(A Lot Of) December Health Tips


I’m happy to announce that I’m here with our final health tips for 2016!

Before I share the tips, I have a confession to make; something I realized about myself this summer when I was packing my things to move to a new condo.


Notice I didn’t say “I AM A HOARDER.” I’m truly not a full-fledged hoarder. However, in some aspects of life I hang on to way too much stuff. (Example: I stopped buying groceries approximately 4 weeks before I moved, and I still had food to move.)

What does my hoarding have to do with the December Health Tips, you ask? Great question! I unintentionally hoarded a whole bunch of tips from the Popsugar article I’ve been referring to throughout the year. So, congratulations, readers! Thanks to my tip-hoarding, here are a whole bunch of health tips that you can work on yet this year and bring with you to the new year!

  • Do squats while brushing your teeth. I am not in this habit, but it’s a decent challenge/idea.
  • Make overnight oats so you have breakfast ready for you in the morning. Oatmeal has GOT to be one of the best breakfasts ever. Overnight oats are super delicious; another good option is baked oatmeal.
  • Schedule an at-home workout. Heck, how about this: schedule ALL of your workouts. Each weekend I plan out the four times I will work out the following week. I find this to be key in fitness. On busy weeks, I have to plan ahead and go to the gym before work. When weeks are less busy, I space out my workouts so I’m not too sore by workout four.
  • Sleep eight hours a night for a week. Challenge accepted. I love beauty sleep. 🙂
  • Take healthy snacks to work. I back this tip 100%. Some snacks I recommend are: granola bars or protein bars (I’ve posted about my bar obsession here, but since then Luna and Cliff have released a few bars with lower sugar so check them out too!); Greek yogurt, an apple with peanut butter, popcorn, or healthy smoothies.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle with you. I do this and I highly recommend it for all! Side note, I need to WASH my reusable water bottle on a much more regular basis. (2017 New Year’s Resolution?)
  • When you are cold, don’t turn up the heat. Instead, do 10 push-ups. I have never thought to do this before but I am going to accept this as a challenge.

Whenever possible, I get in my first workout on Sunday. That way, I only have to find time for three more workouts for the rest of the week!

I hope some of these tips have inspired you. I know that I will be challenged this month and in 2017 with these!

May your days be merry and bright, and healthy and happy!





Everybody Loves Snacks


Hey y’all let’s talk about snacks! I think my diet is sustainable thanks to the snacks I was allowed to eat. I eat a snack a few hours after each meal; usually at 10:00 and at 3:00 (and again before bedtime).

Almost every day, I eat a Dannon Greek Light & Fit yogurt-they’re high in protein, fairly low in carbs and contain only 80 calories! Bonus points because they TASTE GOOD too! And they’re gluten-free! My favorite flavor is caramel macchiato but there are other good ones out there too (honorable mentions: toasted coconut, raspberry chocolate, salted caramel).

Sometimes, when I’m feeling wild and crazy (ha), I will have other snacks that were allowed:

  1. Protein bars or granola bars
    • Make sure they’re not loaded with sugar!
    • My favorite granola bars: KIND, Skinny Girl
    • My favorite protein bars: Quest, ThinkThin
  2. Fruit
    • Berries are especially healthy
    • Blending a frozen banana with cocoa makes an excellent treat
  3. Cottage cheese
    • Go for some kind of low-fat option
  4. Other yogurt
    • Regular yogurt (as opposed to Greek) is OK too
    • Chobani has a great 100 calorie Greek option
    • Plain Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries and cinnamon is great!
  5. Apple and 1 T peanut butter
    • Fun fact: apples boost your metabolism!
    • PB2 is a great lower calorie peanut-butter option
  6. Small handful of almonds or walnuts
    • Unsalted, no added sugars, and not too many!
  7. Protein shake
    • Add water (not milk) to protein powder
    • Buy a reputable brand, from your gym or GNC
    • Taste is best when blended with ice 🙂
I posted this on Instagram using the hashtag #cutefruit because let's be honest, it is what it is!

I posted this on Instagram using the hashtag #cutefruit because let’s be honest, it is what it is!