April 19, 2016

Sun Basket Meal Delivery: Healthy Cooking Made Easy

Why Meal Delivery? If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I like to keep it simple. I focus on easy, nourishing recipes and convenient time-saving techniques. But sometimes, life gets in the way of meal planning. You might not make it to the grocery store, haven’t planned out your meals, or you’re just downright busy! And that’s why meal […]... Read More


April 2, 2016

Homemade Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub Calling all fitness enthusiasts! Girls on a budget! Anyone who loves homemade organic products! Holler, because your skin is about to thank you! Sometimes I feel like I live in my gym clothes. And while I definitely prioritize skin care (and actually have some really great tips that I’ll share in a […]... Read More


March 25, 2016

Easter Egg Popcorn Balls

Once You Go Pip, You Never Go Back. Hi there! Raquel here. Remember that yummy Valentine’s Day Trail Mix I made last month? Well guess what? The secret ingredient is back, and its better than ever! And this time, it’s in the form of delicious Easter Egg Popcorn Balls. I love Pipcorn because it’s all-natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, and […]... Read More


March 3, 2016

Grilled Shrimp and Veggie Zoodles

Fish on Fridays: Grilled Shrimp Zoodles We’ve been on a seafood kick lately! And it totally helps that our grocery store has the best selection of fish! First, we made Jalapeño Crab Stuffed Salmon, then we made this killer dish with Grilled Shrimp, Veggies, and Pinenuts, all on top of a warm bed of fresh Pesto […]... Read More


March 2, 2016

Jalapeño Crab Stuffed Salmon

Stuffed Salmon … “packed” with flavor and protein! I am so excited about this recipe! Almost as excited as I am about finally having a grocery store within a 10-mile radius. Yes, don’t even get me started… it was torture while ours was closed down. If you have read my blog posts before, you know that […]... Read More


February 19, 2016

Warm Chocolate Chia Pudding

The Perfect Cozy Breakfast Paleo lovers, unite! I have found the most comforting breakfast food ever… and it’s grain-free! I’ve been making chia pudding (the chilly version) for a while now, but sometimes I forget to soak the chia seeds the night before or I don’t have the patience to wait for them to soak 20 minutes in […]... Read More


February 18, 2016

Through Her Eyes: Why Having a Supportive Partner is Good For Your Health

Being a Supportive Partner 101 It seems that one of the biggest things my clients and friends struggle with is finding the right balance between their health & fitness goals and their personal relationships. Sometimes their goals don’t align with those of their partner, and they find themselves having to choose between the two. This shouldn’t have […]... Read More


Slow Cooker Chicken Cilantro Lime Soup

Chicken + Cilantro + Lime = The Best Combo Ever! Alright cold and flu season, we’re coming for you! This Chicken Cilantro Lime Soup is the best combination of fresh ingredients that are both nutritious and comforting. It’s super easy to make, too! The recipe calls for a slow cooker, so you literally just set it and forget […]... Read More


February 15, 2016

Gluten Free Dessert Pizza with Caramelized Bananas

Sweets, please! I’m usually a carb junkie, but something about Valentine’s Day just makes me crave sweets! If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen me eating everything from Valentine’s Day Trail Mix to Cashew Milk Ice Cream and Almond Milk Ice Cream Sandwiches. So what better way to conclude Valentine’s Day Week than to make […]... Read More


February 13, 2016

Through His Eyes: Nutrition, Fitness, and More!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner… I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you to my Valentine, through his eyes! My husband, Tysson, is a professional athlete, personal trainer, and high school basketball coach. He’s also my best friend and business partner. Tysson and I spent 5 long years apart while he pursued […]... Read More


February 12, 2016

Roasted Beet Hummus with Lime

Pretty Pretty Pink Beet Hummus With Valentine’s Day only 2 days away, I want to make sure you are prepared with festive snack options that are both delicious and nutritious!  Whether you’re making a homemade meal for your hubby, throwing a “Gal-entine’s Day” party with your girls, bringing treats in for your coworkers, or just watching […]... Read More


February 11, 2016

Cut Your Cardio in Half!

Do you ever wish you enjoyed going to the gym? That lacing up those running shoes put a smile on your face? I used to feel that way. While training for my first bikini competition, I worked out so hard that I began to despisethe gym. I spent two hours at the gym every single day. I’m not over […]... Read More


The 7 Habits of Healthy, Happy Individuals

“You can’t be 100 percent all of the time, but you can be 80 percent all of the time.” – Yumi Lee, Hollywood Trainer for Jessica Alba

1. Balance. The 80/20 principle is not a diet, but a lifestyle change that can lead to sustainable weight loss. Focus on eating real, nutrient-dense foods 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time, you can have more flexibility and freedom. No more feeling guilty about going to dinner and cocktails with a friend!

2. Consistency. Health is a habit, and consistency is key. Focus on building healthy habits like staying active and cooking at home instead of testing your self-control.

3. Don’t Crash Diet. I can teach you how to live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight long-term. Cutting foods from your diet cold-turkey can lead to rebounds and unhealthy relationships with food.

4. Carbs are Your Friend. Especially slow-digesting, unprocessed, high-fiber carbs. Nothing drives me crazier than when I hear someone say, “I’m not eating carbs.” Unless you have a clinical reason to follow a ketogenic diet, understand that carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy. Their primary role is to provide the brain and nervous system with fuel.

5. Be Mindful. Examine the thoughts, feelings, and internal pressures that affect how and why you eat. Learn to be attentive and try to avoid multitasking while you eat. Aim to eat until you are satisfied, and try to avoid being stuffed or left starving.

6. Quit the Negativity. Negative thoughts about food can trigger overeating or under eating. Recognize that you have the ability to control how you react to these thoughts. Negative chatter and “fat talk” (i.e. “I’m so fat!” or “I can’t believe I just ate that!”) can cause a lasting detriment to your own or someone else’s self-esteem.

7. Progress, not Perfection. Set small goals aimed at improvement, rather than perfection. If you focus on being better, not being best, you can grow, bounce back from difficulties, and keep moving forward. Try to focus on the internal, not the external. The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.