Exercise, Nutrition

How to Stay Healthy on Vacation

Vacations are a great opportunity to step away from everyday worries and de-stress. Unfortunately, they’re also often the place healthy habits go to die. It’s sometimes ironic since many people use them as motivation to begin getting in shape in the first place.

You work hard to build healthier habits and self-discipline but after a week or two of vaycay bliss, it all seems to vanish when you get home. It can feel harder to get back into the swing of things as you return to normal life. Junky cravings can skyrocket and discipline to workout may plummet. So how do you enjoy your trip and stay healthy on vacation? Continue reading “How to Stay Healthy on Vacation”

Lifestyle

3 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthy

If there’s one goal that I think everyone should have for their diet, it’s to eat high-quality foods. We should aim to consume more natural, wholesome foods and fewer overly processed ones. It’s trickier said than done, given the deceptive advertising within the food industry. Many items on store shelves marketed to us as “healthy,” “natural” or “organic” start to become pretty questionable when you actually read over the ingredient list. At the end of the day, the best option is usually just preparing our meals at home from quality ingredients. Continue reading “3 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthy”

Lifestyle

How to Respond to Online Body Shamers

I think most people can relate to feeling pressured to meet some kind of societal standard of beauty. Social media, with its positive aspects, often magnifies that drive to compare our lives (and bodies) to other people. And unfortunately, it’s sometimes fueled by the way the Internet enables strangers to throw stones from behind a keyboard. Continue reading “How to Respond to Online Body Shamers”

Nutrition

I Tried: Taking Collagen for a Month

Collagen products have been picking up popularity in recent years. Magazines, beauty experts, and celebrities have raved about the benefits of collagen for its supposed cosmetic properties (Jennifer Aniston reportedly accredits it to her ever-youthful glow while Kourtney Kardashian has praised its overall skin and health benefits). Could collagen supplements really live up to the all the hype they’ve been generating? I decided to find out. Continue reading “I Tried: Taking Collagen for a Month”

Lifestyle

I Tried: A Vegan Diet for a Month

People are curious about veganism. It’s little surprise, given the increasing number of studies and documentaries on plant-based diets. In 2016 alone, Google experienced a whopping 90 percent increase in vegan-related internet searches (a monumental rise from the previous year’s 32 percent increase). With the influx of new information, people are discovering veganism and vegetarianism aren’t solely about the political beliefs behind meat consumption; there are practical, measurable health benefits behind the nutrition.

But is veganism practical for the Average Joe? Continue reading “I Tried: A Vegan Diet for a Month”

Recipes

Southernly Savory Roasted Onions

If you are a lover of all things deeply savory and delicious (or dare I say it, savorlicious), look no further than here, my friend. Continue reading “Southernly Savory Roasted Onions”

Nutrition

What’s the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?

 

Meatless diets have been steadily gaining notoriety in the USA. According to a 2008 study published by Vegetarian Times, 3.2 percent of Americans (7.3 million people) follow a vegetarian diet, with another 10 percent (22.8 million) of American adults saying they follow a largely vegetarian-inclined diet. Continue reading “What’s the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?”

Recipes, Uncategorized

3 Watermelon Recipes to Shake Up Summer

Summer is in the air and that means all of my favorite bright, colorful fruits are in season. If there’s one thing that brings back childhood memories of summer vacation, swimsuits and fun in the sun, it’s biting into a big, juicy piece watermelon.

I love watermelon this time of year; want it, need it, gotta have it. While nothing beats a big bowl of plain ole watermelon, there are actually a variety of recipes and flavor combinations that highlight the fruit in different and surprisingly delicious ways. We are going to look the three fun ways to level-up your watermelon game this summer. Continue reading “3 Watermelon Recipes to Shake Up Summer”

Recipes

Kale and Butternut Squash Super Salad

I hated the idea of salads growing up. The first time I actually ever ate one was in high school when I first began trying to lose weight. I remember forcing myself to choke down a big bowl of iceberg lettuce under thick layers of cheese and ranch dressing (suuuuper healthy, right?) and feeling like a survivor of some unfortunate tragedy afterward. Continue reading “Kale and Butternut Squash Super Salad”

Exercise

7 Signs You’re Overtraining


A regular exercise routine is a key component in a healthy lifestyle. Exercise itself has a lot of upsides, like decreasing fat, improving heart and lung health, boosting the immune system and perking up your mood. Therefore, if you want even better results in a shorter span of time, you just exercise a lot more frequently and intensely, right?

Well, not exactly. Continue reading “7 Signs You’re Overtraining”