to head home. Mike was so sweet and drove the whole way because I was not feeling too hot.


I woke up this morning with a fever and feeling rather achy so I am taking it easy and giving myself a rest day. I have a lot of volunteering this week so I a hoping I am better for the kids. Here’s my plan:

*Monday- rest

*Tuesday: – T:20: Stronger

*Wednesday – T20: Powerful

*Thursday – T20: Cut & Balanced

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday: Creating Your Own Personal Health & Wellness

So I’m sitting here drinking some water after a hectic day of running around.?We’re overwhelmed, but sitting here and writing this post has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while so it’s putting me in a wonderful mood.

Lately when I’ve gone onto social media — Instagram in particular — I’ve found myself consumed with this obsession with being healthy, living healthy and eating all things healthy. What do I mean? Well, from the bowls of avocados, and pasture raised eggs to the beautiful and inspirational yoga poses; I find myself wanting to emulate this picture perfect vision of health, not just for all of you but for myself as well. It’s easy to feel like you aren’t doing a good enough job when it comes to your health. Am I right?

And in 2019, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There’s endless information, ways to access it, people who tell you what to eat or how to eat, when to eat and how to live your best life.

First of all, let’s take a step back and recognize that health is different for everyone and anyone. Being healthy to some means eating paleo, for gym junkies it all begins and ends in the gym, and for others emotional and mental health brings all the clarity one needs. Rarely will you find someone who has all three down to a perfect science.

It’s difficult not to feel worthy enough when you see your favorite blogger exercising and you haven’t drank your morning cup of joe. Or when you see someone post the most beautiful buddha bowl you’ve ever seen full of six different veggies, and then realize you’ve only had brown food all day. And while often all of these pictures and posts can be inspiring to eat better or to get to the gym, I want you to know that you have permission to live your own life, to be inspired but not overwhelmed — because I fear that the overwhelming feeling with not ‘being healthy enough’ leads to eating disorders and mdysfunctional relationship with your beautiful soul and body.

Sometimes I feel like I hold myself to a high standard when it comes to eating and exercising, but the truth is I’m just living my life (like you!), seeking an everyday balance that makes me feel good on both the inside and out. Trying my best to fit in veggies (admittedly I love them, but don’t eat quite enough), enjoying peanut butter by the spoonful, eating pizza and burgers every so often (cause they’re so good). What I’ve learned through blogging, finding my own unique perspective in the blogging world is that I’m not like anyone else, nor do I strive to be.

And when it comes to your own personal health and wellness, I want you to know that social media is not the idealist or the expectation. What does this mean? It means that social media cannot define what your health looks like or feels like to you personally. Take all the healthy tips and inspiration when you want them, but understand that you create your own personal wellness. Everyone needs something different.

How to find what kind of healthy is right for you:

FEEL INSPIRED. What makes you feel inspired? I’m taking let your soul on fire kind of inspired. Ask yourself this. Write a list of things you LOVE and that makes you feel like a genuinely better human being. Talk a walk. Listen to music and jam out. FEEL GOOD.

CREATE YOUR OWN DEFINITION OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. Take my little wellness exercise below. Find something that feels good for you on your own terms. Commit to exercising, eating healthy and taking care of your mind, but do it on your own terms. Find an exercise that you don’t dread doing, meals that taste delicious and are nourishing for your lifestyle, and always strive to keep your mind active and engaged.

KNOW YOUR FEELINGS. The better you understand how you feel and which emotions you are experiencing, the more we can treat ourselves better. More people have trouble with this than you think.

IDENTIFY YOUR PASSIONS. Do you want to start a blog? Do you want to be a nutritionist? Do you want to help other people in medicine? Do you like talking to people and giving advice? Then what’s stopping you? There’s always going to be an excuse for you to stop living your best life. If you can’t identify what you want, ask people what three qualities they think of when they hear your name. How can you build off those qualities? Take a new class? Try out a new hobby?

ALWAYS BE YOURSELF. THIS IS EVERYTHING. Be yourself! No one is like you in the entire world so just be who you are and strive to be better than you were yesterday (that’s how you grow!).

Now, here’s a little wellness exercise for you:

1.) Sit quietly and connect with yourself.Write down all the things in  your weekly routine that genuinely make you feel like a better person and/or in general, happy. It can be anything: taking a bath, reading a book, going to a workout class, meeting up with friends, etc.

2.) Look at what you’ve written and identify the two or three things that you enjoyed doing the most. Write down how you felt before and after doing those three things. Were you relaxed? Energized? Relieved? Try to be specific.

What you’ve written is usually a good at indicator of the wellness you need in your life. So for example, if you wrote down that you enjoyed going out with your girlfriends for dinner and meeting up with your mom for a walk, you can identify that being social and spending time with others is what your soul is craving (and in general what makes you happy!).

It’s a simple task, but one that I find really effective in identifying what I’m needing for my own personal wellness (outside of social media influences). It varies each week, so try and do this 1x per week to see what you need.

Last week taking a coconut oil and salt bath and doing yoga was something that felt completely nourishing to me (as if I missed it so much). To me, this meant that I really needed some time to myself, for myself, by myself.

The week before that, I really really loved roasting veggies and meal prepping. It felt like such an accomplishment. Meaning that I knew I needed a little bit of nourishing food in my life (and that I needed to make a point to meal prep more often!).

Hopefully you find this exercise interesting and something different. If you have any other ways you identify what kind of wellness you’re needing in your life, let me know!

I hope you loved this little dose of inspiration — as always, I’d love to hear from you. Tell me everything you’re feeling below and any questions you’re dying to ask. I’m here



Happy Monday friends! I’m currently sitting in the airport waiting for my flight back to New Jersey.

It was a short but fun few days away with family in South Carolina. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel 100% so I only worked out once. I’m feeling a lot better and ready for a busy week ahead. I volunteer on Wednesday and then on Friday Mike and I are heading to Vermont with a group of friends to go skiing at Killington. There’s like 30 of us so it should be a great time!

Here’s my workout scheduled:

Monday Rest Day

Tuesday Transformation 20 conquer week 6 burn & week 6 faster

Wednesday Transformation 20 conquer week 6 stronger

Thursday Transformation 20 conquer week 6 powerful

Friday Transformation 20 conquer week 6 cut & balanced

Then I finish Transformation 20 on Friday.?I’ll do a full review of the program later next week and share my before and after results.

I have a new 21 accountability group starting the following Monday if anyone wants to join!


Week In Review

This has been a crazy week! I started the week in New Jersey and I’m ending it in South Carolina.

On Monday I started week 5 of my workout program called Conquer. Every two weeks the theme changes, last week was Climb. The workouts are tough but fast so I’m really enjoying them! Most of my day was spent running errands and food prepping for the week.

I volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday. It was really fun to hang out with the kids again but I ran out of time and therefore skipped my workout. This threw me off my planned schedule.

On Wednesday I did Tuesdays planned workout which was called faster. For some reason I had a really tough time with it. I volunteered at the RMDH in the afternoon and then packed for my trip!

Thursday was a bright and early day. I have a 7:00am flight out of Atlantic City so that meant a 4:00am wake up call. My parents and I landed in Myrtle Beach, SC and spent the day cleaning our condo and getting groceries for our little trip. My dads sister and brother are meeting us this weekend on there drive back North from Florida. I’m seriously obsessed with the view off our balcony. This was a planned rest day.

Today I woke up sick again so I’ve been laying low drinking lots of liquids!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday: 46 Trader Joe’s Finds

Happy Wellness Wednesday, everyone! I hope you’ve had a fabulous week so far. If you know me at all, you know I LOVE Trader Joe’s. Not only do I find it less expensive than most grocery stores here in New Jersey, but I love their fun, new products and bopping around in those cute little red carts. Of course, it’s essential to avoid the Trader Joe traffic so I find that early morning shopping is best.

Give me an empty cart at TJ’s and I can go wild… SO we rounded up 46 of our favorite finds at Trader Joe’s for you to check out. Ready?


LITERALLY ALL OF THE PRODUCE. Trader Joe’ has incredible deals on seasonal produce and plenty of organic options, like their spinach, kale and apples.

Here are my favs this time around…

1) Butternut Squash Zig-Zags. Love this fun shape and definitely going to make fries out of them!

2) Bag of Avocados. if you go through your avos pretty quickly – this inexpensive bag has a bunch of them ready for you.

3) Green Beans. A staple in my fridge and so delicious in the summer. Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for an amazing recipe I made with these babies!Cereals + Breakfast

4) Organic Toasted Coconut Granola. I recently tried out this new granola flavor and it is AMAZING. I love it over yogurt and with some fresh berries, or even as a little topper to my morning smoothie. Seriously best granola out there. 

5) Vanilla Almond Clusters. Super crunchy with a yummy vanilla flavor – another great cereal to add to your yogurt!

6) Joe’s Dark Coffee. Because coffee = life in my household, this dark roast blend is the best bang for our buck. The smooth flavor makes it easy to drink without tons of added sweeteners, creamers, etc

7) Peanut Butter Panda Puffs. PB flavor in cereal is my absolute FAVORITE and these crunchy little puffs are perfect for snacking. Plus, they’re gluten-free and have no artificial preservatives…win!

8) Greek Nonfat Yogurt – Coconut Cream. My fav yogurt flavor at TJ’s! This creamy goodness has an amazing coconut flavor and goes well with all the cereal + granola + berries your heart desires.

9) Rolled Oats. I love using oats in my baking recipes, so if you’ve been looking for the perfect gluten-free option this bag is it! Also great for overnight oats and getting your daily fiber in.

10) Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate. I just tried this out (about a 1/2 cup mixed with 1 cup almond coconut milk) and it was amazing! Rich flavors without the acidity – a great afternoon pick-me-up

Great for baking

11) Organic Flaxseed Meal. This stuff is awesome for baking vegan

12) Organic Coconut Cream. This stuff is amazing for making your own paleo, dairy-free whipped cream! Who can’t resist a little whip on top of their favorite dessert?

13) Organic Reduced Fat Coconut Milk. I love using coconut milk in my recipes – from desserts to flavorful curry dishes .

14) Organic Coconut Sugar. I love using coconut sugar because it adds these wonderful caramel-y notes to my sweet treats.

15) 100% Pure Maple Syrup. One of my favorite natural sweeteners to use while baking (if you’re gonna pour it up on those pancakes, you may as well use the real deal!).

16) Almond Flour. Baking grain-free is easy with a go-to almond flour.

17) Coconut Flour. Another awesome flour if you’re baking grain-free.

18) Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk. You guys know by now that this stuff goes in everything! My absolute favorite non-dairy milk I use in my coffee, for baking, to lighten up sauces – the options are endless. TJ’s carries these non-refrigerated packages so you can store ’em in the pantry until you’re ready to use them!

19) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. You will pretty much always find these in my pantry. Perfect for baking (or adding a few to my on-the-go trail mix!)

Say Cheese!

20) Triple Cream Brie w/ Wild Mushrooms. Okay this stuff is oh-so decadent. Creamy, super flavorful, and great for spreading on crackers that have a mild flavor (this cheese packs a little punch!).

21) Shaved Cheese Blend. A sprinkle-worthy little tub of firmer cheeses! This one’s great for pastas and even a little dash over your fav salads.

22) Crumbled Feta with Mediterranean Herbs. A new take on your traditional feta crumbles! The herbs in here add a unique flavor that tastes amazing in scrambles, mixed into a quinoa salad, or anywhere that needs a little flavor boost

23) Jalapeño and Honey Chevre. Goat cheese with a kick? Sign me UP. This sweet & spicy combo mixed with creamy goat cheese is a little adventure to bring to your next gathering.

24) Farmhouse English Cheddar w/ Italian Truffles. Gotta get a little fancy and throw some TRUFFLES in your traditional cheddar. The flavor punch here is YUM x1000. This would be AMAZING in mac and cheese.

25) Pesto Gouda Cheese. Another TJ’s classic – the hint of pesto in this tasty cheese is so unique and great for slicing over your favorite crackers. Perhaps a green grilled cheese is in order?

When I dip, you dip

26) Three Layer Hummus. Because 1 layer just isn’t enough – this is my go-to TJ’s hummus. The combo has traditional, cilantro jalapeño (aka my two favorite flavors) and spicy, and I dip pretty much everything in it.

27) Reduced-Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip. Like your favorite spinach & artichoke dip, this creamy combo is perfect for chip and veggie dipping but is lightened up with Greek yogurt. Win-win!

26) Three Layer Hummus. Because 1 layer just isn’t enough – this is my go-to TJ’s hummus. The combo has traditional, cilantro jalapeño (aka my two favorite flavors) and spicy, and I dip pretty much everything in it.

27) Reduced-Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip. Like your favorite spinach & artichoke dip, this creamy combo is perfect for chip and veggie dipping but is lightened up with Greek yogurt. Win-win!

28) Hummus with Freshly Ground Horseradish. For all my horseradish fans out there – this fun hummus is for you! Unique dip that packs a punch? Sign me up. Also that “horse-radish” animal is hilarious.

Go-to Grains

29) Corn & Wheat Tortillas. I love using corn tortillas in my enchilada + taco recipes because they give them an amazing texture and taste. Heck yes to 14g of whole grains!

30) Spinach Flour Tortillas. You guys know Abra, aka #abrassalad, is the salad queen – when she’s not mixing one up in her Tupperware she’s wrapping up those salad ingredients in these babies!

31) Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. Don’t feel like DIY-ing the dough for your pizza party? Grab one of these ready-to-bake doughs that are super easy to roll out, top, and bake!

32) Garlic & Herb Pizza Dough. Another ready-to-bake pizza dough option with tasty garlic and herbs already inside!

33) Organic Black Bean Rotini. This gluten-free pasta is made with…you guessed it…black beans! I’m excited to try these and add some colorful veggies for a pop.

34) Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta. Another fabulous, gluten-free pasta option packed with extra heartiness from the quinoaand brown rice.

Frozen favorites

35) Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. An Italian classic! This frozen gnocchi option is perfect for a quick, delicious dinner, especially if you’re feeding a few at the table.

36) Sweet Potato Frites.  Head the frozen section and grab these babies to pop in the oven!

37) Sweet Corn Tamales with Mild Green Chiles and Cheese. Just discovered these cute little tamales and I can’t wait to try them. Love green chiles, and these would be the perfect don’t-feel-like-cooking meal!

Seasonings + Condiments

38) Everything But the Bagel Seasoning. This seasoning is exactly what it sounds like…it’s EVERYTHING! Whoever invented it is pure genius and I want to make it rain all over the world (but mostly on my avocado toast).

39) Nutritional Yeast. This stuff is the perfect vegan sprinkle-cheese replacement for pastas (and life, really). Add it to anything that needs a little cheesy goodness!

40) Creamy Salted Peanut Butter. What is life without peanut butter? This kind has no added sugars and tastes fabulous. Spread over toast, fruit, ALL of the things. I also love how salty it is. #addictedtoPB

41) Organic Tahini. I love love baking with tahini and making creamy, homemade salad dressings with it. It’s mild in flavor so it’s perfect for adding your favorite spices to dress it up!

42) Organic Ketchup. The label says “favorite condiment” and it absolutely is. Top your burgers, hotdogs, fries (sweet potato and non) with this organic ketchup and feel a little better about it being the good stuff! I’LL PUT KETCHUP ON ANYTHING. #merica

43) Organic Coconut Aminos. This seasoning sauce is the perfect gluten-free substitute for soy sauce! It’s packed with flavor (a little goes a long way) and great for marinades, dressings, and cooking with Asian flavors.

44) Roasted Tomatillo & Mango Salsa. Winning combo right here – the sweetness & spiciness paired with your favorite salty tortilla chip or a warm taco would be ah-mazing.

45) Spicy Pickled Vegetables. Who else loves pickled veggies? This is an awesome grab-and-go option if you don’t feel like doing the pickling yourself! Tons of flavor and great for your gut.

46) Fire Roasted Diced Green Chiles. Love. Me. Some. Green. CHILES. In sauces, salsas, and anything that needs a little kick to it!


Enjoying Life

Today I wrote a Instagram post about having the energy to enjoy life.

I posted the above picture and wrote about the transformation between the two photos. Before I was diagnosed with cancer I was always on the go. I never took time to enjoy the moment because I was always thinking about the next thing. I remember a trip my ex and I took to Chicago. We literally talked about our next vacation rather than enjoying the vacation we were on.

The picture on left is about 3 years into my cancer diagnosis and I was pretty sick at this point. You see, I was grateful for life and wanted to enjoy every moment but I didn’t have the energy. I was too tired, too sicks.

The picture on the right is me now! Not only do I have the energy to enjoy life, I am enjoying life. I take my time when I go places, I listen to people when they talk, I enjoy my surroundings and I am grateful to be alive. I don’t rush through life anymore.

If you are someone who rushes through life and doesn’t take time to reflect on it you could be missing out on something amazing. Think about it!

Beachbody, Lifestyle

Happy Monday

Hi Friends,

Happy Monday. I started week 5 of my workout plan (conquer) and it’s really tough. I had to modify a few of the moves because there was no way I would be able to physically do them. I’m completely ok with that though because at least I showed up. Here are a few of the moves from today’s workout!

Watch me trip in the first video! 😂

I am busy girl today. I have to pick up my new glasses, go to lunch with my friends, return stuff at Urban Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret and get my weekly CBC.

I decided to wear one of my favorite outfit combinations today.

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Have a great day friends!