January 31, 2016

Health(ier) Chili Cheese Fries

Cheese, please! You guys! I just made my first batch of sweet potato fries and they were so good I could hardly stand it. The recipe was super easy to make (I think that’s becoming my slogan these days), and guess what?! Aside from cheese, the recipe only requires 4 main ingredients! That’s it. But feel free to get creative, […]... Read More

 

January 22, 2016

Funky Monkey No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites: A Healthy Snack It’s hard to believe something this delicious actually provides energy. I swear I feel like I’m eating dessert when I bite into one of my Funky Monkey No Bake Energy Bites! They are gluten-free, made of all-natural ingredients, and filled with protein and nutrients. I found the secret ingredient […]... Read More

 

January 21, 2016

How To: Eat Healthy While Traveling (and what to order, too!)

I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rules How many times have you went on vacation or traveled for work, and then returned feeling weighed down, tired, bloated, and unhappy? (Huge hand raise over here!) Travel is often the culprit for weight gain, poor skin, and a weakened immune system. But it doesn’t have to be that way! I […]... Read More

 

January 12, 2016

Aloha Brownie Bites

Aloha Brownie Bites Attention all chocolate lovers! You know that feeling when you finish a meal, but you’re still craving something sweet? These are perfect for that! Or when you’re having a long day at work, and you need a pick-me-up snack? Perfect for that, too! But there’s a big difference between my Aloha Brownie Bites and regular brownies! These […]... Read More

 

January 3, 2016

Healthy Potato Skins with Avocado Pesto Spread

Healthy Potato Skins: The Substitution Method I am so excited about these healthy potato skins! Someone asked me the other day if cutting out bad foods all at once would put their body into shock? The short answer is no. The long answer is… Cutting foods out of your diet cold-turkey isn’t the most sustainable approach. A lot […]... Read More

 

December 30, 2015

NEW: Dollar a Day Meal Plan

Affordable & Easy Meal Plans You’ve asked, and I’ve listened! The one thing that everyone wants is an affordable meal plan with a variety of options. For just $30/month, you’ll have access to a wide array of healthy recipes, every day of the week. Each week, I’ll send you 21 unique meal ideas, a list of […]... Read More

 

December 26, 2015

Apple & Pear Almond Crisp

Mele Kalikimaka! (That’s Hawaiian for Merry Christmas!) If you’re already subscribed to my weekly emails, then you know there’s nothing more that I encourage during the holidays than balance. During this time of the year, remember that it’s ok to practice balance and self-love. Give yourself some time off to enjoy your loved ones. You […]... Read More

 

December 24, 2015

Do You Struggle With Food Sensitivities or Digestive Problems?

My Food Sensitivity Test For the past couple of years, I have been dealing with some weird digestive issues and seem to get an upset stomach every time I eat out. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t stop me from eating at Italian restaurants, Sushi, Mexican, Thai, etc. But, nonetheless, being sick after every excursion […]... Read More

 

December 19, 2015

Green Pea Pesto Crostini Appetizer

If you’re looking for a fast and easy appetizer, look no more! The Green Pea Pesto Spread itself took, oh, about 60 seconds to make! And an added bonus, it’s healthy, too. I needed a last minute recipe for tonight’s Christmas Party, and had remembered this one from Cooking Light. Not only was it super easy to make, but […]... Read More

 

December 18, 2015

Essentially Obsessed: 8 Essential Oils Beyond Aromatherapy

The Obsession Discovering an underlying obsession is a little bit like finding out you have a hidden talent. It’s exciting, revealing, and can spark passion and curiosity. I recently discovered that I am obsessed with essential oils. The Benefits of Essential Oils When I think of health and wellness, it encompasses so much more than […]... Read More

 

December 13, 2015

Weight Training: The Secret to Speeding Up Fat Loss & Toning Your Body

When I ask my clients what their health and fitness goals are, almost every single one of them says that they want to lose fat and tone their muscle. But when I ask what their current training regimen looks like, it’s cardio, light weights, yoga, barre, etc. These examples are great things to incorporate into your exercise […]... 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.