5 Things To Make You Feel Healthier Right Now

You know what helps me get excited to get healthy? New cool shit. If I have a brand new 800 strap florescent pink sports bra waiting for me in my gym bad, I’m a thousand times more excited to hit the gym. New sneakers? Forget it, I’m a bouncing ball of joy on my way to the treadmill.

So  I’ve compiled a list of the new, cool stuff I’ve been sporting that is helping me feel or be healthier right now.

#5 PiperWai Natural Deodorant

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This stuff is the answer to my deodorant prayers. When I started learning about the negative affects of chemicals in conventional deodorants I went on a rampage trying to find a natural deodorant that worked and didn’t feel sticky and weird. One night I was watching Shark Tank and these women came on claiming that it was the next best thing and I immediately ordered one. Hold. the. phone. It worked! At first it was a little weird because you have to rub it on with your finger, but you get over it. The price is a bit high at $12 per container, but it’s worth knowing I’m not lathering terrible chemicals on such a sensitive area of my body.

#4 Corkcicle Water Bottle

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Everyone knows that drinking more water is better for your health, but sometimes it’s hard to remember to do it. For me, if I have a super cute water bottle staring me in the face, I will drink from it just out of pure attraction. Plus, this bottle keeps the water ice cold so it’s refreshing even if it’s been sitting at my desk for 8 hours.

#3 The Leaf

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This is like a FitBit, but is actually attractive to look at. The Leaf is also created specifically for women and not only tracks your activity and sleep, but also tracks your stress level and fertility. So cool! You can wear it as a bracelet, necklace or just clip it to your pants. It can also vibrate you awake if you so please.

#2 Nike AirMax FlyKnit Sneakers

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Cute on cute on cute. ‘Nuff said.

#1 UpTrak Standing Desk

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This standing desk has rocked my world over the past few weeks. I used to get really bad hip pain from sitting so long at my job. Now I can raise it when I want and lower it when I get tired. I thought I would stand all day long, but you actually have to slowly ease into it since sadly my body is not used to standing for long periods of time. But I’ll get there!

It’s funny how just a few items can make a big different in how healthy you feel or how motivated you are to get healthy. It just goes to show that shopping for new stuff is not all bad! Plus it’s good cardio 🙂

What things make you feel healthy?

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

The New Year is upon us and that means we all start to take a deep look at our lives and see what we can do better. I’m the first to admit that my pants start to feel pretty snug around the holidays and I may eat a few more (like 10) chocolates per day than usual. Getting back to healthy eating can be hard, so I like to ease into it with nothing other than cookies.IMG_0411.JPGThese Banana Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies are vegan, gluten free, easy and help you use the inevitable rotting banana that has been sitting on the counter for 3 days and is really starting to stress you out. Now don’t let the word “vegan” deter you! Some people see the word vegan and start running for the hills…or to the nearest donut shop. I see vegan and I think “hey, that’s probably some pretty clean eats right there and will probably make me feel good.”And it usually does, so give vegan a chance.

Banana Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Ingredients:

1 super ripe banana

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup coconut flakes

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash banana in a large bowl and add vanilla. Chop coconut flakes and add to banana mixture. Add chocolate chips and walnuts and mix well.Form mixture into cookies and place on greased cookie sheet. Form mixture into cookies and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Flip cookies and bake for 5 more minutes. Let cool before eating so that they firm and set. Enjoy!IMG_8804.JPGIMG_0398.JPGIMG_0401.JPGThese cookies are a perfect post-lunch snack when you’re reaching for something sweet. Swap the day-old office cake for these cookies for an extra energy punch to get you through the afternoon. They are jam packed with healthy oils and antioxidants so you can feel good about your afternoon snack, instead of shameful and sad (we’ve all been there).

I also find that a new playlist is the best way to get motivated for my workout in the New Year. In December I might have been running to some Nsync Christmas tunes, but New Year means new music.

Below is my 2017 playlist for your listening pleasure, whether you be running, dancing, cooking or just rockin’ out in your car. Enjoy!

Fall Favorites

For many many reasons Fall is my favorite season; the pumpkin-spice-everything, the leaves, the crisp air and the cozy clothes.

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It helps that I live in an area where Fall is celebrated everywhere you look from early September all the way to Christmas, with festivals every weekend, corn mazes to get lost in and scarecrows lurking around every corner.

This year we were actually going to skip the Fall festivities since we have a very busy October with weddings and our honeymoon, but one Saturday morning we were pulled out of bed by Shawn’s niece and nephew and whisked over to Applecrest – the Disneyword of Fall and one of my favorite places.

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And obviously we had to bring Theo. This guy loves apples more than life itself.

So we did the hayride thing and the apple picking thing and the donut thing and then promptly went home to do the watch-a-movie-and-pretend-you’re-not-napping thing. Crowds + donuts + wrangling an apple monster/dog can be tiring.

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With the plethora of apples taking up space on our counter I knew it was time to get baking. Recipe coming to the blog later this week!

Another one of my favorite things about Fall is that it’s the start of a new dance season. That means new classes, new students and of course new music! So here is my Fall playlist complete with songs to dance to, songs to run to and even some songs to cry to if the mood strikes you.

Time to grab your pumpkin spice later and pump the jams. And before the season passes, get on your flannel and get yourself to Applecrest to bask in all of its Fall glory.